"A False Accusation of Witchcraft" [Trial]. Hathaway, Richard, Defendant. The Trial of Richard Hathaway, At Surrey Assizes, (Begun and Held in the Borough of Southwark, March the 24th, 1702) Upon an Information for Being a Cheat and Imposter, And Endeavouring to Take Away the Life of Sara Morduck, On a False Accusation of Witchcraft; In Which is Discovered the Malicious Designs of the Said Imposter, With an Account of his Pretended Inchantment and Witchcraft. Before the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Justice Holt and Mr Baron Hatfell. To Which is Added, A Short Account of the Trial of Richard Hathaway, Thomas Wellyn and Elizabeth his Wife, And Elizabeth Willoughby, Wife of Walter Willoughby, Upon an Information for a Riot and Assault upon Sara Morduck, The Pretended Witch, At the Said Assizes. London: Printed for R. Griffiths, 1754. [ii], 92 pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title to spine. Light toning to text, light soiling and three minor tears to half-title, light soiling to p. 92., light wear to fore-edges of title page and first couple of leaves of preface, inner margin of final leaf bound close to gutter. $1,500. * Reissue of the only edition. "Hathaway's importance, or at least notoriety, continues today: his case is cited frequently in scholarship on English witchcraft as evidence of both judicial skepticism towards the crime of witchcraft and the continued popular belief in it" (Apps). This pamphlet was originally published in 1702 as The Tryal of Richard Hathaway. This is a scarce title. The 1754 reissue is rare. OCLC locates 5 copies, 3 in North America (Boston Public Library, Cornell, Harvard). Apps, "Motive Hunting in the Case of Richard Hatchaway," Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural Vol. 1, No. 1 (2012) 72. English Short-Title Catalogue N13804.
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