London: The Cornhill Magazine, 1861-62. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good Condition. Item #258009
Hollingshead, 1827 – 1904 was an English theatrical impresario, journalist and writer. As a writer Hollingshead started his journalism career in 1854 under Dickens at Household Words and then with Thackeray at the Cornhill Magazine. The three humerous essays offered here feature delightful woodcut vignettes of various characters and physiognomic types at the theatre, at Covent Garden market, and at the increasingly common railway trip. Wittily illustrated, contrasting the look of the market porter, worn down and weary, with the weather worn basket woman, and the prosperous consumer alongside the sharpness of the wholesaler, the Covent Garden market of 1860s London is easily brought to life, whilst the Excursion Train features all forms, from the Agreeable Man to the Disagreeable Man, all riding the "magic bronze horse", and in At The Play we meet 'the Gallery" of all human life, and see Tragedy and Comedy, Melodrama, and Opera played out across the features of the audience. There is a little description of the Theatre Royal as Purgatory, "where every man's knee was crushed against every man's back; where hats and little boys were crushed... no one thought of the cramp, the draught, or the heat...". In the Covent Garden Market we are told of "the second class distributor [who] is trying the higgling of the market, and is offering all the money in his pocket for a basket of apples; while the two costermongers are engaged in working out an intricate calculation about a compound bid by a peculiar process known as pantomimic arithmetic". The Disagreeable Man of the Excursion Train is observed to "think every town much finer than the one he is going to; every day much pleasanter than the one he is travelling on; and every carriage much more comfortable then the one he is sitting in". Note; this is a collection of original articles separated from annual volumes, not a reprint or an offprint. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 25 pages. Category: Cornhill Magazine; Special Interest; Featured; New Arrivals. Inventory No: 258009.