COBBETT, WILLIAM Four American works by William Cobbett.
Includes The Democratic Judge: or The equal liberty of the press, as exhibited, explained, and exposed, in the prosecution of William Cobbett, for a pretended libel against the King of Spain and his Embassador, before Thomas M'Kean, chief justice of the state of Pennsylvania. By Peter Porcupine. Philadelphia: Published by William Cobbett, opposite Christ-Church, March, 1798. First edition, the issue with p. 54, line 9 correct as "common." Modern calf, with Safire's New York Book Review review of Spater's biography tipped-in. ESTC W31136; Observations on the emigration of Dr. Joseph Priestley: to which is added, a comprehensive story of a farmer's bull. "Printing done with fidelity, expedition and care, by Richard Folwell, no. 33, Carter's Alley."--p. 88. Dated  by Evans,  by Gaines. Modern cloth. ESTC W1731; A Bone to gnaw, for the Democrats ... Part 1; Idem, [Part II]. Philadelphia: Printed by William Young, for William Cobbett, opposite Christ's Church, 1797. Modern cloth. ESTC W31127; W27573; [PLAYFAIR, WILLIAM]. The history of Jacobinism, its crimes, cruelties and perfidies: comprising an inquiry into the manner of disseminating, under the appearance of philosophy and virtue, principles which are equally subversive of order, virtue, religion, liberty and happiness. By William Playfair. With an appendix, by Peter Porcupine, containing a history of the American Jacobins, commonly denominated Democrats. Printed [by Samuel Sansom, Jun.] for William Cobbett, North Second Street, opposite Christ Church, 1796. Gaines issue "b." Two volumes, period American mottled calf. ESTC W19870 Condition varies, but generally sound copies, all with William Safire's bookplate.
Cobbett was in the United States from September 1792 until 1800, having fled from New Brunswick to France in March of 1792 to avoid possible prosecution for The Soldier's Friend. His years in America were not without controversies (some of which are documented in one of the present works), but his years in America strongly influenced his subsequent career, as witness his interest in American trees and crops, which he saw as the means to alleviate rural poverty in England.
C From the Collection of the late William Safire
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