Harry Pollitt (1890-1960), General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain [ Jimmy Shields (1900-1949), Scottish communist, editor of the Daily Worker ]
Ivybank Road, Port Glasgow. Undated, but with postmark of 13 June 1949.
1p., 4to. In good condition, on aged paper. In envelope with stamp and postmark, addressed by Pollitt to 'Mrs J Shields | 9 Rothwell St | London N.W.1.' At the time of writing Mrs Shield's husband was in a TB sanatorium, under surveillance from the British security services. Pollitt writes that he has received the 'letters and papers' and his girls are looking forward to seeing 'Rose when she comes up'. 'We had a cutting of a paper from Mrs Elvin from Dublin where it mentioned how they were talking about Jimmy at a meeting in Dublin.
J.J. Gourlay, Government Printer, Melbourne (("Printing (1500 copies £650")
Paper wraps, 156pp., folio, stapled, edges slightly ragged, minor damage and marking to last page, text complete. No copy on COPAC, a few copies on WorldCat (description either complicated or confusing or inaccurate).
['Peking Review', Pai Wan Chuang, Peking, China; Guozi Shudian, China Publications Centre; Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding, London; Basil Stein (1928-2012), South African political activist]
'Peking Review', Pai Wan Chuang, Peking (37), China; Guozi Shudian, China Publications Centre, Peking; Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding, 24 Warren Street, London, W1. Dating from 1963 to 1965.
The collection is in very good condition, lightly-aged, and with only a handful of items with light damp staining. 60 issues of Peking Review ('A weekly magazine of Chinese news and views') between 4 January 1963 and 17 December 1965, comprising 17 issues from 1963, between no. 1 (4 January) and no. 25 (21 June); one issue from 1964 (no. 49, 4 December); 42 issues from 1965, between no. 6 (5 February) and no. 51 (17 December). Accompanying the issues are two of the air mail envelopes in which the magazine was sent to Basil Stein in London from China by distributors Guozi Shudian.
[Doctor L. M. Shuster; A. A. Bogomoletz National Medical University, Kiev, of the Medical Institute of the Ukraine]
A. A. Bogomoletz National Medical University, Kiev, of the Medical Institute of the Ukraine. 112th Graduation of Pediatric Faculty Doctors, 1950-1956.
Landscape 8vo album, containing eighteen leaves in embossed light-green card, each carrying a 17.5 x 23.5 cm black and white photograph. In embossed brown waxed imitation-leather cloth. Lightly-aged but good. The first photograph is of Shuster, and this is followed by three photographs each carrying numerous portraits of tutors, the rest of the photographs each carrying a portraits of a number of students, superimposed over images of Kiev, and of the students on their courses. A few photographs carry texts in Russian by Russian leaders.
[Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), British soldier and travel writer; 'Haris' of Heraklion, Cretan opponent of Communism; Cretan resistance; SOE; Major 'Xan' Fielding (1918-1991)]
Heraklion [Crete, Greece]. 12 January 1947.
4pp., 8vo. 96 lines of text. On paper ruled for accounts. On lightly-aged paper, with loss to corners and at central edge, affecting a few lines of text. Accompanying the letter is a translation (2pp., 8vo) by Colin Jordan, with the assistance of Dr Loukas Christodloulos. The letter is of great interest, casting light on Leigh Fermor's activities in Crete in the period following the Second World War.
Jimmy Shields, Scottish communist, General Secretary of Communist Party of South Africa, twice editor of Daily Worker [ Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of Communist Party of Great Britain ]
[ Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] England and South Africa. Between 1924 and 1949.
Jimmy Shields was described in his obituary in the Daily Worker as 'Hero of the African Peoples' Struggle' and a 'great Communist and humanist', and by Harry Pollitt as 'one of the most devoted revolutionary workers I have ever met'. He was born in Greenock, and joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1921. Having moved to South Africa in search of work in 1925, he was within months elected General Secretary of the country's Communist Party. Following his return to Scotland in 1927, he served in various CPGB posts, and was elected to its national executive.
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 ]
On his letterhead as 'Communist Candidate for Sparkbrook'. 6 July 1945.
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.
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 ]
[ International Department of the Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] With autograph note: '1st Draft, Oct., 1945. | 2nd [Draft], Nov., 1945.'
 + 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'.
[ Communist Party of Great Britain, International Department ] [ West African Cocoa Industry; Gold Coast; Nigeria; Ivory Coast; French Cameroons; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
[ Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] International Department, 16, King Street, London, W.C.2. May, 1946.
