BRADLAUGH

[ UK General Election, 1886. ] Printed Conservative Party handbill, with one section giving 'Six Reasons for Voting AGAINST the Radicals', and another giving 'Six Reasons for Voting FOR the Conservatives'.

Author: 
[ United Kingdom General Election, 1886; Conservative Party; Liberal Party; Birmingham Radicals ]
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Printed and Published by R. Lancefield, Market Street, Faversham. [ 1886 ]
£56.00

Printed on one side of 17.5 x 25 cm piece of wove paper. Heavily worn and aged, with closed tears to extremities. Divided into two sections by central vertical rule.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] New Life of Jacob.

Author: 
C. Bradlaugh [ Charles Bradlaugh; Annie Besant ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Printed by Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh, 63, Fleet Street, E.C. 1885.
£35.00

8pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. Drophead title only. In good condition, on aged paper. Originally published in 1861 under the pseudonym 'Iconoclast'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] The Natural History of the Christian Devil.

Author: 
Annie Besant [ Charles Bradlaugh ]
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Printed by Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh, 63, Fleet St., London. - 1885.
£35.00

8pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. Drophead title only. In good condition, on aged paper.

[ Pamphlet. ] Five Dead Men whom I knew when Living: Robert Owen, Joseph Mazzini, Charles Sumner, J. S. Mill, & Ledru Rollin.

Author: 
Charles Bradlaugh [ Robert Owen; Joseph Mazzini; Charles Sumner; John Stuart Mill; Ledru Rollin ]
Publication details: 
London: Freethough Publishing Company, 28, Stonecutter Street, E.C. Undated [ 1880s ].
£65.00

30pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The Freethought Publishing Company was Bradlaugh's own vehicle. Preceded in publication by an edition by C. Watts, London, circa 1877. Scarce.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Ada Ellen Bayly / "Edna Lyall."') by the novelist Edna Lyall (real name Ada Ellen Bayly), on the part played by illustrations in novels.

Author: 
'Edna Lyall', pseudonym of the novelist Ada Ellen Bayly (1857-1903)
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On letterhead of 6 College Road, Eastbourne. 11 January 1893.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. Fifteen lines. On bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. The male recipient is not named. She apologies that 'the crowd of Christmas engagements' has meant that his letter has gone unanswered until now. 'With regard to the question you ask, my feeling is that where an artist and an author can contrive to work well together illustrations are a decided improvement to novels. But it is most trying to an author to see his characters presented to the public in a way utterly unlike his own conception of them.' In her view it is 'clear gain' if a book can be 'well illustrated'.

Signed Letter ('C. Bradlaugh'), in a secretary's hand, by the freethinker and Liberal Member of Parliament Charles Bradlaugh, to Frank Harris, editor of the Fortnightly Review.

Author: 
Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891), Liberal Member of Parliament for Northampton, freethinker and founder of the National Secular Society [Frank Harris (1856-1931), editor of the Fortnightly Review]
Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891), Liberal Member of Parliament
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8 January 1891; on letterhead of 20 Circus Road, St John's Wood, London.
£85.00
Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891), Liberal Member of Parliament

12mo, 1 p. Fifteen lines. Text clear and complete. Very good on lightly-aged paper. The valediction ('Yours sincerely | C. Bradlaugh') in Bradlaugh's hand, the rest in a secretary's. Addressed to 'F. Harris Esq'. Docketed by Harris: '18 or 20th of Feb. or March. Length unlimited: but more valuable short.' Bradlaugh is working on the article, but 'must not send it' before the report is presented to parliament, which Lord Derby assures him 'will be within fourteen days of the Reopening of the House'. He asks about length and deadline.

Handbill printed satirical poem [a proof?], with manuscript corrections, entitled 'Mr. Gladstone's Latest.'

Author: 
[William Ewart Gladstone; Charles Bradlaugh; Charles Stewart Parnell; British General Election of 1886]
Publication details: 
Publisher and date not stated. [1886.]
£180.00

One one side of a piece of laid paper, roughly 21 x 13 cm. Clear and complete on aged and spotted paper. A couple of manuscript emendations, in a contemporary hand: 'I'm' in the text expanded to 'I am' for the sake of scansion, and 'like' in the text changed to 'likes' for the sake of grammar. Sixteen-line poem arranged in four stanzas.

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