York: Printed by A. Ward, for C. Etherington ... Newcastle upon Tyne: reprinted by Order of the Proprietor, 1759. ,42pp. Octavo. 19th century three quarter morocco and marbled boards, partially untrimmed. Bookplate, extremities rubbed, scattered foxing and old vertical crease (prior to binding); a good copy. Item #WRCLIT63146
Denoted the "Third Edition," but an interesting variant, with the addition of the Newcastle subsidiary imprint. ESTC locates two variants of the "third edition," and this shares the Arabic imprint date and line break of line 11 with ESTC N10016, but this variant with the subsidiary imprint is not reported in ESTC. So sensational was the case, and the popular interest so high, that there were at least nine editions in 1759 from London, York, Leeds and Dublin, and reprints and expanded editions appeared well into the 19th century. Aram stood for his own defense, arguing against the reliability of the circumstantial evidence (the skeleton identified as Clark's), but was convicted. While he was awaiting execution, he confessed, attributing his actions to his discovery that Clark was having an affair with his wife, and attempted suicide. The case was popularized by Bulwer-Lytton in his novel, by Thomas Hood in a ballad, and served as a point of reference in works by Wodehouse and George Orwell. The various 1759 editions/printings range from scarce to quite rare. ESTC N10016 (ref).