Victorian Things by Asa Briggs, first published in 1988, is one of the great seminal works on 19th century social history. This new edition that has been separated into three parts covers Victoria’s reign and explores the world of domestic and commercial objects, from stamps and needles to bicycles and the electric telegraph. It is with great pleasure that Royal Fireworks Press makes available to another generation the breadth and depth of Lord Briggs’s vision. This new edition of Victorian Things includes a bulk of new photographs and specially recorded videos of the author’s writing experience and insights.
Part I focuses on common collections, Joseph Paxton and the construction of the Crystal Palace, and the use of spectacles and cameras.