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Rare books and first editions, including copies in fine bindings, across the subject of Crime, ranging from criminology, forensics, the history of various penal systems worldwide, and individual case studies.

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  1. A Handbook on Hanging.
    First US edition, a year after the first UK edition. Nice copy of Duff's timeless satire on the death penalty, described by Dylan Thomas as a minor classic, both the Daily Herald and T.P.'s Weekly invoking comparisons with Defoe in reviews reprinted on the jacket, the latter considering it "an exquisite piece of irony".... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 112737

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  2. Fugitives. The Story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.
    First edition, first printing. Rushed out within two months of the death of the notorious couple in a roadside ambush in Louisiana, this sensational "ghosted" joint biography - drawing credibility but very little new information from the families - was one of the primary sources of the romantic legend of Bonnie and Clyde.... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 110650

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  3. A full and true Account of the horrid Murders, Robberies, and Burnings, Committed at Bradforton and Upton Snodsbury, in the County of Worcester;
    First edition thus, an interesting pairing of two notoriously shocking local murders, one a matricide, the other parricide. The first occurred on 7 November 1707, when Mrs Alice Palmer and her maid-servant were murdered, and her house burnt, by a gang led by her son and Thomas Symonds, his brother-in-law. The first account... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 111385

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  4. Burke and Hare.
    First edition, first impression of Douglas's reassessment of the infamous murder case, signed by the author on the front free endpaper "Hugh Douglas, July, 1976". Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 97891

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  5. 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
    £75

    Stock Code: 84687

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  6. Imprisonment.
    First separate edition, revised with a foreword written specially for this edition. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 73355

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  7. No Beast So Fierce. A Novel.
    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

    Stock Code: 80577

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  8. 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
    £100

    Stock Code: 63619

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  9. In Queer Street.
    First edition, first impression. Roughead writes fictionalized essays on a number of 18th century crimes celebres. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 49798

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  10. Manuel de Police Scientifique (Technique).
    First and only edition. The first, and the only published, volume of a projected, comprehensive, four-volume manual of scientific police practice by one of its unsung pioneers. The other volumes were to have covered forgery; the identification of repeat offenders; and the organization of a modern criminal police force, but... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 61001

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  11. 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
    £25

    Stock Code: 44237

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  12. The Expressman and The Detective.
    First edition. First title issued in the series Pinkerton's Detective Stories; "The narration of some of the most interesting of these events, happening in connection with my professional labors, is the realization of a pleasure I have long anticipated Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 48095

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  13. 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
    £95

    Stock Code: 44274

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  14. 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
    £85

    Stock Code: 44218

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  15. Identification Anthropometrique. Instructions Signaltiques.
    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 d Learn More
    £3,950

    Stock Code: 60687

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  16. Jack the Ripper: Anatomy of a Myth.
    First edition. Careful analysis of previous suspects with the inevitable suggestion of a favourite, W. H. Bury, hanged for the murder of his wife in Scotland in 1889. This copy signed by the author on the title page. From the library of the noted crime historian Jonathan Goodman. Learn More
    £25

    Stock Code: 44256

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  17. 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

    Stock Code: 44208

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  18. The World of Violence.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £40

    Stock Code: 34787

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