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[BROADLEY, Alexander Meyrick]. [Grangerized scrapbook 'The Trial and Execution of Mr William Dodd'].

[Bradpole, Dorset]. [s.n.], [s.d., c.1910]
8vo. 12ff. Two two tipped-in illustrations, manuscript caption titles. Original green half-morocco, marbled boards, lettered in gilt. Lightly rubbed. Hinges exposed, bookplate of Alexander Meyrick Broadley to FEP.
A grangerized scrapbook compiled by barrister, author, and bibliophile Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847-1916) comprised of contemporary newspaper accounts of the trial and execution of Church of England clergyman William Dodd (1729-1777), known as the 'Macaroni Parson' due to his extravagant lifestyle. In an attempt to rectify his depleted finances and cover his debts, Dodd turned to forgery. In February 1777, he forged a bond for £4,200 in the name of a former pupil, Lord Chesterfield. A banker accepted the bond in good faith, and lent Dodd money on the strength of it. Later the banker noticed a small blot in the text and had the document re-written. When a clean copy was presented to Lord Chesterfield to sign, the deception was discovered. Dodd immediately confessed, and begged time to make amends. He was, nonetheless convicted, and sentenced to death. The scrapbook features Dodd's signature (‘Clare Hall, 1750) on the initial leaf.

Broadley devoted the latter part of his life to book collecting, amassing a large collection relating to Napoleon in both manuscript and printed format, together with a significant collection of books he had grangerized. The collection is now held by the Bodleian, together with 332 of his grangerized books (including scrapbooks).
£ 650.00 Antiquates Ref: 18860