Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet – An Autobiography



000001, [Kingsley, Charles], Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet – An Autobiography, Chapman and Hall, London, 1850, First Edition, Good. Original Cloth, 8vo. Two volumes complete – Volume One – iv, 306pp, [2] and Volume Two – iv, 300pp.

Original blindstamped cloth with central arabesque, original primrose endpapers, gilt to spines, bound by Bone and Son with their ticket to rear pastedowns.

Volume one has been rebacked, with the slightly chipped original spine laid on, spines slightly faded, light staining to lower cover of volume one, volume two chipped to spine ends, corners slightly bumped, slightly rubbed. Internally lightly browned, but fairly clean.

From the library of Michael Foot, with his name in pencil to ffep. Sadleir 1337, Wolff 3805 (this copy does not have the 32pp catalogue mentioned by Wolff) and Parrish, page 11 (not mentioning the catalogue), Harrison and Thompson, ‘Bibliography of the Chartist Movement’, page 137.

Kingsley’s second novel, though the first published in book form, a ‘Christian Socialist’ novel, which was heavily influenced by Mayhew and Carlyle, sympathetic to ‘moral’ Chartism, though more hostile to Chartist atheism and revolutionary violence” (Cazamian, 268). For an excellent overview of the novel and Kingsley’s influences see Cazamian, ‘The Social Novel in England 1830-1850’