x, 310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction : observation of one's times -- pt. I : Looking inwards -- It has all been so sudden -- It's this steam, you see -- The poor in a loop is bad -- The spirit of utility -- What is it to be a gentleman? -- God preserve me from being poor -- pt. II : Looking outwards -- Rule, Britannia! -- Entering upon most dangerous times -- Our approaching decrepitude -- The British Empire divinely ordained -- pt. III : Looking before and after -- The favourite reading -- Great men are profitable company -- For was, and is, and will be -- Doat upon the Middle Ages -- pt. IV : Looking beyond -- An after-life -- Mr. Darwin's theory not atheistical -- This world's no blot for us -- pt. V : Looking ahead -- Mammon worship a melancholy creed -- Everything was going to be different -- Conclusion : looking retrospectively.
Originally published: London : J. Murray, 1997.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -294) and index.