Cincinnati, 1835. ,-84,xii,pp. plus illustrations. Frontis. Original pictorial wrappers. Rear wrapper detached, moderate wear to extremities. Internally clean. Very good. Later edition, presumably issued the same year as the first. One of the most famous American outlaw narratives, and one of the most misunderstood. The work was actually taken from the papers of Virgil Stewart, a by no means innocent part of Murrell's extensive plotting. Stewart created a bugaboo of Murrell as a mass murderer, and, perhaps more frightening for the antebellum South, the ringleader in a massive slave uprising. In fact, Murrell's main villainy consisted of a much simpler confidence scheme: he persuaded slaves to escape, then resold them into slavery elsewhere. Stewart, who may have been part of these schemes, played the injured innocent with a vengeance once Murrell was caught. "Rare" - Adams. HOWES W76. ADAMS SIX-GUNS 2301. COHEN 14041 (note). (Inventory #: WRCAM30645)
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