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[SMITH (Charles Manby)]. The Working Man's Way in the World: Being the Autobiography of a Journeyman Printer.1857

London: W. and F. G. Cash, xii, 347, [1]pp., orig. embossed cloth, head and foot of spine frayed. "Charles Manby Smith's autobiographical The Working Man's Way in the World was published serially (and anonymously) in Tait's Edinburgh Magazine (March 1851 - May 1852), Book publication followed in 1853 under the London imprint of William and Frederick G. Cash. Reissues of the original sheets, described on the cancel title-pages as 'Second Thousand', were made by the same firm in 1854 and 1857."—Ellic Howe, preface to the 1967 reprint. Bigmore & Wyman: "An interesting account of the experiences of a working compositor in London and Paris. The chief feature of this work is its minute unfolding of the mysteries of the inner life of a London Printing-office. Its author's residence of some years in France had enabled him to give an amusing picture of a certain portion of French society usually overlooked by the ordinary visitor." Provenance: Label of C. Calvert, Walton-le-Dale; the library of Graham Pollard and Esther Potter.

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