8vo, pp. , 123, [1 (blank)]; without half-title; woodcut device to title; light foxing, repaired corners to title; a good copy in recent orange buckram, spine lettered in gilt.
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Memoirs of the Life of Lord Lovat.
First edition of the life of Lord Lovat, published before his trial. A life-long Jacobite conspirator, Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat (1667/8–1747), was closely involved in the uprisings of 1689, 1715, 1719, and 1745. Upon his capture in 1746, he was brought to London and tried before the House of Lords, where he was found guilty and sentenced to death; his execution in 1747 was the last public beheading in the United Kingdom.
The Cooper edition of 1746 exists in a great number of variants, all uncommon, differing in imprint and pagination. The present issue is one of several in pp. 123; other printings are in pp. 108 or pp. 88.
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