A Case That May Have Inspired Stevenson [Trial]. Anglesey, Richard, Sixth Earl of [1694-1761], Defendant. The Trial at Bar Between Campbell Craig, Lessee of James Annesley, Esq; Plaintiff, And the Right Honourable Richard Earl of Anglesey, Defendant. Before the Honourable the Barons of the Exchequer, At the King's Court, Dublin, In Trinity Term, In the 16th and 17th Years of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second, King of Great-Britain, &c. And in the Year of Our Lord 1743. London: Printed by and for the proprietor, R. Walker, 1744. 448 pp. Copperplate frontispiece of James Annesley. Octavo (7" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, corner fleurons to boards, rebacked in period style with raised bands, blind fillets, retained lettering piece and gilt date, endleaves renewed. Gatoring and light wear to boards, which have a gilt-stamped institutional name and seal, moderate rubbing and wear to board edges and corners, which are bumped, library bookplate and small circular sticker to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, occasional light foxing, faint dampstaining in a few places, small ink library stamps to title page and following leaf, legibility not affected, upper corner of leaf Y3 (pp. 173-174) lacking, text just affected without loss to legibility. $450. * Only edition. In 1741, James Annesley appeared in England with a sensational claim: at the age of 12, his uncle Richard Annesley had him kidnapped and shipped to a plantation in Delaware, where he was forced into indentured servitude for twelve years. In his absence, Richard Annesley succeeded to the title of Earl of Anglesey. After James escaped, he signed on with the Royal Navy and returned to Ireland to claim his title after his discharge. His ejectment claim was successful and the estates were returned to him (though he did not obtain his title before his death). The sensational case drew a great deal of public attention and generated at least 15 separate accounts of the trial. It is cited by some as an inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's famous 1886 novel Kidnapped. English Short-Title Catalogue N13750.
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