Forfeiture for High Treason [Yorke, Charles (1722-1770)]. Some Considerations on the Law of Forfeiture for High Treason. With an Appendix Concerning Estates-Tail in Scotland. Corrected and Enlarged. Eduinburgh: Printed for Alexander Donaldson, 1778. xiv, 189,  pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4"). Recent period-style sprinkled calf, gilt fillets and retained contemporary lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges, hinges mended. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to lower outside corner of text block, light foxing in a few places. An attractive copy. $250. * Fourth (stated) edition, published the same year as the third edition, which was printed in London. First published in 1745, Yorke's essay argues that corruption of blood and forfeiture are justifiable consequences of treason. This work was a response to the cases of treason that followed the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and a defense of treason legislation introduced by Yorke's father, the Earl of Hardwicke, who was then lord chancellor. Going beyond the common law, Yorke draws on examples from Athenian, Roman, Jewish and feudal sources. The final edition of this book, the fourth, was published in 1795. All editions are scarce. English Short-Title Catalogue N23002.
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