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Illinois State Penitentiary [cover title]
[Joliet, IL?]: Vocational School Print Shop, [1940]. First Edition. Paperback. 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...
[Item #26965]
Price: $75.00
 
Illinois State Penitentiary [cover title]
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All Things Censored [Inscribed & Signed by the Editor]
New York: Seven Stories Press, [2000]. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing. Octavo (23cm.); publisher's boards in photo-illustrated dust jacket; 303pp.; photographic portrait frontispiece, illus. Boards a hint worn, else Fine. Inscribed and signed by Hanrahan on front pastedown. Includes the CD with Abu-Jamal's banned radio commentaries. At the time of...
[Item #33744]
Price: $50.00
 
All Things Censored [Inscribed & Signed by the Editor]. Mumia ABU-JAMAL, ed. Noelle Hanrahan, foreword Alice Walker.
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Who Is The Real Criminal?
San Francisco: Julian Richardson Associates, 1976. First Edition. Paperback. Attractive volume of poems written by Lige Dailey and Albert Walker, both men formerly incarcerated in Soledad Prison. "During the poets' days of incarceration, their work was constantly destroyed and they suffered parole denials, solitary confinement, assault and separation. Once outside...
[Item #34641]
Price: $250.00
 
Who Is The Real Criminal? AFRICAN AMERICANA, PRISONS, THE SOLEDAD PRISON POETS, Lige Dailey, Albert Walker.
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Race For Justice: Mumia Abu-Jamal's Fight Against the Death Penalty
Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Cloth boards (hardcover); 272pp. Fine, unread copy, lacking jacket (as issued?). Scarce in cloth.
[Item #16720]
Price: $25.00
 
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Who Took The Weight? Black Voices From Norfolk Prison [Review Copy]
Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1972. First Edition. Hardcover. Anthology of prison writings by inmates of the Norfolk Prison Colony in eastern Massachusetts. Foreword by Elma Lewis, under whose auspices much of the work was completed. With an introduction by James A. Lang, an inmate who presumably shared the editorial...
[Item #29341]
Price: $45.00
 
Who Took The Weight? Black Voices From Norfolk Prison [Review Copy]. AFRICAN AMERICANS - PRISONS, Elma LEWIS.
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Report of an Amnesty International Mission to Argentina, 6-15 November 1976
London: Amnesty International Publications, 1977. First Edition. Paperback. 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. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.
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Controcorrente. Vol 14 (New Series), no. 1 (July-August 1957)
Boston: Aldino Felicani, 1957. First Edition. Octavo (20cm). Staple-bound printed paper wrappers; 32pp; illus. Fine. First issue of the new series. Important Italian-language anarchist serial, founded in Boston in 1938. The magazine appeared quarterly from 1938 to 1951, then ceased publication until being revived with this July, 1957 issue, after...
[Item #29759]
Price: $45.00
 
Controcorrente. Vol 14 (New Series), no. 1 (July-August 1957). ANARCHISM - SACCO-VANZETTI, Aldino FELICANI.
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Voices From The Big House
Detroit: Harlo Press, 1972. First Edition. Hardcover. 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...
[Item #19443]
Price: $45.00
 
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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" ATTICA DEFENSE COMMITTEE.
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Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
[New York]: Published by the Author, 1889. Hardcover. 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...
[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. Hardcover. 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...
[Item #21473]
Price: $600.00
 
Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict. Samuel A. BAILEY.
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After The Big House: The Adventures of a Parole Officer
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. 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. Fred BERSON.
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Stealing Through Life
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First Edition. Hardcover. 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...
[Item #19739]
Price: $750.00
 
Stealing Through Life. Ernest BOOTH.
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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
 
Words From the House of the Dead: An Anthology of Prison Writings from Soledad. Joseph BRUCHAC, William Witherup.
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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. Clifton BULLOCK.
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No Beast So Fierce
New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 1973. First Edition. Hardcover. 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...
[Item #19778]
Price: $350.00
 
No Beast So Fierce. Edward BUNKER.
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Punishment: A Play in Four Acts
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1916. First Edition. Hardcover. 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
 
Punishment: A Play in Four Acts. intro Thomas Mott Osborne, Louise BURLEIGH, Edward Hale Bierstadt.
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I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
New York: Vanguard Press, 1932. First Edition. Hardcover. 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...
[Item #19526]
Price: $1,500.00
 
I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! Robert E. BURNS.
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Prisoners of Apartheid
[London: Christian Action Publications, n.d., 1965]. First Edition. Paperback. 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
 
Prisoners of Apartheid. "BY A. SOUTH AFRICAN"
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It's Never Over
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's cloth in pictorial Art Deco dust jacket; [10],225pp. Jacket spine a bit toned, light shelf wear, slightly later ownership bookplate to front pastedown, else Very Good or better. The author's second novel, set on the day before the...
[Item #24196]
Price: $200.00
 
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More Joy in Heaven
New York: Random House, [1937]. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing. Octavo (20.75cm.); original cloth in pictorial dust jacket by "Lieberman," grey topstain; 278pp. Light shelf wear, spine a bit toned, else Very Good to Near Fine. "The Story of a Reformed Bank Robber," who finds religion in the penitentiary.
[Item #24187]
Price: $100.00
 
More Joy in Heaven. Morley CALLAGHAN.
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Drive suite
London: Paul Breman, 1972. First Edition. Paperback. The Atlantic City, NJ author's first and only book, published seven years after his death in 1964 as a result of a drug overdose. Carrington spent most of his life from age 16 until his death in various jails and reformatories; it was...
[Item #25997]
Price: $45.00
 
Drive suite. Harold CARRINGTON.
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Trial by Ordeal
Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, [1955]. First Edition. Hardcover. 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...
[Item #22105]
Price: $50.00
 
Trial by Ordeal. Caryl CHESSMAN.
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Convicts, Coal, and the Banner Mine Tragedy
Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press, 1987. First Edition. Hardcover. 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...
[Item #14800]
Price: $15.00
 
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Murdered on Duty: A Chronicle of the Killing of Policemen
London: W.H. Allen, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (22cm.); original cloth in pictorial dust jacket (mild soiling); 208pp.; frontispiece, 4 leaves of illustrations printed on rectos and versos. Jacket extremities rubbed from shelf wear, a few short closed tears, mild uneven foxing; About Fine in About Very Good jacket. Detailed...
[Item #24898]
Price: $35.00
 
Murdered on Duty: A Chronicle of the Killing of Policemen. Belton COBB.


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