Sixty Years in Waifdom
or, The Ragged School Movement in English History
Organized into the Ragged School Union with Lord Shaftesbury as President in 1844, the ‘ragged schools’ aimed to teach and relieve the distress of Britain’s street children. In this 1904 account, Montague looks at the schools’ role within 19th-century society and argues that, by providing education and basic amenities, they also helped prevent violent uprisings against the class inequality of the era. Reprinted with a new introduction in 1970. No jacket and slightly off-mint.
Memoir of the Life of Elizabeth Fry (1847)
Born into a Quaker banking family, Elizabeth Fry (1780–1845) worked tirelessly for the reform of prisons and asylums. This memoir, first published in 1847, is largely composed of extracts from her journals and letters, edited and with a linking narrative by two of her daughters. The original two volumes are bound as one in this reprint edition. No jacket and off-mint.
In Darkest England, and the Way Out (1890)
A runaway bestseller when it was published in Britain in 1890, this book by William Booth (1829–1912), the founder of The Salvation Army, deals with the serious social problems of late 19th-century Britain: unemployment, poverty, vice, crime and drunkenness. Booth shows how existing social agencies had failed and he sets out a solution, his own ‘scheme for salvation’. Reprinted in 1974 with a new foreword and introduction. No jacket.
The History of Gambling in England (1898)
After an introduction that surveys the history of gambling from ancient Egypt to medieval England, John Ashton gives a remarkably detailed account of this ‘disease that is most contagious’, including individual gamblers and notorious wagers, horse racing, gambling clubs, lotteries, financial ‘bubbles’ and life insurance. Reprint edition. No jacket and off-mint .
A History of Crime in England (1873–76)
Luke Owen Pike (1835–1915) was a barrister and an historical researcher in the Public Records Office, and his history of crime from Roman times to 1874 draws on his legal expertise and his access to historical documents. In great detail, he shows how ‘the definition of crime was being gradually evolved during the slow march of history’. Reprint edition. No jackets.