Boston & London: George H. Ellis, 1896. Hardcover. 8vo (9 in, 22.9 cm). xvi, 525 pp.; frontis. port.
First edition: Pioneering doctor and social reform activist, Isabel Chapin Barrows (1845-1913) was the first American woman stenographer for congressional committees. Prison reform activist, Barrows replaced her husband at the International Prison Congress. Topics include the insane, the epileptic, the feeble-minded, the tramp, charity organization, city and council charities, soldier's homes and pensions, immigration and migration, child-saving, juvenile reform, the merit system, social problems, and prison reform.
Trove 42845211. American National Biography, Vol. 2, 246-7. Original brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, panels in blind to covers. Patterned endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of Albert O. Wright, conference president, 1896. Extremities lightly worn, hinges lightly stressed, top edge dusty. Well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition. Very good+. Item #1064