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COLQUHOUN, Patrick. A treatise on the police of the metropolis; containing a detail of the various crimes and misdemeanors By which Public and Private Property and Security are, at present, injured and endangered: and suggesting remedies for their prevention.

London. Printed by H. Fry...for C. Dilly, 1797. Fifth edition.
8vo. xxix, [7], 444, xxviiipp. With a half-title and a folding table. Handsomely bound in contemporary tree-calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Slight rubbing to extremities. Occasional spots of light foxing, substantial loss to RFEP, ink inscription to head of half-title; 'Sophia O'Head (?) 1829.'
Patrick Colquhoun (1745-1820), Scottish merchant, statistician, magistrate, and founder of the first regular preventive police force in England, the Thames River Police. First published in 1797, A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis examines the nature of criminal activity within London, such as burglary, fraud, gambling, and illegal trading in the dockyards, and discusses issues of punishment and suggests alterations to the policing of the capital that Colquhoun thought necessary. He emphasised the requirement for measures in crime prevention, particularly through the visible presence of officers acting as a deterrent, to be a fundamental part of any police force. His utilitarian approach saw that Colquhoun's methodology would greatly inform techniques in modern policing throughout the world.
ESTC T140441.
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 13454