Secrets of the Great Whiskey Ring, containing a complete exposure of the Illicit Whiskey Frauds - and - Eighteen Months in the Penitentiary, comprising the Author’s Remarkable Experiences while serving as a Convict in the State Penitentiary at Jefferson City, MO. - Gen. John McDonald 1880 - W. S. Bryan, St. Louis - New , revised and enlarged edition (published the same year as the first edition) Inscribed and dated by McDonald, the central figure in Great Whiskey Ring, one of America’s greatest fraud scandals.

Two works in one, expanded from the first edition of the same year, to include the second story ‘Eighteen Months in the Penitentiary’, and illustrated with numerous portraits and engravings.

The Whiskey Ring was a scandal, exposed in 1875, involving diversion of tax revenues in a conspiracy among government agents, politicians, whiskey distillers, and distributors. The fraud took place in cities across the country, but was centered in St. Louis. The St. Louis ring was headed by John McDonald, the Treasury Department’s supervisor of internal revenue for the St. Louis area and an old army buddy of President Grant. Some of the fraudulent money went into Republican campaign coffers, but most was pocketed by the ring members for personal use. In an obvious attempt to fend off administration inquiries, McDonald gave expensive gifts to Orville Babcock, Grant’s personal secretary and close friend. McDonald also later testified to giving the president lavish gifts, but the claim was not proven in court.
  One thick octavo (book size 19.7x14.2cm) volume containing two novels, pp. [2] xii [4] 17-346; [4] 6-62 [2].   Condition: Near fine, inner hinges cracked, minor rubbing to spine ends, and soiling to top edge.   Ref: 107238   Price: HK$ 1,800