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1 Baker, Lafayette C. History of the United States Secret Service. By General L.C. Baker, Chief National Detective Police
Philadelphia Self (L. C. Baker) 1867 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Self (L. C. Baker), 1867. L.C. Baker (1826-1868) took over the Union Intelligence Service from Alan Pinkerton; his experience as a Vigilante in San Francisco evidently qualified him, and he directed the capture of Lincoln's assassins. His death shortly after the publication of this pro vita sua has always been suspicious, fueling many conspiracy theories of an alternative history. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition, self-published. Large thick octavo; brown cloth, decoratively stamped, with titles, rules, and a Union shield in gilt on the spine. Clean text; 704 pages. Endpapers tanned, scattered spotting throughout, but generally bright and supple. Shows a bit of wear; bumped at the tips; there is a split along the front edge of the spine, but it is holding. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2 Baker, Lafayette C. The Secret Service in the Late War
Philadelphia John E. Potter and Company 1874 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Philadelphia: John E. Potter and Company, 1874. "Comprising the Author's Introduction to the Leading Men at Washington, with the Origin and Organization of the Detective Police, and a Graphic History of his Rich Experiences, North and South, His Perilous Adventures, Hairbreadth Escapes and Valuable Services, Etc., Etc." Indeed. Baker (1826-1868) packed a lot into a short life. America's foremost espionage agent, he had a distressing habit of also spying on his bosses, and went in and out of favor. His mysterious death has provided fodder to conspiracy buffs from 1868 until this day. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition, published posthumously and quite rare (cf. WorldCat). Maroon cloth binding, now more of a reddish-brown, with blindstamped title and design on the boards, gilt lettering on the spine. Corners are moderately bumped and there is wear to the head and foot of the spine. Many illustrations, frontis portrait of General Baker. Clean text, very bright. No foxing, but there is an occasional stain indication water exposure at some time. 398 pages, with three pages of publisher's adverts. Interestingly, the publisher offers only a 12mo version, although this copy is definitely an octavo! No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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