Lavishly Illustrated Contemporary Account of a Case that Captivated Victorian England [Tichborne Case]. Orton, Arthur [1834-1898], Defendant. Pictorial Souvenir of the Great Tichborne Case, Being a Readable Narrative of the Remarkable Lives of Roger Tichborne & The Claimant, with a Clear and Succinct Account of the Two Great Trials from First to Last. London: Published at the Office of the Penny Illustrated Paper, [February 28, 1874]. 32 pp. Includes 2 pp. of advertisements. 19 woodcut illustrations: 6 full-page, 1 double-page. Text in three columns. Lithograph pictorial sheet-music cover from "The Tichborne Galop," by M.C. Barter, laid in. Folio (14-1/2" x 10"). Softbound, pictorial wrappers, which are detached, lightly soiled and moderately edgeworn, "Tichborne" in faint pencil to head of front wrapper, moderate toning to interior. $950. * Only edition located. One of the most famous examples of identity theft, the Tichborne case captivated Victorian England in the 1860s and 1870s. In 1854, Roger Tichborne, the 25 year-old heir to the Tichborne Baronetcy, disappeared while traveling in South America. He was presumed to have died in a shipwreck. His mother refused to abandon hope. When she heard rumors that he was in Australia, she placed several advertisements concerning his whereabouts in Australian newspapers. In 1865, an Australian butcher named Thomas Castro, sometimes referred to as Thomas Orton claimed to be the missing heir. He failed to convince the courts, was convicted of perjury and served a long prison sentence. The dispute over his identity continued until his death in 1898. Our lavishly illustrated account, a fine example of nineteenth-century English penny press journalism, is rare. OCLC locates 6 copies, 2 in North America (Harvard, University of Cincinnati Law School). Library Hub adds another copy (University of Southampton).
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