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London Lowlife: Street culture, social reform and the Victorian underworld

Engraving titled The Last Penny. It shows a down and out man in a bar.

Full-text searchable database containing color images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 19th and early 20th century London; designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research students and beyond. Will be of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including literature, cultural studies, urban studies, and social history.

There is an emphasis on rare or unique material, particularly in the range of ephemera, street literature and visual items. The documents are drawn from the holdings of the Lilly Library, the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington.

Material from the Lilly Library includes:

  • Michael Sadleir’s Ephemera
  • Chapbooks
  • The Virginia Warren Collection of Old London Street Cries
  • Rare Books
  • George Gissing Manuscripts
  • Tallis’s Street Views
  • Street Literature and Popular Print
  • Maps

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August 22, 2019