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Title:
The Proceedings and Tryal in the Case of . . . William Lord Archbishop of Canterbury [and the six other bishops] [with] The Tryals of Henry Cornish, Esq; for Conspiring the Death of the King, And raising a Rebellion [etc.]. Wing P3555A and T2250. Folio
Publisher:
[1] Printed for Thomas Basset [2] Printed . . . by George Croom, London, 1689 & 1685.
Description:
First edition of one of the great cases of English law, confirming Parliament's right to legislate without subsequent Royal derogation, coupled with the trial of the London sheriff whose execution "secured his place in the pantheon of whig martyrs"
Condition:
Modern vellum slightly bowed, the title pages quite darkened, the portrait of the bishops trimmed and repaired, a working copy; with the errata slip
Book No.:
W-78150
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
trials, English constitutional law, Religion
Author:
Title:
The Proceedings and Tryal [of the Seven Bishops] [with] Atkyns, An Inquiry into the Power of Dispensing with Penal Statutes [with] Atkyns, The Power, Jurisdiction and Priviledge of Parliament [with] Langhorne, King's Right in Dispensing with The Penal Laws
Publisher:
Imprints vary; Wing S564, A4138, A4141, and L396, all folios, London, 1687-89.
Description:
Four works central to English constitutional law and the Glorius Revolution, establishing the right of Parliament to legislate without subsequent Royal derogation and strengthening the power of the jury as the ultimate constitutional arbiter
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, with the portrait and two advertising leaves (one repaired), generally clean and well preserved; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79360
Price:
$ 1000.00
Category:
trials, English constitutional law, Religion
Author:
Title:
A Compleat Collection of State-Tryals, and Proceedings upon Impeachments for High Treason, and Other Crimes and Misdemeanours [with] A Supplement [in two volumes] to the Four Volumes of the First Edition. Six Volumes [complete]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for Timothy Goodwin [and five others] [imprints vary], London, 1719-30.
Description:
First edition of the state trials, the massive effort continued and expanded upon for over a century and offering (in Holdsworth's words) "a unique value for constitutional and legal historians, and a very considerable value [for many others]"
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, quite worn, joints cracked, one board loose, spines varnished, the bindings not uniform, minor staining; a clean working set
Book No.:
W-78098
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Minutes of the Proceedings before the Lords Committees for Privileges, On the Claim to the Title of Earl of Anglesey
Publisher:
N.p., Dublin, 1771.
Description:
A rare work recording the final decision upon the English estates part of "the most dramatic case ever arising under British law", memorialized in part in Smollett's "Peregrine Pickle" and featuring multiple bigamous marriages, forgery and perjury
Condition:
Original stabbed marbled wraps, lightly worn, a very good crisp copy, 64 pages, with the date of 1771 changed manually to 1772; five copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76948
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
trials, law of heraldry, Law and Literature, criminal law, marriage
Author:
Title:
The Trials Of all the Prisoners Who Were Try'd at the Assizes held at Maidstone, for the County of Kent . . . before the Hon. Sir Thomas Denison, Knt. one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for G. Griffith . . . in the Little Old Bailey, London, 1750.
Description:
A rare example of criminal trials at assizes "in the country", twenty-five in total, for, among other crimes, robbery, arson, rape (two; one of a ten-year old), and stealing a mare, with jury verdicts from acquittal to death; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Later plain wraps, printed decorated paper label, hand-lettered, showing wear and a very little worming, else a good wide-margined copy; 12 pages
Book No.:
W-76399
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal law, Rape, trials
 
Author:
Title:
Lives, Trials, Behaviour, Execution and Last Dying Words of Arthur Thistlewood, William Davidson, James Ings, John Thomas Brunt, and Richard Tidd, For High Treason
Publisher:
Printed by J. & T Sweet, Strood, London.
