SOCIALIST

[ Philip Snowden, as sitting Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, explains his conception of Socialism to 'undeserving sinner' Sir Courtenay Mansel. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Snowden') from Snowden to Mansel, describing his conception of Socialism.

Author: 
Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden (1864-1937), first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924 and 1929-1931) [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
72 Carlisle Mansions, S.W.1. [ London ], on letterhead of 11 Downing Street. 4 December 1931.
£150.00

3pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged and spotted. A significant letter, in which Snowden, as the sitting Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, gives a detailed explanation of his conception of Socialism, and his views on state ownership versus private enterprise. He begins by explaining that the delay in replying is due to 'the busy and anxious time I have had lately'.

[ Ethel Mannin, novelist and travel writer. ] Typed Card Signed ('E M') to Sewell Stokes, explaining why she declines to write an introduction for his autobiography, and referring to Isadora Duncan.

Author: 
Ethel Mannin [ Ethel Edith Mannin ] (1900-1984), novelist, travel writer and socialist [ Francis Martin Sewell Stokes (1902-1979), author and broadcaster ]
Publication details: 
Wimbledon [ London ] postmark. 23 May 1934.
£75.00

Unillustrated official 'POST CARD' with printed penny stamp. Addressed on one side, with Wimbledon postmark, to 'Sewell Stokes, Esq., | 53, Holland Park, W.11.' In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Twelve typed lines of text. The subject of the text is Stokes's forthcoming autobiography 'Monologue' (Hutchinson, 1934), with Mannin referring to her own 'Confessions and Impressions' (Jarrolds, 1930). After thanking him for his letter she writes: 'I am glad you have decided to dispense with an introduction to the book – books, particularly of this kind, should stand on their own legs . . .

Edward VII's socialist mistress 'Daisy' Greville, Countess of Warwick, argues for the abolition of the aristocracy as hereditary landowners. ] Corrected Typescript, signed 'Frances E Warwick.', of an article titled 'We Must Go'.

Author: 
Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick [ Frances Evelyn Greville, Countess of Warwick, née Maynard ] (1861-1938), campaigning socialist and mistress of Edward VII
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ Published in the Daily Chronicle, 12 April 1917, under the title 'Why the State should Own the Land', and reprinted in the journal 'Land Values', May 1917. ]
£300.00

[1] + 8pp., 4to. On one side each of nine leaves, held together with a brass stud. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with the first page (carrying only the title and with pencil note 'Ordered') detached.

[ Edward Carpenter, poet, socialist and homosexual activist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ed. Carpenter'), praising a portrait, disparaging 'the people', and stating that 'something is being built up, wh. cannot be consumed'.

Author: 
Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), poet and author, socialist and homosexual activist, friend of Rabindranath Tagore, and a friend of Walt
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 17 November 1905.
£250.00

2pp., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient is not named or addressed, the letter starting abruptly after the date: 'I like your portrait much. Thanks for sending it. Yes, the people are [last word underlined] fools, and the mills of God grind slowly. Nevertheless the work is not lost, and its outcome is sure. It is no good bothering about special results. They must take their own way (generally to the Crematorium!) but all the while something is being built up, wh.

[ Anthony Wedgwood Benn, Labour politician: 'You shouldn't believe the rubbish you read in the press'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tony Benn') to 'Mrs Kingham', describing his 'life-style' and family.

Author: 
Tony Benn [ Anthony Wedgwood Benn, quondam Viscount Stansgate ] (1925-2014), Labour politician
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 16 November 1979.
£35.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Obtrusive stamp at head giving the date of receipt as 28 November 1979, with this date queried in ink. Benn's signature underlined by the recipient in thin red ink. Reads: 'Dear Mrs Kingham: | Forgive the delay. | My life-style is that of a very hard-working M.P. with a wife who teaches & writes & 4 children educated at comprehensive schools. | You shouldn't believe the rubbish you read in the press.'

[ Sir Robert Charles Kirkwood Ensor, journalist and historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. C. K. Ensor') to unnamed party, on Oxford University Fabian Society business, discussing the best time for a 'sober event'.

