[Adelaide], with the colophon 'Robert Thomas & Co., Printers, Hindley Street', [circa 1840].
Octavo, 140 pages.
Later half calf; mild signs of use; a very good copy.
The first leaf is signed 'B'; the intended preliminaries (including the title page) are not present and were most likely never printed. The subject of the book is the 1839 libel action, counter-action for wilful and corrupt perjury, and the counter-counter-action for libel involving George Milner Stephen, South Australian Attorney-General and Crown Solicitor. The actions stemmed from Stephen's speculative land dealings in early 1839, and this lengthy account is drawn from the Supreme Court records, the Government Gazette, and newspapers of the day (from May-September that year). Robert Thomas, Government Printer and newspaper proprietor, was the successful defendant in the second libel case. This fascinating exposé was almost certainly printed in at most a mere handful of copies and never released for general distribution. It appears to be unrecorded.