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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
 
The Denizens of the Street. W. K. ANSAH.
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The Gang
Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill, [ca.1924]. Jacket blurbs spin The Gang as a sort of urban "Huckleberry Finn" about a group of proto-Dead End Kids, set in the then-Jewish ghetto of East Harlem. What goes unremarked upon in the jacket text is that this is a gang of Jewish kids. The East...
[Item #17435]
Price: $250.00
 
The Gang. Joseph ANTHONY.
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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. Samuel A. BAILEY.
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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. Samuel A. BAILEY.
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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. Brendan BEHAN.
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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. William Allan BROOKS.
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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. CRIME & UNDERWORLD, GANGS, J. Adams PUFFER.
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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. CRIME & UNDERWORLD, HOBOES, George C. NEEDHAM.
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Just To Remind You
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1931. First Edition. Proletarian drama involving "the cruel alliance between the criminal, the politician and the judiciary," and the level to which gangs are entrenched in the American political structure. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); red cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine and front...
[Item #27167]
Price: $50.00
 
Just To Remind You. Owen DAVIS.
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Whose Town?
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [1969]. First Edition. First printing. Octavo (20.5cm.); original cloth in pictorial dust jacket; [8],246pp. Young adult novel portraying the aftermath of the violence between black and white adolescents in a small town.
[Item #24923]
Price: $40.00
 
Whose Town? Lorenz GRAHAM.
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Delinquency Prevention Advocate. January, 1936 [All Published?]
Detroit: Juvenile Court and the Human Relations Councils of Wayne County, 1936. First Edition. Monthly newsletter that "aims to acquaint the public with the work of prevention councils in Wayne County." Provides short pieces on treatment, research, and prevention; articles include "Forgiveness Is Not Condonation," "Boys Don't Want to Be...
[Item #29958]
Price: $200.00
 
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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. JUVENILE DELINQUENTS, Hastings H. HART.
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The Apaches of New York
New York: G. W. Dillingham Company, [1912]. First Edition. Described in the preface as a collection of true crimes committed in New York in the previous three years: "They were written to show you how the other half live--in New York. I had them direct from veracious lips of the...
[Item #21250]
Price: $200.00
 
The Apaches of New York. Alfred Henry LEWIS.
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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. Ben B. LINDSEY, Harvey J. O'Higgins.
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First Annual Report of the Commissioners for Locating and Building House of Reformation for Juvenile and Female Offenders Against the Laws. June 11, 1856 [All published]
Concord: Amos Hadley, 1856. First Edition. Octavo (22.25cm.); original tan wrappers printed within triple rule; 23pp. Light wear to wrapper extremities, else a Very Good, partially unopened copy. Apparently the only report issued by the Commissioners, whose members included the future Governor of New Hampshire Frederick Smyth and former Governor...
[Item #26964]
Price: $75.00
 
First Annual Report of the Commissioners for Locating and Building House of Reformation for Juvenile and Female Offenders Against the Laws. June 11, 1856 [All published]. NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE OF REFORMATION.
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Raw Edge
New York: Appleton-Century, 1933. First Edition. Octavo. Red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 261pp. First printing, with (1) present on final page of text. Gilt a trifle oxidized, else a fine, tight copy in scarce original dustwrapper, lightly nicked at extremities but unusually bright...
[Item #25939]
Price: $250.00
 
Raw Edge. Edward Sefton PORTER.
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Condemned to Live [...] A Novel
London: Boriswood, [1934]. First English Language Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original rust cloth, spine lettered in yellow; 615pp. A touch dust-soiled; rubberstamp "hae" to half title and copyright page, else About Fine. German novel portraying adolescent life during the depression of post-WWI Germany. Publisher's announcement laid in.
[Item #26077]
Price: $50.00
 
Condemned to Live [...] A Novel. Johann RABENER, trans Geoffrey Dunlop.
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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. David RIGGS.
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Corner Boy: A Novel
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (20.75cm.); original cloth in decorative dust jacket; [8],266pp. Jacket and top textblock edge foxed, extremities a bit worn with a few short closed tears, else Very Good and sound. African-American author Herbert Simmons's first of two novels, published when Simmons...
[Item #28678]
Price: $45.00
 
Corner Boy: A Novel. Herbert SIMMONS.
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The Contemporary Woman and Crime
Rockville, MD: National Institute of Mental Health, Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency, [1975]. First Edition. Octavo (23cm.); original white decorative staplebound wrappers printed in green; x,98pp. Forms part of Crime and Delinquency Issues: A Monograph Series.
[Item #27282]
Price: $15.00
 
The Contemporary Woman and Crime. Rita James SIMON.
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Margaret
New York: Vanguard Press, 1946. First Edition. A stark portrayal of the effects of poverty on a young, slum-dwelling girl: juvenile delinquency, prostitution, and finally institutionalization. HANNA 3260; COAN p.112. Octavo (22cm). Tan cloth boards, lettered in brown on spine; dustjacket; red top-stain; 280pp. Top-stain a bit faded, else about...
[Item #27003]
Price: $35.00
 
Margaret. Caroline SLADE.
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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. SOCIAL WELFARE - CHILDREN - OHIO, John E. GUNCKEL.
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A Harlem Mother's Nightmare
New York: Committee to Defend Resistance to Ghetto Life (CERGE), 1965. First Edition. Fundraising appeal for the legal defense of the Harlem Six, a group of Harlem teenagers who had been wrongfully arrested for the murder of a Jewish shopkeeper. The text is by Selma Sparks, a feature writer for...
[Item #29965]
Price: $175.00
 
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Go Down Dead
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1966. First Edition. Octavo (20.75cm.); original cloth-backed boards in black and purple pictorial dust jacket by S.A. Summit; 236pp. Fine. Crime novelist's first book, about a Harlem gang of teenagers called the Playboys.
[Item #29731]
Price: $30.00
 
Go Down Dead. Shane STEVENS.
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A Comparative Clinical Study of Delinquent and Non-Delinquent Negro Boys: A Dissertation in Psychology
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1941. Offprint. Large octavo (24.75cm.); original grey printed staplebound card wrappers; [2],18pp. Near Fine. Reprinted from the Journal of Negro Education, April, 1941. Dissertation presented to the faculty of the graduate school of University of Pennsylvania in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of...
[Item #28868]
Price: $75.00
 
A Comparative Clinical Study of Delinquent and Non-Delinquent Negro Boys: A Dissertation in Psychology. Frederick Payne WATTS.


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