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(BOOTH, Charles.) SMITH, Sir Hubert Llewellyn (ed.)

The New Survey of London Life & Labour.

London: P. S. King & Son Ltd, 1930-1935 Stock Code: 136589
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Booth revised, a generation on

First edition, a major re-evaluation by the London School of Economics of Charles Booth's Life and Labour of the People in London, a generation on from its publication. Booth's (1840-1916) study, a key resource for the social and economic history of late Victorian London, was based on findings collected between 1886 and 1902, with editions published in 1889-91, 1892-97, and 1902-03. The New Survey was undertaken by Sir Hubert Llewellyn Smith (1864-1945), one of Booth's earliest assistants, and was financed by the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Trust and by donations raised by William Beveridge from London organizations. Smith took Booth's overview of the London life of the 1890s as the standard of comparison, to analyze social changes over the last few decades. The study shows an improvement in the condition of the workers - around a third increase in purchasing power - but also still highlights ongoing problems of slum life, unemployment, and poverty. It offers perhaps the most detailed study of the lives of everyday Londoners in the inter-war period. It is hard to find sets all from the same source as here, this coming from the Manchester Guardian Library with their stamps to title page rectos and versos (and inner covers of map volumes), shelfmarks to spines, and shelf labels to front covers.

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9 volumes (7 text volumes, 2 map volumes), octavo. Original blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, gilt London School of Economics device to front covers.


Text volumes: portrait frontispiece to vol. I, folding map frontispiece to other 6. 8 other folding maps, integral charts and tables throughout. Map volumes: 13 folding maps.


Library stamp to titles. Contemporary newspaper clipping pasted to front free endpaper of vol. I. One folding map in vol. I with acetate overlay which is now partly torn and fragmented but all present. Light sunning to spines, slight wear to rear joint of second map volume, but cloth generally fresh, all joints and hinges intact; contents with light age toning but clean and unmarked. An excellent set.


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