A Rare Account of Sex, Greed and Murder [Jeffryes, Elizabeth (1727-1752)]. [Jeffries, Elizabeth]. [Swan, John (d.1752)]. Authentick Memoirs of the Wicked Life and Transactions of Elizabeth Jeffryes, Spinster. Who was Executed on Saturday, March 28, 1752, On Epping-Forest, Near Walthamstow. For Being Concern'd in the Murder of Her Late Uncle, Mr. Joseph Jeffryes: With The Particulars of Her Behavior, During the Time of Her Confinement, Before Her Tryal; Her Confession after Her Conviction to the Two Reverend Divines, Mr. Tindall and Mr. Griffiths; And of Every Circumstance that Occured from the Time of Her Being Acquainted that the Dead Warrant was Come Down, To the Time of Her Execution. Also a Full Account of the Life, Behavour, And Confession of John Swan, Who was Executed With Her, For Committing the Said Murder. London: Printed and Sold by T. Bailey, . [ii], 5-28 pp. Quarto (6-1/2" x 4-1/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, expertly bound in recent period-style calf by Philip Dusel, blind rules to boards, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Moderate toning to interior, light soiling in a few places, trimming to leaves B2 (pp. 7-9) and D2 (pp. 21-22) affecting text block at foot of both leaves and page numbers on B2, fore-edge of leaf C3 (pp. 17-18) neatly mended, no loss to legibility. $1,000. * Only edition. As related here, this was a titillating story of sex, greed, murder and capital punishment. Jeffreys had been sent at the age of five to live with her uncle, Joseph Jeffreys, where she was raised as a daughter and heir to his considerable estate. At the age of 22 she began an affair with Swan, one of her uncle's servants, which eventually led to murder. The pair plotted the crime and Swan carried it out. After her conviction as an accessory, Jeffreys claimed to have been "debauched" on several occasions by her uncle when she was 15, by whom she had twice become pregnant, miscarrying once, and aborting the second pregnancy with drugs provided by the uncle. Moreover, she said he had threatened to disinherit her, ironically for "immoral behavior," if she refused to have sex with him. The jury and judge were not moved, and she and Swan were executed. Also issued individually, this title was issued by T. Bailey as Part 2 of a four-part composite volume: The Genuine His.
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