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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to crime and criminals, including criminology, the study of the nature, extent, management, causes, control, consequences, and prevention of criminal behaviour, both on the individual and social levels.

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  1. 116419comp
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    Camera, Take the Stand!

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed "To A. G. Corley - Who can transmit congeniality & friendship at all times - A. J. Ezickson". "Modern crime fighters have discovered science to be their firmest ally... This book tells the story of that little magic black box and the part it plays in fighting the criminal" (Preface). Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116419

    Signed: Yes

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  2. 116360

    The Diamond Smugglers.

    With an Introduction by John Blaize, formerly of the International Diamond Security Organization.
    First edition, first impression, first state. The introduction is by John Collard a member of the International Diamond Security Organisation under the name “John Blaize”. The Diamond Smugglers is one of two non-fiction works by Fleming, based on two weeks of interviews he undertook with Collard. The IDSO was formed to combat the smuggling of diamonds from South Africa; some £10 million worth of gems were being illegally trafficked out each year. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116360

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  3. Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.

    Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.

    First edition, first impression. A collection of ten humorous short stories starring Ephraim Tutt: "the best known lawyer in fiction" (front flap blurb). Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115780

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  4. The State of the Prisons in England and Wales,

    The State of the Prisons in England and Wales,

    with Preliminary Observations, and an Account of Some Foreign Prisons.
    First edition of Howard's pioneering work on prisons and penal reform, "the first major practical work on the subject (Beccaria's book was primarily theoretical)" (PMM). Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1777

    Published: Warrington

    Stock Code: 114392

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    Traité des délits et des peines. [Bound with:] Commentaire sur le livre des délits et des peines.

    First edition of Chaillou de Lisy's translation, endorsed by Beccaria. Undoubtedly the most influential work on criminal justice in the 18th century, Beccaria's treatise was originally published in Italian in 1764, first published in French in 1766 and in English in 1767. Cesare Beccaria, Marchese Beccaria-Bonesana, a well-to-do Milanese professor of law and economics, had made many prison visits and was appalled at what he saw. Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1773

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 113080

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  6. A Handbook on Hanging.

    A Handbook on Hanging.

    Being a short Introduction to the fine art of Execution, and containing much useful information on Neck-Breaking, Throttling, Strangling, Asphyxiation, Decapitation and Electrocution; as well as Data and Wrinkles for Hangmen, an account of the late Mr. Berry’s method of Killing and his working list of Drops; to which is added a Hangman’s Ready Reckoner and certain other items of interest. All very proper to be read and kept in every Family.
    First US edition, a year after the first UK edition. Nice copy of Duff's timeless satire on the death penalty, described by Dylan Thomas as a minor classic, both the Daily Herald and T.P.'s Weekly invoking comparisons with Defoe in reviews reprinted on the jacket, the latter considering it "an exquisite piece of irony". Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 112737

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  7. A full and true Account of the horrid Murders, Robberies, and Burnings, Committed at Bradforton and Upton Snodsbury, in the County of Worcester;

    A full and true Account of the horrid Murders, Robberies, and Burnings, Committed at Bradforton and Upton Snodsbury, in the County of Worcester;

    and of the Apprehension, Examination, Trial, and Conviction of John Palmer and Thomas Symonds, Gents. and William Hobbins and John Allen, Labourers, For the said Crimes. To which is added, An Account of the Bishop of Oxford’s going to the Prisoners after their Condemnation, and of his Lordship’s whole Transaction with them:– Together with what passed between the Ordinary and the said Prisoners; and Remarks on their Dying Speeches. –– With an Account of a Charity School founded by Dr. Lloyd, the Bishop of Worcester, out of a forfeited Estate of Mr. Palmer’s, which fell to the said Bishop. Likewise, The Memoirs Of the Life and Death of Sir John Dineley Goodere, Bart. Who was murdered by the Contrivance of his own Brother …
    First edition thus, an interesting pairing of two notoriously shocking local murders, one a matricide, the other parricide. The first occurred on 7 November 1707, when Mrs Alice Palmer and her maid-servant were murdered, and her house burnt, by a gang led by her son and Thomas Symonds, his brother-in-law. The first account of the case was published in 1708 and republished in 1758 with the title, The Truth of the Case. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1782

    Published: Worcester

    Stock Code: 111385

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  8. Fugitives. The Story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

    Fugitives. The Story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

    As told by Bonnie’s Mother (Mrs. Emma Parker) and Clyde’s Sister (Nell Barrow Cowan.)
    First edition, first printing. Rushed out within two months of the death of the notorious couple in a roadside ambush in Louisiana, this sensational "ghosted" joint biography - drawing credibility but very little new information from the families - was one of the primary sources of the romantic legend of Bonnie and Clyde. A bright copy in the striking pictorial jacket. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: Dallas

    Stock Code: 110650

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  9. Burke and Hare.
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    Burke and Hare.

