1709 · London
Publication of this treatise on high treason followed hard on the heels of the Treason Act 1708 (7 Ann c 21), by which Parliament "harmonized" the laws of high treason in "Great Britain" following the union in 1707 of England and Scotland, each of which had different and sometimes quite distinct concepts of "high treason."
The final part of this small volume bears a title-page reading "A form and method of trial of commoners, in cases of high treason, and misprision of high treason," with the same imprint information at the main title. (A woman tried and convicted, seeking a stay of execution because pregnant, may pray "a Jury of  Matrons or Motherly Women" confirm and attest the same; other data are equally particular and evocative.) While the pagination and signature markings of this final part are not continuous from A collection of several statutes, it is clear that the "two" were printed as a whole and are not separate works, although they are sometimes catalogued as if they were and are even sometimes sold as such.
Printed mostly in roman type with some italic, this has headings in gothic and some long passages also in gothic.
Provenance: 18th-century ownership signatures at top of main title-page of J.W. Tarleton and J. Skynner (both lined through), and 19th-century signature of Wm. Saunders. Oldham Free Public Library (Lancs.) stamp on verso of same.
ESTC T136807; Sweet & Maxwell 12.Ia.6 and 12.Ia.10. Late 20th-century quarter brown calf with brown stone-pattern marbled paper sides; all edges gilt. Slim waterstain in upper margin of last four leaves; same leaves foxed. Overall a very good copy. (Inventory #: 34007)