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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

The Trial of Joseph Gerrald.

[GERRALD (Joseph)].

[GERRALD (Joseph)].

The Trial of Joseph Gerrald, Delegate from the London Corresponding Society, to the British Convention. Before the High Court of Justiciary, at Edinburgh, on the 3d, 10th, 13th, and 14th March, 1794. For Sedition. Taken in Short-Hand by Mr. Ramsey.

Engraved frontispiece portrait by I. Kay.

First Edition. 8vo. [215 x 130 x 35 mm]. 256pp. Bound in contemporary tree calf, smooth spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments, lettered in the second on a red goatskin label, the first panel with a cap of liberty and and olive branches, the third and fifth with a lozenge shaped medallion, the fourth and sixth with a star-burst medallion, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt roll, plain endleaves, yellow edges.
Edinburgh: printed for James Robertson, and sold in London by D.I. Eaton, G. Kearsley, J. Jordan, W. Ramsey, J. Marsom, and by T. Gales in Sheffield, [1794].

The second edition was in 12mo, and there was also a New York edition published in 1794.

Bound with:

The Defence of Joseph Gerrald, on a Charge of Sedition, Before the High Court of Justiciary, at Edinburgh. To which are added, Parallel Passages between the Speeches of Lord Chief Justice Jeffries, in the Case of Algernon Sydney, and of The Lord Chief Justice Clerk, on the Trial of Joseph Gerrald. Corrected by Himself.
First Edition. 8vo. [2]ff, 52pp.
London: printed for J. Ridgway, 1794

With the half-title. ESTC records eight locations (Birmingham University, British Library, Cambridge University, Cork University College, Glasgow University, London School of Economics; Boston Public, Library Company of Philadelphia). There was also an undated edition with the imprint "London; printed for the Benefit of his Infant Daughter, & sold by J. Ridgway..".

And:

A Convention The Only Means Of Saving Us From Ruin. In A Letter, Addressed to the People of England. By Joseph Gerrald.
Third Edition. 8vo. [2]ff, 127, [1] pp.
London: printed for D. I. Eaton, 1794

With the half-title. The first edition was 1793 and the second 1794. ESTC records three locations for this third edition (Boston Athenaeum, Library Company of Philadelphia, Massachusetts Historical Society). A very fine copy of the three works relating to the trial of the political reformer and Scottish martyr Joseph Gerrald (1763-1796). Having been found guilty of sedition he was sentanced to 14 years transportation. He arrived in Sydney in November 1795, suffering from tuberculosis, and he died the following March. With the ink signature of Marmaduke Wyvill (1791-1872) on the front paste-down. The volume was almost certainly bought by and bound for his father, Rev. Christopher Wyvill (1738-1822), the celebrated campaigner for Parliamentary reform (through the Yorkshire Association) and tireless advocate of Catholic relief. From the library at Constable Burton Hall, Yorkshire.

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