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[ Beatrice Magraw, author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('(Mrs.) Beatrice I. Magraw') to the first British woman cabinet minister Margaret Bondfield, Minister of Labour, putting forward her views on bettering rural housing.

Author: 
Beatrice Irene Magraw (c.1888-1970), author, wife of Charles Magraw (1884-1973), Anglican clergyman [ Margaret Bondfield (1873-1953), Labour politician]
Publication details: 
Slindon Rectory, Arundel, Sussex. 29 March 1930.
£45.00

7pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged. She feels she has 'two reasons for approaching' Bondfield, at the time Minister of Labour: 'I believe you are a Somerset woman, & know that you are interested in the question of housing.' She hopes that 'in any plans for bettering housing conditions that this government may make, the state of rural workers' homes may not be overlooked. You are probably as familiar as I am with the horrors of the “Country Slum”.

Four albums of typed memoranda, reports, and newspaper cuttings, relating to the stock market and economic situation, assembled by a firm of Anglo-German City of London stockbrokers, with memoranda of 'Things to be Kept in Mind' and other matter.

Author: 
[Reports and printed material relating to the stock market, assembled by an Anglo-German firm of City of London stockbrokers between 1918 and 1934]
Publication details: 
The material in the albums dates from and relates to the periods 1918-1919, 1929, 1931 and 1933-1934. Two of the albums are supplied by London stationers.
£1,200.00

The collection of seven items is in fair condition, lightly-aged and with slight rust staining to a few pages. The material is from the archives of an Anglo-German firm of City of London stockbrokers (see the list of clients in Item One below, all with German names), and is valuable for the material it contains revealing the impact of the First World War on the firm's own business (see Item Two below, regarding the 'Enemy [i.e.

[ Lillie Martin Wood ] Signed autograph 'copy of my letter sent to Miss Meakin at Freiburg, Baden': a long and informed letter to a German friend regarding war profiteering, inflation, and the economic state of Weimar Germany.

Author: 
Lillie Martin Wood, daughter of W. Martin Wood (1829-1907), editor of The Times of India [ Weimar Germany ]
Publication details: 
Copy of letter sent 'on July 23rd. 1924'.
£120.00

6pp., 4to. In good condition, on aged paper. In envelope docketted by her 'My reply to Miss Meakin | to her letter of July 18th. 1924'. The recipient is a German former friend, who has sent her a copy of a letter she has sent the London magazine the Spectator, complaining of the economic treatment of Germany since the First World War. Wood signs herself 'Your affectionate old friend', recalling 'our beloved parents, and [...] our own youth'. She concludes bitterly: 'Please dont interrupt your studies for the thankless task of trying to make me forget all that we owe to Germany.

[Jules S. Bache, German-born American banker and philanthropist.] Typed Letter Signed ('Jules') to the English biographer H. E. Wortham, regarding his seventieth birthday, the death of friends, the current 'crisis' and Wortham's latest book.

Author: 
Jules S. Bache [Jules Semon Bache; Jules Bache] (1861-1944), German-born American banker, art collector and philanthropist [Hugh Evelyn Wortham (1884-1959), biographer of General Gordon]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, 42 Broadway, New York. 19 November 1931.
£80.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Addressed to 'Hugh Wortham, Esq., | 75 Courtfield Gardens, | London, S.W.5, England'. Signed in green ink. He has received Wortham's book (probably 'The Delightful Profession: Edward VII, A Study in Kingship', published that year). He is 'still in the midst of a rather big book', but once he has finished it, he will send his comments on Wortham's.

[Printed pamphlet.] Parish of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Wages and Pauperism, being a report as to the occupations and earnings of recipients of out-door relief and their dependants.

Author: 
Gladstone Walker, Clerk to the Guardians of the Parish of Newcastle-upon-Tyne [Pauperism; Poverty; Indigence]
Publication details: 
Gladstone Walker, Clerk to the Guardians of the Parish of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. November 1915.
£120.00

23pp., 8vo. Stapled pamphlet. Text complete, but a frail survival: on aged paper, with first leaf loose, and with chipped and frayed remains of printed front wrap attached with gummed paper to last leaf, and lacking rear wrap. With stamp and shelfmarks of the Board of Education Library. Excessively scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC or Worldcat at the London School of Economics. A pamphlet on 'Industry and Pauperism' followed in 1916.

Collection of material relating to Captain Rex Davis's Conservative candidacy for the 'National Government' coalition in the Wednesbury By-Election, 1932. Including manuscript and typescript letters, telegrams, fliers, report and photographs.

Author: 
[Captain Rex Graham Davis (d.1953), MC, Conservative candidate for the 'National Government' coalition in the Wednesbury By-Election, 1932]
Collection of material relating to Captain Rex Davis's Conservative candidacy
Publication details: 
1932. [Wednesbury and London.]
£325.00
Collection of material relating to Captain Rex Davis's Conservative candidacy

108 items, in a variety of formats, and including 17 Autograph Letters Signed; 14 Typed Letters Signed; 47 telegrams (on 51 leaves), a 'Statement of Election Expenses', a mimeographed 'Agent's Report. Year 1932' (4to, first 3 pp only); 3 election fliers; an 'Admission Ticket' to Davis's 'Adoption Meeting'; a printed notice by Davis 'To All Primrose Leaguers'; and seventeen black and white photographs. All but a few items laid down in a folio cloth scrapbook by W. Straker Ltd, London. All texts clear and complete, with the collection in fair condition on aged paper.

