The Criminal Recorder, or, An Awful Beacon to the Rising Generation of Both Sexes Erected by the Arm of Justice to Persuade them from the Dreadful Miseries of Guilt. CRIME, A Friend of Man.
The Criminal Recorder, or, An Awful Beacon to the Rising Generation of Both Sexes Erected by the Arm of Justice to Persuade them from the Dreadful Miseries of Guilt
The Criminal Recorder, or, An Awful Beacon to the Rising Generation of Both Sexes Erected by the Arm of Justice to Persuade them from the Dreadful Miseries of Guilt

The Criminal Recorder, or, An Awful Beacon to the Rising Generation of Both Sexes Erected by the Arm of Justice to Persuade them from the Dreadful Miseries of Guilt

Philadelphia: Robert Desilver, 1824.

Hardcover. Good. Later printing (first published 1810). 12mo, vi, 280 pp, with 6 copperplate engravings. Contemporary calf binding; spine label gone, boards scuffed, crack along front joint, old dampstaining/rippling to pages. A collection of sketches of notorious American and British criminals and their trials for murder, fraud, highway robbery, piracy, and other crimes. Although these lurid narratives surely served as a form of entertainment ("let it not be hastily supposed by the gay and youthful that this volume is a dull or canting lecture upon religion or morals"), the author provides a defense against accusations of sensationalism by framing the work as an ideal tool for the moral instruction of children.

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