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Lincoln Lincolnshire County Council 1988 First Edition Card Covered Booklets VG 4to 
16pp+18pp. Illus. in text. Quarto. A superbly produced booklet on the history of Lincoln's part in the imprisonment and transportation of convicts to Australia plus a separately inserted matching booklet containing a chronological list with complete details of all the prisoners transported between 1789 and 1840. Each entry contains name, age, date of sentence, place, place of origin, year transported, where to and name of ship. 
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2 HOWARD JOURNAL VOL.X NO.3. 1960 & VOL. X NO.4. 1961 PLUS 3 Other Howard Booklets.
London Howard League First Edition soft cover VG 8vo 
Five Booklets: 2 x 20pp; 246pp; 344pp and 76pp - dated 1949/1960/1961. The booklets are entitled John Howard Library of Criminal Law and Penal Reform - Catalogue 1949; The Howard League for Penal Reform, 1st July 1959 - 30th June, 1960; Annual Report , 1st July 1960 - 30th June, 1961; The Howard Journal Vol. X No.3. - 1960 and The Howard Journal Vol. X No. 4. - 1961. Includes various essays such as Group Work at Pollington Borstal - Norman Bishop, The Dilemmas of Penal Reform - Prof. Gresham M. Sykes, Capital Punishment in the United States by Hugo A. Bedau, The Accused in Scottish Criminal Proceedings - Prof. T.B. Smith, etc. The Library Catalogue is a most useful source of reference. 
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Chicago Knight, Leonard & Co. 1893 First Edition Hardcover VG 8vo 
134pp+frontis. of Rutherford B. Hayes with tissue guard. Navy cloth with gilt titles, one page edge neatly repaired, no text affected. A very clean, smart copy. Proceedings include List of Officers, Standing Committees, Rutherford B. Hayes - In Memoriam; Report of the Standing Committee on Prison Discipline - Capt. J.W. Pope; The Lease System in Tennessee and other Southern States - P.D. Sims, M.D. 
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4 THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE PRISON. Lock-up/Shake Down. March & April 1973.
New England North Country Prisoners Assoc. 1973 First Edition Soft Cover VG 8vo 
15pp. Orange card covers little marked. The New Hampshire State Prison is located in Concord, New Hampshire. Two hundred and sixty men were imprisoned behind its walls in 1973 and the cost to the tax-payer for keeping one prisoner at the time was $6,000. The full story of the lock-up and shake-down was only really known by the prisoners themselves, but as they were not allowed to speak, this is a reconstruction of the story. The problems began in February with the appointment of a brutal guard to kitchen duty, prisoners stopped work and the governor suspended the man. The guards then threatened to strike. The story of the explosive events which then escalated. 
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5 A TICKER-OF-LEAVE MAN CONVICT LIFE or Revelations Concerning Convicts and Convict Prisons.
London Wyman & Sons 1879 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
252pp + Pub. Cat. Spine re-backed but still VG in original brown cloth with gilt titles. Internally very clean. A scarce edition on prison conditions and suggestions for possible reform. The author, a respectable man who found himself sentenced to seven years penal servitude for his first offence, says he intends to expose some of the evils connected with the English convict system. He spent time in Portland, Pentonville and Dartmoor. 
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Northamptonshire Natural History & Field Society 1906 1st Edition stapled booklet VG 8vo 
10pp reprint of pages 209-218. Stapled unbound booklet of a paper read at the meeting of the Archaeological Section of the Natural History Society at the Reference Library, December 14th, 1905 Little light foxing. The author divided the punishments carried out in the County into those involving deprivation of life, mutilation and loss of liberty and those with only a pecuniary penalty. (postage will be adjusted on this small item). 
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London HMSO 1896 First Edition Hardcover VG No Dj large 8vo 
453pp+Supplement to the Report containing folding architectural plans. Volume. XXXIX Part 1, but a complete Report in itself. REBOUND in black cloth with paper title label. Edges of pages dusty and little chipped but otherwise very clean internally. A copy of the Fiftieth Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy ordered by the House of Commons. An amazing volume containing folding architectural plans of establishments across the country - Heath Asylum; Winwick Lunatic Asylum; Cheddleton Asylum; Cheshire, West Sussex and Middlesbrough Asylums. Includes a total review of all aspects of the establishments with Annual Returns of Paupers, Criminals, Boarders, Suicides, Increases in numbers of Lunatics, Post Mortems, Institution for Idiots, Criminal and State Institutions such as Broadmoor, Lunatics in Workhouses and much more. An incredible work. (Heavy item, may require additional postage on overseas orders). 
