The Universal Provider, A Study of William Whiteley and Rise of the London Department Store by Richard S. Lambert
1938. First Edition. 277 pages. Pictorial dust jacket over blue cloth. Contains black and white illustrated plates. Pages and plates are lightly tanned and foxed throughout, heavier to endpapers and pastedowns. Occasional thumb-marking present. Previous owner's inscription to front free endpaper. Light soiling to gutters of a few pages, with some minor cracking. Binding is slightly shaky. Boards have moderate edge wear with bumping to corners and rubbing to surfaces. Crushing to spine ends with small splits and fraying to cloth. Mild tanning to spine and edges. Scuffing and light marking overall. Bubbling to cloth to rear board, with some creasing to boards. Unclipped jacket has heavy edge wear with some areas of loss, heavy tears, chips and creasing. Jacket is in removable plastic cover. Notable dark rubbing to surfaces.Mild tanning to spine and edges.