First edition. This is the true first American edition that was first issued as a pirated edition by Cornish, Lamport & Co. in 1852, with the text lifted from CHAMBER'S EDINBURGH JOURNAL and "some of our American Magazines." The first U. K. edition was published in 1856 as RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER. The first authorized American edition was published in 1857 in Boston by Wentworth and Company. Thomas Waters was the pseudonym of William Russell. 8vo. Original burgandy cloth, decorated in blind on front and rear covers, titles stamped in gold gilt on the spine, 238 pp. preface. Queen 's Quorum 2 says this book is "the most important criminological yellow-back of its time." The first collection of British Detective stories and preceded only by Edgar Allan Poe's TALES in 1845, according to Queen's Quorum. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends, corners and extremities, cloth is lightly rubbed, former owner's name on front pastedown sheet, else a very good copy of a rare book.
Inventory Number: 44206