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London Labour and The London Poor The condition and earnings of Those that Will Work, Cannot work and Will not Work

By Henry Mayhew

1864

Charles Griffin and Company : London

9" by 6"

[2], 3-543pp; 573pp; 449pp, [2]

 

 

 

DETAILS

Henry Mayhew's famed anecdotal piece of Victorian journalism, being a work regarding the social status of London's working class at that time. Illustrated throughout.

Being three volumes of what would be a four volume set if the 'extra volume' is included. The 'Extra Volume' was published some ten years after the original three volumes and was in print at the time of this publication, but it is common to only have the three volumes. Mayhew's observational work delves into detail regarding the habits, religion and trades of London's working class. He interviewed numerous people where they describe their work and way of life. This work is a useful contemporary historical source for Victorian London. With 37 plates to volume I, 36 plates to volume II, 8 plates to volume III. Portrait of Mayhew to volume II is bound in at page 562. 'London Scavenger' plate 37 to volume II is additional and not mentioned to the original contents. 'Street Porter with Knot' plate 72 to volume III is not stated to the contents page of this volume. Plate is bound in just before the first leaf of the work. 'View from below London bridge' frontispiece from volume III is the frontis to vol I. Lacking the preliminary contents pages to volume I and II. Lacking the title pages to volume II and III. Only volume I has the half-title page. Using the offsetting to the verso of title page bound at volume I it would seem that the contents page to volume I has been bound at volume III on one occasion. Collated, all plates to volumes I, II and III are present.

CONDITION

In a half morocco binding with paper covered boards. Externally, rubbed to the joints and extremities. Further heavy rubbing to the head and tail of spine. Front hinge has failed with the front board detached from textblock. Prior owner's stamp to the front pastedown, Campdene Housee. Prior owner's inscription to the front pastedown, Kathleen C Macauly. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned to edges. Scattered spots to pages. A few worm holes to the head of pages 495-545 of volume II only affecting the top margin.

Overall Condition: Good

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