    The True Story.
    First edition, first impression of Douglas's reassessment of the infamous murder case, signed by the author on the front free endpaper "Hugh Douglas, July, 1976". Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 97891

    Signed: Yes

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  10. De la peine de mort.

    De la peine de mort.

    First edition. De la peine de mort was the Belgian journalist and prison reformer's first book, written when he was twenty-three years old. Ducpétiaux earned himself a name and an official position as inspector general of prisons on the strength of this passionate and ambitious plea for the abolition of capital punishment. He argued that the alternative to capital punishment was a prison system centred on the improvement of the prisoner. Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1827

    Published: Brussels

    Stock Code: 91158

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  11. A Contribution towards a Bibliography dealing with Crime:

    A Contribution towards a Bibliography dealing with Crime:

    Its History, Causes, Nature, Remedies, Detection, Prevention, Repression, and Punishment.
    First and only edition, designated "Not for Sale" on the title page. Cumming had a lengthy career in the ICS, becoming Assistant Collector and Magistrate, Bengal in 1890, Settlement Officer, 1894, Joint Collector and Deputy Magistrate, 1896-1900, in 1900 becoming Collector. From 1909-11 he was Secretary of the Government of Bengal, Judicial and General Department, in 1913 becoming Chief Secretary, 1915-20 Member of the Bengal Executive Council, after which he retired from the service. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1914

    Published: Calcutta

    Stock Code: 84687

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  12. No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.

    No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.

    First edition, first printing of the first published novel by the then prison inmate who would go on to have a successful career as a novelist and screenwriter. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 80577

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  13. Imprisonment.

    Imprisonment.

    Issued by the Department of Christian Social Service of the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
    First separate edition, revised with a foreword written specially for this edition. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 73355

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  14. Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.

    Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.

    First edition. Collection of papers emphasizing the eugenic aspects of crime: Harry Olson's presidential address, "Crime and Heredity," to the 1923 Annual Meeting of the Eugenic Research Association, 1923 - Olson was Chief Justice of the Municipal Court; the 1925 presidential address, "Crime from the Psychiatrist's Point of View," Charles W. Burr, Professor of Mental Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania; "The Fundamental Biological and Mathematical Principles underlying Chromosomal Descent and Recombination in Human Heredity," Harry H. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1925

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    Stock Code: 63619

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  15. The American confidence man.

    The American confidence man.

    Revised edition of Maurer's sought-after The Big Con of 1940. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1974

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    Stock Code: 63573

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  16. Manuel de Police Scientifique (Technique).

    Manuel de Police Scientifique (Technique).

    I - Vols et Homicides [all published] Préface de M. Louis Lépine, Préfet de Police de Paris.
    First and only edition. The first, and the only published, volume of a projected, comprehensive, four-volume manual of scientific police practice by one of its unsung pioneers. The other volumes were to have covered forgery; the identification of repeat offenders; and the organization of a modern criminal police force, but the world-wide demand for his services as a consultant; the intervening international conflict; and his post-war decision to resign his academic post and to settle in Serbia, completed its completion. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1911

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    Stock Code: 61001

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    Identification Anthropometrique. Instructions Signalétiques.

    Nouvelle Édition, entièrement refondue et considérablement augmentée…
    First published in 1886, this edition represents Bertillon's final statement of the technique of Bertillonage or forensic anthropometry. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "hommage de haute estime", to Monsieur Cruppi. Jean Cruppi (1855-1933), was a prominent French politician who served as a député for 25 years: Bertillon here addresses him as "avocat général à la Cour de Cassation". Learn More
    £3,950

    Date of Publication: 1893

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    Stock Code: 60687

    Signed: Yes

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  18. In Queer Street.

    In Queer Street.

    First edition, first impression. Roughead writes fictionalized essays on a number of 18th century crimes celebres. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1932

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    Stock Code: 49798

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  19. The Expressman and The Detective.

    The Expressman and The Detective.

    First edition. First title issued in the series Pinkerton's Detective Stories; "The narration of some of the most interesting of these events, happening in connection with my professional labors, is the realization of a pleasure I have long anticipated … [they] are all true stories, transcribed from the Records in my offices" (preface). Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1874

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    Stock Code: 48095

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  20. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,

    The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,

    who attempted to steal The Crown Jewels from The Tower of London in the Reign of Charles II.
    First edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood's clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, COPAC has just BL for this John Heywood-published standard edition and also a copy of the Subscriber's edition; OCLC adds a copy of the latter at New York University and the former at the University of Minnesota. Rev. Whittenbury Kaye was a Manchester clergyman and antiquarian. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: Manchester

    Stock Code: 44274

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