Professional Criminals of America. Thomas Byrnes.
Professional Criminals of America.
Professional Criminals of America.
Professional Criminals of America.
Professional Criminals of America.
Professional Criminals of America.

Professional Criminals of America.

New York: Cassell & Company, 1886. First Edition. Thick quarto. With a printed letter from the chief clerk of the Police Department of New York giving Byrnes permission to publish this book tipped-in. 206 black and white mug shots of a variety of 19th century criminals printed six per page. Each individual is given a thorough write-up. While mug shots have exploded in popularity, especially with growing interest in vernacular photography, this volume was intended to be a an almanac for law enforcement. I don't know the history of mug shot photography, but surely this is an early example. Introduction by Frederick Smyth; preface and text by Inspector Thomas Byrnes. Paper browning, tiny chips to the edges of a few text pages, else near fine in what appears to be an original buckram binding, stamped in gilt on the spine.

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