Unrecorded New York Imprint of an Account of One of the Last People Executed for Forgery in Great Britain [Trial]. Fauntleroy, Henry [1785-1824], Defendant. Trial of Henry Fauntleroy for Forgery, Together with His Execution &c. From a London Copy. New York: Printed and Published at 121 Water-Street [by Joseph C. Spear?], 1825. 36 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, untrimmed. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to lower half, light soiling to exterior, final signature partially detached but secure. A good copy in the original state. $950. * First American edition. Fauntleroy was an English banker convicted of forgery in 1824. He admitted his guilt, but pleaded that he forged documents in order to access funds to pay his firm's debts. Several bankers and merchants stepped forward to defend his integrity during the trial, but he was sentenced to be hanged. He appealed his case twice without success. Appeals for clemency followed, but they were not successful. He was hanged in November 1824, one of the last people to be executed for forgery before it ceased to be a capital crime in 1836. The first edition of our account, published in London in 1824, is fairly common; our 1825 New York edition, most likely printed by Joseph C. Spear, who had a shop on Water Street, appears to be unrecorded. No copies are listed on OCLC; it lists 3 copies of a nearly identical 36 pp. 1825 imprint by Spear dated billed as the "Second American Edition." Neither is noted by Cohen or Sabin.
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