SCOUTS

Letterbook of Arthur Poyser, Master of the Lord Mayor's Players and Singers, founder of the Lord Mayor's Own 1st City of London B.P. Scouts, containing letters from a number of notable individuas, drawings, programmes, cuttings and other ephemera.

Author: 
Arthur Poyser, International Commissioner for Music, Master of the Lord Mayor's Players and Singers [the Boy Players], and founder in 1908 of the Lord Mayor's Own 1st City of London B.P. Scouts
Publication details: 
Dating from between 1904 and 1938.
£450.00

Poyser was the author of the first 'Official Song-book of the Scout Movement', 'The Scout Song Book' (1912). He published a history of the Tower of London in 1908, 'when I was Master of the Music of the Collegiate Church of Allhallows Barking-by-the-Tower, City of London'. For more information, see The Times, 3 August 1964 ('Roll of Honour for Scouts'). 125 items, including letters, programmes, drawings, postcards, invitations, newspaper and magazine cuttings, relating to the Boy Players and 1st City of London Scout Troop.

[ Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts Association. ] Autograph Signature, as Chief Scout, on a printed decorative warrant authorising the film maker Percy Nash to act as 'Assistant Headquarters Commissionner for Cinema Production'.

Author: 
Lord Baden Powell [ Lieutenant General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell; Lord Baden Powell ] (1857-1941), founder of the Boy Scouts Association
Publication details: 
The Boy Scouts Association. 'Headquarters, London'. 12 December 1918.
£180.00

On one side of a 23 x 30 cm piece of vellum paper. In fair condition, aged and with some creasing and chipping to edges. The decorative form (by 'SIR J. C. & SONS LTD') is printed in purple, and completed in manuscript in blue ink (with Nash's address given as 144 Mill Lane, Hampstead), in another hand from Baden-Powell's signature, which reads 'Robert Baden-Powell'. Headed 'THE BOY SCOUTS ASSOCIATION | Incorporated by Royal Charter',and with an illustration by 'RBP' of a Scout holding a flag in the bottom right-hand corner.

[ Baden Powell ] Autograph Signature "BadenPowell" on detached album leaf

Author: 
Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857–1941), founder of the Scout movement
Publication details: 
Non place or date.
£56.00

Bold Signature on piece of paper, 9 x 2.5cm, laid down on detached album leaf c.17.5 x 11.5cm, sl marked but mainly good, clear.

[Sir George Baden-Powell.] Autograph Letter Signed ('George Baden-Powell') to a fellow Member of Parliament ('<Dumont?>')

Author: 
Sir George Smyth Baden-Powell (1847-1898), colonial administrator and brother of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts movement
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On letterhead of Coryton Park, Axminster. 26 November 1895.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. He begins by thanking him for his reminder: 'Yes I should like A<?>'s laying up policy renewal - we should not set out till July'. He reports that they have 'found winter quarters' with 'fresh air & quiet', but not 'near some port for steam coaches &c.' They expect to stay there 'till Parliament calls us to London. | Let me know what I can do to help your Bill for the Autumn'.

[Ernest Thompson Seton.] Two printed pamphlets: 'The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry. A brief Statement of its Aims and Ideals.' and 'The Woodcraft Movement. What is this Woodcraft Movement? What is Woodcraft? IS IT something new? Something strange?'

Author: 
Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946), English author, artist and conservationist, first Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of America, founder of the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry [The Woodcraft Movement]
Publication details: 
Item One ('Brief Statement): Published by The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry. 1922. Item Two ('The Woodcraft Movement') without place or date.
£120.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with Item One carrying the stamp and shelfmarks of the Board of Education Library. Item One ('Brief Statement): 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Decorative cover with line of heraldic shields with axes. Describes the Order in six numbered points, Describes its promotion of 'A Physical Renassance' and of 'A Civic Renaissance', both in seven points.

Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'George Baden-Powell') from Sir George Smyth Baden-Powell, brother of the founder of the Scout movement Robert Baden-Powell, to the publisher P. S. King, regarding the publication by the firm of his pamphlets.

Author: 
Sir George Smyth Baden-Powell (1847-1898), Conservative MP, brother of the founder of the Scout movement [Boy Scouts Association], Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941)
Publication details: 
The first two letters on letterheads of 9 St George's Place, Hyde Park Corner, SW [London], 17 and 18 April 1882. The third letter on letterhead of 30 Tite Street, Chelsea Embankment, SW [London], 7 December 1885.
£180.00

The three items in fair condition, despite slight damp damage. The three letters are each 2pp., 12mo, on a bifolium. The first two letters concern his pamphlet 'England Crushed', which was published by the firm in 1882 under the pseudonym of 'Vindex', and has been attributed to William Garson. It is interesting to see that the pamphlets are printed up and ready for sale within eleven days of Baden-Powell's proposing them to the firm. Letter One: 18 April 1882. Headed 'Private'.

Autograph Signature of the artist, children's book illustrator and poster designer John Hassall.

Author: 
John Hassall (1868-1948), English painter, children's book illustrator and poster designer
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£25.00

On one side of a 5.5 x 20 cm strip of laid paper, cut away from the bottom of a letter. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to the reverse. Reads, in a firm attractive hand: 'Yours very sincerely | John Hassall.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('B H Baden Powell') to unnamed Indian District Officer ['My dear Major'].

Author: 
Baden Henry Baden-Powell (1840-1901), author and half-brother of the founder of the Boy Scout movement [Allan Octavian Hume; ornithology]
Publication details: 
Simla; 15 November 1873.
£56.00

Three pages, 12mo. On aged and lightly spotted paper, with loss at head of crease (not affecting text) resulting from removal from spike. Letter of introduction for 'Mr Davison', [William Davison, discoverer of the Andaman Pale Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela davisoni)] 'who is on a visit to explore for its birds. He has been working with Mr. A. O.?>

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