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Edinburgh/London Permission of 'The Scotsman/Henry Lea, Hardcover VG No Dj 8vo 
The trials of two of the most infamous murderers of the mid-Victorian period, bound together in one edition. Half calf with cloth boards, banded and gilt decorated spine with red morocco title label. Little wear to spine edges and corners. The Pritchard Trial contains 135pp+frontis. and is dated 1865. The Palmer Trial is not dated but is c1856 and contemporary with events, this contains 191pp with original illustrated front wrapper bound in. Minor foxing to fore-edge, minor foxing and tiny marks to endpapers. The last page of the Palmer edition has been repaired, but no text affected, still clean internally. Dr Edward William Pritchard, a Glasgow physician, was found guilty and made three confessions regarding the murder of his wife and mother-in-law. William Palmer was the poisoner of possibly 14 people and was tried for the murder of his friend and fellow racegoer, John Parsons Cook. His trial brought about The Palmer Act in which the accused could be tried away from the county of the crime so that he might have a fair trial. Pritchard was hanged in Glasgow in 1865 before a crowd of 100,000 - the last person to be publicly hanged in Scotland. Palmer was hanged at Stafford Gaol in 1856. 
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2 A CORRECT REPORT OF THE TRIAL OF JAMES WATSON, SENIOR FOR HIGH TREASON, Before the Court of King's Bench, Westminster, June 9th, 1817 and Following Days. Embellished with Striking Likenesses of Watson, Thistlewood, Preston & Hooper
London Sherwood, Neely & Jones 1817 First Edition Hardcover VG 8vo 
223pp+frontis. FINELY REBOUND in half calf with marbled boards with new endpapers. Foxing to original endpapers, fore-edge and little scattered to pages. Original plain paper cover bound-in. A trial that ensued following the events of what became known as The Cato Street Conspiracy in which James Watson the elder, James Watson, the younger, Preston, Thistlewood and Hooper planned to put the King to death, take control of the Bank of England, Tower of London and other buildings, seize weapons and persuade soldiers and other subjects to join them in their cause. Thistlewood planned to make himself President of the English Republic, but his ambitions ended in a loft in Cato Street where the police finally found the conspirators. 
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3 APPENDIX TO THE REPORT ON THE TRIAL OF JOHN FRANCIS KNAPP ON AN INDICTMENT FOR MURDER, Containing The New Evidence, the Arguments of Counsel & the Charge of His Honor Judge Putnam, to the Jury, on the Second Trial.
Salem, Massachusetts Salem Edition 1830 1st soft covered booklet stitched at spine. Good 8vo 
72pp. Soft beige card covers and pages are quite foxed, but text is legible and pages are in good condition. A scarce pamphlet on this famous New England crime. The second trial of John Francis Knapp, who was one of the conspirators in the murder of Captain Joseph White, a wealthy octogenarian. Knapp and his brother Joseph hired a man called Richard Crowninshield to murder their wealthy uncle in order to gain his inheritance. Famous lawyer, Daniel Webster appeared for the Prosecution and his eloquence led to the accessories being convicted for murder, although the actual killer had hanged himself before the trial. Joseph refused to testify against his brother and this denied him immunity, so both men stood trial, were convicted and executed. 
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4 ARGUMENT OF JOSEPH NAPIER ESQ., Q.C. HOUSE OF LORDS. Viscount Dungannon, Appellant V. Smith, Respondent , Plus PAPERS ON LEGAL EDUCATION. Imperial Law School of St. Petersburg.
