New York: D. Buchner and Company, . Original decorated cloth [rubbed at spine ends and extremities].  pp. With 210 chromolithograph portrait illustrations, each with a brief biography on the facing page. Last leaf with a short closed tear, repaired without loss by a label of the OK Book Store on 3d Avenue, New York City. Light dusting, Very Good.
The first ten portraits depict New York City, Brooklyn, and Jersey City police superintendents and inspectors. There follow 200 chromolithograph portrait illustrations of sundry criminals: Mrs. Druse, "the first woman hanged in the State of New York" [she murdered her husband]; August Spiess, executed for the Haymarket murders; S. Fischer, "a pronounced Anarchist" executed with Spiess; Johnny Beal, a "young rascal" of thirteen years who murdered his mother; Dan Driscoll, leader of the Whyo Gang in New York City; Bertha Heyman, "notorious and successful confidence woman"; Calandro Bettini, "the head of a band of Italian counterfeiters in New York City"; James Watson, "an expert pickpocket"; "William Patterson, colored," convicted of murder and "a notorious thief and burglar"; Emma Davis, a "remarkable woman" with "a mania for administering poison to those whom she thinks have been long enough in this world"; Hong Di, a "chinese murderer"; Michael Kurtz, known as "Sheeny Mike"; and assorted other thieves, murderers, train robbers, bank robbers, forgers. Twenty-five women are depicted, several members of Western gangs, as well as some Negroes.
The last page is a sketch of the Buchner Tobacco Company in New York City. The Company issued trade cards with its tobacco products, and this book follows that illustrative style.
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