Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1857. viii, 184 pp. Portrait of Miss Smith frontis. Stitched, original printed front wrapper. "Fourth Edition" at top margin of front wrapper. Last leaf darkened, mild wear. Good+.
"In Scotland, the most exciting and interesting trial which has occurred during this century." Miss Smith allegedly murdered by arsenic poisoning, with "the most deliberate premeditation, a Frenchman who had been her paramour." During the trial she entered court and "took her seat with as much nonchalance and self-reliance as if she had been entering a concert-room."
"In essence, this notable British trial brings together a very proper Victorian family, their suppressed but vibrant daughter, and a grasping Lothario who swallowed too much arsenic" [Marke]. This is a detailed report of the trial, with summaries of the testimony of witnesses, arguments of counsel, the charge to the jury. "The jury retired at five minutes past one, and returned into Court at twenty-five minutes from two," with a verdict of NOT GUILTY."
Marke 1004 [other editions]. Item #35927