Illustrated Account of One of the Most Famous American Murder Trials of the Nineteenth Century [Trial]. Avery, Ephraim [1799-1869], Defendant. The Terrible Hay-Stack Murder. Life and Trial of the Rev. Ephraim K. Avery, For the Murder of the Young and Beautiful Miss Sarah M. Cornell, A Factory Girl of Fall River, Mass., Whose Affections He Won, and Whose Honor he Betrayed, He Afterwards Strangled His Poor Victim, and Hung Her Body to a Hay-Stack in Order to Convey the Idea that She had Committed Suicide. Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., . [ii], 19-62 pp. 4 plates. Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers. Light soiling and some edgewear, minor tears and chips to wrappers, three tiny wormholes near foot of spine, one affecting title page and following leaf. Moderate toning to text, a few leaves have faint smudges or dog-eared corners. $850. * Only edition. The Avery Case was one of the most famous American murder trials of the nineteenth century. Although questions about this case remain, it appears that Avery murdered Cornell when he learned she was pregnant with his child. After strangling her he put a noose around her neck and hung her from a barn rafter to make it appear that she had committed suicide. Like many Barclay publications, this was published many years after the event. OCLC locates 10 copies, 3 in law libraries (Library of Congress, University of Kansas, University of Minnesota). McDade, The Annals of Murder 48.
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