New accessions - July to September 2020

Archives and Manuscripts

Records of organisations, societies and businesses

British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (additional): BATOD magazine, May and September 2020; ‘Deafness and Education International’ journal, volume 22, number 2, June 2020. Finding No: BATOD

Toc H (additional): supporter magazine ‘In Touch’, March, April and May 2020. Finding No: TOCH/J/1/4

Toc H (additional): typescript article titled 'Toc H in Newent', detailing activities between 1949 and the 1960s. Includes images and compiled by Dood Pearce, Chairman of Newent Local History Society, [2020]. Finding No: TOCH/B/4/72a

Toc H (additional): two undated slide boxes, one titled 'Toc H trip to Taize, France'; the other box titled 'Toc H Library A', [mid-20th century]. Finding No: TOCH/K/1/4

Youth Hostels Association (additional): three items deposited by Margaret Palmer relating to Chaddesley Corbett Youth Hostel, 1936-1944. Finding No: YHA

Young Men’s Christian Association (additional): material generated by and gathered in connection with 'YMCA175', a Heritage Lottery funded project to coincide with the 175th anniversary of the creation of the YMCA in England. Includes digital files consisting of oral history interviews recorded with individuals associated with YMCA across the UK, and accompanying transcriptions; typescript academic papers; and video recordings, 2019-2020. Finding No: YMCA

Young Men’s Christian Association (additional): digital files comprising records relating to YMCA business development; communications; fundraising; and policy and research, 2017-2020. Finding No: YMCA

Young Men’s Christian Association (additional): numerous badges and medals including an MBE; George Williams' glasses in accompanying case; First World War mug with YMCA Red Triangle logo; YMCA 'active service' postcard with Scottish heather attached; pamphlet titled 'Win the War Songs'; and publications. Finding No: YMCA

Personal and family papers

Stears, Margaret, SCF aid worker: three photograph albums formerly belong to Margaret Stears, SCF worker in the Middle East from the late 1950s until the 1980s. Finding No: SCF/ACC3

Artificial collections

Works relating to Ernest William Hornung: additional deposit comprising published book titled 'E. W. Hornung: the emergence of a popular author, 1866-1898' by Peter Rowland. Published by Academica Press: Washington and London, 2019. Finding No: MS885

Rare books / printed items

Thomas Hill A contemplation of mysteries contayning the rare effectes and significations of certayne comets, and a briefe rehersall of sundrie hystoricall examples, as well diuine, as prophane, verie fruitfull to be reade in this our age Imprinted at London: By Henry Denham, 1574. Thomas Hill was a poet and writer on gardens (The Profitable arte of Gardening, 1563), astrology, and the interpretation of dreams. He occasionally wrote under the pseudonym Didymus Mountain. This is a very rare book with other UK copies at three deposit libraries only.

Michel Montaigne (1533-1592) The Essayes or Morall, Politike and Militarie Discourses London: M Flesher for R Royston, 1632. From their initial appearance in France in the 1570s Montaigne’s essays proved to be influential and inspirational. This first translation by John Florio, previously published in London in the 1580s and again in 1603, was clearly known to Shakespeare who used it to source material for The Tempest.

Elizabeth Jocelin The mother's legacy to her unborn child London: Printed and sold by Joseph Downing in Bartholomew-Close, near West-Smithfield, 1724. Elizabeth Brooke Jocelin was an English writer believed to have lived from 1595–1622; she is best known for this renowned work, exhorting her future child to piety and good conduct, and advising her husband on child rearing best practice. It was first published two years after her death in childbirth; all early editions are scarce, ESTC recording only five copies of this one.

Percy Bysshe Shelley The Poetical Works Paris: A & W Galignani, 1829. The Italian publishers Galignani issued an English Library from Paris in the early 1800s specializing in modern poets. This edition of Shelley joins our previous holdings of works by Byron, Scott, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats from this series. This copy comes bound with eight leaves of contemporary manuscript notes, with another manuscript page loosely inserted.

St Stephen's Review, 1885-1887. Collection of 90 political caricatures by Tom Merry and others. This selection of colour lithographs on various wove papers includes a set of five showing 'The Rake's Progress' (based on Hogarth's original); they are all political cartoons, caricaturing contemporary leading figures often including Joseph Chamberlain.

Michael Field Mystic trees (London: Eveleigh Nash, Ballantyne Press, 1913; Charles S Ricketts 1866-1931, binding designer)

Michael Field Fair Rosamund [a play] (London: Hacon & Ricketts, Ballantyne Press [ie. Vale Press], 1897; with decorations designed and cut on the wood by Charles Ricketts)

Michael Field Underneath the bough: a book of verses (Portland, Maine: Thomas B Mosher, 1898; "This first ed. on Van Gelder paper consists of 925 copies"). ‘Michael Field’ is a pseudonym for the joint works of gay partners Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper. Their independent life was funded by money from Katherine’s Birmingham family fortune made in the tobacco industry. They were well connected in Aesthetic literary circles and worked closely with leading book artists to produce a string of beautiful editions of their poetry. 

Being a visible bouquet for Beatrice Warde: joint keepsake of the quiet evening at the Herity Press for BW and her London Chappel done by props from the New York City Area Chappels, White Plains, August 7, 1965 (New York: New York Area Chappels, 1965; portfolio of 19 fine printing samples of broadsides, notes, folders, and cards, each piece is printed by a different press.). CRL holds important archive papers of Beatrice Ward, author, scholar of typography and champion of quality printing (MS 823).

Emma Thurston Lamberton Bird House; the reminiscences of Emma Thurston Lamberton (Printed for Beatrice Lamberton Warde, 1937). Celebrated childen's librarian and writer on children's literature Emma Thurston Lamberton was the mother of Beatrice Ward; this privately printed book is scarce in UK where no other copy is recorded.

