A Limited-Edition, Twelve-Volume Fine-Press Study of Prisons Griffiths, Arthur [1838-1908]. The World's Famous Prisons: An Account of the State of Prisons from the Earliest Times to the Present Day, With the History of Celebrated Cases. London: The Grolier Society, [c.1900]. Twelve volumes. Frontispieces. Plates. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-3/4). Three-quarter morocco over patterned boards, raised bands, gilt titles and gilt ornaments to spine, top edge gilt, deckle fore and bottom edges, patterned endpapers, tissue guards to frontispieces and plates. Light to moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, hinges of some volumes cracked or starting, light toning to text, faint dampstaining throughout Volume IV. A handsome set. $2,500. * A copy from the Connoisseur Edition limited to 150 sets, this number 67. A former British Army officer, Griffiths was a prolific popular author. In addition to historical and journalistic works on military subjects, he wrote extensively about crime and punishment and even published several mystery crime novels. His work is notable for its sensational appeal; he was often accused of pandering to the base instincts of his readers. Illustrated with more than a hundred plates, The World's Famous Prisons is a compilation of historical lore with an emphasis on colorful and lurid anecdote. Contents: I-II. Chronicles of Newgate; III. Milbank Penitentiary, An Experiment in Reformation; IV. Non-Criminal Prisons: English Debtor's Prisons and Prisons of War, French war prisons, American war prisons, With References to Those of Other Lands; V. Prisons over Seas: Deportation and Colonization, British and American Prisons of Today; VI. Early French Prisons; VII. Modern French Prisons; VIII. German and Austrian Prisons; IX. Spanish Prisons: The Inquisition at Home and Abroad, Prisons Past and Present; X. Italian Prisons: Prisons of the Roman Inquisition; XI. Russian Prisons, The Story of Siberian Exile; XII. Oriental Prisons, Prisons and Crime in India, The Andaman Islands, Burma-China-Japan-Egypt, Turkey.
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