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Labour and Life of the People of London  

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Labour and Life of the People. Volume 1: East London [&] Volume 2: London Continued

Booth, Charles, editor


Williams and Norgate



2 volumes. [iv], 598; iv, 607 pp. 2 folding colored lithograph maps (linen-backed); four full-page colored lithograph maps in Volume 1. (8vo) 21.5x14 cm. (8½x5½") original blue-green cloth, lettered in black, marbled edges. First  (Vol. 2) and Second  (Vol.1) Editions.

The map in Volume 1, "Descriptive Map of East End Poverty..." is Incredibly detailed. Booth's survey classified each street in one of six classes, by color code: 'Very Poor, Lowest Class: vicious, semi-criminal; Very poor, casual: ...in chronic want; Poor: ...fairly regular, though bare income; Mixed with Poverty: some comfortable, others poor; Fairly Comfortable: regular employment; Well-to-do: professional classes and large shopkeepers. Booth is probably best remembered for the founding of The Salvation Army, his academic approach to the impoverished of London provided statistical ammunition for those advocating social change.

Lot Amendments

Wear and soiling to cloth, rubbing to extremities, vol. 2 corners bumped, a bit of splitting to cloth at spine of vol.1; hinges cracked, Oxford Travelling Library bookplate to Vol. 1, some foxing to backsides of folding maps; good or better.

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