"Sooner or Later All Sin Comes to Light" [Cheap Repository Tracts]. Fielding, Henry [1707-1754]. [More, Hannah (1745-1833)]. Murders. True Examples of the Interposition of Providence, In the Discovery and Punishment of Murder. Bath: Sold by S. Hazard, (Printer to the Cheap Repository for Religious and Moral Tracts); by J. Marshall and R. White, London, . 12 pp. Woodcut illustration to title page. 12mo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers, edges untrimmed. Moderate toning, light foxing to margins of a few leaves, first and final leaves starting to separate but secure, upper corner of front wrapper lacking, small "90" written in ink at its head. $200. * Early edition. The Cheap Repository Tracts, issued from 1795-1817, were devised by More as an educational alternative to the sensational broadside and chapbook publications popular among the literate poor. Our tract is an abridgment of Fielding's Examples of the Interposition of Providence in the Detection and Punishment of Murder (1752), a short collection of anecdotes describing recent apprehensions of murderers with a religious theme. The work originally appeared in response to what many perceived as a notable increase in London murders; its publication was concurrent with the Murder Act of 1752, which introduced anatomization in the hopes that it would deter would-be murderers. The Cheap Repository abridgment was issued individually until 1797 and also appeared in yearly collections. The abridgment of Fielding's text is followed by an eight-stanza verse titled "A Prayer to God, that our National Crimes, may not bring down National Punishments." English Short-Title Catalogue N508833.
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