On Trial for "Criminal Conversation" [Trial]. Liddell, Richard, Defendant [c.1694-1746]. An Account of the Tryal of Richard Lyddel, Esq; At His Majesty's Court of Common-Pleas, Before the Right Honourable Lord-Chief-Justice Eyre, For Carrying on a Criminal Conversation with the Late Lady Abergavenny; On Monday the 16th of February, 1729/30. London: Printed for A. Moore, 1730. 8 pp. Pages 6 and 7 printed in reverse order. Folio (13" x 8-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers, untrimmed. Moderate toning, single horizontal fold, slight creasing to first signature at spine, light wear to fore-edge of second and fourth leaves, moderate soiling to verso of final leaf. $850. * Early edition, one of two from the same year under the same fictitious imprint. Liddell, an Irish MP and something of a rake, was caught in bed with Lady Abergavenny, the wife of a close friend. When the two were found out, Lady Abergavenny went into shock and died twenty-six days later. The sensational case drew a great deal of public attention. Despite Liddell's penitence, the jury issued a harsh fine of ?10,000, which ruined him financially. OCLC locates 5 copies, 2 in North America (University of Illinois, University of Minnesota). English Short-Title Catalogue T105385.
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