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Title:
Luther J. Verrill, The Supposed West Auburn Murderer. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867, by C.C. Conlon, in the Clerk's Office of the District of Maine
Publisher:
C.C. Conlon, Portland?, 1867.
Description:
The rare photograph of Verrill, the white male charged but not convicted of murder, accused by Clifton Harris, the African American hanged for the crime, as the murders' perpetrator, leading in part to Maine's abolition of the death penalty in 1887
Condition:
Photograph measuring about 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches, a good clear image showing Verrill standing, left hand on hip, right hand on chair; no copy located
Book No.:
W-79030
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
capital punishment, criminal law, law and photography
 
Author:
De Feis, P. Leopoldo
Title:
Il Patibolo Della Croce, Secondo la Bibbia e i Monumenti Assiri
Publisher:
Tipografia Del Cav. V. Salviucci, Roma, 1900.
Description:
An examination of the Cross as Christian gallows, here separately printed, originally appearing in Bessarione, the Review of Oriental Studies; with nine figures reproduced
Condition:
Original printed, sewn wraps, worn; 30 pages
Book No.:
W-51650
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
capital punishment
Author:
Montagu, Basil
Title:
Essays [I. Thoughts upon the Punishment of Death II. Thoughts upon Liberty, and the Rights of Englishmen III. Thoughts upon the Conduct of the Understanding in the Discovery of Truth IV. Thoughts upon Imprisonment for Debt]
Publisher:
Printed for R. Hunter [and three others], London, 1824.
Description:
First edition of the collected essays of Montagu, the Lincoln's Inn barrister, noted reformer, and close friend of Coleridge, Godwin, Wordsworth, and others, upon the four principal subjects for which he is known; with the map and folding tables
Condition:
Contemporary straight grained morocco, lightly rubbed and a trace of foxing, presentation copy "With B Montagus / affectionate regards / 24 Nov / 1824"
Book No.:
W-76624
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
capital punishment, philosophy of law, Imprisonment for Debt, English constitutional law
Author:
Christian, Edward
Title:
A Vindication of the Criminal Law, and the Administration of Public Justice in England, from the Imputation of Cruelty: In a Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury at the Assizes Held at Ely
Publisher:
Printed by Richard Watts . . . For Clarke and Sons [etc.], London, 1819.
Description:
Christian's charge given as Chief Justice of Ely as the movement to abolish the death penalty gained force, contending that as a practical matter juries and judges, and alternate punishments, greatly mitigated the imposition of capital punishment
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, the title and verso of the last leaf dusty and marked, a bit strained, a usable copy; 77 pages
Book No.:
W-76672
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
criminal law, capital punishment, juries, Grand Jury Charges
Author:
Montagu, Basil (comp.)
Title:
The Opinions of Different Authors upon the Punishment of Death. Two Volumes
Publisher:
Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster Row, London, 1809-12.
Description:
First editions of the first two volumes of Montagu's valuable compilation (a third volume appeared in 1813), part of his sustained effort to abolish capital punishment; with extracts from Bentham, Blackstone, Montesquieu and John Howard, inter alia
Condition:
Original boards, one volume rebacked, the second with its spine chipped, else good, unsophisticated, untrimmed copies with generous margins
Book No.:
W-76304
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
capital punishment
 
Author:
Duff, Charles
Title:
A Handbook on Hanging, Being a short Introduction to the fine art of Execution, and containing much useful information on Neck-Breaking, Throttling, Strangling, Asphyxiation, Decapitation and Electrocution [etc.]
Publisher:
Grant Richards and Philip Sainsbury at The Cayme Press, London], 1927.
Description:
Clarence Darrow's copy, presented to him by Duff, the inscription on the first free endpaper reading "To Clarence Darrow / with kindest regards / & highest esteem / from Charles Duff / 28/10/29"
Condition:
Original boards, the spine worn and loose at the back joint
Book No.:
W-55496
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
capital punishment
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
An Enquiry Into the Causes of the late Increase of Robbers, &c. With Some Proposals for Remedying this Growing Evil. In Which . . . the Laws that relate to the Provision for the Poor, and to the Punishment of Felons are largely and freely examined
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar, opposite to Katharine-Street [etc.], London, 1751.
Description:
First edition of the novelist Henry Fielding's famed proposals for reforming English criminal law, derived from his first-hand experiences as a London magistrate, "easily the most distinguished and ambitious of Fielding's social [publications]"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 green morocco over cloth boards, gilt lettered, light browning, else a good usable copy with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79227
Price:
$ 425.00
Category:
criminal law, legal reform, capital punishment, Law and Literature, poor law

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