Price: 250.00 GBP
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Whitstable, Kent Pryor Publications 2003 Facsimile Card Covered Booklet Fine A4 
14pp. Illustrated card covers. Facsimile of an article originally published around 1866 by A. Ritchie, Red Lion Court, London, providing a short record of the prison, its buildings, punishments, etc., and the notorious law-breakers confined within its walls - among them Jack Cottingham alias Mulled Sack, Claude Duval, William Nevison, Jack Sheppard, Catherine Hayes, Dick Turpin, Earl Ferrers, Jack Rann, Elizabeth Brownrigg. (Postage will be reduced on this item). 
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9 ARNOLD, Catharine BEDLAM. London and its Mad.
London Simon & Schuster 2008 1847370004 / 9781847370006 1st hardcover FINE FINE 8vo 
306pp. Illus. in text. Not price-clipped. The author explores the history of the world's oldest psychiatric hospital, from its humble beginnings in 1247 to Robert Hooke's 'palace beautiful' where visitors strolled the wards like a freak show, to the Victorian building which later became the Imperial War Museum. How attitudes to madness changed and eventually enlightened reformers revealed the terrible and brutal conditions. Bibliography and Index. 
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London Macdonald 1971 1st hardcover VG VG - little worn on edges. 8vo 
250pp+illus. A history of Newgate Gaol and Prisons Conditions in Britain, 1188-1902 - the system, the life and inmates of the dreaded sinister prison. Its reputation was gained not only because of its close association with Tyburn and the rituals of public execution, but also on account of the brutal treatment of prisoners and the squalor in which they were forced to live. Foreword by the Rt. Hon. James Callaghan, M.P. Bibliography and Index. 
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11 BABINGTON, Anthony THE POWER TO SILENCE. A History of Punishment in Britain.
London Robert Maxwell 1968 1st hardcover VG VG sl. chipped. 8vo 
xiv+226pp. Dj is just very slightly chipped, corner clipped from blank endpaper. The history of the penal system in Britain, however brutal and horrifying in many of its aspects, forms an integral part of the nation's social history. The author traces the origin and development of the various methods by which criminals were punished, using frequent quotations from the descriptions of eye-witnesses and contemporary reports. An important section covers the belated awakening of public conscience with regard to the treatment of prisoners, especially juveniles, which took place during the 19th-century. Bibliography and Index. 
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12 BAILEY, Brian HANGMEN OF ENGLAND. A History of Execution from Jack Ketch to Albert Pierrepoint.
London W.H. Allen 1989 1st hardcover FINE NR FINE 8vo 
ix+206pp. The author traces the origins of punishment methods and looks at the development of penal reforms. From the appointment of Jack Ketch in 1663 to the abolition of the death penalty in 1969, England saw three hundred years of hanging for a multitude of crimes. A portrait of the men who chose to perform the duty, including Marwood, Calcraft, Berry, Ellis, Pierrepoint etc., with some excellent illustrations. Bibliography and Index. 
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13 BAKER, A.W. DEATH IS A GOOD SOLUTION. The Convict Experience in Early Australia.
Australia University of Queensland Press 1984 0702216852 / 9780702216855 first hardcover FINE NR FINE 8vo 
vi+223pp. A wide-ranging survey of the convict era in Australia, including eye-witness and second-hand accounts as well as fiction. Includes the English examples of crime writing; literature from three periods of Australian history to the end of transportation and thereafter. Appendices with tables include Factual Accounts and Biographies (1792-1830); Factual Convict Accounts and Biographies (1830-68), etc. Extensive Bibliography and Index. Invaluable reference work for students of Australian history and literature. A very nice copy. 
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London David & Charles Reprints 1972 0715354302 / 9780715354308 Reprint Hardcover Nr Fine Nr Fine 8vo 
144pp. Illus. in text. Bookplate inside cover. Light foxing to endpapers and foxing to fore-edge, but still pages very clean internally. A facsimile reprint of the scarce original 1892 edition. Berry, who plied the gallows trade from 1884 to 1892, was the first - and the last - British hangman to write freely about the techniques of execution. He describes not only his personal attitude towards the ultimate punishment but also that of many of the condemned prisoners whose fall he engineered. A fascinating social document. Includes new Introduction by Jonathan Goodman and an Appendix outlining the history of capital punishment. 
