[ca. 1820?] · London
Three sensational cautionary tales, about "a young woman of an extraordinary good character" (p. 3) who secretly bears and kills a baby and then dies of "a wounded spirit"; a jeweler's apprentice who kills his master and conducts his subsequent affairs so skillfully that he rises to the post of chief magistrate before succumbing to guilt upon being asked to judge a prisoner charged with murdering his master; and a sailor who almost — but not quite — kills his wife and children through neglect and abuse. The title-page wood engraving of this later printing shows the repentant magistrate unburdening his heart to his fellow judges in a courtroom.
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia. Removed from a nonce volume. Edges untrimmed, some slightly ragged. Title-page with small smudge of what may be printer's ink, pages otherwise clean. => Uncommon and REALLY SENSATIONAL. (Inventory #: 41204)