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Proof of Poison.

By Thorwald, Jürgen (Jurgen):

London: Thames and Hudson, 1966 First English edition. HB. Cloth and pictorial dustjacket. 218pp. With 29 b&w illustrations in plates. Case histories of poisoners and the history of scientific toxicology over the previous 150 years. Very Good in Good+ jacket. Light browning to closed page edges, pencil crossing out on flyleaf. Jacket has faded spine, otherwise VG.



By Forrest, A.J. (signed, and with letters from author):

London: Allan Wingate, 1955 First edition. Signed presentation copy to friends of the author: inscription by author on front free endpaper. Also loosely enclosed are 6 letters from the author to these friends, 5 of them including information on his travels in Europe to research this book. HB. Cloth and dustjacket. 212pp. With 25 b&w photos in plates. The first authorised account of Interpol, the international force dealing with organised and cross-border crime. Good+ in a Good+ protected dustjacket. Clean covers though with fading to spine where jacket has losses, endpapers browned, spotting to to closed edges. Jacket generally clean with front very good, a few light marks to back; some creases and losses to edges, largest top spine.


Murder, Magic, Madness. The Victorian Trials of Dove and the Wizard.

By Davies, Owen:

Harlow: Pearson Education, 2005 First edition, first impression. HB. Black cloth, gilt titles and pictorial dustjacket. 238pp. With 12 b&w illustrations in plates. The famous trial for murder of William Dove in 1856, and the role of the 'Leeds Wizard' in influencing his actions. Tthe author, an expert in the survival of magic and superstition in Victorian England, examines the events in relation to ideas of rational progress, class, madness as a defence, and the role of media sensationalism about crime. Fine in Fine jacket.


Trial of William Gardiner (The Peasenhall Case)

By Henderson, William:

Edinburgh & London: William Hodge & Co Ltd 1934 A title in the Notable British Trials series. HB, 1st ED, 332pp, 5 illustrations. Red cloth, black lettering.Light Foxing to half title, page edges and some margins. Previous owners name to front end paper. . A Very Good copy.


Roger Casement. A New Judgment.

By MacColl, René:

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1956 First edition. HB. Green cloth with silver titles, and pictorial dustjacket by Fritz Wegner. 328pp. With b&w photos in plates. A fresh look at the career of Roger Casement, his work exposing atrocities in the Congo and South America, and his support for Irish Nationalism in the First World War, which led to his execution by the British government for treason. Very Good in Very Good jacket, now in clear sleeve. Jacket clean and bright, but edges rubbed with creasing and tiny losses; price-clipped.


The Gaslight Murders. The Saga of Sidney Street and the Scarlet 'S'.

By Holroyd, James Edward:

London: George Allen & Unwin, 1960 First edition.HB. Cloth, and pictorial dustjacket. Grey tinted top edges. 246pp. With b&w photos in plates, and map as frontispiece. New investigation of the siege of Sidney Street and the murder of a Russian on Clapham Common at the same time, and, the author concludes, links between the crimes. A Fine copy in Very Good dust jacket.. A few minor bumps to covers. Jacket has a few light marks & light browning to back and small tear with crease to top edge, otherwise bright and attractive.


Incredible Detective. The Biography of William J.Burns.

By Caesar, Gene:

New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1968 First edition. HB. Yellow cloth with black cloth spine, and dustjacket. 224pp. With b&w photos in plates, including one of Burns with Conan-Doyle. Famous American detective of the early 20th century. Very Good in Good+ protected jacket. Light rubbing to spine ends. Jacket has a few light marks, some fade to spine,chips to spine ends, larger chip to top rear (2x2cm) a few creases and scratch to back.


River Police. The Story of Scotland Yard's Little Ships.

By Fallon, Tom:

London: Frederick Muller, 1956 Third impression, in same year as first. Signed by the author on flyleaf. HB. Blue cloth boards and pictorial dustjacket by Cuthbertson. 263pp. With b&w photos in plates. The author commanded the River Police of London during the Second World War and after. Very Good in Good protected dustjacket. Clean bright covers, clean pages with lightly spotted closed edges, browned (offset) endpapers. Jacket has light browning with some handling marks to back, bright front, creased edges with loss top front near spine (3x1cm) and tiny loss to spine top, closed tear to back corner. Now in protective sleeve.


Crooks and Crime.

By Ferrier, J. Kenneth:

London: Seeley, Service, 1928 First edition. HB. Red cloth, gilt titles and gilt fingerprint to front, no dustjacket. 314pp. With b&w photos and illustrations in plates. The author was a detective inspector who spent over 28 years at Scotland Yard. Includes a section on finger printing. Fair condition. Ex Boots library (label inside back cover, sticker to front cover). Rubbed and marked covers, 2 plates detached (present). Pages mostly clean though one is stained and marked (text readable), closed edges browned.


Trial of Jessie M'Lachlan.

By Roughead, William (ed.):

Edinburgh: William Hodge, 1925 Second edition, revised. In Notable British Trials series. HB. Cloth and dustjacket. 307pp. With b&w illustrations in plates, and folding plan at back. The Glasgow murder trial, sensational in its day, (1860s) as the Sandyford Mystery, which eventually involved the Government making an intervention. Ex-libray of the Law Courts, Nairobi (two stamps on prelims). Good+ in Very Good protected jacket: light rubbing to covers, bumped corner. Pages largely clean, darkened edges, occasional light foxing, endpapers browned with foxing. Jacket bright, light spotting to back, light creasing to edges.


