EPHEMERA

[ Scarce Charles Dickens item. ] 'Extraordinary Gazette. Speech of his Mightiness on Opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, Edited by "Boz.”' [ With engraving by Hablot K. Browne ('Phiz'). ]

Author: 
[ Charles Dickens as 'Boz'; Hablot K. Browne ('Phiz'); Richard Bentley, London publisher; Bentley's Miscellany. ]
Publication details: 
No publication details. [ London: Bentley, March 1837. ]
£750.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Heavily aged and worn, with closed tears at fore-edge of first leaf and at gutter. The first edition (an eight-page edition followed), originally bound into the third number of Bentley's Miscellany, of which Dickens was the editor. Drawing on his experience as a parliamentary reporter, Dickens parodies the State Opening of Parliament. At the end of the main text, in smaller type, he refers to the work which had begun serialisation in the magazine in February of 1837: 'NOTE OF THE REPORTER.

[ London Hospital, Whitechapel, on eve of First World War. ] Three printed items: pamphlet by Sydney Holland and Eva Luckes opposing 'State Registration of Nurses', leaflet on 'The Nurses' Insurance Society', syllabus of 'Cookery Demonstrations'.

Author: 
Sydney Holland, Chairman, London Hospital, Whitechapel; Eva Luckes [ Eva Charlotte Ellis Lückes ] (1854-1919), Matron of the London Hospital ]
Publication details: 
[ London Hospital, Whitechapel. ] Pamphlet on 'State Registration of Nurses' undated; leaflet on the Nurses'' Insurance Society headed with date of 1911 act; syllabus undated.
£150.00

The three items are from the papers of Winifred M. S. Parry of Plumstead, who was enrolled as a probationer in 1912. ONE: 'State Registration of Nurses'. Pamphlet in small print, 'Reprinted by kind permission of the Editor of The Nineteenth Century and After'. Printed by 'SCHOOL-PRESS, 5, Rupert Street, London, E.' 24pp., 8vo. Stapled in brown printed wraps naming the authors as 'The Hon. Sydney Holland, Chairman, London Hospital | Miss Eva C. E. Lückes, Matron, London Hospital'. Internally in fair condition, on lightly aged paper, in worn and chipped wraps with rusted staples.

[ Sir Courtenay Mansel contests the University of Wales for the Conservatives in the 1929 General Election. ] Two printed items: an address 'To the Electors of the Welsh University' by Mansel, and an endorsement by D. Geraint Evans.

Author: 
Sir Courtenay Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh barrister and Liberal (later Conservative) politician [ D. Geraint Evans; University of Wales, Swansea ]
Publication details: 
Both items dating from 1929 and printed by the Alexandra Printing Co., 19 Alexandra Road, Swansea'. Mansel's address 'Published by the Candidate.'
£80.00

Having briefly (1923-1924) served as Liberal Member if Parliament for Penryn and Falmouth, and stood unsuccessfully in 1924 (again as a Liberal) and 1928 (as a Conservative) Mansel made a final effort to re-enter the House of Common in the 1929 general election, contesting the University of Wales seat, again as a Conservative. Mansel came third in a three-way contest which was won comfortably for the Liberals by Ernest Evans. No copies of either item have been traced, either on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. The two are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne ] Pamphlet titled: 'Public House Trusts and Disinterested Management in England. Experiments in Public House Reform. Illustrated Pamphlet by Fred Topham. With Introduction by Ald. G. B. Hunter, D.Sc., J.P.'

Author: 
Fred Topham; Alderman G. B. Hunter [ The Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; The Walter Scott Publishing Company, Felling-on-Tyne and London ]
Publication details: 
[ Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. ] Second edition, 1907. Printed and Published by The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd., Felling-on-Tyne and London.
£45.00

34pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In fair condition, lightly aged, with rusty staples. Ownership inscription at head of cover of Ada H. Harrison, dated 9 May 1914. In 39 sections, listed in a full-page index, beginning with 'Earl Grey's Trust', 'Clergymen Supporters' and 'Earl Grey's Appeal for Licenses', and ending with 'Co-operation between Trusts and Temperance Legislation League', 'Trust Companies ready for Experiments' and 'The Dean of Hereford's Warning'. A temperance tract filled with local information of the situation around Newcastle.

