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Hammarlunds Antikvariat

Sankt Göransgatan 98
112 45 Stockholm
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Price: EUR 60,00

Oastler, Richard

[Volume II of] The Fleet Papers being letters to Thomas Thornhill Esq., [and] James Graham from Richard Oestler, his prisoner in the Fleet. With occasional communications from friends.

Printed by Vincent Torras & Co. 7 Palace Row, New Road, London. 1842. 24 x 15 cm. Volume II, no. 39 through no 53 (September 24 - December 31) pp. 305- 424 + 53 supplements, each with 4 pp.(separetly paginated). In other words all 53 supplements for 1842 are present, but just 39 issues of the main paper.

Front fly leaf with blind stamp of Kooperativa Förbundet Bibliotek och Arkiv. Binding in bad condition. The front board and a couple of pages detached. The book block almost in two halves. A few stains here and there. One page with old ink inscriptions.

The social reformer Richard Oestler (1789- 1861) published this paper - while he served time in the Fleet Prison in London for unpaid debts - in the form of letters to Thomas Thornhill and James Graham. He signed the letters with phrases such as I am your victim and I am your prisoner. He campaigned for the rights for working children, ten hour work day and against the new powerty laws which reduced help to the poor. He was an abolistionist. The supplements contain letters and commentaries from the readers. Many of the social reforms Oestler campaigned for was eventually picked up by society. An influential commentary of the early industrialisation period in England. Uncommon.

Item No: 4012