San Francisco: The John H. Barry Company, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 672 pp. Very good. Item #18101504
Criminals characters have often held a fascination with the public, with great quantities of books and films being inspired by them, both fiction and nonfiction. "Celebrated Criminal Cases in America", written by then-Captain of the San Francisco Police Department Thomas S. Duke, delves into the crimes and characters of numerous cases in California, the American West, and the rest of the United States. The book contains stories of horrific murders and thefts of both local and national scale.
Stories include those of Joaquin Murieta and Tiburcio Vasquez, Mexican bandits in California; the Broderick-Terry duel in San Francisco; presidential assassinations, including Abraham Lincoln and William McKinley; the story of Alfred Packer, a prospector for gold in Colorado, who killed and ate his five companions and stole their money; and the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who murdered two children and tortured several others.
The first edition of Duke's book, this volume is a thorough account of crimes that occurred around the country, written in a composed and purposeful style, while not shying away from the grisly details; it is replete with vintage black-and-white photographs of the criminals and at times the lawmen who apprehended them, most captioned in white.
___DESCRIPTION: Full brown cloth, gilt lettering on the spine, black-and-white photographs of various criminals and members of the police department throughout; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-v] vi-xii [xiii-xv] [1-3] 4-657.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, boards are clean with the barest hint of soiling, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, the edges of the boards and corners, the corners are gently bumped, and there is a prior owner stamp in purple on the rear free endpaper.
___CITATION: Six-Guns, no. 645.
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