The Unprofessional Vagabond.
With sketches from the life by John Carlisle.London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1873 Stock Code: 148095
First edition, first printing, of an intriguing piece of Victorian undercover reporting. The author adopted four different working guises in 19th-century London to discern the experience of the city's poor, making him the titular "unprofessional vagabond."
Small octavo. Original white boards with cover imagery, title to cover in black, red rules, publisher advertisement to rear cover in black.
Frontispiece, three plates, all with tissue guards. Illustrations by John Carlisle.
Blind stamp to front free endpaper. A good copy with with extremities worn and covers soiled, rear hinge cracked, contents clean and bright.
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