Inns and Taverns of Old London (1909)


First Edition of Shelley's Inns and Taverns of Old London, 1909,
With Color Frontispiece and 48 Illustrated Plates

Shelley, Henry C. Inns and Taverns of Old London. Setting Forth the Historical and Literary Association of Those Ancient Hostelries, Together with an Account of the Most Notable Coffee-Houses, Clubs, and Pleasure Gardens of the British Metropolis. Boston: L.C. Page, 1909.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition, first issue, of this historical and literary survey of London's inns, taverns, clubs, gardens, and gambling halls, with color frontispiece and 48 illustrated plates depicting views mentioned in the text, in handsome publisher's pictorial-gilt binding. This work focuses on the golden age of London's social establishments (roughly the 17th century through the 19th century). Shelley argues that venues such as inns, tavern, and even pleasure gardens were perfected during that period. He also closely examines the literary and historical associations of the various establishments. Pencil owner signature. Only light rubbing to spine. A better than near-fine copy.

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