Finger Prints: GALTON, Francis (1822-1911) Finger Prints: GALTON, Francis (1822-1911)

Finger Prints

GALTON, Francis (1822-1911)

Published by Macmillan, London, 1892
Condition: Fine- Soft cover
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Royal 8vo: xvi,216pp, with 34 tables and 23 figures on 16 (15?) full-page plates. Vertically grained maroon cloth, covers ruled in blind, spine stamped gilt, fore-edge untrimmed. Manuscript ex-libris in elegant script to title page. A superior copy: endpapers possibly renewed but very skillfully so, smudges on several pages, but generally clean and bright. PMM 376. Garrison-Morton 186. Heirs of Hippocrates 1905. Norman 867. Cushing G81. Bibliotheca Osleriana 1598. Waller 19650. The value of the fine ridges in the epidermis of the palmar surfaces of the fingers as a means of identification was known to the Chinese and others long before Galton proposed their use for such purposes. In the 1860s, Sir William James Herschel published a letter in the journal Nature, describing his method for identifying criminals in India by their fingerprints. Twenty years later, Henry Faulds, a Scottish surgeon working in Tokyo, published a letter, also in Nature, proposing a method to record fingerprints with printing ink. But it was Galton whose detailed studies of fingerprints led to the adoption of a classification that is still the basis for the system used throughout the world today. Galton saw Herschel's letter, and over the next five years developed his own statistical model of fingerprint analysis and identification, classifying fingerprint patterns into eight broad categories and devising a classification system. He had calculated that the chance of a false positive (two different individuals having the same fingerprints) was about 1 in 64 billion. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1499

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Title: Finger Prints

Publisher: Macmillan, London

Publication Date: 1892

Binding: Decorative Cloth

Book Condition:Fine-

Edition: First Edition.

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