Description:
Condition:
Modern card protective covers, original self sewn illustrated wraps, quite worn and fragile, yet usable; 8 pages
Book No.:
W-19881
Price:
$ 437.50
Category:
criminal law, trials
Author:
Buller, Francis
Title:
An Introduction to the Law Relative to Trials at Nisi Prius. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall . . . for C. Bathurst [&c.], London, 1772.
Description:
First London edition of the work which won renown for Buller, protege of Mansfield and appointed a King's Bench judge at a very youthful 32, designed for 'nisi prius' trials, that is, those in the country; with a closing part on trial issues
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, the joints cracked but holding and the spine somewhat darkened, else very clean with generous margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79509
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
trials
Author:
Salmon, Thomas
Title:
A New Abridgement and Critical Review of the State Trials, and Impeachments for High-Treason . . . The Whole containing, I. The Substance of the Indictment or Charge. II. The Evidence. III. The Prisoner's Defence. IV. The several Points of Law [etc.] Folio
Publisher:
Printed for J. and J. Hazard [and six others] [etc.], London, 1738.
Description:
A major abridgement of the first edition of the state trials, undertaken by the latter's editor, Thomas Salmon, and itself a substantial folio of over 900 pages reporting trials spanning more than three centuries and adding a critical apparatus
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the original spine laid down, rubbed, definite browning and foxing, but a sound usable copy
Book No.:
W-76691
Price:
$ 275.00
Category:
Abridgements, trials
Author:
Title:
The Tryal of Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, Before the Peers in Westminster-Hall, on Thursday the 4th of April 1678. Wing T2209. Folio
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1679.
Description:
A fine example of the peculiarities of English law, the Earl, indicted for murder, claiming his right to be tried by his peers in the House of Lords, is there convicted of manslaughter only, and so invokes his privilege of peerage and is discharged
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, re-sewn and repaired, ink squiggles, notations and markings on the title, else a good clean copy; no copy in a law library in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76192
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
trials, House of Lords, criminal law
Author:
Title:
The Triumphs of Justice over Unjust Judges: Exhibiting . . . III. The Crimes of Empson and Dudley . . . IV. The Proceedings of the Ship money Judges . . . To which is added VI. The Judges Oath, and some Observations thereupon [etc.]. Wing T2297. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for Benjamin Harris, at the Stationers Arms [etc.], London, 1681.
Description:
First edition of a populist tract of the first rank, recounting with approval the executions of oppressive judges and praising upright judges and juries (including Sir Matthew Hale and the jury acquitting Penn and Mead) and habeas corpus
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, quite browned, 36 pages, now preserved in a modern buckram folding case, its label gilt lettered; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79631
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
trials, legal reform, juries, habeas corpus
Author:
Title:
The Case of Anthony Earl of Shaftsbury; As it was Argued before His Majesties Justices of the Kings Bench . . . Being upon his Confinement in the Tower . . . With a Speech of this Worthy Earl, pleading his own Case, and the Liberty of the Subject. Wing C883
Publisher:
Printed by K.P. for C.R., London, 1679.
Description:
Only edition of Shaftsbury's unsuccessful attempt to secure his release from the Tower of London on a writ of habeas corpus, "a very powerful argument . . . den[ying] . . . commit[ment] to indefinite imprisonment on a general warrant"
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, upper right hand corner of the title torn away, just touching the 'e' of 'Case', else a clean, untrimmed copy; 16 pages
Book No.:
W-76227
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, habeas corpus
Author:
Title:
The Tryal of Charles Lord Mohun, Before The House of Peers in Parliament, For the Murder of William Mountford . . . Together with The Questions in Points of Law, Put by Their Lordships to the Judges; with The Arguments of my Lord Mohun's Council [etc.]
Publisher:
Published by Command of the House of Peers [etc.], London, 1693.
