Albany County Court. The People of the State of New York against Margaret E. Cody. Indictment for Blackmail. Report of a Trial before Hon. Clifford D. Gregory, J., and a Jury, Nov. 29 to Dec. 8, 1898. Blackmail, Margaret E. Cody.

Albany County Court. The People of the State of New York against Margaret E. Cody. Indictment for Blackmail. Report of a Trial before Hon. Clifford D. Gregory, J., and a Jury, Nov. 29 to Dec. 8, 1898.

New York: C. G. Burgoyne, [1899?]. First edition. 8vo, early library coarse full linen, leather spine labels, 1005, [1] pages. Three inserted facsimiles (two folding). Cloth sunned; some darkening to the paper shelfmark label, a little light wear; a very good copy. Item #19539

The uncommon extensive proceedings (including testimony and exhibits) of an elaborate plan to blackmail the heirs of Jay Gould with claims that Mrs. Cody had located a legitimate daughter of Gould from a clandestine first marriage and would have the original will set aside; the first trial resulted in a hung jury (nine voted to convict and three to acquit) and she was held over until a trial in March, 1899, where she was found guilty. Cody’s efforts in part hinged on a forged baptism record, and the testimony of a forensic handwriting expert helped convict her. An ex-library copy, with the violet ink stamp for the Association of the Bar Library of the City of New York to the title page, with their ink autograph accession number on the verso of the title. With a gift inscription to the Bar Association Library dated June 2, 1899 on a front blank. One long tear to a leaf of text neatly repaired, with no evident loss. The attribution of an 1898 publication date to this title (with identical pagination) in a few of the scattered records for this title suggest inattention in making the guess, since the results of the March, 1899 trial are included here.

Price: $500.00

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