Napier Papers of the Dublin Law Institute. Pt.2. No.1. Vol.1. 1845 c1845 1st Hardcover VG large 8vo 
48pp. A Report of the celebrated argument of Joseph Napier in the Dungannon case which was obtained with the intention of preserving it among the records of the Law Institute, which had received so large a share of support from the learned Counsel, who was one of its Professors on the foundation. REBOUND in brown cloth with gilt titles. The first Lord Dungannon was possessed of leasehold estates, which he bequeathed by will. At the time he had a son and grandson, the latter being called Arthur Trevor. The son died during his father's lifetime, the grandson survived and became the second Lord Dungannon. The grandson died in 1837, leaving a son who was then of age and was the present Lord Dungannon, the appellant in this case. However the question of inheritance was queried and the matter decided in the Rolls Court. Lord Dungannon appealed to the House of Lords and Mr Napier was brought over to argue the appeal at the bar of the House on Monday, 21st May, 1845. Pages 45-48 concern 'Papers on Legal Education' and contain letters from various parties, including Judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, George J. Bell, Law Professor in University of Edinburgh, etc. 
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1891 Hardcover VG.  
74pp. Bound in quarter calf with marbled boards, little wear to extremes. Top-edge-gilt. Sig. inside cover. Title on spine reads 'Osborne v Wilson' which should be Hargreave. A very nicely bound scrapbook of newspaper cuttings covering the Great Jewel Case. Mrs Osborne sued Major and Mrs. Hargreave of Torquay for slander, a case heard in the Queen's Bench Division by Mr. Justice Denman. Mrs Osborne had been accused of stealing a string of pearls which she was said to have sold to a jeweller in London for 550.00. Mrs Osborne and Mrs Hargreaves were second cousins, but there had been a family rift. The story of the trial, result and escape of Mrs Osborne, who finally gave herself up to imprisonment to save her husband from hostility in society and difficulties in his Army career. Sketches of the main characters and the Judge are contained in the cuttings. A unique item.  
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6 PUBLIC NOTICE: INTIMATION. Reith School of Industry.
Smith & Son Paper Poster 
Public Notice 22cm x 28cm. Not dated but c1850. "The Trustees regret very much to see the Windows of this useful and benevolent Institution recklessly and wickedly broken and the Area trespassed upon by thoughtless Children, for mischevious purposes. Parents and even the general public are to blame, in not doing their best to check this evil......." (Nothing changes!) The Notice goes on the threaten the full force of the law. The slightest centre crease but still a very good copy.  
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch T. Wayte 1853 Paper Poster 
Public Notice 100cm x 120cm. "Whereas, late on Wednesday Night the 23rd, or early on the Morning of Thursday, 24th, inst., some person or persons forcibly entered the Office of Messrs. Robinson & Forman, Gresley-Wood Colliery, ransacked all the drawers, attempted to open an Iron safe (in which they were foiled) and decamped, taking with them but a few half-pence, amounting to 6 1/2d. ...............Whoever will give such information of the Offender or Offenders, as will lead to conviction, shall receive a Reward of Five Guineas from Messrs. Robinson and Forman over and above the Five Guineas allowed by the Swadlincote and Gresley Association. James Turner. " Swadlincote, March 26th, 1853. Small holes at corners where this poster has previously been attached by pins, but a very good clean copy.  
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8 PUBLIC NOTICE: FIVE POUNDS REWARD. Somerset Hospital at Froxfield.
Marlborough Emberlin & Harold 1835 Paper Poster 4to 
28cm x 22 cm original Public Notice stating that "Whereas, great Depredations have been committed on the Timber and Woods belonging to the Estates of the Trustees of this Charity. Whoever will give such Information as may lead to the Conviction of the Offender or Offenders, may receive the above Reward on application to Mr. Guy Warwick, of Milton". November 7th, 1835. The very slightest creases are discernable but still a near fine copy.  
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9 REPORT OF THE FORREST DIVORCE CASE. Containing the Full and Unabridged Testimony of All the Witnesses, Affidavits and Depositions, Together with the Consuelo and Forney Letters
New York Robert M. De Witt First Edition Hardcover VG 8vo 
187pp. FINELY REBOUND in orange cloth with facsimile portrait of Edwin Forrest on cover. Original printed paper covers bound-in, rear one torn at corner but only advertisements affected. Internally a VG copy. Not dated but c1852. The Herald Certified Edition published under supervision of the Law Reporter of the New York Herald and the "only one containing the suppressed testimony". Edwin Forrest was a famous New York Shakespearean actor who file for divorce in Philadelphia on the grounds of adultery, having found his wife with another actor. His wife counter-sued in New York. The trial lasted thirty-two days and ended with Mr Forrest losing the case, his wife being granted alimony of $3,000 per year. Crowds cheered as she left the court. He followed up the verdict with five appeals. He was larger-than-life personality who sold out theatres and during intermissions he made passionate speeches about the trial. 
