A set of ‘memoires’ on offer at auction house Lacy Scott & Knight on September 17 in Bury St Edmunds comes from Dangerfield’s own diary recounting his four-month crime spree while in hiding from the law.
He was finally convicted of libel and publicly pilloried and whipped before being fatally assaulted by barrister Robert Francis. Controversially, Francis was in turn convicted of murder and executed just one month later, despite strong pleas to King James II for leniency (the convicted murderer was seen by many to just have been doing the state’s job for them).
Dangerfield’s Memoires, Digested into Adventures, Receits, and Expences. By His Own Hand was published in London, printed by J Bennet, for Charles Brome, at the Gun in St Paul’s Church-yard, 1685.
This copy, in later bound marble boards and gilt titled calf spine, is guided at £40-60.