Philadelphia: Barclay and Company, [1883?]. Original pale green printed and illustrated wrappers. Stitched. 8 full-page plates, plus rear wrapper illustration of the murder. Pages -79,  [as issued]. Disbound rather roughly, rubberstamped front wrapper and title page, wraps detached but present. One illustration plate with short tape repair. Text tanned. Complete. Good.
Nicholas L. Dukes, a successful attorney, called off his engagement to Lizzie Nutt; he feared that her reputation was not unsullied. Soon thereafter Captain Adam Nutt, Lizzie's father, confronted Dukes in a misguided defense of his daughter's honor. During a scuffle Dukes shot and killed Captain Nutt. Dukes, pleading self-defense, was acquitted; the jury allegedly contained many of his friends. A few months later James Nutt, Captain Nutt's son, shot Dukes dead. James Nutt was acquitted by reason of insanity.
McDade notes that, "There are various editions of this work, all with the same title page but with different cover titles." This one, which McDade calls the third edition, has a wrapper title, "The very pathetic and truly remarkable trial of young James Nutt. The avenger of his father's death." Its copyright date is 1883, the year of the murder; McDade's copy was copyrighted 1884. This is a typically sensational Barclay crime pamphlet.
McDade 719. Item #34928