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Aberdeen James Strachan 1840 First Edition Thus Hardcover VG 
iv+266pp. Original printed front cover and rear boards with NEW black morocco spine with red and gilt title label to spine. New endpapers. Boards are a little rubbed and marked. Short ink lines against four entries on the second page and short note to the rear free endpaper. Minor foxing to endpapers and few page edges, but generally very clean. Edges uncut. The Introduction states 'The design of the Work is to give an account of the most remarkable Trials that have come before the Criminal Courts in Aberdeen, as well as of Cases from this district which have been tried before the High Court of Justiciary, embracing all such interesting details concerning Criminals as could be collected.' The first edition appeared in 1820 and was credited to James Bruce the Editor of the Fifeshire Journal. This copy is from the collection of the late crime writer Jonathan Goodman and the front endpaper bears his personal blind stamp. Name index included in the prelims. A rare copy. 
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11 THE BLACK REGISTER OR REVELATIONS OF CRIME. Selected from the Criminal Records of All Nations.
London 1852 Hardcover VG 8vo 
Ex-library with a few tiny stamps to pages showing Jaques's Library, Harrogate. No publisher shown. Newly rebound in quarter black calf with marbled boards, gilt titles and gilt banded spine. Little dusty and marked internally but not affecting text. A wide range of crimes from around the world, with chapters including the Marchioness of Brinvilliers; the Abbot of Ganges; Robert McGregor - executed at Edinburgh for the abduction of Jane Key; Moses Drayne - hanged at Chelmsford for the murder of Walter Kidderminster; Eugene Aram - hanged at York for the murder of Daniel Clarke; Alice Arden - burned at Faversham for the murder of her husband; Marie Lafarge; Archibald Bolam - sentenced at Newcastle-upon-Tyne to be transported for life for the manslaughter of Joseph Millie; The Stanstead Smugglers - hanged at Chichester for the murder of William Galley and Daniel Chator; Elizabeth Bathori - burned alive for the murder of three hundred young females; James Blomfield Rush - executed at Norwich for the murders of Isaac Jermy and Isaac Jermy Jermy, father and son. A scarce edition. 
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12 THE BLOODY ASSIZES. A Compleat History of the Life of George, Lord Jefferies, from His Birth to the Present Time. Wherein, Among Other Things, is Given a True Account of His Unheard of Cruelties and Barbarous Proceedings in His Whole Western Circuit
Edinburgh E. & G. Goldsmid 1890 Reprint Hardcover - REBOUND VG NO DJ 4to 
121pp. REBOUND in maroon cloth with new endpapers and original front page laid-on. Title page is a little dusty and there is just a little foxing. Each page is contained within a border. Signature to title page. Front cover very slightly cocked. A very nice reprint of the 1680 edition. Covers "the whole Proceedings; Arraignment, Tryals and Condemnation of all those who suffered in the West of England, in the Year 1685. With their undaunted Courage at the Barr. their Behaviour in Prison; the Cruel Whippings afterwards and the remarkable Circumstances that attended their Executions. To which is added Major Holmes's excellent Speech with the Dying Speeches and Prayers of many other Eminent Protestants. None of which were ever before Publish'd. Faithfully Collected by several West-Country Gentlemen, who were both Eye and Ear Witnesses to all the matter of Fact. With Allowance. Originally published for J. Dunton at the Black Raven in the Poultrey, 1680". Includes an Address to Lord Jefferies by James Bent; Poem to the Memory of Lord Jefferies by John Carter, Last Speeches and Index. 