5pp., 8vo. On five foolscap leaves. In good condition, lightly aged. The report is single-spaced, and factual rather than polemical, describing the 'network of buying stations' (run by 'non-European intermediaries (African or Syrian)') maintained by the 'European firms that buy and export practically the whole crop', and the recommendations of the 1938 Nowell Report.
[ Tass Agency; Soviet Union; Evgenyii Mikhailovitch Zhukov of the USSR Academy of Sciences; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
Issued by Tass Agency, Chronicle House, 72-78 Fleet Street, E.C.4., London. No. 8669, 28 June 1947.
5pp., folio. Duplicate typescript on three leaves. In fair condition, on aged paper. The first article, produced on the eve of Indian independence, begins: 'Moscow radio broadcast an account of a lecture given by Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences Zhukove on "The Situation in India" at the Polytechnical Museum in Moscow.' It proceeds with a summary of Zhukov's lecture, the view he expounds including the following: 'Britain's new policy derives from the economic changes which took place in India during the years of the Second World War.
[ Finland: the Winter War with the Soviet Union, 1939-1940; Communist Party of Great Britain; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
Without details or date. [ Communist Party of Great Britain, London. Circa 1939. ]
3pp., 8vo. In fair condition, single-spaced, on three leaves of aged and worn paper, held together with a small rusted pin. Designed to clearly state the party line. Begins: 'If we want to understand what is going on, we must understand the Background.' Sections titled 'The Background' and 'The Attitude of Britain' follow. A key section reads: 'But whatever people think - the Russian Government decided that the time was ripe to take control of the Baltic. They were not frightened of Finland or the Finns - but they were apprehensive of Finland in conjunction with the great powers.
[ Soviet Poland; the Polish Embassy in London; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
[ The Press Office of the Polish Embassy in London. ] Three numbers: No. 5, 16 July 1946; No. 14, 19 September 1946; No. 51, 28 June 1947. [ Printed by St. Clements Press Ltd., Portugal Street, London, W.C.2.' ]
The three items are each 4pp., 4to, in bifoliums, and uniform in design. Each carrying a number of articles in small print. Each on aged paper and with wear to margin along outer edge, but with text clear and undamaged. No. 5 includes articles titled: 'Referendum Results', 'Poland's National Day', 'Polish-British Relations', 'Poland's Independence and Freedom Secured | M. Bierut speaks to Democratic Party Congress', 'A Polish Economic System'. No. 14 has in it articles on 'Mr. Byrnes v.
[ Committee for Cyprus Affairs, London; Cyprus Progressive Party of Working People; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) of the Communist Party of Great Britain ]
[ Committee for Cyprus Affairs, 95a Tottenham Court Road, London. ] Memorandum dated from Nicosia, 20 December 1943.
21pp., folio. Duplicated typescript on eleven sheets of yellow and white paper, stapled together. Followed by a separate Committee for Cyprus Affairs document on 'Co-operatives in Cyprus', 5pp., folio, on white paper. The memorandum is unattributed, but the two items are stapled together and apparently from the same source. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The memorandum's authors are named as 'Central Committee | Progressive Working Peoples Party (AKEL) | Pancyprian Trade Union Committee | Central Committee | Pancyprian Small Shopkeepers' Union'.
[ British India and the Communist Party of Great Britain; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
Without details or date. [ Communist Party of Great Britiain, circa 1941. ]
On one 4to leaf. In fair condition, on aged paper. Crude duplicated map illustration on one side, headed 'British Control of India.' Against the background of an outline map of India are texts: 'The British Army costs the Indians £18 million a year (20% of the Budget), 'Viceroy and Governors hold dictatorial powers', 'British £1000 millions investment', 'Annual tribute from India £135-150 million', 'British control three quarters of banks and banking', 'Wagesd 4d to 10d a day.
P. C. Joshi [ Puran Chand Joshi ] (1907-1980), General Secretary, Communist Party of India; Ben Bradley [ Benjamin Francis Bradley ] (1898-1957); Mohan Kumaranangalam [ Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
Duplicated typescript headed: 'From Airgraph to Ben Bradley from Mohan Kumaranangalam. 18th January. [ no year ]'. The article said to be from 'People's War [ magazine of the Communist Party of India ], Vol. iii, No. 30, Sunday, 21st. Jan. 194'.