Author: 
R. C. K. Ensor [ Sir Robert Charles Kirkwood Ensor ] (1877-1958), journalist, historian, poet and liberal intellectual [ Oxford University Fabian Society ]
Publication details: 
10 Parks Road, Oxford. 23 April [ no year, but before his move to London in 1904 ]. At foot of letter: 'OU.F.S.', i.e. Oxford University Fabian Society
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper.Reads: 'Dear Sir | The 19th May is out of it; becase it falls in Eights Week, which is an impossible time for any sober event – college concerts & dances per evening, with a vista of importunate relatives behind. | Fir the rest, the 26th is very much our best evening, if you can possible manage it without putting yourself to too great inconvenience.' See Ensor's entry in the Oxford DNB.

Printed 'Clarion Pamphlet, No. 12.': 'The Agricultural Deadlock, and How to overcome it by Rational Means.'

Author: 
W. Sowerby, F.G.S., &c. (Late Professor R.A. College, Cirencester.) [ William Sowerby (1824-1902); The Clarion Newspaper, London ]
Publication details: 
Published by the "Clarion" Newspaper Company, Limited, 72, Fleet Street, London, E.C. 1896.
£60.00

13 + [3]pp., 8vo. In faded green printed wraps with full title and illustrations. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged high-acidity paper. Subtitle: 'Whereby it is shown that the produce of the soil may be increased from five to seven fold by cultivation.' Now scarce.

Printed 'Clarion Pamphlet, No. 11.': 'Lecture on Agriculture. Read before the Balloon Society of London on February 3rd, 1893.'

Author: 
Sir A. Cotton, Madras Engineers [ Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton (1803-1899); The Clarion Newspaper Company, London ]
Publication details: 
Third Edition, with Appendices. Pubnlished by the "Clarion" Newspaper Company, Limited, 72, Fleet Street, E.C. 1896.
£65.00

32pp., 12mo. In faded green printed wraps with full title and advertisements. Disbound. In good condition, on aged high-acidity paper in brittle slightly-chipped wraps. The first edition was published in 1893 in Dorking by R. J. Clark. This third edition includes new material in seven appendices, pp.19-32, beginning with 'Results in 1893 - A year of drought.' Now scarce.

[Offprint of article attacking 'the ubiquitous apostles of revolutionary and Socialistic doctrines'.] The Ethics of Politics. II. (Reprinted from "The Liberty Review.")

Author: 
The Liberty Review; Watts & Co., London publishers [ United Kingdom General Election, 1892 ]
Publication details: 
London: Watts & Co., 17, Johnson's Court, Fleet St. Undated [ late nineteenth century ].
£50.00

8pp., 12mo. Stitched pamphlet. Aged, and with central vertical fold. A call for 'political instructors who shall [...] impress the first principles of political morality on the minds of the newly-enfranchised masses'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] A Grammar of Socialism.

Author: 
Thomas Wodehouse, Curate of the Savoy [ Women's Printing Society, Limited, 21B, Great College Street, Westminster; English socialism; radical Anglicanism ]
Publication details: 
Second Edition. John Hodges, 13 Soho Square, London, W. 1884.
£56.00

32pp., landscape 12mo (8.5 x 13.5 cm). Stitched in grey printed wraps. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with front wrap detached and lightly marked. Wodehouse is named as author on front cover, but not on title-page. Laid out in the form of a fourteen-page catechism of 28 points, followed by 'Notes and Illustrations from Various Writers'. Pertinent as ever, in its criticism of 'excessive inequality in the partition of wealth'. COPAC only lists three copies of the first edition of 1878. Of the eight copies of the second 1884 edition on COPAC, six are listed as being printed by 'F.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] No. 6 of Tom Mann's 'The Industrial Syndicalist', with headline 'A Manchester Message to the Workers of Britain', devoted to a report on the First Conference on Industrial Syndicalism, Coal Exchange, Manchester, 1910.

