The "Wise and Humane Administration" of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Prison Turnbull, Robert J. [1775-1833]. A Visit to the Philadelphia Prison; Being an Accurate and Particular Account of the Wise and Humane Administration Adopted in Every Part of That Building; Containing Also an Account of the Gradual Reformation and Present Improved State, of the Penal Laws of Pennsylvania: With Observations on the Impolicy and Injustice of Capital Punishments. In a Letter to a Friend. Philadelphia: Printed: London: Re-Printed and Sold by James Phillips & Son, 1797. [ii], ii, 93,  pp. Folding table. Final leaf is a publisher advertisement. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent quarter morocco over cloth, gilt title to spine, untrimmed edges. Moderate toning, occasional faint dampspotting to margins, neat underlining (of names) in a few places. $450. * First London edition, a reissue of the first edition, Philadelphia, 1796. This notable title in the early 19th-century literature of prison reform praises Philadelphia's Walnut Street Prison and its enlightened approach to penology, which included the grouping of prisoners according to the severity of their crimes, vocational training and strict rules regarding sanitation and cleanliness. The latter part of Turnbull's report is a condemnation of capital punishment. A sophisticated critique, it calls for the elimination of the death penalty for all crimes except pre-meditated murder. Our copy includes the table that was included in one of the two issues of the first American edition. It is overlooked in the ESTC record. OCLC locates copies identical to ours, which indicates that some, like their American counterparts, were issued with a table. Not in Eberstadt. English Short-Title Catalogue W29677. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 97470.
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