[TREASON.] A Form and Method of Trial of Commoners in Cases of High Treason and Misprision of High Treason, pursuant to the Statute made in the seventh Year of the Reign of the late King William the Third, of England, & c., intituled An Act for Regulating of Trials in Cases of Treason and Misprision of Treason, and also in Cases of other Treasons and Misprisions of Treason, not restrained to the Method directed in that Statute, but remain Triable and to be proceeded upon according to the Course of the Common Law. London, Charles Bill and the executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1709.
12mo, pp. 1: , 113, [1 (blank)], , 2: , 5-44, , [1 (blank)]; lightly foxed, a few creased corners; very good copies in contemporary black morocco, panelled in gilt with arms of Queen Anne blocked in gilt to each board, spine gilt in compartments and lettered directly in gilt, board-edges and turn-ins roll-tooled in gilt, edges gilt, marbled endpapers; subtly rebacked, lightly bumped at extremities, front free endpaper detached; ink monogram dated 1794 to front flyleaf, nineteenth-century bookplate of John Pearson to upper pastedown.
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A Collection of the several Statutes and Parts of Statutes now in Force relating to High Treason and Misprision of High Treason.
First edition, published shortly after the Treason Act 1708, in its contemporary binding. Issued following the revision of laws relating to high treason following the Union of 1707, the texts were printed by the printers to Queen Anne and are often found in black morocco bindings to this design, with her arms blocked on each board. The tools used for the corner-pieces, however, vary between copies.
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