PROVIDENT

[ County Fire Office and Provident Life Office, London, ] Four printed items (proposals, notice) and four manuscript items, including three Autograph Letters Signed from Managing Director J. T. Barber Beaumont to Sir John Edward Harington.

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County Fire Office and Provident Life Office, London [ John Thomas Barber Beaumont (1774-1841), artist and philanthropist; Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831), 8th Baronet, of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
County Fire Office and Provident Life Office, London, Between 1817 and 1828.
£100.00

Eight items. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Beaumont's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the background: 'In 1806 Barber successfully launched the Provident Life Office, and in the following year the County Fire Office. With the support of landed gentry and West End bankers, the County grew within twenty years to become the fifth largest fire insurer in Britain.

[Printed pamphlet by the Women's Protective & Provident League.] The Fourth Annual Report presented to the General Meeting. Held June 25th, 1878, in the Hall of the Society of Arts, John Street, Adelphi.

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[Women's Protective & Provident League, for the Formation of Protective and Benefit Societies Among Women earning their own Livelihood] [Society of Arts, London; female suffrage]
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[Women's Protective & Provident League, London.] To be obtained at the Office of the League, 31, Little Queen Street, Holborn. ['London | Printed by the Women's Printing Society, Limited, | 21b, Great College Street, S.W'.] [1878.]
£200.00

16pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Includes sections on 'Progress of the London Women's Unions', 'Trades Union Congress and Important Conference held in Leicester', 'Women's Halfpenny Bank', 'Trade Information and Registration', 'Seaside House', 'Seats for Shop Assistants', 'Factory and Workshops' Acts Consolidation Bill' and 'Social Meetings. Piano Fund', as well as accounts and a page and a half of 'Subscriptions and Donations For 1877-8.' The only copy traced part of a run at the BL. No other copy currently on the market.

[Printed pamphlet by the Women's Protective & Provident League.] The Third Annual Report presented to the General Meeting. Held June 19th, 1877, in the Hall of the Society of Arts, John Street Adelphi.

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[Women's Protective & Provident League, for the Formation of Protective and Benefit Societies Among Women earning their own Livelihood]
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[Women's Protective & Provident League, London.] To be obtained at the Office of the League, 31, Little Queen Street, Holborn. ['London | Printed by the Women's Printing Society, Limited | 38, Castle Street, E.C.'] [1877.]
£200.00

15 + [1]pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Includes sections on: 'Society of Women employed in Bookbinding and the Society of Upholsteresses', 'New Unions', 'Brighton Laundresses', 'Leicestershire Seamers and Stitchers Unions', as well as accounts and a page of 'Subscriptions and Donations For 1876-7'. The only copy traced part of a run at the BL.

Fourteen signed deeds relating to the Bank of China's London office ['Locally Employed Staff Provident Fund', 'Regular Chinese Staff Provident Fund', 'Pinfang Hsia Esq. and others']. Together with three other signed documents and two chequebooks.

Author: 
Pinfang Hsia (c.1902-1970), Trustee of the Bank of China, London office [Regular Chinese Staff Provident Fund; Local Employees Provident Fund]
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The deeds date from London, between 1949 and 1953. The three other documents from London, 1951. The stubs in the two chequebooks are also dated 1951.
£150.00

From the papers of Pinfang Hsia, whose death ('Bank of China aide') was recorded in the New York Times of 23 December 1970.In the 1961 'Diplomat's Annual' the Bank of China's head office was said to be in Peking, China, with the London office at 147 Leadenhall Street. The collection is in good overall condition, with all texts clear and complete on lightly-aged paper. The fourteen deeds are customary English legal documents of the period, all typewritten and filled in in manuscript, with the dimensions of each around 37 x 24 cm. Some are attached with green ribbon.

The Sickness Accident and Life Association Limited. Prospectus.

Author: 
The Sickness Accident and Life Association Limited [Friends Provident; life insurance; actuarial science]
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Foreword' dated 'Edinburgh, December, 1897.' [Printed by Morrison and Gibb Limited, Edinburgh.]
£45.00

12mo (leaf dimensions 13 x 9 cm): 62 pp. Folded 'Proposal' tipped in on perforated stub. Sewn into cream wraps, printed in red. Text clear and complete. Internally tight on lightly-aged paper. In worn and grubby wraps with a few ink notes on front. Index on p.ii (reverse of front wrap) gives sections (each with subsections) devoted to Sickness Department, Accident Department, Employers' Liability and Accidents to Workmen, Indemnity and Third Party Insurance, Fidelity Guarantees, and Life Department. Also lists Directors, Office-Bearers, Head Office and Branches.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Clarendon') to Edmund Hodgson.

Author: 
George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon (1800-1870) [Edmund Hodgson, bookseller and auctioneer, 192 Fleet Street; The Booksellers' Provident Institution, Abbots Langley]
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12 June 1867, on letterhead of The Grove, Watford.
£56.00

12mo, 1 p, 11 lines. Good, with thin strip of discoloration along the outer edge. He is grateful to Hodgson 'for thinking of me'. Nothing would give Clarendon greater pleasure 'than to meet the Members of the Booksellers Provid[en]t Institution at Abbot's Langley', but unfortunately he has to go to London that Friday morning 'in order to keep some engagements that I have made on Saturday'.

Engraving by Bolton from an illustration by Prior, of 'the Booksellers' Provident Retreat at Abbots Langley, Herts'.

Author: 
The Booksellers' Provident Institution [Thomas Bolton, wood engraver; William Henry Prior (c.1812-82), illustrator]
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[1848].
£250.00

Landscape. Dimensions of paper roughly nine inches by thirteen and a half. Trimmed. Clear image on aged and foxed paper. Captioned 'This ENGRAVING of the BOOKSELLERS' PROVIDENT RETREAT at Abbots Langley, Herts, erected upon ground presented by JOHN DICKINSON, ESQ.

Autograph Letter Signed to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
George Herbert Whitaker [WHITAKER'S ALMANACK]
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22 January 1919; on letterhead 'Office of WHITAKER'S ALMANACK, | 12, WARWICK LANE, PATERNOSTER ROW, | LONDON, E.C.'
£38.00

Bookseller and publisher (1862-1933). One page, 12mo. Very good, docketed with the Society's stamp. 'In reply to your circular letter, I beg to apply for admission as a Fellow of your Society and herewith forward my application together with my cheque value 2 guineas, which in the event of not being elected, please return to | Yours faithfully | George H. Whitaker'.

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