A Leader of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1722 [Trial]. Layer, Christopher [1683-1723], Defendant. The Whole Proceeding Upon the Arraignment, Tryal, Conviction and Attainder of Christopher Layer, Esq; For High Treason, In Compassing and Imagining the Death of the King. In the Court of King's-Bench at Westminster, In Michaelmas Term; In the Ninth Year of the Reign of Our Soveraign Lord George, By the Grace of God, King of Great Britain France and Ireland: Annoq; Domini 1722. Perused by the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Justice, And the Rest of the Judges of the Court of King's-Bench, And by the Counsel for His Majesty, And for the Prisoner. London: Printed by S. Buckley, 1722 [i.e. 1723]. [iv], 152 pp. With an initial imprimatur leaf dated Jan. 21, 1722/3. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, light soiling to exterior, light shelfwear, later markings in pencil to verso of rear endleaf. Light toning to text, minor stain to fore-edge of text block, early annotation to foot of p. 152. A nice copy. $125. * First edition. This is the standard contemporary account of Layer's trial, which resulted from his leadership during Jacobite Rebellion of 1722. Also known as the Atterbury Plot, this was the second attempt to return James II to the thrones of England and Scotland. The trial ended with the execution of Layer and most of his colleagues. (One of them, Francis Atterbury, the Bishop of Rochester, was banished.) This account was reissued in Dublin in 1723. The annotation states the date of Layer's execution. English Short-Title Catalogue T114598.
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