VIDOCQ, François.

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VIDOCQ, François.
Memoirs of Vidocq, chief of the security police, until 1827, today owner and paper manufacturer in Saint-Mandé. Paris, Tenon, 1827-1829. 4 volumes in-8 (203 x 127 mm) of a portrait engraved on the front page, title, 420 pp. for volume I; title, 462 pp. for volume II; title, errata, 434 pp. for volume III; title, 420 pp. for volume IV; spotted calf, false-ribbed back, red edges (English binding of the period).
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Eugène-François Vidocq (1775-1857) was a criminal and convict. After journeys in the convicts of Brest and Toulouse, he became an informer and police officer, the Prefect of Police Pasquier having unofficially placed him at the head of the Security Brigade, a service whose members were former convicts who had to infiltrate the area.
Vidocq became Chief of Security before opening in Saint-Mandé, under the cover of "Paper Manufacturer", an agency of private detectives
Freckles, bound without false titles; weak or broken bites.
Provenance: ex-libris engraved Landsdowne library.
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