London: Chatto & Windus, 1884. First edition. Frontispiece portrait in Volume I; the remaining illustrations are cuts within the text. Corners slightly rubbed, but a remarkably fine set, with the gold very bright. Rare in this condition. Original black cloth. Covers and spine decoratively stamped in gilt and blind. Two volumes, octavo. xii, 290; viii, 283 pp. Thirty-two page publisher’s catalogue in Volume II. Item #7433
The author wrote several books on English popular culture, including Chap-Books of the Eighteenth Century, Social Life in the Reign of Queen Anne, and the Leadenhall Press publication, A History of English Lotteries.