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19th September 2017
 
Title: City Men and City Manners The City, or The Physiology of London Business with Sketches on 'Change and at the Coffee Houses
Author: Evans, David Morier
Price: £14.50
Publisher: Hindsight Books Limited
Date Published: 2005
Specifications: Softcovers, 172pp., 5.5" x 8", 250g.
ISBN: 0954156749
Condition: As New
Copies in stock: 908
Category: Finance More books in this category
Book type: Investment History
Hindsight ID: 2250
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Notes: “City Men and City Manners” was first published in 1845 and then updated by its author in 1851. It provides both a detailed account of the workings of the City from the desks of the clerks to floor of the exchanges, and, by way of the coffee-houses and alleyways, also shows us the people of those times, their character, condition and accomplishments. We see the brokers, jobbers, the “alley-men”, but also the bankers, underwriters, merchants, directors and “company mongers”, and even the people on the streets; porters, beggars and vagrants, all catching crumbs from the City’s table. Evans opens the doors on a wide range of institutions including the Royal Exchange, the various rooms of Lloyds, London’s other coffee houses; the American, Jerusalem, Jamaican, Baltic and Garraways, and looks in on the dealing in tallow and, in the trading rooms of Mincing Lane, tea and other commodities. The coffee houses are shown not only as places of business but as vital centres for information with intelligence gathered in from around the world and then disseminated amongst members, but also to an emerging and often critical press. The topsy-turvey psychology of the market place is also on show, with several episodes recounted, including the excitement of 1825-26 and its “bubble companies”, the Spanish Panic (1835), the “Little Go” that followed, and the railway fever of 1845. The last of these is given particular attention with its spectacular oversubscription of funds, often at the call of dubious subscription committees, “paralysing national commerce” in the pursuit of elusive new ventures and leading to the inevitable and painful unwinding. The author of this book, David Morier Evans, was editor of the Banker’s Magazine during the mid-nineteenth century and an astute observer of City life during a turbulent and exciting era. His writings included major works such as “The Commercial Crisis 1847-48“ (from which material concerning the Railway Mania is included in chapter five) and “Facts, Failures and Frauds: Financial, Mercantile Criminal”. He penned numerous essays on the workings of the city, the evolving practices of business and investment, and even fiction.

Keys: The City, London, Markets, Royal Exchange, Coffee Houses, Stock brokers, Jobbers
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