By Henry M. Hunt, "The Noted Journalist." I'd never heard of the case prior to coming into possession of the book, but evidently it was a landmark case in terms of press attention, funeral attendance, conspiracy theorizing, etc etc. The book itself begins with a snitty note about how it's a Veddy Serious History and not for rubberneckers or gorehounds, so I guess the class struggle in the genre goes back as far as the genre.
And the genre goes back pretty damn far; the pub date on this hardcover is 1889, and given that, it's in quite good shape. The bottom cover corners are rubbed, but not horribly, and the spine edges are in shockingly good trim. The spine has some gaps in various places, but the pages are holding tight, and the book is reasonably square. No writing, no dog-ears, and the "profuse" illustrations all look good -- not as much toning as you'd expect from a 19th-century volume.
This rarity is a peek into the true-crime preoccupations of a prior age, and smells faintly of pipe smoke.