GALTON, Francis.

Finger Prints; Decipherment of Blurred Finger Prints; Finger Print Directories.

London: Macmillan and Co., 1892, 1893, 1895 Stock Code: 134448
£4,750.00

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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 maternal grandfather Erasmus Darwin.

Though not the first to propose the use of fingerprints for identification, Galton was among the first to explain their possibilities in the identification of criminals. "Galton gathered together all the earlier studies and recorded other experiments, illustrated from photographs and drawings. The outcome of this was the appointment in 1899 of a Royal Commission which came out in favour of the adoption of the system by the British police forces" (PMM 376).

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Description

3 separately published works, octavo. Original dark red cloth, titles to spines gilt, green and black coated endpapers.

Illustrations

41 plates in the set (16 each in first and second works, 9 in third).

Condition

"Oliver Collection" bookplates to pastedowns. Spines somewhat sunned, otherwise an excellent set.

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