The Trials of Arthur Thistlewood, James Ings, John Thomas Brunt,...
Rare Account of the Cato Street Conspiracy Trial with a Folding Plate [Trials]. [Cato Street Conspiracy]. Thistlewood, Arthur [1774-1820], Primary Defendant. The Trials of Arthur Thistlewood, James Ings, John Thomas Brunt, and Others, for High Treason, before Chief Justice Abbott, Sir Robert Dallas, and Special Juries, At the Old Bailey, London; Which Commenced on Saturday, April 15th, 1820, And Closed on Thursday, April 27th, 1820. Second Edition. From the Notes of a London Reporter. Leeds: Printed by John Barr, Commercial-Street, 1820. 106 pp. Woodcut portrait frontispiece of Thistlewood facing tile page, portrait preceded by large woodcut folding plate depicting elevation and plan titled: "Conspirators' House, Cato St. Marylebone." Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet with untrimmed edges bound into recent quarter-calf over marbled boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves and folding plate, which has light edgewear and a few short tears along folds. $950. * Led by Arthur Thistlewood, the event known as the Cato Street Conspiracy was an attempt to murder all of the ministers and prime minister of King George IV in 1820. Motivated in part by the economic depression of the period, the conspirators wished to avenge earlier protests suppressed by the state, such as the Paterloo Massacre. The conspirator's goal was to overthrow the government and initiate a revolution similar to the French Revolution. Betrayed by one of the co-conspirators, Thistlewood and four others were captured, tried and executed. There are many accounts of this trial, nearly all published in London. This account by a Barr is rare. Library Hub locates 1 copy at the British Library. OCLC adds 5: Harvard Law School, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, University of Georgia Law School, University of Melbourne. Only two of these have records mention the folding table, which suggests some copies were issued without one.
Book number 71887