SECULAR

[ Printed pamphlet. ] A Lie in Five Chapters? Or the Rev. Hugh Price Hughes's "Converted Atheist." By G. W. Foote (President of the National Secular Society).

Author: 
G. W. Foote (President of the National Secular Society) [ George William Foote (1850-1915); Rev. Hugh Price Hughes (1847-1902) ]
Publication details: 
'Second Edition. (Completing Ten Thousand.)' London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, London, E.C.' 1892.
£50.00

15 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. P.15 carries a 'Postscript to Second Edition', dated January 1892, in which Foote declares that it is time 'to fling aside all reserve, and I unhesitatingly call Mr. Hughes's story a lie from beginning to end. It does not contain even a mixture of truth; it is pure, unadulterated falsehood.' The last page carries a list of 'Works by G. W. Foote.' Scarce: no copies of the first or any other edition on COPAC, and the only two copies of this second edition at the British Library and Humanist Library.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] New Life of Jacob.

Author: 
C. Bradlaugh [ Charles Bradlaugh; Annie Besant ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Printed by Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh, 63, Fleet Street, E.C. 1885.
£35.00

8pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. Drophead title only. In good condition, on aged paper. Originally published in 1861 under the pseudonym 'Iconoclast'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] The Natural History of the Christian Devil.

Author: 
Annie Besant [ Charles Bradlaugh ]
Publication details: 
Printed by Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh, 63, Fleet St., London. - 1885.
£35.00

8pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. Drophead title only. In good condition, on aged paper.

[ Pamphlet. ] The Horrors of The French Revolution: Their Causes.

Author: 
Charles Watts, Editor of 'Secular Thought' [ Toronto, Canada ]
Publication details: 
Toronto: "Secular Thought" Office, 31 Adelaide St. East. Undated.
£100.00

24pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Divided into five sections: 'Atheism and Social Order', 'Indications of a Great Struggle', 'Orthodox Misrepresentation', 'The Horrors of the French Revolution' and 'The Causes of the Excesses'. Scarce: only two copies on WorldCat and no copies on COPAC.

[Pamphlet.] On "Education;" Secular and Religious. A Sermon preached in the Chapel of Trinity College School, Port Hope, on Speech Day, July 18, 1872. By the Rev. Vincent Clementi, B.A., Incumbent of North Douro.

Author: 
Rev. Vincent Clementi, B.A., incumbent of North Douro, Ontario, Canada
Publication details: 
Peterborough [Ontario]: Printed by Robert Romaine, Market Block. 1872.
£56.00

15pp., 12mo. Stitched. In original mustard printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps with closed tear at spine. Attractive red and white label of the Education Department Reference Library laid down on blank back cover, and shelfmark and label at head of title-page. On title-page: 'The proceeds of the sale of this Sermon will be added to the fund now being raised for the purpose of erecting a new Chapel.' The only copy on COPAC at the British Library, and five other copies in Canada on OCLC WorldCat.

[Sidney Webb.] Autograph Card Signed ('Sidney Webb') to Sidney A. Gimson of the Leicester Secular Society, declining to undertake a lecture.

Author: 
Sidney Webb [Sidney James Webb, 1st Baron Passfield] (1859-1947), with his wife Beatrice Webb [Martha Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield] (1858-1943), Fabian socialist economist [Sydney Ansell Gimson]
Publication details: 
6 Blythewood Square, Glasgow. 9 September 1892.
£35.00

Written in pencil on a neat small official 'POST CARD', printed with stamp and bearing a Glasgow postmark. In good condition, lightly aged. 'Dear Mr Gimson | I am sorry to say I have so much work that I do not like to undertake any lecture at Leicester this year. Please excuse me this time'. Gimson was president of the Leicester Secular Society and brother of Ernest Gimson (1864-1919), arts and crafts architect and furniture designer.

Autograph Card Signed from Frederic Harrison to Elbridge H. Goss of Melrose County, Massachusetts, regarding 'the President's fine message'. With two neatly-mounted photographs of Harrison, from magazines.

Author: 
Frederic Harrison (1831-1923), jurist, positivist and author [Elbridge H. Goss of Melrose County, Massachusetts]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Elm Hill, Hawkhurst. 18 October 1831.
£35.00

The card is in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, neatly and attractively tipped-in onto a 4to leaf which also carries a photograph of 'FREDERIC HARRISON' cut from a magazine, with both items placed within ruled borders. Laid down on a second 4to leaf, and also within a ruled border, is a second photograph of Harrison, captioned 'FREDERIC HARRISON | Author of "The Creed fo a Layman." (Apologia Pro Fide Mea).' Both photographs and mounts are in very good condition. The card is addressed to Goss at the Melrose Savings Bank, Melrose, Massachusetts.

Corrected proof of 'A Graduated Syllabus of Moral Instruction for Elementary Schools. Revised.'

Author: 
The Moral Instruction League ('Chairman of Committee: Stanton Coit, Ph.D., 30, Hyde Park Gate, London, S.W.') [Edwardian secular education; Victorian schools; Ethical Culture Movement]
Publication details: 
No date [circa 1905]. The Moral Instruction League, 19, Buckingham Street, Strand, London, W.C.
£45.00

4to (leaf dimensions 30 x 22.5 cm): 4 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. On aged paper with slight wear to extremities and rust staining from paper clips at head and tail. The League's object is given as 'To introduce systematic non-theological Moral Instruction into all schools, and to make the formation of character the chief aim of school life.' The first page contains a brief discussion of 'one or two important matters' relating to the subject. '[...] There is no single moral instruction method. [...] The aim of moral instruction is to form the character of the child.

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