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1 A COMPLETE REPORT OF THE TRIAL OF DR. E.W. PRITCHARD FOR THE MURDER OF HIS WIFE AND MOTHER-IN-LAW - BOUND WITH - THE TRIAL OF WILLIAM PALMER, FOR THE ALLEGED RUGELEY POISONINGS
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 BARRISTER AT LAW THE SPEECHES, ARGUMENTS AND DETERMINATIONS OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE LORDS OF COUNCIL AND SESSION IN SCOTLAND, UPON THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE etc. - THE DOUGLAS CAUSE.
London J. Almon 1767 1st hardcover VG no dj 8v 
391pp. Original calf boards worn at corners, although the whole has been neatly re-backed in polished calf with raised bands and red morocco title label to spine. Two pages repaired but no loss of text, few pages dusty. Front blank endpaper contains contemporary 18th-century manuscript notes and the inside cover carries the bookplate of noted Scottish criminologist T.M. Tod. His Grace the Duke of Hamilton and Others were Plaintiffs and Archibald Douglas of Douglas Esq., Defendant. With an Introductory Preface giving an impartial and distinct account of this Suit. A rare copy of a report on the infamous Douglas Trial, probably the greatest civil trial affecting status ever heard in Scotland. The 'Cause' lasted for eight years and created a sensation. 
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3 ALEXANDER, James, Edited By Stanley Nider Katz A BRIEF NARRATIVE OF THE CASE AND TRIAL OF JOHN PETER ZENGER. Printer of the New York Weekly Journal
Alabama Notable Trials Library/Gryphon 1989 Special Edition Hardcover Fine No Dj Called for 8vo 
Introduction +238pp. FINE in maroon quarter leather with matching cloth, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt. Satin bookmark bound in. Bookplate on endpaper showing book number in series. Privately Printed for members of the Notable Trials Library. The New York Weekly Journal appears, from the excerpts reproduced in Appendix A of this edition, to have been a somewhat amateurish political magazine comprised of a selection of essays, lampoons and other provocative items directed primarily against the governor of New York. The offended officials set out to silence the publication. They set a criminal prosecution against the printer, Zenger. Despite all the odds and the courts being stacked against him, Zenger won. Facsimile of the original edition published by Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1963. This edition contains a new Introduction by Alan M. Dershowitz. 
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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 ATLAY, J.B., Editor TRIAL OF THE STAUNTONS. The Penge Mystery.
Edinburgh. William Hodge. Notable British Trials. 1930 NEW Edition hardcover Ex-Library but VG VG 8vo 
327pp+illus. A VG reading copy. Ex-library with usual stamps, but red cloth covers with gilt titles are in very nice condition and the dust-jacket is only a little chipped and dusty. Lightly foxed on fore-edge but o/w internally a nice clean copy. Louis Staunton, his mistress Alice Rhodes, his brother Patrick and Patrick's wife Elizabeth, were all charged with murdering Harriet, Louis' 36-year-old wife, by starving her to death. Harriet brought an endowment of some 3,000 to the marriage but Louis began an affair and sent her to live with his brother at Penge. In 1877 Harriet's child was left at a hospital where it died from its starved condition and Harriet died from starvation and neglect. 
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6 BROOK, Graham - Editor TRIAL OF CAPTAIN KIDD.
Edinburgh William Hodge, Notable British Trials 1930 1st hardcover GOOD 8vo 
x+223pp+illus. GOOD READING COPY. Ex-library with usual stamps throughout, in dusty and little worn red cloth covers with gilt titles, few pages a little foxed and marked. Number on spine. The man whose career could have afforded him a respectable retirement but chose to play the buccaneer instead. He was eventually tried for the murder of William Moore and five acts of piracy. A complete record of the four trials that took place at the Old Bailey in May 1701. 
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7 BUTLER, Ivan - Editor TRIALS OF BRIAN DONALD HUME.
Newton Abbot David & Charles. Celebrated Trials Series. 1976 0715371185 / 9780715371183 1st hardcover NR FINE VG 8vo 
128pp+illus. A very nice copy in bright dust jacket, very minor foxing to fore-edge and slightly dusty. Accused of murdering Stanley Setty in a flat in Finchley Road, London in 1950 and throwing his body parts into the English Channel, Hume pleaded guilty only to being an accessory to the crime. After a prison sentence, however, he sold his confession to a newspaper. He was later involved in two bank robberies and then killed a Swiss taxi driver for which he received a life sentence. The Editor provides a biographical background to Hume and definitive study of the case. 
