Dublin: Graisberry and Campbell, 1813. , 105, [1 blank] pp. Light blindstamp and rubberstamp on title page. Final blank spotted. Bound in modern plain wrappers. Good+.
Fitzpatrick, a Dublin bookseller, published a book entitled, "A Statement of the Penal Laws Which Aggrieve the Catholics of Ireland." The book alleged that the Duke of Richmond had executed "a respectable Catholic farmer" despite his obvious innocence. The Crown alleged that the book maliciously sought "to stir up and excite discontents amongst His Majesty's subjects professing the Roman Catholic religion in Ireland." Fitzpatrick was convicted and jailed.
"This was the only important trial against a book during that period in Irish history" [McCoy].
McCoy R136. II Harv. Law Cat. 1076. Item #34654