Book #71508
The Islington Tragedy. 9-3/4" x 7-1/2" broadside. London, c.1800. Broadside, Murder.

The Islington Tragedy. 9-3/4" x 7-1/2" broadside. London, c.1800

"She Bore a Child by Her Own Brother, And Took the Darling's Life Away" [Broadside]. [Murder]. The Islington Tragedy. London: Real, Printer, [c.1800]. 9-3/4" x 7-1/2" broadside, verse text in two columns below headline and large woodcut prison scene. Moderate toning and light soiling, horizontal and vertical fold lines, minor creases and wear along edges, a few clean tears along folds, one of them mended on verso with archival tape, along with a short tear near upper-left corner. $650. * Almost nothing is known about this case, which occurred in the greater London borough of Islington. Celestia Somner had a daughter through incest with her brother. Celestia stabbed the daughter to death when she was ten. The broadside condemns Celestia at length for the murder of her child, but doesn't criticize her for committing incest. The woodcut depicts two prison officials and a vicar in a cell with a lamenting female prisoner on the day of her execution. This appears to be an unrecorded imprint. No copies located on OCLC or Library Hub.

Price: $650.00

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