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Mayhew, Henry, 1812-1887, author.

London labour and the London poor : a cyclopaedia of the condition and earnings of those that will work, those that cannot work, and those that will not work / by Henry Mayhew.

London : Office, 16, Upper Wellington Street, Strand, 1851[-1861]
London : George Woodfall and Son, Angel Court, Skinner Street, [1851-1861]
Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations ; 23 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
HV4086.L66 M39 1851
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
BEIN Gray Social Thought 1593: Publisher's original cloth binding stamped in gilt (at foot of spine): G. Newbold, 310, Strand. From the library of Bradford H. Gray.
With wood-engraved illustrations by Walter George Mason and Elijah Whymper, after drawings by Henry George Hine and Henry Anelay. Some of the illustrations are based on daguerreotypes by Richard Beard.
Volumes 2 and 3 lack title pages.
The work has a complicated publishing history, details of which are described in Humpherys (see especially pages 26 and 106-107). Volume 1 was first published in 1851, volume 2 not before 1856, and volume 3 apparently in 1861. Volume 2 ends mid-sentence (on page 432) due to a contract dispute between Mayhew and his printer, George Woodfall.
Humpherys, A. Travels into the poor man's country.
BAC: British Art Center copy includes "Answers to correspondents" (with a number of pages assembled from multiple clippings) bound in at the end of volume 3. Bound in publisher's original gilt- and blind-stamped blue cloth. Bookplates: Children's Aid Society, London, 1964; The Legge Library ... Office of the National Association of Certified Reformatory & Industrial Schools ... London. Autograph: Als. (?) Vernon. Publisher's original cloth binding stamped in gilt (at foot of spine): G. Newbold, 8 Regent St., Westminster.
"A seminal study of London street life in the middle of the [19th] century ... [with] details of Victorian lower-class life, such as what kinds of foods were sold on the streets, how financial transactions with street-sellers were conducted, and how vendors 'cried' their wares ... The study had its origin in a series of eighty-two articles, published from October 1849 through December 1850, entitled 'Labour and the poor', in the Morning Chronicle ..."--Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Subject Terms:
Charities -- England -- London.
Children's Aid Society (London, England) -- Bookplate.
Crime -- England -- London.
Gray, Bradford H., 1942- -- Ownership.
Legge Library -- Bookplate.
Poor -- England -- London.
Prostitution -- England -- London.
Vernon, A. -- Autograph.
Working class -- England -- London.
Wood engravings -- 1851-1861.
Mason, Walter George, 1820-1866, engraver.
Whymper, Elijah, active 1848-1863, engraver.
Hine, Henry George, 1811-1895, illustrator.
Anelay, Henry, 1817-1883, illustrator.
Beard, Richard, 1801 or 1802-1885, photographer.
Newbold, George (Publisher), publisher.
George Woodfall and Son, printer.
Bradford H. Gray Collection in the History of Social Thought (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library).

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