Londson: Printed for Vernon, Hood, and Sharpe, Poultry, 1808.
Hardcover. Very good. Third edition, "with various editions and improvements. To which is added a correct report of the trial of Carr (Knight) v. Hood and Sharpe, (Booksellers)." 4 x 7 in., pp. xxviii, 199, , 39, with folding frontispiece and 4 additional plates. In a later 19th-century binding of three-quarter leather and marbled boards, with spine in six compartments, gilt tooling and red label. Text block slightly trimmed. Bookplate of William Ruddell Clarke of Trabolgan County Cork, Ireland), on front pastedown, early ownership signature on title page. Edward Dubois (1774-1850) was an English barrister, journalist, and satirist. "In My Pocket-Book (1807) Dubois parodied the travel writings of Sir John Carr (popularly known as ‘Jaunting Carr’), targeting Carr’s The Stranger in Ireland (1806). The adverse publicity created by Dubois’s book caused Carr’s publisher, Richard Phillips, to cancel publication of a new work by him. In 1808 Carr unsuccessfully sued Hood and Sharpe, the publishers of My Pocket-Book, for libel, while a friend of Carr’s answered Dubois’s satire with Old Nick’s Pocket-Book" (DNB). This edition of My Pocket Book is the first to include the account of the libel trial.