Scarce English Trials Concerning a Botched Murder Attempt and the Murder of a Quaker Woman [Trials]. Coke, Arundel [d. 1722], Defendant. Woodburne, John, [d. 1722], Defendant. The Tryal and Condemnation of Arundel Coke Alias Cooke Esq; And of John Woodburne Labourer, For Felony, in Slitting the Nose of Edward Crispe Gent. Contrary to the 22 & 23 Car. II. Cap. I. Intitled, An Act to Prevent Malicious Maiming and Wounding; Who Were found Guilty at the Assizes Held Before the Right Honourable Sir Peter King Knt. Lord Chief Justice of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas, At Bury St. Edmonds, Tuesday the 13th of March 1721. And Received Sentence the Day Following. London: Printed for John Darby in Bartholomew-Close, And Daniel Midwinter in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1722. 16, *17-*18, 17-37,  pp. With an initial imprimatur leaf; text is continuous (and complete). [Bound with] Cowper, Spencer [1669-1728], Principal Defendant. The Tryal of Spencer Cowper, Esq; John Marson, Ellis Stevens, And William Rogers, Gent. Upon an Indictment for the Murther of Mrs. Sarah Stout, A Quaker. Before Mr. Baron Hatsell, At Hertford Assizes, July 18, 1699. Of Which They Were Acquitted. With the Opinions of the Eminent Physicians and Chirurgeons on Both Sides Concerning Drowned Bodies, Delivered in the Tryal. And the Several Letters Produced in Court. London: Printed and Are to be Sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster, 1699. 38 pp. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Contemporary marbled boards with recent period-style re-backing, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers retained, hinges repaired. Moderate rubbing and scuffing to boards, corners bumped and somewhat worn, early armorial bookplate to front pastedown, tiny wormhole through bottom margin of text block. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, some leaves have light foxing or stains. Early owner annotation to front free endpaper, interior otherwise clean. Two scarce trials in a handsome binding. $1,750. * Coke: first edition; Cowper: only edition, one of three issues from 1699. Coke, a barrister, lost his money in the South Sea Bubble. He hired Woodburn to kill his brother-in-law, Edward Crisp, aiming to inherit his money. In his failed murder attempt Woodburn managed to cut Edward Crisp's nose. This led to the first convictions under the Coventr.
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