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  1. Camera, Take the Stand!
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    Camera, Take the Stand! 1940

    £375

    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 …Read more

  2. Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.

    Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand. 1936

    £150

    First edition, first impression. A collection of ten humorous short stories starring Ephraim Tutt: “the best known lawyer in fiction” (front flap blurb). Read more

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

    The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, 1777

    £1,250

    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). Read more

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

    Traité des délits et des peines. [Bound with:] Commentaire sur le livre des délits et des peines. 1773

    £550

    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 …Read more

  5. De la peine de mort.

    De la peine de mort. 1827

    £550

    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 …Read more

  6. 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; 1782

    £2,000

    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 …Read more

  7. The Elements of the Art of Packing, as applied to special Juries, particularly in cases of Libel Law.

    The Elements of the Art of Packing, as applied to special Juries, particularly in cases of Libel Law. 1821

    £975

    First published edition, originally printed in 1810, of Bentham’s criticism of English libel law, which he had always detested and which more than once stood in the way of the free publication of his opinions. When the work was written, the law’s injustice had …Read more

  8. Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.

    Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity. 1925

    £100

    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 …Read more

  9. Burke and Hare.

    Burke and Hare. 1973

    £85

    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”. Read more

  10. A Contribution towards a Bibliography dealing with Crime:

    A Contribution towards a Bibliography dealing with Crime: 1914

    £75

    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 …Read more

  11. No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.

    No Beast So Fierce. A Novel. 1973

    £475

    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. Read more

  12. Imprisonment.

    Imprisonment. 1925

    £65

    First separate edition, revised with a foreword written specially for this edition. Read more

  13. Prohibition Agent No.1.

    Prohibition Agent No.1. 1932

    £1,000

    First edition. Described on the jacket as “The startling and humorous disclosures of America’s most famous prohibition agent.” Time magazine’s obituary of Einstein gives a sense of Einstein’s career; “Isidore (“Izzy”) Einstein, 57, most famous Prohibition agent …With his partner Moe Smith, Izzy operated so …Read more

  14. The American confidence man.

    The American confidence man. 1974

    £75

    Revised edition of Maurer’s sought-after The Big Con of 1940. Read more

  15. Manuel de Police Scientifique (Technique).

    Manuel de Police Scientifique (Technique). 1911

    £750

    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 …Read more

  16. Identification Anthropometrique. Instructions Signalétiques.

    Identification Anthropometrique. Instructions Signalétiques. 1893

    £3,950

    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 …Read more

  17. In Queer Street.

    In Queer Street. 1932

    £75

    First edition, first impression. Roughead writes fictionalized essays on a number of 18th century crimes celebres. Read more

  18. The Expressman and The Detective.

    The Expressman and The Detective. 1874

    £225

    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, …Read more

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

    The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood, 1903

    £95

    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 …Read more

  20. Jack the Ripper: Anatomy of a Myth.

    Jack the Ripper: Anatomy of a Myth. 1995

    £25

    First edition. Careful analysis of previous suspects with the inevitable suggestion of a favourite, W. H. Bury, hanged for the murder of his wife in Scotland in 1889. This copy signed by the author on the title page. From the library of the noted crime …Read more

  21. Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels.

    Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels. 1965

    £25

    First edition. Mystery of the theft of the Irish regalia in 1907. From the library of eminent crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Read more

  22. Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life.

    Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life. 1924

    £85

    First edition. Far from common account of prison life in the 20s. The broad arrow of the title, often seen on the clothing of prisoners in period illustrations, refers to the mark used to identify government property from the thirteenth century onwards. The cloth of …Read more

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

    The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood, [1903]

    £250

    First edition, the subscribers’ edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood’s clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, COPAC has just BL for this and also a copy of the John Heywood-published standard edition, OCLC adds a copy of the former at …Read more

  24. Royal Murder.

    Royal Murder. 1978

    £40

    First Edition, First Impression. Read more

  25. Order of Assassins.

    Order of Assassins. 1972

    £40

    First Edition, First Impression. Read more

  26. Scandal!

    Scandal! 1986

    £25

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  27. The World of Violence.

