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The penny broadside of 1826 sold with chapbooks as a single lot at Thomson Roddick for £850.

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Presenting a detailed account of the Edinburgh trial and conviction of William Pollock for the awful murder of his wife, Trial and Sentence! also added the news that, following his execution, Pollock’s body was to be given to a Dr Munro for dissection.

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Chapbooks sold as a single lot with a penny broadside of 1826 at Thomson Roddick for £850.

That lot also included a collection of 30 or more chapbooks dating from the early 19th century and bearing Glasgow and other Scottish imprints. The saleroom’s book specialist, John Thomson, admits to some uncertainty as to which portion of the lot held the greater attraction for bidders.

However, both he and the consignor were as one in their appreciation of the bid of £850 that finally secured these items estimated at just £50-80 in the Carlisle auction on October 29.