THE HISTORY OF THE GREAT RIOTS - Mollie Maguires - 1887 1st ed.
Martin, Edward Winslow, THE HISTORY OF THE GREAT RIOTS. BEING A FULL AND AUTHENTIC ACCOUNT OF THE STRIKES AND RIOTS ON THE VARIOUS RAILROADS OF THE UNITED STATES AND IN THE MINING REGIONS, Philadelphia Et al.: National Publishing Company,1887. 1st edition blue cloth hardcover with gilt titling and vignette to the spine and blind stamped decor to front and rear boards, 8vo, (8.375 x 5.5"), Very Good / n.a., 516 pp.,+ [10 pp.] adv., numerous engravings and fine drawings made on the spot. Light wear to board edges giving evidence of sophistication, corners bumped and rubbed, as so the head and tail of spine, previous owner’s signatures to front free fly-leaf and frontis tissue paper, hinges intact and tight. Profusely illustrated this one, with some fold out plates. Quite the distinctive book, and yet another superb example of Captured Tyme!
Note: This tome deals extensively with the Molly Maguire riots. The Molly Maguires were an Irish 19th-century secret society active in Ireland, Liverpool and parts of the Eastern United States, best known for their activism among Irish-American and Irish immigrant coal miners in Pennsylvania. After a series of often violent conflicts, twenty suspected members of the Molly Maguires were convicted of murder and other crimes and were executed by hanging in 1877 and 1878. This history remains part of local Pennsylvania lore.