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(Maclean, James). Execution of Maclean, commonly known by the name of the Gentleman Highwayman. London: J. Marshall & R. White; Bath: S. Hazard, . 12mo (15.8 cm, 6.23"). 22, [2 (adv.)] pp. $250.00
The Cheap Repository version of the end of the infamous "Gentleman Highwayman" — a dashing figure also known as MacLeane or MacLaine, who affected quite an elegant appearance and came close to shooting Walpole in the head during one of his robbery attempts. In keeping with the series's usual themes, this chapbook focuses more on Maclean's eleventh-hour repentance than it does on the details of his crimes; it closes with "The Sinner's Hymn."
As described by ESTC, in this early variant "Cheap Repository" is printed at the head of the title, the title-page woodcut includes seven crows circling the hanging body on the gallows, and the imprint lacks the line "Entered at Stationers’ Hall." This item is scarce: searches of ESTC and WorldCat find => only three U.S. institutions (NYPL, Yale, Clements) reporting hard-copy holdings of the edition.
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
ESTC N490066. Removed from a nonce volume. First leaf with paper flaw resulting in skewed printing of a few words on both sides; occasionally a catchword, page number, or caption shaved (not taken) — this was a cheap production! Pages age-toned with small smudges and spots. => An unusual item, often lacking in Cheap Repository collections. (41176) Please RESHELVE This.
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