Description[Law]. A Collection of the Several Statutes, and Parts of Statutes, Now in Force, Relating to High Treason and Misprision of High Treason. London: Charles Bill, 1709. First edition. Twelvemo. Two volumes in one. Contemporary full black morocco. One front endpaper with upper blank corner excised, otherwise a lovely copy; clean and completely unrestored.
[Law]. A Collection of the Several Statutes, and Parts of Statutes, Now in Force, Relating to High Treason and Misprision of High Treason. London: Charles Bill, 1709.
First edition. Twelvemo. Two volumes in one. 113, [1, blank], [12, table]; 44, [3, table], [1, blank] pages.
Contemporary full black morocco, gilt paneled with corner and side arabesques and central armorial gilt device, spine with gilt compartments and gilt lettering, delicate gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. One front endpaper with upper blank corner excised, otherwise a lovely copy; clean and completely unrestored.
Treason in England carried the ultimate penalty of being hanged, drawn and quartered (as well as having one's lands and goods confiscated). Perhaps because of the seriousness of the penalty, various rules and procedures were observed at Treason trials (detailed in this work) that were not observed on other charges. These mainly benefited the accused. F.W. Maitland indicates that several of these rules had been introduced in an Act of 1696 that appears to have been designed to protect the aristocracy against the King. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:367.
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