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[Imperial College Literary and Debating Society, London.] Printed poster for 'A Lecture on "The Interaction of Life and Matter" by Sir Oliver Lodge, D.Sc., F.R.S.

Author: 
Sir Oliver Lodge [Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge] (1851-1940), physicist, inventor and Christian Spiritualist; W. G. Wren, Hon. Sec., Imperial College Literary and Debating Society, London
Publication details: 
Imperial College Literary and Debating Society, London. 'In the Main Chemistry Lecture Theatre Royal College of Science (Imperial Institute Road, S.W.7) on Monday, 16th March, 1931 At 5-15 p.m.'
£120.00

Printed in black on one side of a 51 x 39 cm piece of light-green paper. Heavily inked, in the variety of types and point sizes typical of the period. Printed on high-acidity paper, and perhaps a unique survival. Aged and worn, with chipping and short closed tears to extremities. Reads: 'Imperial College | Literary and Debating Society | [thick-thin rule] | A LECTURE | ON | “The Interaction of Life | and Matter” | BY | SIR OLIVER LODGE, | D.Sc., F.R.S.

[ The Gryphon Club, debating society of Trinity College, Oxford. ] Printed 'Rules of the Gryphon Club, (Founded November, 1881,) Trinity College, Oxford.'

Author: 
Gryphon Club, debating society of Trinity College, Oxford, founded in 1881
Publication details: 
[ Trinity College, Oxford. ] January, 1883.
£350.00

1p., 4to. On leaf of wove paper. In fair condition, lightly-aged and creased at foot and corners. Pleasingly laid out, in small print, with vignette of dolphin at top right. Fifteen rules, beginning with '1. - The Society shall be called THE GRYPHON CLUB, and shall have for its object the holding of debates and the reading of Papers on any subject.' The Grypho debating society n is one of the college's oldest established societies. No other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[ The South Kensington Debating Society. ] Manuscript minute book, signed by chairmen Sir Charles Petrie, John Terry and Dorothy Saward and others. Topics include National Socialism (Unity Mitford speaking), Palestine Question and Spanish Civil War.

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The South Kensington Debating Society [of the Conservative Party], London [ Sir Charles Petrie, John Terry, Dorothy Saward, successive chairman ] [ Unity Mitford; Sir Charles Petrie; Ludovic Kennedy ]
Publication details: 
The South Kensington Debating Society, 23 Stratford Rd, W8 [London]. 7 June 1938 to 1 February 1949.
£280.00

H. G. Wells had been a member of an organisation of the same name at the end of the nineteenth century, but the two appear unrelated. The background to the present SKDS is explained in a loosely-inserted cutting from the Observer, 6 February 1938, which states that the Conservative at Kensington 'have a very vigorous Debating Society, of which the chairman is Miss Dorothy Saward. It meets once a month, and Miss Saward has been singularly successful in her choice both of motions and speakers'.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Legal Position of Women in England and Ireland: An Address delivered at the Opening Meeting of the Forty-ninth Session, in the Dining Hall, King's Inns, October 29, 1878, by the Auditor, Seymour Bushe, B.A.

Author: 
Seymour Bushe, B.A. [Law Students' Debating Society, King's Inns, Dublin] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
['Law Students' Debating Society, King's Inns, Dublin.'] Dublin: Printed by Charles Chambers, 36 Dame Street, 1878.
£220.00

Title-page headed: 'Law Students' Debating Society, King's Inns, Dublin.' 32pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. No copy on COPAC, and one copy on OCLC WorldCat, at the National Library of Australia.

[Printed pamphlet.] Hints on Platform Speaking and Debate.

Author: 
[Hugh Thornton? Association of Conservative Clubs, London]
Publication details: 
Association of Conservative Clubs, Palace Chambers, Westminster, S.W.1. Undated [1930s]. [Bemrose & Sons Ltd., Derby and London.]
£90.00

66pp., 12mo. In brown cloth printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. Ownership inscription of 'Mabel S. Lomax' at head of front cover. Eight chapters, including 'How to Become Fluent' and 'The Art of Delivery (Manner and Mannerisms)'. With two appendices: 'How to Conduct Debating Societies' and 'Specimen Rules for Debating Societies'. Scarce: no copy on COPAC, and only one on OCLC WorldCat. (An undated second edtion, ascribed to Hugh Thornton, with introduction by F. Solbe, is equally scarce.) From the archive of Mabel S.

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