The Antiquarian Book Company

Stand 199

Contacts: Jeremy Carson

07769 318895

I buy and sell attractive and unusual books, including ms material and quirky ephemera. My particular interest is Victorian publishers' bindings, maps and stylish dust jackets.

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1913: A Woman on The Hindu Kush 1913: A Woman on the Hindu Kush, Fort Lockhart, North West Frontier Province. It contains ninety titled and dated photographs in an album with associated ephemera. The album depicts Joan Lascelles Villiers-Stuart, nee Shepley, (1892 – 1950.) In September 1913 she married Major Charles Herbert Villiers-Stuart of the 56th Punjabi Rifles Frontier Force. He was attached to the H.Q. Staff, Australian and N. Z. Army Corps and was killed at Gallipoli, Turkey, in 1915, one month before Joan gave birth to his son. In the first 50 photographs she is seen at Troquhain, Scotland, her parents’ home, and fishing and shooting in Parton, Ireland. There are also many October 1913 scenes in Castlane, Killarney and Caragh in Ireland and given the date these must surely represent the couples’ honeymoon. In December 1913 the couple were back in India – now Pakistan – on the North West Frontier Province. There are forty photographs depicting scenes in Samara, Kohat, Fort Lockhart, Simla and other named locations. With the album is a poignant piece of ephemera: Her Police Certificate of Identity, dated 1918, allowing her entry to Ireland. The section titled Profession or Occupation is completed with the single word ‘Widow.’ Photographs of women in areas this remote are unusual. , 1913


1931 Labour Party General Election Posters 1931 Labour Party General Election Posters, in clean, crisp, unused condition. If you think modern politics is full of sound and fury signifying nothing then I can recommend a quick refresher on the election of 87 years ago. Back then all political parties were beset by in-party divisions, enemies sought desperate coalitions and the economy was on its knees. How different to today! In the event - (an October Tuesday, oddly enough, rather than the 'traditional' Thursday in May ) Labour lost by a landslide. I have three of these huge posters, for sale as a collection. One is printed by the Twentieth Century Press, the other two are printed by Haycock Press. They are numbered No. 2; No. 4; and No. 5. The size is 50 cm by 75 cm approx. and they are mounted ready for display; not laid down. They are also very hard to find., 1931


Mrs Beeton: First Edition Mrs Beeton was not the First Lady of cookery but her monumental work is one of the best known works in the English language and it remains a cornerstone of any cookery collection. This true first edition is in excellent condition, complete with the frontispiece and all twelve plates. Age toned throughout but with no real issues, the near-contemporary half leather binding is attractive too. So is the price. I will be bringing plenty of other cookery books to the fair., Bouverie 1861


Mrs Raffald, the First Lady of cookery Mrs Raffald, the First Lady of cookery, is my new hero. She wrote a magnificent cookery book, ran a catering company, organised a trade directory for Manchester and ran several catering establishments. She is also credited with the first description of a 'bridal cake' - ie, a wedding cake. (This is somewhat ironic as apparently her own husband was a drunk.) Early editions of her 'Experienced English House-keeper' are signed and I am genuinely honoured to offer here a first edition of her work, signed by her to the first page of text. The early achievements of strong women in a man's world are becoming more and more well known and I sincerely hope that Raffald's star will continue to rise., 1769


Sexism, racism and capitalist oppression in 1970s Britain... Sexism, racism and capitalist oppression in 1970s Britain was exposed in arresting photography and journalism in '7 Days', a short-lived but influential anti-establishment newspaper. Published weekly for six months in 1971, it was initially well-funded with big name writers and big stories with a hard-left perspective. It exposed political and commercial corruption, torture in Northern Ireland and the ever-constant prejudice against women, blacks and the poor at home and abroad. By 1972 it was gone but the dramatic articles, intelligent writing and bold photography mean it remains an important part of anti-mainstream journalism. Sadly many of the stories covered will be very familiar to modern readers… , 1971