The three trials of William Hone :
for publishing three parodies ; viz. The late John Wilkes's catechism, The political litany, and The sinecurist's creed : on three ex-officio informations, at Guildhall, London, during three successive days, December 18, 19, & 20, 1817 : before three special juries, and Mr. Justice Abbott, on the first day, and Lord Chief Justice Ellenborough, on the last two days.
|Main Creator:||Hone, William, 1780-1842.|
A collection of all three trials celebrating Hone's innocence on charges of profane and seditious libel and upholding freedom of the press.
|Published / Created:||
London : Printed by & for William Hone, 1818.
Trials in the Court of King's Bench.
Each trial has separate t.p. with ed. and imprint: First trial, 7th edition, 1817; second trial, 8th edition, 1818; third trial, 2nd edition, 1818.
Publisher's advertisements at the end of each trial and on p. of third trial.
Hand-colored folding caricature frontispiece by Charles Williams: Law versus humanity or a parody on British liberty. Published December 26, 1817 by S.W. Fores. In brown ink beneath title: "Frontispiece to Hone's Trials."
4 p. supplement at end: "Works published by Fores, No. 50, Piccadilly." Appears to be a parody listing a rival's work (by Hone?) with imprint "London:--Printed by T. Agg, 21, Water-lane, Fleet-street," on p. 4.
Copy in original boards. T.p. and introductory Address inserted after p. of The Third trial of William Hone. Loose page with handwritten list of trial titles concerning William Hone and Thomas Wooler. Pasted advertisements for The three trials of William Hone.
Formerly in the personal collection of Anne and F.G. Renier.
Physical description: 48, 45, , iv, 44, 4 p.,  leaf of plates (folded) : ill. ; 23 cm.
Citations/References: Hackwood, F.W. Hone, 29-32
|Call Number||View in||Collection|
|J 3431||Manuscripts Reading Room Special Access||Joly|