The Tryal and Conviction of Sr Sam Bernardiston Bart for High-Misdemeanor at the Session of Nisi Prius:. Holden at Guild-Hall, London for his Majesties Court of Kingsbench before the Right Honourable Sir George Jeffreys.
London: Benjamin Tooke, 1684. First Edition. Hardcover. Barnardiston (spelled incorrectly by the printer) was a Whig and a director of the East India Company. Jeffreys was, of course, the notorious English judge. Here the defendant was accused of libel within a private letter and, shockingly, conviced by Jeffreys...just as shockingly, he was reversed by the House of Lords several years later. Overall, a handsome copy of another of Jeffreys' attacks on logic. Very Good-. Item #5730 Light shelf/edge wear, moisture stain at fore-edge of boards, slight curve to boards, textblock shows light even toning, moderate tidemarks, else tight and clean. Halfbound, burgundy leather spine and tips, marbled boards, light tan endpages. Small fo. 30pp (numbered through 34, but 9-12 dropped in, presumably, a printers pagination error, no loss of text).