    The World of Violence. 1963

    £40

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Camera, Take the Stand!
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    HERZOG, Asa S., & A. J.... HERZOG, Asa S.,...

    Camera, Take the Stand!

    £375

  2. Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.
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    TRAIN, Arthur. TRAIN, Arthur.

    Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.

    £150

  3. The State of the Prisons in England and Wales,
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    HOWARD, John. HOWARD, John.

    The State of the Prisons in England and Wales,

    £1,250

  4. Traité des délits et des peines. [Bound with:] Commentaire sur le livre des délits et des peines.
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    [BECCARIA, Cesare, marchese di; François-Marie Arouet... [BECCARIA, Cesare, marchese...

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

    £550

  5. De la peine de mort.
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    DUCPETIAUX, Edouard. DUCPETIAUX, Edouard.

    De la peine de mort.

    £550

  6. A full and true Account of the horrid Murders, Robberies, and Burnings, Committed at Bradforton and Upton Snodsbury, in the County of Worcester;
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    (WORCESTER MURDERS.) (WORCESTER MURDERS.)

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

    £2,000

  7. The Elements of the Art of Packing, as applied to special Juries, particularly in cases of Libel Law.
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    BENTHAM, Jeremy. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    The Elements of the Art of Packing, as applied to special Juries, particularly in cases of Libel Law.

    £975

  8. Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.
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    (EUGENICS & CRIME.) (EUGENICS & CRIME.)

    Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.

    £100

  9. Burke and Hare.
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    DOUGLAS, Hugh. DOUGLAS, Hugh.

    Burke and Hare.

    £85

  10. A Contribution towards a Bibliography dealing with Crime:
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    CUMMING, J. G. CUMMING, J. G.

    A Contribution towards a Bibliography dealing with Crime:

    £75

  11. No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.
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    BUNKER, Edward. BUNKER, Edward.

    No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.

    £475

  12. Prohibition Agent No.1.
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    EINSTEIN, Izzy. EINSTEIN, Izzy.

    Prohibition Agent No.1.

    £1,000

  13. The American confidence man.
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    MAURER, David W. MAURER, David W.

    The American confidence man.

    £75

  14. Manuel de Police Scientifique (Technique).
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    REISS, R[odolphe] A[rchibald]. REISS, R[odolphe] A[rchibald].

    Manuel de Police Scientifique (Technique).

    £750

  15. Identification Anthropometrique. Instructions Signalétiques.
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    BERTILLON, Alphonse. BERTILLON, Alphonse.

    Identification Anthropometrique. Instructions Signalétiques.

    £3,950

  16. In Queer Street.
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    ROUGHEAD, William. ROUGHEAD, William.

    In Queer Street.

    £75

  17. The Expressman and The Detective.
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    PINKERTON, Allan. PINKERTON, Allan.

    The Expressman and The Detective.

    £225

  18. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,
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    (BLOOD, Colonel.) KAYE, Whittenbury [pseud. of... (BLOOD, Colonel.) KAYE,...

    The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,

    £95

  19. Jack the Ripper: Anatomy of a Myth.
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    BEADLE, William. BEADLE, William.

    Jack the Ripper: Anatomy of a Myth.

    £25

  20. Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels.
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    BAMFORD, Francis & Viola Bankes. BAMFORD, Francis &...

    Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels.

    £25

  21. Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life.
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    B.2.15 B.2.15

    Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life.

    £85

  22. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,
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    (BLOOD, Colonel.) KAYE, Whittenbury [pseud. of... (BLOOD, Colonel.) KAYE,...

    The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,

    £250

  23. Order of Assassins.
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    WILSON, Colin. WILSON, Colin.

    Order of Assassins.

    £40

  24. The World of Violence.
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    WILSON, Colin. WILSON, Colin.

    The World of Violence.

    £40

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