1710 Leatherbound Book The Trial of Dr Henry Sacheverell


A very rare 1710 leatherbound Book, produced by order of the House of Peers, in London, and covering the full trial of the clergyman Doctor Henry Sacheverell, after he preached an incendiary religious sermon, in 1709. He was impeached by the House of Commons, tried and found guilty. However, his light punishment was seen as a vindication and he became a popular figure in the country, contributing to the Tories' landslide victory at the general election of 1710.

The book is titled: THE TRYAL OF Dr. Henry Sacheverell, BEFORE THE HOUSE OF PEERS, FOR High Crimes and Mifdemeanours; UPON AN IMPEACHMENT BY THE Knights, Citizens and Burgeffes in Parliament Affembled, in the Name of themfelves, and of all the Commons of Great Britain: Begun in Weftminfter-Hall the 27th Day of February, 1709: and from thence continu’d by feveral Adjournments until the 23rd Day of March following
Publifhed by Order of the Houfe of PEERS
Printed for Jacob Tonfon, at Grays-Inn Gate in Grays-Inn-Lane.
MDCCX (1710)

The book is in good condition for its age and the front pages are somewhat creased and lightly soiled, decreasing as you advance through the book. There are 327 pages, plus another 23 pages that are the speeches of the Bishops of Salisbury and Oxford concerning the trial. There are small in stamps inside that are for the Grimsby Library. The covers are fully bound in calf leather. The spine is complete and has an old paper label with TRYAL OF SACHEVERELL.

Henry Sacheverell (1674-1724) was an English high church Anglican clergyman who achieved nationwide notoriety in 1709 after preaching an incendiary anti-Catholic, anti-liberal Church of England and anti-Academies that weren’t following a strict interpretation of the scriptures’ sermon, at St Pauls, on the 5th November.

Jacob Tonson the Elder (1655–1736), was an eighteenth-century English bookseller and publisher.

Size: 22 x 33 x 3.5 cm (8 5/8 x 13 x 1 3/8 inches)
Weight: 1381 g