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1680. Two Victims of the Popish Plot [Trial]. Tasborough, John, Defendant. Price, Ann, Defendant. The Tryal and Conviction of John Tasborough and Ann Price for Subornation of Perjury, In Endeavouring to Perswade Mr. Stephen Dugdale to Retract and Deny his Evidence About the Horrid Popish Plot: With an Intention to Stifle the Further Prosecution and Discovery of the Same. At the King's Bench Bar at Westminster, Tuesday the Third day of February, 1679/80. Before the Right Honourable Sir William Scroggs Knight, Lord Chief Justice, And the Rest of the Judges of that Court. London: Printed for Robert Pawlett at the Bible in Chancery Lane near Fleet-street, 1679/80 [i.e. 1680]. [iv], 59,  pp. Main text preceded by licence leaf. Final leaf contains a publisher advertisement. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent cloth, gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to extremities. Light toning, some soiling and edgewear to first and final leaves, negligible light foxing to a few leaves. Early annotation to recto of licence leaf, "tract-5" in small early hand to head of title page. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. * Only edition. Dugdale was a self-proclaimed discoverer of parts of the Popish Plot. A fictitious conspiracy to assassinate Charles II, it 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. Tasborough and Price, servants of Dugdale, were two of the victims. Dugdale accused them with soliciting him to sign a recantation of his evidence in exchange for a ?1,000 reward. OCLC locates 7 copies in North American law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress, Ohio State, University of Michigan, University of Washington, Worcester County Law Library). English Short-Title Catalogue R23482. (Inventory #: 65736)
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