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London Low Life

Posted by Megan on December 8, 2010

This resource isn’t directly related to Political Science, but still very interesting!

The library currently has a trial to London Low Life from the publisher Adam Matthew Digital. The trial will run until January 3, 2011.

This resource contains colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London.

From the description:

This wonderful digital collection brings to life the teeming streets of Victorian London, inviting students and scholars to explore the gin palaces, brothels and East End slums of the nineteenth century’s greatest city.

From salacious ‘swell’s guides’ to scandalous broadsides and subversive posters, the material sold and exchanged on London’s bustling thoroughfares offers an unparalleled insight into the dark underworld of the nineteenth century city. Children’s chapbooks, street cries, slang dictionaries and ballads were all part of a vibrant culture of street literature.

London Low Life is also an incredible visual resource for students and scholars of London, depicting in full colour maps, cartoons, song sheets, street cries and a full set of the essential John Tallis’s Street Views of London – a unique resource for the study of London architecture and commerce.

Material includes:

  • Fast literature
  • Street ephemera – posters, advertising, playbills, ballads and broadsides
  • Penny fiction
  • Cartoons
  • Chapbooks
  • Street Cries
  • Swell’s guides to London prostitution, gambling and drinking dens
  • Reform literature
  • Maps and views of London

This collection will be of interest to 19th century scholars researching: working-class culture, street literature, popular music, urban topography, ‘slumming’, prostitution, the Contagious Diseases Act, the Temperance Movement, social reform, Toynbee Hall, police and criminality.



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