The Unhappy Marksman And The Bloody Husband.


Binding slightly rubbed but a very good example.





Printed by T. N for R. Clavell at the Stags Head in St Pauls Churchyard by St Gregories Church AND May 13. 1653 Imprimatur, Edm. Calamy. London, Printed by Tho. Warren,




1653 and 1659.


Or, a perfect and impartial discover of that late barbarous and unparallel'd murther committed by mr. george strangewayes, formerly a major in the kings army, on his brother-in-law mr. john fussel an attorney, on friday the eleventh of february. together with a full discover of the fatal cause of those unhappy differences which first occasioned the suits in law betwixt them. also the behavior of mr. strangways at his tryal. the dreadful sentence pronounced against him, 1st ediction, printed by t[homas] n[ewcomb] for r[ichard]. clavell, 1659.

bound with:
the bloody husband, and cruell neighbour. or, a true historie of two murthers, lately committed in laurence parish, in the isle of thanet in kent, neer sandwich: one murther by the hands of adam sprackling esuquire, who... cut, mangled, and murthered his own wife... the other the murther of richard langly..., printed by tho. warren, 1653,

Item Description

Small 4to. 7 x 5.5 inches. Unhappy Marksman: 32 pp. (A-D4), some early ink underlining. Bloody Husband: Title and 14 pp. (A-B4), old ink underlining. Light soiling to last leaf engraved bookplate of John Lethieullier Esqr. Remembrancer of the City of London to front pastedown. 18th century half red morocco gilt, slightly rubbed.


Two exceptionally rare examples of Gallows Literature. These pamphlets were published in small quantities for just a matter of days around the times of the trial they related to, and therefore are extremely rare, with few surviving to this day.

We can see that Smith pg 312 describes a pamphlet also dated 1653 which probably records the same events but has a different title, but this version is unrecorded. ESTC record states 6 copies are located in the UK and 4 in USA.

The second work, according to an old pencil note to a leaf preceding the title, is 'Part of the Stourhead Heir Looms', above which is written in ink 'The original rare Edition'. An additional clipped catalogue entry for this volume is attached to the rear pastedown, indicating that this volume was lot 3800 in the Prideaux sale of February 1917, where it fetched £4 10s.

[Stock No. 25409]


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