Written to Clear the Names of Suspected Nantucket Bank Robbers Coffin, William. Gardner, Albert. A Narrative of the Robbery of the Nantucket Bank. Compiled from Original Documents. Nantucket, [MA]: Printed by Henry Clapp, 1816. 69 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into nineteenth-century three-quarter calf over marbled boards, small calf title panel to front board, spine covered in later cloth tape. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges with wear to corners, bookplate of Benjamin DeForest Curtiss to front pastedown and verso of front free endpaper, rear hinge cracked, another crack between front endleaf and title page, which is soiled. Moderate toning to text, occasional dampstaining to margins, light foxing to a few leaves. A scarce title with an interesting provenance. $1,250. * First and only edition. This pamphlet concerns the case Rice et Al. v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. "Compiled to clear the names of Rice and several other citizens of Nantucket who had been tried for the bank robbery and acquitted, but who were still under suspicion by fellow townsmen. Page vii refers to the trial, but the court in which it took place is not given. Randall Rice was one of the defendants named in the narrative. Also mentioned are three defendants who were arrested but escaped from prison before being tried: John Clark, Jr., Zebulon Witherby, and one Johnson" (Cohen). Benjamin DeForest Curtiss [1851-1922] was a distinguished Americana collector from Litchfield, Connecticut. OCLC locates 16 copies, none in law libraries. Shaw & Shoemaker, American Bibliography 37286. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 14045.
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