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1 THE HARWORTH COLLIERY STRIKE. A REPORT TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES By the SECRETARY OF THE COUNCIL
London National Council for Civil Liberties 1937 First Edition Card Covered Booklet VG 8vo 
15pp. The story of the Harworth Colliery Strike which began early in 1936 and originated over a dispute over working conditions. Two men refused to accept a modification in the hour of their "snap-time" - a twenty minute break for refreshment which the men took with them to the pit - and they were dismissed. On September 2nd the rest of the men downed tools in sympathy. (postage will be adjusted for this small item). 
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2 ANON CAPTAIN LIGHTFOOT. The Last of the New England Highwaymen
Massachusetts Wayside Press 1926 1st Edition Thus Hardcover Nr Fine GOOD 8vo 
xiii+162pp. Illus. in text. Very unusual to find in a dust-jacket, which is just a little torn at edge on rear and top of spine, lightly splash marked, spine faded. Book itself very clean and crisp. Captain Lightfoot, whose real name was Michael Martin, is believed to have been the last person in Massachusetts to be hanged for highway robbery. Shortly before his execution he dictated to Frederick W. Waldo of Boston, a reporter on the Columbian Centinal, an account of his life and adventures. This new edition (first publication from the Wayside Press) follows the text of the third edition of 1822, preserved in the Library of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Finely illustrated with contemporary engravings. 
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3 ANON LETTERS OF LADY RACHEL RUSSELL
London J. M'Creery. 1809 7th Edition Half-Leather with marbled boards VG 8vo 
clxxi+351pp+engravings. VG in original marbled boards, half calf with new calf spine, gilt bands and titles, new endpapers. Foxing to some pages, but mainly very clean. In 1683 Lord William Russell, one of the founders of the Whig Party, was charged along with other alleged traitors for insurrection and rebellion against England and conspiring to bring about the King's death. His part in the Rye House Plot to murder Charles II was based on very dubious evidence and he had the support of many. Nevertheless he was executed at Lincoln's Inn Fields. The second section of the volume contains the letters of Lady Russell showing her belief in his innocence and great loss at his death. (Heavy, may require additional postage on overseas orders). 
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4 Anon THE TRIAL BY IMPEACHMENT, OF HENRY LORD VISCOUNT MELVILLE for High Crimes and Misdemeanors before the House of Peers in Westminster Hall, between 29th April and 17th May, 1806. To which is prefixed A Sketch of The Life and Political Character of his Lordship and a Complete Account of the Proceedings in Parliament relative to the Charges on which the Impeachment was founded.
London Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme 1806 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
xcv+120pp (120* - 230*) + 121pp-378pp+frontis. + Appendix. (The unconventional page numbering is consistent in all copies of this edition. Pages 122-230 are marked with a printed asterisk and are followed by pages 121-378. The text, however, is continuous with the days of the Trial in consecutive order). Bound in green cloth with marbled boards, rubbed at edges but tightly bound. Endpapers quite foxed with scattered spots of foxing to fore-edge and odd page. Melville had been a member of the Faculty of Advocates and Solicitor General in Scotland before becoming Lord Advocate. Under Pitt he was Treasurer of the Navy with control of a budget of some 150million. He was charged with misappropriation of funds and although acquitted, was at least guilty of mismanagement! (Heavy item, may require additional postage on overseas orders). 
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5 ANON THE TRIAL OF ARCHIBALD STEWART ESQ; LATE LORD PROVOST OF EDINBURGH: BEFORE THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY IN SCOTLAND, FOR NEGLECT OF DUTY AND MISBEHAVIOUR IN THE EXECUTION OF HIS OFFICE, AS LORD PROVOST OF EDINBURGH Before and at the Time the Rebels got Possession of that City in the Month of September 1745.
Edinburgh Printed for Gideon Crawford, Bookseller. 1747 1st hardcover GOOD 8vo 
Two parts - 178pp & 203pp. Original half calf with brown cloth boards, rather scuffed and worn at extremes. Endpapers little browned, little marked and dusty, inner hinge cracked but firm. Fore-edge dusty affecting edges of few pages, but otherwise internally pages are remarkably clean. Two bookplates affixed inside cover of 'D. Monypenny'. Two names to title page, first signature not very clear, but 'William Brodie. 1772' is written in ink in an ornamental style. (This could possibly mean the book belonged at one time to the infamous Deacon Brodie who was a cabinet-maker of some repute in Edinburgh, but was also a housebreaker and was tried in 1788 following a raid on the Excise Office). Archibald Stewart refused to arm the city of Edinburgh at the time of the Jacobite rebellion in 1745, making it possible for the Jacobite Highland Army to occupy the city. He was tried in 1747 for neglect of his duty. 
