SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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HAYWARD, William Stephens.
London by Night.

London: William Oliver, 3 Amen Corner, E.C. (c1867)
London: William Oliver, 3 Amen Corner, E.C. (c1867)

8vo. Half black leather over marbled boards, with exquisite gilt tooling to spine, which is comprised of six separate compartments. Titled in gilt to the second compartment. Gilt top edge and raised bands. Marvellous marbled endpapers. SCARCE. Hand coloured frontispiece, title page, eight plates and one folding plate, mostly of louche London 'night spots'. The very last illustration shows the drowned body of a unfortunate young woman illuminated by the torches of two London Policemen. "A life of indigent virtue is not attractive to women, and until some lucrative employment for the female part of our population is discovered, there will always be a large number of girls who are compelled to traffic in their honour in order to support life". Hayward was a Victorian novelist, whose earliest novel appeared in 1862. Prior to this publication, Hayward had a reputation as being somewhat of a rogue - in his twenties he was constantly in court for minor offences, and constantly moved address to keep one step ahead of his many creditors. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. "Lost". 2. Title page. 3. "The Argyll". 4. "Waterloo Place". 5. "Cremorne". 6. "The Holborn". 7. "Scotts". 8. The Alhambra Canteen (folding plate). 9. The Crystal Palace "Fireworks". 10. Rose Young's. 11. Ratcliffe Highway "Paddy Goose". 12. "Found".