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    First Edition is Included in Printing and the Mind of Man

    Cesare Lombroso. Criminal Man According to the Classification of Cesare Lombroso. Briefly Summarised by his Daughter Gina Lombroso Ferrero... New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1911.

    First edition in English. Quarto (8.0625 x 5.5 inches; 205 x 140 mm.). xx, 322 pp. With thirty-nine photographic illustrations on twenty-eight plates.

    Near-contemporary half brown morocco over marbled boards, spine tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Bookplate affixed to front pastedown. Except for the lower outer corner of the rear board being just slightly bumped, a near-fine, notably clean and bright copy.

    A handsome copy of the first English translation of this landmark work of criminology, one of the first works to advance the notion of atavism and biological determinism, but also one of the first to call for the humane treatment of criminals via rehabilitation.

    "'Criminal Man' was a revolutionary work which not only caused a considerable stir when it first came out but had a practical effect which was wholly beneficial. The division which it indicated between the congenital criminal and those who were tempted to crime by circumstances has had a lasting effect on penal theory. Again, by connecting the treatment of crime with the treatment on insanity, Lombroso initiated a branch of psychiatric research which has cast new light on problems, such as criminal responsibility, which lie at the root of human society" (Printing and the Mind of Man).

    Printing and the Mind of Man
    364 (the first edition).


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