A. Strahan, for J. Butterworth & Son., 1st.ed., 1825. Xiv + 424 pp. Rebound in qtr. black with blue boards ; paper title-piece to spine ; all edges uncut. 26 x 17cm. Nr.FINE. Armorial bookplate of The Right Hon. Charles Bathurst of Sydney Park. (Charles Bathurst, 1754-1831, politician known as ‘Charles Bragge’, the latter being his original surname. Held office under Addington as Treasurer of the Navy from 1801 to 1803. Also Secretary at War from 1803 to 1804 ; Master of the Mint from 1806 to 1810 ; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1812 to 1823 ; etc. Member of the Society of Merchant Venturers, he supported the slave trade.) Volume I is complete in itself and cites cases that came before the High Court of Admiralty under Lord Stowell, 1822-1825. These include : a case against a captain of an East Indiaman for oppression and cruelty while on passage from Madras to England. The question of Prize Money or ‘booty’ during naval operations supporting Wellington in the Peninsula. The capture of two French men-o’-war by Hotham’s fleet in 1796. Captures on the Jamaica station under the flag of Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane in 1814. The King (in his Office of Admiralty) v. the Master of a brig at Whitehaven for hoisting illegal colours resembling those of His Majesty’s Ships of War, and for returning an indecent and insolent reply. An action brought against the captain of the East Indiaman LOWTHER CASTLE for excessive punishment to a seaman ; viz : five days in irons and 36 lashes to his bare back. (The captain was found not guilty of excessive discipline). There are dozens of fascinating cases like this, brought before William Scott, 1st Baron Stowell (1745-1836), who served as a judge in the High Court of Admiralty from 1798 to 1827. An excellent copy with uncut edges.