New York: Robert M. De Witt, Publisher, (1860). First edition. 8vo, contemporary pebbled cloth spine and marbled boards, 116 pages. Lower corner of the front board broken; hinges a bit cracked; general rubbing and fraying; a good sound copy. Item #18925
One of the great 19th century popular scandals, the divorce trial of prominent Chicago banker Isaac Burch and his wife, a niece of Erastus Corning. The husband alleged his wife had been adulterous, while she in turn claimed a young Miss Spaulding was the “fascinatress” on the receiving end of Mr. Burch’s kind attentions in Saratoga and elsewhere. The jury in Naperville found for Mrs. Burch and the verdict was met with a serenade of Mrs. Burch by a band, an impromptu procession and a gala oyster dinner. Bound without the wrappers. An ex-library copy, from the defunct New York City Bar Association library, with their early violet ink stamp and embossed stamp to the title page.