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The Tryal of a Cause for Criminal Conversation - Trial; Cibber, Theophilus, Plai - 1739. [1270820]
1739. A Notable to Profit from Adultery [Trial]. Cibber, Theophilus [1703-1758], Plaintiff. The Tryal of a Cause for Criminal Conversation, Between Theophilus Cibber, Gent. Plaintiff, And William Sloper, Esq; Defendant. London: Printed for T. Trott, 1739. 32 pp. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into nineteenth-century three-quarter calf over cloth, gilt title to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, front hinge cracked, hinges starting, bookplate residue to front pastedown, early bookseller description tipped-in to front free endpaper. Light soiling to title page and verso of p. 32. Moderate toning to text, minor stains and smudges to a few leaves. * Only edition, one of two issues, both from 1739. The Cibber trial, which involved two well-known actors, was a sensational event because it appears that Cibber pushed his wife towards adultery in a scheme to make money from her affair. William Sloper was a frequent visitor to the Cibber's country home, having been asked by Mr. Cibber to teach his wife backgammon while he pursued his interest in hunting. There were reports that the Cibbers and Mr. Sloper lived together and that a door connected Mr. Sloper and Mrs. Cibber's bedrooms. It appears that Mr. Cibber had already "borrowed" ?400.00 from Mr. Sloper and that matters might have continued in a similar manner, with Mrs. Cibber serving as a kept woman procured by her husband. However, Mrs. Cibber detested the situation because she fell in love with Mr. Sloper. She ran off with him, but Mr. Cibber brought her back by force and confined her. She was rescued by her brother and returned to Mr. Sloper. Though ruling in his favor, the jury was convinced that Mr. Cibber had instigated the affair and awarded him ?10.00 instead of the ?5,000.00 he sought. The other issue of this pamphlet is identical except for a title-page statement reading "Price Six Pence." OCLC locates 3 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, Worcester Law Library). English Short-Title Catalogue T51983.
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