Through the Fray (Luddite Riots) by G. A. Henty (ca. 1890)
THROUGH THE FRAY: A TALE OF THE LUDDITE RIOTS. G. A. HENTY, NEW YORK PUBLISHING COMPANY, NEW YORK.
Details the events occurring during the early years of industrialization. During which time many workers were no longer needed, and work was shifted from the the home to factories. Which resulted in widespread dissatisfaction. On the other hand, manufacturing companies were forced to either go out of business due to lowered prices or switch to machines. The resulting quagmire led to a worker's secret society called "King Lud." The members called themselves "Luddites" and tried to stop the spread of mechanization by assassination, arson and general warfare.
Burgundy cover with gilt spine title & blind stamped cover design & gilt top edge. Shifted spine with front/rear inner hinges weak and front endpaper tore & creased with owner bookplate. Clean pages & owner pencil notes at rear pastedown. 7-1/2 x 5 with 316 pages. Fair plus condition. Circa 1890.