London: Benbow, 1823.
First Edition. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good Condition. Item #046784
Early half red leather, mild wear and rubbing to boards, marbled endpaper loose, some offsetting from frontis onto title page, scattered very light foxing, very clean overall, bound with the half title. x, 240, xvi, 58pp.
Benbow was an interesting character, a political reformer, pamphleteer, pirate publisher (he published a well circulated edition of Queen Mab in 1812), he was in and out of trouble for most of his working career. Crimes of the Clergy is a collection of pamphlets he had written started in 1821- it was much condemned and no doubt destroyed (as few copies seem to circulate). In it, Benbow details a host of heinous crimes, pederasty, abuse, drunkenness, theft, etc etc. Size: Octavo (8vo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Religion & Theology; History. Inventory No: 046784.