History of the Proceedings of the House of Commons, in the Inquiry in the Conduct of His Royal Highness the Duke of York. Comprising an Authentic Copy of the Evidence, and an Accurate Report, of All the Debates in Parliament, As They Occurred in Order of Time
London, John Stockdale, 1809. Leather. London: John Stockdale, 1809. Leather. Good Only. 8" by 5". None. An interesting account of the investigation into the Duke of York and Mary Anne Clarke in 1809. This is an interesting work about an event that gripped the attention of the British public. There was a scandal involving Prince Frederick, Duke of York, who was at that time the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, and his mistress, Mary Anne Clarke. Clarke was accused of selling army commissions under Frederick's aegus. This follows the investigation into the Duke of York and Mary Anne Clarke, with a thorough of each days proceedings, as well as an index of names brought up at the investigation. The scandal produced a lot of humour and mockery, with Mary Anne Clarke becoming the subject of many caricaturists at the time. Bookplate to the front pastedown, 'Fortitudine, John Elphinstone Erskine&apos. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the title page, &apos..Elphinstone, May 1st 1811&apos. Erskine could possibly be a relative the naval officer John Eliphinstone Erskine, though the inscription to the title page is dated 1811, and this Erskine was born in 1805. In the original half calf binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, front board detached but present. Minor marking to the boards and to the spine, mostly to the leather. A little fading to the head of the front board, and to the rear board close to the joint. A little bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Rear hinge starting but firm. Bookplate to the front pastedown, 'Fortitudine, John Elphinstone Erskine&apos. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean, with light offsetting and the very odd spot. Professional repairs to pages 30-32 and page 64, not affecting text. Some chips to the fore edges of various pages, none of which affect the text, beside a large chip to page 303/304, which does affect the text. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the title page, &apos..Elphinstone, May 1st 1811&apos. Good Only . Ill.: None. Good Only .
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