Bridgnorth Institute, Shropshire [ George Grossmith (1847-1912), entertainer and writer, co-author with his brother Weedon Grossmith of 'The Diary of a Nobody' ]
[ Assembly Room, Bridgnorth Institute, Shropshire. ] C. Edkins, Printer and Auctioneer, Bridgnorth. [ c. 1868 ]
Printed in black on one side of a piece of 37.5 x 25 cm. paper. In fair condition, aged and lightly worn, but with some fraying and closed tears at head. A poster laid out in the customary Victorian fashion, with a mixture of types and point sizes. Begins: 'Bridgnorth Institute | Assembly Room. | Postponement of Lecture. | The Committee regret to announce that owing to a prior engagement, made during Mr. Grossmith's absence in Ireland, by that gentleman's agent in London, the "Humorous Lecture on Lecturing," Arranged for the 30th of October, is unavoidably postponed till Friday, November 8th.
'Bill Smiff, Esq.' [G. J. McCarthy, Bedford Street, Strand; George Reynolds, Stepney, printer; the Blitz; air raids on London; Second World War; Nazi; music hall]
Printed by George Reynolds, Ltd., 21-23, Stepney Green, E.1., and published by G. J. McCarthy, 38, Bedford Street, Strand, London, W.C.2. [Christmas 1945.]
On a piece of thin, shiny card, 33 x 20 cm. The text of the two poems is printed in red capitals, in two columns, with the title and border in brown, and a green design surrounding the words 'Wishing you a Happy Xmas and Prosperous New Year' at the foot, together with green leaves to red holly berries surrounding the title.
W. A. Day, printer, of 25 South John Street, Liverpool. [Victorian printing; zincography]
Liverpool: W. A. Day, 25 South John Street. Undated [1880s?].
A scarce piece of Liverpool printing ephemera. Dimensions approximately 63 x 51 cm. Both sides printed in light blue. Text and illustrations complete. In need of expert cleaning and repair: grubby and stained, with chipping to extremities and some closed tears. At the head of the one side is the masthead of 'The Employment Exchange | Edited by Charles H. Megson' ('The only recognized medium for speedy Employment. Absolutely without rival.') with illustrations of figures at work.
The British Empire Union, Incorporating the Anti-German Union, London [ Sir George Frampton (1860-1928), English sculptor; Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (The Proms) ]
The British Empire Union, 346 Strand, London, WC2. [ 1917. ]
1p., folio. On aged and worn paper. A jingoistic wartime outfit, with the letterhead proclaiming 'THE BRITISH EMPIRE FOR BRITISH SUBJECTS' and 'NO GERMAN INFLUENCE. | NO GERMAN LABOUR. | NO GERMAN GOODS | That compete with British.' The organisations chairman is named as Lord Leith of Fyvie, and the chairman Lieut-Col. Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller. The long text begins: 'The British Empire Union offers a Prize of £2 2s.
Walter Scott, London publisher; Nathan Haskell Dole (1852-1935), American editor and translator; Count Leo Tolsoy [ 'Count Lyof N. Tolstoi' ], Russian novelist
London: Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row. Regarding the Tolstoy edition: 'Vol. I ready October 25th.' [ 1888 ].
The handbill is 4pp., 8vo. on a bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. The upper half of the first page carries the advertisement for 'Count Tolstoi's Works', headed 'Vol. I ready October 25th.' With coloured illustration of the book's design, captioned 'Reduced fac-simile of binding'. Regarding what is the earliest edition of Tolstoy's collected works in English (predating those of Wiener and Garnett by more than ten years), the publisher writes: 'Mr.
Printed by Deans & Dunne, Hart Street, Covent Garden 
Four pages, 8vo, formerly bound into a publication (stabbing evident), sl. dulled and chipped, giving information about the Museum founded by Edward Donovan, and Donovan's publications. See Wikipedia for further information about the Museum, and an image of the first page of this item which they call a "catalogue"
Ethel Snowden [ Women's Peace Crusade, London; the National Labour Press, Manchester and London; First World War ]
[ Women's Peace Crusade, London. ] Both printed by the National Labour Press, Ltd., London (the first also from Manchester).
