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REISS, R[odolphe] A[rchibald].

Manuel de Police Scientifique (Technique).

I - Vols et Homicides [all published] Préface de M. Louis Lépine, Préfet de Police de Paris.

Published: Lausanne: Librairie Payot & Cie., Paris: Félix Alcan, 1911

Stock code: 61001

Price: £750

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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. Reiss (1876-1929), received his doctorate from Lausanne in 1898, and in 1899 he took over the Service de l’Identité Judiciaire founded 3 years previously by Marius Jaccard on principles suggested by the anthropometric work of Alphonse Bertillon for the Préfecture de police in Paris. The publication of the present work establishes his international reputation, and in 1906 he attends the 6th International Congress on Criminal Anthropology, in Turin, where he meets Cesare Lombroso, pioneer anthropometrist; Salvatore Ottolenghi, founder of the Scuola di Polizia Scientifica; and Edmond Locard, originator of the fundamental exchange principle of forensic science, “Every contact leaves a trace.” Following a period of study with Bertillon, he returned to Lausanne and in 1909 established the l’Institut de Police Scientifique offering an interdisciplinary diploma in scientific policing. His publication in 1911 of the first volume of his Manuel de Police Scientifique cements his position as a recognized authority in the area. In 1912 he was invited to preside over a series of seminars in St. Petersburg; the following year he was in Sao Paolo, presenting a course for the Brazilian government; and in 1914 he is consulted by the New York police seeking advice on their reorganization on rational lines, his suggestions being published as Contribution à la Réorganisation de la Police. After service on the Serbian front in the First World War, Reiss resigned his post at the IPS and settled near Belgrade, where he died in 1929. An exhibition in Lausanne in 2001 celebrated Reiss as ” Un Sherlock Holmes vaudois.”

Octavo. Contemporary oatmeal half cloth on mid-blue boards, blue morocco label to spine, original wraps bound in. Profusely illustrated. Some light spotting, a couple of leaves a touch cockled, one with repair along top edge, but overall very good

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