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Illinois State Penitentiary [cover title]
[Joliet, IL?]: Vocational School Print Shop, [1940]. First Edition. Small 12mo (14.5cm.); original pale green pictorial staplebound card wrappers; 34pp.; illus. About Fine. Small broadsheet laid in providing data regarding "Escapes and Returned from Escape for Calendar Years Ending Dec. 31st, 1939" and "Average Inmate Per Capita Cost 20 Year...
[Item #26965]
Price: $75.00
 
Illinois State Penitentiary [cover title]
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$60 Reward
Atlanta: United States Penitentiary, [1907]. "Wanted" sign to be posted "In Conspicuous Place," offering a reward for the arrest and detention of William Finney, alias Ivory L. Rolland, an inmate of the United States Penitentiary of Atlanta, Georgia, and escaped on May 27, 1907. Finney, who had been serving a....
[Item #22210]
Price: $450.00
 
$60 Reward
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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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Who Took The Weight? Black Voices From Norfolk Prison [Review Copy]
Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1972. First Edition. Anthology of prison writings by inmates of the Norfolk Prison Colony in eastern Massachusetts. Foreword by Elma Lewis, under whose auspices much of the work was completed. With an introduction by James A. Lang, an inmate who presumably shared the editorial credit...
[Item #29341]
Price: $45.00
 
Who Took The Weight? Black Voices From Norfolk Prison [Review Copy]
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Report of an Amnesty International Mission to Argentina, 6-15 November 1976
London: Amnesty International Publications, 1977. First Edition. Quarto (27.5cm.); original blue staplebound card wrappers; 92p.; printed from typescript. Fine. Issued during Argentina's "Dirty War," contents include chapters on prisoners, disappearances, and torture, as well as Lord Avebury's description of Villa Devoto Prison and its female detainees.
[Item #28693]
Price: $45.00
 
Report of an Amnesty International Mission to Argentina, 6-15 November 1976
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Facing the Chair: Story of the Americanization of Two Foreignborn Workmen
Boston: Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee, 1927. First Edition. One of a number of works by prominent American authors commissioned by the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee, sold to raise funds for their ongoing defense. A fragile Dos Passos "A" item, seldom found in collector's condition. SANDERS A27. Octavo (21.5cm); printed wrappers; 127pp. Mild...
[Item #22961]
Price: $150.00
 
Facing the Chair: Story of the Americanization of Two Foreignborn Workmen
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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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Red Gaols: A Woman's Experiences in Russian Prisons...Preface to the English edition by...Alban Goodier...Foreword to the French edition by Fr. Christiophe Dumont
London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd. [1935]. First English Language Edition. Small octavo (19cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket printed in red and black; x,67pp.; plain photographic frontispiece, illus. Dust jacket with large loss to upper cover, lower half of spine perished, splitting along folds, toning. Near Fine...
[Item #24721]
Price: $45.00
 
Red Gaols: A Woman's Experiences in Russian Prisons...Preface to the English edition by...Alban Goodier...Foreword to the French edition by Fr. Christiophe Dumont
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We Are Attica: Interviews with Prisoners from Attica
New York: Attica Defense Committee, n.d. [1972]. First Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original tan and purple pictorial staplebound wrappers; unpaged; illus. About Fine. Chronology and interviews relating to the prison riots of 1970 and 1971 at Attica Prison.
[Item #27843]
Price: $75.00
 
We Are Attica: Interviews with Prisoners from Attica
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Attica: Two Years Later [drop-title] "We Have The Solution. The Solution is Unity"
Buffalo: Attica Defense Committee, 1973. Quarto (29cm). Bifolium, on newsprint [4pp]. Paper slightly toned, else a fresh, unworn copy, Very Good to Near Fine. Fundraising brochure for the Attica Defense Committee, calling for the dismissal of indictments against the 28 prisoners indicted for participating in the Attica Prison riots of...
[Item #24943]
Price: $75.00
 
Attica: Two Years Later [drop-title] "We Have The Solution. The Solution is Unity"
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Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
[New York]: Published by the Author, 1889. Written during the author's 5-year sentence in Clinton Prison, New York, and self-published in the hopes that "If I can sell enough of my books to earn a living, the temptation that sometimes drives ex-convicts back to crime will, in my case at...
[Item #21056]
Price: $750.00
 
Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
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Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
[New York]: Published by the Author, 1889. Written during the author's 5-year sentence in Clinton Prison, New York, and self-published in the hopes that "If I can sell enough of my books to earn a living, the temptation that sometimes drives ex-convicts back to crime will, in my case at...
[Item #21473]
Price: $600.00
 
Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
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Borstal Boy
London: Hutchinson, [1958]. First Edition. Octavo (22cm.); original cloth in pictorial dust jacket by B.S. Biro; 342pp.; photographic portrait frontispiece. Jacket extremities a bit worn, spine toned and slightly cocked. Irish poet's memoirs of three years spent in a juvenile detention center.
[Item #22099]
Price: $50.00
 
Borstal Boy
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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
 
Where Do I Go From Here? The Life Story of a Forger
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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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Stealing Through Life
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First Edition. Narrative account of Ernest Booth, a career criminal who by his own admission was an accomplished burglar and forger. "Booth's career as a thief was punctuated by several brief stays in county jails and over half of a five-year sentence at San...
[Item #19739]
Price: $750.00
 
Stealing Through Life
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The Jack Brown Story
Chatsworth, CA: By the author, N.d. [ca 1968]. First Edition. First-person narrative of a Texas dope fiend, confidence man and jailbird who finds Christ late in life. Includes photographs of some of Brown's claimed criminal associates, including Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, Machine Gun Kelly, and others. Octavo (21.5cm). Staple-bound, pictorial...
[Item #21396]
Price: $25.00
 
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Words From the House of the Dead: An Anthology of Prison Writings from Soledad
Greenfield, NY: Greenfield Review Press, 1971. First Edition. Inmate writings from Soledad State Prison. Reproduces many works from the surreptitious, inmate-produced anthology The 6:15 Unlock (of which only ten copies were produced). "These writings were smuggled out. They are anonymous to protect the prisoners themselves" (from the editor's foreword). An...
[Item #21370]
Price: $50.00
 
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Baby Chocolate and Other Short Stories: Aspects of the Black Experience. An Original Collection
New York: William-Frederick Press, 1975. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Cloth boards, dustjacket, 117pp. Fine and unmarked in crisp but faintly foxed dustwrapper, Near Fine. Collection of short fiction by an inmate of the Lorton, Virginia penitentiary. Includes several stories of prison life.
[Item #24997]
Price: $40.00
 
Baby Chocolate and Other Short Stories: Aspects of the Black Experience. An Original Collection
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No Beast So Fierce
New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 1973. First Edition. Novel beginning on a prisoner's last day behind bars. "He has been respected by his friends as a successful criminal, but wants to avoid returning to that lifestyle. This desire, with no job in sight, fuels his pre-release anxiety, which he...
[Item #19778]
Price: $350.00
 
No Beast So Fierce
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Punishment: A Play in Four Acts
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1916. First Edition. 12mo (19.25cm.); original red gilt-lettered cloth; vii,[1],127,[7](ads)pp. Minor edge wear, textblock fore-edge a bit foxed, minor soil spots to a couple of early leaves, else a Very Good, attractive and bright copy. Bierstadt's first book, a play set in prison.
[Item #21487]
Price: $30.00
 
Punishment: A Play in Four Acts
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I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
New York: Vanguard Press, 1932. First Edition. The author's first book, originally issued as a six-part serial in the pages of True Detective Mysteries in 1931, and picked up by Vanguard the following year. A slightly fictionalized but largely autobiographical account, written while in hiding, of the author's adventures with...
[Item #19526]
Price: $1,500.00
 
I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
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I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
New York: Vanguard Press, 1932. First Edition. The author's first book, originally issued as a six-part serial in the pages of True Detective Mysteries in 1931, and picked up by Vanguard the following year. A slightly fictionalized but largely autobiographical account, written while in hiding, of the author's adventures with...
[Item #25556]
Price: $2,000.00
 
I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
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Prisoners of Apartheid
[London: Christian Action Publications, n.d., 1965]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original black and white pictorial staplebound wrappers; 40pp. A Fine, partially unopened copy. "A Christian Action pamphlet" - upper wrapper.
[Item #26349]
Price: $15.00
 
Prisoners of Apartheid
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Drive suite
London: Paul Breman, 1972. First Edition. The Atlantic City, NJ author's first and only book, published seven years after his death in 1964 as a result of a drug overdose. Carrington spent most of his life from age 16 until his death in various jails and reformatories; it was in...
[Item #25997]
Price: $45.00
 
Drive suite


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