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Webster, Richard:
The Secret of Bryn Estyn: The making of a modern witch hunt.

Oxford: The Orwell Press, 2005. First edition. xx, 722pp: with maps and a few pages of illustrations. New copy: contents completely fresh and unmarked, in the original black cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, and with the unclipped pictorial dustjacket. ********* A landmark study, rigorous, brave, and compassionate, which brought to light and detailed the terrible miscarriages of justice which have ensued from the hunt for paedophiles in children's homes across the UK, and examines the social and psychological background to the phenomenon. ['The gulf between the official version of events and the version uncovered by Webster's investigation is so wide as to be incredible. So urgent is our need to rid the world of anyone who might conceivably be a paedophile, that the requirement for evidence has all but disappeared. His book is about the consequences for individuals and society when a large number of false allegations encouraged and borne forward by a wave of moral outrage are taken to be true and ratified by the courts. It takes a book like Webster's to force us to think what has become the unthinkable: that not every residential care worker is a paedophile just waiting to get caught.' (a collage of quotes, without permission, from Gerald Haigh of the TES, Jennie Bristow of Spiked, and the author.)] More copies available. For further information visit Richard Webster's website. ********* Fine in fine dust-jacket.
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George Theodore Wilkinson:
The Newgate Calendar Improved; being Interesting Memoirs of Notorious Characters, who have been convicted of Offences against the Laws of England... Vol. IV. [Volume 4].

London: Thomas Kelly, n.d. (c.1820). First or early edition. [ii], 516, [2] (index): with 8 plates. Contents clean (margin of p.441 soiled, and a few pages are slightly tanned or have some slight soiling). Firm, in a later half binding of diagonally-grained brown calf using the original marbled boards. The boards are rubbed and patinised, the spine is titled in gilt. Very nice copy. VG+.

Price: 90.00


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Compiled from authentic sources by G. Thompson:
The Lives of Notorious and Daring Highwaymen and Robbers. aka (spine title): Lives of the Celebrated Highwaymen and Robbers.

London: J.S. Pratt, 1844. Early reprint. 318pp +[2] index; with a frontis. Tales of the (generally unpleasant) doings of Dick Turpin and 26 others. Contents firm and in very good order: unmarked, with some toning of the pages, and a little light soiling, mostly at the title page and frontis. Small format, 16mo (12.9x7.8cms), in the original brown cloth decorated in blind, spine titled in gilt. A very nice bright firm clean copy. Very Good.

Price: 140.00


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Hugh R.P. Gamon, under the Aegis of the Toynbee Trust; with an Introduction by Samuel A. Barnett:
The London Police Court, To-day & To-morrow. [Today and Tomorrow]

London: [The Toynbee Trust]: J.M.Dent & Co, 1907. First edition. xviii, 243pp, (i). Partially unopened. Prelims and tail-pages foxed. Text clean, with occasional spotting to untrimmed edges. Top edge gilt. In original navy cloth with emblem in blind to front, spine titled in gilt. Clean, bright and firm, head of spine slightly pulled. A compassionate and precise account of the functioning of the law as experienced by the populace of the time. Scarce. Very Good.

Price: 120.00


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Filson Young, edited by:
Trial Of Herbert Rowse Armstrong.

Edinburgh and London: William Hodge & Co., 1927. xii, 396pp, with several photographs. Some foxing at the title page, contents otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original binding of glazed red cloth, spine titled in gilt, front with Hodge insignia and ruling in blind. A bright, sharp copy, with a Japanese tissue repair to the head of the spine and a slight indentation to the lower joint. A very nice copy. Very Good+.

Price: 60.00


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Sir Cecil H. Kisch:
The Portuguese Bank Note Case: the Story and Solution of a Financial Perplexity. [Inscribed Copy]

London: Macmillan, 1932. First edition. ix, 284pp: with a frontis. Front endpaper bears the author's 1932 gift inscription in green ink, expressing thanks. Contents clean: closed edges lightly peppered with foxing. In the original binding of red cloth, spine titled in gilt, clean, bright and firm, spine slightly paler, extremities slightly blunted. Laid in are two copies of a folded sheet prospectus for the book, edges bent where they have protruded. A very nice inscribed copy without jacket. Very Good.

Price: 60.00


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Rupert Furneaux:
The Murder of Lord Erroll. In the 'Crime Documentaries' series.

London: Stevens and Sons Ltd., 1961. First edition. x, 180 pp, illustrated with photographs. Trace of pencilled price to front free endpaper: contents otherwise clean and unmarked. A little faint foxing to closed fore-edge. In the original dark grey cloth-textured binding titled in silver, clean, bright and firm, with slight blunting to spine ends and small knocks to corners. In the protected unclipped green pictorial dust jacket: slightly rubbed but bright to front and spine, lower panel slightly soiled with a short closed tear. Joints scuffed with short tears, with a few mm of loss to head of spine and corners. Very Good in G- dust-jacket.

Price: 145.00


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Jackson, Robert:
Coroner: The Biography of Sir Bentley Purchase.

London: Harrap, 1963. First edition. 319pp, illustrated with photographs. 1964 ownership name on front free endpaper. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original green cloth-textured binding, spine titled in gilt on black: clean, bright and firm, with base of spine and front bottom corner slightly blunted. Slight sunning to head of spine where jacket chipped. In the protected unclipped dustwrapper, very bright to front and spine, with 1cm chip to head of spine by head of lower joint. Lower panel rather soiled. Scuffs to corners and small soil mark to front. Nice copy. Very Good in VG dust-jacket.

