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Joseph Hamilton
The Only Approved Guide Through All the Stages of a Quarrel: Containing the Royal Code of Honour; Reflections Upon Duelling; and the Outline of a Court for the Adjustment of Disputes
London: Hatchards and Son; Bentham & Co.; Millikin, Dublin, 1829. Hardcover. Fair. 'With Anecdotes, documents and cases interesting to Christian Moralist who decline the combat; to experienced duellists; and to benevolent legislators.' Scarce volume containing Hamilton's collected writings on Duelling including The Royal Code of Honour and his first work: Some Short and Useful Reflections upon Duelling, which should be in the Hands of Every Person who is Liable to Receive a Challenge or an Offence (1823). From rural ireland, 'The land of duel', Hamilton was moved to issue his reflections on duelling, condemning the practice and seeking its abolition. However, realizing the futility of this, he endeavoured to regulate it, lobbying government and the military to adopt and propagate his 'Royal Code', 60 commandments to minimize the number and severity of duels. Hamilton also includes a thorough explanation of the practice, from weapons and seconds; the causes of duels; the psychological effects; as well as accounts of actual and historical duels. 12mo. (180x115mm) [xxiv]254pp. Contemporary half leather with marbled boards. Significant rubbing to edges. Slight loss to top and tail of spine. Slight cracking to joints. Tanning and staining to title page and to front matter, spotting throughout. Binding sound. Fair.
Bookseller: AJ Scruffles [United Kingdom]
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