Alberta Vickridge Eden Gate with a frontispiece by TJ Bond and a tailpiece by the author (Bradford: Jongleur Press, 1932; Limited to an edition of 225 copies). Alberta Vickridge is a forgotten poet of the last century; she was also a printer of distinction who published from her own private press in Bradford.

Philip Callow The Hosanna Man (London: Jonathan Cape, 1956). Philip Callow was born in 1926 in Stechford, East Birmingham, his family later moving to Coventry during his childhood. His fiction is admired for its vivid portrayal of working-class life. CRL holds Callow literary papers and artwork (MS840); this is a rare signed copy of his autobiographical first novel, which was withdrawn and pulped due to a libel action.

Ossian The works of Ossian, the son of Fingal. Translated from the Galic. Containing Fingal, Temora and other poems (London: T Becket & PA Dehondt, 1765; first collected ed in 2 vols). CRL holds several copies of the fake Gaelic epics issued in fragments by the Scottish poet John MacPherson from 1760, culminating in this landmark first collected edition. The publication history of the Ossianic epics is included in the English department’s book history module Cover to Cover.  

Clare Stainthorp Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet (Oxford; New York: Peter Lang, 2019). CRL holds archives of the poet and philosopher Constance Naden from Edgbaston; she attended the Mason Science College where she studies sciences; her bust stands in the Heslop Search Room.

Elizabeth Moxon English housewifery: Exemplified in above four hundred and fifty receipts, giving directions in most parts of cookery ... With cuts for the orderly placing the dishes and courses; also bills of fare for every month in the year; and an alphabetical index to the whole ... / by Elizabeth Moxon. With an appendix, containing upwards of seventy receipts, of the most valuable kind; (many never before printed) ... To this edition is now added, and introduction, giving an account of the times when river fish are in season; and a table, shewing at one view the proper seasons for sea fish (Leeds: Printed by Thomas Wright, for William Fawdington, 1785; 12th, corrected). Elizabeth Moxon (fl. 1740–1754) was from Pontefract; she was a pioneer of English female culinary writing and this influential work was the first provincial cookery book to achieve significant success in London.  

Elizabeth Raffald, 1733-1781 The experienced English housekeeper, : for the use and ease of ladies, housekeepers, cooks, &c. Written purely from practice, ... Consisting of near nine hundred original receipts, most of which never appeared in print. ... The tenth edition (London: printed for R. Baldwin, 1786). Elizabeth Raffald was an English author from Doncaster; this cookery book contains the first recipe for a "Bride Cake" that is recognisable as a modern wedding cake. Much of her work was subsequently plagiarised by Isabella Beeton.

Alexis Benoît Soyer Soyer's culinary campaign ... With the plain art of cookery for military and civil institutions, etc; illustrated by HG Hine (London, 1857). Soyer was a French chef who became a celebrity in Victorian England; this book documents the significant improvements he brought to food provision for British soldiers in the Crimean War, where he introduced a field stove of his own invention which remained in British army use until 1982.

Georgiana Hill How to cook and serve eggs in one hundred different ways (London; New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1866). Georgiana Hill wrote extensively for Routledge’s Household Manuals series, producing a series of works that each specialised on an ingredient. She provided clear simple instructions and included many new Continental recipes.

[Adolphe Armand Braun] Wilhelm the Ruthless [i.e. William II., Emperor of Germany] ... A verbal & pictorial satire; illustrated by David Wilson (London: Drawing, 1917). This satire of the German Emperor William II by the unnamed Adolphe Armand Braun is superbly illustrated in black and white and with some very unusual modernist colour plates by David Wilson (1873-1935), a noted designer, illustrator of comics and caricaturist.

Richard Aldington, 1892-1962 Death of a hero: a novel (London: Chatto & Windus, 1929); Death of a hero: a novel (New York: Covici, Friede, 1929). Passages which included profanity, discussion of sexuality and graphic descriptions of the reality of trench life in Aldington’s WW1 novel were initially heavily censored in these two first editions, although in different ways by English and American publishers. The dust jacket of the Chatto edition is by the war artist Paul Nash.   

Oliphant Down, 1885-1917 Three One-Act Plays. The Dream Child, Bal Masque, Tommy-by-the-Way (London; Glasgow: Gowans & Gray, Ltd; Boston: L Phillips, 1923). Tommy-by-the-Way, included here, is a scarce single-act WW1 trench play possibly never acted; inside is a postcard photograph of the author who died on the Somme.

Herald T Haller The bugle call to peace (Boston: The Christopher Publishing House, 1928). A highly unusual WW1 play with an inspirational Bible-based anti-war sentiment; the unknown author’s pseudonym is a kind of play on words about making a loud announcement. No other copy is recorded in UK.

William Closson Emory Glory: a play in one brief act (Chicago: Argus Book Shop, Peacock Press, 1929). This is one of a special limited edition of 75 copies printed on hand-made paper, numbered and signed by the author of this American WW1 play; it features three unseen characters set in a field hospital near the front lines of an unspecified battle. No other copy is recorded in UK.

Josef Čapek 1887-1945 The land of many names: a play in three acts and a transformation; (London: G Allen & Unwin ltd, 1926). Josef Čapek from Hronov in Bohemia was born in 1887. He was a noted painter as well as the author several novels and this play. His brother Karel wrote the play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) which introduced robots into the world’s vocabulary, although Karel confirmed that the word was invented by Josef. An outspoken critic of Nazi Germany, Josef was arrested after the German invasion of Czechoslovakia; he was incarcerated in a concentration camp and died at Belsen in April 1945.