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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. 103233
    First edition, first issue, of the Panopticon, corrected and annotated in Bentham's hand. "The Dublin edition has not been recorded in any bibliography, although it is known to have been printed" (Chuo). This is one of six copies sent to Bentham in May 1791, and one of the very few to survive from the printing of 500 copies,... Learn More
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  2. 128592
    First edition, first impression. This work, an account of various murder trials, was initially intended to be a study of the trials of the Home Office pathologist Bernard Spilsbury (1877-1947), entitled, "Sir Bernard Spilsbury and his Famous Trials". Spilsbury, however, threatened legal action against Marriott, upon receipt... Learn More
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  3. 113387
    A wonderful survival that pulls back the curtain on crime and police procedure in turn-of-the-century America: a substantial police register or desk sergeant's ledger from Olympia, Washington, giving a record of lawbreaking that spans nearly two decades (there is a break between 1898 and 1904 when presumably another ledger... Learn More
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  4. 128614
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of the editorial introductions to volumes of the series Notable British trials. Notable British Trials was first published in 1905, covering the cause celebres from 1586 to modern times. Founded by Harry Hodge as a hobby, it achieved great success and attracted considerable... Learn More
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  5. 114947
    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed (in pencil) on the front free endpaper: "Christopher Head from the Author Jan. 1906" and with the fine engraved bookplate of the recipient (designed by W. Phillips Barrett and dated 1902). Christopher Head (1869-1912) was a barrister and was travelling to the USA... Learn More
    £200

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  6. 118449
    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
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  7. 121688
    Special edition for subscribers; originally published in 1898 in two volumes without illustrations. Griffiths was known for his lurid tales of criminality. Some of the chapters included are "The Penge Case", "Illicit Diamond Buying", "A Mysterious Murder" and "The Stepney Murder". Rackham's drawings first appeared in magazine... Learn More
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  8. 118918
    First edition, first impression; an important study of Scotland Yard, containing several references to Sir Charles Warren and the Ripper murders. Learn More
    £275

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  9. 115242
    First edition. In 1809 Basil Montagu (1770-1851), author and legal reformer, "along with the Quaker philanthropist William Allen and others... formed the Society for the Diffusion of Knowledge upon the Punishment of Death and the Improvement of Prison Discipline (re-established in 1829 as the Society for the Diffusion of... Learn More
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  10. 114946
    A complete run of the first two years of this important journal: the first periodical "in the English language devoted to the science of criminology" (founder James Wigmore, quoted by Jennifer Devroye in Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Volume 100, Winter 2010).; it was "an attempt to help American thinking and policy... Learn More
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  11. 114463
    First edition. A fascinating copy with numerous contemporary annotations and additional notices tipped in; copies of Home Office memorandum (8 pp.), a 1927 addendum to the standing orders (64 pp.), "Convict Prison Standing Orders" (31 pp.) have been bound in together with a pamphlet regarding the Poor Persons' Defence Act... Learn More
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  12. 114264
    First edition, first impression, of this case study that includes a chronology. Learn More
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  13. 118496
    First edition of one of the most popular and polarising "Newgate" novels, accompanied by some of Cruikshank's best illustrative work. "Praised for its vivid writing, especially its depiction of a storm on the Thames and its account of Jack Sheppard's escape from Newgate prison, the novel became so popular that by the end... Learn More
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  14. 114981
    Second edition, the title page verso carrying "press notices of first edition". With fine engraved presentation label presenting this copy to "William C. Coghill Esqr". William Calder Coghill (1835-1914), printer and publisher, co-founder of Aird & Coghill Ltd ("letterpress and lithographic printers") was a prominent figure... Learn More
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  15. 115236
    First published in 1916. Kuhne worked at the NYPD Bureau of Criminal Identification and this was the first authoritative American book on fingerprinting. Learn More
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  16. 115177
    First illustrated edition (originally published in 1890) of this decidedly uncommon and highly regarded police memoir. Lansdowne's book came out at a time when the police were being portrayed negatively in popular fiction: "Real detectives responded by trying to influence public opinion in their favour. Police officers had... Learn More
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  17. 116419comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "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... Learn More
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  18. The Elements of the Art of Packing, as applied to special Juries, particularly in cases of Libel Law.
    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 recently been made obvious in a series of prosecutions for libelling... Learn More
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  19. Muscling In.
    First edition of this stark exposé of the impact of the Mob at the onset of the Great Depression. " 'There is scarcely a commodity exposed for sale today that does not cost more because of the racket ' Col. Robert Isham Randolph, President, the Chicago Association of Commerce" (epigraph). The author details how the Mob... Learn More
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  20. Six Years with the Texas Rangers, 1875-1881.
    First Yale University Press edition, which was revised and updated by Gillett and the editor, to include additional historical photos which did not appear in the 1921 privately-printed first. Gillett's memoir is widely considered to be one of the best personal accounts of the Texas Rangers ever written. Decidedly uncommon... Learn More
    £300

