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Crime

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. Grannan's Pocket Gallery of Noted Criminals of the Present Day,
    GRANNAN, Joseph C. Grannan's Pocket Gallery of Noted Criminals of the Present Day,

    Cincinnati, OH : 1892;

    Rare fourth edition of this terrific and highly evocative mug shot book, an online search of institutional libraries showing one copy only, at Public Library of Cincinnati, all early iterations being very scarce. This copy is paired with an attractive exemplar of the handsome official badge issued to detectives and stamped on verso "This Badge is Not... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 120206

  2. Surdus in Search of his Hearing:
    CRIPPEN, Hawley Harvey - YELLON, Evan. Surdus in Search of his Hearing:

    London : 1906

    First edition of this extremely uncommon account of an encounter with Dr Crippen in his guise as homoeopathic doctor ear doctor. Evan Yellon, resident in 1906 at Eton Wick and in 1910 in St Albans, had made it his business to expose quacks who tried to con money from people with deafness or hearing problems with the lure of "cures". Yellon was himself... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135206

  3. Le Palais-Royal
    PALAIS-ROYAL. Le Palais-Royal

    Paris : 1815

    First 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

  4. Mysteries and Refinements of Modern Roguery.
    CRIME. Mysteries and Refinements of Modern Roguery.

    London : 1886

    First and only edition of this 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",... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140042

  5. Mysteries of Police and Crime.
    JACK THE RIPPER. - GRIFFITHS, Arthur, Major. Mysteries of Police and Crime.

    London : 1898

    First 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

  6. Low Company.
    BENNEY, Mark, pseud. of Henry Ernest Degras. Low Company.

    London : 1936

    First 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

  7. The Graphic. An Illustrated London Newspaper:
    JACK THE RIPPER. The Graphic. An Illustrated London Newspaper:

    London : 1888

    Half-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

  8. Certificate of Registry of Death.
    DEATH CERTIFICATES. Certificate of Registry of Death.

    London : 1905-6

    The certificates of registration are from a run of 15,000 copies, the eighteenth impression, made in May 1906, the Medical Certificates, 20,000 copies, sixteenth impression, November 1905; large enough numbers, however, for obvious reasons unused examples of these "volumes" would be extremely uncommon, genuinely rare survivals. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 133382

  9. The Galley Memento.
    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

  10. Medusa.
    VISIAK, E. H. Medusa.

    London : 1929

    First 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

  11. Réflexions sur la peine capitale.
    KOESTLER, Arthur, & Albert Camus. Réflexions sur la peine capitale.

    Paris : 1957

    First 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

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

    Warrington : 1777 & 1780

    First 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

  13. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.
    IRWIN, Godfrey & Eric Partridge. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.

    London : 1931

    First UK edition following the US of the same year, 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 Englishman... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 136118

  14. Finger Prints; Decipherment of Blurred Finger Prints; Finger Print Directories.
    GALTON, Francis. Finger Prints; Decipherment of Blurred Finger Prints; Finger Print Directories.

    London : 1892, 1893, 1895

    First 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

  15. The American Criminal.
    HOOTON, Earnest Albert. The American Criminal.

    Cambridge,Massachusetts : 1939

    First 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

  16. Signaletic Instructions.
    BERTILLON, Alphonse. Signaletic Instructions.

    Chicago : 1896

    First 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

  17. Secrets of the Prison-House or Gaol Studies and Sketches.
    GRIFFITHS, Arthur. Secrets of the Prison-House or Gaol Studies and Sketches.

    London : 1894

    First 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

  18. The Pioneer Policewoman.
    ALLEN, Mary S. The Pioneer Policewoman.

    London : 1925

    First 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 (18781964)... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 131558

  19. The Black Maria, or, The Criminals' Omnibus.
    HODGE, Harry (ed.) The Black Maria, or, The Criminals' Omnibus.

    London : [1935]

    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

  20. Black Cap: Murder Will Out.
    TOWNSEND, Walter, & Leonard. Black Cap: Murder Will Out.

    London : 1930

    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 of the proof,writing in April... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 128592

  21. "Sing Sing Minstrels" & "Sing Sing Revue"; two original 1930s prison concert programmes.
    SING SING. "Sing Sing Minstrels" & "Sing Sing Revue"; two original 1930s prison concert programmes.

