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HODGES, Henry G.

Cyclopedia on Pawnbroking.

Published: Cincinnati: J. W. Taylor Publishing Co., 1943

Stock code: 97611

Price: £450

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First edition, inscribed on the front free endpaper (“Compliments of Henry G. Hodges”) and dated 11 January 1949. A study of the social and economic problems presented by the pawnbroking industry, in which Hodges advocates legislation, licensing, regulations and sanctions. “Pawnbroking literature is about as scarce today as was that on the subject of syphilis at the beginning of the century. Since there are at least as many citizens personally interested in the former as the latter, one wonders why pawnbroking is still so little discussed as a social and economic problem after more than a thousand years of operation … whereas syphilis has no organised defenders, the good deeds of pawnbrokers are heralded, and their evil practices defended by paid public relations experts and legislative lobbies” (preface).

Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine and front board lettered silver, top edge red. With the dust jacket. Spine rolled, upper tip bumped; an excellent copy in the jacket with bright front panel, toned spine and some loss to spine ends.

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