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. La Criminalité comparée.
    TARDE, Gabriel. La Criminalité comparée.

    Paris : 1886

    First edition of the French criminologist's first book, gathering his articles on the cause of crime, and quickly establishing him as a leading authority in the field. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 146088

  2. Penal Philosophy.
    TARDE, Gabriel. Penal Philosophy.

    Boston : 1912

    First edition in English of Tarde's last major statement on criminology, first published in French as La philosophie pénale. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 146089

  3. La peine de mort.
    CAPITAL PUNISHMENT - L'ASSIETTE AU BEURRE. La peine de mort.

    Paris : 1907

    First edition of the visually compelling and famously anarchic illustrated French satirical journal's issue on the death penalty. Published weekly from March 1901 to October 1912, L'Assiette au Beurre eventually totalled 594 issues, each composed of full-page black and white and colour illustrations by a variety of artists, tackling current events and... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 119341

  4. Appendice à la théorie de l'emprisonnement,
    LUCAS, Charles. Appendice à la théorie de l'emprisonnement,

    Paris : 1838

    First edition of the leading prison theorist and Inspector General's supplement to his influential work, De la réforme des prisons, published two years previously.

    On the whole, Lucas's work in penal reform was received favourably by his contemporaries; his Du système pénal et du système répressif en général de la peine de mort en particulier... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 91149

  5. Système pénitentiaire aux États-Unis,
    TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de, & Gustave de Beaumont. Système pénitentiaire aux États-Unis,

    Brussels : 1837

    Third edition of this landmark report on prison reform, first published in 1833. Prompted by the dismal and ineffective state of France's penitentiary system in the 1820s, the French government commissioned Tocqueville and Beaumont - two friends, both young magistrates at the time - to complete a tour of America (which was then seen as leading the way... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 91100

  6. Recueil des débats des Assemblées Législatives de la France sur la question de la peine de mort.
    LUCAS, Charles (intro.) Recueil des débats des Assemblées Législatives de la France sur la question de la peine de mort.

    Paris : 1831

    First edition of this collection of reports on the subject of the death penalty given to the French National Assembly, including those delivered by Berenger and Lapelletier, among others, with an introduction and notes by the influential early French abolitionist and Inspector General of prisons Charles Lucas. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 91118

  7. 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

  8. Lying and its Detection.
    LARSON, John A. Lying and its Detection.

    Chicago : 1932

    First edition, first printing, of this early work on lie detector tests, as well as the methods of detecting deception more broadly. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 146092

  9. The Instrumental Detection of Deception.
    LEE, Clarence D. The Instrumental Detection of Deception.

    Springfield, IL : 1953

    First edition, first printing. Lee, a retired police chief, details how to use lie detector tests outside of police work: "Since the psychograph has now extended its usefulness beyond criminal investigation into other fields, this book will prove of great importance to workers in psychiatry, psychiatric social work, personnel administration, experimental... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 146063

  10. Modern Theories of Criminality.
    QUIRÓS, Cesáreo Bernaldo de. Modern Theories of Criminality.

    Boston : 1911

    First edition in English (first published in Spanish in 1898), the copy of the American penologist Louis N. Robinson, with his ownership signature dated September 1911 to front pastedown, and his annotations to the text throughout (marginal comments and lines for emphasis). Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 145928

  11. Finger Prints.
    GALTON, Francis. Finger Prints.

    London : 1892

    First edition of Galton's work designed to assist with classifying and indexing large numbers of fingerprints.

    "The use of fingerprints for the identification of criminals had been advocated in 'Nature' in 1880 by both Henry Faulds and Sir William Herschel, but was put on a scientific basis only in Galton's book on Finger Prints, published in... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 143521

  12. 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

  13. 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 a homoeopathic 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 deaf,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135206

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Diario de un Narcotraficante.
    NACAVEVA, Angelo. Diario de un Narcotraficante.

    Mexico City : 1967

    First edition, first printing, of what has been described as "the very first literary work centred on drug traffickers" (Beard); 4,000 copies were printed. Institutional representation is confined to some three dozen copies solely in North American libraries, with none showing in the UK or Europe; commercially the book is extremely uncommon.

    Nacaveva... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 142615

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Certificate of Registry of Death.
    DEATH CERTIFICATES. Certificate of Registry of Death.

    London : 1905-06

    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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. "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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

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

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 34807

  50. 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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