Book #79449
Item #79449 The Hope of the Briefless; Or, The Cradle of Crime. Legal Poetry, Sir John Eardley Eardley-Wilmot.
The Hope of the Briefless; Or, The Cradle of Crime.
The Hope of the Briefless; Or, The Cradle of Crime.

The Hope of the Briefless; Or, The Cradle of Crime.

"The Last Recorded Syllable of Time Shall Throb to Human Weakness, Want, And Crime" [Legal Poetry]. [Eardley-Wilmot, Sir John Eardley (1810-1892), Attributed]. The Hope of the Briefless; Or, The Cradle of Crime. [London?]: Printed for private circulation, [c.1850]. 7 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound in later three-quarter morocco over cloth, gilt seal to front board, gilt title and library seal to spine, endleaves added. Light rubbing to extremities, some fading to fore-edges of boards, faint offsetting to endleaves, later bookplate (Inner Temple Library) to front pastedown, small ink library stamps to rear pastedown and a few other leaves. Light toning, some soiling to front wrapper, brief annotation to its verso, early owner signature (Charles Manley Smith) to head of p. 1, brief additions, mostly in the same hand, throughout. $500. * Only edition. This poem satirizes the Birmingham assizes. Later sources attribute the work to Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, a British politician and judge. Smith, called to the bar at the Inner Temple, was the author of several important treatises and legal works. His annotations identify the names of figures whose names were not printed in full. OCLC locates 2 copies of this rare title (British Library, University of Birmingham).

Price: $500.00

Book number 79449