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15 BLAND, James THE COMMON HANGMAN. English & Scottish Hangmen Before the Abolition of Public Executions.
Wiltshire Zeon Books 2001 Reprint Soft Cover Fine  8vo 
vi+202pp+illus. NEW BOOK. A fine revised edition of this classic work, originally published in 1984. Superbly illustrated throughout, a vivid and shocking study of men entrusted with the ghastly duty of carrying out public executions. Includes a wealth of authentic details, with Sources of Information and Index. A much superior printing.  
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16 BURNETT, William G ANDERSONVILLE TALES + HARPER'S WEEKLY Facsimile of October 21, 1865
Georgia Friends of Andersonville 1999 First Edition Illus. Card Covers VG 4to 
40pp. Illustrated throughout. Fine quarto booklet and VG facsimile newpspaper. Andersonville or Camp Sumter, as it was known officially, was the largest of many military prisons established during the American Civil War. Built in early 1864, during the fourteen months it existed more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined there. Of these almost 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, over-crowding or exposure to the elements. Captain Henry Wirz was tried and executed for these war crimes but he claimed he was "only following orders". The booklet is illustrated with photographs of the camp, executions, burials and memorials. The facsimile newspaper has an engraving of the scene at the trial of Capt. Wirze. 
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17 BYRN, John D. Jr CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN THE ROYAL NAVY. Discipline on the Leeward Islands Station, 1784-1812
Aldershot Scolar Press 1989 0859678083 / 9780859678087 1st Edition Hardcover Fine Nr Fine 8vo 
251pp. Tables in text. There is a long tradition of viewing discipline in the Navy as being administered by tyrannical petty officers eager to use the 'cat' for any transgression of the draconian naval laws. Evidence mainly came from contemporary accounts designed more for political propaganda than historical accuracy. The author shows that the laws enforced at sea were in fact similar to those of the 18th-century English system of criminal justice. He redresses the balance and places naval law and its administration in a wider context. Appendices include surveys of punishments meted out. Index. 
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18 CHAMBERS, Paul BEDLAM. London's Hospital for the Mad.
Surrey Ian Allan Publishing 2009 0711033870 / 9780711033870 1st hardcover FINE FINE 8vo 
288pp+illus. including colour. Not price clipped. To many Bedlam was known as a madhouse which brutalised its patients. However, abuse was rare until the control of the Monro family between 1728 and 1855 when a brutal medical programme gave it an unsavoury reputation as one of Europe's most notorious psychiatric hospitals. A balanced and compelling history of the institution, the life and times of the more famous of its patients, political dissenters, religious maniacs, murderers and more and finally the rise of a powerful reform movement which forced a new look at attitudes towards mental health. Bibliography & Index. 
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19 CLAY, Rev. Walter Lowe THE PRISON CHAPLAIN. A Memoir of the Rev. John Clay B.D. Late Chaplain of the Preston Gaol with Selections from his Reports and Correspondence and a Sketch of Prison Discipline in England.
London Macmillan 1861 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
621pp+frontis. + Pub. Cat. VG in sl. worn and marked red cloth, spined sunned. Minor foxing and small sig. to endpaper. The author's father had gathered together many pamphlets and reports with a view to putting together a work on the remedies of crime. Sadly he died before this could be accomplished. His son, having been asked by many friends to provide a memoir of his father, decided to present a combined biography and history of the penal system in England. Chapters include Early Life; State of Prisons in England before the time of Howard; The Progress of Prison Discipline; Labours at Preston Gaol from 1821-1843; The Separate System (incorporating American Prisons, transportation, the Hulks, Prison Inspectors, Pentonville, Birmingham Gaol, Norfolk Island, with Reports on Same), etc. 
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Hartford CT Thomas M. Day, State Printer 1855 First Edition Card Covered Booklet VG 
31pp. Original paper covered booklet now affixed in a brown card pamphlet binder with green spine. Minor wear to corners of card covers only. Booklet itself very slightly tanned on front cover but o/w a very clean copy. Bookplate inside cover. A report on the statistics of the prison inmates, expenditure, employment, health etc., with Warden's Report, Chaplain's Report and Physicians Report. The Physician notes that the prison has had a higher percentage of deaths than the Massachusetts State Prison, even bearing in mind that some prisoners had been pardoned due to ill health. 
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