(Paris: Chez Delarue, 1830). 140 x 102 mm. (5 1/2 x 4"). With half titles. Two volumes bound in one. Second Edition.
Probably contemporary black pebble grain morocco, covers ruled in blind, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, marbled endpapers. Folding frontispiece showing Vidocq arresting a group of men in the midst of robbing a coach. Text lightly foxed and softened because of poor quality paper stock, otherwise excellent, the binding with only trivial wear.
First published in 1828, and offered here in an early abridged version, the memoirs of Vidocq (1775-1857) constitute an absorbing account of the colorful life of a thief-turned-government crime fighter. Vidocq's work for France as part of a special force composed of ex-criminals made him rich and famous, but he lost his fortune when a factory he tried to set up for ex-convicts turned into a commercial fiasco. Especially in the fields of crime and detective fiction, the story of Vidocq "had an enormous influence on generations of future writers," including Poe, Hugo, Dumas, Dickens, Collins, Doyle, and Balzac (the latter's famous master criminal, Vautrin, may well have been based upon Vidocq). (ST7522)
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