First edition of the first handbook printed for the police force governed by London's Court of Aldermen, 5 years before the Metropolitan Police Act that formed the Scotland Yard.
Very good plus.
"To preserve the Peace [...] apprehend all Rogues and Pickpockets."
Before the 19th century, informal watches were organized by London's Council of Aldermen to keep the peace at night and during public executions. The police force gradually grew and became more complex. This manual represents a major development leading to the formal creation of the Metropolitan Police Force that was introduced to Parliament in 1829 by Robert Peel: the professionalization of the City of London force that established a model for Peel's wider-ranging Scotland Yard. It creates a uniform set of regulations for police and watchmen to follow regardless of the ward in which they worked, centralizing and consolidating the resources of the force. The instructions include clear requirements for record keeping, as well as the number of patrols for various situations, the geographical boundaries of their area of responsibility, details of proper conduct, and extracts of statutes relating to their duties.
Three more editions of the manual appeared by 1832. This first edition appears scarce: OCLC records no institutional holdings, including the British Library; though a separate search yields a copy at the City of London's Guildhall Library. An important record in the evolution of the modern police force.
Read more: London Metropolitan Archives Information Leaflet Number 43: Records of City of London police officers.
London: Arthur Taylor, 1824. Octavo. 7.25'' x 4.5''. Contemporary full sheep. , 44 pages. Joints expertly repaired, rubbing to extremities of sheep with a couple small bits of loss to spine, offsetting to endpapers: text block clean and crisp.
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