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13 THE GOSS-UDDERZOOK TRAGEDY. Being a History of a Strange Case of deception and Murder, Including the Great Life Insurance Case and the Trial of William E. Udderzook for the Murder of W.S. Goss
Baltimore Gazette 1873 First Edition Printed Wrappers VG 8vo 
59pp+frontis portrait. Printed wrappers a little chipped and dusty but a nice clean copy internally. The life of W.S. Goss was insured for $25,000. In 1872 he was killed in a fire, supposedly caused by an explosion whilst he was carrying out chemical experiments. William Udderzook said he found the house in flames and a badly burned body was identified by Mrs Goss as being that of her husband. However, it had in fact been a plot to defraud the insurance company and Udderzook was hiding Mr Goss. As investigators closed in, however, Udderzook found it necessary to murder his partner in crime! 
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14 THE MUTINIES AT SPITHEAD AND THE NORE. A Stirring Record of the Sailors' Great Rebellion.
London. Ward & Lock's Penny Books for the People Historical Series n.d. (up to 1886) 1st original paper covers bound in new cloth binding VG large 8vo 
No date shown but the series appears to have been published up to 1886. Pages are numbered 385-400pp with illustrations in text. Original illustrated yellow card covers are slightly dusty and chipped - these have been re-backed - but pages internally are remarkably clean. Size approx. 10" x 6" (26cm x 16cm). NEWLY BOUND in brown cloth with gilt titles and new endpapers. A nice copy of this unusual little edition from the Ward Lock 'Penny Biographies' series. Stories of the Panics of 1797; the Glory of the English Fleet; First Unheeded Murmurs of the Tars; The Press-Gang; the Bloodshed; Rising at the Nore; Piracy of the Mutineers; Hanging of Richard Parker, etc. Contains two smaller illustrations and one very nice full plate showing the Mutiny at Spithead - all the sailors lined up on their ship, refusing to put to sea. 
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15 THE STORY AND EVIDENCE OF THE PROSECUTION OF THOMAS HALL & MARGARET GRAHAM HOUSTON Charged with Attempting to Murder Mrs. Catherine Hall, Held at the Resident Magistrate's Court, Timaru, New Zealand.
Timaru, N.Z. T.F. Farley 1886 First Edition Hardcover VG 8vo 
64pp. Paper covered booklet NEWLY REBOUND in maroon cloth with paper title label and gilt titles to spine. Scattered foxing, one page edge torn but no loss of text. Original paper covers are bound-in but they are very worn and fragile. Bookplate on endpaper of Henry Bateson. The Timaru Poisoning Case. The trial of Thomas Hall, nephew of Sir John Hall, who managed to carry on an outwardly respectable life both at home and at work, whilst committed forgeries to bolster his finances , planning to murder his wife after insuring her life and even making preparations to burn down his home for the insurance money. He had formed a friendship with Margaret Graham Houston while his wife was pregnant, but Mrs Hall was not concerned about this. After giving birth when Catharine was still in her bed, Hall began to poison her. Fortunately her doctor became suspicious of the circumstances and monitored her carefully with the help of fellow doctors and the poisoning was exposed and both Hall and Margaret Houston stood charged with the attempted murder. (The bookplate is that of Charles Henry Bateson, journalist and historian who was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He won repute as a writer and administrator and by 1960 was Editorial Manager at Mirror Newspapers in New South Wales). 
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16 THE TRIAL OF JOHN THURTELL & JOSEPH HUNT for the Murder of Mr William Weare in Gill's Lane, Herts., before Mr Justice Park on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday ,7th January 1824: With the Prayer and the Condemned Sermon, etc., Also Particulars of the Execution
London Hodgson & Co. 1824 First Edition Thus Soft Cover VG 8vo 
59pp. NEWLY BOUND in handmade paper wrappers with newly printed title label to front cover. Some pages are mis-numbered by the Printer but this is the case in all known copies and does not affect the continuity of the text. Original endpapers foxed and scattered foxing to pages. Thurtell was alleged to have owed William Weare, a solicitor, some 300. In his own mind, however, Thurtell disputed the debt having convinced himself that the card game in which they had both been involved was somehow 'crooked'. After persuading Weare to accompany him on another gambling excursion, Thurtell stopped on the way and fired his pistol at the victim. Weare only sustained a slight injury, but undeterred, Thurtell then proceeded to cut Weare's throat and with the help of Hunt, disposed of the body. The case was much used to condemn the habits of gambling. This version of the trial published by Hodgson is much the scarcest of those that appeared at the time of the trial. 
