[Cheap Repository]. Execution of Maclean, commonly known by the name of the Gentleman Highwayman.
London: J. Marshall & R. White; Bath: S. Hazard, . A scarce Cheap Repository printing of the story of James Maclean, who was executed at the infamous Tyburn tree on October 3, 1750, following a short but successful stint as a highwayman who rid his victims of their possessions in the most courteous manner. With an ominous vignette on the title page of the gallows at Tyburn with crows circling a hanging body in the background while three Newgate inmates look on.
12mo. [title], -22pp., [2, advertisements]. ESTC N490066 (of the five editions noted, this is the only edition featuring “Cheap Repository” printed at the head of the title); Not in Spinney, but compare to Spinney 7 (not indicating priority in different editions, though this edition uses his #3 imprint); Blanch, A Reassessment of the Authorship of the Cheap Repository Tracts (2009 Baylor U. Thesis, at pg. 114). Very good self wrappers with the first leaf has a paper flaw resulting in skewed printing and a loss of a few words, several pages shaved too closely, and pages age-toned and smudged. Item #187