Trial of Madeleine Smith.

By Duncan Smith A. (ed.):

Edinburgh: William Hodge, 1905 First reprint, Dec. 1905. HB. Green cloth, no dustjacket. 379pp. Top edge gilt. With 6 b&w illustrations in plates. Notable Scottish Trials series. Covers bright, spine ends & edges rubbed, with bumps to back cover edges. Endpapers very browned, lower & fore edge foxed. Most pages clean, some heavy foxing to ends. A Good copy.


A History of the Dreyfus Case

By Barlow, George:

London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1899 First edition. HB. Maroon cloth with gilt title & motif to spine, and short title to front. 480pp. Subtitled: From the Arrest of Captain Dreyfus in October 1894 to the Flight of Esterhazy in September 1898. Good+: covers rather worn with bumped edges, rubbed spine ends, small marks, some fade to spine. Pages edges darkened, most pages clean, a few handling marks, one or two foxed, and browned endpapers.


Judicial Administration The American Experience

By Karlen, Delmar:

London: Butterworths 1970 HB, 1st ED, xi, 92pp. Dk green cloth, gilt lettering, original clear plastic dust jacket. Slight yellowing along top of page edges. A near Fine copy.


The Archer Shee Case (The case on which Terence Rattigain based The Winslow Boy)

By Montagu, Ewen:

Newton Abbot: David & Charles 1974 Celebrated Trials series. An examination of the evidence. HB, 186pp, 6 plates, 1 illustration in text. From the library of Sir David Napley, solicitor (1915-1994) whose clients included the M.P. Jeremy Thorpe, Maria Aitken and the family of Roberto Calvi. With name and address label of Sir David Napley to front pastedown. Minor bumping to spine ends. Dust jacket sunned to spine. A Very Good copy in Very Good dust jacket.


Case for the Accused

By Prescot, Julian:

London: Arthur Barker Ltd 1961 Behind the scenes in a solicitor's office as he handles criminal cases. HB, 1st ED, 211pp. Inscribed to fep 'with the author's best wishes, J.P. 14/3/62'. Light tanned strips to endpapers. Very minor bumping to spine base. Dust jacket has tiny closed tear top front (less than 1cm), some tanning torear. A Very Good+ copy in Very Good+ dust jacket.


The Pollock-Holmes Letters Correspondence of Sir Frederick Pollock and Mr Justice Holmes 1874-1932

By DeWolfe Howe, Mark (Ed):

Cambridge: at the University Press 1942 The Old Bailey Trial Series. 2 volume set. With an introduction by Sir John Pollock Bart. HB with dust jacket. Vol 1 xxiii, 275pp, frontis and 3 illustrations; vol 2 359pp, frontis and 3 illustrations. Red cloth covers, light bumping to ends, faint scuff mark to front of vol 1. Some light tanning to endpapers and margins. Dust jackets heavily darkened to spines, chipping with small losses to ends (less than 1cm). Minor edge wear. Now in protective sleeves. Very Good in Good+ dust jacket.


Brief Life

By Whiteley, Cecil:

London: Macmillan & Co Ltd 1942 The story of a career. HB, xiii, 218pp, frontis of the author. From the library of Sir David Napley, solicitor (1915-1994) whose clients included the M.P. Jeremy Thorpe, Maria Aitken and the family of Roberto Calvi. Signed by Sir David Napley to front pastedown. Green cloth covers, some light browning to edges, minor bumping. Dust jacket rubbed and browned to spine, 1cm loss to spine ends, some age marks to rear. A Good+ copy in Good+ dust jacket.


The Trial of Mrs. Duncan

By Roberts, C E Bechhofer (Ed):

London: Jarrolds Publishers (London) Ltd 1945 HB, 1st ED, 352pp, 15 illustrations, end paper sketch plans of Seance. Black cloth, gilt, dust jacket. One of the Old Bailey Trial Series. Edited, with a Foreword, by C E Bechhofer Roberts "Ephesian", with a Note on the Old Bailey by Helena Normanton. Minor wear to spine ends of cover, pages tanned. Dust jacket heavily tanned to spine and band across top front. Light rubbing and wear. A Very Good copy in Good dust jacket.


They Hanged My Saintly Billy.

By Graves, Robert:

London: Cassell, 1957 First edition. HB. Cloth and pictorial dustjacket. 269pp. With 23 b&w illustrations in text. Graves argues that Dr William Palmer, hanged as a poisoner in 1856, was innocent. Good in Fair protected jacket. Light edge bumping and dulling to covers. Foxed and browned edges, neat name to flyleaf. Jacket front good with darkened edges, small corner loss, but 2.5cm loss to top spine (part of title missing), browning, marks and tear to back.


The Modern Newgate Calendar

By -----:

London: Milner and Company Ltd Containing Full Particulars of most of the Great Criminals that have been Tried in this Country during the Present Century. Small HB, 9x13cms, frontis, 384pp followed by 32pp catalogue of novels in the Cottage Library. Volume is undated but preface is dated 1868. Green cloth covers, gilt lettering and black and gilt decoration to spine, blind stamping to cover edges. General tanning to pages, previous owner's pencilled signature to front pastedown. Tiny nick to first page of catalogue at rear. Covers slightly dulled, minor bumping to corners and creasing/light bumping to spine ends. A Very Good copy.


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