Hartford, Ct: (1891): Bidwell Publishing Company. Thick Octavo. Item #026170
624 pages. He and his brother Austin Bidwell masterminded a fraud on the Bank of England. While Austin created more than 20 aliases, George collected more than 20 mistresses, using forged foreign currencies, their frauds until William Pinkerton caught up with them. His early life tells of his strict religious upbringing where devotion to the Puritan writers and abstaining from games and dancing were enforced on the children. As his gullible father was conned out of house and home, he dedicated himself to learning the rules of the con man. His scams, forgeries, and other deceits led him to many trips to prison but each time upon his release he returned to his criminal activity until his arrest in London and being sent to Newgate Prison. Pager 289 shows a remarkable picture of him fighting off six guards holding him as his photograph is taken. An honest autobiography showing openly his intention to defraud or steal. A very interesting and well-written account. Bound in green pictorial gilt cloth accented in black, spine gilt, green floral endpapers, a clean bright copy without foxing, showing only the slightest of shelf wear. Very nice.