Taking as its subject Victorian London, the content ranges from salacious ‘swell’s guides’ to scandalous broadsides and subversive posters, the material sold and exchanged on London’s bustling thoroughfares offering an unparalleled insight into the dark underworld of the city. Children’s chapbooks, street cries, slang dictionaries and ballads were all part of a vibrant culture of street literature. Contains material on these themes: Crime and Justice, Disreputable London, Geography and the Built Environment, Leisure and Entertainment, Politics, Scandal and the News, Religion, Charity and Social Reform, Sex, Prostitution and Obscenity, Street Literature and Popular Print, Tourism, Women and Gender, Work, Industry and Commerce. This is a rich visual resource for scholars of Victorian London, with many full colour maps, cartoons, sketches and a full set of the essential Tallis’ Street Views of London – a unique resource for the study of London architecture and commerce. Also included are George Gissing's famous London scrapbooks from the Pforzheimer Collection, containing his research for London novels such as New Grub Street and The Netherworld.
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