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Race For Justice: Mumia Abu-Jamal's Fight Against the Death Penalty
Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1995. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards (hardcover); 272pp. Fine, unread copy, lacking jacket (as issued?). Scarce in cloth.
[Item #16720]
Price: $25.00
 
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Voices From The Big House
Detroit: Harlo Press, 1972. First Edition. Collection of writing by prisoners serving time at the Rahway and Trenton facilities in New Jersey. The volume notably collects Return of the Kid by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who at the time was serving a triple life sentence. Octavo (22cm); green cloth, with titles...
[Item #19443]
Price: $45.00
 
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Where Do I Go From Here? The Life Story of a Forger
New York: Lee Furman, Inc. 1936. First Edition. Pseudonymously-written account by a famous ex-convict, a career forger, whose misdeeds "resulted in prison sentences around the country. He decries racism and convict labor contracts at the Louisiana prison farm; spends a chapter adulating Eugene Debs, his cellmate at Atlanta; praises the...
[Item #19553]
Price: $100.00
 
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After The Big House: The Adventures of a Parole Officer
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1952. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Gray cloth boards, lettered in red on spine; dustjacket; 238pp. Slightly worn and soiled copy in slightly worn and soiled jacket; about VG.
[Item #17207]
Price: $25.00
 
After The Big House: The Adventures of a Parole Officer
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Behind Bars: A Prison Anthology
Chicago: Chicago Area Draft Resisters, 1968. First Edition. Collection of material prepared by and about those who were imprisoned for draft resistance and anti-war activities during the 1960's, compiled in an effort to provide information on prison life for persons thinking about resistance or non-compliance with the draft. OCLC notes...
[Item #19479]
Price: $45.00
 
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Cell 2455 Death Row
New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1954. First Edition. Chessman's classic account of life on San Quentin's Death Row, adapted for the 1955 film of the same name, directed by Fred F. Sears in 1955, starring William Campbell as Chessman. After publishing three books and exhausting a number of appeals, Chessman was...
[Item #19322]
Price: $200.00
 
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The Brothers of Attica
New York: Links Books, 1973. First Edition. First-hand account of the 1971 events during the Attica Prison riots, written by a Muslim minister acting as the inmates' spokesman and advocate for their demands. Clark reports the events of September 9-13, 1971, when the inmates held the D yard in the...
[Item #19530]
Price: $30.00
 
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Convicts, Coal, and the Banner Mine Tragedy
Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press, 1987. First Edition. A detailed account of the Banner Coal Mine, a proponent of the Pratt Consolidated Coal Company, in Jefferson County, Alabama. In 1911, an explosion killed 128 miners, of which 123 were convicts on lease from state prisons. This tragedy prompted...
[Item #14800]
Price: $15.00
 
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Torn Out By The Roots: The Recollections of a Former Communist
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 273pp; illus. Tight, Near Fine copy in lightly edge-rubbed jacket; appears unread.
[Item #15951]
Price: $20.00
 
Torn Out By The Roots: The Recollections of a Former Communist
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Shall Brothers Be... An account, written by American and British prisoners of war, of their treatment at the hands of the Chinese People's Volunteers and Korean People's Army in P.O.W. camps in Korea
Peking: The Chinese People's Committee for World Peace, 1952. First Edition. Pro-North Korean propaganda, touting the excellent conditions and humane treatment experience by American and British POW's. Includes staged photographs of soldiers in various states of celebration. 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet; printed paper wraps; 81pp; 4 inserted leaves of plates. Covers...
[Item #16673]
Price: $50.00
 
Shall Brothers Be... An account, written by American and British prisoners of war, of their treatment at the hands of the Chinese People's Volunteers and Korean People's Army in P.O.W. camps in Korea
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The Purgatory of Suicides. A Prison-Rhyme in Ten Books By Thomas Cooper, The Chartist
London: J. Watson, 1847. Second Edition. Second edition (first published Lon: J. How, 1845). Thomas Cooper's best-known work, written while incarcerated for his involvement in the 1842 Pottery Riots. Cooper, a self-educated shoemaker, was a prolific poet and one of the leading spokesmen for the Chartists; he would later serve...
[Item #18864]
Price: $120.00
 
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Trial by Ordeal
Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1955. First Edition. Second of four memoirs by Chessman, a San Quentin inmate whose first book - Cell 2455 Death Row - is one of the classic Death Row narratives. After publishing three books and exhausting a number of appeals, Chessman was finally executed in 1960. Quite...
[Item #14541]
Price: $75.00
 
Trial by Ordeal
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The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum
London: Greening & Co. 1899. First Edition. A charming survey of British low-life, documenting the methods and practices of pick-pockets, safe-crackers, card sharpers, portico thieves, shoplifters, forgers, and other criminals in common circulation in Edwardian London. Includes a chapter on "Rogues and Vagabonds." With about 50 text illustrations, all of...
[Item #15339]
Price: $175.00
 
