Notes on a Visit Made to Some of The Prisons in Scotland And The North of England, in Company with Elizabeth Fry; With Some General Observations on the Subject of Prison Discipline.

  • Gurney, Joseph John
  • London: Printed for Archibald Constable And Co. 1819


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FIRST EDITION, 12mo, pp. viii, 170. Modern half tan sheep, pale green buckram boards, spine divided by raised bands, red leather label. Some spotting, browning to untrimmed edges, glue residue to title-page gutter. A couple tiny chips to spine.


Joseph John Gurney (1788-1847) and his sister Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) were both leading lights of prison reform in the early 19th century, and the publication of this volume saw the cause be championed by Sir Robert Peel, then Home Secretary, who passed the Gaols Act in 1823, easing some of the conditions described within. Fry would later be featured on the five pound note in recognition of her campaigning.

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