London, Published by William Hone, 1819. First Edition. 8vo. pp.288 with an engraved frontispiece by Cruikshank. Titles in red and black/ original black calf with raised bands and gilt detailing to spine and boards/ some rubbing to extremities marbled endpapers and foxing to the title page.Interesting contemporary binding. Item #192590
William Hone used the pseudonym John Cecil to publish a serious of controversial pieces. William Hone was an English writer, satirist and bookseller. His victorious court battle against government censorship in 1817 marked a turning point in the fight for British press freedom.