14 April 2004
[RALEIGH, Sir Walter (ca 1552-1618)]. OVERBURY, Thomas, attributed to. (1581-1613). The Arraignment and Conviction of Sr Walter Rawleigh, At the Kings Bench-Barre at Winchester on the 17. of November 1603. London: Printed by William Wilson for Abel Roper, 1648.
4o (189 x 144 mm). (Title with inner margin renewed and repaired tear crossing text, A2.3 with repairs to fore-margins.) 20th-century half calf, marbled boards, edges gilt.
FIRST EDITION. Though published under his name, this posthumously printed pamphlet is only very loosely attributed to Thomas Overbury. The work provides a detailed account of the arraignment of Raleigh, including the reading of the charges against him. Raleigh was found guilty of compassing the death of the king, of endeavoring to set Arabella Stuart on the throne, of receiving bribes from the court of Spain and of seeking to deliver the country into the hands of the enemy. The trial was a landmark in English constitutional history: the harsh principles of the lawyers were enunciated by the judges, and as a reaction set forth a movement which would favor the rights of individuals against the state. Wing A-3744.
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