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Abdy's tour of American prisons in the 1830s  

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Journal Of A Residence And Tour In The United States Of North America, From April, 1833, To October, 1834

Abdy, Edward Strutt


John Murray



3 volumes. xii, 395 pp.; viii, 415 pp.; viii, 408 pp. Half-titles present. (12mo) 19x11.5 cm (7½x4½"), cloth spine, original boards, paper spine label. 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.

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Soiling and staining to boards and spine, with some water damage and loss to boards, extremities rubbed, spines chipped and torn with some loss, reinforced with glue; hinges cracked and repaired with glue, some toning to pages; overall very good.

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