Illustrated Account of "America's Classic Murder" [Trial]. Webster, John White [1793-1850], Defendant. Trial of Professor John W. Webster, For the Murder of Dr. George Parkman in the Medical College, November 23, 1849. Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk, March Term, Present Chief Justice Shaw, Associate Judges Wilde, Metcalf and Dewey. (...) Stenographic Report, Carefully Revised and Corrected. Splendidly Illustrated. Boston: John A. French, Boston Herald Steam Press, 1850. 91, ,  pp. Includes 3 pages of advertisements. 8 woodcut text illustrations, large woodcut frontispiece, 1 full-page woodcut. Main text in parallel columns. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into later three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt title to spine, added marbled endpapers. Moderate rubbing to extremities, a few nicks to spine, light wear to corners. Faint vertical crease through center of text block, light toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves. $250. * McDade notes: "The murder in the Harvard Medical School of Dr. George Parkman, a prominent Bostonian and Harvard Alumnus, by Professor John W. Webster was, in the words of Edmund Pearson, "America's classic murder." While there have been more mysterious cases, some involving more prominent and notorious persons and others more macabre, the Parkman case still ranks high on the list of American murders. McDade lists some 18 accounts and variants. Regarding the present account, McDade notes another issue, 89 pp., without the sentence printed here on pp. 90-91. On the verso of p. 91 is a "semi-official" statement by one of the jurors. The frontispiece is a portrait of Webster, the verso of the final leaf is a full-length portrait of Parkman. McDade, The Annals of Murder 1067.
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