ID: 19163
75.00
The original. ... Second edition.

PERIODICAL, WALKER, Thomas Editor,, The original. ... Second edition. London: Henry Renshaw, 1836.

8vo., iv + 444pp., contemporary dark blue half calf, spine gilt with raised bands and a crimson label. A very good copy. Reprint in one volume of the complete collection of weekly issues, nos.1-29, for 20 May 1835 - 2 Dec. 1835, published in a single volume, with an index.

Wiener dismissed The Original> for its 'abstract, moralizing essays that seek to inculcate conservative political principles'. There actually seems to be considerably more to it than that, partly, no doubt, reflecting the profession of the editor who was a London police magistrate. It is much more a collection of Walker's thoughts on many subjects, intended to raise 'the national tone in whatever concerns us socially or individually'. And DNB suggests that it is his 'admirable papers on health and gastronomy' that 'form the chief attraction of the work'. But there are several pieces on pauperism, prisons, savings banks, Sabbath observance, impressment, prison discipline, prize fights, hand-loom weavers and so on. A nice anecdote on 'marriage in low life' reveals Walker's view that 'marriage amongst the very lowest classes is in general a very thoughtless, joyless affair from beginning to end'.