Price: 55.00


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David Cargill and Julian Holland: with a foreword by Dr Francis Camps:
Scenes of Murder: A London Guide.

London: Heinemann, 1964. First edition. x, 230pp: illustrated with photographs. Scarce, as withdrawn from publication due to objections by the then-current owners of the properties identified. 'Unpublished' neatly in biro on the copyright page. Armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Contents clean and in very good order: light foxing to closed fore-edge. In its binding of black cloth, spine titled in silver: firm, corners good, cloth slightly marked, ridge down spine, silver bright. The protected unclipped dust jacket is lightly soiled and has two large (one-inch) chips, and lesser chips and some creasing and rubbing to the edges. Fascinating morbid read, and a good copy. VG in fair dust-jacket.

Price: 54.00


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Tom Wicker:
A Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt.

Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1978. First Penguin printing. 429pp, illustrated with photographs. Never-read copy from storage. Contents pristine. Pictorial covers bright, spine flat: pocking to pictorial surface as if from former adhesion to another book. Small smudge mark to spine. Very good square copy. Very Good+.

Price: 25.00


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Parker, Tony:
The People Of Providence, A Housing Estate.

London: Hutchinson, 1983. First edition. 374pp. New unread copy. Contents fresh and clean. In the original blue cloth-textured binding titled in silver, clean, bright and firm, spine ends slightly blunted. In the unclipped pictorial dust jacket, very bright. Tony Parker's classic portrait of a South London High Rise estate, through the mouths of its residents. This copy from the author's estate, and with a tiny bit of foxing to the front endpaper and a little very faint foxing to the closed edges of the pages from long storage. Near Fine in fine dust-jacket.

Price: 25.00


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Tim Tate:
Child Pornography.

London: Methuen, 1990. First edition. [x], 319pp, illustrated. Some tanning to pages, otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original black cloth-textured binding titled in white, clean, bright and firm, upper corners bumped. In the protected unclipped purple pictorial dust jacket: top edge knocked, and sunned at the spine. A good copy. VG in VG- dust-jacket.

Price: 120.00


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edited by Scott Ballintyne, Ken Pease, Vic McLaren:
Secure Foundations. Key Issues in Crime Prevention, Crime Reduction and Community Safety.

London: IPPR, Institute of Public Policy Research, 2000. First edition. [x], 312pp, plus a section of 10 glossy coloured maps showing crime and urban layout. Appears unread, contents very fresh. 23.5x15.5cms, in blue pictorial covers: bright and fresh, with a faint crease down centre of spine and upper corner of the back cover is slightly bent. Very nice copy. Near Fine.

Price: 50.00


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Webster, Richard:
The Secret of Bryn Estyn: The making of a modern witch hunt. [Included is a copy of the 2008 'Sampler' booklet with the same title, which includes a postscript about the Haut de la Garenne inquiry, 'Jounalism, Jersey and the idea of evil'.]

Oxford: The Orwell Press, 2005. First edition. xx, 722pp: with maps and a few pages of illustrations. New copy: contents completely fresh and unmarked, in the original black cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, and with the unclipped pictorial dustjacket. *** A landmark study, rigorous, brave, and compassionate, which brought to light and detailed the terrible miscarriages of justice which have ensued from the hunt for paedophiles in children's homes across the UK, and examines the social and psychological background to the phenomenon. ['The gulf between the official version of events and the version uncovered by Webster's investigation is so wide as to be incredible. So urgent is our need to rid the world of anyone who might conceivably be a paedophile, that the requirement for evidence has all but disappeared. His book is about the consequences for individuals and society when a large number of false allegations encouraged and borne forward by a wave of moral outrage are taken to be true and ratified by the courts. It takes a book like Webster's to force us to think what has become the unthinkable: that not every residential care worker is a paedophile just waiting to get caught.' (a collage of quotes, without permission, from Gerald Haigh of the TES, Jennie Bristow of Spiked, and the author.)] More copies available. For further information visit Richard Webster's website. *** Fine in fine dust-jacket.
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Webster, Richard:
The Secret of Bryn Estyn: The making of a modern witch hunt.

Oxford: The Orwell Press, 2009. Revised paperback edition. xx, 714pp, [2]: with maps and a few pages of illustrations. With a new postscript for this edition: 'Journalism, Jersey, and the idea of evil', and a short new appendix on the legal history of the book. New copy: unread, fresh and unmarked, in glossy pictorial covers. *** A landmark study, rigorous, brave, and compassionate, which brought to light and detailed the terrible miscarriages of justice which have ensued from the hunt for paedophiles in children's homes across the UK, and examines the social and psychological background to the phenomenon. ['The gulf between the official version of events and the version uncovered by Webster's investigation is so wide as to be incredible. So urgent is our need to rid the world of anyone who might conceivably be a paedophile, that the requirement for evidence has all but disappeared. His book is about the consequences for individuals and society when a large number of false allegations encouraged and borne forward by a wave of moral outrage are taken to be true and ratified by the courts. It takes a book like Webster's to force us to think what has become the unthinkable: that not every residential care worker is a paedophile just waiting to get caught.' (a collage of quotes, without permission, from Gerald Haigh of the TES, Jennie Bristow of Spiked, and the author.)] More copies available. For further information visit Richard Webster's website. *** Fine.

Price: 15.00


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