A Rare McDade Item with an Early Discussion of the Mafia [Trial]. Rezzolo, Michael, Defendant. Red Nosed Mike! Confession of a Terrible Crime, Assassination and Robbery of Paymaster McClure! And Hugh Flannaghan, On Wilkes-Barre Mountain. A History of the Crime! As Exposed by Pinkerton's Men. Wilkes-Barre, PA: Hart and Co., 1889. 43 pp. Main text in parallel columns. 9 woodcut portraits. Illustrations. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers, woodcut portrait of Rezzolo to front wrapper. Light toning, soiling and some edgewear, early cellotape repairs to spine, top-edge of front wrapper and sections of rear wrapper, which is lightly dampstained. Light toning to interior. $1,000. * Only edition. This account of Rezzolo and his fellow "Italian Banditti" begins with a headline reading: "An Atrocious Crime. Is It the Work of the Italian Maifa [sic] (1)." This is one of the earliest discussion of the Italian Mafia, which began its activities in the U.S. in the early 1880s. "J. Barney McClure and Flannaghan were shot to death during the robbery of a payroll for the construction gang of the Lehigh Valley Railway, Near Wilkes Barre, October 19, 1888. Rezzolo was condemned to death" (McDade). OCLC locates 5 copies (Harvard, Harvard Law School, NY Public Library, University of Iowa, Wilkes University). McDade, The Annals of Murder 798.
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