SHEFFIELD, John, Duke of Buckingham. The Works. London: John Barber, 1723. 2 volumes. 4° (280 x 225mm). Thick paper copy, engraved portrait after Kneller, plate, several engraved headpieces and inititals, numerous engraved and woodcut culs-de-lampe, with the initial licence leaf in vol. I.
Contemporary blue morocco, spines gilt in 7 compartments with 2 calf lettering pieces to each vol., wide gilt border round sides, inner gilt dentelle, g.e. (very slightly rubbed). Provenance: Lords Raymond (armorial bookplate).FIRST EDITION. Rothschild 1834 & 1835; Griffith 137.
Robert, Lord Raymond (1673-1733), Lord Chief Justice, gave judgement in 1728 against Edmund Curll for publishing obscene and immoral books, thereby setting a legal precedent. (2)