London: Chatto & Windus, 1925. Limited First edition. Hardcover. g- to vg. 1/130. Quarto (9 1/8 x 5 7/8"). X, , 249, pp. Uncut. Original half vellum over paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spine. Top edge gilt. Limitation page numbered and signed by the author. Frontispiece portrait of Elizabeth Canning.This first full-length book on the "Canning Case" tells the true story of Elizabeth Canning (1734-1773), an English maidservant who claimed to have been abducted and held against her will in a hayloft for almost a month (January 1-29, 1753). She also claimed that her kidnappers tried to force her to become a prostitute. She ended up being convicted for perjury after a trial which began on April 29, and ended on May 8, 1754.One of 130 copies, of which this is No. 125.Binding partly darkened and soiled along edges. Endpapers heavily foxed. Binding in overall good-, interior in very good condition.
(Inventory #: 41415)
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