The Life of William Hutton
With an account of the Birmingham Riots of 1791
First edition. Hardback, rebound in half-leather with marbled paper covered boards and simple gilt titling to spine. 20.5 × 12.5cm, vii + 398pp.
Full title: The Life of William Hutton, F.A.S.S. Including a Particular Account of The Riots in Birmingham in 1791, and the History of his Family, Written by Himself, and Published by his Daughter, Catherine Hutton
The autobiography of William Hutton, the Birmingham historian, published by his daughter a year after his death. Of chief interest is a 60 page segment which is his account of the riots in Birmingham (the Priestley Riots) during which the targets were religious dissenters, most notably the politically and theologically controversial Joseph Priestley. Hutton wrote this account after both his houses had been destroyed in the riots, leading him to recover £5,390 in a claim for damages against the town.
A reading copy. The book is in sound enough condition but the pages are quite heavily foxed throughout. The binding is secure though weakening a little at the front hinge. The book has a tobacco odour that will go eventually...
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