London: John Hatchard and Son, 1848. Second edition, revised and enlarged. The first edition was published in 1847. Engraved frontisportrait of Fry by J.J. Hinchcliff from a portrait by Mrs. Charles Pearson in Vol I.; engraved frontispiece in Vol. II and three text illustrations. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with slight fading, toning, and soiling to cloth. Intermittent very light foxing. The occasional small chip or tear. Pencil signature on front flyleaf of both volumes. A very good, tight set. Publisher’s purple cloth stamped decoratively and ruled in blind with a gilt-lettered spine. Two volumes, octavo. . 16 (ads), xxii, 521; viii, 540 pp. Item #16341
Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) was a Quaker, reformer and philanthropist. She was a pioneer in the reformation of English prisons. Following meetings with prison authorities and prisoners, Fry and her assistants created a system of classification of the prisoners, prison dress, constant supervision by a matron and monitors, religious and elementary education, and paid employment. As a result of her efforts, prisoner conduct improved considerably. Fry’s work culminated in the founding of the Ladies Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate in 1817; it became the British Ladies Society for Promoting the Reformation of Female Prisoners in 1821. It is likely the first nationwide women’s organization in Britain. Memoir of the Life of Elizabeth Fry is a publication of her papers, chosen with the approval of various family members. The extracts from her journal and other writings highlight the religious nature of her mind and the development of her Christian character.