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La pratique et enchiridion des causes criminelles (Louvain, 1555), by Joost de Damhouder, is a rare edition of one of the sixteenth century's most popular works of criminology. It describes the various crimes in simple language, with a woodcut of the crime being committed, where this is possible pictorially. There are 56 full-page woodcuts, most of them within architectural or decorative borders. Details are also provided of the procedure in the arrest, torture, prosecution and execution of the criminal. Our copy in the European History Collection is beautifully bound in full red morocco with blind stamp borders on front and back covers.