BEAR

[Bearbaiting in Georgian Derbyshire.] Anonymous manuscript poem titled 'The Bearbaiting', beginning: 'Whoe'er in Derbyshire has been, | And haply there a Wake has seen, | Has seen a Bear, the Croud's Delight, | Maintain with baiting Dogs the fight.'

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[Bearbaiting in Georgian Derbyshire; Hanoverian field sports]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [Derbyshire? Late eighteenth or early nineteenth century.]
£450.00

Not published. A fair copy, neatly written out over 8pp., 4to. 175 lines, in heroic couplets. On two bifoliums of wove paper, each with hunting-horn watermark of 'G R'. A well-written production, with valuable content regarding a loathsome practice which persisted in England until 1835.

Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'JPVH'), from Lieutenant-Colonel John Plunkett Verney Hawksley, DSO, RFA, to his mother in England, describing in detail his life in Kashmir, and including comments on bear hunting and the cost of living.

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Lt Col. John Plunkett Verney Hawksley (1877-1916), DSO, Royal Field Artillery [his mother Emily Julia Hawksley of Caldy Island, Pembrokeshire; Kashmir; British India; the Raj]
Publication details: 
The four letters addressed from: dak bungalows at Rawal Pindi and Magam, near Srinagar, Kashmir; Rowbury's Hotel, Murree; from Srinagar iteslf; and in camp, near Islamabad, Kashmir. One undated, but all four written between 7 July and 11 August 1899.
£380.00

The four letters totalling 16pp., 12mo. Each on a bifolium. All four good, on lightly-aged paper. Chatty and informative letters, in the bored tone of the English upper classes, and exhibiting a shocking casual racism. One: From Dâk Bungalow, Rawal Pindi, 20 July 1899, and Rowberry's [sic] Hotel, Murree, 23 July 1899. 4pp., 12mo. He apologises for a hurried letter of the previous day. 'I began my journey very badly by calling a high caste mahomedan who was snoring in my carriage a Scor - (pig) he got very irate.

[Printed handbill.] Miss Alice Bounds, the Bear Lady. ['Life of Miss Alice Bounds'.] With portrait by Willsons of Leicester.]

Author: 
'W. Y.' [Miss Alice Bounds, the Bear Lady; human abnormalities; circus entertainers; fairgrounds]
Publication details: 
Willsons, Le'ster [Leicester]. No date. [1910s]
£150.00

[4]pp., 12mo. Stapled in original pink printed wraps. Cover has drawing of Bounds by Willsons of Leicester, whose slug is in the bottom left-hand corner of the cover. First page has drophead title 'Life of Miss Alice Bounds', and the piece is signed in type at the end by 'W. Y.' It begins: 'I was born in Calcutta, East India, in the year 1877.

[First issue of a printed periodical.] The Law Clerk.

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[The Law Clerk and Municipal Assistant, Edwardian English periodical]
The Law Clerk and Municipal Assistant
Publication details: 
Vol. I. No. I. March, 1906. [For the proprietors: - Printed by F. HEARN, 113, Leyton High Road, Stratford, in the County of Essex, and Published by S. ENGLEMAN, 61, Fore Street, Moorgate Street, in the City of London.
£95.00
The Law Clerk and Municipal Assistant

4to, [ii] + 12 + [ii] pp [i.e. 16 pp in toto]. Prelims paginated I-IV. Boasting of being 'the first Journal to be devoted exclusively to the interests of legal assistants'. Containing some light-hearted matter, including 'Office Yarns. No. I - The Firm and the Feminine', 'Relevant Irrelevancies', but also with reviews ('The Law Book-Worm') and columns containing useful information ('Municipal Mems', 'Practice').

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