Not to be missed by anyone on their way to the British Museum is the Jarndyce bookstore. It specializes, I would say, in books of the nineteenth and very early twentieth centuries, and these are very fine, but during my visit it was adorned by a most remarkable window display.
It may be difficult to make out all of the titles in the photos, but just so no one misses out, right there in the window were such wonders as Living With the Dead, Indiscretions of a Magistrate, Shag the Pony, Invisible Dick, The Big Problem of Small Organs, Christ with the C.I.D., Christie's Old Organ, Roger the Scout, Scouts in Bondage, Correctly English in Hundred Days, and The Art of Faking Exhibition Poultry!
Some of the cover designs were especially fine, among them that of Invisible Dick (I did not get a satisfactory photo).
I would really like to know what's inside some of these books. In most cases I am not entirely sure, but I can report that Correctly English in Hundred Days claims to be "full of ordinary speak and write language." A related volume, The New Guide of the Conversation in Portuguese and English in Two Parts, is "clean of gallicisms, and despoiled phrases" and "may be worth the acceptation of the studious persons, and especialy of the Youth, at which we dedicate him particularly." I gather that its familiar phrases include "This room is filled of bugs," "He caresses all women," "Dress my horse," and "I have mind to vomit." Those are certainly phrases I hear on a daily basis and would not want to live without...
Not in the window were the likes of Lesbia's Little Blunder, Mated from the Morgue, and Kinky Finds the Clue. Ahem, and Newly Discovered French Letters, Old Dykes I Have Known, and Some Account of my Intercourse with Madame Blavatsky from 1872 to 1884.
To know more about these and other curious titles, you will have to investigate this section of the Jarndyce web site.