London: James Watson, 1851.
Hardcover. Good. Second thousand. 100 pp, in publisher's purple cloth with blind-stamped decoration. Significant chipping to the spine cloth, small water stain on front board, paper cracked over front hinge (but hinge secure). Foxing to title page only, otherwise interally clean, binding tight. "George Jacob Holyoake was mainly self-educated and a vigorous campaigner for secularism and freethought during the 19th century. He wrote 160 books and pamphlets and edited several magazines, including The Movement and The Reasoner. Holyoake was the last person in England to be imprisoned on a charge of atheism, for saying at a public lecture in Cheltenham in 1842 (at a time of economic hardship): “If I could have my way, I would place the deity on half pay as the Government of this country did its subaltern officers" (Humanists UK).