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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
 
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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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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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: $2,750.00
 
I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
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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
 
The Purgatory of Suicides. A Prison-Rhyme in Ten Books By Thomas Cooper, The Chartist
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That Red October Day: A True Story of the Riot at the Colorado State Penitentiary on October Third Nineteen Hundred Twenty Nine, As Told By Eyewitnesses to R.M. Crane, Convict Number 15828 [Original Manuscript]
[Caņon City, CO]: R.M. Crane, 1932. First Edition. Either a finished manuscript or else a hand-produced copy for private circulation, consisting of mimeographed sheets bound in hand-typed wrappers. The text is a detailed account of the 1929 riot at the Colorado State Penitentiary -- at the time, one of the...
[Item #20106]
Price: $750.00
 
That Red October Day: A True Story of the Riot at the Colorado State Penitentiary on October Third Nineteen Hundred Twenty Nine, As Told By Eyewitnesses to R.M. Crane, Convict Number 15828 [Original Manuscript]
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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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The American Jail: What It Is and What To Do About It
New York: Standing Committee on Jails of the American Prison Association, (1937). First Edition. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlet. Printed wrappers; 24pp. Light external soil and wear; Very Good. Includes brief (1-pp) bibliography.
[Item #19834]
Price: $20.00
 
The American Jail: What It Is and What To Do About It
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Icepick: A Novel about Life and Death in a Maximum Security Prison [Inscribed]
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1974. First Edition. Dobler's second book, a novlized account of the five months he spent touring and visiting various prisons within the Illinois penal system, interviewing and speaking with everyone from convicts to prison staff. An uncommon title inscribed. First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); blue denim...
[Item #19736]
Price: $125.00
 
Icepick: A Novel about Life and Death in a Maximum Security Prison [Inscribed]
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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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Archive of Letters, Signed Documents, and Related Materials
[Mostly Menard, IL; ca 1989-93]. Vachula, a Chicago freelance journalist, penned his article "The Gacy Connection" for Chicago Magazine's July, 1989 issue. The article presented convincing (but ultimately inconclusive) evidence that John Wayne Gacy's career as a serial killer may have extended as far back as 1955, when he was...
[Item #19719]
Price: $7,500.00
 
Archive of Letters, Signed Documents, and Related Materials
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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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