[ZENGER TRIAL] The Trial of John Peter Zenger of New-York, Printer: who was charged with having printed and published a Libel against the Government; and acquitted, with a Narrative of his Case. To which is now added, being never printed before, The Trial of Mr. William Owen, Bookseller...
London: J. Almon, 1765. First edition thus, adding the Owen trial. Modern half red morocco, the spine gilt lettered. 7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches (19.6 x 12 cm); 59 pp., ad to verso of final leaf, three blanks at end. Title trimmed close at head, spot to foot of second leaf, some faint spotting to final leaves, a very clean and fine copy within.
"One of the famous decisions in legal history, establishing the epochal doctrine of the freedom of the press; probably written by James Alexander, one of Zenger's attorneys" (Howes). This edition reprints the excessively rare 1735 first edition adding the similar 1752 case of William Owen. Howes Z6; Sabin 106311.
C Estate of Leo Hershkowitz
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