The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. Rebound, original was in soft cover. Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, London 1834 - First edition, Index and Anno Quarto & Quinto Guliemi IV Regis. An Act for the Amendment and better Administration of the Laws relating to the Poor in England and Wales. [14th August 1834]- Original print of the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 (PLAA), known widely as the New Poor Law, which fundamentally changed the poverty relief system in England and Wales.
The original soft cover book has been rebound in half leather with marbled boards. Boards and spine show shelf rub and chipping to top and bottom of spine. Blank pages were added at the beginning and the end of the book on which the original owner (William Hope Waterman, attorney b. 1813- d. 1838) has written notes and added an alphabetical cross index to various sections within the text. The text is also annotated by Waterman. The boards and spine are connected, but the internal signatures have become separated from the spine, although all attached together except for two loose pages at the front. Some foxing to end papers. Internally clean, tight and legible.
Book plate for Arthur Walter Slater on front end paper. Slater was a Historian for the Royal Historical Society and editor of the Camden Miscellany, Fourth Series, 1964.