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[ SECOND EDITION. GREATLY ENLARGED. ]

A HISTORY OF THE Cries of London.

Woodcuts by Thomas & John Bewick , And their Pupils, &c.

[ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL. All Rights Reserved. ]

[Illustration: HOGARTH'S PIEMAN.

"We frequently meet with the pieman in old prints; and, in Hogarth's 'March to Finchley,' there he stands in the very centre of the crowd, grinning with delight at the adroitness of one robbery, while he is himself the victim of another. We learn from this admirable figure by the greatest painter of English life, that the pieman of the last century perambulated the streets in professional costume; and we gather further, from the burly dimensions of his wares, that he kept his trade alive by the laudable practice of giving 'a good pennyworth for a penny.' Justice compels us to observe that his successors of a later generation have not been very conscientious observers of this maxim."]

A HISTORY OF THE CRIES OF LONDON.

Ancient and Modern.

" Let none despise the merry, merry Cries Of famous London Town. "

SECOND EDITION. GREATLY ENLARGED AND CAREFULLY REVISED

BY CHARLES HINDLEY, ESQ.,

Editor of "The Old Book Collector's Miscellany; or, a Collection of Readable Reprints of Literary Rarities," "Works of John Taylor the Water Poet," "The Roxburghe Ballads," "The Catnach Press," "The Curiosities of Street Literature," "The Book of Ready Made Speeches," "Life and Times of James Catnach, late of the Seven Dials, Ballad Monger," "Tavern Anecdotes and Sayings," etc.

London: CHARLES HINDLEY [THE YOUNGER,] BOOKSELLERS' ROW, ST. CLEMENT DANES, STRAND, W. C.

London: E. A. BECKETT, PRINTER, 111 & 113 KINGSLAND ROAD.

TO HORATIO NOBLE PYM, ESQ., OF HARLEY STREET, CAVENDISH SQUARE, AS A TESTIMONIAL OF ESTEEM FOR HIS PRIVATE WORTH, AND AS A PATRON OF LITERATURE:

A HISTORY OF THE CRIES OF LONDON, Ancient and Modern,

IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED BY Charles Hindley.

RECTORY ROAD, STOKE NEWINGTON, LONDON, N.

[Illustration: NOTICE.

On or about LADY DAY, 1885, will be published for the same Author, THE HISTORY OF The Catnach Press. To be followed by a New Edition of the CURIOSITIES OF STREET LITERATURE]

[Illustration: INTRODUCTION.]

Oh, dearly do I love "Old Cries," Your "Lilies all a'blowing!" Your blossoms blue, still wet with dew, "Sweet Violets all a'growing!" Eliza Cook.

The idea of printing and publishing "A History of the Cries of London Ancient and Modern," somewhat in the manner and style here presented to the public, was first suggested to me by the late Rev:

Thomas Hugo.

Author of "The Bewick Collector," 1866. The Supplement to same, 1868, and "Bewick's Woodcuts," 1870, etc., and at the time, Rector of West Hackney Church, Stoke Newington, London, N., in the year 1876.

While actively engaged in preparing for publication "The Life and Times of James Catnach late of Seven Dials: Ballad Monger," to which the present work may be considered a sequel, and the completion of the series on the subject of the

"CURIOSITIES OF STREET LITERATURE,"

I had frequently to consult the pages of "The Bewick Collector," and other works of a kindred character for information respecting the elder Catnach, who, by himself, and afterwards in conjunction with his partner, and subsequently his successor, William Davison, employed Thomas Bewick, the famous English artist who imparted the first impulse to the art of wood engraving, for several of their Alnwick publications. This led to my communicating with the Rev. Thomas Hugo, wherein I informed him of my plans, and of the object I had in view with regard to the publication I was then preparing for the press: at the same time soliciting his co operation, especially in reference to the loan of some of the Bewick wood cuts, formerly possessed by the elder Catnach, while he was in business as a printer, in Narrowgate Street, Alnwick, an ancient borough and market town in Northumberland... Continue reading book >>




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