Melun: Imprimerie Administratice, 1893. Nouvelle edition. Small 4to., lxxxiv, 148 pp., frontispiece, illustrated and charts in text. [bound with] IDENTIFICATION ANTHROPOMÉTRIQUE. INSTRUCTIONS SIGNALÉTIQUES. ALBUM: PREMIÈRE PARTIE. PLANCHES RELATIVES AUX OBSERVATIONS ANTHROPOMÉTRIQUES. [and] DEUXIÈME PARTIE. PLANCHES RELATIVES AUX RENSEIGNEMENTS DESCRIPTIFS. [and] TROISIÈME PARTIE. PLANCHES RELATIVES AU RELEVÉ DES MARQUES PARTICULIÈRES. Melun: Imprimerie Administratice, 1893. 84 plates, 3 folding charts of which one is a color printed display of the nuances of the human iris. Contemporary quarter morocco and marbled paper over boards. Slight cracking to the hinges at the top and bottom of the spine. Ex-copy of the Charleroi Bar, with their name in gilt on the bottom of the spine, simple location stamps on the half-title page, and a paper card holder affixed to the front pastedown. The text is toned as usual, and 8 of the color printed irises on the folding chart are partially damaged from sticking together. In all, a better than good copy. Item #52126
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, expanded from his 1886 first edition, 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, printed in photogravure; the beginning of the "mug shot."
Roosens and Salu No. 801. Garrison and Morton 181.