The Largest Award Granted in an English Adultery Case [Trial]. Mildmay, Sir Henry [1787-1848], Defendant. [Cruikshank, George (1792-1878), Frontispiece]. Crim Con!! Damages Fifteen Thousand Pounds! Fairburn (Senior's) Edition of the Trial Between Lord Roseberry and Sir Henry Mildmay, For Criminal Conversation with the Plaintiff's Wife; Before J. Birchall, Esq. At the Sheriff's Court, Bedford-Street, On Saturday, December 10th, 1814: Including the Attorney-General's Speech and Mr. Brougham's Reply, At Full Length: Taken in Short-Hand. London: Published by John Fairburn, . [ii], -43,  pp. Folding frontispiece. Final page is a publisher advertisement. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in plain wrappers, untrimmed edges. Light soiling to wrappers, light toning to text, light soiling to title page. $2,500. * Mildmay was accused of committing adultery with his deceased wife's sister, Harriett Bouverie. At the time, she was the wife of Sir Archibald John Primrose, 4th Earl of Roseberry (or Rosebery) [1783-1868] and mother of their four children. The charges were not contested, but a trial was held to assess the damages. The award of ?15,000 pounds was the highest ever given in an English adultery case. Our imprint is similar to one listed in Cohn, which is 48 pages and has a plate that is colored. Cohn notes "there were several editions of this pamphlet, which is very scarce." No copies of this imprint listed on OCLC or COPAC. See Cohn, George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonne 712.
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