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Reid 5023. A Pamphlet entitled "The domestic habits of the people." with six illustrations by George Cruikshank. In a light brown wrapper lettered as follows:
"Reading for the fireside, steam-boat and the rail [Price one shilling.] The domestic habits of the people, by Common Sense, with six illustrations by George Cruikshank." With the publisher's details at the foot of the page:
"London: Charles Gilpin, 5 Bishopsgate without. William Tweedie, Wellington Street North Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, Dublin: J.B. Gilpin. Manchester: James Ainsworth. Glasgow. George Gallie. Third Thousand."
An additional title-page within the wrapper and advertisements inside the front cover and on the back cover.
With five illustration plates described by G.W. Reid as follows:
1.Reid 4310. "The drunken husand." The home of a loathsome wretch who flings the empty whisky bottle at his wife's head and terrifies his half starved children. G. Ck P.C. on the floor in front.
2.Reid 4311."The tea gardens." A row of arbours filled with people drinking, and teaching their children to do so; opposite is a poor woman, accompanied by three young ones, endeavouring to take her husband home, who is helpless. G.Ck on the side of one of the arbours, and T.W. sc. under the drunken man.
3. Reid 4312. "The Scottish Turnpikes." Two drunken fellows endeavouring to induce a man to drink against the wish of his wife, who refuses to do so. G. Ck on the side of the building.
4. Reid 4313. "The drunken woman." Supporting herself against the wall with her bosom bare and hair dishevelled, dropping her child on the pavement; a lady runs to pick up the babe. G.Ck, TW on the wall behind.
5. Reid 4314. "The drunken wife." An unfortunate workman washing his children's clothes while his wife is lying in bed in a tipsy sleep, a gin bottle is near and a little boy sleeps on the floor. G. Ck on the front of the boards.
6. Reid 4315. "The low lodging house." Mrs Quid Goosedubs apartment with lodgers assembled for the night, some taking gin before going to sleep, and children huddled under the beds. G.Ck on a door in the corner.
Letterpress pamphlet with wood engraved illustration
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Height: 182 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 109 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Number seven of seven pamphlets acquired by the British Museum at different dates but bound together in a brown leather effect volume, lettered on the spine: "Tracts Illustrated by G. Cruikshank and others." 1805-1852. Bound together after 1875 (the date of the latest aquisition in the volume.)
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