Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., (1877). 1st Edition. Woodcuts. Wrappers. Octavo. [i,ii], 19-64 pages. Fair. Original pictorial covers over a sewn binding. No way to sugar coat it...this pamphlet's condition is rough. There is loss to the fore corners of the covers, separation of coves along spine, creases and short tears, shallow loss of paper to much of top fore corner of text block, and even a bit of possible insect speckling to front and back cover. Despite that, this very uncommon pamphlet is complete and there is no loss of content.
The Molly Maguires were believed to have incited Irish immigrant miners to violence in the anthracite coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania in the 1870s, and 20 alleged Mollies were convicted of murder and other crimes and hanged in 1877 and 1878. This contemporaneous pamphlet (printed in 1877) gives the lurid story as it was unfolding. Illustrated with several woodcuts. Only 15 copies of the 1877 first printing located in OCLC as of October 2019, and this a variant that ends at page 64 rather than 88. The difference is that the present copy was published without a 24 page section titled "Argument of Franklin B. Gowen, Esq." No copies of this particular variant located. See MCDADE 691.