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TOWNSEND, Walter, & Leonard.

Black Cap: Murder Will Out.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Albert E. Marriott, 1930

Stock Code: 128592

£350
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, first impression. This work, an account of various murder trials, was initially intended to be a study of the trials of the Home Office pathologist Bernard Spilsbury (1877-1947), entitled, "Sir Bernard Spilsbury and his Famous Trials". Spilsbury, however, threatened legal action against Marriott, upon receipt of the proof,writing in April 1930 that "the book is quite unauthorised by me, and until the proofs were submitted to me a week ago I had no knowledge at all of the publication". The Townsends were surprised by this response, claiming that they had written to Spilsbury in January with news of the book and requesting permission to interview him. Eventually Marriott acquiesced to Spilsbury's request and withheld the original work, commissioning the Townsends to rapidly rewrite the book to downplay the role of Spilsbury. Uncommon, with just 21 copies traced institutionally.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in black, design to spine in blue. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

Frontispiece, and 7 plates.

Condition

Minor rubbing to extremities, small bump to head of rear cover, top edge a little dust toned, two very faint marks to front pastedown, faint offsetting to half title, a very good, bright copy in the jacket with lightly faded spine and nicks to top edge.

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