Vera Dart (1892-1984), social worker and Labour Party politician, born in Liverpool [ Women's Voluntary Service for Civil Defence; London County Council ]
Place and date not stated. [ London, c. 1977. ]
 + ii + 152pp., 4to. Perfect bound, with each page on a separate leaf. In fair condition, aged and a little dogeared. Title-page reinforced at fore-edge. Missing the last page or so of the 'Conclusion'.
Elizabeth C. Wolstenholme, Secretary, Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights [Peter Alfred Taylor (1819-1891)]
Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London. Printer not stated. Dated at foot of page: '27, Great George Street, S.W., | June 1874.'
1p., 12mo. Page headed 'Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights,' with text beginning: 'In order to assist the effective carrying out of the work of this Association, Mr. P. A. TAYLOR offers an Annual Subscription of £100 a-year for three years, on condition that £900 per annum for three years be granted by other Subscribers. | [...]'. After a list of 'promised' subscriptions, ends: 'An "Unknown Friend" offers a special Donation of One Hundred Pounds.' Signed in type at end: 'ELIZABETH C. WOLSTENHOLME, | SECRETARY.
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights] [Royal Commission into the operation of the Factory and Workshop Acts, 1875-1876]
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.] No printer. [1874 or 1875.]
pp., 8vo. Bifolium with heading: 'Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.' In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with evidence of side stitching. Text begins: 'The Royal Commissioners for inquiring into the operation of the Factory and Workshops Acts have issued the following circular:- [...]'. The third page is headed 'LIST OF PUBLICATIONS relating to the Subject of this Paper, to be obtained at the Office of the Vigilance Association, 27, Great George Street, Westminster.' No copy traced.
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights; 'The Scotsman', Edinburgh newspaper; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. ['Frederick Bell & Co., Steam Printers, King's Road, Chelsea.'] [1874.]
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, disbound, with evidence of side stitching. No copy (other than surrogates) traced, either on COPAC or on OCLC WorldCat. No other copy currently on the market.
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London] [Manchester Examiner and Times; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London.] 'Frederick Bell & Co., Steam Printers, King's Road, Chelsea.' 1874.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly-aged, disbound, with the two leaves separating. With purple oval stamp 'From the Secretary of the Vigilance Association, 2, Westminster Chambers, Victoria Street, S.W.' One copy on open market.
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. 'Secretary, MISS WOLSTENHOLME, 27, Great George Street, Westminster, S.W.'] London: Frederick Bell & Co., Printers, King's Road, Chelsea, S.W. Dated at end 'March, 1874.'
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly-aged, disbound. Six copies on COPAC.
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, founded 1871] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.] No printer or date. [Circa 1871.]
3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged, disbound. Beneath the Association's name at the head of the first page is a list of the names of the eight members of the 'Executive Committee', followed by the names and addresses of the treasurer and 'Hon. Secretary (pro tem.)'. The first page carries a four-point 'Constitution', the second page carries eight 'Rules', and the third page a membership form. It would appear reasonable to date the pamphlet from the time of the Association's foundation. Only one copy found on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat, at the London School of Economics.
[Women's Voluntary Services for Civil Defence, London; Second World War evacuees; evacuation; evacuated children]
[Women's Voluntary Services for Civil Defence, London. 1939.]
Printed on one side of a piece of 15cm square card. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Four numbered instructions, preceded by: 'There would be a great need for extra bed coverings for children should evacuation ever take place. Suitable covers can be made by sewing together squares knitted up from scraps of wool. They will always be useful even if, as we all hope, they are not needed for their original purpose.' This initiative can be dated from a reference in 'Home & Country' magazine, 1939. Scarce: no copy traced in the Imperial War Museum or elsewhere.
G. Reeves [Home Secretary Planning Committee, Regional Office, Div, S/DO; Fire Services; British 1950s civil defence; nuclear war; atom bomb; biological warfare; atomic warfare]
[London.] Notes made at meetings between 30 March to 25 June 1951.
37pp., 12mo (including two irrelevant pages at the rear), of pencil notes, with some diagrams. In a spiral-bound 'No. 430 Reporter's Note Book' by Brown Knight & Truscott, Ltd, London. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. On cover: 'G. Reeves Atom'. The notes were made at meetings or lectures held at roughly fortnightly intervals. (The last page records 'No meetings' on 9 and 23 June.) Topics include: 'Types of Shelter', 'Refuge Room', 'Long range rocket', 'Antipersonnel Bomb' ('When a bomb is found a red flag in a stick is to be placed 3 paces to the North so that B[omb].
[I.C.D.S.; British Civil Defence, 1955; Civil Defence School; Atomic Warfare; Biological Warfare; Chemical weapons; nuclear war]
At foot of final page: '(1204) WT. 39620. [number of copies:] 22,500 [date of publication, i.e. July 1955:] 7/55 [printer:] D & G Ltd.'
39pp., small 4to. Stud-bound in brown card printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with crease to front cover, to which the enamel badge is also attached, beside the ownership signature of 'E J Sayer' (Downing Street secretary Elizabeth Sayer, later Cooper.). First page dated in pencil '8th Sept', and pencil note in text of the 'permitted dose' of radiation.
[The Dublin University Defence Committee; 'the University Question in Ireland'; James Bryce (1838-1922), 1st Viscount Bryce]
'No. 18.' Printed at The University Press, Dublin. [Printed for the Dublin University Defence Committee.]
