Adam Weinberger Rare Books

DEVIL MADE HIM DO IT

550 USD
Marketman, John, -1680. A full and true account of the penitence of John Marketman : during his imprisonment in Chelmsford Gaol for murthering his wife :with his letter to Mr. Bonah, that kept her company : also his confession, and admonitions, at the place of execution.  London : Printed for Samuel Walsall at the Golden Frying-Pan...1680.  4to., 19 x 15 cm. [8], 16, 14 pp. Modern blue boards and gilt lettered spine.  Internally, slight marginal glue remnant to t.p., evidencing removal from from a bound volume of tracts  with 1" tear and some minor loss to verso, some browning and staining to title page and preliminary leaves, some edges unevenly cut and a few closely shaved at top.   Evidence of stab stitching. Ref:  Wing (2nd ed.); F2308A.  First edition of  three known publications that retold the  murder of Mary Marketman.  The sin of adultery created heightened interest in the story and Marketman confesses to the murder and stabbing  of his wife due to his drunkenness and the power of the Devil. He relates when he was sober the he only mixed "Poison with some flower,  but my conscience would not suffer me to let her use it."  $550.00   #AWBOOKSIGCAT1   #NicewhenSober #DevilMadeMeDoIt  #Drunkenness #Alcoholism #Adultery #Crime #Murder #Execution  Terms: Subject to prior sale. Will comment "Sold" if sold.  Please contact webuyrarebooks@gmail.com to reserve and for payment. 30 Day return for any reason.