KEY WRITINGS ON SUBCULTURES 1535-1727. Classics from the underworld volume I. The Elizabethan underworld: a collection of Tudor and early Stuart tracts and ballads
London: Routledge, 2002. Second printing of the 1965 edition, which was itself a facsimile reprint of the 1930 Routledge & Kegan Paul edition, with a new preface. Quarto, dark blue cloth. pp (2), (lxvi), 543. Illustrations, index. Two shallow bruises to edges of front cover; ink name and date at top of half-title page; else fine. "The Elizabethan Underworld collects together sixteen of the more important tracts from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries dealing with the lives and misdoings of thieves, rogues, and tricksters. For the most part the original authors were men of experience - watchmen, constables and those who drifted into the London underworld and learnt its tricks. A thorough introduction contributes a full historical background and outlines contemporary social contexts. " Note: 2 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.