The Trial of Thomas Muir Esq. Younger of Huntershill; before the High Court of Justiciary, upon Friday and Saturday the 30th and 31st Days of August, 1793. On a charge of sedition. The whole accurately taken down in short-hand. With an elegant portrait of Mr. Muir. To which is annexed An appendix containing all the papers referred to in the course of the trial. SCOTTISH MARTYRS, Thomas MUIR.
The Trial of Thomas Muir Esq. Younger of Huntershill; before the High Court of Justiciary, upon Friday and Saturday the 30th and 31st Days of August, 1793. On a charge of sedition. The whole accurately taken down in short-hand. With an elegant portrait of Mr. Muir. To which is annexed An appendix containing all the papers referred to in the course of the trial.

The Trial of Thomas Muir…
The Trial of Thomas Muir Esq. Younger of Huntershill; before the High Court of Justiciary, upon Friday and Saturday the 30th and 31st Days of August, 1793. On a charge of sedition. The whole accurately taken down in short-hand. With an elegant portrait of Mr. Muir. To which is annexed An appendix containing all the papers referred to in the course of the trial.

Edinburgh: Alexander Scott, 1793.

Octavo, xii, 72 pp. (last blank), appendix of 16 pp; in recent marbled wrappers, beautifully preserved in a quarter navy morocco folding bookform box with gilt lettering by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.

'Given for the relief of poor prisoners'

Rare: with the fine frontispiece portrait by John Kay and an eight page appendix which prints several important facts relating to the trial, most notably the "Declaration of Mr Muir before the Sheriff", given on 2 January 1793.

Rare: with the fine frontispiece portrait by John Kay and an eight page appendix which prints several important facts relating to the trial, most notably the "Declaration of Mr Muir before the Sheriff", given on 2 January 1793.

Ferguson knew only his own copy and that in the National Library, while the Appendix added just the Allport copy; however, if Ferguson's collation can be relied on, none of those copies has the 8 page appendix included here, although the Allport copy (not seen by us) does have a 16 page appendix but no frontispiece. The catalogue of the State Library of New South Wales also records two copies in the Dixson and Mitchell collections, nonetheless this edition is minimally represented in Australian public collections.

This book was published in sympathy with the dissident cause, the verso of the half-title reads as follows:'The following account of Mr Muir's Trial is not offered to the Public from the view of obtaining any pecuniary advantage to the Publisher. The profits were left to be disposed of in any charitable manner which Mr Muir might direct; and he has desired them to be given for the relief of poor prisoners'.

Ferguson 160.

Condition Report: Small smudge affects the frontispiece, otherwise an excellent copy.

Price (AUD): $4,250.00

US$3,186.81   Other currencies

Ref: #4106375

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