With Vivid Descriptions of 173 Duels in an Exceptional Binding Gilchrist, James. A Brief Display of the Origin and History of Ordeals; Trials by Battle; Courts of Chivalry or Honour; And the Decision of Private Quarrels by Single Combat: Also, A Chronological Register of the Principal Duels Fought from the Accession of His Late Majesty to the Present Time. London: Printed for the Author, 1821. xliii, 346 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6"). Contemporary morocco, gilt panels to boards, raised bands, gilt title and gilt ornaments to spine, all edges gilt, gilt rules to board edges, gilt inside dentelles. A few light scratches and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, front hinge cracked. Faint ink smudge to front free endpaper, light toning to interior, annotation to lower margins of pp. 317-318 in contemporary hand. $850. * Only edition. This study explores the history of dueling and trial by single combat, a legal right that existed until 1819. It contains a wealth of curious details about these practices. Most the book is a set of histories, ranging in length from a paragraph to several pages, of 172 duels, mostly English and American, conducted from 1762 to 1821. Among these are some famous examples, such as the Hamilton-Burr duel. The annotation on pp. 317-318 states that a "Fatal Duel Between Mr. Fulliot and Mr. Burrowes, September 17, 1820" was a hoax, according to a conversation between Fulliot and the annotator. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 10:579.
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