PRISON ETIQUETTE: The Convict's Compendium of Useful Information

Bearsville, NY: Retort Press, 1950. First Edition. 8vo. Stiff printed pictorial wraps in original dustjacket. One of 2000 copies, "entirely hand-set, hand-bound, and printed on a footpedal press by the editors." Jacket lightly rubbed with some chipping, esp. to lower spine. Faint staining. Unclipped. Mild wear to yapp edge of book. Very good overall. INSCRIBED in pencil by contributor James Peck to verso of front endpaper: "Mildred - You said you wanted to read what I wrote about the jig. Well, here is some of it and some of what others wrote. It gives you the feel of jailhouse [sic]. I think the book will interest you. I think they did a groovy job on the cover. -Jim." Item #19794

Noted, but slightly misleadingly-titled "anthology of the Prison Writings of Conscientious Objectors to World War II" (front flap), inscribed by one of its contributors, legendary activist and pacifist James Peck. Peck devoted himself to nonviolent resistance and in addition to serving three years at Danbury for refusing to serve during the war, he fought for decades for labor, peace, and civil rights, and was arrested dozens of times during his life. Indeed, he was a prominent figure in the 1970s prison reform movement in no small measure because of his numerous incarcerations, whose earliest experiences are detailed here. Includes a lengthy jacket blurb by Aldous Huxley [Bromer B75] as well as striking illustrations by Lowell Naeve. While the book is not terribly uncommon, it is complete and in collectible condition. And scarce when inscribed by a contributor. An interesting inscription, even almost certainly a later one given the slang.

Price: $750.00