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Prisons & Prisoners Some Personal Experiences

Prisons & Prisoners Some Personal Experiences by LYTTON, Constance Georgina; Jane Warton (1914)

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Author: LYTTON, Constance Georgina; Jane Warton
Title: Prisons & Prisoners Some Personal Experiences
Year: 1914
Publisher: William Heinemann
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £350
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xii, pp 338 [pp] 16 adverts. Suffragette first edition in purple cloth with Sylvia Pankhurst's suffragette roundel on the upper board, printed in the movement's distinctive colours of green, white and backed by the purple binding. There is a little fading to the spine, a few marks to the boards, slight spine lean and foxing to the endpapers; the text is clean throughout and complete, both plates are present and there are a couple of tiny marginal tears to the foreedge of the advert pages. A contemporary gift inscription from the year of first publication appears on the first endpaper: 'From Elsa April 23rd 1914' (perhaps Elsa Gye, suffragette and close friend of the author). Photographic frontispiece of Constance Lytton and a further half-tone photograph of her posing as Jane Warton on a suffragette march in Liverpool which led to her mistreatment in prison, in particular the ordeal of forced-feeding by a prison officer: 'He said if I resisted so much with my teeth, he would have to feed me through the nose. The pain of it was intense and at last I must have given way for he got the gag between my teeth, when he proceeded to turn it much more than necessary until my jaws were fastened wide apart, far more than they could go naturally.' It should not perhaps be a surprise that the publisher demurred from the printed text, stating that 'he disclaims agreement with some of Lady Constance Lytton's views... notwithstanding the fact that he is glad to offer it to the public.'
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