Fall River: Press of J.D. Monroe, 1893. First Edition. 8vo. , 312 pp., numerous illustrations in the text including portraits, diagrams, and photographs of the crime scene (soiling and signs of age and use throughout). Title-page detached, lacking pp. 249/250 (facsimile leaf loosely inserted) otherwise complete with all illustrations. Original publisher's cloth (front endleaf missing), hinges cracked, very amateur and unattractive repairs to covers and corners. With significant faults described, and priced correctly. NOT ex-library! Poor. Item #3561
This is the first -- and most important -- contemporary account of the trial of Lizzy Borden, who was famously charged with murdering her parents, and infamously acquitted. The author of the present volume, Edwin H. Porter was the police reporter for the Fall River Globe, and apparently transcribed the entire trial himself; indeed, the minutia of detail is overwhelming. There can be no doubt that all past and future investigations of the case begin with Porter's "blow-by-blow" account. The immediacy of the testimony places the reader INSIDE the courtroom as the proceedings unfolded in August 1892.
The full title of this book is instructive: "A plain statement of the material facts pertaining to the most famous crime of the century, including the story of the arrest and preliminary trial of Miss Lizzie A. Borden and a full report of the Superior Court trial, with a hitherto unpublished account of the renowned Trickey-McHenry affair: Compiled from official sources and profusely illustrated with original engravings."
The present copy of the first edition is technically "poor," and at $250 we believe that it is priced correctly, especially considering that good copies sell for more than $1000.