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The China Governess: A Mystery
London: Chatto and Windus, 1963. First U.K. Edition. First Impression. Octavo; olive green paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt and purple on spine; dustjacket; 254pp. Foxing to text edges, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 18s), lightly edgeworn, spine-sunned, with a tiny chip at crown; Very Good+. HUBIN...
[Item #20918]
Price: $50.00
 
The China Governess: A Mystery
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Regulations No. 5 Relating to the Importation, Manufacture, Production, Compounding, Sale, Dealin in, Dispensing and Giving Away of Opium or Coca Leaves or any Compound, Manufacture, Salt, Derivative, or Preparation Thereof [...] Effective Date, June 1, 1938
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1938. First Edition. Summary of applicable laws relating to the regulation of cocaine and opiates, followed by joint regulations made by the Commissioner of Narcotics and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue for manufacture, dispensing, prescription, record-keeping and taxation. This report promulgated under the reign of...
[Item #19262]
Price: $50.00
 
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Mottke the Vagabond (Mottke Ganef). Translated and Edited by Isaac Goldberg, Ph.D.
Boston: John W. Luce & Co. 1917. First English Language Edition. First appearance in English of this major work by the greatest of the American Yiddish emigre writers of the Twentieth Century. By all indications, this is only the second of Asch's novels to have been translated into English, though...
[Item #17333]
Price: $200.00
 
Mottke the Vagabond (Mottke Ganef). Translated and Edited by Isaac Goldberg, Ph.D.
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Attica: Two Years Later [drop-title] "We Have The Solution. The Solution is Unity"
Buffalo: Attica Defense Committee, 1973. Quarto (29cm). Bifolium, on newsprint [4pp]. Paper slightly toned, else a fresh, unworn copy, Very Good to Near Fine. Fundraising brochure for the Attica Defense Committee, calling for the dismissal of indictments against the 28 prisoners indicted for participating in the Attica Prison riots of...
[Item #24943]
Price: $75.00
 
Attica: Two Years Later [drop-title] "We Have The Solution. The Solution is Unity"
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Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
[New York]: Published by the Author, 1889. Written during the author's 5-year sentence in Clinton Prison, New York, and self-published in the hopes that "If I can sell enough of my books to earn a living, the temptation that sometimes drives ex-convicts back to crime will, in my case at...
[Item #21056]
Price: $750.00
 
Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
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Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
[New York]: Published by the Author, 1889. Written during the author's 5-year sentence in Clinton Prison, New York, and self-published in the hopes that "If I can sell enough of my books to earn a living, the temptation that sometimes drives ex-convicts back to crime will, in my case at...
[Item #21473]
Price: $600.00
 
Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
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The Evidence of Things Not Seen
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985. First American Edition. Baldwin's examination of the Atlanta child murders (1979-1981), perpetrated by 23 year-old African-American man Wayne Williams, who over a 22 month period killed 28 children. First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); black cloth over black paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in silver...
[Item #20716]
Price: $25.00
 
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Trent's Own Case
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1936. First American Edition. Bentley's follow-up to his 1913 novel Trent's Last Case, co-written with his friend H. Warner Allen. HUBIN, p.31. First Printing. Octavo; orange cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine and front cover; black topstain; dustjacket; 324pp, [2]. Hint of darkening...
[Item #21927]
Price: $175.00
 
Trent's Own Case
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Where Do I Go From Here? The Life Story of a Forger
New York: Lee Furman, Inc. 1936. First Edition. Pseudonymously-written account by a famous ex-convict, a career forger, whose misdeeds "resulted in prison sentences around the country. He decries racism and convict labor contracts at the Louisiana prison farm; spends a chapter adulating Eugene Debs, his cellmate at Atlanta; praises the...
[Item #19553]
Price: $100.00
 
Where Do I Go From Here? The Life Story of a Forger
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After The Big House: The Adventures of a Parole Officer
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1952. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Gray cloth boards, lettered in red on spine; dustjacket; 238pp. Slightly worn and soiled copy in slightly worn and soiled jacket; about VG.
[Item #17207]
Price: $25.00
 
After The Big House: The Adventures of a Parole Officer
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The Night's Moves
London: Gaberbocchus Press, 1961. First Edition. The author's twelfth novel under the Blakeston pseudonym, the story of a Black American accused of crimes by the government of an unnamed African country. First Printing. Octavo; black cloth, with titles reverse-stamped in silver on spine; dustjacket; 125pp, [3]. Shallow bump to upper...
[Item #26935]
Price: $50.00
 
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Stealing Through Life
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First Edition. Narrative account of Ernest Booth, a career criminal who by his own admission was an accomplished burglar and forger. "Booth's career as a thief was punctuated by several brief stays in county jails and over half of a five-year sentence at San...
[Item #19739]
Price: $750.00
 
Stealing Through Life
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The Closing Argument of W. E. Borah for the Prosecution, in the Great Coeur d'Alene Riot-Murder Trial, Delivered July 27, 1899, Wallace, Idaho [cover title]
N.p. ca. 1899. First edition, octavo (22cm.); stitched printed self-wrappers; [2],49pp. Very faint toning along edges, else about Fine. A portion of the closing argument delivered at the trial of Paul Corcoran for the killing of James Cheyne during the the Coeur d'Alene's mining strike of April, 1899.
[Item #21777]
Price: $30.00
 
