A Scarce Scottish Defamation Case [Trial]. Nairne, James [1782-1847], Defendant. The Trial Before the Lord President of the Court of Session, Lord Mackenzie, And a Special Jury, (Taken in Shorthand,) Of the Issues in the Action of Damages at the Instance of Lady Ramsay, Widow of the Late Colonel Sir Thomas Ramsay of Balmain, Baronet, Against James Nairne, W.S., For Falsehood and Defamation; Containing the Speeches of Counsel and Charge of the Lord President, With the Whole Evidence, And an Appendix of Letters and Documents. Edinburgh: Published for the pursuer by W. and R. Chambers; London: Orr and Smith, 1833. [iv], 234, 80 pp. Quarto (11-1/4" x 9"). Original three-quarter cloth over paper-covered boards, rebacked retaining original spine and printed paper title label, hinges mended, untrimmed edges. Some rubbing, a few stains to boards, early owner signature (of John Osbourne Browne, Esq.) to front. Annotations in contemporary hand to foot of table of contents, interior otherwise clean. Ex-library. Shelf number to foot of spine, bookplate to front pastedown, date-due sheet and label to front free endpaper. A nice copy of a scarce title. $250. * Only edition. A highly detailed record of a case involving accusations of marital infidelity by a colleague of Lady Ramsay's late husband. Lady Ramsay prevailed; the jury determined that her "character" was "perfectly pure and unsullied" and awarded her damages of 200 pounds sterling. (234). OCLC locates 10 copies in North American law libraries. Catalogue of the Library of Harvard Law School (1909) II:1171.
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