[ 'The Livingstone Memorial. At Chitambo's, British Central Africa.' ] Leaflet carrying printed circular letter by Henry M. Stanley, 'soliciting a small subscription'.

Author: 
Henry M. Stanley [ Sir Henry Morton Stanley; Doctor David Livingstone; The Livingstone Memorial at Chitambo's, British Central Africa ]
Publication details: 
Stanley's letter dated from 2 Richmond Terrace, Whitehall, London. May 1899.
£160.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with short closed tear at head of both leaves. There are gaps to the document, for the insertion in manuscript of the recipient's name and for the completion of the date. First page headed 'The Livingstone Memorial. At Chitambo's, British Central Africa.' The first part of the leaflet reproduces a letter by 'HENRY M. STANLEY', dated from Richmond Terrace, May 1899. The second part, on the lower two-thirds of the last page, consists of an extract in small print, headed: 'The following is extracted from “Africa,” February, 1898.

[ Evelyn Jamison, Vice-Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. ] Around 40 calling cards by the Army and Navy Stores, in box, of 'Miss Evelyn Jones | Lady Margaret Hall | Oxford'.

Author: 
Evelyn Jamison (1877-1972), Vice-Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, mediaevalist [ Army and Navy STores Limited, London ]
Publication details: 
Army and Navy Stores Limited, Westminster, S.W.1. No date (Edwardian?).
£120.00

The forty cards are printed in black on one side, engraved in the customary copperplate, and laid out in the conventional way. Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 cm. In good condition, lightly aged. Most are arranged in pairs, separated with tissue leaves. In 'drawer' inside 9.5 x 6 x 2 cm box, printed on all sides with the firm's details. On front: '50 Finest Quality De La Rue's Thin Ivory Visiting Cards' and the firm's address. Written on the front, presumably by Jamison is 'Lady Margaret Hall Oxford'.

[ Arthur Boyd Houghton, artist. ] Printed invitation from Gilbert Dalziel, as editor of 'Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday', to view Houghton's 'The Exit of Useless Mouths from a Besieged City', set within an engraving of a detail from the painting.

Author: 
A. B. Houghton [ Arthur Boyd Houghton ] (1836-1875), artist and illustrator; Gilbert Dalziel [ Gilbert Georger Dalziel ] (1853-1930), illustrator and editor of 'Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday'
Publication details: 
'to be presented to the readers of "Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday"'. Messrs. Vicars Bros., 5 Eagle Place, Piccadilly, S.W. [ London ]. No year [ 1872 ].
£32.00

Printed in black, on a 16 x 12.5 cm light-brown ground, on one side of a 21 x 17.5 cm piece of laid paper. In poor condition, aged and heavily worn, with closed tears repaired with archival tape. Made out in manuscript to 'S. A. Forbes Esq'. The text, engraved onto the plate, features in a column towards the bottom right of the print. Surrounding the text, to the left and above, is the engraved detail from the picture, showing a mediaeval town, with a woman leaning out of a window, watching a great column of people being led away (from top right to bottom left) by a soldier with a pike.

[ Rotha Quillinan, daughter of Wordsworth's son-in-law Edward Quillinan, and granddaughter of Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges. ] Offprint of notice of the 'Death of Rotha Quillinan'.

Author: 
Rotha Quillinan (1822-1876), daughter of William Wordsworth's son-in-law Edward Quillinan (1791-1851), poet, and granddaughter of Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
Publication details: 
From the Westmoreland Gazette, 12 February 1876.
£100.00

Galley proof with 69 lines of text in a single column of small type, on slip of paper laid down on leaf removed from album. At foot: 'Westmoreland Gazette, Feb. 12, 1876.' In good condition, lightly aged. The text begins: 'Another personal link between the present generation and the band of poets and writers whose memory hovers around the Lake district has been severed in the death, last week, of Miss Rotha Quillinan.

[ Frank Miles, artist, friend of Oscar Wilde, and Jack the Ripper suspect. ] Four prints of portraits of young ladies, three of them presented as cabinet cards titled 'The Miller's Daughter', 'Rose' and 'A Little Queen. | A Study by Francis Miles'.

