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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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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
 
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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 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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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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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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Wire-Tapping: Its Relation to Civil Liberties ... To Which Are Appended the Leading Opinions on This Subject
Stamford: The Overbrook Press, 1938. First, Limited Edition. Greenman's essay is followed by written majority opinions in eight related Supreme Court cases, including opinions by Bradley, Cardozo, Day, Sutherland, etc. Limited to 600 copies. Octavo (25cm). Original blue buckram boards, ruled and lettered in gilt on spine and boards; 226...
[Item #14673]
Price: $50.00
 
Wire-Tapping: Its Relation to Civil Liberties ... To Which Are Appended the Leading Opinions on This Subject
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Kid Tinsel
New York: D. Appleton-Century Co. 1941. First Edition. A presentable, Very Good copy of possibly the scarcest of Cohen's many books, a hardboiled novel of the boxing underworld. It is one of Cohen's few ventures outside of Black dialect fiction and to our knowledge his only foray into fistiana. The...
[Item #11308]
Price: $500.00
 
Kid Tinsel
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Chasing The Dime [Limited Edition, Signed]
Tuscon: Dennis McMillan, 2002. First Edition. Stand-alone novel featuring Henry Pierce, set in a nighttime world of escort services, websites, sex, and secret identities. Limited Issue, one of 400 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.242. Octavo; black cloth; dustjacket; publisher's slipcase. Fine, unread copy, still in...
[Item #20101]
Price: $100.00
 
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The Closers [Limited Edition, Signed]
Tuscon: Dennis McMillan, 2005. First Edition. The eleventh Harry Bosch novel. Limited Issue, one of 300 numbered copies signed by the author, thie being copy no.188. Octavo; red cloth; dustjacket; publisher's slipcase. Fine, unread copy, still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap.
[Item #20100]
Price: $100.00
 
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A Darkness More Than Night [Limited Edition, Signed]
New Orleans: B.E. Trice, 2000. First Edition. The seventh Harry Bosch novel. Limited Issue, one of 400 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.156. Octavo; black pictorial cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; publisher's die-cut cloth slipcase. Fine, unread copy, still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap.
[Item #20098]
Price: $100.00
 
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Lost Light [Limited Edition, Signed]
New Orleans: B.E. Trice, 2003. First Edition. Limited Issue, one of 300 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.36. Octavo; black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; publisher's pictorial cloth slipcase. Fine, unread copy, still in the publisher's shrinkwrap.
[Item #20099]
Price: $100.00
 
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To Beg I Am Ashamed: The Authentic Autobiography of a London Prostitute
New York: Vanguard Press, 1938. First American Edition. A work which has frequently been attributed to Graham Greene. We are not prepared to weigh in on whether Green authored, co-authored, edited, or had nothing to do with the book -- it is in any case an extremely well-written and closely-observed...
[Item #20179]
Price: $200.00
 
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Forgeries - Handwriting - Something For Nothing
New York: Barnes & Noble, 1932. First Edition. A guide to the detection and proof of forged documents. Illustrated with many facsimile examples. Zinnel was a handwriting expert from Minneapolis. Uncommon, and this an uncommonly nice copy. Small octavo (19cm). Original red cloth boards; titles in gilt; dustjacket; 142pp; illus...
[Item #14606]
Price: $50.00
 
Forgeries - Handwriting - Something For Nothing
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Trial by Ordeal
Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1955. First Edition. Second of four memoirs by Chessman, a San Quentin inmate whose first book - Cell 2455 Death Row - is one of the classic Death Row narratives. After publishing three books and exhausting a number of appeals, Chessman was finally executed in 1960. Quite...
[Item #14541]
Price: $75.00
 
Trial by Ordeal
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The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum
London: Greening & Co. 1899. First Edition. A charming survey of British low-life, documenting the methods and practices of pick-pockets, safe-crackers, card sharpers, portico thieves, shoplifters, forgers, and other criminals in common circulation in Edwardian London. Includes a chapter on "Rogues and Vagabonds." With about 50 text illustrations, all of...
[Item #15339]
Price: $175.00
 
The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum
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The Dangerous Classes of New York, and Twenty Years' Work Among Them
New York: Wynkoop & Hallenbeck, 1872. First Edition. Pictorial survey of vice and crime in New York city, with special attention to homeless children. Brace (1826-1890) was a pioneer of child welfare, founder of the Children's Aid Society and of the Orphan Train movement. Engraved text illustrations throughout. Octavo (20.5cm)...
[Item #14884]
Price: $125.00
 
The Dangerous Classes of New York, and Twenty Years' Work Among Them
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Prostitution. An investigation of its causes, especially with regard to hereditary factors
Copenhagen: Levin & Munksgaard, 1936. First edition. Quarto. Original printed wrappers; 253pp. Minor external wear; internally Fine. A socio-genetic survey of Danish prostitutes, with extensive and detailed individual case studies. Tage Kemp (1896-1964), was a eugenicist and the founding director of the International Institute of Human Genetics in Copenhaven. Though...
[Item #12081]
Price: $200.00
 
Prostitution. An investigation of its causes, especially with regard to hereditary factors
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The Drug Experience: First-Person Accounts of Addicts, Writers, Scientists and Others
New York: Orion Press, 1961. First Edition. Cloth boards (hardcover); dustjacket; 385pp. Clean, unmarked copy in attractive dustjacket. Contributions by Aldous Huxley, Billie Holiday, Mezz Mezzrow, Thomas De Quincey, many others.
[Item #7733]
Price: $36.00
 
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The Main Stem
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1927. First Edition. A notable novel of hobo life. Uncommon, in or out of jacket. Not in HANNA. 12mo. Gold cloth boards, stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; 212pp. Tight, straight copy, Near Fine; lacking the jacket.
[Item #18811]
Price: $60.00
 
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The Main Stem
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1927. First Edition. A notable novel of hobo life. Uncommon, in or out of jacket. Not in HANNA. 12mo. Gold cloth boards, stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; 212pp. Cloth soiled; spine slighlty cocked, but text clean and tight. A solid and not...
[Item #18886]
Price: $30.00
 
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L.A. Confidential [Limited Edition, Signed]
New York: Mysterious Press, 1990. First Edition. Most limited state of Ellroy's finest achievement, a powerful L.A. noir novel centered on a group of police officers - some corrupt, others not. Basis for Curtis Hanson's 1997 film starring Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger, winning 2 Oscars and nominated...
[Item #20090]
Price: $300.00
 
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Warden Ragen of Joliet
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1957. First Edition. Biography of Joseph E. Ragen, long-time warden of the Illinois State Penitentiary at Statesville-Joliet (home to Leopold & Loeb, Roger "The Terrible" Touhy, Basil "The Owl" Banghart and, fictionally, Jake & Elwood Blues). Includes an introduction by Ragen and a foreword by Harry...
[Item #15176]
Price: $150.00
 
Warden Ragen of Joliet
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Warden Ragen of Joliet
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co. 1957. First Edition. Biography of Joseph E. Ragen, long-time warden of the Illinois State Penitentiary at Statesville-Joliet (home to Leopold & Loeb, Roger "The Terrible" Touhy, Basil "The Owl" Banghart and, fictionally, Jake & Elwood Blues). Includes an introduction by Ragen and a foreword...
[Item #19562]
Price: $50.00
 


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