The trial at bar of Sir Roger C.D. Tichborne, bart, in the Court of Queen's Bench at Westminster : for perjury, commencing Wednesday, April 23, 1873, and ending Saturday, February 28, 1874. To which is prefixed a biographical sketch of the defendant.
London: "Englishman" Office, 1875. (Half-title page and cover title: Introduction to the trial of Sir R.C.D. Tichborne, Bart.) Folio, 34 cm. Original reddish brown cloth gilt, cream endpapers. pp (4), 336, text in triple columns. Frontispiece portraits of the author and the Queen, numerous other illustrations in text. Spine ends worn; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; armorial bookplate inside front cover (motto "Mediocria Firma"); large armorial bookplate on front pastedown of "Lionel Cresswell of the Middle Temple and Burley in Wharfedale, Esq." Rubber stamped owner name at top of half-title leaf; front free endpaper has the rubber stamp and ink name of a later owner (Toronto, 1957). At bottom of front free endpaper is the ink note "Everyone is a crook who opposes Dr. Kenealy, who unfortunately lost his case & was disbarred for his good work !!! Poor Dr. K. !!". Page edges browned, book a bit leaned. In all, just good externally, text VG - clean, tight and unworn. The Tichborne Case was a sensational trial in Victorian England. Sir Roger Tichborne, heir to the Tichborne baronetcy, was presumed to have died in a shipwreck in 1854. But his mother believed him still alive and, hearing a rumour that he was living in Australia, advertised and offered a reward for information. Presently one "Thomas Castro" of Wagga Wagga made a claim to be Sir Roger. The mother accepted him but the family did not. In due course he was brought to trial, charged with perjury, and identified as Arthur Orton of Wapping, London. Orton was sentenced to 14 years and his counsel, Edward Kenealy, condemned by the judge for his conduct, was subsequently disbarred. This is the introductory volume to a set that ran to nine volumes by 1880. Note: 2.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.