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Item #78914 An Account of the Trial of Thomas Muir, Esq, Younger of Huntershill. Trial, Thomas Muir, Defendant.
An Account of the Trial of Thomas Muir, Esq, Younger of Huntershill...

An Account of the Trial of Thomas Muir, Esq, Younger of Huntershill...

Highly Politicized Trial of Scottish Radical Who Promoted Thomas Paine's Rights of Man [Trial]. Muir, Thomas [1765-1798], Defendant. An Account of the Trial of Thomas Muir, Esq. Younger, Of Huntershill, Before the High Court of Justiciary at Edinburgh, On the 30th and 31st Days of August, 1793, For Sedition. New York: Printed and Sold by Samuel Campbell, 1794. [iv], 148 pp. With an engraved frontispiece of Muir. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing and a few small stains and scratches to boards, which are slightly bowed, moderate rubbing to extremities, paper label to head of spine, small chip to foot of rear joint, corners bumped and lightly worn, hinges cracked, faint offsetting to endleaves, free endpapers loosening slightly but secure. Moderate toning to interior, occasional light foxing, clean tear to leaf D3 (pp. 29-30) affecting text without loss, early ink library stamp to head of title page with loss to "An" in title and faint offsetting to frontispiece. $200. * First American edition, one of three from 1794. Scots radical Thomas Muir, an advocate, was an ardent supporter of the American and French Revolutions and a proponent of comprehensive parliamentary reform in Great Britain. His activities in Great Britain and France eventually led to a highly politicized trial on sedition charges in 1793. In the end Muir was found guilty of distributing and promoting Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man. He was sentenced to fourteen years transportation to the Australian penal colony of Botany Bay. He had a remarkable escape, but his health was ruined and he died soon afterwards. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13353. Ferguson, Bibliography of Australia 190.

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