Two Notable British Executions [Trials]. Lovat, Simon, Lord [1675?-1747], Defendant. The Whole Proceedings in the House of Peers, Upon the Impeachment Exhibited by the Knights, Citizens, And Burgesses, In Parliament Assembled, In the Names of Themselves and of All the Commons of Great Britain; Against Simon Lord Lovat, For High Treason: The Proceedings in Westminster-Hall Being Begun on Monday the 9th Day of March, And Continued on Tuesday the 10th, Wednesday the 11th, Friday the 13th, Monday the 16th, Wednesday the 18th, and Thursday the 19th Days of March 1746-7: On the Last of Which Days Judgment of High Treason Was Given Against Him. London: Printed for Samuel Billingsley, 1747. [iv], 188 pp. [Bound with] Ferrers, Lawrence, Earl [1720-1760], Defendant. The Trial of Lawrence Earl Ferrers, For the Murder of John Johnson, Before the Right Honourable the House of Peers, In Westminster-Hall, In Full Parliament, On Wednesday the 16th, Thursday the 17th, And Friday the 18th of April, 1760: On the Last of Which Days, Judgment for Murder was Given Against Him. London: Printed for Samuel Billingsley, 1760. [iv], 55,  pp. [And] [Lyttelton, George, 1st Baron (1709-1773)]. To the Memory of a Lady Lately Deceased. A Monody. London: Printed for A. Millar and sold by M. Cooper, 1748. [iv], 15,  pp. Folio (14" x 8-1/2"). Contemporary calf, gilt rules to boards, raised bands, gilt fillets and blind-stamped lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing with a few scuffs, nicks and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing and some wear to extremities, boards beginning to detach but held securely by cords, corners bumped, light foxing and offsetting to endleaves, list of contents in an early hand in ink to back free endpaper. Light toning to interior, light foxing in several places, leaf O2 mended on verso with no loss to legibility. $750. * Lovat and Ferrers: first editions; Lyttelton: second edition. Lovat, one of the leaders of the (second) Jacobite Rebellion, was among those defeated at Culloden and subsequently sentenced to death for high treason. Ferrers, an eccentric nobleman with a violent temper, was convicted of killing his steward in a drunken rage. Both men hold the dubious honor of being the last British peers beheaded and hanged, respectively. Lovat's execution.
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