The Female Offender. Cesar Lombroso, Guglielmo Ferrero.
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender
The Female Offender

The Female Offender

New York & London: D. Appleton & Co. nd. 8vo, xxiii, 313 pp, bound in brown cloth titled in gilt, with ruled borders to panels. T.e.g. Fore-edge deckled. One of a limited edition of 1000 numbered copies, published as part of the Selected Library of Modern Science series. With an introduction by W. Douglas Morrison. Complete with all 26 plates present.

An English translation of a large portion of La donna delinquente (1893), generally considered to be the first full length work devoted to the relationship of women and crime, by the founder of modern criminology. Lombroso argued for an atavastic explanation for the female criminal, a thesis somewhat hampered by his innate belief in the inferiority of women, which complicated his claim tthat the female criminal was much more cunning and dangerous than the male. Despite these contradictions, the work was incredibly influential in early criminology. From a visual standpoint, the plates depicting fallen women of various cultures, especially the photographic plates, became iconic representations of female criminality.

The ninth chapter is devoted to tattooing and the female criminal, and though not accompanied by illustrations is a key text in the scientific and criminalogical study of tattooing.

Crack to the binding between the ffep and half-title page, lower tips lightly bumped, else a clean very good example, with the gilt still bright. Item #25963

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