Author: 
Frank Miles [ George Francis Miles ] (1852-1891), artist and friend of Oscar Wilde, architect, gardener and Jack the Ripper suspect
Frank Miles
Publication details: 
Two published by Mansell & Co., Percy Street, London, and dated 1872 and 1873. Two published by Poulton & Co., London.
£300.00
Frank Miles

Wilde lived with Miles in the house in Tite Street which Miles had commissioned E. W. Godwin to build for him. Miles ended his days at Brislington House Lunatic Asylum. All four engravings are printed in black. Three (all 'Copyright') are on 13 x 9.5 cm pieces of paper, each laid down on 16.5 x 10.5 cm pieces of card, with printed text in red ink on the card beneath the print; the fourth print is on a loose 12.5 x 9.5 cm piece of paper.

[ The General Strike, 1926: 'Emergency Service' by the YMCA. ] Printed Certificate relating to 'Hyde Park Emergency Canteens', made out to 'Major Burton Stewart', 'In Recognition of the Emergency Service rendered'.

Author: 
[ The General Strike, 1926 ] The National Council of Young Men's Christian Association [ YMCA; Hyde Park Emergency Canteens, London ]
Publication details: 
The National Council of Young Men's Christian Associations, Incorporated. [ 1926 ]
£35.00

An attractive piece of General Strike ephemera, and a reminder of the interconnected nature of the forces ranged against the General Strike. Printed in black, green, blue and red on one side of an 8vo 'leaf. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with central horizontal fold. The main text is enclosed within a wide floral border, with the shields of Scotland, England and Ireland at the head, and the device of the YMCA ('THE ORDER OF THE RED TRIANGLE') at the foot.

[ Printed booklet. ] A Century of Best Sellers 1830-1930. Compiled with an Introduction by Desmond Flower.

Author: 
Desmond Flower [ Sir Desmond Flower (1907-1997), for forty years director of the London publishers Cassell & Co. ]
Publication details: 
London: National Book Council. First printing, October 1934.
£25.00

24pp., 8vo. Stapled into brown printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. A useful little volume, with an introduction on pp.3-8 followed by a list of 94 books (pp.9-21), beginning with Scott's 'Anne of Geierstein' (1829) and ending with Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (1929). Publication details are given, and some entries include an informative note by Flower. There is an index on pp.23-24. Now scarce.

[ Reg Gammon illustrates, for the Cyclists' Touring Club, London. ] Printed publicity leaflet, with illustration on cover by Gammon, titled 'What Kind Of Cyclist Are You?'

Author: 
The Cyclists' Touring Club, London; Reg Gammon (1894-1997), illustrator
Publication details: 
The Cyclists' Touring Club, 3 Craven Hill, London, W.2. Undated [ 1930s? ]
£25.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium printed in black on light-blue paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Neat ownership signature at head of first page of Evelyn Parkes of 'Petronella'. Attractive illustration, with Gammon's facsimile signature at bottom right, of a 'wallpaper' of cyclists on front cover, with title. The reverse of the first leaf is headed 'There are Millions of Cyclists' Formed as the Bicycle Touring Club in 1878, it changed its name to the Cyclists' Touring Club in 1883, and was rebranded Cycling UK in 2016.

[ Booklet on the 1906 'dispute between the Publishers' Association and the Times newspaper'. ] "The Times" and the Publishers. [ Containing 'Mr. Rudyard Kipling's Opinion'. ]

Author: 
The Publishers' Association, Stationers' Hall, London [ The Times Book Club; Rudyard Kipling ]
Publication details: 
Second edition. Privately printed for The Publishers' Association, Stationers Hall, London. 1906. [ Boyle, Son & Watchurst, Printers, Warwick Square, London, E.C. ]
£35.00

32pp., 8vo. Stapled in brown printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight rusting to staples. In seven sections: "The Times" and the Publishers; Opinion of the Society of Authors; Mr. Rudyard Kipling's Opinion [reproducing, pp.15-17, a long letter from Kipling to the editor of The Times, 20 October 1906]; “The Times” and the Publishers (Spectator); “The Times” on the Warpath (Truth); Book Clubs and Breeches Clubs (Truth); The Publishers' Grievance – Dr. A. Shadwell (The Times).

