Lights and Shadows of London Life

[GRANT, James.]. Lights and Shadows of London Life.

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[GRANT, James.] Lights and Shadows of London Life. London: Saunders and Otley, 1842.

Two Vols, 8vo.; Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards; red speckled edges; lettered direct to spine; pp. [v], viii-x, [i], 2-300; [iii], vi-viii, [i], 2-312; with contemporary Library ink inscriptions to title pages; boards rubbed, particularly to edges; creased along spine, with a little loss of the marbled paper to upper board of Vol. I, internally clean, save for a few light spots and creases; a very good copy nonetheless.
First edition.
An interesting compendium serving as a guide to the Metropolitan City of London, including such chapters as 'Medical Quacks and Quackery', 'Eating Houses' and 'Coffee Houses', and the rather controversial 'Begging Imposters', including such comments as 'Large sums which some of them have amassed' and 'Speculations in the business of beginning'.