Prisons and Common Sense

Philadelphia & London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1924. First Edition. Late volume written by the former chairman of the New York Commission on Prison Reform, who once famously volunteered to spend a week in prison. Osborne grapples with the challenges of prison administration, prisoner welfare, and making "an intelligent plan of prison management a thing of general social concern." While the exact identity of the inscriber is not known, we find one Leslie Lee Sanders of Indianapolis, IN, a former convict sentenced to four years in Leavenworth for mail fraud in June of 1925, as a likely candidate (The Indianapolis News - 8 June, 1925; p.12). A scarce volume, and unseen by us in the very fragile dustjacket. Octavo (18.5cm); maroon cloth, white labels on spine and front panel, with titles printed in black; dustjacket; 105pp. Contemporary inscription on the front endpaper: "The call of these men behind the walls ought to be heard. Cordially / Leslie L. Sanders / 1963 Ruckle St. Indianapolis, Ind." Light dustiness and faint spotting to upper edge of text, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $1.25), dust-soiled, with chips at spine ends, corners, and upper rear panel (affecting text), and a dozen small tape mends verso and to rear panel; Good, substantially complete example.

Price: $250.00

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