SMEATON, G. Doings In London.

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SMEATON, G. Doings In London. London, Orlando Hodgson, [1849].

8vo. Black cloth, decorated in blind with floral motifs to both covers, green spine label; pp. [iv], 424; some wear/discolouration to the covers, esp. top corners, internally clean excepting minor offsetting from frontispiece, secure in binding.
A collection of steamy, salacious stories about London's darker districts, supposedly based on actual cases and reported statistics. Naturally it was exceedingly popular as a result, and this is the tenth edition. Smeeton holds absolutely nothing holy, and the tales are gory and bemusing enough to make it worth a read even to our inured moden sensibilities, such as the lady who repeatedly faked her own hanging in every district across London.