Only Known Copy Hoover, Matthias [1819-1837]. The Authentic Confession of the Notorious Robber & Murderer, Matthias Hoover, Partner of Lovett, Washburn, & Davis, Who was Hung at Cincinnati, On the 30th June, 1837, For the Murder of William Beaver. Cincinnati: Published for the Trade, 1837. 12 pp. Woodcut title page vignette of Hoover. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers bound in later quarter cloth over marbled boards, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine, a number of blank leaves added after text block by binder. Light rubbing to boards, more moderate rubbing and light wear to board edges and corners. Light toning to interior, light foxing and soiling in a few places, crack in text block after title page, which has faint pencil marks and small holes along its gutter and a small chip to its bottom-edge. Only known copy. $1,600. * Only edition. Along with his partners, Hoover robbed an old man of some $800 and left him for dead. This was, according to Hoover's confession, only the latest episode in a long career of vice and dissipation. He had begun stealing from an early age and had even been tried for murder as a schoolboy (though he was acquitted). He bequeathed his body to the Western Museum in Cincinnati, where it was displayed after his execution. The present title is an unrecorded variant of a related work published in Cincinnati the same year with a different title and without an imprint. No copies of our title could be found anywhere, though a copy appeared at auction in 1923. The other variant is also scarce; OCLC locates 2 copies worldwide (American Antiquarian Society, Princeton University). Not in McDade, Sabin or Checklist of American Imprints. See Morgan Bibliography of Ohio Imprints 8810.
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