Lot 9 of 218:
British censorship trial 1680  

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An impartial account of the tryal of Francis Smith, upon an information brought against him for printing and publishing a late book commonly know by the name of Tom Ticklefoot, &c. As also, of the tryal of Jane Curtis, upon an information brought against her for publishing and putting to sale a scandalous libel, called a Satyr upon iniustice, or, Scroggs upon Scroggs


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[2], 6 pp. (folio) 32x21.5 cm (11¾x8½"), removed from volume with remains of stitching on spine. First Edition.

Account of the trials of  Francis Smith and Jane Curtis for libel, prosecuted by Roger L'Estrange who, as Licenser of the Press and Surveyor of the Imprimery, was charged with the prevention of the publication of dissenting writings. "Tom Ticklefoot" was a satire on the trial of Sir George Wakeman (falsely accused  in the "Popish Plot") before Judge Scroggs. A significant document in the slow march towards freedom of the press and liberty that would play a vital part in the American quest for independence nearly a hundred years later.

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