Tuesday, March 8, 2016

An 1828 Guide to London Pitfalls & Scams

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Doctor Syntax Overboard
Loretta reports:

In my Endnotes to Dukes Prefer Blondes, I quote from John Bee’s A Living Picture of London, 1828, which is well worth exploring.

To begin with, there’s the full title:
A LIVING PICTURE OF LONDON FOR 1828 
AND
STRANGER’S GUIDE
THROUGH THE STREETS OF THE METROPOLIS;
SHEWING THE FRAUDS, THE ARTS, THE SNARES AND WILES OF ALL 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ROGUES, THAT EVERY
WHERE ABOUND; 
WITH
SUITABLE ADMONITIONS, PRECAUTIONS, AND ADVICE HOW TO 
AVOID OR DEFEAT THEIR ATTEMPTS; 
Interspersed with 
SKETCHES OF COCKNEY MANNERS, LIFE, SOCIETY,
AND CUSTOMS;
And supported throughout by numerous
CASES, ANECDOTES, AND PERSONAL ADVENTURES. 
By JON BEE, Esq.
AUTHOR OF A DICTIONARY OF THE VARIETIES OF LIFE, &c. 
~
To which is appended, the Author's former 
“HINTS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE POLICE;”
WITH FURTHER SUGGESTIONS, FACTS, AND REMEDIES.

The short excerpt below, from the chapter about what to expect when you get off the boat, is a fine example. You can find the “regulated fares of watermen” here.

Out-door Delinquencies


Jon Bee, A Living Picture of London, for 1828, and Stranger's Guide.

Image, possibly by Robert Cruikshank, from Doctor Syntax Through London, “Doctor Syntax Shoots London Bridge & Pops Overboard.

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2 comments:

Karen Douglas said...

Just made plans to attend your group book signing on March 20 in Vero Beach. I'm so looking forward to meeting you and the other authors. I have the first Dressmakers book loaded on my Kindle, but I"m waiting until I get to the signing to buy the other three. I figure the bookstore should profit somehow from this. I've enjoyed everyone one of your books and went back to "the Lion's Daughter(?)" to try one of your older books. I loved it. I'm eager to read Dukes Prefer Blondes, but I am waiting until after the signing........grrrrrr, that's so hard.........

Karen Douglas
Largo Fl
about 160 miles from Vero Beach....

L May said...

Reprint of the 1828 book is available at Amazon and others:

ISBN: 9781236475367

 
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