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 ; with numerous illustrations from photographs.
- London : Griffin, Bohn, and Company, Stationers' Hall Court, 1861-1862.
London : Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street, [1861-1862]
- Physical Description:
- 4 volumes : illustrations, maps 23 cm
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsHV4086.L66 M39 1861Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon FundView by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- BEIN Gray Social Thought 1589: Bookplate of A. J. Cox. Stamp: Gifts & Exchange Section, Harvard College Library, Cambridge, Mass, 02138 U.S.A. Blind stamp: Harvard College, Released. From the library of Bradford H. Gray.
"With introductory essay on the agencies at present in operation in the metropolis for the suppression of vice and crime, by the Rev. William Tuckniss ..."--Title page, volume 4.
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.
The work has a complicated publishing history, details of which are described in Humpherys (see especially pages 26, 28, and 106-107). First published in parts, and then in three volumes (1851-1861). Completed with the publication of fourth ("Extra") volume in 1862.
Humpherys, A. Travels into the poor man's country, p. 28
King, M. Victorian decorated trade bindings, 1830-1880, 398
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in publisher's original gilt- and blind-stamped purple cloth (King no. 398).
"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.
"Mayhew approached his work on London Labour and the London Poor ethnographically, venturing directly into the poorest parts of London to interview his subjects directly ... The fourth volume, which Mayhew wrote only a portion of, departed from this format to analyze the characteristics and activities of criminals in Britain and Wales. Mayhew completed a series of choropleth maps for this volume to illustrate the criminal statistics of each county. The maps, rendered in simple black and white, addressed a variety of topics including the overall intensity of criminality in each county, the intensity of 'ignorance' (illiteracy), the number of illegitimate children, rates of teenage marriage, and the number of crimes committed by women ... Mayhew's maps were among the earliest attempts to study crime using cartographic techniques."--Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science, accessed online, April 11, 2013.
- Subject Terms:
- Charities -- England -- London.Cox, A. J. -- Bookplate.Crime -- England -- London.Crime -- England -- Maps.Criminals -- England -- London.Gray, Bradford H., 1942- -- Ownership.Griffin, Bohn, and Company -- Publisher.Harvard College Library. -- Stamp.Poor -- England -- London.Prostitution -- England -- London.Working class -- England -- London.
- Wood engravings -- 1861-1862.
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