Publisher: London: Printed by and for the Proprietor, R. Walker, 1744.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC N13750.
Condition: Endpapers slightly browned; fine copy.
Book ID: 26325
Description8vo, modern speckled calf period style, red morocco label, gilt rules and lettering. Frontis portrait.
Comments¶ One of two contemporary accounts of Annesley vs Anglesea, one of the most famous trials of its era, the engaging story of a young heir, James Annesley, who was kidnapped and sold into indentured servitude in America. Years later he escaped and returned to successfully reclaim his estate from a conniving uncle. The Annesley case has been a source for the plots of numerous works of literature, including Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Peregrine Pickle by Tobias Smollett, Guy Mannering by Walter Scott, the Wandering Heir by Charles Reade and the Memoirs of an Unfortunate Young Nobleman by Eliza Haywood (which is sometimes said to have been written by James Annesley himself). The frontis portrait of Annesley depicts some of his adventures in the background. ¶ Ink signature dated 1753 on the front free endpaper.