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6 ANON THE TRIAL OF THE HONOURABLE COLONEL JOHN PENRUDDOCK
Compton House, Compton Chamberlayne Hygeia Press Limited Edition Reprint Printed Card Covers NR FINE Not Called for A5 Booklet 
Prelims+17pp. Brown card covers just very slightly marked. Printed at Compton House, the seat of the Penruddock Family, this is No:47 of a strictly Limited Edition of only 100 copies. (First published 1655). A reprint of the Trial for Treason and Speech which John Penruddock delivered the day before he was beheaded in the Castle of Exon, 16th May 1655, together with his prayer on the scaffold, the last letter he received from his virtuous lady and his answer to same. A very nice copy. (postage will be adjusted on this light item). 
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7 ANON: THE HISTORY OF NEWGATE
Whitstable, Kent Pryor Publications 2003 Facsimile Card Covered Booklet Fine A4 
14pp. Illustrated card covers. Facsimile of an article originally published around 1866 by A. Ritchie, Red Lion Court, London, providing a short record of the prison, its buildings, punishments, etc., and the notorious law-breakers confined within its walls - among them Jack Cottingham alias Mulled Sack, Claude Duval, William Nevison, Jack Sheppard, Catherine Hayes, Dick Turpin, Earl Ferrers, Jack Rann, Elizabeth Brownrigg. (Postage will be reduced on this item). 
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8 ARCENEAUX, William NO SPARK OF MALICE - The Murder of Martin Begnaud
Baton Rouge, USA Louisiana State University Press 1999 0807124478 / 9780807124475 First American Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo 
xii+map+349pp+illustrations. On April 22, 1896, the forty-five-year-old Begnaud was brutally murdered in his general store in rural Scott Station, Louisiana. He was bound, gagged, blindfolded, stabbed more than fifty times, and robbed of several thousand dollars. Eventually Ernest and Alexis Blanc were arrested - two polite, educated and popular teenagers who had worked on a local plantation. It resulted in one of the most electrifying trials in the history of the American South. The author vividly describes the events as well as the background to Acadian history from the 1604 establishment of a French colony, to the ruthless expulsion of Acadians from Nova Scotia during the French and Indian Wars. Bibliography and Index. 
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9 ARNOLD, Catharine BEDLAM. London and its Mad.
London Simon & Schuster 2008 1847370004 / 9781847370006 1st hardcover FINE FINE 8vo 
306pp. Illus. in text. Not price-clipped. The author explores the history of the world's oldest psychiatric hospital, from its humble beginnings in 1247 to Robert Hooke's 'palace beautiful' where visitors strolled the wards like a freak show, to the Victorian building which later became the Imperial War Museum. How attitudes to madness changed and eventually enlightened reformers revealed the terrible and brutal conditions. Bibliography and Index. 
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10 BAK, Greg BARBARY PIRATE. The Life and Crimes of John Ward, the Most Infamous Privateer of His Time
Stroud, Glos. Sutton Publishing 2006 0750943505 / 9780750943505 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 
xiii+255pp+illus. In 1603 John Ward, a sailor of James I's navy, led a mass desertion, stole a civilian vessel from Portsmouth Harbour and defected to the Ottoman Empire's outpost of Tunis. From there his unbridled and brutal piracy saw him become the most feared privateer of his time, revelling in ill-gotten wealth and - in the final rejection of his native land - embracing Islam. He led a revolution in seafaring tactics and attacked Christian shipping of all nations, soon being pursued by pirate-hunters across the world. A man who rose from nothing to became a brilliant naval commander and successful, if amoral, entrepreneur. Bibliography and Index. 
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11 BAKER, A.W. DEATH IS A GOOD SOLUTION. The Convict Experience in Early Australia.
Australia University of Queensland Press 1984 0702216852 / 9780702216855 first hardcover FINE NR FINE 8vo 
vi+223pp. A wide-ranging survey of the convict era in Australia, including eye-witness and second-hand accounts as well as fiction. Includes the English examples of crime writing; literature from three periods of Australian history to the end of transportation and thereafter. Appendices with tables include Factual Accounts and Biographies (1792-1830); Factual Convict Accounts and Biographies (1830-68), etc. Extensive Bibliography and Index. Invaluable reference work for students of Australian history and literature. A very nice copy. 
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12 CABAL, Juan PIRACY AND PIRATES
London Jarrolds 1957 First UK Edition Hardcover VG VG - Sl. Chipped 8vo 
216pp+line drawings in text. An uncommon study which includes chapters on Greece and Rome; Pirates of the North; Turks and Berbers; Pierre Legrand; Morgan the Terrible; John 'Long Ben' Avery and many others. Ranging from the Near East through the Mediterranean, across the broad Atlantic into the West Indies, a history of these notorious ruffians from the days of Achilles down to rascals, villains and cut-throats of more modern times. 
