"The Source of Forgery, Robbery, Murder And General Demoralization" [Thurtell, John (1794-1824)]. [Probert, William (d.1825)]. [Hunt, Joseph]. The Fatal Effects of Gambling Exemplified in the Murder of Wm. Weare and the Trial and Fate of John Thurtell, The Murderer and His Accomplices: With Biographical Sketches of the Parties Concerned and a Comment on the Extraordinary Circumstances Developed in the Narrative, in Which Gambling is Proved to be the Source of Forgery, Robbery, Murder, And General Demoralization: To Which is Added, The Gambler's Scourge: A Complete Expose of the Whole System of Gambling in the Metropolis, With Memoirs and Anecdotes of Notorious Blacklegs. London: Published by Thomas Kelly, 1824. xxii, 459 pp. 10 copperplate leaves, copperplate frontispiece, with tissue guard, and added pictorial title page. Complete. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Later three-quarter calf over cloth, raised bands and gilt ornaments, title and (incorrect) publication date to spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, later bookplate (of Frank L. Hadley) to front pastedown. A few minor nicks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to added title page and a few other leaves. $450. * Only edition. John Thurtell, an unlucky gambler, was deeply in debt to the 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, which minimized his role in the crime. Not in the Harvard Law Catalogue. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 26:829.
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