1680. A Survivor of the Popish Plot [Trial]. Gascoigne, Sir Thomas [1593?-1686], Defendant. The Tryal of Sr Tho. Gascoyne Bar. For High-Treason, In Conspiring the Death of the King, The Subversion of the Government, And Alteration of Religion, On Wednesday the 11th of February 1679. At the Bar of the Kings Bench, Before the Right Honourable Sir William Scroggs Lord Chief Justice, And the Rest of the Judges of that Court. London: Printed for Tho. Bassett, and Sam. Heyrick, 1680. Final leaf is a bound-in facsimile. 67,  pp. Folio (11-3/4" x 7"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into later quarter speckled calf over paper-covered boards, lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing to extremities, slight darkening to edges of boards. Moderate toning to text, light browning to edges, light foxing, edgewear and minor tears to a few leaves, light soiling to title page. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown, stamps to endleaves, perforated stamp to head of title page. * Only edition. A fictitious conspiracy to assassinate Charles II, the Popish Plot provoked a spasm of anti-Catholic hysteria in England and Scotland that led to the executions of at least 22 men between 1678 and 1681 and harsh laws against Catholics. Gascoigne, who was implicated by two disgruntled former servants, was among the many who were implicated in the Popish Plot, and one of the few who managed to escape execution. OCLC locates 4 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, Osgoode Hall, University of Minnesota, University of Michigan). English Short-Title Catalogue R6828. (Inventory #: 65749)
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