[ The Falklands War, 1982. ] Spoof Typed Document, a British Army in-joke regarding 'Rehabilitation of soldiers returning frok the Falkland Islands', purporting to come from the 'British Dept of Psychiatry | Port Stanley'.

Author: 
'British Dept of Psychiatry | Port Stanley' [ Falklands War, 1982; Falkland Islands; Great Britain; British Army; Argentina ]
Publication details: 
Supposedly addressed from 'British Dept of Psychiatry | Port Stanley | BFPO 666 | Stanley Mil Ext 3002'.
£150.00

7pp., 8vo. A duplicated typescript on seven leaves stapled together. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. A long document, initially convincing, presenting itself as a form to be sent to the womenfolk ('Mrs/Miss') of soldiers who have suffered post traumatic stress in the Falklands conflict, but soon revealing itself to be a British Army in-joke. A revealing piece of military social history. Supposedly addressed from 'British Dept of Psychiatry | Port Stanley | BFPO 666 | Stanley Mil Ext 3002'. Ends: 'Your faithfully | [BLANK] | A. I. R.

[ Spoof Act of Parliament, ridiculing seaside revelry, with illustrations. ] The Social Parliament. Act the Second. Anno XIo et XIIo Victoriae Reginae. By Albert Smith. An Act for Promoting the Public Health in Towns and Elsewhere.

Author: 
Albert Smith [ Albert Richard Smith (1816-1860) ] [ Victorian seaside resorts ]
Publication details: 
London: Published by David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street; and sold everywhere. December 1848. [ Savill & Edwards, Printers. 4, Chandos-street, Covent Garden. [ London. ] ]
£320.00

8pp., 8vo. On two bifoliums, unstitched and unbound. Aged and worn. A spoof of an Act of Parliament, priced at threepence, with parody of the royal coat of arms at the head of the first page, with motto 'Throw Physic To The Dogs | The Mixture As Before'. Paragraph synopses in the margins, with around 40 caricature illustrations. A lighthearted satire on drunken seaside revelry ('The Popular Revolutionary Air of “We won't go Home till Morning” to be forthwith suppressed.' and 'Cheap Cigars and the Snobs who smoke them, to be put down.').

Letters, engravings, photographs, newspaper cuttings, etc. assembled by Robert Bateman, Curator., Whitworth Institute, Manchester, relating to the iconography and portraiture of Shakespeare.

Author: 
[WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; Robert Bateman; Edward D. Johnson; Marion Harry Spielmann; Frank Falkner; Fred W. Goolden]
Publication details: 
1906-49; various places.
£180.00

The collection as a whole, with items varying in size from 12mo to quarto, is in good condition, if a shade grubby and with some items on discoloured paper. Features: One letter (13 May 1949, one page, octavo) from E. D. Johnson to 'Mr. Webb', about the "book of Shakespeare portraits etc" and related matters. One letter (21 December 1906, one page, 12mo) from Fred W.

[ Mutiny on HMS Winchester, 1854, and initiation ceremony for blue jackets. ] Proof of the start of an article, including a diary of 'The Winchester's Last Commission' and extract from letter by Sir Charles Fellowes.

Author: 
Anon. [ HMS Winchester and Admiral Sir Charles Fellowes (1823-1886), Commander in Chief, Channel Fleet; mutiny ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date, but after Fellowes' death in 1886.
£180.00

This item appears to be a proof of the first eight pages of an unpublished 'account of the mutiny' on board HMS Winchester in the South China Seas in 1854 (while on its way to take part in the Second Burmese War, in which the Winchester's captain Granville Gower Loch (1813-1853) would be killed). The mutiny, which was quashed by Rear Admiral Fleetwood Pellew (1789-1861), is described by the author of the present item as the ship's 'skeleton in the cupboard'. The text breaks off before the mutiny takes place, with the Winchester having left Point de Galle, and on its way to Trincomalee.

[ The British Colony of Petrograd and First World War recruitment. ] Printed pamphlet: 'An Appeal Addressed to the British Colony of Petrograd and to Englishmen throughout Russia.'

