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.