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Elstree, Herts. The School Press 1962 First Edition Hardcover VG 
18pp unpaginated. Woodcut illus. in text. Signature to endpaper but o/w very clean. Beige cloth patchily faded on covers. The author was Senior History Master at Haberdasher Aske's School in Elstree. He provides an interesting little study of the infamous murder in 1823 which exposed the viciousness of the sporting gentry known as 'The Fancy'. Their base was the gambling clubs of the West End of London and one of the vast army of gamblers, cardsharpers, bullies and their ladies, was William Weare. He was a skilled cardsman who fleeced many of their money and when he fell foul of a man called Thurtell, his revenge was swift and deadly. Along with Joseph Hunt and William Probert, he set upon Weare in a dark lane and left him dead in a pond. Includes some nice illustrations and a quote from the poem 'The Owl' by the Rev. John Milford. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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