Author: 
D. Dickinson, Hon. Secretary to the Recruiting Committee, English Colony of Petrograd [ Russia in the First World War; Sir George Buchanan; Field Marshal Lord Roberts; Lord Kitchener; recruitment ]
Publication details: 
'Petrograd, | 16 / 29 October 1914.' Watkins & Co. Printers.'
£220.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with a few small ink stains. Headed: '"England expects that every man will do his Duty".' Begins: 'At a meeting of the British colony of Petrograd held at the New English Club on Saturday, October 11/24, at which his Excellency Sir George Buchanan presided, it was decided to enrol a body of recruits from among the British colony in Petrograd.

[ Port of Manchester. ] Pamphlet with eighteen-ship 'itinerary' of vessels present at a 'visit', accompanied by five maps [ 'Principal oil docks and installations with their road connections', 'Hinterland', 'Dockside Area' ], three of them fold-outs.

Author: 
[ Port of Manchester ] [ George Falkner & Sons Limited; Dunlop, Heywood & Co. ]
Publication details: 
[ Port of Manchester. ] George Falkner & Sons Limited, Manchester. With section dated 16 July 1959.
£180.00

Five maps, four of them fold-outs, together with duplicated text on two leaves, stapled into 8vo pamphlet of buff printed wraps with 'PORT OF MANCHESTER' and logo on the front, and printers' slug on back. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The five maps include three fold-outs: the first, coloured in blue and light and dark green, titled 'Principal oil docks and installations with their road connections' ('For particulars of sites on the Company's Estate application should be made to the Company's Land Agents | Dunlop, Heywood & Co.

[ Ministry of Munitions, First World War: Banbury factory. ] Two post cards, each with printed poem: 'An Appreciation' (of women workers), 'Composed by G. Gilbert, Munition Worker' and 'An Answer to "An Appreciation." By One on “The Other Shift.”'

Author: 
'Mr. G. Gilbert, Munition Worker' and 'One on "The Other Shift"'[ Ministry of Munitions National Filling Factory No. 9, Banbury, Oxfordshire, in the First World War; The Banbury Advertiser ]
Publication details: 
Both dating from the First World War. The 'Answer' published from '"Advertiser" Office, Banbury.' [ Oxfordshire ]
£150.00

Two First World War postcards, with the poems printed in black lengthwise on one side, and 'POST CARD' and the usual arrangement printed on the other side. Neither item with any manuscript text or other additions. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Valuable artefacts, filled with information about the workings of a munitions factory, and reflecting the tensions between the male and female workers. No other copies traced, either in the Imperial War Museum, on OCLC WorldCat, or on COPAC. ONE: Headed 'An Appreciation. | (Copyright.)' At foot: 'Composed by Mr. G.

[ W.M. Rossetti; Art Exhibition; (German Athenaeum), London. ] Printed catalogue - annotated by Rossetti - of 'Fourth Annual Exhbition of Paintings in Oil and Water Colours, and Drawings in Black and White. 1878.'

Author: 
Deutsche Verein für Kunst und Wissenschaft (German Athenaeum), London [ William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), art critic and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ]
Publication details: 
Deutsche Verein für Kunst und Wissenschaft (German Athenaeum), London. London: Printed by Aug. Siegle, 110, Leadenhall Street, E.C. [ 1878. ]
£400.00

[ 8 ] pp., 8vo. Modern marbled boards and label. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Containing 85 items by various artists (from William Kümpel, R. A. Came and J. Wolf, to Edouard Frère, John Varley, James Price and Count Gleichen), and an appendix of five 'Battle Pieces, by Christian Sell'. Features two items by Burne Jones and several by Alma Tadema, the latter being named at the head of an initial list of twenty-four 'owners of pictures' who have contributed items to the exhibition. The item was previously bound by Rossetti in a volume with two, unrelated others.

[ Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum' (for 'patients of the higher classes'), Sunbury, Middlesex. ] Printed Leaflet advertising Halliford House, headed by an engraving by Arthur Willmore.

