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Joe Smith and his Waxworks


Bill Smith, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Saunders (William Stanley)


Neville Beeman Limited 1896

Binding:  Hardback  |  Condition: Very Good  | 

Scarce novel by the inventor and philanthropist William Ford Robinson Stanley. Purporting to be the memoirs of one Bill Smith who worked on his Uncle Joe's traveling waxworks show in the mid-19th century. Despite being a fictionalized account, it contains a wealth of information about victorian era fairs and entertainments as well as child labour, an issue to which Stanley devoted much of his time and philanthropy. With numerous b/w illustrations by Henrie Pitcher and decorated initials and devices throughout. Pink cloth boards. 8vo. (190x135mm) [viii] 294pp. With advertisements to rear. Mild bumping to extremities. Light markings to covers. Foxing to end-papers but contents prim and clean. Binding tight. Very good.

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