PALAIS-ROYAL. Le Palais-Royal
Paris : 1815First edition of this guidebook for the newcomer to the vices of the Palais Royale, a hotbed of gambling and prostitution in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France.
The book reveals the argot of the Palais and the tricks of the fraudsters and crooks which infest it, and profiles the gambling dens alongside the cafes and tobacconists. The majority... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 143571
(CRIME) Mysteries and Refinements of Modern Roguery.
London : 1886First and only edition. Extraordinary little volume offering practical advice against the thieves and tricksters plaguing the streets of London. The first half of the text is a spotter's guide on pickpockets "Who they are, and what they are like". With explanations of their methods, the distraction of the "stall", the techniques of the "wire", given... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140042
JACK THE RIPPER. - GRIFFITHS, Arthur, Major. Mysteries of Police and Crime.
London : 1898First edition, this set with a superb Jack the Ripper association. Inscribed by the author, a well-regarded prison governor and penologist, to his friend the Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Met during the "Autumn of Terror"; "Robt. Anderson, with the kindest regards of his old friend the author, Arthur Griffiths, Xmas, 1898". The work contains the... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139890
BENNEY, Mark (pseud. Henry Ernest Degras). Low Company.
London : 1936First edition of this fascinating memoir of a British burglar turned University of Chicago sociologist. Coming from London's underclass Benney chronicles his desperate childhood and his experiences in the Soho underworld between the wars, as he built his reputation as "The man who committed a hundred burglaries". Scarce in jacket.
Degras (1910-1973)... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 142121
WINSLOW, Lyttelton Forbes. The Insanity of Passion & Crime
London : 1913First and only contemporary edition, genuinely uncommon. A remarkable series of case studies illustrated with photographs, many provided by Dr. Alphonse Bertillon of anthropometry fame, and Valentin Magnan of St. Anne's, Paris, and which Winslow explains, "... are sad, as illustrating fallen humanity; but they are instructive, as actually depicting... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141925
JACK THE RIPPER. The Graphic. An Illustrated London Newspaper:
London : 1888Half-yearly volume of this popular illustrated paper covering the period of the "Autumn of Terror". Contains nine pieces of relevance: the first notice of the killings is on September 29, "Coroners' Inquests and the Detection of Crime, In the case of the late horrifying murders in Whitechapel, some persons have alleged that the Coroner's Court exceeded... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 121358
GALLEY, Edmund - WHITE, F. Faulkner (illuminator). The Galley Memento.
[Exeter : 1879]Handsomely bound and illuminated presentation album, one of just two copies, presented to honour the work of solicitor and county clerk Ralph Sanders, one of two men instrumental in reversing the miscarriage of justice in the case of Edmund Galley, who became an international cause célèbre after being wrongfully convicted of murder and transported... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 132619
VISIAK, E. H. Medusa.
London : 1929First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author in black ink on the front endpaper: "Clive Pemberton / from / E. H. Visiak / April 7th 1933". A superb association copy, inscribed to fellow author of weird and horror tales Clive Pemberton whose first and best known collection "The Weird o' It" published by Henry J. Drane in 1906... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 122050
FLEURY, Maurice de. The Criminal Mind.
London : 1901First edition in English, inscribed by the author on the half-title "A mon excellent ami le D Joe Stedman a Boston, heu affectueux souvenir, Dr Maurice de Fleury". Fleury argues for criminality being physiological, rather than conditioned, and proposes eugenics, segregation, and wider (though more humane) capital punishment. Originally published in... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 136443
KOESTLER, Arthur, & Albert Camus. Réflexions sur la peine capitale.
Paris : 1957First edition, number 209 of 260 large paper copies on vélin teinté paper, of which 250 are numbered and 10 are hors commerce. Edited by the French legislator and journalist Jean Bloch-Michel, one of Camus's friends and a former colleague at Combat, this work includes two polemical essays in opposition to capital punishment - Camus's Réflexions sur... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 118368
HOWARD, John. The State of the Prisons in England and Wales,
Warrington : 1777 & 1780First edition of Howard's pioneering work on prisons and penal reform, "the first major practical work on the subject" (PMM), here bound with the 1780 Appendix in a particularly attractive contemporary binding from the library of James Ogilvy, 7th Earl of Findlater and 4th Earl of Seafield (1750-1811), with his bookplate to the front pastedown. "From... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 136194
IRWIN, Godfrey & Eric Partridge. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.
London : 1931First UK edition following the US of the same year. This edition was limited to 1000 copies this being one of 45 on "Imitation H.M. Paper, specially bound, and signed by Godfrey Irwin and Eric Partridge" on the half-title. "Mr. Irwin, whose share in this book is a glossary of 1600 words and phrases and a selection of favorite hobo songs, is a native... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 136118
GALTON, Francis. Finger Prints; Decipherment of Blurred Finger Prints; Finger Print Directories.
London : 1892, 1893, 1895First editions of Galton's three publications on fingerprints, this a very scarce presentation set with the first work inscribed by Galton to his brother, "Erasmus Galton, from F.G.", on the half-title, the second work with Erasmus's ownership inscription "E. Galton, Oct 9 1893" to verso of front free endpaper. Erasmus (1815-1909) was named after their... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 134448
HOOTON, Earnest Albert. The American Criminal.