Author: 
[ Tom Mann (1856-1941), editor; Guy Bowman, proprietor ] [ 'The Industrial Syndicalist, London magazine; First Conference on Industrial Syndicalism, Coal Exchange, Manchester, 1910 ]
Publication details: 
December 1910 (Vol. I., No. 6.), 'Printed by T.C.P. Ltd. (T.U. & 48 hrs), 37A Clerkenwell Green, E.C., and Published by Guy Bowman, at 4, Maude Terrace, Walthamstow.'
£75.00

48pp., thin 12mo. (20 x 9 cm.) Stapled. In good condition, on aged newspaper stock. Divided into ten sections: 'List of Delegates and Bodies Represented', 'The Conference', 'Chairman's Opening Remarks', 'Tom Mann's Address', 'The Resolution', 'The Discussion', 'A Weekly Newspaper' 'Manchester Syndicalist Education League', 'Parliamentary Action', 'Next Conference'. Ends with page on 'Industrial Syndicalism. What it is, and What it isn't', and two pages of details of 'Persons willing to speak as advocates of Industrial Syndicalism in their respective districts'.

[ Printed First World War pamphlet. ] Pan-German Socialism (Neo-Marxism).

Author: 
William Stephen Sanders [ The New Age, London ]
Publication details: 
'(Reprinted from "The New Age")'. W. H. Smith & Son, London. [ 1918. ]
£28.00

24pp., 12mo. Stapled. In good condition, with light signs of age. A wartime pamphlet, the latest reference in which is to 'the "demonstration" vote of the Socialist Party in the Reichstag, July, 1918, against the Budget', and thus written between that date and the end of the war. The author's message is summed-up in his conclusion: 'Franz Mehring is right in declaring that the old German Social Democracy is dead.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] "That blessed Word - Liberty." By Alex. M. Thompson

Author: 
Alex. M. Thompson [ Alexander Mattock Thompson (1861-1948) ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Published by the Clarion Newspaper Co., Ltd. [ 1894 or 1895. ]
£35.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged. Drophead title only (full publication details presumably on missing front wrap).

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Collectivism. A Speech delivered by Jules Guesde to the French Chamber of Deputies.

Author: 
'Jules Guesde' [ pseudonym of Mathieu Bazile ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Published by the Clarion Newspaper Co., Ltd. [ Circa 1895. ]
£55.00

15 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper. Publisher's advertisement on last page. 'The following speech was delivered in the course of a debate in the Paris Chamber on the Roubaix Municipal Drug Stores, when a Reactionary Deputy, M. Bouge, very incautiously asked the Socialists "to explain whaht they really do want." Guesde at once marched to the rostrum, and, without preparation, delivered the following.'

[ Pamphlet. ] Men v. Machinery: Suggestive Facts and Figures urging National Control of National Powers of Production. By Thomas Shore with Preface by H. Halliday Sparling.

Author: 
Thomas Shore; H. Halliday Sparling [ The Socialist League, London ]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from the "Commonweal"'. Printned and Published by the Author at 33 Newington Green Road, Ball's Pond, London, N. and sold by the Socialist League at 13 Farringdon Road and all Socialist Branches. 1888.
£90.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound, with front wrap on red paper (bearing title) only. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Sparling's preface is on the first two pages, dated 10 December 1888. Scarce: no copy on COPAC.

[ Pamphlet. ] Three Open Letters to the Bishop of Manchester on Socialism.

Author: 
Robert Blatchford [ James Moorhouse (1826-1915), Anglican Bishop of Manchester, 1886-1903 ]
Publication details: 
Without publication details or place. [ Final section with note: 'Reprinted from the "Clarion," of November 4th, 1893.'
£45.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. Drophead title. The three letters are titled 'The Pillars of the State', 'The Common Kennel' and 'Priest and Samaritan'. A final piece, titled 'The Bishop of Manchester as a Socialist' is subtitled 'Reprinted from the "Clarion," of November 4th, 1893.' Scarce.

[ Pamphlet. ] The Socialist Propaganda and The Drink Difficulty.

