[Bok, Judge Curtis] : Commonwealth 'V' Gordon Et Al. The Opinion of Judge Bok March Eighteenth 1949


 

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San Fransisco, The Grabhorn Press for Blanche & Alfred Knopf, 1949, Hardcover, 4to 11" - 13" tall, [iv] 57 [1]pp. Quarter cloth over patterned paper boards, paper spine label bearing titles, edges of boards rubbed, corners bumped and some surface wear to boards, internally clean and bright, compliments slip from Blanche & Alfted Knopf loosely inserted.

This book was produced as a Christmas book by Blanche & Alfred Knopf. The book reproduces the judgement of Judge Bok in an obscenity trial arising from the seizure by Philidelphia police of a number of books they deemed obscene under the Pennsylvania obscenity statute. The remarkable thing about the seizures was the range of books targeted. These were books from many of the leading authors of the time, published by a number of the major publishing houses. The judgement, which clearly gives the reasons why the judge found for the defendents, was described as "a great document in democracy and a great document in human freedom" by Bernard de Voto and it was partly for this reason that the Knopfs decided to have the Grabhorn Press produce this edition for them to give away at Christmas 1949.

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