Author: 
Dr Joseph Seaton, Scottish physician and author, proprietor of Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum', Sunbury, Middlesex [ Arthur Willmore (1814-1888), engraver ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.[ Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex. 1840s. ]
£250.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, repaired on the blank reverse with tape. the engraving ('Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex', 'Drawn & Engraved by A. Willmore') is clear and undamaged. Beneath the engraving are 29 lines in small print, beginning: 'This beautiful and secluded Residence, standing in a small Park of nearly thirty acres, is appropriated to the reception of a limited number of patients of the higher classes, who may be suffering from Mental and Nervous affections, and who are under the constant personal superintendence of Dr.

[ Dr. Williams's Library, London. ] Printed Circular concerning the 'general Register of Births of Dissenters' Children', comprising a letter from John Webster, Secretary, and two notices.

Author: 
Committee of Deputies, appointed to protect the Civil Rights of the Three Denominations of Protestant Dissenters (John Webster, Secretary) [ Dr. Williams's Library, London; Dissenters; Unitarians]
Publication details: 
Webster's letter from Queen-street, Cheapside, London, 11 December 1808 [ amended in manuscript from 13 June 1806 ]. Printed by C. and W. Galabin, Ingram Court, London.
£280.00

2pp., folio. On a bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper repaired with archival tape. The printer's slug is at the foot of both pages of text. At the head of the recto of the first leaf is Webster's printed letter, reading: 'Reverend Sir, | I am directed by the Committee of Deputies to send you the enclosed Notices.

[ The Society of Oxford Home-Students, Association for the Education of Women, Oxford. ] 'Second Annual Report, 1896-7' and 'Annual Report, 1903-4'.

Author: 
[ B. J. Johnson, Principal, and E. Caird, Chairman, Society of Oxford Home-Students, Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford, founded in 1878 ]
Publication details: 
[ [ The Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford. ] [ 1897 and 1904. ] The second printed in Oxford by Horace Hart, Printer to the University.
£250.00

Both items stitched and unbound 16mo pamphlets. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, both from the Board of Education Library, and with the former carrying a shelfmark label and the latter the Library's stamp. ONE: 'Association for the Education of Women | Oxford | Home Students | Second Annual Report, 1896-7'. 14pp., 16mo. Containing a list of officers, 'Regulations for Home Students', three-page Report - by 'B. J. Johnson, Principal' - of Home Students' Committee, 1896-7', lists of honours and appointments. Scarce: the only other copies traced at Oxford.

[ National Federation of Women's Institutes. ] Two leaflets: 'Members, Committee, and Treasurer' (including contributions by Margaret Macnamara and G. Lampson) and 'Leaflet for Women's Institute Members'.

Author: 
National Federation of Women's Institutes, London [ Margaret Macnamara; G. Lampson ]
Publication details: 
Both published by The National Federation of Women's Institutes, 26, Ecclestone Street, London, S.W.1. Neither dated [ both 1920s ].
£200.00

Both items are 4pp., 8vo, on bifoliums. Both are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Both are scarce: the only copy of the first on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC at the British Library, and no other copy of the second traced. ONE: Title: 'Members, Committee, and Treasurer.' Leaflet headed 'National Federation of Women's Institutes | (Established in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries).', and numbered 'N.F.W.I. - 17.' Price 1½d. Divided into: 'The Secret of Membership. | By Margaret Macnamara', 'Duties and Privileges of a Women's Institute Committee.

Two printed leaflets, lithographically printed and designed in a 'Wardour Street English' mock-antiquarian style. The first describing 'Ye Order of ye Revells' at 'Lockinge Mannor [sic][ | Wantage', the second an invitation with red wax seal.

Author: 
Brigadier General Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, 1st Baron Wantage [ Lord Wantage ] (1832-1901) [ C. R. Iles, lithographic printer, Cheltenham ]
Publication details: 
Both leaflets relating to 'Revells' at Lockinge Manor, Wantage, 26 and 27 August 1885. One printed by C. R. Iles, Chelt. [i.e. Cheltenham ]'
£90.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Headed: 'Rite Welcome be ye alle. | Lockinge Mannor | Wantage | Ye Order of ye Revells. | To be holden by grace of mye Lord & Ladye Wantage of Lockynge on ye XXVI 8 XXVII daies of August | MDCCCLXXXV.' Printed on one side of a 47.5 x 20.5 cm. piece of laid paper. Printer's slug at bottom left: 'C. R. ILES, CHELT.' With coat of arms and initial at head.

