Title ILLUSTRATED LIFE AND CAREER OF WILLIAM PALMER OF RUGELEY. Containing Details of His Conduct as School-boy, Medical Student, Racing Man and Poisoner, with Original Letters of William and Anne Palmer and Other authentic Documents. Together with The Whole of His Private Diary up to the Hour of his Arrest and the Fullest Particulars respecting his Execution at Stafford.
Book Condition VG - covers rubbed
Edition First Edition
Publisher London Ward Lock 1856
Seller ID 900040
136pp+illus. in text + facsimile pages of Diary + 171pp Verbatim Report of the Trial. VG original rather rubbed marbled boards with brown spine. Endpapers tanned and little dusty, last page has two small chips but otherwise internally the pages are remarkably clean. Signature to front endpaper dated 1884. Very well illustrated. This is probably the most complete contemporary treatment of the classic case of poisoner William Palmer with engraved illustrations in the text and two facsimile pages from Palmer's Diary recording Cook's death at 1 o'clock in the morning of Wednesday, 21st November 1855. The account also contains particulars of his execution at Stafford and the whole of his private diary. 32-year-old Palmer was the poisoner of possibly fourteen people, culminating in the death of his race-going friend John Parsons Cook and his trial in 1856 made history as the first murder trial to take place away from the locality of the crime in order to achieve an unbiased verdict. A number of versions of this infamous trial were published at the time, but this volume of his life story is somewhat less common. Although covers are rather rubbed and worn, still tightly bound and a very good copy internally.
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