The Signs of Old Lombard Street.; With Sixty whole-page 4to Illustrations by James West.

London: Field & Tuer, [n.d., ca. 1890]. First edition. Spine browned, corners rubbed, edges lightly foxed. An exceptionally good copy of a fragile book that is often found tattered or with loose gatherings. Original boards with paper spine label. Quarto. 3, xiv, 112 ff. + [8] pp. ads. Item #10635

An interesting social commentary. The signs here date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. An introduction explains that Lombard Street was first inhabited primarily by Jewish goldsmiths in the thirteenth century, then, after the Jews were chased out, by the Lombards or Longobards from Italy, who were involved in gold and silversmithery and pawnbroking and seem to have disappeared as well. By the period covered in this study, there were still a great many gold and silversmiths (with clearly Anglo-Saxon names), along with bankers, insurance agents, tavernkeepers, milliners, drapers, instrument makers , and even booksellers.

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