Collection of the Most Interesting and Remarkable Trials:. Particularly of those People who have Forfeited their Lives to the Injured Laws of their Country. In which the most remarkable of the State Trials will be Included, with the Defence and Behaviour of the Criminals, before and after Condemnation. Intended not only to point out the Crimes of the Great, which are at present but little farther known than their own Families but also those of Inferior Criminals, who are only handed down as Examples to Posterity [Volume 1 Only].
London: R. Snagg, 1775. First Edition. Hardcover. A well documented collection of approximately one hundred trials across the two volumes, spanning three centuries with an apparent focus on high treason, murder, buggery, forgery, impotence(?!?), etc. Defendants include Guy Fawkes, Thomas Moore, William Pen, Walter Raleigh, etc.19th century bookplate of John Matthews, most probably the "father of the modern soda fountain". Thought it is only Volume One, it stands alone from a content standpoint and the binding and overall condition of the textblock make it a bit of a legal treasure. Near Fine [Volume 1 Only]. Item #5728 Minor shelf/edge wear, touch of sun at front edges, ownership signature at title page, owner bookplate at front blank, else tight, bright and unmarred. Halfbound, burgundy leather spine and tips, five raised bands, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering and decorative elements, red stain at textblock edges, frontispiece. Small 4to. 748pp. Illus. (b/w plate). Laid in engraving by Cruikshank of Capt. James Lowry (exectuted for murder).