London Characters & Crooks - Folio 1996
The Folio Society, London, 1996. Hardcover, with illustrated upper board, silver-gilt spine, 535pp., top edge dyed green, with a monochrome photographic frontispiece and 19pp. of plates likewise.
Henry Mayhew (1812 - 1887) was an English social researcher, journalist, playwright and advocate of reform. He was one of the co-founders of the satirical and humorous magazine Punch in 1841, and was the magazine's joint-editor, with Mark Lemon, in its early days. He is also known for his work as a social researcher, publishing an extensive series of newspaper articles in the Morning Chronicle that was later compiled into the book series "London Labour and the London Poor" (1851), a groundbreaking and influential survey of the city's poor.
This book is in very good condition, the binding is sound and all the pages are clean and unmarked. There are some slight marks to the edge of the pages (these look to have been there from new) and the back cover at the top has a very tiny dent in it but otherwise the book looks virtually as new and does not appear to have been read. There is no slipcase.