Title: Memoires de Vidocq, chef de la Police de ...
Publisher: Tenon, Paris
Publication Date: 1828
Book Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Engraved frontispiece portrait in fourth volume. 8vo, beautifully bound in modern calf in the antique style; scattered light foxing; custom cloth and paper sleeves and slipcases. A very fine set. First editions, signed by Vidocq, as usual, in the first three volumes, but not the fourth. Eugene Vidocq (1775-1857) was a French police officer and adventurer who rose in rank to become chief of a small, specialized detective force in Paris (the Police de Surete). He later organized a daring robbery which he was ironically put in charge of investigating. Eventually found out, he was dismissed from the police force and died in poverty and obscurity. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Ex-collection Raymond Epstein. Bookseller Inventory # 4780
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