Author: 
James Whyte [ United Kingdom Alliance, Manchester and London ]
Publication details: 
United Kingdom Alliance. Manchester: 16, Deansgate. London: 15, Gt. George Street. 1894.
£56.00

31pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. On aged and discoloured paper. Begins: 'Certain of the propagandists of Socialism teach their disciples that the economic condition of the industrial classes would be no whit improved by the total abandonment on their part of harmful drinking and other wasteful practices, inasmuch as the money thereby saved would, by the operation of an "iron law," inevitably be deducted from wages or added to rent. Is this sound doctrine? Let us see.' Scarce: no copy in the British Library.

[ Pamphlet. ] Socialism and Slavery, Being an Answer to Mr. Herbert Spencer's attack on the Social Democratic Federation in the Contemporary Review, April, 1884, under the title "The Coming Slavery," By H. M. Hyndman.

Author: 
H. M. Hyndman [ Henry Mayers Hyndman (1842-1921); Social Democratic Federation; Herbert Spencer ]
Publication details: 
'Third Edition Revised.' London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street, E.C. Undated [ circa 1884 ].
£56.00

13 + [1] pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. P.3 carries a 'Preface to the Second Edition' by 'The Writer', mocking Spencer and his 'rather feeble article'. The last page carries publisher's advertisements. Scarce.

[ 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. ] The Rise of English Democracy.

Author: 
William M. Thompson of the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law
Publication details: 
'London: Published by William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street, E.C. Where may be had Books and Pamphlets on Social and Political Questions.' Undated [ circa 1890 ].
£70.00

24pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight damage at margin of title leaf. He concludes by reviewing the events of the previous four years: 'From one end of the country to the other the workers have been in a state of ferment. Great and numerous strikes have taken place. For the first time a National Strike Federation has been attempted, and with gratifying evidences of success. Our relations with the workers abroad have become closer and more cordial. Slowly and painfully the son of man has been marching to victory.

[ Pamphlet. ] Socialism: Past, Present, Future.

Author: 
William M. Thompson of the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law
Publication details: 
'London: Published by William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street, E.C. Where may be had Books and Pamphlets on Social and Political Questions.' Undated [ circa 1890 ].
£120.00

31 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, on aged paper, with some leaves separating. The fourth and last chapter is a piece of futurology, titled 'The Battle of London; Or, The Last Great Struggle Between the Classes and the Masses.' It begins: 'It was in the year 2000 that the masses took possession of London. For twenty years before they had been preparing.

[ Pamphlet. ] The Robbery of the Poor.

Author: 
William H. P. Campbell [ The Modern Press, Paternoster Row, London ]
Publication details: 
London: The Modern Press, 13 and 14, Paternoster Row, E.C. 1884:
£56.00

54pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. Dedication: 'To | The Poor of England, | This Pamphlet is dedicated | By ONE | Who would hasten the coming of the Day | When we shall not [last word underlined] have them | With us.' He concludes with 'one word' to those who think that 'what we believe in as possible is a splendid Utopia that can never exist, a pleasant dream that shall never be realised': 'Have it so, if you please.

[ Pamphlet. ] Manifesto of the Joint Committee of Socialist Bodies.

Author: 
Joint Committee of the Social Democratic Federation, the Fabian Society, and the Hammersmith Socialist Society [ William Morris, George Bernard Shaw, Sidney Webb, Emery Walker, H.M. Hyndman et al]
Publication details: 
Date, place and printer not stated. [ London, circa 1893. ]
£80.00

8pp., 12mo. Disbound without the red paper covers. Drophead title. Begins: 'There is a growing feeling at the present time that, in view of the increasing number of Socialists in Great Britain, an efford should be made to show that, whatever differences may have arisen between them in the past, all who can fairly be called Socialists are agreed in their main principles of thought and action.' Scarce.

[ Pamphlet. ] The Socialism of Jesus.

Author: 
M. Gass [ Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936), socialist, traveller and author ]
Publication details: 
Glasgow: The Labour Literature Society, Ltd., 105 London Street. 1893.
£45.00

15pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. On the reverse of the title (p.2) is a dedicatory poem 'To Cunninghame Graham', beginning 'Perfervid Scot! of hero sires, who calmly spurns the sordid scorn | Of ingrates who proclaim thee mad, [...]'. Scarce.

