But no, the thing which caught my eye immediately, and my reason for mentioning it at all, was the astounding title page illustration:
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Isn't it wonderful? I love the chunkiness of the old engraving, and the overload of macabre detail, epitomized by the legend, "GOD'S REVENGE AGAINST MURDER" (the central moral conceit of the book). The draped corpse and the silhouetted figures remind me a bit of Edward Gorey's animated introduction to the PBS series, Mystery.
The reader who wishes to "scrutinize his (sic) fellow in his worst estate" can find both volumes of this ghastly collection at Google Books:
The Terrific Register, or, Record of Crimes, Judgements, Providences, and Calamities, Volume I & Volume II