New York: Munn & Company, 1917. Decorative Cloth. Second Printing of the first authoritative American book on fingerprinting, profusely annotated and with an archive of related emphemera. Demy 8vo (227 x 143mm): vii,,155,pp, with frontispiece, all eleven double-page plates of fingerprint examples inserted in rear pocket, and numerous line drawings and plates from half-tones in the text. Publisher's green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers paneled in blind with large gilt-stamped palm print to front. Ink stamp (twice) of Henry Y. Ostrander, M.D. to fly leaf and title page, as well as his manuscript ex-libris and those of three other owners. The archive includes: four-page leaflet "Learn the Language of Fingerprints," advertising a 16-week course at the Delehanty Institute in New York; brochure and price list from Fingerprint Laboratories in New York, offering FBI Identification Kit, finger print powders, and other supplies; printed flyer and two mimeographed diagrams from the W.P.A. Adult Education Fingerprinting Program in New York; 22 loose pages and two index cards of handwritten class notes, and three fingerprint classification forms (one unused). A fascinating survival, insightfully annotated, tightly bound and clean throughout. Near Fine+. Item #BB2192
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