Vidocq, Marc Mario and Louis Launay, 1898?, Three Antique Volumes of French Detective Play, Leather

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Three Antique Volumes of French Detective Play, Vidocq, by Marc Mario and Louis Launay, 1898?

Full of engravings/illustrations. Missing end page in Volume 1. They are loose in volumes 2 and 3, too. Volumes scuffed and covers worn. Inside are aged and toned. Consistent with age.

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Eugène-François Vidocq (French: [vidɔk]; July 24, 1775 – May 11, 1857) was a French criminal turned criminalist whose life story inspired several writers, including Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe, and Honoré de Balzac. The former criminal became the founder and first director of the crime-detection Sûreté nationale as well as the head of the first known private detective agency. Vidocq is considered to be the father of modern criminology[1][2] and of the French police department.[3] He is also regarded as the first private detective.[4]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugène_François_Vidocq

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Eugène François Vidocq (1775-1857) was a French criminal who became the founder and first director of the crime-detection Sûreté Nationale as well as the head of the first known private detective agency. Vidocq is widely regarded as the father of modern criminology and of the French police department. He is also considered to be the first private detective. Vidocq's successes as an investigator inspired many Victorian authors who borrowed his brilliance to embody their fictional heroes.
The character of Sherlock Holmes is very much based on Vidocq; so are both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. Dickens mentions Vidocq in Great Expectations; Melville cites him in Moby Dick; and Poe refers to Vidocq's methods in Murders in the Rue Morgue.

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