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MAYHEW, Athol and Henry Mayhew   


The best-known of the several Mayhew brothers was Henry Mayhew (1812-1887), who was one of the originators of the periodical "Punch' in 1841. He wrote humorous plays and satires but also some serious journalistic studies of the London poor.

  • Greatest plague of life
  • Subjects: satire, servants, conduct,

    • 1. The greatest plague of life: or, the adventures of a lady in search of a good servant. By one who has been "almost worried to death". Edited by the brothers Mayhew. Illustrated by George Cruikshank.
      [1847]
      16.0 x 10.0 cm   Pp [i-ii] [1] 2-285 [286]   frontis, title-page engr, 11 pls  
      GB:   LB   *OPo(F)  

      The frontispiece shows a full-sized lady besieged by a horde of Lilliputian domestics who are gleefully set on destruction and theft.
      The "lady' of the title who narrates her misfortunes is given the name Caroline Sk-n-st-n. Her tale provides a satirical device for the Mayhew brothers to attack the morals and manners of domestic servants in a way reminiscent of Jonathan Swift's "Directions to servants', published in London in 1745.

    • 2. — [Another edition, [1892]]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists another edition as published London: G. Routledge & Sons [1892].


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