A Notable Reformer Reports On Quarantine Conditions Howard, John [1726-1790]. An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe; With Various Papers Relative to the Plague: Together with Further Observations on Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals; And Additional Remarks on the Present State of Those in Great Britain and Ireland. Warrington: Printed by William Eyres; And sold by T. Cadell, J. Johnson, C. Dilly, and J. Taylor, in London, 1789. viii [i.e. vi], 259,  pp. With a folding table and 22 diagrams and illustrations, 20 of which are folding. Quarto (11" x 8-3/4"). Recent quarter calf over marbled boards, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, occasional light foxing, heavier to some leaves, light soiling in a few places, light wear with clean tears to edges of some folding plates affecting images without loss, early (illegible) ownership signature to head of title page. An attractive copy. $500. * First edition. After being shocked by the conditions of his county prison as High Sheriff, Howard dedicated himself to touring hundreds of prisons in Great Britain and Western Europe and reporting on their conditions. His primary focus was on improving hygiene and cleanliness, and his work The State of the Prisons (1777) is credited with establishing the practice of single-celling in the United Kingdom. Our work, published after his final tour of English prisons in 1787, focuses on quarantine stations and prison hospitals with detailed diagrams and illustrations. English Short-Title Catalogue T115289.
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