[Outlaws] A compleat history of James Maclean, the gentleman highwayman, who was executed at Tyburn, on Wednesday, October 3, 1750, for a robbery on the highway. Containing the particulars of his life, from his Birth to his Death. In which is included, An Account of the Robberies he committed with his Companion Plunket, and A Series of Letters, that pass'd between him and Plunket; as well during the Time he was in Holland, as in England; in which are open'd some extraordinary Scenes. Also, The Particulars of their Fortune-Hunting Schemes; in which Maclean generally pass'd for a Gentleman of Worth, and Plunket personated his Footman. Likewise A Number of Original Letters sent to Maclean by different Ladies, some of which contain Narratives of Facts so exceeding tender, as must raise Pity and Compassion in the Breast of every Reader. The Whole adorn'd with a very neat Picture of Maclean, taken from the Life, while under Sentence. Drawn and engrav'd by Mr. Boitard
London: Charles Corbett, 1750. Early Printing. Marbled Wrappers. Third Edition of this rare piece of British outlaw history (ESTC and OCLC identify only one copy, at Northwestern University, and neither ABPC nor RBH record copies at auction). Crown 8vo (183 x 115mm) ,54pp. (Even though the extended title mentions a portrait frontispiece of Maclean in this edition, neither ESTC nor OCLC does.) Recent marbled paper wrappers, white printed paper label to upper cover, untrimmed fore- and bottom edges. Very occasional spotting but generally clean and bright throughout. A very rare copy, not in Halkett & Laing. Fine. Item #BB2181
Maclean (occasionally "MacLaine," "MacLean", or "Maclane," 1724-1750) was a notorious highwayman, whose accomplice was William Plunkett. He was known as the "Gentleman Highwayman," because of his courteous behavior during robberies. One moonlight night in November 1749, the pair stopped Horace Waipole in Hyde Park, as he was returning from Holland House, and Maclean's pistol went off accidentally and razed the skin under Walpole's eye. This was the first and only time he fired a shot. MacLaine was so appalled that he sent two letters apology to Walpole. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).