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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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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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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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Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist [Inscribed]
New York: Mother Earth Publishing Association, 1912. First Edition. Classic account of the author's experience in prison in Western Penitentiary of Pennsylvania, in Pittsburgh, from 1892-1906. On July 23, 1892, Berkman, armed with a revolver and a sharpened steel file, entered the office of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick, whom...
[Item #28197]
Price: $1,500.00
 
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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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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
 
18.

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
 
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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
 
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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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Broadside: Trial, Sentence, and Execution of Michael Barrett, Who Was Executed This Morning, at the Old Bailey for the Wilful Murder of Sarah Ann Hodkinson, One of the Sufferers of the Clerkenwell Explosion
S.i., n.d. [but London: 1868]. First Edition. Contemporary broadside commemorating the trial and execution of Michael Barrett, a Fenian nationalist who was convicted and sentenced to death for the bombing of Clerkenwell Prison in December, 1867. The bombing, which was intended to effect the escape of a number of Fenian...
[Item #28837]
Price: $1,250.00
 


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