New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1959. 1st US Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth over slate blue paper-covered boards, spine gilt, upper board stamped in black, original illustrated dust jacket.
"This gentle creature, leading a life of near-poverty and barely able to hide the loneliness of her existence or her fears as to what might be the nature of her end, is typical of many who have, for one misguided reason or another, elected to make London their home. And, reflecting upon her appearance, I could not but compare her plight with the life enjoyed by many young ladies who...contrive, by reason of their fashionably sensual expression and the erotic stimulus of their physical measurements, to carve for themselves...niches of the most impregnable luxury" (from "An Orphan Stenographer"). First US edition of this humorous and humane collaboration between renowned British artist-writer team Ronald Searle and Alex Atkinson, consisting of "Big City" character studies based on Punch magazine founder Henry Mayhew's 19th-century sociological work London Labour and the London Poor. Punch magazine contributors themselves, Atkinson and Searle conceptualized how Mayhew may have conducted his study on the burden of poverty 100 years after it was originally published. Illustrated throughout in Searles’s distinctive graphic style, accompanied by Atkinson's insightful prose portraits. Originaly published in the UK in 1958. Unclipped dust jacket with small chips to spine-ends, splits and small closed tears near joints, and wear to edges. Very good. Item #2388