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8 CECIL, Henry (edited by) THE TRIAL OF WALTER ROWLAND
Devon David & Charles 1975 0715370723 / 9780715370728 First Edition Hard Cover NR FINE NR FINE 8vo 
Celebrated Trials Series. 164pp+illus. Rowland was sentenced to death for allegedly murdering Olive Balchin in Manchester in 1946 by striking her with a hammer. A man called John Ware admitted to the crime, but Rowland's appeal was refused and he was executed. Four years later Ware was sent to Broadmoor for killing a woman in Bristol - with a hammer! The question arose once again, who really did kill Olive Balchin? 
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9 CRITCHLEY, Macdonald - Editor TRIAL OF AUGUST SANGRET
Edinburgh William Hodge 1959 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
xxxiv+233pp+illus. VG in red cloth with gilt titles, little dusty on covers and spine. The trial of the 30-year-old Canadian soldier stationed near Godalming, Surrey, who murdered a girl in what became known as the 'Wigwam Murder'. In 1942 Joan Pearl Wolfe was found dead on a common where she had been living rough in a wigwam fashioned by Sangret with whom she was involved. Wounds on her body matched a distinctive knife owned by the soldier and he was tried at Kingston in 1943. 
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10 CRITCHLEY, Macdonald - Editor TRIAL OF NEVILLE GEORGE CLEVELY HEATH.
Edinburgh William Hodge. Notable British Trials Series. 1951 1st hardcover VG fair 8vo 
239pp+illus. VG in red cloth with gilt titles, in worn and sunned dust-jacket. Little light foxing to fore-edge and few page edges. Signature and blind stamp of previous owner to endpaper. Heath acted out the part of a suave former Royal Airforce Officer, living a life of make believe designed to attract women. He brutally murdered Mrs Margery Gardner in a London hotel in 1946 and Doreen Marshall in Bournemouth. His attempt to 'help the police' in the second case led him to being recognised as the wanted man for the previous murder. 
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11 CURTIS, Charles P THE OPPENHEIMER CASE. The Trial of a Security System
New York Notable Trials Library/Gryphon 1992 Special Edition Hardcover Fine No Dj Called for 8vo 
Introduction+xi+281pp, FINE in black quarter leather with matching cloth, gilt decorations and titles, all edges gilt. Satin bookmark bound in. Privately printed for members of the Notable Trials Library. Dr Oppenheimer, like so many scientists and intellectuals of his time, had been a 'fellow traveller' in the 1930s and early 1940s. A 'fellow traveller' was a person who, although not himself a member of the Communist Party, supported many of that party's programmes. He also had a number of friends and relatives who were avowed Communists. Many people were victims of the McCarthy hysteria and it was of some concern that Oppenheimer, one of the most important scientists on the Manhattan Project, had such acquaintances and had also been approached by a Soviet agent. The government had to decide whether he should still have access to restricted information. Facsimile copy of original edition published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1955. New Introduction by Alan M. Dershowitz. 
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12 DILNOT, George - Editor TRIAL OF PROFESSOR JOHN WHITE WEBSTER.
London Geoffrey Bles, Famous Trials Series 1928 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
viii+275pp+illus. Blue cloth covers, little faded and spine slightly chipped and faded. Very light foxing to endpapers but o/w internally clean. Signature stamp of Cyril Polson, former Professor of Forensic Medicine at Leeds University, inside cover, plus a small bookplate. The trial of the Professor of Chemistry and Mineralogy at Harvard University in the 1840s caused a sensation. Webster financed his extravagant lifestyle by borrowing money from various sources, including his colleague Dr George Parkman. When the latter demanded payment of the debt, Webster killed him. He cut up the body and burned it in the College assay over. The Janitor, however, did some investigating of his own and found the remains still in the furnace. Appendix B is 'Charles Dickens' Story'. 
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13 DILNOT, George, Editor. THE TRIAL OF JIM THE PENMAN. (James Townsend Saward).
London Geoffrey Bles 1930 1st hardcover GOOD no dj 8vo 
269pp+illus. Red cloth with faded spine, foxing to fore-edge, endpapers a little to pages. A GOOD reading copy. James Townsend Saward, a practising barrister, was a man of good birth, culture and education. He was also a consummate forger and counsellor and advisor to some daring underworld adventures. The 1857 trial of the first man to make forgery an organised business, whose skill kept him from detection until he was 58 years old. He was tried at the Old Bailey in March, 1857. 