Cambridge,Massachusetts : 1939First edition, first printing. The American anthropologist Earnest Albert Hooton (1887-1954) is best known for his anthropometric studies in criminology in the 1930s, which followed in the tradition established by Cesare Lombroso and the so-called Positivist School in criminology in Italy during the 1870s. "In 1927 Hooton began a massive project that... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 127791
BERTILLON, Alphonse. Signaletic Instructions.
Chicago : 1896First edition in English, first published in Paris in 1893. It presents a system of standardised physical measurements for the identification of criminals known as anthropometry, or more commonly still as Bertillonage. Despite the supercession of the system by the introduction of finger-printing, Bertillon was still responsible for the standardisation... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 118291
GRIFFITHS, Arthur. Secrets of the Prison-House or Gaol Studies and Sketches.
London : 1894First edition, first impression. "Griffiths's historical importance is twofold. Firstly, he was a significant, if second-rank, prison administrator, and an efficient and trusted subordinate of Du Cane (Edmund Du Cane, chairman of the directors of convict prisons), to whom he always remained loyal He was also a regular witness at major inquiries into... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 89341
ALLEN, Mary S. The Pioneer Policewoman.
London : 1925First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "with every good wish, from Mary S. Allen", with an autograph note loosely inserted, "Hoping you will accept this - If in your part of the world I will certainly let you know. M. S. Allen". The Pioneer Policewoman was Mary Sophia Allen's... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 131558
HODGE, Harry (ed.) The Black Maria, or, The Criminals' Omnibus.
London : 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 interest from a public sated... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 128614
TOWNSEND, Walter, & Leonard. Black Cap: Murder Will Out.
London : 1930First 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 of the proof,writing in April... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 128592
AINSWORTH, William Harrison. Jack Sheppard.
London : 1839First 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 of 1839 nine different theatrical... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 118496
FIELDING, Henry. An Enquiry Into the Causes of the late Increase of Robbers, &c.
London : 1751First edition of the author and magistrate's most important social tract. As the principle judge of the Bow Street Police Court, Fielding drafted several bills to reorganise and reform the constabulary, authorised frequent and successful raids against street gangs, highwaymen, and gaming houses, and formed the group of so-called "thief-takers" which... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 118445
HOWARD, John. The State of the Prisons in England and Wales,
Warrington : 1777First 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£1,750.00
Stock Code: 118449
HERZOG, Asa S., & A. J. Ezickson. Camera, Take the Stand!
New York : 1940First 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 in fighting the criminal" (Preface).... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 116419
MONTAGU, Basil. Some Inquiries respecting the Punishment of Death
London : 1818First 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 Information on the Subject of... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 115242
LANSDOWNE, Andrew. A Life's Reminiscences. Scotland Yard.
London : 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 been forbidden by the Police... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 115177
McNAUGHT, Thomas P. The Recollections of a Glasgow Detective Officer:
London : 1887(?)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 in Glasgow philanthropic... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 114981
(CRIMINOLOGY.) Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Chicago : 1910-11A 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 catch up with European... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 114946
REED, Lear B. Human Wolves:
Kansas City, MO : 1941First 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 person the formidable characteristics... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 114049
GILLETT, James B., Capt. Six Years with the Texas Rangers, 1875-1881.
New Haven : 1925First 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 in the original dust jacket.... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 114050
PASLEY, Fred D. Muscling In.
[New York] : 1931First 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 made its moves into legitimate... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 114051
ASHTON-WOLFE, H. The Underworld:
London : 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 friends in the criminological... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 113408
BENTHAM, Jeremy. The Elements of the Art of Packing, as applied to special Juries, particularly in cases of Libel Law.
London : 1821First 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 the Duke of York. The... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 101352
CALVERT, E. Roy. The Death Penalty Enquiry.
London : 1931First edition, first impression. Among their other recommendations, the Committee advocated that capital punishment be suspended for a experimental period of five years, though this was not enacted until 1938. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 95088
DUCPETIAUX, Edouard. De la peine de mort.
Brussels : 1827First 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... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 91158
EUGENICS & CRIME. Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.
1925First edition of this collection of papers emphasising 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.... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 63619
BAMFORD, Francis & Viola Bankes. Vicious Circle. The case of the missing Irish Crown Jewels.
1965First edition. Mystery of the theft of the Irish regalia in 1907. From the library of eminent crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Learn More£25.00
Stock Code: 44237
[WALTER, Eugene.] Whittenbury Kaye. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,
Manchester : 1903First edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood's clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, Library Hub has just BL for this John Heywood-published standard edition and also a copy of the Subscriber's edition; WorldCat adds a copy of the latter at New York University and the former at the University of Minnesota. Rev. Whittenbury... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 44274
[WALTER, Eugene.] Whittenbury Kaye. The Romance & Adventures of the Notorious Colonel Blood,
Manchester : First edition, the subscribers' edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood's clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, Library Hub has just BL for this and also a copy of the John Heywood-published standard edition, WorldCat adds a copy of the former at New York University and the latter at the University of Minnesota. Rev. Whittenbury... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 44208
"B.2.15." Among the Broad-Arrow Men. A Plain Account of English Prison Life.
London : 1924First 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 for any other purpose, but also... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 44218