Mimeographed paper by G.D.H. Cole and Arthur Henderson titled 'Memorandum on the causes of and remedies for Labour unrest, presented by the Trade Union Representatives on the Joint Committee appointed at the National Industrial Conference [...]'.

Author: 
G. D. H. Cole [George Douglas Howard Cole] (1889-1959), economist and historian; Arthur Henderson (1863-1935), three-time leader of the British Labour Party and recipient of the Nobel peace prize
Memorandum on the causes of and remedies for Labour unrest,
Publication details: 
'[...] at the National Industrial Conference held at the Central Hall, London on February 27th, 1919.'
£580.00
Memorandum on the causes of and remedies for Labour unrest,

Mimeographed typescript. Folio, 19 pp, each on a separate leaf. In worn green 'Ministry of Munitions of War. Branch Memorandum' folder. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with slight damage to some corners from rusty paperclip. Signed in type 'ARTHUR HENDERSON, CHAIRMAN. | G.D.H. COLE, SECRETARY'. Headed in manuscript 'Memorandum by Mr. Henderson & Mr Cole.' A scarce, historic document in the history of British politics, addressing what its authors claim to be 'the most wide-spread and deep-seated unrest that has ever been known in this country'.

[Book] Essays in the Theory of Employment [Inscribed and Annotated by Roger [R.G.] Opie, writer on economic and social issues.

Author: 
Joan Robinson, economist [Inscribed and Annotated by Roger [R.G.] Opie, economist]
Publication details: 
London, Macmillan and Co., 1937
£100.00

Ist edition, 8vo, some spotting on covers, spine ends bumped, but mainly very good condition, red cloth. An application of Keynes' theories to a number of different questions. Inscribed R.G. Opie | Feby- 1946 and annotated with sections marked with pencilled lines and a sprinkling of notes in Opie's hand.

[Printed handbill advertising the United Kingdom newspaper the Daily Worker, and attacking the 'National Starvation Government', headed:] The "National" Government has attacked the "Daily Worker" the organ of the Communist Party. Why?

Author: 
[The Daily Worker; The Morning Star; the Communist Party of Great Britain; the Invergordon Mutiny]
Printed handbill advertising the United Kingdom newspaper the Daily Worker
Publication details: 
[Circa 1931.] Published by the Communist Party of Great Britain, 16 King Street, London, W.C.2. Printed by The International Press (T.U.), 4 Pelham Street, London, E.1.
£38.00
Printed handbill advertising the United Kingdom newspaper the Daily Worker

12mo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly aged and creased paper.

Day to Day Pamphlets No. 34. Economic Policies and Peace. Merttens Lecture, 1936.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Salter, K.C.B.
Publication details: 
1936. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.
£38.00

12mo: 38 pp. In original red printed wraps. Internally good and tight, on lightly-aged paper. Wraps worn and dulled with creasing at head and small tear at head of spine.

Fabian Society. Syllabus of a Series of Lectures to be given at Essex Hall, Essex St., Strand, London, on alternate Fridays, January to April, 1926, at 8 p.m.

Author: 
[The Fabian Society; H. St. J. B. Philby; Arthur Greenwood; Sidney Webb]
Publication details: 
London: The Fabian Society, 25, Tothill Street, Westminster, S.W.1. [1925 or 1926.] [The Garden City Press Ltd., Letchworth.]
£45.00

4to: 4 pp. Unbound bifolium. On lightly discoloured and spotted paper, lightly worn at extremities. Central horizontal fold. Gives details of eight lectures, by, successively, H. Finer ('Impressions of America'), Montague Fordham ('The Rural Problem'), R. B. Forrester ('Co-operative Marketing'), Professor R. Peers ('Can we educate the Community?'), Arthur Greenwood, M.P. ('The Present Position and Future Policy in regard to Housing'), C. S. Orwin ('Land Tenure'), Rt. Hon. [sic] Sidney Webb, M.P. ('Poor-Law Reform'), and (with the 'syllabus' covering an entire page) H. St. J. B.

Typed Letter Signed to the Hon. William Sulzer, 115 Broadway, New York City.

Author: 
Samuel Seabury [NEW YORK CITY; TAMMANY HALL]
Publication details: 
4 January 1934; on letterhead '40 WALL STREET | NEW YORK'.
£36.00

American lawyer (1873-1958), who in 1930 headed the investigation into political corruption in New York City which brought about the decline of Tammany Hall. Sulzer (1863-1941) had been elected Democratic Governor of New York in 1913 with Tammany support, but had been removed from office following an internal dispute. One page, quarto. Very good. His reply to Sulzer's letter has been delayed due to 'pressure of other matters and my absence from the City'. He thanks Sulzer for the 'recent note conveying your good wishes.

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