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1. Reid 4990. "Prisons and Prisoners" By Joseph Adshead. An illustrated book bound in dark blue thick card covers with an embossed pattern.
Lettered on the title-page with quotations:
"Wherever there is association in Prisons, there must be demoralizing consequences." -Inspectors of Prisons.
"By solitary confienement, well regulated labour, and religious instruction, to reform as well as to punish for past offences."- Howard
"An enlightened and well ordered State should regulate its penal laws according to the demands of humanity and reason, should apply them with impartiality and enforce them with certainty, justice and inflexibility."-Oscar King of Sweden.
With the publisher's details at the foot of the page: "London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longman. 1845."
On the verso: "G&A Falkner, Printers, Brown Street and King Street, Manchester."
With a frontispiece illustration by George Cruikshank bound opposite the title-page described by GW Reid as follows:
Reid 2363: "The Interior of a prison where the inmates fight and game, inscribed "City of London System, vide page 182."
The additional illustrations are lithographs:
2."Perspective View of the Interior of One Corridor from the Central Hall." A lithograph by G&A Falkner. Lettered above the image "Model Prison."
3. Fold out illustration of an "Isometrical View of Pentonville Prison." with a ground plan of one corridor.
Letterpress book with wood engraved frontispiece and lithographic illustrations
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Height: 220 millimetres (approx. page height)
Height: 221 millimetres (approx. page width folded illustration)
Length: 382 millimetres (approx. page width folded illustration)
Width: 140 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- According to AM Cohn: "George Cruikshank: A catalougue raisonné": "A few large paper copies were issued for presentation. The frontispiece is on India paper.
This work has an additional interest as an attack on Charles Dickens, entitled: "The Fictions of Dickens upon Solitary Confinement." pp.95-121.
Not all of the pages have been cut which suggests that the volume has never been read.
- Not on display
- The frontispiece illustration is loose in the binding.
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