London: George Allen & Unwin, (1919). First Edition. Octavo. Olive drab boards, lettered in black on spine and front cover; xvi, 336pp. Inserted advertising leaf tipped in before first page of Preface. Tight, straight and unmarked copy, Near Fine.
Social survey of British labourers (mainly in the city of Sheffield), undertaken immediately following the Great War. The Society was under the directorship (though not credited herein) of the prominent Fabian Socialist, anthroposophist and educator Arthur James Freeman (1886-1972), who also founded the Sheffield Educational Settlement (1918). Among contemporary testimonials included on the inserted advertising leaf is the following from the Daily Mail: "...One of the most interesting social studies that have been made since Charles Booth's Life and Labour in London...Anyone who agrees that 'the proper study of mankind is man' could not fail to find this fascinating." See Helen Smith, "Love, Sex, Work and Friendship: Northern, Working-Class Men and Sexuality in the First Half of the Twentieth Century," in Alana Harris & Timothy Jones (eds), Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970 (Lon: 2015).