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Pike, W.T. [editor]. London at the Opening of the Twentieth Century/Contemporary Biographies, No. 15 of Pike's New Century Series, Brighton: W.T. Pike and Co. 1905. Quarto, pp. 300, vii, maroon morocco grained boards with elaborate gilt-stamped decoration and lettering on top, gilt-lettered spine, blind-stamped bottom, a.e.g., numerous halftone photos throughout. Excellent street and architectural photography throughout the first 200 pages as the book discusses the state of London at the turn of the 20th century; then the book transitions into a series of small biographies of accountants, actuaries and "secretaries," all illustrated. OCLC locates 5 copies in the U.S. and Canada, with more at British libraries; but generally scarce on the private market. Condition of this book: Boards rubbed with some loss at spine ends, gilding on spine at least half gone. Hinges neatly reinforced. Leaves clean and tight, overall good and sound.