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BUXTON, Thomas Fowell.

An Inquiry, whether Crime and Misery are produced or prevented, by our present system of Prison Discipline.

Illustrated by Descriptions of The Borough Compter. Tothil Fields. The Jails at St. Albans, and at Guildford. The jail at Bury. The Maison de Force at Ghent. The Philadelphia Prison. The Penitentiary at Millbank. And the Proceedings of the Ladies' committee at Newgate.

London: John and Arthur Arch, Butterworth and Sons, and John Hatchard, 1818 Stock Code: 137859
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First edition. "Influenced by Elizabeth Fry and his brother-in-law Samuel Hoare, Buxton made several visits to Newgate Prison, and published his findings as An inquiry whether crime and misery are produced or prevented by our present system of prison discipline (1818). The book went through five editions in a year, was praised by Sir James Mackintosh in the House of Commons, and was translated into French and widely circulated in Europe. Its reception in India indirectly led to an inquiry into the scandalous management of Madras gaols. In England its publication led to the formation of the Society for the Reformation of Prison Discipline, of which Buxton was a committee member." (ODNB).

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Octavo. Uncut in the original grey boards. printed paper spine label.


Engraved armorial bookplate of Sir Thomas Gory Callum Bart F. R. S. to front pastedown. Spine ends chipped, paper label darkened and chipped, front joint cracking but still very firm, corners worn; occasional light spotting, withal a crisp clean copy in its original unrestored binding.


Goldsmiths' 22187 (recording the 3rd and 6th editions only).


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