Three Notable Eighteenth-Century British Trials [Trials]. Byng, John [1704-1757], Defendant. The Trial of the Honourable Admiral John Byng, At a Court-Martial, As Taken by Mr. Charles Fearne, Judge-Advocate of his Majesty's Fleet. London: Printed for R. Manby near Ludgate-Hill [et al.], 1757. 130 [i.e. 134]; 19 [i.e. 21],  pp. Additional pages *37-8 and *73-6 inserted. Lacking leaves 2K1-2 (pp. 125-128). [Bound with] Ferrers, Lawrence (Laurence) Shirley, 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] Blandy, Mary [1720-1752], Defendant. The Tryal of Mary Blandy, Spinster; For the Murder of Her Father, Francis Blandy, Gent. At the Assizes Held at Oxford for the County of Oxford, On Saturday the 29th of February, 1752, Before the Honourable Heneague Legge, Esq; and Sir Sydney Stafford Smythe, Knt. Two of the Barons of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer. London: Printed for John and James Rivington, 1752. [ii], 46 pp. Folio (13-1/2" x 8-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlets bound in later period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece ("Admiral Byng Trial") to spine, gilt decoration to compartments, edges speckled red. Light rubbing and a few small scuffs and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing and light wear to extremities, light fading to spine, front hinge cracked, faint offsetting to preliminaries. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing. Tryal of Mary Blandy: title page and final leaf neatly mended, creasing and small tears to final leaf, which has faint dampstaining and spotting, legibility not affected, small clean tear to fore-edge of penultimate leaf not affecting text. $850. * Three notable eighteenth-century trials. Admiral Byng was court-martialed after electing to repair his damaged fleet at Gibraltar rather than relieve a British garrison. The court acquitted him of personal cowardice, but convicted him of failure to "do his utmost to take, seize and destroy the Ships of the F.
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