The First Woman to Represent Herself in a British Court [Trial]. Tocker, Mary Ann [1778-1853], Defendant. Trial of Mary Ann Tocker, For an Alleged Libel, On Mr. R. Gurney, Vice-Warden of the Stannery-Court, Devon, With the Defence Verbatim as Delivered by the Defendant; To which are Prefaced, Some Introductory Remarks; Together with an Address to the Jury, By Miss Tocker. London: Printed and Published at the Request of, And for the Benefit of Miss Tocker, by Henry White, 1818. viii, 40 pp. Etched portrait frontispiece of Tocker. [Bound with] Observations on a Libel; For Which an Indictment was Instituted by Richard Gurney, Esq. Of the Inner Temple, Special Pleader, As Vice-Warden of the Stanneries of Devon, Against Miss Mary Ann Tocker; Of Which the Defendant was Found Not Guilty. Tried Before Mr. Justice Burrough, At Bodmin. The 5th of August, 1818. By the Prosecutor. The Third Edition. London: Published and Sold by Effingham Wilson, . [iv], 84 pp. [And] Reply of Mary Ann Tocker, To the False and Surrilous Pamphlet of Mr. R. Gurney, Ex-Vice-Warden of Devon; Comprising the Private Correspondence of the Rev. R. Gurney, The Rev. W.O. Gurney, And Mr. R. Gurney. London: Printed and Published by Henry White, . 45 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary quarter cloth over marbled boards, gilt ornaments and "2" to spine, endpapers renewed, hinges reinforced (on versos of free endpapers). Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, which are bumped. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining throughout. $2,750. * Tocker is believed to be the first woman to represent herself in a British court. Tocker accused a local official, Richard Gurney, of corruption. Prosecuted for a libel by Gurney, she offered an able defence and was exonerated by the jury. Her bravery and ability brought her great fame in radical circles and she became an inspiration for early nineteenth-century feminists. The three pamphlets in our sammelband are rare. OCLC locates 6 copies of the Trial of Mary Ann Tocker, none in North America, no copies of the third edition of Observations on a Libel, which has more content than the first two editions, and 4 copies of the Reply of Mary Ann Tocker, 2 in North America (University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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