Lot 287Crime and Punishment – The Infamous affair of...

Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm



Crime and Punishment – The Infamous affair of the Murder of William Weare – Australia Pierce Egan’s Account of the Trial of John Thurtell and Joseph Hunt . With an appendix, disclosing some extraordinary facts, exclusively in the possession of the editor bound together with ‘Recollections of John Thurtell, who was Executed at Hertford’, London, Knight and Lacey 8vo, frontispiece portrait and six wood-engraved plates some browning and spotting, frontispiece a little damaged but restored, but appears complete and fully legible throughout, with plates in generally good condition. Modern binding 1824. Scarce. The trial of Thurtell and Hunt for the murder of William Weare. This was one of the most sensational trials of the age and sparked 17 different published accounts in the same year. Thurtell was executed, but Hunt’s sentence was commuted to transportation to New South Wales. He was supposedly killed in the quelling of an insurrection on the convict-ship Marquis of Huntly, but Sir Robert Therry – who was at the trial – saw him eight years later on the Blue Mountains Road, and later recorded that he was Court-Keeper of the Assize Court at Bathurst for twenty years. Pierce Egan’s account of the trial is distinguished by the splendid wood-engraved plates, some of them quite macabre – notably the victim’s legs sticking out of an idyllic pond beside his charming country house

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