Das Kloster-Verbrechen! oder Die Geschichte von Miss Barbara Ubryk . . .
Philadelphia: C. W. Alexander, 1869. First edition in German.. Some other closed tears, occasional staining, and dust-soiling; a good, sound copy.. 8vo, later cloth spine and marbled boards, [1-4], 21-78 pages (evidently complete; this nearly matches the similarly erratic pagination of the English-language edition). Illus. A fugitive German-language edition of the uncommon sensationalist anti-Catholic tract, Convent Horror; or The true narrative of Barbara Ubryk, a sister of the Carmelite convent at Cracow, who has been walled up in a dungeon eight feet long by six wide! In complete darkness for twenty-one years! The account of course is supposedly factual and illustrated with striking full page woodcuts (Barbara Urbyk naked and starving in her cell; Barbara Urbyk being photographed after her ordeal, etc.) well-calculated to stir up anti-Catholic sentiment. Like the contemporary Philadelphia publishing house Barclay & Co., which mastered this genre, Alexander specialized in these sorts of contemporary sensationalist cheap publicationsócontemporary Philadelphia murders, the escape of a bride intended for Brigham Young, supposed exposÈs of the Ku Klux Klan, etc. This edition in German not found on OCLC. This copy with a bookplate dated 1924 on the inside front board. Title page backed completely onto stiff paper; moderately crude but effective repairs to the fore-edges of 10 leaves.
(Inventory #: 17553)
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