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

New York & London: D. Appleton & Co. 1895. First American edition. 8vo, xxiii, 313 pp, bound in brown cloth titled in gilt. With an introduction by W. Douglas Morrison. Complete with all 26 plates present. In the very rare printed dust jacket.

The first American edition of the first translation into English of a large portion of La donna delinquente (1893). Not to be confused with the later Appleton limited edition published in the Selected Library of Modern Science, which is sometimes described as the first American edition. Contemporary reviews make it clear that this edition, published in the Criminology Series, is the true first American, which is supported by the presence of the date on the title page, and an announcement that Ferri's Criminology Sociology, published in 1896, was in preparation.

The Female Offender is 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.

Dustiness to the top edge, else a fine example, with the gilt and cloth remaining remarkably bright, having been well-protected by the very rare printed dust jacket, which is near fine with some minor darkening and smudging, with creasing and a couple of short closed nicks to upper margins. The only example of the dust jacket we've seen. Item #25964

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