[EVANS, David Morier]. City Men and City Manners. The City; Or, the Physiology of London Business; With Sketches on 'Change, and at the Coffee Houses. London, Groombridge & Sons, 1852.
Small 8vo. Recent half-calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands and with gilt-stamped morocco lettering-piece; pp. vii, 172, 16 (advertisements), [8, advertisements]; title-page with browning to margins otherwise a very good copy of a rarity.
First edition, based on Evans' 1845 The City, largely rewritten, enlarged and updated. The Welshman David Morier Evans (1819-1874) was one of the early financial journalists of London and worked for several newspapers. 'In addition to his regular work, Evans was connected with several other commercial and financial periodicals, among them the Bankers' Magazine, to which he was one of the principal contributors, The Bullionist, and the Stock Exchange Gazette. He also conducted the literary and statistical departments of the Bankers' Almanac and Diary. He recognized the significant role of ‘panics’ in nineteenth-century financial history' (DNB). The present work, anonymously published, deals with the stock exchange, a mechanism and it's social inclusivity, which had made it a mysterious entity to large sways of the British public. One of the most graphic and insightful descriptions of the London stock exchange in mid-19th-century Britain, financial practice and malpractice.