Boston: Printed by Munroe & Francis, 1845. First edition. Black lettered buff paperwraps; spine perished, rear wrapper lacking. 22cm. 104 pp. A few stray ink marks in text, small stain on front wrapper, else clean.
Dorothea Dix (1802-1887) was a humanitarian crusader for the mentally ill, superintendent of army nurses during the Civil War, educator and prison reformer. According to a brief biography in "Notable American Women," [Harvard Univ. Press: 1974]: "She had seen much of the effect of prison life upon ordinary convicts as well as the mentally ill, and from her experiences she wrote, with the encouragement of Horace Mann, "Remarks in Prisons and Prison Discipline in the United States (1845), which anticipated many reforms later adopted by penologists, including the education of prisoners and the separation of various types of offenders." Item #62165