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Forest Books
Stand
80

BROWN (John)

Memoir of Robert Blincoe, An Orphan Boy; Sent from the Workhouse of St. Pancras, London, at Seven Years of Age, to Endure the Horrors of a Cotton-Mill, Through His Infancy and Youth, With a Minute Detail of His Sufferings, Being the First Memoir of the Kind Published.

INSPIRATION FOR OLIVER TWIST

BROWN (John)

Memoir of Robert Blincoe, An Orphan Boy; Sent from the Workhouse of St. Pancras, London, at Seven Years of Age, to Endure the Horrors of a Cotton-Mill, Through His Infancy and Youth, With a Minute Detail of His Sufferings, Being the First Memoir of the Kind Published. Manchester: Printed for and Published by J. Doherty, 1832

Description

First edition in book form, v, [1], 7-64pp., woodcut vignette on title page, pencilled notes inside front wrapper, upper corner of title page chipped, text a little age-toned, original blue printed wrappers, Spine chipped, some wear to edges, some splitting to front wrapper.

Bibliography

Rare; Copac locates only 4 copies, OCLC locates 1 additional copy.

Footnote

An important exposé of the horrors and abuses of child labourers in the cotton mills of 18th century England. Blincoe began his indentured service at the age of seven and completed his apprenticeship in 1813 at the age of 21. Interviewed by John Brown in 1822 Blincoe's memoir first appeared serially in Robert Carlile's radical newspaper The Lion as well as in his The Poor Man's Advocate. Blincoe is thought by some to have been the inspiration for Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist.

Price

£745.00