Gangs & Juvenile Delinquency

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The Messenger
New York: Farrar, Straus, 1963. First Edition. Wright's acclaimed first novel, of a young southern black man's travails in New York City at the opening of the Civil Rights era. Octavo (21cm). Black paper-covered boards backed with white linen; 217pp. Faint sticker residue to front free endpaper, else a tight...
[Item #14085]
Price: $50.00
 
The Messenger
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The Denizens of the Street
[Accra], Ghana: Ghana Publishing Corporation, [1971]. First Edition. Slim octavo (21.5cm.); original orange pictorial stiff card wrappers; [8],103pp. Very minor wear from handling, else About Fine. Novel recounting Ghanaian teenage deliquency, dealing with "Wee-smoking [sic], gangfights [sic], women and drinks" (rear wrapper).
[Item #24850]
Price: $30.00
 
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The Gang
Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill, [ca.1924]. Copies of The Gang are unaccountably rare in commerce, in or out of dustjacket. The present example was likely bound using leftover sheets from the First Edition, published by Henry Holt in 1921. The title page on this copy is a cancel on a stub, and...
[Item #17435]
Price: $250.00
 
The Gang
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Girl Gangs: A Survey of Teen-Age Drug Addicts, Sex Crimes, Rape, Kleptomania, Prostitution, Truancy, and Other Social Deviations
New York: Padell, [1952]. First Edition. Sensationalized "analysis" of teen-age girl delinquency, with a predictable emphasis on sexual deviancy and prostitution. Brilliant photo-pictorial jacket art. Rear panel of jacket advertises other Padell titles of a similar (or similarly) bent: Strange Loves by La Forest Potter M.D. and Sex Life in...
[Item #21279]
Price: $100.00
 
Girl Gangs: A Survey of Teen-Age Drug Addicts, Sex Crimes, Rape, Kleptomania, Prostitution, Truancy, and Other Social Deviations
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The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead
New York: Grove Press, 1971. First American Edition. Novel depicting a violent,homosexual youth movement whose objective is the downfall of western civilization. Maynard & Miles A20.a. First Printing, one of 5,619 copies. Octavo; black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and in blind on front cover; dustjacket; 184pp...
[Item #21199]
Price: $60.00
 
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The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead
London: Calder & Boyars, 1972. First U.K. Edition. Novel depicting a violent,homosexual youth movement whose objective is the downfall of western civilization. Maynard & Miles A20.b. First Impression. Octavo; rust-colored paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 184pp. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped, with a....
[Item #21202]
Price: $125.00
 
The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead
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The Boy and His Gang. Illustrated
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1912. First Edition. Sociological study of Boston-area boy gangs, illustrated with four pages of photographic plates (halftones). The plates are evocative; though clearly staged the author appears to have used real gang members for his subjects. Puffer was Director of the Beacon Vocation Bureau, a private...
[Item #13299]
Price: $200.00
 
The Boy and His Gang. Illustrated
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Street Arabs and Gutter Snipes. The Pathetic and Humorous Side of Young Vagabond Life in the Great Cities, With Records of Work for Their Reformation
San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Co. 1884. First Edition. Issued simultaneously under a variety of imprints (including Boston and Chicago); curiously, OCLC offers no record of this San Francisco variant. A sensational pictorial account of the plight of America's homeless children, beggars and tramps, with desultory excursions into the topic...
[Item #13386]
Price: $200.00
 
Street Arabs and Gutter Snipes. The Pathetic and Humorous Side of Young Vagabond Life in the Great Cities, With Records of Work for Their Reformation
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Narcotic Agent
New York: Vanguard Press, 1941. First Edition. Memoir of a long-time undercover narcotic agent for the U.S. Department of Treasury, known to newspaper readers and radio audiences as "Colonel Smokey." Helbrand gives first-hand accounts of the various underworld characters he met while on the job: junkies, dealers, gangsters, and international...
[Item #18954]
Price: $350.00
 
Narcotic Agent
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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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The Beast
New York: Doubleday, Page, 1910. First Edition. Autobiographical essays from the career of Judge Ben Lindsey, a prominent child welfare advocate and long-time chief of the Denver juvenile court. With many anecdotes relating to child welfare, gangs, and juvenile delinquency in turn-of-the-century Denver. An uncommonly well-preserved copy. Octavo (20cm). Blue...
[Item #17715]
Price: $75.00
 
The Beast
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King Heroin on a Street Corner
Athens, OH: Circle Publications, 1970. First Edition. A detailed and deeply sympathetic account of a sociology student from Ohio University, who spend a summer in Williamsburg, NY living on a single street corner in an effort to understand the inhabitants of the neighborhood and how the heroin epidemic affected them...
[Item #19837]
Price: $200.00
 
King Heroin on a Street Corner
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The Poor In Great Cities: Their Problems and What Is Doing To Solve Them
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1895. First Edition. Collection of muck-raking social reform articles originally published in Scribner's Magazine during the years 1891-93. Includes such influential articles as Jacob Riis's "The Children of the Poor;" Willard Parsons' "The Story of the Fresh Air Fund;" Joseph Kirkland's "Among The Poor of...
[Item #16302]
Price: $50.00
 
The Poor In Great Cities: Their Problems and What Is Doing To Solve Them
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Boyville: A History of Fifteen Years' Work Among Newsboys. Illustrated
Toledo: Toledo Newsboys' Association, 1905. First Edition. Account, by its founder, of the Toledo Newsboys' Association, a charitable and fraternal organization engaged in the education and social rehabilitation of Toledo's newsboys, many of whom were runaways or orphans. Nicely illustrated with halftone portraits and views. Octavo. Tan cloth boards, lettered...
[Item #16168]
Price: $30.00
 
Boyville: A History of Fifteen Years' Work Among Newsboys. Illustrated