THE CRAFTSMAN'S DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE OF THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS, EXPLAINED TO THE MEANEST CAPACITY.

London. 1732. 61pp. Dbd. Some very minor dampstaining, otherwise a fine copy. In a folding cloth case. Item #WRCAM18096

An interesting political tract relative to the controversy in England concerning regulation of the press. The principle object of attack is the writer of the "Craftsman," Viscount Bolingbroke, famed British statesman, who is portrayed as a charlatan who "assumes the Character of a zealous Advocate for the Liberty of the Press" while simultaneously giving evidence of being "a menace to society." Bolingbroke was the prime mover behind a crackdown on libelous literature. The author of this pamphlet goes on to ask: "But can that Man have really such a Concern for the common Welfare, who has given so many Proofs of his having no Regard to common Justice, Equity, or even Decency?" Includes the text of a bill before the House of Commons in 1711 for restraining "false and scandalous Libels."

Price: $500.00