A Fascinating and Enterprising Nineteenth-Century Female Criminal Carson, Ann Baker. Clarke, Mrs. M. The Memoirs of the Celebrated and Beautiful Mrs. Ann Carson, Daughter of an Officer of the U.S. Navy, And Wife of Another, Whose Life Terminated in the Philadelphia Prison. Second Edition, Revised, Enlarged, And Continued Till Her Death, by Mrs. M. Clarke, Authoress of The Fair American, Life of Thomas L. Hamblin, Edwin Forrest, &c. &c. Philadelphia, 1838. New York: Sold at No. 167 1/2 Greenwich St. and N.E. Corner of Nassau and Greenwich Sts.--Wholesale and Retail. 1838. Two volumes in one. xiii, , 16-231, ; [iii], 6-175,  pp. Last page in each volume blank. 12mo. (7-1/4" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, rebacked retaining existing spine, endpapers renewed, title page and following leaf re-hinged. Light rubbing to boards, small scuff to front board, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to corners. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places. An appealing copy of a rare title. $1,500. * Second and best edition. "The Carsons had been married nine years when John Carson left home in 1810. Not having heard from him for two years, his wife married [Richard] Smith. Carson returned and, in trying to dispossess Smith of his wife and home, was shot by Smith. The judge practically directed Smith's conviction and he was hanged. Mrs. Carson, who was a rugged individual in her own right, tried to kidnap the governor to save Smith. After his execution she joined a gang of counterfeiters and subsequently died in prison" (McDade). This account went through two editions, both in 1838. The second edition is better because it contains additional material, as indicated by the title. Both editions are rare. OCLC locates no copies of the first edition, 4 of the second (American Antiquarian Society, New-York Historical Society, University of Michigan, Yale University) McDade, The Annals of Murder 888.
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