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Mysteries and Refinements of Modern Roguery. By a Private Detective.
London: Irwin, Langley & Co.,, 1886. Advice to Strangers" - avoiding the criminal pitfalls of 1880s London "Octavo" (180 x 120 mm). Wire-stitched in the original green cloth-backed sanguine printed boards. "Portrait frontispiece", and 6 other stock portraits to the text, one full-page, illustrations to the text, printed in menacing sanguine throughout. A little rubbed and soiled, head and tail of spine chipped, hinges with some give to them but sound, staples rusted but intact, text block lightly browned, overall very good. First and only edition. Extraordinary little volume offering practical advice against the thieves and tricksters plaguing the streets of London. The first half of the text is a spotter's guide on pickpockets "Who they are, and what they are like". With explanations of their methods, the distraction of the "stall", the techniques of the "wire", given in sufficient detail and with such specifics as to suggest that the author genuinely was of the profession claimed. The second section offers "Advice for Strangers" to the metropolis, illuminating the operations of the "Mysterious Dental (?) Rooms", "swell assignations houses" that thrive on the "carnal weaknesses of casual visitors to the city"; forwards an explanation for "the mysterious disappearances which are almost daily reported", the lure of "a pretty face, snapping black eyes,and red lips", drinks in a café, ending with a "bloated, disfigured swollen corpse" pulled from the river; looks into the "women and young girls [who] have a great mania for disappearing", a respectable and highly cultivated yo … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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