[ Elaborate Invitation; Nelson Centenary; Poem & Illustration ] Invitation to C. Gilbert Whitehead [Printer?] to a celebration of Nelson's Centenary (1905), in framework of Thackeray's Poem "The Mahogany Tree".

William Makepeace Thackeray [Thomas J. Barratt (1841–1914), "the father of modern advertising", Chairman of A & F.Pears, historian of Hampstead.].
Party Invitation
Party Invitation
Publication details: 
[ London, 1905 ]
SKU: 19480

An ultra elaborate Invitation to a celebration of the Centenary of Nelson's death. Three panels, bound in green morocco gt, , of which, when unfolded, the central one, c.32 x 25cm, faded and foxed, comprises the following invitation: "Nelson Centenary | Mr. Thomas J. Barratt | Will be pleased if C.Gilbert Whitehead [in MS] will join him at Dinner [ Image of eighteenth century friends (by dress) enjoying a convivial and elaborate dinner around presumably a mahogany table/tree ] || Around the Old Mahogany Tree | On February The Ist October 1905 at 8 O'Clock | RSVP Bellmoor Hampstead Heath". The Thackeray Poem, "The Mahogany Tree" (about a convivial Christmas gathering) is tastefully printed on the outer two folding panels, 16 x 25cm. When folded, becoming 33 x 26, the reverse is presumably missing a small stand, vestiges only remaining. The front, corners rubbed, has title and author in large, "THE MAHOGANY TREE | BY | WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY", but, under the title, appear two inlays of polished mahogany 12 x 17cm. The illustration id faded and foxed. Photos available on my website, richardfordmanuscripts.