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London Labour and the London Poor; Cyclopaedia of the Condition and Earnings of Those that Will Work, Cannot Work, and Will Not Work [Four-Volume Set]
London: Griffin, Bohn, and Company. Hardcover. Very good. First four-volume edition, following the 3-volume edition of 1851. Uniformly bound in original purple cloth stamped in gilt on upper boards and spines. Spines faded as usual, but legible; some chipping, light toning and soiling. Paper cracked over some of the hinges, but all volumes quite sound and clean, complete with all illustrations, maps, and charts (though many are not in the locations indicated in the tables of plates). A very good set of this groundbreaking work of social research. DNB: [Mayhew's] London Labour and the London Poor...remains a seminal study of London street life in the middle of the century, and...is required reading for anyone interested in the minutest 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. Mayhew provided 'in embryo at least … a theory of the specificity of the London economy which in turn made intelligible the economic behaviour of the London poor' (Jones, 263). 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 (Mayhew was its metropolitan correspondent). The series was hugely popular, attracting enthusiastic letters from readers and resulting in the establishment of a special Labour and the Poor Fund." Due tosize, shipping cost will be more than standard for priority or international orders.
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