First Edition of Smith's The Cries of London
The Cries of London: Exhibited Several of the Iternerant Traders of Antient and Modern Times.
Smith, John Thomas.$1,250.00
Item Number: 71850
London: John Bowyer Nichols and Son, 1839.
First edition of this collection of this work on the street cries of London. Quarto, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers, illustrated with 30 engraved plates. In very good condition. A very nice example.
Although recorded as early as the medieval period, the 18th and 19th centuries saw the rapid expansion of the custom of London street hawkers using distinctive, lyrical calls to sell their wares; they were the object of much fascination for poets, musicians and writers.