Bank Robbers. How They Work and How To Foil Them, etc

BANK HEISTS - WILLIAMS, E.J. (author). Bank Robbers. How They Work and How To Foil Them, etc.

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"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

BANK HEISTS - WILLIAMS, E.J. (author). Bank Robbers. How They Work and How To Foil Them, etc. Chicago, Ill.; A.F. Keller & Co. 1920.

Small 8vo. Publisher's drab buff card wrappers with letterpress in black to upper cover, yapp edges; pp. [vii], 8-127, stapled; a good sound copy of a rare book, externally dusted and rubbed with some chipping to fore-, and upper, edges of upper cover and tiny lateral splits to yapp edges of lower cover, internally toned but very clean and crisp, with just one faint tide-mark to bottom margin of first leaf and accidental corner creases to 5 leaves (4 upper forecorner, 1 lower), also with a pale ink stamp, "John H. Rapp, Home address Fairfield, Ill." to upper cover.
First and, apparently, sole edition, of an ephemeral and fragile book. A fascinating book directed to dealing with an epidemic of bank crime in 1920s America, with explanation of content to the title, "This book gives in detail the workings and system of Bank Burglars, Holdup Thieves, Daylight Bank Bandits, Sneak Thieves, Forgers, Check and Draft Swindlers and depredations of all kinds against banks, and how to prevent and meet all attacks; For the Protection and Information of Banks, Bankers and Bank Employes [sic]. The work is the self-proclaimed, "first work of the kind ever published". The author E.J. Williams was, for 25 years, "chief of the Bank Crime Detection Department of an international detective agency".
Unlocated. No copies found on WorldCat, KVK or Copac; no copies listed in commerce at the time of cataloguing; no copies listed at auction.

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