Finger Print Clues. Notes on fingerprint clues left by criminals at places where crime has been committed.

COLLINS Charles Stockley. (1925.)

£200.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. Numerous illustrations in text. 12mo. Original manilla card wrappers, printed titles. Ink stamp to upper wrapper, shelf number in ms. A little staining to gutters from rusting staples, otherwise very good. 23pp. London, His Majesty's Stationery Office,

Two copies only on OCLC, NSW Police College Library and Open University. 

"The pamphlet has been prepared for the information of Police who may have occasion to engage in the investigation of crime ... in the hope that it may assist them to take full advantage of any finger print clues which may have been left at the scene of the crime." (Preface)


A scarce pamphlet most likely only circulated within the police force. Contains information and diagrams on finger print identification, hints on photographing prints, and how to pack articles bearing fingerprints for transmission to New Scotland Yard. There is a hint of playfulness in the composition: the example given to illustrate the statement "Occasionally criminals leave a saucy note behind them" reads "Thanks for stuff in larded. Will pay another visit soon. Bill Sykes."


Detective Inspector Charles Stockley Collins was the foremost fingerprint expert of his time, heading Scotland Yard's Fingerprint Bureau. 

Stock Code: 227179

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