The charge of J---- P---- to the grand jury of M--x, on Saturday May 22. 1736.London: [no publisher,] 1738 Stock Code: 146670
One of two editions, this of 16 pages, the other of eight, a satire on Judge Francis Page. "He has often been branded one of the most brutal judges of the Walpolean era, who with a reputation as 'the hanging judge' exemplified the worst excesses of the eighteenth-century judiciary" (ODNB). Page was satirized by Pope, Fielding, Hogarth, Dr Johnson and the poet Richard Savage, over whose trial for murder he presided. The present satire is not on his legal practice, but an imagined absurd speech ranging over many subjects, filled with professions of extravagant loyalty.
Octavo (215 x 133 mm). Disbound pamphlet, remnants of earlier spine, pages uncut.
Very light soiling; a very good, crisp copy.
ESTC T470963 (one of two settings for the 16-page edition, this with "The Wise King!" on page 16; this copy does not have p. 16 misnumbered p. 19, as ESTC calls for).
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