London: Arthur C. Fifield (1905).
An Inquiry into the causes and treatment of crime and criminals. Warmly inscribed by Carpenter to George Ives on the front endpaper in the year of publication. The book is heavily annotated by Ives throughout and bears a notation on endpaper: "Where is the work of which this is only the fore runner?" This comment pressages Ives' own decision to publish "A History of Penal Methods" in 1914. Very good in red boards, slight bumped, a little foxing to endpapers.
1905. 153,  pages; publisher's advertisements to last 7 pages. 8vo, original rose cloth, front board with title and border stamped in black, gilt-stamped spine.
Inscribed by Carpenter: "To George Ives / in friendship from / E.C." dated March 1905 and penciled note beneath: "Whose is the work of which this is only the fore-runner?"
First and only English Edition. Inscribed by the "Gay Godfather of the British Left" to a fellow activist.
Carpenter was an English writer, reformer and lifelong advocate of gay liberation. Disenchanted with what he perceived as the hypocrisy of Victorian society, he abandoned his life in Cambridge as a scholar and cleric and moved to northern England. Referred to by many in recent years as "the gay godfather of the British left," Carpenter's radical politics and open relationship with his partner George Merrill influenced many activists and writers, including E.M. Forster, whose visit to the couple in 1913 inspired his novel "Maurice."