Book #69131
The Trial of the Hon Mrs Catherine Newton, Wife of John Newton, Esq. Trial, Catherine Newton.
The Trial of the Hon Mrs Catherine Newton, Wife of John Newton, Esq.
The Trial of the Hon Mrs Catherine Newton, Wife of John Newton, Esq.

The Trial of the Hon Mrs Catherine Newton, Wife of John Newton, Esq.

"All the Interesting Scenes Fully, Minutely, And Circumstantially Displayed" [Trial]. Newton, Catherine. The Trial of the Hon. Mrs. Catherine Newton, Wife of John Newton, Esq. and Daughter of the Right Honourable and Reverend Lord Francis Seymour; At the Consistory Court of Doctors Commons; Upon A Libel and Allegations, Charging Her with the Crime of Adultery with Mr. Isham Baggs, A Young Oxonian; Mr. Brett, A Player at Bath; Thomas Cope, Mrs. Newton's Coachman; Isaac Hatheway, Her Footman; John Ackland, Of Fairfield, In the County of Somerset, Esq. And Divers Other Persons. With All the Interesting Scenes Fully, Minutely, And Circumstantially Displayed. Containing the Whole of the Evidence in That Very Extraordinary Trial. London: Printed for G. Lister, [1782]. 72; 70, [2] pp. Two parts, each with title page and individual pagination. First part preceded by copperplate frontispiece. Second part followed by 2 pp. publisher catalogue. Octavo (7-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Later three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt spine with raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, light browning to a few leaves. $2,500. * First edition, one of two issues, the other with an imprint stating (in part) "Printed for the Proprietors" and the date 1782. A fine example of Augustan ribaldry, this is an account of the colorful Catherine Newton, who was accused of committing adultery with four named men, ranging from a footman to a "young Oxonian," along with "divers other persons." The frontispiece depicts the student caressing Newton's legs with a washcloth by a stream. There were two subsequent editions, both printed in 1782. English Short-Title Catalogue T152335.

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