James). Anonymous. Broadside.
Begins: “James Macleane, the gentleman highwayman at the bar.” [London]: Pr. for T. Fox in the Old Baily, 1750.
Folio (42 cm, 16.75").  f.
the image for an enlargement.
Handsomely illustrated crime-related broadside.
A large unsigned engraving (23 x 23.2 cm, 9.25" x 9.25"; h x w) shows
a dapper Macleane in the dock in full court while a barrister asks a character
witness, “What has your L[adyshi]p to say in favour of the Prison at the
Bar?” To which she replies, “My L[or]d, I have had the Pleasure to
know him well, he has often been about my House & I never lost any thing.”
Below the engraving is the caption cited above and the imprint information,
and below the platemark is text in triple-column format, containing a transcription
of Macleane's statement in his defense, a description of him and his demeanor,
an account of his crimes and how he was discovered despite having worn a Venetian
mask, and details of his sentence.
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The celebrity of this criminal led to several accounts being published about
him and some engravings being created of him and depicting his crimes. All
engravings, broadsides, and pamphlets about him are scarce, several rare.
As regards this broadside, we find only two other copies (at the Society
of Antiquaries Library and the British Library, both in London).
ESTC T187880. Old folds with minimal and short fold tears.
Lower outside edge crumpled with small tears, now flattened and repaired.
Evidence of having been mounted on a large sheet of 19th-century paper. A
very good copy of a very scarce and visually attractive broadside.
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