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Father of the modern "mug shot"  

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Identification Anthropométrique. Instruction Signalétiques

Bertillon, Alphonse


Imprimerie Administrative



[4], lxxxiv, 148 pp. Appended is a three-part album containing 81 plates 24 of which are in photogravure; 3 foldable tables. (8vo) 24.2x15.6 cm (9½x6¼"), New edition, redesigned from the 1886 first edition and considerably increased. 

Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914) was the chief of criminal identification for the Paris police; he developed an identification system known as anthropometry, or the Bertillon system. This manual describes the use of anthropological measurements of facial features, hands and feet, etc. for identification of criminals, and others. Thirty of the plates are full frontal head shots or side views showing ears, printed in photogravure; the beginning of the "mug shot."

Lot Amendments

Rubbing at spine ends edges and corners, boards with a few bumps and creases; a few chips at endpaper edges, leaves somewhat toned, a few institutional rubber stamps; plates toned a bit, photogravures very good; overall about very good.

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