"The Blind Beak of Bow Street" Fielding, Sir John [1721-1780]. Extracts from Such of the Penal Laws, As Particularly Relate to the Peace and Good Order of This Metropolis: With Observations for the Better Execution of Some, And on the Defects of Others. To Which are Added, The Felonies Made so by Statute; Some General Cautions to Shopkeepers; And a Short Treatise on the Office of Constable. The Whole Particularly Calculated for the Inhabitants of this Metropolis. A New Edition. In Which is Contained Extracts From Those Penal Laws, Made Since the Publication of the Last Edition. London: Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan, Law Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, 1769. x , 426 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and early hand-lettered title to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, small chip to head of spine, front board just beginning to separate. Light toning to text, light foxing and minor stains in a few places, early owner signature (Robert Gurney) to rear free endpaper. $650. * Fourth and final edition. Fielding, a London magistrate and reformer, is most notable for his extensive career as the head of the Bow Street Runners, the city's first professional police force. He was blinded in an accident at the age of 19, which contributed to his notoriety; he could, by some accounts, recognize thousands of criminals by the sound of their voice alone, giving him the nickname "The Blind Beak of Bow Street." He was also interested in social reform and helped found the Asylum for Orphan Girls in Lambeth in 1758. The first three editions of Extracts were published in 1761, 1762 and 1768. All editions are quite scarce. OCLC locates 5 copies in North American law libraries, (Jenkins, Library of Congress, San Francisco Law Library, University of Georgia, University of Pennsylvania). The ESTC adds 2 more (Harvard, University of Chicago). English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) T76214.
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