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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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Dark Hazard
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1933. First Edition. Octavo. Blue pictorial cloth (Hardcover); 295pp. Brief ownership signature and stamp inside front cover; hint of toning to spine, cloth gently rubbed, else a clean, tight, VG copy. Burnett's hard-boiled take on the world of dog racing. HANNA 524.
[Item #4319]
Price: $12.00
 
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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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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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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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Burn, Killer, Burn!
Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, 1962. First edition. Octavo. Original red cloth, 391pp. Very good + in very good dust jacket. Mild dusting to page edges. Extremities of jacket shows some signs of use, with some chipping to edges of spine. Original price intact.
[Item #12320]
Price: $25.00
 
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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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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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The Soil Runs Red
Chicago: Van Kampen Press, 1948. First Edition. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 304pp. Clean, unmarked copy, about Fine, in lightly edgeworn pictorial jacket with a few brief nicks at extremities. A novel of convict labor in Reconstruction-era Georgia. The author provides a three-page Preface explaining his use of "Cracker" dialect.
[Item #8954]
Price: $26.25
 
The Soil Runs Red
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The Rise of Ruderick Clowd
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1903. First Edition. The career of a professional thief and safe-cracker in New York, culminating with his renunciation of the criminal life. In Hubin. A very sharp copy. HANNA 3811. SMITH F-200. Octavo. Publisher's pictorial cloth; 370pp; illus. Touch of rubbing to pictorial elements and to...
[Item #18994]
Price: $60.00
 
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The Destruction of Mephisto's Greatest Web; or, All Grafts Laid Bare. Being a Complete Exposure of all Gambling, Graft and Confidence Games with Storeis Illustrating the Methods Employed by the Different 'Operators'
Salt Lake City: Raleigh Publishing Company, 1914. First Edition. Cautionary tales of the pitfalls awaiting any young country boy who makes the mistake of drifting too far from the shore. Exposes the various mechanical devices utilized by sharks to cheat at gambling games; various confidence schemes, including the "Foot Race...
[Item #16446]
Price: $60.00
 
The Destruction of Mephisto's Greatest Web; or, All Grafts Laid Bare. Being a Complete Exposure of all Gambling, Graft and Confidence Games with Storeis Illustrating the Methods Employed by the Different 'Operators'
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Art Vandals
Stockholm: Riksutstallningar, 1996. First Edition. Documentation and critical analysis of 12 cases of destruction of museum artworks by vandals. All examples illustrated. Small, slim octavo; 35pp; illus. Printed stiff card wrappers, clean, tight and unmarked.
[Item #18724]
Price: $45.00
 
Art Vandals
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Out On Bail
New York: Coward-McCann, 1937. First Edition. Murder mystery with strong narcotics content. The protagonist, a doctor accused of murder, helps the cops catch the real killer and bust a narcotics ring headed by a crooked colleague. Along the way, he helps a small-time hood get off the "stuff." Uncommonly nice...
[Item #17578]
Price: $150.00
 
Out On Bail


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