Rare Calf-Bound Presentation Copy [Trial]. Pritchard, Edward William [1825-1865], Defendant. Roughead, William, [1870-1952], Editor. Trial of Dr. Pritchard. Glasgow and Edinburgh: William Hodge & Company, . 343 pp. Portrait frontispiece. 14 plates. Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine, gilt-stamped company name to foot of spine, top-edge gilt. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped. Light toning to interior, light foxing in places, offsetting to margins of endleaves, presentation inscription from Roughead to front free endpaper. $500. * First edition. One of a few copies bound in calf for presentation, this one to Lord George Young [1819-1907], the solicitor-general who served as prosecutor. The inscription reads: "To The Right Hon: Lord Young,/ with the Editors/ compliments & thanks." Young is pictured in one of the plates (p. 220) and is thanked for revising his address to the jury in the Prefatory Note. Dr. Pritchard was tried in Glasgow, 1865, for the murder of his wife and mother-in-law. He was found guilty, and his execution, on July 28, 1865, was the last to be held in public in Scotland. Pritchard had a long afterlife in popular culture and his case inspired a number of dramatizations and fictional accounts.
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