Both items 1p., 12mo. Both complete, on aged and worn newspaper stock. ONE: 'Leaflet No.5 | Three Years of War.' Quoting from a speech by Lloyd George in the House of Commons, 16 August 1917, and from the Manchester Guardian, 4 August 1917. Illustration in top left-hand corner of distraught woman having received a letter informing her of her loved one's death, titled 'CASUALTIES'. TWO: 'Leaflet No.6. | A People's Peace'. At foot, beneath slug: 'Written by Ethel Snowden, 39 Woodstock Road, Golders Green, N.W.4.' Headed 'Passed by the Press Bureau, December 2nd. No. 00096'.
[ National War Aims Committee, London ] G. K. Chesterton; Woodrow Wilson; Lord Leverhulme; Earl Curzon; G. W. E. Russell; J. H. Jowett; Ben Tillett; Victor Grayson; Herman Roesemeier; W. S. Sanders
National War Aims Committee [ London ]. Numbered 2-25 and 27. Distributed by W. H. Smith and Son, London; by John Menzies and Co., Ltd., Edinburgh.
The 25 items are uniform in layout, each consisting of 4pp. on a bifolium with leaf dimensions 22.5 x 9cm. Variously printed in brown, blue, black and green. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. At foot of last page of each pamphlet: 'Ask for "Reality" each week.' Pamphlets 2 to 25 are: W. S. Sanders, 'Under the Kaiser's Rule'; Dr. Herman Roesemeier ('formerly Editor of the Berlin "Morning Post."'), 'A German Speaks | An Open Letter'; 'A Socialist Talks it Over'; W. A.
No. 3 in the 'German Aims Series.' Distributed for W. H. Smith & Son, London: by John Menzies & Cco. Ltd., Edinburgh. [ 1918. ]
20pp., in printed covers. Dimensions 13.5 x 10.5 cm. Stapled. In good condition, with light signs of age. Refers to a speech in the Reichstag on 24 June 1918, and thus published between then and the end of the war. Headings: 'Allies' Terms in Detail', 'The One Formal Offer', 'No Annexations and No Indemnities', 'How the Bolsheviks were Treated', 'Offers to Separate the Allies', 'The Papal Note of 1917', 'Declining All Discussion', 'Insincere Approaches', 'Frontiers "Drawn by History."' Two copies on COPAC: at the Imperial War Museum and Leeds University.
Lord Leverhulme [ William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851-1925) ] ; Harold Begbie [ The Daily Chronicle, London ]
W. H. Smith & Son: 186 Strand, London, W.C.
7 + pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn newspaper stock. Reproduction on cover of Louis Raemaekers cartoon from the Daily Chronicle titled 'The Hand of Kultur'. Biography of Leverhulme on p.2. Headings: '"Burglar Morality"', 'Change of Mind Necessary', 'Back to the 1914 Mood', 'Meaning of Hertling's Speech', 'Hypocrisy and Confidence', 'Our Rock of Defence', 'When Gernmany may be Trusted'. Quotation from Leverhulme on back cover: 'Russia is out. Rumania is out. Italy has received a hard blow. France and England are the only enemies left who remain to be crushed.
Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labour [ The Daily Chronicle, London; British Trades Union Congress; National War Aims Committee, London ]
'No. 28.' 'Reprinted, by permission, from the "Daily Chronicle," November 15, 1917.' 'From the statement of Samuel Gompers conveyed through Messrs. John Golden and James Lord, fraternal delegates to the British Trade Union Congress'.
pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn newspaper stock. Front page headed by National War Aims Committee medallion featuring George slaying the dragon. Introductory note: 'Mr. Samuel Gompers has been president of the American Federation of Labour - with the intermisssion of one year - since 1882. The body of which he is the founder has now a membership of over 2,500,00, and he is consequently entitled to speak authoritatively for organised labour in the United States.' Headings: 'International Conferences' and 'In Freedom's Cause'. No copy in the British Library.
