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The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, with preliminary observations, and an account of some foreign prisons and hospitals The fourth edition
London: J Johnson, C Dilly and T Cadell, 1794 Book. Very Good. Half-Leather. Signed by Author(s). 4th Edition. [6],[1] pp 2-540 22 engraved plates, some folding. John Howard's influential treatise which has been extra illustrated with a manuscript petition and letter from the debtors of the Newcastle Newgate Prison from 1794. The two manuscript leaves have been bound in opposite the account of Newcastle gaol at page 422. The first folded sheet is a covering letter addressed to the Home Secretary Henry Dundas, dated 23 April, 1794 which announces the 'Petition to his Majesty, which we beg of your Honour to present at your convenience'. The debtors make a case for a change in the law based on their 'small debts and... families, who must become chargeable to their respective parishes, being deprived, by our confinement here, of their former means of support', making reference to a bill being introduced by the Lord Chancellor which might include such a measure. The letter is signed by Hermoth Anderson and accompanied by a separate leaf containing the petition itself, elegantly set out and signed to the rear by 12 individual debtors including Anderson, Ann Harle, Jon Philpott and others. Given the influence of Howard's reformist text, the context of these letters could hardly be more appropriate. The book is bound in half calf over original marbled boards, somewhat rubbed, sympathetically respined and with reinforcement to the inner hinges of what is a heavy quarto. The text and superb engravings are all present although the half title is wanting. Printing and the Mind of Man, 224. Please contact Christian White at Modernfirsteditions if you would like more information about this book.
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