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Elliott, Robert G. with Albert R. Beatty
Agent of Death : The Memoirs of an Executioner
New York E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1940. First edition. The book is firmly bound in grey cloth, lettered and decorated in blue with an illustration of an electric chair, also in blue, to the front board, the extremities are somewhat bumped and rubbed and the cloth is toned to areas of the front board and spine, with a few minor marks. The text block is toned and slightly foxed, with an old bookseller's label to the front pastedown. The dust jacket is the original and not price clipped, beyond that the news is less good, as it is quite rubbed with a fair amount of loss and a number of closed tears, which have been repaired with tape, it is also slightly toned and marked with a small circular label to the bottom of the spine. Elliott was one of America's more famous executioners, who served as "electrician" for the State of New York for 13 years between 1926 and 1939, throwing the switch for Richard Hauptmann, the man convicted for the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, and perfecting the technique of electrocuting his victims as humanely as possible by varying the voltage, he was also a keen gardener. His memoirs were published shortly after his death, Beatty having compiled and edited Elliott's notes. The book is a rarity, particularly in the dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Jonathan Frost Rare Books Limited [Liverpool, United Kingdom]
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