Lot 109
Sold for £687 (US$ 1,155) inc. premium
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The Shield, various issues, majority in publisher's wrappers, the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene (later the Josephine Butler Society), 1916-1970--NIVENS (JOHN BIRKBECK) Is Chastity Beneficial or Injurious to the Health of Young Men?, 1894--BIOT (RENE) The Part Men Play in Prostitution, 1948--WILSON (HENRY J.) Copy of a Rough Record of Events and Incidents Connected with the Repeal of the "Contagious Diseases Acts, 1864-6-9," in the United Kingdom, and of the Movement Against State Regulation of Vice in India and the Colonies, 1858-1906, 1907; Cantonment Law Compared with the General Law of India with Regard to Prostitution, 1906--GIBBENS (T.C.N.) The Clients of Prostitutes, 1962--WILSON (HELEN) On Some of the Causes of Prostitution. With Special Reference to Economic Conditions, 1913 and 1916--A Collection of Opinions on English, Colonial, and Continental Laws and Police Regulations for the Sanitary Supervision of Vice, [c.1880]; and a quantity of other pamphlets and material relating to the Josephine Butler Society & associated campaigning charities (quantity)


  • Josephine Butler (1828-1906) was a pioneering campaigner for the rights of women and children, especially the vulnerable who found themselves trapped in the cycle of prostitution. Believing that "economics lie at the very root of practical morality", she worked tirelessly to persuade Parliament and the public to develop a more comprehensive and practical understanding of the effect of prostitution on all facets of society.

    She headed the campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts of the 1860s and was also instrumental in persuading Parliament, in 1885, to raise the age of consent from 13 to 16 in an attempt to curb child prostitution. She was also one of the founding members of the International Abolitionist Federation which fought against the trafficking of women and children.

    This collection is being sold for the benefit of the Josephine Butler Educational Trust, established by the Josephine Butler Society. The Society continues the work begun by Josephine Butler 150 years ago. It works actively to prevent the exploitation of prostitutes and marginalisation of those who can be forced into this activity by poverty and abuse and presses for these problems to be addressed through changes in the law.
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