by Lieber, Francis
1838. Philadelphia, 1838. Only ed.. Philadelphia, 1838. Only ed. Lieber Compares Systems of Penology Lieber, Francis [1800-1872]. A Popular Essay on Subjects of Penal Law, And on Uninterrupted Solitary Confinement at Labor, As Contradistinguished to Solitary Confinement at Night and Joint Labor by Day, In a Letter to John Bacon, Esquire. Philadelphia: [Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons], 1838. 94 pp. Tipped-in errata sheet. Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into later library buckram, gilt title and shelf number to spine. Light toning and occasional light foxing to text, "12" in early hand to head of title page, a few brief library annotations to verso. A nice copy. $250. * Only edition. Addressed to the president of the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, this essay compares the prevailing models of penology of the 1830s: the "Pennsylvania" system, which was based on solitary confinement, and the "New York" system, which advocated joint labor by day, communal meals and solitary cells. This was a keenly debated topic. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 4321.
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