Obscene Publications Act action against Bibliop...

Obscene Publications Act action against Bibliophile!

Obscene Publications Act action against Bibliophile!

 

Our founding father Bill Smith also found fame as a publisher and was the last person to be charged and acquitted under the Obscene Publications Act. He had reprinted a book called The Amorous Illustrations of Thomas Rowlandson and discovered that the original erotic watercolours were held at the Queen's private Library in Windsor Castle no less!  Bill’s defence summary in court was delivered in style, with his thumbs tucked under his imaginary braces, “Me Lud, surely if they’re good enough for Her Majesty, they’re good enough for her subjects!”  Case dismissed.