Lesya Westerman


Felonious Folios: Books on Murder and Crime

Albert Sperisen Library, Book Club of California
October 29, 2018, 5:30-7:00pm
30 attendees

Murder, betrayal, cannibalism, and theft come to life through the fine press collections of the Albert Sperisen Library. Ten carefully curated letterpress-printed and finely bound books open the doors to exploring the darker side of traditional texts, holding tales of famed criminals, tragedies of eras past, and dangerously coveted volumes. From Shakespeare to the Donner Party, cunning thieves to poltergeists, an evening of intrigue and gallows humor is guaranteed while touring these unique materials. 

Ten books derived from the collection of the Albert Sperisen Library at the Book Club of California. See the bibliography below.


Breen, Patrick, et al. The Diary of Patrick Breen : Recounting the Ordeal of the Donner Party Snowbound in the Sierra, 1846-47. Book Club of California, 1946.

Dupont, Inge, et al. Morgan Library Ghost Stories. Stone House Press, 1990.

Gerstle, Sara, and Adrian Wilson. Four Ghost Stories. Adrian Wilson, Printer at the Sign of the Interplayers, 1951.

Taylor, W. Thomas. Texfake : An Account of the Theft and Forgery of Early Texas Printed Documents. W.T. Taylor, 1991.

Hall, Carroll D, et al. Donner Miscellany : 41 Diaries and Documents. Book Club of California, 1947.

Hall, John, and Greenhouse Review Press. Jack the Ripper : Poems. Greenhouse Review Press, 1978.

Jenkins, John Holmes, and Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. Rare Books and Manuscript Thefts : A Security System for Librarians, Booksellers, and Collectors. Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, 1982.

Lands End Press. Three Letters from Hell : Letters Reputedly in the Hand of the Whitechapel Murderer. Lands End Press, 1988.

Poe, Edgar Allan, et al. The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Allen Press, 1958.

Reed, Virginia Elizabeth B, et al. A Happy Issue: The Hitherto Unpublished Letter of a Child, Virginia Elizabeth B. Reed, Survivor of the Donner-Reed Party. Edited by Lucia Shepardson De Wolf, Priv. Print, 1935.

Shakespeare, William, et al. The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke. Cranach Press, 1930.

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