(SOLD): WORBY, John. The Other Half: The Autobiography of a Spiv.

(London): J.M. Dent, 1937. First edition. Octavo. 279 pages. The first of the author’s two books relating his tramping experiences. The volume records one of the earliest uses of the word “spiv” and this work explores the semantic and aesthetic treatment of spivery in popular culture during the inter-war years. Showing how, as early as the 1930s, spivery blended a variety of forms of urban transgression – confidence tricks, prostitution, homosexuality, Americanisation and the metropolitan underground – with the cultural imagery of wayward mobility, self-disguise and sensational publicity. A very good copy in dust jacket. Uncommon in the first printing with jacket.


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