[Robert Peake, London coach builder, father of Archibald Henry Peake, Premier of South Australia.] Printed handbill with anecdotes, a poem ('The Troubles of Lord Alphonsius Fitz Noodle'), and two jeux d'esprit.

Robert Peake, coach maker, Bloomsbury, London, born in Yorkshire in 1815, died in Australia in 1889, father of Archibald Henry Peake (1859-1920), Premier of South Australia
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[London. 1840s or 1850s.]

2pp., 12mo. Printed on facing pages on one side of a landscape 8vo leaf, with blank reverse. In fair condition, on aged paper, laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. The left-hand page carries three items: 'The Confidence Trick. A scene in Oxford Street.' (a series of puns with a purpose now lost, beginning 'A stout "Nave," | Met a green "Felloe"'), 'Anecdotes of the old Coaching Days' (beginning 'Talleyrand bought a new coach, but did not pay for it.') and 'Lord Lyndhurst'. The last reads in full: 'Ordered Robert Peake to build him a Chariot. It was finished and approved of.

Substantial manuscript ledger of a carpenter, builder and undertaker between the wars, mainly in the Ashford area of Kent, with detailed itemised accounts of a wide range of jobs (including 'Coffins and Funerals') for a large number of clients.

[Ledger of a carpenter, builder and undertaker in the Ashford area of Kent, 1919-1936; coffin maker, undertaker; funerals; Kent County Council]
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Kent: Ashford, Folkestone, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Lydd, Rolvenden, Dungeness, New Romney, Rye, Scotney, Willesborough, Iden, Denge Marsh, Appledore, Brenzett, Guestling, Bredgar, Ivychurch, Seddlescombe, Sellindge. 1919 to 1936.

602 pages, folio, preceded by a thumb-index, comprising 301 numbered double-page openings. A sturdy and substantial volume, half-bound in brown calf with 'LEDGER' in gilt on red label on spine. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper in worn binding.

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