Title: London Town: A tour of Victorian London
Author: Thomas Crane
Illustrator: Thomas Crane & Ellen Houghton
Year: 1985 (First Edition)
Binding: Hardback
Publisher: Bracken Books
ISBN: 0946495351
Remarks: 1st facsimile edition; inscribed
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Fair/Good

 

Description: "This delightful book evokes the sights and wonders of a Victorian child's first visit to London. Splendid full-colour illustrations with descriptive verse bring alive the people and places depicted. At the Tower of London, there are Beefeaters, ravens and the Crown Jewels. Then there are Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, the Zoological Gardens. The underground railway is a wonder in itself; but from the top of the omnibus, the little visitors can also see and hear the street sellers (long since vanished from our scene) – the penny-ice man, the penny-toy man […] And in the evening, as the dustman comes by, the sleepy children climb the stairs to bed, to dream of all they have seen.
This is one of the classic volumes from the great age of children's literature, when artists of considerable stature and skill lent their talents to the pages of books intended for the young."

Crimson cloth boards with gilt text to spine. Corners straight; spine lightly bumped. Unclipped pictorial jacket is worn and torn along the upper edges, but remains complete. Apart from a discreet gift inscription on the front pastedown (hidden by the jacket flap), the book is in superb internal condition. Pages are very tightly bound.

Facsimile of the original 1883 edition.

Measures 21.5 cm × 18 cm (8.5″ × 7.2″). 8vo. 56 pp.

Price: £10.00

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