UNIONISM

[ The General Strike, 1926: 'Emergency Service' by the YMCA. ] Printed Certificate relating to 'Hyde Park Emergency Canteens', made out to 'Major Burton Stewart', 'In Recognition of the Emergency Service rendered'.

Author: 
[ The General Strike, 1926 ] The National Council of Young Men's Christian Association [ YMCA; Hyde Park Emergency Canteens, London ]
Publication details: 
The National Council of Young Men's Christian Associations, Incorporated. [ 1926 ]
£35.00

An attractive piece of General Strike ephemera, and a reminder of the interconnected nature of the forces ranged against the General Strike. Printed in black, green, blue and red on one side of an 8vo 'leaf. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with central horizontal fold. The main text is enclosed within a wide floral border, with the shields of Scotland, England and Ireland at the head, and the device of the YMCA ('THE ORDER OF THE RED TRIANGLE') at the foot.

[ Printed First World War pamphlet. ] A Call to War Workers of the Engineering and Shipbuilding Industries.

Author: 
F. H. Rose, Amalgamated Society of Engineers [ Frank Herbert Rose (1857-1928) ]
Publication details: 
London: Hayman, Christy & Lilly, Ltd. 1918.
£40.00

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'.

[ Emilia, Lady Dilke. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Emilia F. S. Dilke') to 'Mrs Lewis', on topics including an article in 'The World', 'Mr Whitmore', 'Mrs Jay' and the Dilkes' 'island'.

Author: 
Emilia, Lady Dilke [ born Emily Francis Strong ] (1840-1904), feminist and trades unionist, wife, first of Oxford academic Mark Pattison (1813-84), and then of Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke (1843-1911)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Dockett Eddy, by Shepperton, Middlesex. 26 June 1890.
£90.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. She begins with criticism of an article 'which has also appeared in the "World", which she is sure 'will vex Mr Whitmore'. She assures Mrs Lewis that no-one will suspect her of involvement, and thanks her for having 'secured the valuable services of Mrs Jay for Park Walk [...] Her playing has been invaluable to us [...] I want to ask her to come on our sub-committee'. She would like Mrs Lewis and her daughter to 'come down & dine & sleep on our island!', the Thames running under the house's verandah.

[ Pamphlet. ] Why Men Strike or, Strikes and how to get rid of them. A Lecture by Dr. Edward McGlynn.

Author: 
Dr. Edward McGlynn [ The Anti-Poverty Society, New York ]
Publication details: 
London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street, E.C. [ Circa 1889. ]
£80.00

14 + [2] pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 'Delivered under the auspices of the Anti-Poverty Society at the Cooper Institute, New York, on Sunday, March 3, 1889, for the benefit of the Street-Car Drivers and Conductors out of employment through the late strike.' Scarce: the only copy on COPAC in Oxford.

[ Pamphlet. ] The Repeal of the Union Conspiracy; or, Mr. Parnell, M.P., and the I.R.B.

Author: 
[ Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1892), Irish nationalist member of the British parliament; the Irish Republican Brotherhood ]
Publication details: 
London: William Ridgway, 169, Piccadilly, W. 1886.
£90.00

64pp., 12mo. Frontispiece in red and black, with diagrammatic pyramid with 'Rank and File or "Soldiers."' at the base, and 'C. S. Parnell, M.P.' at the apex. At foot of the frontispiece is printed 'The Assassination Oath of the I. R. B.' Disbound pamphlet without covers. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper.

[ 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.

Printed handbill headed '"Lest We Forget." Why You Should Join The Merchant Seamen's League Founded at the Great Boycott Meeting in the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Sept. 28th.' (Founded 'to punish the Gerrmans'.) With printed subscription slip.

Author: 
[The Merchant Seamen's League; J. Havelock Wilson, Secretary; Admiral The Lord Beresford; the Great Boycott Meeting, the Royal Albert Hall, 28 September 1917]
Publication details: 
The Merchant Seamen's League, 76, Victoria Street, Westminster, London. Printer: 'St. George's Prress, T.U. Printers, 2, Johnson's Court, Fleet Street, E.C. [London]' [1917.]
£180.00

Both items in good condition, on aged high-acidity paper. The handbill is printed on one side of a piece of 30.5 x 19.5 cm. paper. The meeting is said to have been 'Presided over by Admiral The Lord Beresford, and there is a list of fifteen individuals by whom the resolutions were supported, beginning with 'J. Havelock Wilson, C.B.E., (President of the National Sailors' and Firemen's Union)' and 'Commander HOUGHTON, R.N.R. (Marine Service Associatio - Masters and Officers - Liverpool)'.

Original engraving by John Tenniel, for 'Punch, or the London Charivari', October 1867, titled 'The Order of the Day; or, Unions and Fenians.'

Author: 
Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914), illustrators [Punch, or the London Charivari; Fenians; Trade Unions; revolutionary plots]
The Order of the Day; or, Unions and Fenians
Publication details: 
From 'Punch, or the London Charivari', 12 October 1867.
£95.00
The Order of the Day; or, Unions and Fenians

On paper 52 x 33 cm. Tenniel's monogram, with number 58, in bottom left-hand corner. An giant female figure, with black mask, blazing torch and sash on which is written 'MURDER', directs an assemblage of Fenians and Sheffield trade unionists. The caption reads 'Fenian conspiracies and outrages in Ireland and Manchester - co-incident with the revelations of murderous Trade-unionism at Sheffield and elsewhere - agitated the public mind, and seemed like an evocation of the Spirit of Slaughter to trample on the Law.

Handbill headed 'UNIONIST SONGS. FOR POLITICAL MEETINGS. To be sung to Popular Airs. WORDS BY "VAN." '

Author: 
Van' [Ulster Unionism; Unionist; Conservative Party]
Publication details: 
March 1892; Published by the Conservative Publication Department, St. Stephen's Chambers, Westminster, S.". [Printed by the "Birmingham Daily Gazette" Co., Limited.]
£100.00

12mo (leaf dimensions 22 x 14.5 cm), 4 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. On lightly-worn and aged paper. Excessively scarce: no copy in the British Library, on COPAC, or on WorldCat. Five songs: 'The Union Jack. Air "Nancy Lee." ', 'The Shamrock, Thistle, & Rose. Air "The British Grenadiers." ', 'The Unionists' song. Air "The Mermaid." ', 'Here's To Our Cause. Air "Drink, Puppy, Drink." ' and 'Loud Roars The Gladstone Thunder. Air "Bay Of Biscay." '

Signature.

Author: 
Horace Plunkett.
Horace Plunkett.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£25.00
Horace Plunkett.

Irish Unionist. Bold signature on paper c. 4 x 2".

one autograph letter signed to the civil engineer and politician Sir Charles Lanyon (1813-89),

Author: 
Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns
Publication details: 
21 October 1876, with letterhead 5 Cromwell Houses.
£45.00

Lord Chancellor of England (1819-85). 2 pp, 12mo. "I am much obliged to you for sending me the resolutions adopted at the large & influential meeting which assembled under your presidency at Belfast to express the opinions entertained in that part of the Kingdom on the Questions of Foreign Policy which now occupy so deeply the public mind.

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