Trial of William Burke and Helen M'Dougal : before the High Court of Justiciary, at Edinburgh, on Wednesday, December 24. 1828, for the murder of Margery Campbell, or Docherty / Taken in short hand by Mr John Macnee, writer. With an illustrative preface.

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Edinburgh : Robert Buchanan ... William Hunter ... John Stevenson ... and Baldwin & Cradock, London, 1829.

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9 unnumbered pages, vi-xviii, 200 pages, 8 unnumbered pages, 3 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, portraits, plan (lithographs) ; 23 cm (8vo)


Edited by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
William Burke, William Hare, Mrs. Hare and Helen M'Dougal were associated in the murder of more than sixteen persons. Hare having turned King's evidence, William Burke and Helen M'Dougal were tried for the murder of Margery Campbell, or Docherty
The final four leaves contain "Rhymes On Reading The Trial ... "; "The Lament"; "A Letter To ... The Caledonian Mercury. ... "; and "Letter to the Jury ... ", the last two signed "Candidus". These four leaves (not called for by the list of contents) were issued gratis with the Trial according to a later MS. note inside the Wellcome copy
Colophon, p.[208]: "Printed By J. Hutchinson, Edinburgh"
Copy 1 Supplier/Donor: John Drury cat. 74 Note: Bound (1) with the Supplement to the trial, 1829. p. ix-x (f.a3) repeated after p.xviii. C20th half calf. With MS. list of related works and later pencil note on front endpapers. Stamp "J. Adams, Binder, Wilmington ... ". C20th woodcut bk-pl. (horn over barrel, initials JT and DF)


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