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The Trial of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, William Wakefield, and Fances Wakefield, indicted with one servant,and Edward Thevenot, a servant, for a conspiracy, and for the abduction of Miss Ellen Turner, the only child and heiress of William Turner, Esq.
London: John Murray, 1827. London: John Murray, 1827. Octavo, with the half-title, endpapers foxed, marbled edges; contemporary calf, (spine rubbed). An early pencilled signature on front free endpaper, contemporary newspaper cutting recounting the trial on rear endpaper. The case and subsequent imprisonment of Wakefield in Newgate for three years led him on a path to redemption. As noted by Ferguson 'during his imprisonment he pondered schemes a reform in the penal laws, and for the advancement of emigration and colonization, which in after years he promoted with such conspicuous ability'. A very good copy in an attractive contemporary binding of this scarce work and an essential foundation work for a collection on South Australia.
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