Adultery Trial Involving a Wealthy Heiress, A Member of Parliament and the Diplomat who Acquired the Elgin Marbles [Trial]. Fergusson, R[obert] J., Defendant. The Trial of R.J. Fergusson, Esquire, For Adultery with the Countess of Elgin, Wife of the Earl of Elgin. In the Sheriff's Court, On December the 22nd, 1807. Damages Ten Thousand Pounds!!! London: Printed and Sold for J. Day, . 20 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/8"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into period-style quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed. Light browning to text, light foxing and tiny stains to a few leaves. $1,250. * First edition. Mary Hamilton Bruce [1778-1855], Countess of Elgin, was the wife of British diplomat Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin [1766-1841], who is best known for his acquisition of the sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens, the Elgin Marbles. Furgusson, also spelled Ferguson, was a Whig Member of Parliament and an amateur geologist. When the earl discovered his wife's affair with Fergusson, he sued him and won ?10,000 (around ?5 million today). A divorce followed. Ferguson then married her on 20 April 1808. A second edition of our trial account was published in 1808. Both are rare. Counting both editions, OCLC locates 8 copies of the first edition, 5 in North America, 2 in law libraries (Social Law, Yale). Not in the British Museum Catalogue.
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