9780709055914

Family of Death

Abbott, Geoffrey

ISBN 10: 0709055919 / 0-7090-5591-9
ISBN 13: 9780709055914
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Hardcover
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For more than two centuries the eldest sons of the Sanson family were fated by tradition to inherit the Paris scaffold. Scorned by their superiors, reviled by society, nevertheless they flogged and hanged, burned and branded, beheaded with sword and guillotine, thousands of condemned men and women. Yet these were no blood-crazed psychopaths. On the contrary they were educated and intelligent men with wives and children. In this book, the parts played by Dr Guillotin and Madame Tussaud during the days of the terror are fully covered, as is the evolution, design and operation of the guillotine itself. An appendix deals with the question of whether death by the guillotine is absolutely instantaneous - or does the victim see the basket coming up to meet him, hear the gloating cheers of the mob, before death brings oblivion?

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Book Description: Robert Hale Ltd, London, 1995. First Edition. Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to a Professor of Anatomy. 240 pages. 21 illustrations. The story of the Sanson famiy of Paris who were executioners there for more than two centuries. Bookseller Inventory # 20688

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Book Description: Robert Hale Ltd., London, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Jil Atkinson (illustrator). First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A hardback book with both book and jacket in near very good condition, dated 1995, First Edition. Book is ex-library with first blank page of the book neatly removed but overall still a very bright and clean book and jacket. Six generations of executioners. Book is illustrated by Jil Atkinson. Bookseller Inventory # 044149

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Book Description: Hale, 1995. Hardcover / Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition. Hardback. SIGNED. For more than two centuries the eldest sons of the Sanson family were fated by tradition to inherit the Paris scaffold. Scorned by their superiors, reviled by society, nevertheless they flogged and hanged, burned and branded, beheaded with sword and guillotine, thousands of condemned men and women. Yet these were no blood-crazed psychopaths. On the contrary they were educated and intelligent men with wives and children. In this book, the parts played by Dr Guillotin and Madame Tussaud during the days of the terror are fully covered, as is the evolution, design and operation of the guillotine itself. An Appendix deals with the question of whether death by the guillotine is absolutely instantaneous - or does the victim see the basket coming up to meet him, hear the gloating cheers of the mob, before death brings oblivion? Illus., Appendices, Select Bibliog. and Index. 240pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true-crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. WITH LOOSELY INSERTED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH/POSTCARD OF THE AUTHOR ("MY CURE FOR DANDRUFF - IT NEVER FAILS! GEOFF") DRESSED AS AN EXECUTIONER. The author was a Yeoman Warder at HM Tower of London. Ex-lib. but with no pockets or dockets. Vg in vg dw. signed by author. Bookseller Inventory # 14085

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Book Description: Hale, 1995. Hardcover / Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First edition. Hardback. SIGNED. For more than two centuries the eldest sons of the Sanson family were fated by tradition to inherit the Paris scaffold. Scorned by their superiors, reviled by society, nevertheless they flogged and hanged, burned and branded, beheaded with sword and guillotine, thousands of condemned men and women. Yet these were no blood-crazed psychopaths. On the contrary they were educated and intelligent men with wives and children. In this book, the parts played by Dr Guillotin and Madame Tussaud during the days of the terror are fully covered, as is the evolution, design and operation of the guillotine itself. An Appendix deals with the question of whether death by the guillotine is absolutely instantaneous - or does the victim see the basket coming up to meet him, hear the gloating cheers of the mob, before death brings oblivion? Illus., Appendices, Select Bibliog. and Index. 240pp. 8vo. h/back. WITH LOOSELY INSERTED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH/POSTCARD OF THE AUTHOR ("BEST WISHES GEOFF") DRESSED AS AN EXECUTIONER. The author was a Yeoman Warder at HM Tower of London. F. in Nr. F. dw. signed by author. Bookseller Inventory # 13633

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