The True History of a Little Ragamuffin
James Greenwood. London: Ward, Lock, and Tyler, 1867.
11 parts. 8vo (220 x 140 mm). Frontispiece, additional title and 12 plates after Hablot K. Browne and J. Gordon Thomson. Part 1 with advertising slip at front and publisher’s catalogue at rear; all wrappers with advertisements. Original blue-green pictorial wrappers. Custom chemise and slipcase. Front wrapper of part 1 detached, some other light chipping and soiling.
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PARTS. Scarce work by the author of A Night in a Workhouse. The wrappers bear the imprint of S.O. Beeton, though the book form was issued by Ward, Lock and Tyler. There are two plates per volume through part 7. Wrappers are re-used and hand-numbered after part 4. Although there was evidently scant sympathy for the Little Ragamuffin in the 1860s, Greenwood is notable today as an investigative reporter. Ragamuffin is written in the first person and for Night in a Workhouse Greenwood actually disguised himself as a vagrant and wrote about the experience with harsh realism.