Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., 1882. ,[19-]111,pp. Original pictorial wrappers. A few small chips and some dampstaining to wraps. Light wear along top edge of text block. Moderate dampstaining to initial leaves; light, even tanning throughout. Good plus. Item #1322
A well illustrated and scarce iteration of the many sensational Guiteau biographies and trial accounts published to take advantage of public interest in the proceedings. While the facts of the Garfield assassination are well known, it is always worth quoting McDade, who writes that, "The shooting of President Garfield is generally described as the act of a disappointed office seeker. Actually Guiteau was by modern medical, if not legal, standards, insane. All of his life bears evidence of the crank, the deluded, and the obsessed." The present work provides a quite detailed account of the farcical trial, as well as twelve pages on the execution, Guiteau's last letters and prayers, etc., augmented with eleven woodcut illustrations and fabulous pictorial wrappers. OCLC locates only three physical copies, at the Clements, Columbia Law, and the DeWitt Wallace Institute Library, to which McDade adds another copy at the Harvard Law Library.