Col. The Earl of Denbigh, C.V.O., A.D.C. [ Rudolph Robert Basil Aloysius Augustine Feilding, 9th Earl of Denbigh, 8th Earl of Desmond (1859-1939) ]
PAMPHLET: No. 2 in 'German Aims Series.' Distributed by W. H. Smith & Son, London: John Menzies & Co., Ltd, Edinburgh. Printed by Darling & Son, Ltd., London. HANDBILL: printed by R. Clay and Sons, Ltd, London and Suffolk; undated.
Both items in good condition, on lightly aged paper. PAMPHLET: 23pp., thin 12mo (15 x 7.5 cm.). Stapled; in blue printed wraps, with two 15 x 16.5 cm. fold-outs carrying four maps.
Edward A. Filene, foreword; Alice La Mazière, introductory note [ European Peace Awards; British Peace Award; Albert Mansbridge ]
The European Peace Awards. 'Rouffe, Imp., Paris'. [ 1924. ] 'Additional copies of this pamphlet can be obtained for 1 sh. per copy, post free, on application to: Dr. Albert Mansbridge c/o British Peace Award, 13 John Street, Adelphi, London W.C.2.'
Full title: 'The Winning Plans of the European Peace Awards | Offered in the British Empire, France, Italy, and Germany for "The best practical proposals for restoring peace and prosperity in each of those countries through international co-operation"'. 180pp. Dimensions of pamphlet 19.5 x 9 cm. Three copies on COPAC: at Birmingham, the British Library, and Senate House. Nicely printed by Rouffe of Paris, with separate sections on the British, French, German and Italian Peace Awards, with an 'Annex' on the American Peace Award.
F. H. Rose, Amalgamated Society of Engineers [ Frank Herbert Rose (1857-1928) ]
London: Hayman, Christy & Lilly, Ltd. 1918.
8pp., 8vo. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Begins: 'This address is a call from the work bench. The writer is not a paid official of the State or the Trade Union, and has no ambition or intention to become either.' In the author's view 'the disconcerting truth is that, particularly during the past twelve months, production per head has dwindled, and energy has relaxed far beyond the limits assignable to physical weariness or even mental apathy'.
[ National War Aims Committee, London; David Lloyd George, Liberal prime minister ]
'No. 33', 'Published by the National War Aims Committee, at 54, Victoria Street, London, S.W.1.' [ Report of address by the Prime Minister 'to delegates of the British Trade Unions at the Central Hall, Westminster, on January 5th, 1918.'
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. 'No. 33' in top right-hand corner of first page, which is headed by National War Aims medallion featuring George slaying the dragon. The two central papers carry 'The Prime Minister's Declaration', with headings: 'What we are NOT fighting for', 'What we ARE fighting for' ('In Europe', 'In Asia and Africa', 'General', 'Conclusions'. The back page carries 'Endorsements of the Prime Minister' by Clemenceau, Albert Thomas, President Wilson, Arthur Henderson, J. H. Thomas, Lord Lansdowne and Ramsay Macdonald.
N.W.S.C. War Loan Leaflet B. 'Issued by the National War Savings Committee, Salisbury Square, E.C.' '1/17' [ i.e. January 1917 ].
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper with some fraying at head. 29 questions, beginning with 'WHAT is the Loan for? | To raise money to pay for the War, and to hasten the coming of Peace.' Scarce: no copy on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.
[ Philip Snowden (1864-1937), 1st Viscount Snowden; The Labour Leader, London ]
'Reprinted from The Labour Leader'. 
2pp., 4to. Single leaf of newspaper stock. In fair condition, aged and worn. In small print, three columns to the page. Headline quote: '"The ablest onslaught upon the Bill that has been made in the House." - The Times.' At head of first page: 'Reprinted fr[om THE LABO]UR LEADER.' At foot of second page: 'READ THE LABOUR LEADER FOR ALL ANTI-CONSCRIPTION NEWS. EVERY THURSDAY. ONE PENNY.' Begins: 'In the House of Commons on Wednesday, January 12, Mr.
