London: Seeley, Service & Co. Limited, 1920. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Pp. [1-16], 353, . Frontis. photo. Illustrated with 37 black-and-white photos. With a line drawing of the penitentiary, featuring two moats. Glossary of Indian words and terms. Index. Bound in green cloth with black rules on front cover, black lettering stamped on spine. With stamp on fore and top edge, "File Copy Not to be Taken Away." Several leaves unopened. With two contemporary Seeley promotional brochures, slightly larger than a bookmark, advertising recent titles, one for the "Library of Romance" series and the other for three anthologies, one compiled by A. T. Quiller-Couch. Very Good. Item #5420
A stunning treatise on the British treatment of juvenile offenders in India. From the author of Juvenile Criminals. Coombes was warden of the Chingleput Reformatory in Madras. With draconian claptrap (see photo of adolescent toes indicating a propensity for "thieving"), the author disregards Hindu law and the post-Dickensian tendency toward reform over punishment. Coombes advocated "flogging and birching;" he probably enjoyed it. A handsome copy.