A Sordid Tale of Gambling and Murder Jones, George Henry. Account of the Murder of the Late Mr. William Weare of Lyon's Inn, London, Including the Circumstances Which First Led to the Discovery of the Murder and the Detection of the Murderers, The Depositions Taken Before the Magistrates, The Coroner's Inquest, the Trials of the Prisoners and the Execution of John Thurtell, At Hertford on Friday the 9th of January 1824, Embellished with Views of Gill's-Hill Cottage, The Pond in the Garden Where the Body was Concealed of Hill-Slough near Elstree, Where it was Finally Deposited and Portraits of the Prisoners, John Thurtell, Jos. Hunt and Wm. Probert, Drawn by Mr. George Lewis with Their Autographs: Illustrated with a Ground-Plan of Gill's-Hill Cottage and Garden and a Map of the Surrounding Country. London: Printed by J. Nichols and Son for Sherwood, Jones and Co., 1824. [iv], 344 pp. 4 lithographed plates, 1 a frontispiece, 2 folding maps. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Later three-quarter polished calf over cloth, lettering pieces, gilt fillets and gilt-edged raised bands to spine, marbled endpapers. Signed binding by Morrell, London. Light rubbing to extremities, owner bookplate (Stoughton R. Vogel, M.D.) to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places. $650. * Only edition. John Thurtell, an unlucky gambler, was deeply in debt to the crooked bookmaker William Weare. Deciding to take revenge, Thurtell, along with his friends Joseph Hunt and William Probert, murdered Weare in a grisly manner and tossed his body into a pond. Thurtell tried to escape conviction. He was hanged. Hunt confessed his involvement and stated that Thurtell was the killer. He was sent to the penal colony in Botany Bay, Australia. Charges against Probert were dropped in exchange for his wife's testimony. OCLC locates 10 copies in North America law libraries. Not in the Harvard Law Catalogue or British Museum Catalogue.
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