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The Newgate Calendar: Comprising Interesting Memoirs of the Most Notorious Characters who have been Convicted of Outrages on The Laws of England since the commencement of the Eighteenth Century; with occasional Anecdotes and Observations, Speeches, Confessions, & Last Exclamations of Sufferers (Four Volumes, Complete)
J. Robins and Co., London 1824 - Half brown leather over linen boards, spines in seven compartments separated by gilt borders and decoration, gilt lettering on burgundy leather labels in one compartment, volume number, gilt, on small burgundy leather labels with gilt tooling in another, publication date, gilt, in one compartment, and intricate gilt tooling in remainder; t.e.g., brown endpapers. One engraved frontispiece in each volume, together with numerous engraved in-text illustrations in each volume. Volume One dated 1824, Volumes Two and Three dated 1825, and Volume Four dated 1826, constituting a true first edition of the Knapp and Baldwin Newgate Calendar. iv, 514, (2-Index); (ii), 500, (2-Index); (ii), 499, (3-Index); (ii), 404, (2-Index) pp. The Newgate Calendar, originally subtitled The Malefactors' Bloody Register, was a popular work of improving literature in the 18th and 19th centuries. Originally a monthly bulletin of executions, produced by the Keeper of Newgate Prison in London, the Calendar's title was appropriated by other publishers, who put out biographical chapbooks about notorious criminals such as Sawney Bean, Dick Turpin, John Wilkes and Moll Cutpurse. Collected editions of these stories began to appear in the mid-18th century, and in 1774 a five-volume bound edition became the standard version. While many of its accounts are highly embellished and/or drawn uncritically from other sources, they are lively and full of incident, and often refer to contemporary events and social issues. Along with the Bible and John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, the Calendar was famously in the top three works most likely to be found in the average home. The entries editorialise strongly against their subjects, Catholicism, The Protectorate and Commonwealth, any political enemies of Britain (such as the French), drunkenness, prostitution ("Women of abandoned character"), gambling, "dissipation" in general and other "vices" generally while eulogising Protestantism, the Church of England, the English monarchy and legal system, the Common Law and Bloody Code, with some rare exceptions. One edition contained an introduction suggesting that swindling be made (another) capital offence. This new edition was first published in 1824 by Andrew Knapp and William Baldwin, two lawyers. . Some foxing particulary on preliminary and final pages, unmarked, unread, tight, square, and clean. VERY GOOD. . Engravings. 8vo 8" - 9" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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