Lot 1: Abdy's tour of American prisons in the 1830s

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Lot 1

Abdy's tour of American prisons in the 1830s. Author: Abdy, Edward Strutt. Title: Journal Of A Residence And Tour In The United States Of North America, From April, 1833, To October, 1834. Place Published: London. Publisher: John Murray. Date Published: 1835. Description: 3 volumes. xii, 395; viii, 415; 1 p.l., [v]-viii, 408 pp. Half-titles present. (12mo) 19x11.5 cm (7½x4½") modern red library cloth, spines lettered in gilt. First Edition. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB), little is known of his life or work before or after publication of this three-volume reporting on a tour of US penal institutions made with members of the Society for the Improvement of Prison Discipline and the Reformation of Juvenile Offenders. The ODNB notes that Abdy had close contact with US abolitionists including Maria Weston Chapman, influenced William Ellery Chapman and Lydia Maria Child; and was involved in the formation of the (American) Anti-Slavery League. Condition: Ex-library from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, with bookplates and other markings on endpapers; contents lightly foxed; good.

Estimate: $200-300

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