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A STATEMENT …
A statement of circumstances connected with the late election for the presidency of the Royal Society.
[London]: [printed by Richard Taylor], 1831.
47, [1] p. ; 20.4 cm. (8°)

Imprint from printer's statement on verso of title-page. Published in the aftermath of a bitter contest between the supporters of the 'scientific candidate' - the astronomer J.F.W. Herschel - and those of H.R.H. the Duke of Sussex, the eventual winner by a margin of 119 to 111 votes. Presumably intended for distribution to Fellows of the Society only, it was 'drawn up in compliance with the wish of some ... who ... have thought it desirable that an account of the circumstances which preceded and attended the Election should be circulated.' (p. [4]).

Copy Notes With the title-page addressed in ink to John Soane Esq. FRS.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Statement Of Facts &c &c &c'., numbered '22' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 3351


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