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14 FAIRFIELD, Letitia & Eric P. Fullbrook - Editors TRIAL OF JOHN THOMAS STRAFFEN
Edinburgh William Hodge 1954 1st hard cover VG VG 8vo 
xiii+299pp+illus. NR FINE in very slightly sunned, dusty and chipped dust-jacket. Previous owner's signature and blind stamp to endpaper. In the summer of 1952 Straffen strangled two small girls in Bath. At his trial he was found to be insane and committed to Broadmoor. Six months later he escaped and although he was recaptured the same day, he had already murdered again. This was the first time a Broadmoor patient had been tried for murder and the first time a man found unfit to plead at one trial was judged sane enough to face a later court. A very nice bright copy. 
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15 FRAENKEL, Osmond K. THE SACCO-VANZETTI CASE.
New York Alfred A. Knopf. American Trials Series. 1931 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
xv+550pp+xv Index + Illus. VG in green blind decorated cloth with only very minor wear to extremes and small bump to one corner. Endpapers just lightly foxed with tiny previous owner's stamp, internally o/w a very nice clean copy. The story of Sacco and Vanzetti, two left-wing Italian radicals, who were charged with being involved in a robbery at a South Braintree, Mass. shoe company in 1929 when a paymaster and guard were killed. They were arrested whilst trying to recover a car believed to have been used in the robbery, but the evidence was disputed from the beginning. The trial left much to be desired but despite this and much international protest, the two men were executed in the electric chair. Includes Index and Chronology. (Heavy item, may require additional postage on overseas orders). 
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16 HARRY, Gerard THE PELTZER CASE
London Geoffrey Bles 1928 First Hardcover GOOD No Jacket 8vo 
Famous Trials Series. vii+243pp+illus. Red cloth with black titles, marked on front cover. Foxing to fore-edge and endpapers, little light foxing internally. Spine slightly faded. Leon and James Peltzer had a flourishing business in Antwerp until 1873 when their older brother Armand and a lawyer friend had to save them from bankruptcy. Armand remained in Belgium after the hearing and began an affair with Madame Bernays who was separated from her husband. When a confrontation occurred, Leon went to his brother's assistance. He used an assumed name and invited Bernays to meet him, but when the lawyer's body was found the two brothers were tried for murder. 
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17 HENDERSON, William - Editor TRIAL OF WILLIAM GARDINER. (The Peasenhall Case).
Edinburgh Willam Hodge 1934 1st hard cover VG no dj 8vo 
x+332pp+illus. VG in slightly marked red cloth with gilt titles, little dusty and foxed on fore-edge. The infamous trial relating to the brutal murder of pregnant housemaid Rose Harsent in Suffolk in 1902. William Gardiner, a married, deeply religious and hard-working Primitive Methodist and pillar of the local community, was tried twice for the crime as rumour associated him with the young girl. The juries could not agree on a verdict and it was decided not to call further proceedings. Mr Justice Wild's defence was a triumph of skilful advocacy. 
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18 HYDE, H, Montgomery - Editor TRIAL OF CRAIG & BENTLEY.
Edinburgh William Hodge 1954 1st hard cover VG no dj 8vo 
xi+264pp+illus. VG in red cloth with gilt titles, just slightly marked and rubbed on extremes. Light foxing to endpapers but o/w clean internally. The story of two young men who broke into a Croydon warehouse in 1952, one was armed with a knife and a loaded revolver. A battle ensued in which a constable was shot dead. Derek Bentley, who was in custody at the time of the shooting, was hanged, but Craig was too young to face the same fate. The case is still controversial to this day. 
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19 HYDE, H. Montgomery - Editor TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE
Edinburgh William Hodge 1948 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
384pp+illus. Little dusty red cloth with gilt titles, slightly bumped on corners but internally clean with only odd spots of foxing to rear endpaper. Oscar Wilde prosecuted the Marquess of Queensbury for criminal libel - the peer claimed he was trying to save his son, Lord Alfred Douglas, from his liaison with Wilde. Two more sensational trials followed and although represented throughout by Sir Edward Clarke, Wilde was eventually imprisoned for homosexual offences. The events scandalised society although the public were nevertheless very eager for the details. 
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20 IRVING, H.B. Editor TRIAL OF MRS MAYBRICK.
Edinburgh William Hodge, Notable English Trials. 1912 1st hardcover GOOD 8vo 
xlvi+364pp. A GOOD copy in red cloth with gilt titles, spine slightly faded and a little worn at edges and corners. Endpapers tanned a little foxing scattered internally. Top-edge-gilt. Sig. to endpaper. Accused of poisoning her husband, James, with arsenic, Florence Maybrick claimed that her fly-papr soaked solution was intended for cosmetic purposes. James Maybrick was in fact a hypochondriac and regular arsenic user. It was felt that because of her own affair with a Mr Alfred Brierley, she was condemned as an unfaithful wife rather than a murderess, yet James had maintained a regular mistress for years. One of the classic British cases. 
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