[ 'Official Opening of the Central Public Library', County Borough of Burnley, 1930. ] Autograph Card Signed to J. Cuming Walters from the curator of the Towneley Museum, John Mackay, enclosing a copy of the printed programme to the opening.

Author: 
[ The Central Public Library, Burnley ] John Mackay, first curator (from 1930), of Towneley Hall, Burnley [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
Mackay's card from Towneley Hall, Burnley, 30 June 1930. The programme for the official opening of the Central Public Library on 3 July 1930.
£35.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Accompanied by the remains of the envelope in which they were enclosed, addressed by Mackay to Walters at the Manchester Evening News. A very nice piece of ephemera, from an age when British libraries were cherished. (It is impossible to believe that the opening of a library today would be broadcast on the BBC.) The Library is still in service. ONE: Autograph Card Signed ('John Mackay'). A plain Post Card. Mackay, who had been the butler at Towneley Hall before becoming the first curator in 1903, writes exclusively in capitals.

[ Oxford, Gladstone, Marsham and the General Election of 1852. ] Spoof in the form of a printed circular from 'Mrs. Harris' Commemoration Advertiser', with a variety of in-jokes poking fun at the University.

Author: 
[ University of Oxford; General Election of 1852; William Ewart Gladstone; Robert Bullock Marsham, Warden of Merton College; Rev. Dr Richard Harington, Principal of Brasenose ]
Publication details: 
"Printed for the Authoress" [ University of Oxford. 1852. ]
£250.00

A lively Oxford spoof, which can be dated precisely from the references to Marsham, Gladstone and the coming General Election. In the General Election of July 1852 the Peelite Gladstone defeated the Conservative Marsham, who had been put forward by 'the heads, Protestants and protectionists'. A reference to German education is a nod towards the first Oxford University Commission, whose report published in 1852 recommended that a switch to a more Germanic educational system. (For the background see Brock and Curthoys, 'History of the University of Oxford', vol.

[ Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique. ] Two printed forms listing in small print the 'Etablissements' of Paris and elsewhere (including concerts, circuses, balls, casinos, theatres), and giving the royalties of 'Madame Dutry'.

Author: 
Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique [ SACEM ], French performing-rights society (Paris, France), founded in 1851 [ Madame Dutry ]
Publication details: 
Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs & Éditeurs de Musique [ Paris, France ]. The two documents are: the '248me Répartition (Avril 1911)' and the '249me Répartition (Juillet 1911)'.
£150.00

The two forms are identical in layout, but the first has the printed date April 1911 and the second July of the same year. Each is 4pp., folio, on a bifolium. The form is divided into: 'Paris', 'Banlieue', 'Départements' and 'Etranger', and lists venues ('Etablissements') - those in Paris in larger print and the rest in smaller print - under the headings 'Concerts', 'Bals', 'Théâtres', 'Cirques', 'Casinos', 'Concours et Festivals', 'Forains'. The famous Paris venues of the period are there, including the Folies Bergère and the Moulin Rouge.

[ The Game of Minims, invented by Edmond X. Kapp. ] Galley proof or offprint in which Kapp gives the eight rules of the game, under an explanatory introduction and the title 'Rules for the Game of Minims reprinted from "The Weekly Westminster."'

Author: 
Edmond X. Kapp [ Edmond Xavier Kapp (1890-1978), portrait painter and caricaturist, inventor of the Game of Minims [ The Weekly Westminster, London periodical; Faber & Gwyer, publishers ]
Publication details: 
Unattributed and undated. [ The Weekly Westminster, London? 1925 or 1926. ]
£50.00

Galley proof or off print of a single column. In fair condition, heavily aged and on brittle high-acidity newspaper stock. Headed: 'Rules for the Game of | Minims | reprinted from | "The Weekly Westminster." | The announcement in The Weekly Westminster Competitions of a prize for a new parlour game, suggested to Mr. Kapp that there was a game to be made out of Minims, a little book published by Faber and Gwyer a few weeks earlier. Mr. Kapp entered the competition and carried off first prize.

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