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(THE EDGWARE ROAD MURDER.)
A volume of contemporary newspaper clippings, pamphlets and broadsheet publications relating to the Edgware Road Murder.
London: various publishers,, 1837. Horrible Murder and Mutilation Quarto (305 x 180 mm), approximately 100 leaves of clippings, articles and pamphlets mounted on wove paper. Recent brown cloth, dark brown skiver label lettered in gilt. Some wood-engraved illustrations. A few closed-tears to newspaper clippings otherwise in very good condition. A fascinating assemblage of printed material relating to the cause celebre of 1837, the brutal murder and dismemberment, on Christmas Eve 1836, of Hannah Brown by James Greenacre (1785-1837), forever after known as the Edgware Road Murderer. This collection was compiled by someone eagerly following the case and attests to the grip that it exerted on the public mind: at the time of the trial ephemera of all sorts poured onto the market and after his execution "plays based on the Edgware Road murder were given in the penny theatres and an effigy of Greenacre was made for Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition" (ODNB). Included here are the scarce Paddington Murder Sheet - a lurid "special" issued by The Weekly Chronicle - and other decidedly uncommon pieces, including Fairburn's comprehensive coverage of the trial and an issue of The New Doctor, with the front page given over to the phrenological aspect of the Greenacre case. "About September 1836, when living at 6 Carpenter's Buildings, Camberwell, Greenacre advertised in The Times for a partner to provide £300 for the commercial exploitation of his washing machine [which he had designed and built while living in the United States]; it was answered by a washerwoman named Hannah Brown. S … [Click Below for Full Description]
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