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[Gordon, George]. The trial of George Gordon, Esquire, commonly called Lord George Gordon, for high treason, at the bar of the court of King's Bench, on Monday, February 5th, 1781. Taken in short-hand, by Joseph Gurney. London: G. Kearsly & M. Gurney, 1781. Folio (32.4 cm, 12.75"). , 37,  pp. $600.00
[with] The trial of George Gordon ... the second part. Third edition. London: G. Kearsly & M. Gurney, 1781. Folio. 65,  pp.
Transcript of the courtroom proceedings against Lord George Gordon, president of the Protestant Association of London, following the waves of anti-Catholic violence that became known as the Gordon Riots. This was the first case argued before a jury by renowned lawyer and politician Thomas Erskine, who not only won a verdict of not guilty for his client Gordon, but also forced a reconsideration of => the doctrine of constructive treason.
This appears to be the first edition of the first part (with vertical chain lines), and is the stated third of the second part (with horizontal chain lines).
Provenance: Back pastedown with attractive Greek-lettered rubber-stamp of John R. Doukas.
Pt. I: ESTC N51892. Pt. 2: ESTC T143508; Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 12230. Later quarter red morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and date; edges lightly rubbed. Laid-in cataloguing, from several sources and on what appear to be different copies. Pages creased, with mild occasional spotting; final leaf of pt. 2 printed right of center, resulting in one or two final letters of each line being shaved. One early inked single-word annotation in part 2. (38632) Please RESHELVE This.
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