DEFENCE

[ Vera Dart, social worker and Labour Party politician. ] Duplicated Typescript of unpublished autobiography titled 'My Six Lives in a Changing World'.

Author: 
Vera Dart (1892-1984), social worker and Labour Party politician, born in Liverpool [ Women's Voluntary Service for Civil Defence; London County Council ]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [ London, c. 1977. ]
£400.00

[3] + 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'.

[Female suffrage; printed handbill.] Untitled handbill by the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, regarding a subscription offer by 'Mr. P. A. Taylor' [Peter Alfred Taylor].

Author: 
Elizabeth C. Wolstenholme, Secretary, Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights [Peter Alfred Taylor (1819-1891)]
Publication details: 
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.'
£90.00

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.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Nine Hours Factory Bill. Letter from a Working Woman.

Author: 
Dinah Goodall [Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London; 'The Englishwoman's Review', London periodical; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London, 1874.] ' 'Reprinted from the "Englishwoman's Review" for April 1874, for the Vigilance Association.'
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. Single leaf with drophead title, signed in type by Goodall on p.2. In fair condition, lightly-aged, disbound. No copy traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Female suffrage; printed item.] Untitled pamphlet by the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, regarding a circular issued by the 'Royal Commissioners for inquiring into the operation of the Factory and Workshops Acts'.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights] [Royal Commission into the operation of the Factory and Workshop Acts, 1875-1876]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.] No printer. [1874 or 1875.]
£120.00

[3]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.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Factory (Health of Women) Bill. Reprinted (by kind permission) from THE SCOTSMAN, of Saturday, June 13th, 1874.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights; 'The Scotsman', Edinburgh newspaper; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. ['Frederick Bell & Co., Steam Printers, King's Road, Chelsea.'] [1874.]
£100.00

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.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Factory Bill. Reprinted, by kind permission, from the "Examiner," of Saturday, June 27th, 1874.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights] [female and child labour in Victorian factories; Anthony John Mundella's Factory Bill, 1874]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.] Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. ['Frederick Bell & Co., Steam Printers, King's Road, Chelsea.'] [1874.]
£80.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly-aged and worn, disbound with evidence of side stitching. No copy traced, either on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Female suffrage, printed pamphlet.] The Right of Women to Labour. Reprinted from the Manchester Examiner and Times, of March 4th, 1874.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London] [Manchester Examiner and Times; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London.] 'Frederick Bell & Co., Steam Printers, King's Road, Chelsea.' 1874.
£80.00

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.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Proposed Legislative Restrictions upon the Labour of Women. Reprinted from the Third Annual Report of the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[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.'
£100.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly-aged, disbound. Six copies on COPAC.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. Constitution.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, founded 1871] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.] No printer or date. [Circa 1871.]
£80.00

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.

[Printed pamphlet.] Report of the Committee for amending the Law in Points wherein it is Injurious to Women. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, Held in Liverpool, November 14th, 1871.

Author: 
[Association for the Defence of Personal Rights; Committee for amending the law in points wherein it is injurious to women] Alexander Ireland, Manchester printer; women's suffrage]
Publication details: 
[Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.] Manchester: A. Ireland & Co., Pall Mall. 1871.
£180.00

24pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Four copies on COPAC, and two copies on OCLC WorldCat. No other copy currently on the market.

[Second World War ephemera.] Printed card of 'Instructions', headed 'Women's Voluntary Services for Civil Defence. Knitted Patchwork Covers for Evacuated Children.'

Author: 
[Women's Voluntary Services for Civil Defence, London; Second World War evacuees; evacuation; evacuated children]
Publication details: 
[Women's Voluntary Services for Civil Defence, London. 1939.]
£30.00

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.

[British civil defence, 1950.] Autograph Notebook, with 'G. Reeves Atom' on cover, containing notes made at civil defence meetings (Home Office, Army or Fire Brigade?) in preparation for nuclear and biological warfare.

Author: 
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]
Publication details: 
[London.] Notes made at meetings between 30 March to 25 June 1951.
£420.00

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].

