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, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Family of Death: Six Generations of Executioners This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780709055914
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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
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
Book Description Robert Hale Limited, London, 1995 First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 1995. 8vo. pp 240. Original publisher's black cloth covered boards with silver lettering at spine. Colour illustrated DJ. Copiously illustrated in black and white throughout. ISBN: 0709055919 Small discoloured patch at rear DJ flap due to previous bookseller sticker, price sticker at rear cover, else content clean. About fine/VG. Bookseller Inventory # C6182