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library. The Dublin University Defence Committee is nowhere mentioned, but the pamphlet is uniform with another numbered 12, which was printed for the Committee (also by the University Press). Scarce.
Five items, 1-26pp., folio, most undated, but one 1964, another 1965, staples rusty, minor damage to one with no loss. Item I: 26pp., with diagrams, "Layout of an Emergency Kitchen" with sub-headings Site, Layout of Cookers, Layout of Swill area, General, Food Untensil and Fuel Storage, Food Preparation Facilities, Cooking Apparatus, Serving Arrangements, Improvised Washing Up Arrangements, Disposal of Fouled Water, Disposal of Swill, Latrines; Item 2; 5pp., inc. A form headed Council | Civil Defence Department | Emergency Meals Service | Goods Received Book (Site...
[Graduates Defence Committee, The Victoria University; University College, Liverpool; Owens College, Manchester; Board of Education Reference Library]
Manchester: Sherratt & Hughes, 27 St Ann Street. 1902.
39pp., 12mo. In grey printed wraps. Good, on lightly aged and worn paper, with stamp, shelfmarks and red label of the Board of Education Reference Library. Containing a full-page list of officers of the Graduates Defence Committee, full-page introduction.
Bert Bensen, American psychology lecturer and supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
'Published by: Friends of Bert Bensen, Top Flat, 127, King Henry's Road, London NW3'. February 1965.
16pp., 4to, with additional yellow cover leaf carrying title, with 'Introduction' on reverse. In good condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight damage to the fore-edge of the cover leaf. Neat ownership inscription of John H. Shaw. According to the introduction 'Bert Bensen's account of his attempts to stay in Britain - and of the determination of two successive Home Secretaries that he shall not - reads like something out of Kafka. The Sense of unreality that permeates the Bensen affair should not be allowed to hide the serious questions it raises. Why was Mr.
[British Parliamentary report into the naval defence of Australia and New Zealand, 1908] [HMSO]
London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Darling & Son, Ltd, London. 1908.
Folio, iv + 56 pp. Stitched. In original blue printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Internally good, on lightly-aged high-acidity paper. Wraps worn and a little chipped, with a few closed tears. Wraps carrying Hull University withdrawal stamps.
[The Coast Committee of Northumberland; Napoleonic Wars]
121 signed bills and receipts from the accounts of the Trustees of the Northumberland Coast Committee (also described as 'Trustees for Guarding the Coast', 'The Honourable Coast Committee Alnwick', 'The Honnble. Coasting Committe [sic]'). Very little is to be discovered about this organisation, with no contemporary references in The Times.
The National Council for Civil Liberties [The Military Training Bill, 1939; censorship; D Notice]
27 April 1939; on letterhead of the National Council for Civil Liberties, Morley House, London.
On one side of a piece of foolscap paper (dimensions x cm). Forty-four lines. Text clear and complete. On aged paper with a little rusting from a paperclip. Letterhead includes names of the Council's officers in left-hand margin, including around sixty 'Vice-Presidents' (twenty ticked off), including E. M. Forster, Bertrand Russell, Aldous Huxley and H. G. Wells.
Edward Lyulph Stanley (1839-1925), 4th Baron Sheffield, 4th Baron Stanley of Alderley, and 3rd Baron Eddisbury; Mary Jane Bridges-Adams [née Mary Jane Daltry] (1854-1939) [Defence of the Realm Acts]
Wednesday, 7th March, 1917. Extract from Vol. 24. - No. 11.' London: Harrison and Sons, under the authority of H.M.S.O., 1917.
The extract from the 'Parliamentary Debates' is 8vo, 12 pp (paginated 402-423), stapled and in original blue printed wraps. Grubby and dogeared, with light staining at head. Bound in at the front is Adams's 'Circular', which is a 4-page 8vo bifolium, printed by 'E. H. Williams (T. U.) Printer, 232 Devons Road, Bow, E.' Good, on lightly aged paper. Printed at the head of Adams's pamphlet is 'N.B. Copies of this Circular were seized by the police in a raid on the room occupied by Mrs.
Robert John Aylwin Wallace Lever, Government Entomologist at Fiji [Fiji Defence Force; New Zealand Expeditionary Force; Second World War; military training; standing orders]
1939 to 1940.
The majority of the material is on leaves of foolscap paper. The collection is in good condition: lightly aged and with some wear to extremities. Assembled by Lever during the course of his training as an officer in the Fiji Defence Force, it gives a valuable insight into colonial military procedure. Occasional manuscript additions and corrections. Arranged in four folders. FIRST FOLDER ('H.M. Customs, Fiji.') contains: ONE: [2 pages] Army School of Instruction. New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1940. War Equipment Tabel. Infantry (Rifle) Battalion. TWO: [5 pages] Army School of Instruction.
Edward Arthur Alexander Shackleton, Baron Shackleton
31 December 1964; on his letterhead as 'MINISTER OF DEFENCE FOR THE ROYAL AIR FORCE'.
British geographer and Labour politician (1911-94), son of the antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. One page, quarto. Very good. Folded three times. Docketed in red ink. He must decline the invitation to become a Fellow of the Society. 'It is certainly an honour and I would have liked to accept this invitation, but I have lately had to cut down on the membership of various societies since, as you can imagine, the subscriptions do mount up. This is frankly the reason, for I have become very well aware of the importance of the work of the Royal Society of Arts.'