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Item #78943 The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary. John Howard.
The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary...
The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary...
The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary...

The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary...

A Landmark Study of Prisons Howard, John [1726-1790]. The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary Observations, And an Account of Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals. Warrington: Printed by William Eyres; And Sold by T. Cadell, 1780. [viii], 449, [19] pp. With 11 copperplates (one a double plate), 9 folding, and a half-title. Complete, final 2 leaves present in duplicate. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary mottled three-quarter calf over marbled boards, rebacked retaining existing spine with gilt fillets and lettering piece, gilt ornament to top compartment, front hinge mended with cloth. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to spine and board edges, corners bumped and worn, rear hinge cracked. Light toning to interior, faint offsetting from plates, a few of which have light edgewear or minor clean tears not affecting images. $350. * Second 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. He reported his findings in The State of the Prisons, which was, to quote Printing and the Mind of Man, "the first major practical work on the subject." A vivid synthesis of factual data and moral outrage, it called for drastic improvements in the housing, cleanliness and care of prisoners. Within a year of its publication it inspired a bill that established two prisons with plans based on Howard's recommendations. The first edition was published in 1777, its final edition, the fourth, in 1792. Printing and the Mind of Man (citing first edition) 224. English Short-Title Catalogue T83449.

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