A Collection of Amusing Eighteenth-Century Legal Cases [Estienne, Robert (1723-1794), Compiler]. Causes Amusantes et Connues. Berlin (i.e. Paris): S.n., 1769-1770. Two volumes. Nine copperplate leaves. Complete. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary calf with cats-paw decoration, gilt spines with raised bands, edges rouged, marbled endpapers, ribbon markers. A few minor nicks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, which are lightly bumped, hinges cracked, armorial bookplate of Lord Farnham to front pastedowns. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places. An attractive set. $750. * First edition. Published anonymously under a false imprint, this is a collection of unusual or bizarre court cases, many with erotic and humorous elements, such as "Against an Accusation of Seduction," " A Brief in Favor of Turkeys." Several re-issues and adaptations of this work appeared during the next few years. "Lord Farnham" is possibly Barry Maxwell, 3rd Baron Farnham and 1st Earl of Farnham [1723-1800], an Irish lawyer, peer and politician. OCLC locates 3 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Georgetown, George Washington University, Harvard). Weller, Die Falschen und Fingirten Druckorte II:182. British Museum Catalogue 8:1031.
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