[ The Women's International League, London; the National Labour Press Ltd., London ] [ Russian Revolution; Reichstag Peace Resolution, 1917 ]
'Published by the Women's International League, 12 Little College St., S.W.1; Printed by the National Labour Press Ltd., 8 & 9 Johnson's Court, E.C.4. [ 1917 ]
2pp., 12mo. On single leaf. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Headings: 'Support Russia!', 'No Annexations and No Indemnities and the Right of Peoples to determine their own Government', 'Russia demands our practical sympathy, shall she have it?' and 'The Peace Negotiations could begin to-morrow'. The document begins: 'The British people have acclaimed the Russian Revolution.
Published by Authority of the British Government. Printed under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office by Harrison, Jehring & Co., Ltd., 11-15, Emerald Street, London, W.C.1. [ 1918 ].
12pp., 8vo. Stapled. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. 'This Statement was delivered to a meeting of the Representatives of Labour called to consider the question of further efforts for the prosecution of the war.
[ National War Aims Committee, London ] [ Woodrow Wilson; A. J. Balfour; David Lloyd George ]
Nos. 3, 5 and 6 in the 'Message Series'. National War Aims Committee. Copies from W. H. Smith & Son, London; John Menzies & Co., Ltd., Edinburgh. [ All three from 1918. ]
The three items are uniform in layout with silhouette portraits of the authors on the covers, and measure 14.5 x 8 cm. All three in fair condition, aged and worn. NO. 3, 'Wilson's Message': pp. Stitched in printed covers. 'President Wilson at Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon, on Independence Day, July 4, 1918.' NO.5, 'Balfour's Message': pp. Stapled in printed covers. 'Substance of a Speech delivered by the Rt. Hon. A. J. Balfour, M.P., Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in the House of Commons, August 8, 1918.' NO.6, 'Lloyd George's Message':  + 14 + pp. Stapled.
'One Who Has Won One' [ Irish Home Rule; German Invasion of Ireland, 1909 ]
Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, & Co., Ltd., Grafton St. Publishers to the University. 1909.
31 + 1pp., 12mo. Stapled. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with rusted staple and detached outer leaves. Five chapters: 'The German Invasion', 'Home Rule or Federation', 'The Union of the Churches', 'Cobdenism and Crime', 'Ireland and Tariff Reform' and 'Prosperity for Connemara'.
'The Right Hon. G. H. Roberts, M.P., Minister of Labour' [ George Henry Roberts (1868-1928); The Industrial Reconstruction Council, Manchester ]
'At a Public Meeting, Convened by the Industrial Reconstruction Council, at Manchester, on March 13th, 1918.'
8pp., 8vo. Stapled. In fair condition, on aged and worn newspaper stock. Portrait of Roberts on front cover. Headings: 'Demobilisation', 'The State and Industrial Councils', 'The Outlook for British Trade after the War', 'The Need for Better Organisation', 'The Interest of Labour in Industrial Problems', 'Reform, not Revolution', 'The Outlook of Industry and a Living Wage', 'Industry and the Common Ground', 'A New Spirit of Industry'. No copy in the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at the Imperial War Museum and Leeds.
'Infantryman', Sergeant H. V. Holmes, London Scottish
'2 - 18 [ i.e. February 1918 ] W. & S. Ltd.'
20pp. on shiny art paper. Dimensions of pamphlet 11 x 12 cm. Stapled into grey printed wraps. Holmes is named as the author in the title on the front cover, while the text ends on p.20 with the attribution to '"INFANTRYMAN."' In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. The author's case is summed up towards the conclusion: 'Can you see him, Striker, striving, fighting, dying, at a shilling a day, that you may live in comfort at home? Can you see his parents, his wife, his children, his sweetheart, praying daily for his safety, hoping blindly for his return?
Antonio Maragnon (c.1778-1826) [ 'le Trappiste' ], French soldier-priest, commander of a division of 'l'Armée de la foi' [ Louis Antoine of France, Duke of Angoulême (1775-1844), last Dauphin ]
'Toulouse, 10 février. [ 1825? ]' [ 'Imprimerie de madame Jeunehomme-Crémières, rue des Noyers, n. 46.' ]
2pp., 4to. On laid paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Armorial engraving as heading, with crown, clouds and halo. Addressed to 'Sérénissime seigneur', and fulsome in his praise: 'C'est vous qui avez touché le coeur des potentats de l'Europe, et qui les avez rendus fovorables [sic] à notre cause; [...]'. Concludes by looking to the day when 'notre restauration sera accomplie, quand vous aurez assuré, ô prince magnanime, le triômphe de l'autel et du trone et le repos de mon pays'. Presumably written on the death of Louis XVIII.
