Philadelphia: C. W. Alexander, 1869. First edition in German. 8vo, later cloth spine and marbled boards, [1-4], 21-78 pages (evidently complete; this nearly matches the similarly erratic pagination of the English-language edition). Illus. Some other closed tears, occasional staining, and dust-soiling; a good, sound copy. Item #17553
A fugitive German-language edition of the uncommon sensationalist anti-Catholic tract, Convent Horror; or The true narrative of Barbara Ubryk, a sister of the Carmelite convent at Cracow, who has been walled up in a dungeon eight feet long by six wide! In complete darkness for twenty-one years! The account of course is supposedly factual and illustrated with striking full page woodcuts (Barbara Urbyk naked and starving in her cell; Barbara Urbyk being photographed after her ordeal, etc.) well-calculated to stir up anti-Catholic sentiment. Like the contemporary Philadelphia publishing house Barclay & Co., which mastered this genre, Alexander specialized in these sorts of contemporary sensationalist cheap publications—contemporary Philadelphia murders, the escape of a bride intended for Brigham Young, supposed exposés of the Ku Klux Klan, etc. This edition in German not found on OCLC. This copy with a bookplate dated 1924 on the inside front board. Title page backed completely onto stiff paper; moderately crude but effective repairs to the fore-edges of 10 leaves.