Actions upon the Case for Slander, Or A Methodical Collection Under...
by Sheppard, William
1674. "Iniquity of the Tongue" Sheppard, William [d. 1675?]. Actions Upon the Case for Slander. Or, A Methodical Collection Under Certain Heads, Of Thousands of Cases, Dispersed in the Many Great Volumes of the Law, Of What Words are Actionable, And What are Not. And of a Conspiracy, And a Libel. Being a Treatise of Very Great Use and Consequence to All Men, Especially in These Times, Wherein Actions for Slander are More Common Then in Times Past. With an Exact Table Annexed, For the Ready Finding Out Any Thing Therein. London: Printed for J. Starkey, T. Basset, T. Dring, and J. Leigh, 1674. [viii], 287,  pp. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4-1/4"). Recent period-style calf. Blind rules with corner fleurons to boards, raised bands, gilt ornaments and lettering piece to spine. Woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint spotting to a few leaves, some discoloration and minor edgewear to title page. A nice copy in a handsome binding. * Second and final edition. Sheppard's treatise, originally published in 1662 as Action Upon the Case for Slander, was one of the first two books to address the topic. (The other was William March's Actions for Slaunder, 1647.) As indicated by its preface, Sheppard's is especially interesting. " the Tongue, that little Member, set on fire by Hell, is not the least; And among the evils of the Tongue, is there any more pernicious and deadly, and yet more common and epidemical then Backbiting and Slander? (...) It is true, that in former times, wee finde Actions of the Case for Slanderous words very rarely brought; which speaks this much, that such words were then very rarely spoken. But in these daies they are become almost as natural to men, as their language and discourse; and therefore the disease, so deeply rooted, and over-spreading, calls for the application of the Remedy, which our Law doth abundantly furnish us withall. And hence it is, I have been encouraged to ingage in this work; which is nothing else but a naked and Methodical Collection of the remedies prescribed by the Law against this Malady." OCLC locates 5 copies in North American law libraries (Library of Congress, State of Oregon Law Library, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Yal (Inventory #: 65248)
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