'A Neutral Observer' [ 'The Bath Contest' for the Office of Master of Ceremonies, 1769, followinng the death of Samuel Derrick ]
[ Bath, Somerset. ]  April 1769.
1p., 8vo. (roughly 27.5 x 18.5 cm). On a piece of watermarked laid paper. The present item is the original handbill reproduced on pp.41-44 of 'The Bath Contest: Being a Collection of all the Papers, Advertisements, &c. Published Before and Since The Death of Mr. Derrick, By the Candidates For the Office of Master of Ceremonies, And their Friends, Digested in Regular Order' (Bath: Archer and Cruttwell, 1769). It is scarce: no other copy being traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. A frail survival, on aged, worn and creased paper, with loss at head and to left-hand margin.
[ Luther Munday, Secretary of the Old Lyric Club; Constance, Countess of Romney; the Green Park Club, London; the Old Lyric Club; Herbert Beerbohm Tree ]
'at the St James' Theatre, kindly lent by Mr. George Alexander, On Friday, June 7th, 1907, at 3 p.m.'
4pp., folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper slightly worn at head. The front page is headed 'H.R.H. Princess Christian and the Royal Members, are Patrons of a Private Farewell Matinee arrranged by Lady Romney on behalf of the Green Park Club for Mr. and Mrs. Luther Munday'. The names of twenty performers are listed beneath this, headed by Herbert Beerbohm Tree, with various other individuals named.
2pp., 4to. Possibly the first leaf only of a bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The engraved illustration, which heads the first page, is roughly 8.5 x 12 cm in size, and depicts a distant view of the College, framed between trees, with a respectable couple gazing down from the foreground. The text, in small print, is in 21 numbered sections, arranged under the three headings: 'Regulations concerning the Admission of Students', 'Course of Education' and 'Terrms'.
[ Frederic William Goudy; Lanston Monotype Machine Company, Philadelphia; Bruce Rogers ]
Privately printed. Philadelphia, 1947.
16pp., 4to. Stapled into light brown wraps, with 'GOUDY' nicely printed in dark brown decorative letters on front cover. In fair condition lightly aged and creased. Inscribed in a small calligraphic hand at foot of front cover to 'DE fr. WGT [W G Thomson?] xi.48'. A well-printed item, with two pages carrying photographs of Goudy, a six-page 'Appreciation', two pages of 'Goudy Monotype Faces', and the final page carrying an 'appreciation' of Goudy by Bruce Rogers, ending 'He worked to the last, and he died at the zenith of his powers.
Alfred Capel Shaw [ (1847-1918), Chief Librarian of Birmingham ] [ John Bright (1811-1889), Quaker and Radical, prominent member of the Anti-Corn Law League, Corn Law, MP for Birmingham ]
Hudson & Son, Printers, Edmund Street, Birmingham. [ 1883. ]
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on pink paper. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with minor evidence of removal from stub. A poem of 13 irregular stanzas. Begins: 'When some great warrior returns | Triumphant to his native land, | The heart of all the nation burns | To welcome him.
'Andre Massena, Baron de Camin', anti-Catholic rabble-rouser in Britain [ anti-Irish sentiment in Victorian Britain ]
The handbill printed by 'Geo. Hesk, Printer, "Standard Office," 29, Scale Lane, Hull.' Haty's note dated 7 April 1860.
Theodore Hoppen, in his 'The Mid-Victorian Generation', refers to a 'growing band of anti-Catholic lecturers who toured Britain in the 1850s and 1860s', adding that most 'were rogues like the former Dominican, Giacinto Achilli, and the soi-disant Baron de Camin. Almost all depended financially upon admission fees. Their lurid handbills advertised travesties of the mass, "the secrets of the confessional", and "wafer Gods" to be "sold at 1d. each at the doors".' See also Paul Colman Mulkern, 'Irish immigrants and public disorder in mid-Victorian Britain, 1830-80'.