Description:
The sole contemporary account of "the most outrageous of all Mohun's affrays", as he and a companion sought to "trepan" or carry off the actress, Anne Bracegirdle, leading to her defender's murder, Mohun's trial and, to much alarm, his acquittal
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf over marbled boards, rubbed, definite browning and a bit of minor marginal staining, else a good copy, with a portrait of Mohun tipped in
Book No.:
W-78763
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, House of Lords
 
Author:
Title:
The Fatal Effects of Gambling Exemplified in the Murder of William Weare, and the Trial and Fate of John Thurtell, the Murderer . . . To Which Is Added, the Gambler's Scourge; a Complete Expose of the Whole System of Gambling in the Metropolis [etc.]
Publisher:
Published by Thomas Kelly, Paternoster-Row, London, 1824.
Description:
The principal account of "England's most literary murder", attracting Carlyle, Dickens, Lamb, and Thackeray (among many others) and providing a wide-open look at the seamier aspects of Regency society; with the ten plates and engraved title
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, the spine varnished and the front board detached, light foxing and browning, without the frontispiece; a working copy
Book No.:
W-77377
Price:
$ 85.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno secundo & tertio Philippi & Marie. Actes made at a Parliament, begon and holden at Westminster the xxi daye of October [1555] . . . to the dissolution of the same . . . were enacted as foloweth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9450.3 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Excvsvm . . . in Aedibvs Iohannis Cavvodi [etc.], London, 1555.
Description:
The uncommon first printing of the legislation enacted by the Parliament held in the midst of the trials condemning to the stake over 300 martyrs, curiously reforming the law bailing prisoners and seeking to regulate the sale of stolen horses [c.7]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, very light staining to the upper margin of some leaves, else especially clean and crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79244
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, Bail and Bail Bonds, trials, Law of Horses
Author:
Title:
Pierce Egan's Account of the Trial of John Thurtell and Joseph Hunt [with] Pierce Egan, Recollections of John Thurtell, Who Was Executed at Hertford . . . For Murdering Mr. W. Weare . . . Being an Appendix to his Account of the Trial [etc.]
Publisher:
Knight & Lacey, Publishers, 24, Paternoster-Row, London, 1824.
Description:
The account of "England's most literary murder", attracting Carlyle, Dickens, Lamb, and Thackeray (among many others), "effectively the first instance of trial by newspaper", and providing a wide-open look at the seamier aspects of Regency society
Condition:
Contemporary calf-backed boards, quite rubbed, the spine varnished, some browning, yet a crisp copy, 105+44 pages and seven plates
Book No.:
W-77515
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
criminal law, trials
Author:
Title:
The Trial of Joseph Wall, Esq. Late Governor of Goree, for the Wilful Murder of Benjamin Armstrong, A Serjeant of the African Corps, At the Old Bailey, On Wednesday, January 20, 1802. Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed by A. Macpherson, Russell court . . . for J. Lee [etc.], London, n.d..
Description:
A seemingly unrecorded edition of the trial and execution of Wall, who had sentenced Armstrong without trial to the inhuman (and deadly) punishment of 800 rope lashes; no copy in OCLC or COPAC denoted a third edition and with this pagination
Condition:
Modern calf-backed boards, the title and last leaf darkened, else a good copy; 22 pages, with the jury charge in smaller type following page 18
Book No.:
W-79148
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, military law
Author:
Title:
Anno secundo & tertio Philippi & Marie. Actes made at a Parliamente begunne and holden at Westminster the xxi day of October [1555] . . . untyll the dissolution of the same . . . were enacted as foloweth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9454 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Iohannis Cawodi [i.e. R. Jugge?], London, 1573?.
Description:
The legislation enacted by the Parliament held in the midst of the trials condemning to the stake over 300 martyrs, curiously reforming the law bailing prisoners and seeking to regulate the sale of stolen horses; three copies in ESTC in North America
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, very light browning, else well preserved and quite crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79216
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, Bail and Bail Bonds, trials, Law of Horses
Author:
Title:
The Attempt to Divorce the Princess of Wales Impartially Considered: More Particularly with Reference to the Probability of Its Success. Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Ridgway and Sons, Piccadilly, London, 1816.