[Printed 'RESTRICTED' British Civil Defence pamphlet with enamel 'I.C.D.S.' (Instructor Civil Defence School) badge.] Civil Defence. Notes for Volunteers. [With sections on 'Atomic Warfare', 'Chemical Warfare' and 'Biological Warfare'.]

Author: 
[I.C.D.S.; British Civil Defence, 1955; Civil Defence School; Atomic Warfare; Biological Warfare; Chemical weapons; nuclear war]
Publication details: 
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.'
£80.00

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.

[Printed pamphlet.] Alternative Schemes for the Solution of the University Question in Ireland.

Author: 
[The Dublin University Defence Committee; 'the University Question in Ireland'; James Bryce (1838-1922), 1st Viscount Bryce]
Publication details: 
'No. 18.' Printed at The University Press, Dublin. [Printed for the Dublin University Defence Committee.]
£80.00

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.

[Mimeograph or similar; Civil Defence] A Collection of information sheets concerning action in the event of Atomic War

Author: 
[Atomic/Nuclear War Preparations; Civil Defence]
Publication details: 
[Civil Defence, 1964-1965]
£320.00

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...

[Printed pamphlet by the 'Graduates Defence Committee'.] The Case against the proposed Disruption of the Victoria University.

Author: 
[Graduates Defence Committee, The Victoria University; University College, Liverpool; Owens College, Manchester; Board of Education Reference Library]
Publication details: 
Manchester: Sherratt & Hughes, 27 St Ann Street. 1902.
£150.00

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.

[Mimeographed pamphlet.] No Right to a Hearing. The Deportation Proceedings Against Bert Bensen. By Bert Bensen.

Author: 
Bert Bensen, American psychology lecturer and supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Publication details: 
'Published by: Friends of Bert Bensen, Top Flat, 127, King Henry's Road, London NW3'. February 1965.
£120.00

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.

[Printed British parliamentary report.] Australasia. Correspondence relating to the Naval Defence of Australia and New Zealand. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty, October, 1908.

Author: 
[British Parliamentary report into the naval defence of Australia and New Zealand, 1908] [HMSO]
Publication details: 
London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Darling & Son, Ltd, London. 1908.
£75.00

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.

An archive illustrating English coastal defence against French invasion, 1794 to 1796

Author: 
[The Coast Committee of Northumberland; Napoleonic Wars]
The Coast Committee of Northumberland, 1794-6. Archive
Publication details: 
1794-6
£450.00
The Coast Committee of Northumberland, 1794-6. Archive

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.

Mimeographed circular, titled 'Conscription. Statement by the National Council for Civil Liberties'.

Author: 
The National Council for Civil Liberties [The Military Training Bill, 1939; censorship; D Notice]
Publication details: 
27 April 1939; on letterhead of the National Council for Civil Liberties, Morley House, London.
£125.00

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.

Parliamentary Debates. House of Lords. Official Report. [Unrevised.] Defence of the Realm Acts.', containing a copy of Adams's 'Condemned Denominational Schools in London'.

Author: 
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]
Publication details: 
Wednesday, 7th March, 1917. Extract from Vol. 24. - No. 11.' London: Harrison and Sons, under the authority of H.M.S.O., 1917.
£56.00

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.

A collection of forty-three typewritten documents, with maps, diagrams and some manuscript material, relating to military training, assembled by Lieut. R. A. Lever of the Fiji Defence Force.

Author: 
Robert John Aylwin Wallace Lever, Government Entomologist at Fiji [Fiji Defence Force; New Zealand Expeditionary Force; Second World War; military training; standing orders]
Publication details: 
1939 to 1940.
£350.00

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.

Typed Letter Signed to Sir Hilary Blood of the Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Edward Arthur Alexander Shackleton, Baron Shackleton
Publication details: 
31 December 1964; on his letterhead as 'MINISTER OF DEFENCE FOR THE ROYAL AIR FORCE'.
£36.00

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.'

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