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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
 
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
 
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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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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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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: $2,750.00
 
I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
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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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Postmortem [Inscribed]
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990. First Edition. The author's first Kay Scarpetta mystery, winner of the Edgar, Anthony and Macavity awards. First Printing. Octavo; black cloth over red paper-covered boards; dustjacket; 293pp. Inscribed by the author in a contemporary hand on the title page: "To Janet - Hope you...
[Item #21688]
Price: $500.00
 
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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. Given the lack of hard evidence, we are not prepared to weigh in on whether Greene authored, co-authored, edited, or had anything to do with the book -- it is in any...
[Item #20179]
Price: $200.00
 
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That Red October Day: A True Story of the Riot at the Colorado State Penitentiary on October Third Nineteen Hundred Twenty Nine, As Told By Eyewitnesses to R.M. Crane, Convict Number 15828 [Original Manuscript]
[Caņon City, CO]: R.M. Crane, 1932. First Edition. Either a finished manuscript or else a hand-produced copy for private circulation, consisting of mimeographed sheets bound in hand-typed wrappers. The text is a detailed account of the 1929 riot at the Colorado State Penitentiary -- at the time, one of the...
[Item #20106]
Price: $750.00
 
That Red October Day: A True Story of the Riot at the Colorado State Penitentiary on October Third Nineteen Hundred Twenty Nine, As Told By Eyewitnesses to R.M. Crane, Convict Number 15828 [Original Manuscript]
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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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