12pp., folio. On twelve leaves of air mail paper. In fair condition, aged and worn. The piece begins with a discussion of 'Two big events' that have occurred during the previous year, 'when it appeared as if the period of deadlock was about to end and a new era to begin. | The first was Gandhiji's release [...] Soon after came the second big event; the Gandhi-Jinnah meeting'.
[ Communist Party of Great Britain; Cominform; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
[ Communist Party of Great Britain. ] 'Compiled (2nd edition) | 6.3.1951.'
3pp., folio. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight rust spotting from paperclip. Headed 'Communist Parties. | Compiled (2nd edition) | 6.3.1951. | (x) denotes outstanding Party leader where not General Secretary.' Arranged in four columns ('Country', 'Name of Party', 'Secretary', 'Party Paper'), beginning with 'U. S. S. R. | Communist Party | Joseph Stalin | PRAVDA'. The following countries are arranged in five continental groupings ('Europe', 'America', 'Asia', 'Africa' and 'Australasia').
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain
Zaragoza [ Saragossa, Spain ]. 8 March 1977.
1p., 8vo. Signed in blue felt-tip pen. Letterhead illustration of drawing by West, picked out in blue and red felt-tip. A jokey letter beginning: 'ta very much for the dress - it didn't fit me so now Sandra wears it. We have called her Sandra Mercedes. Sandra, though perhaps not very evocative, is easily pronounced in both English and Spanish.
At foot: 'published by Kilburn VSC, 329a West End Lane, London NW6' [ 1968 ].
1p., folio. Printed in red. Sixty lines of text. In fair conditon, lightly aged and worn. The first paragraph reads: 'The Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia has provoked the expected emotional outburst from the reformist Left, tailing as usual behind the hypocritical phrases of the British ruling class, who weep over "poor Czechoslovakia" while actively supporting the 100-times-worse suffering inflicted by the US on the Vietnamese.
16pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. Drophead title. The cover carried the author's name, publication details, and the full title: 'The Commune of Paris: Its Story and Meaning'. Scarce
114pp., 4to. Typescript by May Hemery Ltd in black and red ink, with pages on rectos only. In black card covers, with label on front. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear, in worn covers. See Steve Nicholson, 'British theatre and the Red Peril: the Portrayal of Communism 1917-1945': 'Originally called 'Face to Face', 'Comrade Detective' was translated, designed and produced by Herbert Marshall on the suggestion of the wife of the Soviet Ambassador.
Issued on behalf oif the Hands off Russia Committee. Printed at the Pelican Press (T U.), 2 Carmelite Sytreet, E.C.
Two copies, One printed page, 12mo, good condition. An unknown hand has written in pencil on the reverse, pp.18 and 20, concerning the Soviets, Bolsheviks and Kerensky. P.18 commences: "the Soviets having everywhere grown strong through their peace propaganda and the ['propagation of the' excised] of the realisation in practice of their slogan 'All Power to the Soviets' Nov. 7 - the greatest date in Russian history [...]" The handbill fulminates against the possibility of Allied aid to the Polish "squires and militarists' (their "unprovoked attack", etc).
Paul Robeson [Paul Leroy Robeson] (1898-1976), American actor and singer, prominent in the Civil Rights Movement
Dated by Robeson' "Show Boat" London, 1929'. Embosed 'REPRO. BY | S. GEORGES | 14. GREEN ST, | W.C.2.' and with the firm's stamp ('S. Georges Ltd. Photographic Expert') on the reverse.
Black and white photographic print, 21 x 14 cm. Creased and stained, with short closed tear at head and slight loss to one corner. Robeson's inscription, in the bottom left-hand corner, reads: 'To "Dora" | With all good wishes and all good fortune. | Paul Robeson | "Show Boat" | London 1929'. The image is a head and shoulders shot of an assured Robeson in jacket, shirt and tie.
J. F. Horrabin [Frank Horrabin; James Francis Horrabin] (1884-1962), radical journalist and cartoonist [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952),Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
On letterhead of 14 Endersleigh Gardens, Hendon, NW4 [London]. 11 October 1949.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'I've the vividest memory of starting at Bouverie St. 38 years ago, in 1911, & of the thrill of speaking to him (on the top corridor). The Abbey Co. was just then at the Court, so our enthusiasm about it & its works made two very shy people articulate! | Since then, how much real pleasure I've owed to him!! The News Chronicle will never quite seem the same again.'