[ Pamphlet. ] On Strikes.

Author: 
J. Bruce Glasier
Publication details: 
Glasgow: Labour Literature Society Ld. 66 Brunswick St. Manchester: Labour Press Society Ld. Undated [ circa 1889 ].
£65.00

19pp., 12mo. Disbound. In good condition, on aged paper. With grey paper front cover, which carries an illustration of the (decidedly porcine) dragon of 'Capitalism' being confronted by the angel of 'Socialism', with sword in hand. Advertisement for the Labour Literature Society on reverse of cover. Scarce.

[ Pamphlet. ] A Summary of the Principles of Socialism. Written for the Democratic Federation, by H. M. Hyndman and William Morris.

Author: 
H. M. Hyndman and William Morris [ The Democratic Federation, London ]
Publication details: 
London: The Modern Press, 13 and 14, Paternoster Row, E.C. 1884.
£75.00

62pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, on aged paper, and separated into two parts at pp.16-17. The title-page only gives Hyndman and Morris as the authors, but In type, at end, is the following: 'Signed the Executive Committee of the Democratic Federation, | E. Belfort Bax. | Herbert Burrows. | R. D. Butler. | H. H. Champion, | Hon. Secretary. | W. J. Clark, | Lecture Secretary. | H. A. Fuller. | H. M. Hyndman, | Chairman. | J. L. Joynes. | Tom. S. Lemon. | James Macdonald. | William Morris, | Hon. Treasurer | James F. Murray. | H. Quelch. | A. Scheu. | Helen Taylor.

[ Pamphlet. ] Women's Wages, And the conditions under which they are earned.

Author: 
Isabella O. Ford [ Isabella Ormston Ford (1855-1924), socialist propagandist and suffragist ] [ The Humanitarian League, London ]
Publication details: 
The Humanitarian League's Publications. No. 8. London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street. 1893.
£80.00

17+[3]pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The last three pages carry advertisements for the Humanitarian League, with a list of publications on the last page. Scarce. For more on Ford, see her entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Pamphlet. ] Wrongs that require Remedies, Being the first of four Lectures delivered in the West End of London during June, 1887, by H. H. Champion.

Author: 
H. H. Champion [ Henry Hyde Champion (1859-1928), socialist and journalist ] [ The Aberdeen Standard ]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen: Published at the Aberdeen Standard Office. 1893.
£45.00

15pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The second page (reverse of title) carries a list of 'Pamphlets by the same Writer, on Labour Questions. Now Ready (Sept., 1893.)' and is headed: 'NOTE - This Pamphlet contains the substance of an address to an audience of wealthy people in St. James's Hall, Piccadilly, in the middle of the London Season in the Jubilee year.' Scarce. For more on Champion, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Pamphlet. ] Mr. Gladstone and the Eight Hours Law.

Author: 
H. M. Hyndman [ Henry Mayers Hyndman (1842-1921) [ The Twentieth Century Press, Limitted, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Published by The Twentieth Century Press, Limited, 44, Gray's Inn Road, W.C.
£45.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. Hyndman is described on the title-page as 'Author of "The Historical Basis of Socialism," "The Bankruptcy of India," "England for All," "Commercial Crises of the Nineteenth Century," "Booth's Book Refuted," &c.' Concludes: 'Thus the growing agitation for an Eight Hours Law may soon develop into a demand for the collective control of the whole industrial sysytem by the workers.' Scarce.

[ Pamphlet. ] Five Dead Men whom I knew when Living: Robert Owen, Joseph Mazzini, Charles Sumner, J. S. Mill, & Ledru Rollin.

Author: 
Charles Bradlaugh [ Robert Owen; Joseph Mazzini; Charles Sumner; John Stuart Mill; Ledru Rollin ]
Publication details: 
London: Freethough Publishing Company, 28, Stonecutter Street, E.C. Undated [ 1880s ].
£65.00

30pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The Freethought Publishing Company was Bradlaugh's own vehicle. Preceded in publication by an edition by C. Watts, London, circa 1877. Scarce.

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