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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Quick Brown Fox
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942. First Edition. A hard-boiled novel set in a Mid-Western town which is taken over by "native terrorists who make the gangsters look like boyscouts;" the men are opposed by a contingent of brave men who eventually regain control of the town. Though the novel...
[Item #17353]
Price: $750.00
 
The Quick Brown Fox
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I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
New York: Vanguard Press, 1932. First Edition. The author's first book, originally issued as a six-part serial in the pages of True Detective Mysteries in 1931, and picked up by Vanguard the following year. A slightly fictionalized but largely autobiographical account, written while in hiding, of the author's adventures with...
[Item #19526]
Price: $1,500.00
 
I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
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The Last Words of Dutch Schultz: A Fiction in the Form of a Film Script
New York: Richard Seaver Book, Viking Press, [1975]. First Edition. Experimental novel based on the police transcript of the last twenty-four hours of Dutch Schultz (a.k.a. German Jewish-American mobster Arthur Flegenheimer), who was gunned down in Newark in 1935 and remained in a state of delirium until his death twenty-four...
[Item #21432]
Price: $50.00
 
The Last Words of Dutch Schultz: A Fiction in the Form of a Film Script
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Mildred Pierce
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1941. First Edition. Cain's third novel, a story of "the great American institution that never gets mentioned on the Fourth of July, a grass widow with two small children to support" (Hoopes, p.305). Basis for the 1945 film noir directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Joan...
[Item #23834]
Price: $150.00
 
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In Cold Blood
New York: Random House, 1965. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo; dark brown cloth, with titles stamped in gilt and silver on spine and front panel; charcoal topstain; dustjacket; 343pp, [1]. Topstain subtly faded, else Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with 1/66 date code on lower front flap and 'Publishers of the...
[Item #18556]
Price: $250.00
 
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Killer In The Rain
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1964. First American Edition. Collection of eight stories which first appeared in the pages of pulp magazines like Black Mask, Dime Detective, and Detective Story Magazine. First Printing. Octavo; blue cloth, with titles stamped in white on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 394pp. A few faint...
[Item #21453]
Price: $150.00
 
Killer In The Rain
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The Second Chandler Omnibus
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1962. First U.K. Edition. Collects three of the author's later novels: The Little Sister, The Long Good-bye, and Playback. First Impression. Octavo; denim-colored cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 550pp. Forward lean, with light spotting to preliminary and terminal pages; Very Good+ or better...
[Item #21452]
Price: $55.00
 
The Second Chandler Omnibus
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Cell 2455 Death Row
New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1954. First Edition. Chessman's classic account of life on San Quentin's Death Row, adapted for the 1955 film of the same name, directed by Fred F. Sears in 1955, starring William Campbell as Chessman. After publishing three books and exhausting a number of appeals, Chessman was...
[Item #19322]
Price: $200.00
 


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