Sammelband of four (4) late 18th century / early 19th-century-publications in one Volume. The Volume includes the very rare first edition of a trial with participation of John Philpot Curran and in which he held one of his most famous speeches. The four Volumes included are: Volume I: [Thomas West] – “A Guide to the Lakes, in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire. By the Author of The Antiquities of Furness”. (London, 1799) / Volume II: [John Seeley] – “Stowe : A Description of the House and Gardens of the Most Noble and Puissant Prince, George Grenville Nugent Temple, Marquis of Buckingham”. (Buckingham, 1798) / Volume III: [Richard Harraden] – “Description of Cambridge, illustrated by thirty picturesque views of the university and town (these are not included), (with a frontispiece [this is included]) from original drawings, by Richard Harraden, Sole Proprietor and Publisher of the Views of Cambridge and Oxford; and the print from the statue of Sir Isaac Newton, Dedicated to his Majesty”. (Cambridge, 1800) / Volume IV: [John Philpot Curran and George Ponsonby and other “Ennis Assizes”] – “By Authority. £. 10,000 Damages. Summer Assizes. Trial at Ennis, County of Clare, on 27th July, 1804, before the Hon. Baron Smith, and a Special Jury.” – “A REPORT of the TRIAL on an Action for Damages brought by The Reverend Charles Massy against the Most Noble The Marquis of Headfort, for Criminal Conversation with Plaintiff’s Wife. Damages laid at £40,000. Taken in Short-Hand by an eminent Barrister. [With a Motto: “Thoughts that breathe, and words “That burn” – Gray.] – FIRST EDITION – (Dublin, 1804) //
London, Printed for W.J. and J. Richardson, Cornhill, etc., 1799. Octavo. Pagination: Volume I – [A Guide to the Lakes]: Folded Frontispiece-Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, X, 311 pages with an additional illustration bound to page 91 [View of “Lowdore”] and a text-illustration of “The Gateway-Tower of Lancaster”, plus 3 unnumbered pages of advertising Views of the Lakes by the publisher / Volume II: [″Stowe : A Description of the House and Garden”]: VI, 65 pages [No Illustrations] / Volume III: [″Description of Cambridge”]: Frontispiece [″King’s College Chapel” by Richard Harraden], II, 40 pages with no plates besides the Frontipiece / Volume IV: (John Philpot Curran) – “A Report of the Trial”: VIII, 95 pages. Hardcover / Original 19th century half-leather with gilt lettering to spine and new marbled-paper covering to boards.. Besides very minor defects to the binding and some rubbing, in very good condition with some signs of external wear. From the library of Richard Meade (Ballymartle), with his Exlibris / Bookplate to pastedown and his name in ink on titlepages.