"This Terrible Secret Society" [Molly (Mollie) Maguires]. A Full Account. The Lives and Crimes of the "Mollie Maguires," The Confessions and Execution, With an Account of the Organization of this Terrible Secret Society. Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., [copyright 1878]. [ii], -88,  pp. 6 woodcut plates, including two repeated on the front and rear wrappers. 6-page publisher catalogue. Complete. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends, light soiling and a few tiny stains to wrappers, light toning to interior, faint dampspotting to a few leaves. $1,250. * "'Fraternalism gone bad' might best describe the situation in the mining regions of Pennsylvania where the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians held sway. An inner group known as the Mollie Maguires...constituted a kind of Irish mafia...Its control was finally broken by a Pinkerton detective. (...) June 21, 1877 saw the end of ten Mollies...three more were executed on March 25, 1878" (McDade). The criminals and victims are described in Barclay's account in great detail, with six plates of stark graphics to match. Barclay was a leading purveyor of hyper-sensationalized true-crime publishing. In most cases, the format is that of pulp fiction, but with informative factual content. Other Barclay titles promoted in the ads at the rear of the pamphlet include Brooklyn's Horror: Wholesale Holocaust at the Brooklyn, New York Theatre and Little Cuba: A True Story of Love, War, And Startling Adventures. McDade, The Annals of Murder 691.
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