Lyn Ta-kuang [The Chinese People's Committee for World Peace and Against American Agression; Germ Warfare; Biological Weapons]
[Place of publication not given in either copy.] Copy 1: 'The Chinese People's Committee for World Peace and against American Aggression'. Copy 2: 'Special Supplement | Daily News Release | 20 March, 1952'.
Both copies 16pp., 12mo, and both stapled in white wraps. Copy 1: Published by the Chinese People's Committee for World Peace and Against American Aggression. Title printed in red. Name of author given at foot of last page: '---- By LIN TA-KUANG.' In fair condition, aged, and on browned high-acidity newsprint, in creased wraps. Copy 2: 'Daily News Release' copy. Title given in black. Apparently identical in its typesetting to Copy 1, but without the author's name. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with short pencil notes on cover and elsewhere.
William Morris (1834-1896), Socialist writer, artist and craftsman [John Turner (1865-1934), Anarchist Communist printer, at 127 Ossulston Street, London; Freedom: A Journal of Anarchist Communism]
The "Freedom" Library. Printed and Published by J. Turner, 127 Ossulston Street, London, NW. [1900.]
24pp., 12mo. Morris's essay paginated -39. Stitched pamphlet. A frail survival, on aged, chipped and creased paper. Priced at one penny on cover, with vignette showing three workers and the banner 'VIVE LA COMMUNE!' The back cover carries advertisements (which date the item), beginning with 'Freedom | A Journal of Anarchist Communism, | Monthly; One Penny. Annual subscription 1/6. Published by John Turner at No. 127 Ossulston Street, London, N.W.', followed by twelve numbered books from 'No. 1. THE WAGE SYSTEM. BY PETER KROPOTKINE. 1d.' to 'No. 12.
[The Socialist Party of Canada, founded in 1931 in Winnipeg, Manitoba]
Published by the Socialist Party of Canada, P.O. Box 1751, Winnipeg, Canada. [Preface dated 'DOMINION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, | JUNE, 1944.']
42pp., 12mo. In yellow wraps printed in black and red, with 'Object' and 'Declaration of Principles' of the SPC inside the front cover, and advertisements for SPC publications on both sides of the back cover. Stapled. In fair condition, aged and worn, with pencil ownership inscriptions of 'Jean Thurlow'. The Preface begins: 'This pamphlet was first published in 1910 as the Manifesto of the Socialist Party of Canada. During the ten-year period ending in 1920, five editions, totalling more than 25,000 copies, were issued.
[October 27 Committee for Solidarity with Vietnam; the Vietnam War; Ho Chi Minh]
'Issued by: OCTOBER 27 COMMITTEE FOR SOLIDARITY WITH VIETNAM | 1, Temple Fortune Mansions, London, N.W.11.' [Printed by Fermaprint Ltd., 17 Fleet Street, E.C.4.'], 1968.
Printed in black on one side of a piece of 32 x 20.5 cm paper. Fold mark. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Illustration of Viet Cong holding up an AK47 in top right-hand corner. Dense text beginning: 'The heroic People's Liberation Armed Forces and the people of South Vietnam are trouncing the Americann aggressors, the main enemy of the people of the world.' Sections headed: 'PEOPLE'S VICTORIES IN SOUTH VIETNAM', 'BRITISH IMPERIALISM - U.S. STOOGE' and 'FALSE SOLIDARITY AND ACTUAL BETRAYAL'. Slogans at foot of page: 'U.S.
50pp., 8vo, stapled as issued, minor defects, mainly good. Note: Unless otherwise indciated, these materials are full translations of articles appearing in Chinese Communist newspapers or releases emanating from Chinese Communist news agencies.
[Mrs L. Vernon Sparrow, Hon. Sec., Finsbury Habitation 596, Primrose League (organisation promoting the British Conservative Party,1883-2004)]
The circular: Primrose League, Finsbury Habitation 596; 7 May 1930. The other items undated, but from around the same period, and all from the Head Offices of The Primrose League, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1.
From the papers of the Honorary Secretary of Finsbury Habitation 596, Mrs L. Vernon Sparrow, 20 Wharton Street, WC1, who has annotated the mimeographed circular relating to her branch, and jotted a few notes on the back of the third booklet. The four booklets are all scarce, with no copies of any of them on COPAC. They are printed on aged high-acidity paper, with light creasing and wear; the mimeographed circular is on aged and lightly-worn paper. First booklet: 'Are you a Patriot?' 4pp., 16mo. Bifolium.