The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum
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Burn, Killer, Burn!
Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, 1962. First edition. Octavo. Original red cloth, 391pp. Very good + in very good dust jacket. Mild dusting to page edges. Extremities of jacket shows some signs of use, with some chipping to edges of spine. Original price intact.
[Item #12320]
Price: $25.00
 
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Warden Ragen of Joliet
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1957. First Edition. Biography of Joseph E. Ragen, long-time warden of the Illinois State Penitentiary at Statesville-Joliet (home to Leopold & Loeb, Roger "The Terrible" Touhy, Basil "The Owl" Banghart and, fictionally, Jake & Elwood Blues). Includes an introduction by Ragen and a foreword by Harry...
[Item #15176]
Price: $150.00
 
Warden Ragen of Joliet
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Warden Ragen of Joliet
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co. 1957. First Edition. Biography of Joseph E. Ragen, long-time warden of the Illinois State Penitentiary at Statesville-Joliet (home to Leopold & Loeb, Roger "The Terrible" Touhy, Basil "The Owl" Banghart and, fictionally, Jake & Elwood Blues). Includes an introduction by Ragen and a foreword...
[Item #19562]
Price: $50.00
 
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The Rise of Ruderick Clowd
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1903. First Edition. The career of a professional thief and safe-cracker in New York, culminating with his renunciation of the criminal life. In Hubin. A very sharp copy. HANNA 3811. SMITH F-200. Octavo. Publisher's pictorial cloth; 370pp; illus. Touch of rubbing to pictorial elements and to...
[Item #18994]
Price: $60.00
 
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Character "Bad" - The Story of a Conscientious Objector
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1934. First Edition. Narrative of Harold Studley Gray's career as a C.O. during WWI, told through his letters from prison. Gray worked as a YMCA volunteer in British prison camps at the beginning of the war, then refused to accept conscription upon his return to...
[Item #17173]
Price: $125.00
 
Character "Bad" - The Story of a Conscientious Objector
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Character "Bad" - The Story of a Conscientious Objector
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1934. Second Printing. Narrative of Harold Studley Gray's career as a C.O. during WWI, told through his letters from prison. Gray worked as a YMCA volunteer in British prison camps at the beginning of the war, then refused to accept conscription upon his return to...
[Item #18885]
Price: $25.00
 
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Doomed Ship
New York: Horace Liveright, 1928. First Edition. Gray's tell-all memoir, written on Death Row at Sing-Sing while awaiting execution for the murder of his lover Ruth Snyder's husband. The trial of Judd Gray and Ruth Snyder, which resulted in the first execution of a woman in New York's electric chair...
[Item #18768]
Price: $150.00
 
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Nineteen Years Not Guilty: Leonard Hankins' Story in His Own Words, As Told To Earl Guy
New York: Exposition Press, 1956. First Edition. Horrifying account of Hankins' unjust and unlawful conviction for murder, and his nearly two decade-long imprisonment in the Minnesota State Prison. With descriptions of his legal fight to get out of prison, and the many obstacles he encountered at Stillwater while attempting to...
[Item #19495]
Price: $45.00
 
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Child Welfare in the District of Columbia: A Study of Agencies and Institutions for the Care of Dependent and Delinquent Children
New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1924. First Edition. Documentary survey of orphanages and reform schools in metropolitan Washington, illustrated with numerous photographic plates of facilities, administrators, and inmates. Many of the subjects are African-American, and there is much information on various Black-only institutions. Octavo (24cm). Green cloth boards, lettered in...
[Item #15680]
Price: $120.00
 
Child Welfare in the District of Columbia: A Study of Agencies and Institutions for the Care of Dependent and Delinquent Children
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Poems From Prison
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1970. An uncommonly well-preserved copy of Knight's first published book of verse, written while doing time at Indiana State Prison. Fourth Printing. Slim octavo (21.5cm); black and white illustrated wrappers, stapled; 30pp. Faint spotting to extremities, else Near Fine.
[Item #19453]
Price: $25.00
 
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Women & Imprisonment in the United States: History & Current Reality
Philadelphia: Monkeywrench Press / Industial Workers of the World, [1995]. First Edition. Brief work on the history of women's prisons in the United States, from their emergence in the early 19th century through the present day. Scarce work by Kurshan, one of the founding members of the Youth International Party...
[Item #19478]
Price: $50.00
 
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Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing
London: Constable & Co. Ltd. 1932. First UK Edition. The uncommon British imprint of Warden Lewis E. Lawes' non-fiction account of his twelve year tenure at Sing Sing prison, where he gained a reputation both for reforming prison conditions and humanizing those behind bars. Basis for the 1940 film Castle...
[Item #18208]
Price: $75.00
 


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