The Shows of London (Belknap Press) 1st Edition

1 customer review
ISBN-13: 978-0674807310
ISBN-10: 0674807316
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $7.88
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Rent
$111.62
Buy used
$118.99
Buy new
$158.65
More Buying Choices
20 New from $128.48 22 Used from $52.00
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


InterDesign Brand Store Awareness Textbooks
$158.65 FREE Shipping. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Richard D. Altick was Regents' Professor of English at Ohio State University. Among his numerous previously published works are The Scholar Adventurers, The English Common Reader, and Victorian People and Ideas.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Belknap Press
  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674807316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674807310
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Important Information

Ingredients
Example Ingredients

Directions
Example Directions

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on August 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Altick, one of the greatest authors on Victorian Great Britain, outdoes himself in this comprehensive, illustrated history of "shows" in London from the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth into the reign of Queen Victoria (1600-1862.)

This is square brick of a book: cloth over boards with a sewn binding in dustjacket. 553 pp. 4.5 pounds. B&w illustrations throughout. Index. 28 pp of bibliographic information.

Here is a wide swath of entertainment: cabinets, museums, freak shows, waxworks, clockworks, dioramas, optical scenes, "spectral scenes," biological exhibitions (animal and human "native"), fine art, panoramas, The Crystal Palace, exhibit halls, artifacts of war, relics of history, water shows, magicians, dancers, pleasure gardens, and more.

The excerpt from the dustjacket blurb explains things fairly well:

"A berserk elephant gunned down in the heart of London, a machine for composing Latin hexameters, and the original rock band (1841)--these are but three of the sights that London curiosity-seekers from every walk of life paid to see from the Elizabethan era to the mid-Victorian period. Examining hundreds of the wonderfully varied exhibitions that culminated in the Crystal Palace of 1851, this generously illustrated book sheds light on a vast and colorful expanse of English social history that has thus far remained wholly unsurveyed.

Drawing on a wealth of never-before-used information, Mr. Altick traces London exhibitions as they evolved from the display of relics in pre-Reformation churches, through the collections of eighteenth-century virtuosi, to the first science museums and public art galleries. He also narrates for the first time the history of the panorama and diorama as an influential genre of nineteenth-century popular art.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Shows of London (Belknap Press)
This item: The Shows of London (Belknap Press)
Price: $158.65
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com