Title: DANGERS TO HEALTH: A Pictorial Guide to ...
Publisher: London: J. & A. Churchill, New Burlington Street
Publication Date: 1881
Book Condition: Good
xix, 170 printed pages, with 16 page publisher's catalogue at end dated July 1882. 70 lithographs by William Burton after original sketches by G.W Foster. Text becoming a slightly loose towards the middle of the text block. Signed presentation on half title page to "Mr Cruden from F. M Norman R.N., Mayor of Berwick 1888-9". Yellow endpapers a trifle dirty. 15 x 21.5 cm. Original brown cloth. Spine with gilt lettering, upper board with black blindstamped border containing gilt lettering and a gilt embossed representation of a candle flame being used to detect flaws in the joint of a sanitation pipe, within a further similar border.Slight crease and tiny abrasion on back board, a few very tiny stains, and very slight wear to the corners, edges and top head/tail of spine. One plate depicting 2 decorators "Stripping off Poisonous Wall Papers" is reminiscent of the 1st chapter of "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist" where "The air was full of the sounds of the scraping of the stripping knives used by those who were removing the old wallpaper." The wallpapers from that era contained arsenic and the hazards are detailed in this manifesto against homes and tenements that smelled of drains and led to life-threatening illnesses. Bookseller Inventory # 4253