A "Penurious Old Reptile" [Trial]. Gambier, James, Defendant [1723-1789]. The Proceedings on the Trial of Captain G------, Late of His Majesty's Ship the Severn, On an Action on the Case Wherein the Damages Sued for was 10,000 l. for Crim. Con. With Ad----l K-----s's Lady; Which was Tried in the Court of King's Bench at Guildhall, By a Special Jury, On Saturday the Eleventh Day of June, 1757. When One Thousand Pounds Damages were Given to the Plaintiff. With an Introductory Preface. London: Printed for H. Owen, At the Britannia Printing-Office, White-Friers, 1757. vii, 3-56 pp. Octavo (8" x 4-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in later plain wrappers, typed label with title and date to front wrapper. Light soiling and creasing to wrappers. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, light soiling and tiny wear holes in a few places, crease and a few small holes to foot of title page without loss to legibility, light edgewear and small tears to fore-edges of a few leaves, a few small thin spots to p. 35 and leaf E4 (pp. 33-34), which is separating at foot but secure. $450. * First edition, one of four London issues from the same year. Admiral Sir Charles Knowles, the plaintiff, accused Captain James Gambier of adultery with his second wife, Maria de Bouget [1733-1796]. Gambier, widely disliked by his men and described by one of them as a "penurious old reptile," failed to win the sympathy of the jury and was fined ?1,000 (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). English Short-Title Catalogue N20182.
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