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REID, R. - Every Man His Own Detective!

Calcutta, Newman 1887. Octavo publisher's cloth; frontispiece portrait, iv,253pp. Minimal signs of use, a nice copy. ¶ There are books that stick in my turbid memory, that I vaguely regret selling, so I've been looking for a second copy of this for almost thirty years*. Late Superintendent Reid of the Calcutta Detective Department stayed with me for his final bitter defence of his system of detection. Comparing himself to Isaac Newton, Sir William Armstrong and George Stephenson who were, like himself, greeted with, "Psha!" and "Bosh!" for their claims, he sadly notes that it is possible to be too clever and original. The four parts of the book are more or less the four pillars of his system: physiognomy, observation, the art of investigation, and tales of his own cases which I guess takes the place of experience for the student. This copy has the bookplate of Robert Pinkerton of Paisley but I'm not so convinced this is the detective, unless he had a house called Paisley. Paisley, in Scotland, swarmed for centuries with Pinkertons and every generation had a Robert, a William and an Allan. Worldcat has four entries for the book but finds only two locations. * Of course I'm immediately offering this for sale. Life is not sweet without regret.
AUD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 483.5 US$ 580.45 | £UK 417.5 | JP¥ 63460] Book number 10758

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