Mrs Brown in London

SKETCHLEY, Arthur, [George ROSE]. Mrs Brown in London.

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SKETCHLEY, Arthur, [George ROSE]. Mrs Brown in London. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1869].

Small 8vo., decorative yellow boards printed in black, red and blue, showing Mrs Brown waving her umbrella at a startled horse; lettering in black direct to spine; rear board with advertisments for Keating's Cough Lozenges and Persian Insect Destroying Powder; end papers showing other Routledge advertisments; pp. viii, 151; boards rather rubbed, with some chips to corners, webbing exposed along the spine, not affecting the majority of the lettering, endcaps heavily worn, internally rather fresh, with stamp to half title and W H Smith embossed stamp to p.i, end papers offset, with torn section to rear end paper, with some loss of advertisment text.
A charming Victorian 'Cheap' novel, one of many in the Mrs Brown canon, each featuring a whimsical cover and revolving around tales of an illiterate old woman of the lower middle class on her travels. George Rose was a dramatist, novelist, and humorous entertainer, who wrote under the pseudonym Arthur Sketchley. His protagonist is said to be based upon Dickens's Mrs. Gamp.