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17 TRIAL BEFORE THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY IN SCOTLAND AT THE INSTANCE OF DANIEL ROSS, WOODSAWER IN ABERDEEN; Against Lt.-Col. George Mackenzie, Capt. Felix Bryan McDonogh, Serjeants Andrew Mackay & Alex Sutherland, etc.
Aberdeen J. Burnett & Others 1803 First Edition Hardcover VG 
20pp+198pp. New polished calf spine with gilt line decoration and black morocco and gilt title label, original calf boards retained and these are a little rubbed. New endpapers. On 4th June, 1802, the citizens of Aberdeen, including John Ross (Daniel Ross's son) were, as was quite usual, boisterously celebrating the King's birthday in the centre of the city. A group of men from the Ross & Cromarty Rangers, who were billeted in the city, took it upon themselves to confront the revellers, with no just cause. They called out the other members of the regiment who came into the streets under arms and the ensuing commotion resulted in the death of four citizens, one being John Ross, late soldier in the Corps. of Riflemen. (Only three copies of this item have been located, in the National Library of Scotland, Aberdeen and Newcastle Libraries). 
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18 TRIAL OF CHARLES LOUIS TUCKER for The Murder of Mabel Page in the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Published by the Attorney General. 2 Volumes.
Boston Wright & Potter Printing Company 1907 First Edition Hardcover- REBOUND VG No Dj 8vo 
1588pp in 2 volumes. FINELY REBOUND in green cloth with gilt titles. VG internally. A few neat numbers to endpaper and page edges, possibly from a private library. Charles L. Tucker, indicted in June 1904 by the Grand Jury for the County of Middlesex, for the murder of Mabel Page, was put on trial on 2nd January, 1905. The Page family - Mabel, her elderly father, brother and housekeeper - lived at South Avenue, Weston. During the day of 31st March, 1904, Mabel was at home alone from about 10.30 am with the doors locked. But when her father returned around 2 pm he found the back door closed, but unlocked. He discovered Mabel's body upstairs and the Medical Examiner found she had many stab wounds, one through the heart. Money was missing from the house. Local enquiries led to Tucker but much of the evidence was circumstantial and he pleaded 'Not Guilty'. Index in Volume II. (NB: Heavy item, additional postage may be required on overseas orders). 
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19 VERBATIM REPORT OF THE TRIAL OF WILLIAM PALMER at the Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London. May 14 and following days 1856 etc.
London J. Allen 1856 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
326pp. Taken from the shorthand notes of Mr Angelo Bennett. Finely bound in half calf with marbled boards. Manuscript index on rear endpaper. The trial of the notorious English poisoner who claimed up to fourteen victims among his family, friends and creditors. At the Inquest on John Parsons Cook, the jury returned a verdict of murder before Palmer was even arrested. The great wave of hostility towards Palmer led to Parliament passing the 'Palmer Act' making it possible for an accused person to be tried in London if he was unlikely to receive a fair trial elsewhere. Two parts numbered consecutively, Evidence for the Prosecution and Evidence for the Defence. A nice copy. 
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London George Routledge 1872 (1st 1871) Reprint Hardcover VG No dj small 8vo 
256pp. Quarter calf with marbled boards, little rubbed at extremes. Gilt and decorated bands to spine, gilt titles on title label. Signature inside cover, o/w very clean internally. First published 1871. The story of the infamous Arthur Orton and his claim to be the Tichborne heir. The proceedings were destined to become one of the longest legal ordeals in British history. Finally Orton was judged to be an imposter and in 1874 was sentenced to ten years imprisonment. A nice copy giving a fine background to the case. 
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