[ Spoof Act of Parliament, ridiculing seaside revelry, with illustrations. ] The Social Parliament. Act the Second. Anno XIo et XIIo Victoriae Reginae. By Albert Smith. An Act for Promoting the Public Health in Towns and Elsewhere.

Albert Smith [ Albert Richard Smith (1816-1860) ] [ Victorian seaside resorts ]
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London: Published by David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street; and sold everywhere. December 1848. [ Savill & Edwards, Printers. 4, Chandos-street, Covent Garden. [ London. ] ]

8pp., 8vo. On two bifoliums, unstitched and unbound. Aged and worn. A spoof of an Act of Parliament, priced at threepence, with parody of the royal coat of arms at the head of the first page, with motto 'Throw Physic To The Dogs | The Mixture As Before'. Paragraph synopses in the margins, with around 40 caricature illustrations. A lighthearted satire on drunken seaside revelry ('The Popular Revolutionary Air of “We won't go Home till Morning” to be forthwith suppressed.' and 'Cheap Cigars and the Snobs who smoke them, to be put down.').

[Victorian football ephemera.] 'Football Fixtures for Season 1883-84' and 'Football Fixtures, Season 1888-89', printed for the Banbury Harriers Athletic Club by Cheney & Sons.

[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury; football]
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[Cheney & Sons, Printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire.] 1883-84 list printed by 'CHENEY, TYP.' 1888-89 list printed by 'CHENEY & SONS, TYP.'

Both items in very good condition, lightly-aged. ONE: 16mo (11.5 x 8 cm) green-card bifolium, printed in blue, with engraving in gold of the 'Club Badge' on front cover. On cover, beneath the names of the patron (the Earl of Jersey) and officers: 'FOOTBALL. | Captain - J. G. COWPER. Sub-Captain - A. M. BARROWS. | Captain Second Team - W. MORRAY. | Sub-Captain Ditto - W. HEMMING. | COLOURS - BLUE & WHITE.

[Lawn tennis ephemera from Victorian Banbury.] Eight items [printed by Cheney & Sons], including 'Rules' of the Banbury and West End Lawn Tennis Clubs, and other material from the Hook Norton and Borderers' Lawn Tennis Clubs.

[Banbury Lawn Tennis Club; Borderers' Lawn Tennis Club; Hook Norton Lawn Tennis Club; West End Lawn Tennis Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
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Cheney & Sons, Printers, Banbury. Items dated from 1888, 1889, 1891 and 1892.

From the archive of Cheney & Sons, 'General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury'. The calling card of partner John Cheney describes him as a 'Printer in Gold, Silver, and Colours', with 'Specialities in the best class of work', and the company's high standards attracted clients from London's West End. For more about the firm see 'John Cheney and his descendants, printers in Banbury since 1767' (1936), and the Victoria County History volume for the County of Oxford, Banbury Hundred. The eight items are in very good condition, lightly-aged.

[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club, Victorian ephemera.] Ten items printed for the club by Cheney & Sons, including three fixture lists (including 'Football Match List'), four 'Gymnastic Competition' certificates, two notices, and a dinner invitation.

[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury; football; Lord Randolph Churchill]
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Cheney & Sons, Printers, Banbury. Dated items from between 1883 and 1896.

The ten items are in very good condition, lightly-aged. Six of the items (the three fixture lists and three of the certificates) carry slugs, with the printers' details not stated on the other four items. ONE to THREE: Three 16mo (10.5 x 7 cm) booklets, each of 8pp: 'Fixtures, 1890-91', 'Fixtures, 1891-92', 'Fixtures 1892-93'. Uniform in design, and attractively printed in green, blue and lilac card covers and papers, with the Club's crest embossed on each front cover in gold. Each pamphlet carries the following inside the front cover: 'Object.

[Printed item.] Evening Pastimes; or, Amusements for Hearths and Homes: A Magazine of Fun and Frolic; Containing Parlour Games and Forfeits, Riddles, Enigmas, Charades, Conundrums, Practical Puzzles, and Paradoxes, [...]

[Victorian Scottish puzzle book; parlour games; charades; riddles, pastimes; Cameron & Co., publishers, Glasgow, Scotland]
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Glasgow: Cameron & Co., Publishers, and sold by all booksellers. [1880s?]

128pp., 12mo. In original wraps, with 11.5 x 7 cm label pasted on cover with coloured illustration of a man performing a magic trick for a group of ladies, beneath the title 'EVENING PASTIMES | OR AMUSEMENTS FOR | HEARTHS AND HOMES'. In fair condition, a tight copy on aged paper, in worn wraps. Ownership stamp of the Sussex ornithologist H. L. F. Guermonprez on front free endpaper.

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