Description:
The rarest of four editions of a rare tract, presciently and perceptively analyzing the unlikely prospect that a divorce from Caroline might be obtained, leading to the 'Milan Commission' and, ultimately, to Caroline's Parliamentary 'trial' in 1820
Condition:
Early green embossed boards, paper label, a very good copy, with the half-title, 25 pages; no copy in OCLC, one in COPAC
Book No.:
W-75818
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
trials, divorce
Author:
Title:
Trial of R. Patch, for the Murder of Isaac Blight . . . Tried at Horsemonger-Lane, in the Borough of Southwark, before the Lord Chief Baron Sir Archibald MacDonald, and a respectable Jury of the County of Surry. Guilty--Death [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Dewick and Clarke . . . For T. Hughes [etc.], London, 1806.
Description:
A sensational trial attended by the Royal family, Patch having murdered his co-felon, Blight, who had conveyed his business assets to Patch so as to defraud his creditors with (for Blight) unanticipated consequences; one copy in OCLC, two in COPAC
Condition:
?Original self-wraps, disbound, preserved in a cloth box; 34 pages, without the plate if called for, but with an advertising leaf seemingly not recorded
Book No.:
W-78641
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, bankruptcy
Author:
Title:
Basilika. The Works of King Charles the Martyr: With a Collection of Declarations, Treaties, and other Papers concerning the Differences Betwixt His said Majesty and His Two Houses of Parliament . . . as also of His Tryal [etc.]. 2d Edition. Wing C2076
Publisher:
Printed for Ric. Chiswell . . . in St Paul's Church-Yard, London, 1687.
Description:
The vast work begun by the well-regarded antiquary, William Fulman, and then completed by Richard Perrinchief, with the aid of materials supplied by Silus Titus; with the Eikon Basilica and its additional title page and two-page plate ending the work
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, gilt, the joints cracked and repaired and the spine varnished, else a good clean copy with the four plates, two folding
Book No.:
W-77851
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
ENGLAND, trials
Author:
Title:
The Ordinary of Newgate's Account of the Behaviour, Confession, and Dying Words, of the Twelve Malefactors Who were executed at Tyburn . . . Being the Third Execution in the Mayoralty of the Right Honble John Blatchford . . . Number VI. For the said Year
Publisher:
Printed for, and sold by T. Parker [and] C. Corbett [etc.], London, 1750.
Description:
Part of a series which has recently been described as an "inestimable source of knowledge [and] dramatic truth . . . [n]othing like them has been published before or since", rich in biographical and descriptive material of London's criminal classes
Condition:
Original self stabbed wraps, untrimmed, quite worn, the last leaf loose, a fragile but usable survival, title plus pages 83-106; one copy in ESTC
Book No.:
W-77043
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Title:
State Trials
Publisher:
Description:
Condition:
Imperfect
Book No.:
W-46727
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
trials
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
A True State of the Case of Bosavern Penlez, Who suffered on Account of the late Riot in the Strand. In Which The Law regarding these Offences, and the Statute of George the First, commonly called the Riot Act, are fully considered
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar, opposite Katherine-street in the Strand, London, 1749.
Description:
First edition of Fielding's controversial work, arguing that the unfortunate Penlez, probably drunk, was rightfully hanged following his theft of linen from a brothel, itself ransacked by irate sailors; with the press marks confirming a first edition
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, "Grange Hill" in gilt on the front board, gilt edges, pretty; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78201
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
19TH CENTURY, Acts, ancient law, Bench and Bar, biography, criminal law, education, legal ephemera, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, law and prostitution, roman law, Supreme Court, trials, women's law
Author:
Herbert, William
Title:
Antiquities of the Inns of Court and Chancery; Containing Historical and Descriptive Sketches Relative to Their Original Foundation, Customs, Ceremonies, Buildings, Government. With a Concise History of English Law. Embellished with Twenty-Four Plates
Publisher:
Printed for Vernor and Hood, Poultry; J. Storer [etc.], London, 1804.
