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Report of the Proceedings in the House of Lords on the Bill of Pains and Penalties Against the Queen

By Not Stated

1820

Duncan Stevenson & Co; Bell & Bradfute; Stirling & Slade : Edinburgh

8.5" by 5.5"

iv, [2pp], 576pp; [2pp], 568pp, iv; iv, 484pp, 31pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

The first edition of this interesting look at the Pains and Penalties Bill of 1820, of George IV attempting to file a divorce against his wife, Caroline of Brunswick.

The first edition of this work. Complete in three volumes. These volumes are an in-depth report of the Pains and Penalties Bill of 1820. The bill was introduced by King George IV with the aim of dissolving his marriage to Caroline of Brunswick. The royal couple had a troubled relationship, marrying in 1795, having their only child in 1796, and shortly thereafter separating. Caroline went to live abroad, and was widely rumoured to be having an affair with the head servant of her household. George came to the throne in 1820, and Caroline returned to England to take her seat as Queen. George was adamantly against this and demanded a divorce. This was impossible at the time unless one of the parties was guilty of adultery, though neither of the couple would admit to it. This bill was intended to declare Caroline guilty of adultery, granting the King the right for divorce. The bill was hotly debated, and very narrowly passed. Due to public unrest about the bill, it was withdrawn before it could be debated by the House of Commons.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, with some discolouration and rubbing to the spines. Small crack to the head of the front joint of Volume I. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. A little rubbing to the leather. Minor light marks to the boards. Discolouration to the front board of Volume III. Bookseller's label to the rear pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with some scattered spotting and light marks. Puncture binding marks close to the gutter of Volumes I and II.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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