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Finger Prints; Decipherment of Blurred Finger Prints.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1892 & 1893 - 2 volumes, octavo. Original dark red cloth, titles to spines gilt, green and black coated endpapers. Vol. I with illustrated card and plain ticket to front pastedown, Vol. II with bookseller's ticket and 2 bookplates to front pastedown, and plain card to rear pastedown. Spines faded, contents mildly toned, faint foxing to endleaves, pencilled annotations; Vol. II with minor wear to spine ends and small split to head of spine. A very good set. 31 plates (15 are called for in the list of plates in Vol I; the 16th plate is between pages 176 & 177). First edition of the first book on finger prints. Though not the first to propose the use of fingerprints for identification, Galton was among the first to explain their possibilities in the identification of criminals. "Galton gathered together all the earlier studies and recorded other experiments, illustrated from photographs and drawings. The outcome of this was the appointment in 1899 of a Royal Commission which came out in favour of the adoption of the system by the British police forces" (PMM 376). With the supplementary chapter, Decipherment of Blurred Finger Prints. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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