    Ossining, NY : 1931 & 1933

    Two rare original programmes from the 1931 and 1933 Christmas shows given by inmates at New York's Sing Sing Prison. The shows, produced and staged annually by the prison's Mutual Welfare League from 1919 on, showcased the talents of the inmates as singers, instrumentalists, and technicians, while also raising funds to provide "meagre Christmas cheer"... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 126893

  22. Photograph.
    BOOTH, John Wilkes. Photograph.

    New Orleans : 1864

    A photograph of the actor John Wilkes Booth, more famously remembered as the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. A note in German to the rear of the photograph, above the centrally printed logo of S. T. Blessing, reads "Wilkes Booth gab mir seinem Photographie am 10 Mai 1864." Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 122446

  23. Mysteries of Police and Crime.
    GRIFFITHS, Arthur. Mysteries of Police and Crime.

    London : [1901]

    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 form, in several parts,... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 121688

  24. A volume of contemporary newspaper clippings, pamphlets and broadsheet publications relating to the Edgware Road Murder.
    EDGWARE ROAD MURDER. A volume of contemporary newspaper clippings, pamphlets and broadsheet publications relating to the Edgware Road Murder.

    London : 1837

    A fascinating assemblage of printed material relating to the cause celebre of 1837, the brutal murder and dismemberment, on Christmas Eve 1836, of Hannah Brown by James Greenacre (1785-1837), forever after known as the Edgware Road Murderer. This collection was compiled by someone eagerly following the case and attests to the grip that it exerted on... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 119351

  25. Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police.
    MOYLAN, J. F. Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression; an important study of Scotland Yard, containing several references to Sir Charles Warren and the Ripper murders. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 118918

  26. Jack Sheppard.
    AINSWORTH, William Harrison. Jack Sheppard.

    London : 1839

    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 of 1839 nine different theatrical... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 118496

  27. An Enquiry Into the Causes of the late Increase of Robbers, &c.
    FIELDING, Henry. An Enquiry Into the Causes of the late Increase of Robbers, &c.

    London : 1751

    First 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

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

    Warrington : 1777

    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
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 118449

  29. Camera, Take the Stand!
    HERZOG, Asa S., & A. J. Ezickson. Camera, Take the Stand!

    New York : 1940

    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 in fighting the criminal" (Preface).... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 116419

  30. Some Inquiries respecting the Punishment of Death
    MONTAGU, Basil. Some Inquiries respecting the Punishment of Death

    London : 1818

    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 Information on the Subject of... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 115242

  31. The Recollections of a Glasgow Detective Officer:
    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

  32. Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology.
    CRIMINOLOGY. Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology.

    Chicago : 1910-11

    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 catch up with European... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 114946

  33. Human Wolves:
    REED, Lear B. 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 person the formidable characteristics... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 114049

  34. Six Years with the Texas Rangers, 1875-1881.
    GILLETT, James B., Capt. Six Years with the Texas Rangers, 1875-1881.

    New Haven : 1925

    First Yale 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

  35. Muscling In.
    PASLEY, Fred D. Muscling In.

    [New York] : 1931

    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 made its moves into legitimate... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 114051

  36. Penological and Preventative Principles, with Special Reference to Europe and America,
    TALLACK, William. Penological and Preventative Principles, with Special Reference to Europe and America,

    London : 1896

    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 receipt" - the front pastedown.... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 113547

  37. Crimes of Love and Hate.
    ASHTON-WOLFE, H. Crimes of Love and Hate.

    Boston & New York : 1928

    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 Lycett, in his biography... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 113406

  38. The Underworld:
    ASHTON-WOLFE, H. The Underworld:

    London : [1926]

    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

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

    London : 1821

    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 the Duke of York. The... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 101352

  40. The Death Penalty Enquiry.
    CALVERT, E. Roy. The Death Penalty Enquiry.

    London : 1931

    First 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

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

    Brussels : 1827

    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 plea for the abolition of capital punishment. He argued that the alternative... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 91158

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

    New York : 1973

    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. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 80577

  43. Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.
    EUGENICS & CRIME. Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.

    1925

    First 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

  44. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,
    [WALTER, Eugene.] Whittenbury Kaye. The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,

    Manchester : 1903

    First 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

  45. The Romance & Adventures of the Notorious Colonel Blood,
    [WALTER, Eugene.] Whittenbury Kaye. The Romance & Adventures of the Notorious Colonel Blood,

    Manchester : [1903]

    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

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

    London : 1924

    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 for any other purpose, but also... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 44218

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

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £40.00

    Stock Code: 34787

  48. Scandal!
    WILSON, Colin, & Donald Seaman. Scandal!

    1986

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 34807

  49. Royal Murder.
    WILSON, Colin (intro.); ALEXANDER, Marc. Royal Murder.

    London : 1978

    First Edition, First Impression. Learn More
    £40.00

    Stock Code: 34824

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