Fine. SHIPS FIRST CLASS UPGRADE from NJ: 2-3 DAY DELIV( US); GIFT-ABLE as USED, FEELS NEW, fresh LATER PRINTING; NEAR FINE (one page corner turned-sign of having been read) AS SHOWN THIS PHOTO. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 216 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.10451 10451--Before starting this book, I had begun reading the better known "Dr. Johnson's London" by Liza Picard. But as an American reader, I became frustrated. For example, Ms. Picard refers to prices in terms of "d." [6 d. etc. ] I suppose that any British reader knows that the "d." stand for, but I was wondering, "Pound? Quid? Shilling? " Schwartz specifically explains that 4 farthings = 1 penny, which is abbreviated as "d." Ms Picard is British, and assumes that the reader knows many other incidentals that American readers may not know. Half way through that book, I turned to this one instead. Perhaps because Richard Schwartz is American, his book is more accessible for "Yanks." His writing is lucid, yet this short book is crammed with fascinating details about 19th century English life. It includes such specifics as the fact that wigs were greased before being powdered, and that insects infested the wigs! There are countless other similarly specific details. For example, Schwartz is specific about what 19th century folk spent on various items, even comparing the prices of traveling by coach vs. wagon etc. Now that I have finished reading this marvellous introduction to the era, I will go back and finish reading Picard's "Dr. Johnson's London" and will hopefully get more out of it. [reader review]
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