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Collection of the Most Interesting and Remarkable Trials:. Particularly of those People who have Forfeited their Lives to the Injured Laws of their Country. In which the most remarkable of the State Trials will be Included, with the Defence and Behaviour of the Criminals, before and after Condemnation. Intended not only to point out the Crimes of the Great, which are at present but little farther known than their own Families but also those of Inferior Criminals, who are only handed down as Examples to Posterity [Volume 1 Only].

London: R. Snagg, 1775. First Edition. Hardcover. A well documented collection of approximately one hundred trials across the two volumes, spanning three centuries with an apparent focus on high treason, murder, buggery, forgery, impotence(?!?), etc. Defendants include Guy Fawkes, Thomas Moore, William Pen, Walter Raleigh, etc.19th century bookplate of John...  Item #5728
Price: $650.00

A Complete Collection of State-Trials and Proceedings for High-Treason, and Other Crimes and Misdemeanours; From The Reign of King Richard II. To the End of the Reign of King George I.:. The Fourth Volume. With Two Alphabetical Tables to the Whole. The Second Edition, with great Additions [Volume Four Only].

London: 1730. Second Edition. Hardcover. Volume Four of a six volume set (plus two supplementary volumes). Includes the notorious Judge Jeffreys trial of Titus Oates. "Proto-Grangerized"; seven 18th and 19th century engravings laid in at various places to illustrate defendants in various cases. This volume stands alone, in a lovely...  Item #5731
Price: $1,250.00

The Life and Character of the Late Lord Chancellor Jefferys [sic].

London: J Pottinger and J Seymour, 1764 [1725]. Second Edition. Hardcover. A wonderfully unflattering short biography of the notorious Judge Jeffreys. Jeffreys infamously presided over the trial of Titus Oates and numerous other significant cases...bringing his unusual blend of apathy, arrogance and brutality to the bench. It is said that...  Item #5740
Price: $325.00

Federal Justice:. Chapters in the History of Justice and the Federal Executive.

New York: Macmillan Company, 1937. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Noted historical work on the renowned Attorney General, Homer Cummings. Light shelf/edge wear, discrete booksellers ticket at ffep, hint of toning to gilt at spine, else tight, bright and unmarred. Red cloth boards, gilt lettering, frontispiece. 8vo. 576pp. Illus. (b/w plates).....   Item #5790
Price: $45.00

The Case of Oscar Slater.

New York: George H. Doran Co. 1912. First American Edition. Hardcover. Oscar Slater, a German Jew, was wrongfully accused, convicted and imprisoned for a murder that he did not commit. Doyle investigated the case for over three years and ultimately published this volume. The resulting clamor lead to Slater being...  Item #5739
Price: $175.00

The Sacco-Vanzetti Case. [American Trials].

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. A thorough telling of this famed 1920's murder case. Includes trial transcripts, evidentiary material and an expiration of Judge Thayer's prejudice as described by Vanzetti and others. Light shelf/edge wear, gilt toned, minor toning at text block edges, else tight...   Item #5792
Price: $45.00

Noted French Trials: Imposters and Adventurers.

Boston: Soule & Bugbee, 1882. First Edition. Hardcover. Light shelf/edge wear, discrete small stain at front board, else tight, bright and unmarred. Green cloth boards, gilt lettering. 12mo. 264pp.  Item #5799
Price: $145.00

Jurgen and the Law.

New York: Robert M. McBride & Co. 1923. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. A well crafted exploration of the obscenity trial involving James Branch Cabell's 1919 novel "Jurgen." Rather uncommong in DJ. Minimal shelf/edge wear, gilt lightly toned, else tight, bright and unmarred. DJ shows light shelf/egde wear, light toning at...   Item #5783
Price: $65.00

State Trials: Political and Social: Vol. 1.

London: Duckworth, 1899. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Includes the trials of The Regicides, Walter Raleigh; Charles 1st; Colonel Turner; Alice Lisle; and the Suffolk Witches. A lovely little tome. Minor shelf/edge wear, touch of toning at spine, bookplate at front pastedown, owner inscription at ffep, else tight, bright and unmarred...   Item #5801
Price: $25.00

The Tryal and Conviction of Sr Sam Bernardiston Bart for High-Misdemeanor at the Session of Nisi Prius:. Holden at Guild-Hall, London for his Majesties Court of Kingsbench before the Right Honourable Sir George Jeffreys.

London: Benjamin Tooke, 1684. First Edition. Hardcover. Barnardiston (spelled incorrectly by the printer) was a Whig and a director of the East India Company. Jeffreys was, of course, the notorious English judge. Here the defendant was accused of libel within a private letter and, shockingly, conviced by Jeffreys...just as shockingly...  Item #5730
Price: $1,400.00

A Review of the Principal Events of the Last Ten Years in the Life of Hannah Kinney:. Together with Some Comments Upon the Late Trial. Written by Herself.

Boston: J.N. Bradley & Co. 1841. First Edition. Stiff Boards. Minor classic murder acquittal. McDade, The Annals of Murder 561. Bookplate shows man in gallows in a deco style, "Borrower Beware - From the Crime Library of John Kobler". Noted issues with the binding notwithstanding, a very clean tight copy...  Item #5736
Price: $325.00

The Milligan Case. [American Trials].

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. A handsome copy of this increasingly uncommon, quite scarce in DJ. Very minor shelf/edge wear, discrete owner signature at ffep, else tight, bright and unmarred. DJ shows light shelf/edge wear, several small closed tears, light toning at spine. Brown cloth.....   Item #5791
Price: $125.00

The Lives and Exploits of Banditti and Robbers in all Parts of the World:. Volume 1 and 2 Finely Bound as One. [Complete].

New York: J. & J. Harper, 1833. First Edition. Hardcover. Seldom found complete and/or in acceptable condition. A very handsome copy of this minor classic. Minor shelf/edge wear, very minor sporadic foxing, tidemarks at head near spine, else tight and bright. Halfbound, burgundy leather spine and tips, burgundy cloth boards.....   Item #5738
Price: $450.00

The Mystery of Marie LaFarge.

London: Clerke & Cockeran, 1951. First Edition. Hardcover. Found guilty in the 1840s of poisoning her husband and stealing a diamond necklace, the case was quite infamous. Noted flaw (reversible) notwithstanding, a very nice copy of this increasingly uncommon volume. Touch of damp cause heel of DJ to stick, else...   Item #5789
Price: $25.00

The Trial of Herbert John Bennett:. (The Yarmouth Beach Murder).

London: Geoffrey Bles, 1929. First Edition. Hardcover. Overall, a handsome copy of this rather scarce trial piece. Minor shelf/edge wear, sunning at spine, tiny split at head, discrete booksellers stamp at ffep, gilt lightly toned, else tight, bright and unmarred. Navy cloth boards, gilt lettering and decorative elements, in blind...   Item #5788
Price: $75.00

Recollections of a Policeman.

New York: Cornish, Lamport & Co. 1852. First Edition/Pirate Edition. Hardcover. Unusual little tome of early crime fiction and one of only 5 or 6 known copies bound in red boards [typically found in brown boards]. "Waters" was the pseudonym for William Russell, one of the earliest crafters of detective...  Item #5759
Price: $1,500.00