First edition, first printing. Publisher's original maroon cloth with titles in gilt to the spine, in dustwrapper. Maroon top-stain. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm. The contents with a hint of toning to the endpapers are otherwise clean and bright throughout and remain free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the near fine dustwrapper designed by Edward Ardizzone which has minor toning to the spine panel, a little chipping to spine ends and a couple of small nicks to the head of the front panel. Not price-clipped (18s net to the front flap). An attractive copy.
The first edition of this affectionate account of the "character, habits, customs, recreations and speech" of Londoners past and present by Franklyn, himself "born within a stone's throw of the Elephant and Castle". Including chapters on "children's games, the markets, cabbies, buskers and vagabonds, entertainments, house-keeping, shops, pets and many other sides of cockney life", the work concludes with "an authoritative study of cockney speech".
Stock code: 20278