A breviate for the Scaffold in Westminster-Hall: or, some Necessary notes for the Tryal of the E. of Oxford...
London. Printed for J. Roberts et al., 1717. First edition.
8vo. , 36pp. Recent red cloth, lettered in gilt. Extremities a trifle marked. Leaves lightly browned.
The sole edition of an anonymous summary of events that led to the impeachment of politician Robert Harley, first earl of Oxford (1661-1724). In 1715, following the ascension of George I (whereby found himself persona non grata), Oxford was stripped of his offices and impeached by the newly triumphant Whigs for his part in the negotiations and signing of the treaty of Utrecht - a pact viewed by new king as a betrayal of Britain's Hanoverian allies. Oxford was duly committed to the Tower, with further, unsubstantiated, articles brought against him accusing him of possessing Jacobite sympathies. Oxford doggedly defended himself, and went so far as to petition for his trial to be brought on in June 1717. All articles were dropped and he was subsequently acquitted, though remained out of favour for the rest of his life.
ESTC T29596.£ 200.00 Antiquates Ref: 15129