Handsome 1720 Collection of Trials for High Treason and Other Crimes [Salmon, Thomas (1679-1767), Compiler]. Tryals for High-Treason, And Other Crimes. With Proceedings on Bills of Attainder, And Impeachments. For Three Hundred Years Past. To Which are Prefix'd, A Preface, Giving an Account of the Nature and Usefulness of the Work. And an Alphabetical Table of the Respective Persons Try'd, And the Points of Law Debated and Adjudg'd. By the Same Hand that Prepared the Folio Edition for the Press. In Six Parts. London: Printed for D. Browne, G. Strahan, W. Mears, R. Gosling, 1720. Six volumes. Octavo (7-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary speckled paneled calf, rebacked in period style with lettering pieces and gilt-edged raised bands, speckled edges. A few nicks and scuffs, light rubbing to boards. Somewhat heavier rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, front free endpapers of Volumes I, III and VI detached and lightly edgeworn, armorial bookplates of John Laveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gover to front pastedowns, later bookplates of (unknown owner dated 1892) to front free endpapers. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, chip to final leaf of Volume VI (due to a spot of glue) with minor loss to text. $1,250. * Only edition. This set is an abridged version, with additional trials, of Salmon's Compleat Collection of State-Tryals (1719). Three supplemental volumes were added to this set in 1731. Gower [1694-1754] was a British Tory politician, one of the first Tories to enter government after the Hanoverian Succession. He was the Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal from 1742 to 1743. English Short-Title Catalogue T69541.
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