Item #51375 VAGABONDIANA or, Anecdotes of Mendicant Wanderers Through the Streets of London; with Portraits of the Most Remarkable, Drawn from the Life by John Thomas Smith, Late Keeper of the Prints in the British Museum. John Thomas - Artist Smith, 1766 - 1833.
VAGABONDIANA or, Anecdotes of Mendicant Wanderers Through the Streets of London; with Portraits of the Most Remarkable, Drawn from the Life by John Thomas Smith, Late Keeper of the Prints in the British Museum.
VAGABONDIANA or, Anecdotes of Mendicant Wanderers Through the Streets of London; with Portraits of the Most Remarkable, Drawn from the Life by John Thomas Smith, Late Keeper of the Prints in the British Museum.
VAGABONDIANA or, Anecdotes of Mendicant Wanderers Through the Streets of London; with Portraits of the Most Remarkable, Drawn from the Life by John Thomas Smith, Late Keeper of the Prints in the British Museum.
VAGABONDIANA or, Anecdotes of Mendicant Wanderers Through the Streets of London; with Portraits of the Most Remarkable, Drawn from the Life by John Thomas Smith, Late Keeper of the Prints in the British Museum.

VAGABONDIANA or, Anecdotes of Mendicant Wanderers Through the Streets of London; with Portraits of the Most Remarkable, Drawn from the Life by John Thomas Smith, Late Keeper of the Prints in the British Museum.

London: Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly. Printed by Jas. Wade, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden. 1874. A New Edition. vi, [7] - 36 pp. Illustrated with 32 etched plates, at rear. Royal 8vo. 11" x 7-1/2". Later brown half-calf binding with green cloth boards. Gilt stamped title lettering to spine. Binding - Nr Fine. Plates - VG+. Item #51375

From the author's preface, "Beggary, of late, particularly for the last six years, had become so dreadful in London, that the active interference of the legislature was deemed absolutely necessary... from the reduction of the metropolitan beggars, that several curious characters would disappear by being either compelled to industry, or to partake of the liberal parochial rates, provided for them in their respective work-houses, it occured to the author of the present publication, that likenesses of the most remarkable of them, with a few particulars of their habits, would not be unamusing to those to whom they have been a pest for several years."

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