Paris, Gustave Havard, Dutertre, Michel Lévy frères, 1845.
Large in-8, half magenta with corners, white illustrated cover and spine preserved, case (Noulhac).
30 wood-engraved plates and vignettes in the text by Laisné and Rouget.
The compositions, due notably to Bertall, were executed for the most part on the spot.
Copy, quoted by Carteret (III, p. 31), in which off-texts 2, 4, 5 and 30 appear in double state, black and coloured.
It is complete with pages 469-72 occupied by a prospectus for the work and sometimes missing.
Another illustrated prospectus, different from the first one, bound in fine (4 pp.).
Attached, loose, the following three documents:
- an autograph letter signed by Vidocq, dated October 23, 1849, addressed to a lady (2 pp.
in-8), relating to an action taken against an indelicate debtor.
- an autograph note signed by the same, dated March 6, 1842, written on Vidocq's letterhead, Breveté du Roi, Ex-chef de la police de la sûreté...
- A printed statement by the same describing the activity of his administration, a private intelligence agency founded in 1833, addressed in the form of a letter to a Mr. H. Debray, in Arras (handwritten address).
Rare and interesting documents relating to the former convict who became a policeman, then a private detective.
From the Victor Mercier library (I, 1937, n° 274), with ex-libris.