Trials of Conspirators in the Rye House Plot [Trials]. [Rye House Plot]. The Tryals of Thomas Walcot, William Hone, William Lord Russell, John Rous & William Blagg, For High-Treason, For Conspiring the Death of the King, And Raising a Rebellion in this Kingdom: At the Sessions-House in the Old-Baily London, On a Commission of Oyer and Terminer Held There for the City of London and County of Middlesex, On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 12, 13, And 14. 1683. London: Printed for Richard Royston, Benjamin Took and Charles Mearn, 1683. [ii], 81,  pp. Folio (11" x 6-3/4"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards by Philip Dusel, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light toning to interior, very slight foxing in a few places, some trimming to head of text block affecting headlines in a few places, legibility not affected. Brief contemporary annotation to head of title page, illegible contemporary ownership signature to verso. $500. * Only edition. The principal contemporary account of the trial of conspirators in the "Rye House Plot" to kill Charles II and his brother, the Duke of York. The defendants were found guilty and summarily hanged, drawn and quartered. While most likely were guilty, Lord Russell's guilt was later called into question. He received a posthumous pardon and is remembered as a Whig martyr. Popular discontent at Charles II's use of the Rye House Plot to remove many of his political opponents ultimately led to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the reform of English treason law. English Short-Title Catalogue R21861.
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