A Handsomely Bound Set of Pamphlets on Penology and Confinement [Great Britain]. [Valpy, Abraham John (bap.1786-1854), Publisher]. [36 Legal Pamphlets from the Pamphleteer]. London: Printed by A.J. Valpy, 1812-1826. Three volumes. ; ;  pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, gilt fillets and small central monogram stamp to boards, gilt fillets and lettering pieces to spines, gilt tooling to corners of board edges, marbled endpapers, speckled edges. Light rubbing and a few spots, scuffs, nicks and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners lightly bumped. Light toning to interior, light spotting in a few places, trimming to fore-edge of third pamphlet of Volume III with minor loss to legibility. A handsome set. $1,500. * A collection of 36 pamphlets bound in three volumes, all extracted from various issues of the Pamphleteer and presented in chronological order. Authors include Basil Montagu, Henry Parnell and Joseph John Gurney. The subject matter has a broad focus on penology and confinement, with topics including prison conditions in Great Britain and abroad, penal laws against Irish Catholics, capital punishment, madhouses in England, hospitals and lunatic asylums, arrests for debt, the English criminal code, etc. The Pamphleteer, a quarterly publication intended to represent a curated selection of the best pamphlets of the day, was issued by Valpy for fifteen years (1813-1828). Some of these pamphlets are quite scarce in their original form, and many are exclusive to the Pamphleteer. A searchable list of included works is available upon request.
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