"An Awful Warning to the Youth of America" St. Clair, Henry. The United States Criminal Calendar: or an Awful Warning to the Youth of America; Being an Account of the Most Horrid Murders, Piraces, Highway Robberies, &c. &c. Boston: Printed and Published by Charles Gaylord, 1835. iii-356 pp. With 12 woodcut illustrations and title vignette; lacking frontispiece ("Sterling shooting Gen. Morgain") but internally complete. Later morocco, gilt frames to boards, gilt-edged raised bands, red and black lettering pieces and gilt-stamped decoration and date to spine, gilded edges, marbled endpapers, endleaves renewed, silk ribbon bookmark. Negligible light wear to corners. Occasional light foxing and faint dampstaining, light edgewear to bottom-edges of first few leaves, flaws from printing to text block in a few places affecting legibility slightly on p. 99, clean tears to margins of a few leaves not affecting images or text, clean tear to center of first plate affecting image without loss, lower corner of leaf 13d (pp. 283-284) lacking without loss to text, chip to fore-edge of final leaf. A handsomely bound copy. $250. * Later edition. Recounts the stories of forty-one famous murderers, pirates and criminals for the purpose of alerting the youth of America to the pitfalls of criminal life. St. Clair selected only those criminals whose exploits were exceptional: "Of those whose lives and deeds have little interest he has nothing to say" (Preface). Though the title page claims "fifteen engravings," no recorded copies count more than 13 plates and the claim of 15 engravings may include both the title vignette and an image on the original publisher's boards. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 12114. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 75023.
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