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The Proceedings of a General Court-Martial by  Lord George (subject) SACKVILLE - First Edition - 1760 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 122064)

The Proceedings of a General Court-Martial

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The Proceedings of a General Court-Martial: held at the Horse-Guards on Friday the 7th, and continued by several Adjournments to Monday the 24th of March 1760; And Of A General Court-Martial held at the Horse-Guards on Tuesday the 25th of March, and continued by several Adjournments to Saturday the

by SACKVILLE, Lord George (subject)

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London: A. Millar,, 1760. Octavo (250 x 122 mm). Contemporary calf, red morocco label on spine lettered in gilt within gilt rules, raised bands to spine, edges of boards rool-tooled in blind, green silk bookmark. Bookplate to pastedown. Very slight creasing to spine, very light marking to covers, slight wear to corners, slight browning to endpapers, top corner of some pages slightly creased. An excellent copy. First edition, variant state; some copies of the book have a line of erratum on page 224 which is absent here, but with the erratum corrected in the text. Editions would be published in Edinburgh, Dublin and Cork later in the same year. Sackville had been stripped of his military position after refusing to allow a British cavalry charge in the Battle of Minden. He demanded a court martial believing that it would vindicate him, of which this is the record; not only did the court martial find him guilty, but declared him "unfit to serve his Majesty in any military capacity whatsoever". This was a surprisingly strong condemnation, although it was also a sentence designed to avoid a repeat of the execution of Admiral Byng three years earlier. George II, ruthlessly unforgiving of disloyalty among his armed forces, struck Sackville from the Privy Council and had the sentence read out in army orders, unprecedented other than for flogging and execution. Under George III Sackville was rehabilitated; he had a leading role in North's Ministry during the American War of Independence, and was assigned blame for the loss of the colonies both at the time and since. His career cannot be seen to have been a particularly successful one. ESTC T44505.


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Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.


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