How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York. Jacob A. Riis.

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York

Hardcover. A solid copy of this early, 1897 printing of one of the true highspots in the late 19th century sociology of poverty -- and, specifically, the examination of poverty in New York. With this book, Danish-born journalist (and photographer) Jacob Riis (1849-1914) seemingly moved mountains and cast a vital light on the deplorable conditions of slum life in New York. His constant muckraking --as well as his critically important photographs-- exposed the shocking extent of the divide between the haves and the have nots and his call for intervention on behalf of the many thousands of anonymous children caught in this cycle of poverty resonated thruout the city (and country). And this book, simply put, was Riis's mouthpieve --and the symbol for change. This is a tight, very presentable copy to boot. Crisp and VG in its evocative, pictorial boards, with bright, unflecked gilt-titling along the navy-blue spine. Light, forgiveable spotting --and a bit of scuffing-- to the boards, very mild darkening along the edges, light offsetting to the title page (from the still-intact original tissue-guard). Former owner name, address and date to the title page, small stamp (same owner) at the end of the text, otherwise very clean internally. 12mo, "with illustrations chiefly from photographs taken by the author" Very Good. Item #15633


Price: $200.00

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