One of the Principal Scottish Martyrs Transported to Australia [Trial]. Muir, Thomas [1765-1799], Defendant. An Account of the Trial of Thomas Muir, Esq. Younger of Huntershill, Before the High Court of Justiciary at Edinburgh, On the 30th and 31st Days of August 1793, For Sedition. New York: Printed and Sold by Samuel Campbell, 1794. 148 pp. Copperplate frontispiece. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, lettering piece to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities, corners worn, front board detached, rear board partially detached, frontispiece detached and edgeworn, wear to lower corner of p. 5 few leaves with minor loss to text (not affecting legibility). Some toning to text, light dampspotting in places. Early owner signature to rear endleaf, interior otherwise clean. $100. * First American edition. Muir, a Scottish advocate, was sentenced to transportation to Australia for sedition, in support of the French Revolution and Irish independence, and agitation for parliamentary reform. He is among the five men honored by the Scottish Political Martyrs Monument in Edinburgh. Another monument in Muir's honor stands in Huntershill Village, the site of his estate. The first account of his controversial trial was published in Edinburgh in 1793. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1149.
Book number 13950