[ANONYMOUS] Capital Punishment. A Tale of the Nineteenth Century
Saunders, Otley & Co 1867
original cloth, spine bumped and chipped with minor loss at extremities, two inch nick at head of lower hinge, corners rubbed, hinges rubbed with small vents, publisher’s catalogue dated 1866, ownership signature at head of titlepage, lacking half-title, scattered spotting, later front free endpaper, tired. ‘nasty little tale of a ‘nouveau-riche’ but very nice city man, who buys a country house for his son and daughter’s sake, but does not respect the sanctity of a ruined Priory in the grounds, though he is religious enough. Because he muddles with the ruins, one is supposed to believe, his son murders an insufferable young lawyer’s clerk in the town who has been snobbish to the family, and who has made passes at a girl (daughter of the Dissenting Minister) whom they have befriended. He is hanged for it. A study of snobs and non-snobs, the higher gentry are perfectly prepared to be decent to the ‘nouveau arrives’. (Wolff); first edition; 344 pages Wolff 7423