Chokey (Signed copy)
A memoir of prison life, signed by the magistrate who sent the author down...
First edition, hardback bound in the original black cloth. 20 × 13cm, 208pp.
This copy has been signed by the magistrate who sent the author down. He first identifies the author as "Briscoe" and then adds "[Briscoe] got seven years for a sadistic assault on a schoolboy, whom he got into his car in Brighton for a 'joy ride' round the town, and took up to London. Committed by me from S. W [indecipherable] Police Court. W J H Brodrick". This was William John Henry Brodrick, who was a Metropolitan Police magistrate from 1928 to 1944.
An account of prison life by "Red Collar Man" who was sent to Parkhurst for an unnamed offence (whether it was the offence of the inscription, who knows?) where he became a "trusty". The book exposed the brutality and poor conditions of prisons, and hopes for reform.
A good readable copy but quite dulled. The boards are a bit faded and rubbed to the edges with a slight lean to the spine. The pages have light foxing, and a newspaper review has been pasted in to the front pastedown and ffep.