Description:
One of the few early works on the Inns of Court and the only one from the early 19th century singled out for mention by Holdsworth; with several prefatory chapters on English law, its judges and courts, types of trial, and 24 engravings
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, a large paper copy (210x270mm), two bookplates and a modern signature; handsome
Book No.:
W-79990
Price:
$ 675.00
Category:
Inns of Court, English Law, biography, courts, trials
Author:
Langhorne, Richard
Title:
Considerations Touching The Great Question of the King's Right in Dispensing with The Penal Laws. Written On the Occasion of His Late Blessed Majesties granting Free Toleration and Indulgence. Wing L396. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by H.H. for the Assigns of R. Langhorne [etc.], London, 1687.
Description:
The work written in defense of Charles II's 1672 Declaration of Indulgence, Langhorne "a Roman Catholic barrister of considerable eminence", later implicated in the Popish Plot, executed for treason, and beatified in 1929 by Pope Pius XI
Condition:
Modern 1/4 sheep over brown boards, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, the spine gilt ruled and lettered, quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80106
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Religion, trials
Author:
Title:
Trial of George Rose, Esq. Secretary to the Treasury . . . For Employing Mr. Smith, a Publican in Westminster, Upon a Late Westminster Election, and Not Paying Him . . . Cast in the Court of King's Bench, by a Special Jury [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Ridgway, York-Street, St. James's Square, London, 1791.
Description:
First edition of a trial with Erskine at his finest, witty, astute, and even brutal in his examination, delicately exposing official corruption, and securing a verdict for his client, Master of the Star and Garter, in the total amount pleaded
Condition:
Modern light brown cloth, the spine black lettered, some browning, else well preserved with untrimmed margins and the half title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80152
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
trials, law of elections
Author:
Imber, Matthew
Title:
The Case . . . of the Customs of the Mannor of Merdon . . . which are to be Observed and Performed by the Lord and the Customary Tenants . . . Inrolled in the Honourable Court of Chancery [including] some remarkable Passages, Suits at Law and in Equity [&c.]
Publisher:
No Publisher Stated, London, 1707.
Description:
Sole edition recording the results of the litigation between Cromwell's grandson (also Oliver) and his tenants over the scope of the latter's customary, historic rights in the only estate not seized from Cromwell's son, Richard, at the Restoration
Condition:
Contemporary speckled sheep, neatly rebacked, definite browning, lacking an initial (?blank) leaf if called for, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80235
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
copyright, Real Property, trials, equity
Author:
Title:
The Nurnberg Case, As Presented by Robert H. Jackson, Chief of Counsel for the United States, Together with Other Documents
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1947.
Description:
With an extensive preface by Justice Jackson, followed by his Presidential report, his opening statement on behalf of the United States and two other addresses by him to the Court, together with other fundamental documents
Condition:
Original cloth, one signature loose, else a very good copy in a very slightly worn and chipped dustjacket
Book No.:
W-80357
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
Nuremberg, trials
Author:
Pym, John
Title:
A Speech Delivered in Parliament, by A worthy Member thereof, and A most faithfull Well-wisher to the Church and Common-Weale; Concerning the grievances of the Kingdome. Wing P4285. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for R. Lownes, at his shop without Ludgate, London, 1642.
Description:
Pym's famous speech, gathering together in great detail the grievances of Parliament submitted to Charles I (including an early statement of grievance of the American "poore plantations"), ultimately leading to his attempted arrest and proposed trial
Condition:
?Original self wraps, now disbound, some browning, without the first blank leaf, else sound and usable with generous margins, 40 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80332
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
English constitutional law, trials, Parliament

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