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13 CAMPBELL, George IMPOSTER AT THE BAR. William Fuller, Gent. 1670-1733.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1961 First Edition Hardcover VG  Sl. Chipped Dj 8vo 
250pp+illus. Bookplate inside cover. One of the most notorious scoundrels and libellers of the 17th and 18th centuries, Fuller was a double-spy for William III and James II. When unmasked he conducted some scandalous campaigns against leading politicians and was closely associated with the Warming Pan Plot - a baseless story claiming that James II and Mary of Modena had made a bastard son Prince of Wales. Contains some previously unpublished correspondence on Fuller's later life. Index.  
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14 CHAMBERS, Paul BEDLAM. London's Hospital for the Mad.
Surrey Ian Allan Publishing 2009 0711033870 / 9780711033870 1st hardcover FINE FINE 8vo 
288pp+illus. including colour. Not price clipped. To many Bedlam was known as a madhouse which brutalised its patients. However, abuse was rare until the control of the Monro family between 1728 and 1855 when a brutal medical programme gave it an unsavoury reputation as one of Europe's most notorious psychiatric hospitals. A balanced and compelling history of the institution, the life and times of the more famous of its patients, political dissenters, religious maniacs, murderers and more and finally the rise of a powerful reform movement which forced a new look at attitudes towards mental health. Bibliography & Index. 
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15 CLENDINNEN, Inga DANCING WITH STRANGERS. The True History of the Meeting of the British First Fleet and the Aboriginal Australians, 1788
Edinburgh Canongate 2005 1841956163 / 9781841956169 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo 
322pp+illus. in colour. In January 1788 the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales and a thousand British men and women encountered the people who would be their new neighbours - the beach nomads of Australia. 'These people mixed with ours' wrote one British observers soon after landfall and 'all hands danced together'. What followed would determine relations between the people for the next two hundred years. Taken from first-hand accounts and historical records, the author brings this key chapter in British colonial history to life and reveals what happened when the dancing stopped. Includes Notes on Sources, Bibliography and Index. 
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16 CRONIN, Bernard & Arthur Russell BUSHRANGING SILHOUETTES
Sydney Robertson 1932 First Edition Hardcover VG 
220pp+24pp Pub. Cat. Green cloth with black titles, small mark to front cover. Sig. to endpaper. A selection of sketches designed to bridge the gap between the historical and sensationalised records of the bushranging era. Stories of Mad Morgan; Thunderbolt's Treasure Chest; Who Killed Jimmy Battle; Martin Cash; Harry Power; Captain Melville; Kelly Gang; Outlaws of Breelong, etc. 
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17 CURTIS, C.D. SEDGEMOOR AND THE BLOODY ASSIZE. A History and Guide.
London Simpkin Marshall Ltd. 1930 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
118pp+illus. VG in maroon cloth with bright gilt titles. Little light foxing mainly to endpapers fore-edge. Spine very slightly faded. Sig. to e/p. The author states in his Preface that his intention was to recall the stirring story of Sedgemoor, the last battle to be fought on English soil. He includes a number of interesting documents in the hope that they will supplement previous histories of Monmouth's Rebellion and the Bloody Assize. The final chapter is presented as a Guide to the Battlefield. Appendix IV list persons sentenced to death by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys and executed in the West of England in 1685. Eighteen illustrations and maps, plus Index and List of Subscribers. 
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18 DE BRUYN, Lucy MOB-RULE AND RIOTS. The Present Mirrored in the Past.
London Regency Press 1981 1st hardcover - laminated boards Nr Fine 8vo 
247pp+xxv. Illus. in text. White laminated covers with woodcut illustration to front cover, very slightly dusty. The author states that her book was written on the 600th anniversary of the Peasants Revolt and is an attempt to provide a fuller understanding and appreciation of the riots which have occurred in England's history and were reflected in Elizabethan drama. Part 1 deals with the historical background of Elizabethan life and Part II contains a detailed study of the five most relevant plays of the period, which contain riot scenes which vary in scope but all show a relationship fraught with problems between the governing class and the common people. Bibliography and Index. 
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19 DEACON, Richard MATTHEW HOPKINS: WITCHFINDER GENERAL.
London Frederick Muller 1976 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
222pp+illus. VG in black cloth with silver titles, very clean internally. Witch-finding in the 17th-century began when the practice of exorcism was discontinued in the English church and its Protestant-inspired fervour spread to the new colonies in America. The author explains how hatred built up towards Hopkins and his sinister methods of obtaining confessions in this barbaric crusade. Chapters include Malaise of Witch Hunting; Witchcraft in East Anglia; The Suffolk Trials; Hopkins goes North; Trials in the Fen Country, etc. Includes Bibliography and Sources plus Index. 
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20 EARLE, Peter MONMOUTH'S REBELS. The Road to Sedgemoor 1685.
London Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1977 0297773844 / 9780297773849 1st hardcover NR FINE VG 8vo 
236pp+illus. and maps in text. Very minor wear to edges of dust-jacket only. In this new study the author concentrates on the rebels themselves rather than their well-known leader. A convincing profile of the men who followed the ill-starred Duke of Monmouth on his poorly-conducted campaign - and suffered and died on the field of battle. Index. 
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