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The Red Scarf
Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications / Crest Books, 1959. First Paperback Edition. Sharp copy of this early Brewer novel, with cover art by Robert McGinnis. Preceded by the Mystery House hardcover published the previous year. Octavo; illustrated wrappers; red edge-staining; 126pp, [2] ads. Some pinpoint wear along edges, else very Near Fine and unread.
[Item #26912]
Price: $40.00
 
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Crusade
New York: D. Appleton and Co. 1931. First Edition. Novel featuring a small-town Y.M.C.A. leader and municipal reformer who is corrupted by the forces he seeks to destroy. Set in a fictional middle-western town in the midst of bootleg wars, bombings, and general violence. HANNA 435. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm);...
[Item #26597]
Price: $125.00
 
Crusade
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Girl Gangs: A Survey of Teen-Age Drug Addicts, Sex Crimes, Rape, Kleptomania, Prostitution, Truancy, and Other Social Deviations
New York: Padell, [1952]. First Edition. Sensationalized "analysis" of teen-age girl delinquency, with a predictable emphasis on sexual deviancy and prostitution. Brilliant photo-pictorial jacket art. Rear panel of jacket advertises other Padell titles of a similar (or similarly) bent: Strange Loves by La Forest Potter M.D. and Sex Life in...
[Item #21279]
Price: $100.00
 
Girl Gangs: A Survey of Teen-Age Drug Addicts, Sex Crimes, Rape, Kleptomania, Prostitution, Truancy, and Other Social Deviations
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One For The Road
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co. 1958. First Edition. Story of a murder which takes place in a small Arizona town, and a young newspaperman's efforts to solve it. First Printing. Octavo; pale gray paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in blue on spine; dustjacket; 189pp, [3]. Slight forward lean, tanning...
[Item #21949]
Price: $175.00
 
One For The Road
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The Jack Brown Story
Chatsworth, CA: By the author, N.d. [ca 1968]. First Edition. First-person narrative of a Texas dope fiend, confidence man and jailbird who finds Christ late in life. Includes photographs of some of Brown's claimed criminal associates, including Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, Machine Gun Kelly, and others. Octavo (21.5cm). Staple-bound, pictorial...
[Item #21396]
Price: $25.00
 
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Words From the House of the Dead: An Anthology of Prison Writings from Soledad
Greenfield, NY: Greenfield Review Press, 1971. First Edition. Inmate writings from Soledad State Prison. Reproduces many works from the surreptitious, inmate-produced anthology The 6:15 Unlock (of which only ten copies were produced). "These writings were smuggled out. They are anonymous to protect the prisoners themselves" (from the editor's foreword). An...
[Item #21370]
Price: $50.00
 
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Baby Chocolate and Other Short Stories: Aspects of the Black Experience. An Original Collection
New York: William-Frederick Press, 1975. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Cloth boards, dustjacket, 117pp. Fine and unmarked in crisp but faintly foxed dustwrapper, Near Fine. Collection of short fiction by an inmate of the Lorton, Virginia penitentiary. Includes several stories of prison life.
[Item #24997]
Price: $40.00
 
Baby Chocolate and Other Short Stories: Aspects of the Black Experience. An Original Collection
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No Beast So Fierce
New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 1973. First Edition. Novel beginning on a prisoner's last day behind bars. "He has been respected by his friends as a successful criminal, but wants to avoid returning to that lifestyle. This desire, with no job in sight, fuels his pre-release anxiety, which he...
[Item #19778]
Price: $350.00
 
No Beast So Fierce
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Ladies in Boxes
New York: Alliance Book Corporation, 1942. First Edition. Police procedural by the author of Two O'Clock Courage. "How could it happen that three lovely young ladies, charming and cultured, should be seen together, in their gorgeous evening gowns, only a hour or so before they were found dead, each in...
[Item #23545]
Price: $250.00
 
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Dixie City Jame [Limited Edition, Signed]
New York: Hyperion, 1994. First Edition. The Edgar Award-winning author's seventh Dave Robicheax novel. Limited Issue, one of 1,525 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.113. Octavo; black cloth, with titles and author's facsimile signature stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; publisher's black, gilt-stamped slipcase;...
[Item #20897]
Price: $45.00
 
Dixie City Jame [Limited Edition, Signed]
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Half of Paradise [with Signed Bookplate Laid in]
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965. First Edition. Clean copy of the author's first book, a novel following the struggles of three down-and-outer's in Louisiana. First Printing. Octavo; tan cloth, blocked and titled in dark brown and white on spine and front cover; burgundy topstain; dustjacket; 312pp. Bookplate signed by the...
[Item #20847]
Price: $850.00
 
Half of Paradise [with Signed Bookplate Laid in]
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In The Electric Mist With Confederate Dead [Limited Edition, Signed]
New York: Hyperion, 1993. First Edition. The author's sixth Dave Robicheaux mystery, basis for the 2009 film starring Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman. Limited Issue, one of 150 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.90. Octavo; maroon cloth, with titles and author's facsimile signature stamped in...
[Item #20898]
Price: $125.00
 
In The Electric Mist With Confederate Dead [Limited Edition, Signed]


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