London: Printed at New York by Order of his Excellency the Lord Cornbury, and reprinted at London, 1703. 31,pp. Folio. Modern three-quarter green morocco and cloth boards, gilt cover title. Minor shelf wear, some spotting and sunning to boards. Tight binding obscuring some text near gutter. Minor tanning throughout, tidelines to upper edge of last half of text block. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM55141
The first British (and earliest obtainable) edition of one of the earliest printed American judicial proceedings. Nicholas Bayard (1644-1707), nephew of Peter Stuyvesant, was mayor of New York and a member of the governor's council. When Jacob Leisler seized control of the government of New York in 1689, Bayard was a prime target, and he fled to Albany, where he was seized, brought back to the fort, and imprisoned. Finally Gov. Sloughter arrived from England and had Bayard released. In 1697 the new governor, Bellomont, accused Bayard of complicity with the previous governor in the encouragement and protection of pirates. Bayard was removed from office and later accused of encouraging sedition and mutiny and of being a Jacobite. Tried for high treason, he was sentenced to be hanged, drawn, and quartered. The present work contains the entire text of the 1701/2 proceedings, which were subsequently declared to have been illegal. The first edition, printed in New York in 1702, is known in only a few copies, in the usual institutions. This British edition, which contains additional text, is almost as scarce. HOWES B256, "b." CHURCH 809. COHEN 14056. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 703/12. SABIN 53436. RITZ, AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS 1.05(2c). ESTC T92892.