Trial of a Would-Be Scottish Duelist [Trial]. Vair, George Buchan, Defendant. Alston, Gideon, Defendant. Report of the Trial by Jury, David Armstrong, Against George Buchan Vair, and Gideon Alston, For Sending a Challenge to Fight a Duel. Taken in Short-Hand. With an Appendix of Letters and Other Documents. Edinburgh: Printed for W. and C. Tait, 1823. iv, 134,  pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary calf with later rebacking, blind fillets to boards, gilt title to spine, hinges mended. Moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, some gatoring along joints. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves, internally clean. $400. * Only edition. Vair, a spirit-dealer in Leith, was apparently engaged to Miss Dinah Grive, "a lady in Dumfries." He objected to inappropriate attentions paid her by David Armstrong, a writer. Vair alleged that Armstrong had caused the lady to break off her engagement and was therefore entitled to challenge him to a duel. Armstrong refused the challenge, won the court case and was awarded 20 pounds in damages. OCLC locates 4 copies in North American law libraries (LA County, Library of Congress, Social Law, University of Pennsylvania).
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