The Purgatory of Prisoners: Or an Intermediate Stage Between the Prison and the Public…. Reverend Orby SHIPLEY.

The Purgatory of Prisoners: Or an Intermediate Stage Between the Prison and the Public…

London: Joseph Masters, 1857.

Octavo, x, 150 pp., a little foxing but very good in quarter rich brown morocco by Sangorski, original brown printed front cover bound in.

Prisons at mid-century, in the wake of transportation

Published shortly after the demise of transportation to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land (when only a trickle of convicts continued to be sent to Western Australia), the Reverend Shipley's account describes new systems for the discipline and moral reformation of prisoners in Britain in the wake of transportation.

Published shortly after the demise of transportation to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land (when only a trickle of convicts continued to be sent to Western Australia), the Reverend Shipley's account describes new systems for the discipline and moral reformation of prisoners in Britain in the wake of transportation.

Shipley primarily describes the working of the new system in Ireland (although one chapter concerns the results of the so called 'Intermediate System' in England). Separate chapters detail the former condition of Irish prisons and steps taken to improve them, and detailed reports on the 'Intermediate Establishments' newly formed to handle the large numbers of prisoners left in Ireland as a result of the close of transportation (after all, a disproportionately high number of convicts sent to Australia originated from Ireland during the harsh famine years). Of some interest to the history of criminology, an appendix of 15 pages describes the scale of 'marks' or incentives provided to prisoners for good behaviour and moral improvement.

This copy is inscribed 'Lady Valsamachi, with the author's love Cudderdon, Oxon Nov. 10 1857'. Lady Valsamachi was the widow of Bishop Herder who remarried an Ionian Greek nobleman in 1848.

Price (AUD): $550.00  other currencies Ref: #4106497

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