Select Trials for Murders, Robberies, Rapes, Sodomy, Coining, Frauds.
"Select" Trials at Old Bailey [Trials]. [Great Britain]. Select Trials for Murders, Robberies, Rapes, Sodomy, Coining, Frauds, And Other Offences: At the Sessions-House in the Old-Bailey. To Which are Added, Genuine Accounts of the Lives, Exploits, Behaviour, Confessions and Dying-Speeches of the Most Eminent Convicts. London: Printed for J. Wilford, 1734-1735. Two volumes. [iv], 479, ; [viii], 500 pp. Main text in parallel columns. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf with recent rebacking, gilt fillets to boards, lettering pieces and blind ornaments to spines, existing endpapers retained, hinges mended. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges with wear to corners. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat heavier in places, offsetting and light foxing to endleaves. An attractive set. $1,500. * Only edition. This set presents reports of trials held at the "Court of Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery for London and Middlesex," better known as Old Bailey. Contents are arranged chronologically from 1740 to 1764. These accounts were published to amuse, titillate and perhaps instruct, and they are interesting today for their insights into the legal and cultural history of the early Georgian period. Ours is the first in a series of three multi-volume trial collections, the others published in 1742 and 1764. Although these titles were issued by different publishers, they have a similar format and nearly identical contents. English Short-Title Catalogue T82604.
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