The Little Ragamuffins or, Outcast London
1884, A Story of the Sorrows and Sufferings of the Poor
Undated . First edition. Hardback, rebound in quarter leather with five raised bands and slightly crooked gilt titling to spine. The green cloth with titling from the original binding has been laid in at the front pastedown. 20.5 × 13cm, 359pp + 32pp ads.
A novel from journalist James Greenwood on the plight and misery of the poor of London. Greenwood first became interested in the plight of the poor after spending a night in a Lambeth workhouse. His brother Frederick, the then editor of the Gazette, prompted Greenwood to dress as a tramp and spend some time into a workhouse incognito, after which he wrote a brutal description of their lives. Illustrated with 12 woodcut engravings.
A good copy. The rebinding isn't of the highest standard but is acceptable. The pages are tanned throughout but the book remains in strong readable condition.