A Murder Trial that Inspired Dickens [Trial]. Manning, Frederick George [1820-1849], Defendant. Manning, Maria [1821-1849], Defendant. The Bermondsey Murder. A Full Report of the Trial of Frederick George Manning and Maria Manning, For the Murder of Patrick O'Connor, At Minver-Place, Bermondsey, On the 9th of August, 1849. Including Memoirs of Patrick O'Connor, Frederick George Manning, And Maria Manning. With their Portraits, And Several Other Engravings. At head of title: Clark's Edition. London: Printed and Published by W.M. Clark, 1849. 64 pp. Illustrated. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in recent plain wrappers, edges rouged, housed in plain folder with printed label to front. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and soiling to a few leaves, a few slight cracks to text block, all leaves secure, very faint offsetting from illustrations in places. [With] Manning, Frederick George. Manning, Maria. The Only Correct Account of the Confession and Execution of Frederick George Manning and Maria Manning, For the Murder of Patrick O'Connor. [London]: Now Publishing, By W.M. Clark, . 16 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in recent plain wrappers, printed label to front wrapper, endleaves added. Moderate toning to interior, negligible light foxing and soiling in places. Together two items. $1,250. * Only (stated) editions; Trial: one of two 1849 issues. O'Connor, a domestic servant, was the former lover of Marie DeRoux Manning. He was murdered by Marie and her husband, Frederick George Manning. The motivation was greed; O'Connor was a successful moneylender and investor. The case attracted a good deal of public attention and became known as the "Bermondsey Horror." Eventually apprehended, the husband and wife were hanged on November 13, 1849. This execution was the first time a husband and wife had been executed together in England since 1700. Dickens witnessed the execution and wrote an account of it that was published in The Times. He based a character on Marie Manning, Mademoiselle Hortense, Lady Dedlock's maid in Bleak House. Our account of the trial had two 1849 issues with different page counts (64 and 80 pp.). It was sometimes bound with the account of the pair's confession and execution from the same publisher, separately issued an.
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