By Richard Coulton, Matthew Mauger, Christopher Reid
This learn bargains an authoritative and readable account of the hidden heritage of publication robbery in eighteenth-century London. It exploits a wealthy basic resource, the compelling narratives of crime inside the digitised lawsuits of the previous Bailey. The authors clarify how situations of publication robbery got here to court docket, and the way within the resulting trials the character of the ebook itself turned a question for criminal debate. They determine the causes which led Londoners to thieve books and the equipment they hired in thefts from families and booksellers. ultimately, the authors ask what the complaints tells us concerning the social possession of books, and the way the phenomenon of booklet robbery otherwise affected e-book manufacturers and shoppers. Stealing Books in Eighteenth-Century London will entice readers drawn to the hooked up histories of metropolitan lifestyles, crime, and the publication during this interval, and within the makes use of of electronic assets in humanities research.
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I am no coal-merchant. Q. Then grocer let it be – You heard that there was a claim made by men employed by printers, to certain copies? – A. There are a great many printers here to prove that they have no such right. Q. But we will hear that rather from persons who were bred to the business, than from a grocer; did you ever hear that there was such a claim made? – A. I have heard that there was, and I have heard a great many things that are not true, but I told them I would not permit it. In the courtroom discussion that followed, the judge was keen to emphasise that it was not the remit of the gaol delivery sessions, as a criminal court, to decide whether there was a genuine legal basis for such a right.
13–34; J. M. Beattie, ‘Sir John Fielding and Public Justice’, pp. 71–2. For the signiﬁcant freedom allowed to prosecutors in terms of choosing exactly how to charge alleged offenders for crimes in which they had suffered, see Langbein pp. 47–51. Beattie, ‘Sir John Fielding and Public Justice’, p. 68. Note that the area known as Holborn historically straddled the jurisdictions of Middlesex and the City of London. The Proceedings only begins to note the jurisdiction within which a matter was prosecuted from 1751.
202–3; Gray, Crime, Prosecution and Social Relations: The Summary Courts of the City of London in the Late Eighteenth Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); J. M. org, date accessed 20 February 2016. See John Langbein, ‘Shaping the Eighteenth-Century Criminal Trial: A View from the Ryder Sources’, The University of Chicago Law Review, 50 (1983), 1–136 (pp. 76–81); Gray, Crime, Prosecution and Social Relations, pp. 13–34; J. M. Beattie, ‘Sir John Fielding and Public Justice’, pp. 71–2.
Stealing Books in Eighteenth-Century London by Richard Coulton, Matthew Mauger, Christopher Reid