1820 Costume of the Lower Orders of London
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An Important Work, First Edition, Illustrated, Pleasing Copy, Rebound, Scarce, Very Scarce
A first edition of this work. With watermarks dated 1817 to the text and 1819 to plates, as noted by Abbey. 'The Fortune Teller' plate is unsigned, which Tooley and Abbey indicate is a first issue. However, 'Baldwin and Co' imprint is said to be a later issue, with first issue copies stating 'Baldwin, Cradock and Joy'. (Abbey Life 423; Tooley 123). Created by Thomas Lord Busby, an author, painter and print maker who was a member of the Royal Academy. The 'Mat Man' plate to this copy has been corrected from 'Mattman' through abrasion to the paper, rather than a later issue plate. Comprising of 24 hand-coloured etched plates. Each plate to this work has accompanying text explaining the person behind the picture. With images of dancing fiddlers, a fortune teller, a tinker, a pedlar, a bell-ringer and many more people in lower class London at the start of the nineteenth century. The preface notes 'Under the conviction that students in rustic picturesque character will find the costumes proper subjects for copying, they are recommended.' A beautifully illustrated work, depicting the lives of many individuals in the early nineteenth century.
In a modern half morocco binding, with paper covered boards. Externally, excellent with minor shelfwear to the extremities. Light shelfwear to the front board. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright. Mechanical Figure/Owen Clancy description leaf with repaired closed tear, repaired closed tear to Shoe-Black plate not affecting image. Occasional scattered spots to pages, heavier to 'Jemmy Lovel, The Tinker/ Billy Waters, the Dancing Fiddler' description pages.
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