San Francisco: Whitton, Towne & Co. 1856. 26pp. Stitched in original printed front wrapper [rear wrapper absent], with wrapper title [as issued]. The caption title is 'Biographical Sketch of James King of William.' Some edge chipping to the blank margins and spine of front wrapper. Above the caption title in blank portion of page 3 is a rubberstamp which also shows through on the first couple of lines of page 4. Good+.
"James King, editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin and a leading citizen of the city, was deliberately shot to death by Casey, the editor of the Sunday Times, on May 14, 1856. The two men approached each other on the street and Casey, drawing a heavy revolver, said to King, 'Draw and defend yourself,' immediately firing at King. This outrageous act prompted the Vigilance Committee to take Casey and Charles Cora from the jail and hang them before a crowd of about 20,000." McDade 556. A biography of King, who was born in Georgetown DC, begins the pamphlet, with his career in San Francisco. The events of the encounter with Casey are dramatically told, as are the subsequent activities of the Vigilance Committee, and "the Execution of the Criminals Casey and Cora."
Two printings of this work issued from San Francisco in 1856, with slightly different titles and different printers [Sullivan being the other printer].
Streeter Sale 2803. McDade 558. Cohen 4069. Rocq 9333. Howes F31aa [the Sullivan printing]. Item #27575