(PRICE, Charles). ~ Histoire de Charles Price, fameux escroc de Londres, connu sous différens noms; traduite de l’Anglois sur la sixieme édition. ‘Londres’ [Paris]’ et se trouve à Paris, chez Volland’, 1787.
2 vols bound together, 12mo (165 × 90 mm), pp. , viii, 206; , 232, plus folding engraved frontispiece with 3 portraits. Contemporary mottled quarter sheep. Slight worming to foot of upper joint, but a very good copy. Later engraved bookplate (De la Germonière).
First edition in French of An authentic Account of Forgeries and Frauds of various kinds, committed by Charles Price, otherwise Patch or (alternatively) Memoirs of a Social Monster (1786), a sensational work which had run to six English editions within a year. Price, a highly successful forger of banknotes and a confidence trickster, notorious for engraving his own very plausible banknotes printed on paper of his own manufacture complete with watermarks, became something of a celebrity in eighteenth century London. He took his own life in Bridewell prison in 1786 and was the subject of numerous popular memoirs and ballads. Rochedieu, p. 368. Worldcat: Cambridge, Leeds, University of London, V & A, Cornell, UCLA and Yale outside continental Europe. Rochedieu, p. 368.