A remarkable and detailed insight into the harsh English criminal justice system of the late 18th century, from the Maidstone jail attached to Kent assizes. The notes added by a prison official in red ink are of particular interest as they tell us what happened to some of these individuals after their conviction. Many of the women convicts were transported to Australia on the Lady Juliana (or Lady Julian), the first convict ship to arrive at Port Jackson in New South Wales after the First Fleet,
leaving Plymouth on 29 July 1789 (six months before the Second Fleet) and arriving at Port Jackson on 6 June 1790. All the convicts on board were women, many of them London prostitutes, and the ship has passed into history as the "floating brothel".
The Law Society of England and Wales was founded in 1825, with a library forming part of the original prospectus for the Society, and by 1832 it was housed in its present elegant building on Chancery Lane. The current selection of 22 lots all have library stamps reflecting their history and have been marked to indicate their deaccession from the Law Society’s holdings.