Sep 17, 2009 - Sale 2186

Sale 2186 - Lot 24

Price Realized: $ 3,840
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) Hodgson, John; reporter. The Trial of William Wemms . . . for the Murder of Crispus Attucks . . . 8vo, disbound, backstrip split; browned, title page chipped with archival repair, 4 leaves torn clean across, other short tears, lacks final leaf and bottom third of penultimate leaf; early owner's inscription on title page. Boston, 1770

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first edition. "In this, one of the most significant trials of our history, young Josiah Quincy and John Adams, at a point when public feeling had been fanned to flame by Samuel Adams and John Hancock, volunteered to defend the eight British soldiers charged with murder at the Boston Massacre. We have here a very full account of the trial, except for the closing argument for the Crown by Robert Treat Paine, which is given in brief summary"--Streeter sale, II:741. Evans 11683; Howes H561; McDade 122; Sabin 96951. Not seen at auction since the Streeter copy in 1967.