Hardback. The author was an East End detective who figured prominently in the most notorious crime episodes of the previous quarter of a century. Leeson, known as "the man who was shot at Sidney Street", penetrated the haunts of London's worst criminals. He knew them as suspects, prisoners and as condemned men. Includes a chapter on Jack the Ripper + Lenin, Trotsky, Stinie Morrison, the bare-knuckle bruisers of London markets, the Odessian gang leaders, the Anarchists etc., etc. A documentary account of an underworld that was gradually disappearing. With Frontis., Illus. with 11 b/w plates and Index. 287pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. With tiny 'Wildy' label to fpd, small rubber date stamp to bpd, shaky sp., worn and marked covers (see images). A Fair only copy of a rare illustrated 1st edn.