1945

[ The Gouzenko Affair, Canada, 1945; start of Cold War ] Typed contemporary document titled 'The Story of Igor Gouzenko', with covering note referring to 'Mr. Birdwood'.

Author: 
The Gouzenko Affair, Canada, 1945, and The Kellock–Taschereau Commission, 1946 [ Christopher Bromhead Birdwood (1899-1962), 2nd Baron Birdwood? ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London? Circa 1947. ]
£450.00

[2] + 17pp, 8vo. Lacking the conclusion (one page). On seventeen leaves of paper stapled together, with covering typed note on slip, reading 'PLEASE RETURN TO MR. BIRDWOOD'. The covering leaf carries two sets of initials, one in pencil and one in ink, both ticked through. This may suggest official distribution, but the tone of the document makes it more likely to have been a personal statement, presumably by Birdwood. Aged and worn, with rusting to staples.

[ R. Palme Dutt. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Raji') to 'Jimmy' [ James Shields ], thanking him for the 'masterly' fashion in which he has 'handled the press job' during Dutt's campaign in the 1945 general election.

Author: 
R. Palme Dutt [ Rajani Palme Dutt ] (1896-1974), chief theoretician of the Communist Party of Great Britain [ Jimmy Shields (1900-1949), Scottish communist, twice editor of the Daily Worker ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead as 'Communist Candidate for Sparkbrook'. 6 July 1945.
£65.00

1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper. The letterhead features a photographic portrait of Dutt. Written the day after the General Election, in which Dutt came third in the Sparkbrook constituency, with fewer than two thousand votes. As Shields is leaving in the morning, he feels compelled to write to him 'to express what we all feel about the wonderful way you have handled the press job. It has been masterly, and every other constituency might well be jealous of us.' He ends with 'Millions of thanks, cheers and congratulations'. From the Jimmy Shields papers.

[ Iran; Persia; Jimmy Shields, Scottish communist, twice editor of the Daily Worker. ] Typed draft of third section ('Section III How to Improve The Tudeh Party') of paper on the situation in Persia (Iran) titled '"What is to be done?"'

Author: 
Jimmy Shields (1900-1949), Scottish communist, senior member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, twice editor of the Daily Worker [ Tudeh Party, Persia; Iran ]
Publication details: 
[ International Department of the Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] With autograph note: '1st Draft, Oct., 1945. | 2nd [Draft], Nov., 1945.'
£180.00

[1] + 9pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased cartridge paper, with the ten leaves pinned together. Minor autograph emendations throughout. Paginated in manuscript 11-18, including 13A; and also including the first page of the whole paper, headed '"What is to be done?"'. The nine-page third section is titled 'Section III How to Improve The Tudeh Party', and carries the following autograph note at the head of the first page: 'N.B. SECS 1 & 2 ALREADY THERE'.

[ John Hayward, editor. ] A Catalogue of Printed Books and Manuscripts, By Jonathan Swift, D.D. Exhibited in the Old Schools in the University of Cambridge. To Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of his Death, October 19, 1745.

Author: 
[ John Hayward; Harold Williams; Jonathan Swift; Walter Lewis; the University Press, Cambridge]
Publication details: 
Cambridge: Printed at the University Press. 1945. [ Cambridge: Printed by Walter Lewis, M.A. at the University Press. ]
£65.00

45 + [1]pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. On aged and worn War Economy paper. Two-page preface by Hayward, preceded by the following note: 'The Exhibition has been arranged under the auspices of the Syndics of the University Library and the Catalogue made by MR JOHN HAYWARD who, in collaboration with MR HAROLD WILLIAMS, F.B.A., also made the selection of the Books and Manuscripts for the Exhibition.' Uncommon (apart from the Folcroft reprint): the only copy on OCLC WorldCat at the British Library.

[ Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, City of London livery company. ] Printed facsimile 'Report to the Livery' by Prime Warden Sir George Courthope, describing the Company's recent 'good and bad days'.

Author: 
Sir George Courthope (1877-1955), Prime Warden, Goldsmiths' Hall, and Conservative Party politician [ The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, City of London livery company ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, Cheapside, London EC2. May 1945.
£80.00

4pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. With facsimile signature of 'George Courthope'. The document begins: 'Dear Sir, | The last Report to the Livery was issued in Professor Hutton's Prime Wardenship at Christmas, 1942. I succeeded him in May, 1943, and this Report coincides with the end of my term of office and the declaration of Peace in the West.

[Rudyard Kipling.] Printed keepsake by C. W. Parish, titled 'Mrs. Fleming's Visit', describing a visit in 1945 by Kipling's sister Ann Margaret Fleming to his home (Bateman's in Burwash)

Author: 
C. W. Parish, Bateman's, Burwash, Sussex [Rudyard Kipling; The Kipling Society; T. O'B. Horsford, photographer]
Publication details: 
Printed by The Medici Society Ltd., London. [Introductory note by Parish dated 'Christmas, 1945 | Bateman's | Burwash, Sussex.']
£40.00

8pp., landscape 12mo. Saddle-stitched into light-brown printed wraps. In good condition, lightly-aged. A tasteful production, with two full-page illustrations by 'T. O'B. Horsford', captioned 'Bateman's' and 'The Hall'. Introductory note by Parish, inside the front cover: 'The following article was written for the Kipling Society's Journal and is here printed by courtesy of its Editor.' The piece begins: 'It was not long after our arrival in 1940 as the tenants of Bateman's that we learnt that Mr.

[Pamphlet] Cost of Living in Britain Today

Author: 
"Koi Hai"
[Pamphlet] Cost of Living in Britain Today
Publication details: 
Reprinted by permission of 'The Illustrated Weekly of India,' Bombay, [1945].
£125.00
[Pamphlet] Cost of Living in Britain Today

[8]pp., 12mo, original printed wraps, foxed , otherwise good condition. Date '1945' in pencil on front (title), aimed at soldiers returning to England. After title, "With the compliments of the Deolali Transit Camp" (see Wikipedia, Deolali transit camp was a transit camp for British troops in Deolali, India, notorious for its unpleasant environment, boredom, and the psychological problems of soldiers that passed through it.

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