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  21. Human Wolves:

    Human Wolves:

    Kansas City, MO: 1941

    First edition, this copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Bill Rogers, sincerely Lear B. Reed". Remarkable memoir by a former FBI agent detailing his years struggling against corrupt politicians and the mob, fighting prostitution, drug trafficking, and political subversion; "Mr. Reed combined in his... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114049

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  22. Penological and Preventative Principles, with Special Reference to Europe and America
    Second, enlarged edition, first published 1889. The initial publication, and also this extensively revised and augmented edition, were "encouraged by" the Howard Association - the world's oldest penal reform organisation, now the Howard League - bookplate recording their presentation of this copy - "Kindly acknowledge safe... Learn More
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  23. Rattling the Cup on Chicago Crime.
    First edition, fifth printing, of this entertaining exposé of the "powder-burnt labyrinth of Chicago crime" (as the author puts it on page one), detailing the rackets of such mob luminaries as Al Capone, Dion O'Banion and the Genna family; there is, of course, a chapter on the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Sullivan had been... Learn More
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  24. Master Man Hunters.
    First edition, second printing. "Master Man Hunters shows the relentlessly scientific methods of the super-sleuths of London, Paris, Vienna and Berlin" (jacket blurb). Joseph Gollomb (1881-1950) was a Russian-born American socialist brought up in the Jewish tenements of New York's Lower East Side."He wrote for several New... Learn More
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  25. I Find the Missing.
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of cases from the files of the founder of the Skip Tracers Company, "as told to John Nicholas Beffel". The Skip Tracers Company was "the only private organization specializing in the finding of missing persons... debtors averse to paying bills, lease-breakers, witnesses,... Learn More
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  26. The Underworld:
    First edition, first impression. Nine true crimes stories described by the Daily Graphic (and trumpeted proudly on the front of the jacket) as "staggering secrets of the sleuth-hound". Harry Ashton-Wolfe (1861-1959) is described by Andrew Lycett, in his biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as "one of Conan Doyle's more colourful... Learn More
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  27. Crimes of Love and Hate.
    Early edition with the title page headed "The Riverside Library". A collection of eight true crime cases, including the murder of Don Ramon Valdez y Cazal, Orsini the croupier, Latouche the Apache, two chapters on Hanoi Shan (a possible model for Fu Manchu), and Mata Hari. Harry Ashton-Wolfe (1861-1959) is described by Andrew... Learn More
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  28. i1
    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... Learn More
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  29. Burke and Hare.
    First edition, first impression of Douglas's reassessment of the infamous murder case, signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, "Hugh Douglas, July, 1976". Learn More
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    Stock Code: 97891

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  30. A Contribution towards a Bibliography dealing with Crime:
    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... Learn More
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  31. The American Confidence Man.
    Revised edition of Maurer's sought-after The Big Con of 1940. Learn More
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  32. 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... Learn More
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  33. Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels.
    First edition. Mystery of the theft of the Irish regalia in 1907. From the library of eminent crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Learn More
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  34. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,
    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.... Learn More
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  35. Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life.
    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 convict suits was thus stamped to prevent it being used... Learn More
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  36. i1
    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... Learn More
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  37. The Romance & Adventures of the Notorious Colonel Blood,
    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 New York University and the latter at the University of Minnesota.... Learn More
    £250

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  38. Scandal!
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  39. 34804
    First Edition, First Impression. Learn More
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  40. 34787
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  41. 34824
    First Edition, First Impression. Learn More
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