The Trial at large of Her Majesty Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain, in the House of Lords, on Charges of adulterous Intercourse, containing a full and accurate Detail of the Evidence of the Witnesses, the Speeches of Counsel, and all other Proceedings in this extraordinary Trial, the Examination of the Witnesses, and the documentary Testimony, printed verbatim from the authenticated Journals of the House of Peers, the whole illustrated by explanatory Notes and embellished with faithful and highly-finished Portraits, &c … Vol. I, containing the Evidence in Support of the Charges [– Vol. II, containing the Evidence and Speeches for the Defence].

London, William Clowes for T. Kelly, 1821.

2 vols, 8vo, pp. I: [2], [v]-xviii, [2], 664, II: [2], 719, [1]; engraved titles with vignettes, frontispiece portrait vol. I, and 22 plates; occasional spotting; a good set in contemporary English marbled calf, borders roll-tooled in gilt, later spines gilt in compartments with gilt red morocco lettering-pieces; rebacked and recornered, lightly rubbed, worming at joints; bookplates of Sir Alfred Sherlock Gooch to upper pastedowns.

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The Trial at large of Her Majesty Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain, in the House of Lords, on Charges of adulterous Intercourse, containing a full and accurate Detail of the Evidence of the Witnesses, the Speeches of Counsel, and all other Proceedings in this extraordinary Trial, the Examination of the Witnesses, and the documentary Testimony, printed verbatim from the authenticated Journals of the House of Peers, the whole illustrated by explanatory Notes and embellished with faithful and highly-finished Portraits, &c … Vol. I, containing the Evidence in Support of the Charges [– Vol. II, containing the Evidence and Speeches for the Defence].

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First edition of the trial of Queen Caroline. Defended by Henry Brougham and Thomas Denman against allegations presented to the House of Lords on behalf of George IV, Queen Caroline’s cause proved enormously popular; though the bill of pains and penalties, intended to end the King’s marriage and deprive the Queen of her title, narrowly passed its third reading in the Lords, Liverpool’s government withdrew it before it came to the Commons, fearing ‘popular rioting or even revolution’ (ODNB) and further damage to the King’s reputation.

A Manchester issue of the same edition is recorded.

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