Published in Support of a Fraudulent Peerage Claim [Banks, Thomas Christopher (1765-1854)]. [Lockhart, Ephraim]. A Disquisition on the Right of Jurisdiction in Peerage Successions, Particularly the Peerage of Scotland; Contained in Letters to the Right Honourable the Lord K-----: With An Appendix. London: James Ridgway, 1830. [ii], 118 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Recent textured cloth, gilt fillets and title to spine, endpapers renewed, edges untrimmed. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, light soiling in a few places, circular ink library stamp to title page and a few other pages without loss to legibility. $350. * Second edition. Banks was a British legal scholar known for assisting claimants to dormant peerages, many of whose claims were flimsy at best and fraudulent at worst. This work, written in support of Alexander Humphrys's claim to the earldom of Stirling, falls into the latter category. Banks was apparently committed enough to Humphrys's cause to allow Humphrys to create him a baronet in Nova Scotia, but stopped using the title when the documents on which Humphrys's claim had relied turned out to be forgeries. OCLC locates 4 copies of this title in North America, none in a law library.
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