CRAWFORD, Arthur Travers as "T.C. Arthur."
Reminiscences of an Indian Police Official.
Illustrated by Horace van Ruith and E.M. Cautley.
First edition. Uncommon. “From 1857 to 1885, Crawford served in the India Police of the Bombay Presidency and in Central India. In this work he has provided a loose collection of case studies for crimes ranging from fraud to murder for which he was investigating officer. As true of other similar works, Crawford’s success as a detective was measured by his knowledge of native character and practices” (Riddick). Crawford is probably better remembered for his underhand financial dealings while serving as Bombay’s first Municipal Commissioner. Not only did he preside over a massive budgetary shortfall, but was also accused of accepting bribes, although was only found guilty of the lesser offence of borrowing money from his subordinates. Recalled to London, he faked his suicide, but was cornered by police in a Bombay hotel room while attempting to escape to Colombo disguised as a tramp.
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Octavo (211 134 mm). Contemporary red half skiver, marbled boards, black morocco label, floral tools gilt in compartments formed by two plain gilt rules, edges sprinkled red. Frontispiece and 23 other plates, illustrations to the text. A little rubbed, endpapers foxed, as also the first and last few leaves, lightly, and the occasional spot to the text, but overall very good.