VIGILANCE

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[Public Morality in 1907: 'Living Statuary' and the National Vigilance Association.] File of cards, press cuttings, circulars, copy letter to Daily Chronicle, from papers of William J. Taylor of London Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution.

Author: 
'Living Statuary' [W. A. Coote, National Vigilance Association; E. Fox Butler, London Council for the Promotion of Public Morality; 'La Milo', i.e. Pansy Montague; Music Hall; London County Council]
Publication details: 
Between April and June 1907 [Daily Chronicle; National Vigilance Association; London Council for the Promotion of Public Morality; London Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution.]
£520.00

A marvellous slice of unexplored Edwardian social history, raising questions of morality, censorship, art and pornography, from the papers of William J. Taylor, Secretary of the London Female Preventive and Reformatory Institution. The 'Living Statuary' controversy arose over 'the propriety of the living statuary exhibitions in music-halls' (Daily Chronicle, 30 April 1907), and in particular the performances of the Australian artiste Pansy Montague (b.

[Female suffrage; printed handbill.] Untitled handbill by the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, regarding a subscription offer by 'Mr. P. A. Taylor' [Peter Alfred Taylor].

Author: 
Elizabeth C. Wolstenholme, Secretary, Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights [Peter Alfred Taylor (1819-1891)]
Publication details: 
Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London. Printer not stated. Dated at foot of page: '27, Great George Street, S.W., | June 1874.'
£90.00

1p., 12mo. Page headed 'Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights,' with text beginning: 'In order to assist the effective carrying out of the work of this Association, Mr. P. A. TAYLOR offers an Annual Subscription of £100 a-year for three years, on condition that £900 per annum for three years be granted by other Subscribers. | [...]'. After a list of 'promised' subscriptions, ends: 'An "Unknown Friend" offers a special Donation of One Hundred Pounds.' Signed in type at end: 'ELIZABETH C. WOLSTENHOLME, | SECRETARY.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Nine Hours Factory Bill. Letter from a Working Woman.

Author: 
Dinah Goodall [Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London; 'The Englishwoman's Review', London periodical; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London, 1874.] ' 'Reprinted from the "Englishwoman's Review" for April 1874, for the Vigilance Association.'
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. Single leaf with drophead title, signed in type by Goodall on p.2. In fair condition, lightly-aged, disbound. No copy traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Female suffrage; printed item.] Untitled pamphlet by the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, regarding a circular issued by the 'Royal Commissioners for inquiring into the operation of the Factory and Workshops Acts'.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights] [Royal Commission into the operation of the Factory and Workshop Acts, 1875-1876]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.] No printer. [1874 or 1875.]
£120.00

[3]pp., 8vo. Bifolium with heading: 'Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.' In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with evidence of side stitching. Text begins: 'The Royal Commissioners for inquiring into the operation of the Factory and Workshops Acts have issued the following circular:- [...]'. The third page is headed 'LIST OF PUBLICATIONS relating to the Subject of this Paper, to be obtained at the Office of the Vigilance Association, 27, Great George Street, Westminster.' No copy traced.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Factory (Health of Women) Bill. Reprinted (by kind permission) from THE SCOTSMAN, of Saturday, June 13th, 1874.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights; 'The Scotsman', Edinburgh newspaper; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. ['Frederick Bell & Co., Steam Printers, King's Road, Chelsea.'] [1874.]
£100.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, disbound, with evidence of side stitching. No copy (other than surrogates) traced, either on COPAC or on OCLC WorldCat. No other copy currently on the market.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Factory Bill. Reprinted, by kind permission, from the "Examiner," of Saturday, June 27th, 1874.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights] [female and child labour in Victorian factories; Anthony John Mundella's Factory Bill, 1874]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.] Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. ['Frederick Bell & Co., Steam Printers, King's Road, Chelsea.'] [1874.]
£80.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly-aged and worn, disbound with evidence of side stitching. No copy traced, either on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Female suffrage, printed pamphlet.] The Right of Women to Labour. Reprinted from the Manchester Examiner and Times, of March 4th, 1874.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London] [Manchester Examiner and Times; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London.] 'Frederick Bell & Co., Steam Printers, King's Road, Chelsea.' 1874.
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly-aged, disbound, with the two leaves separating. With purple oval stamp 'From the Secretary of the Vigilance Association, 2, Westminster Chambers, Victoria Street, S.W.' One copy on open market.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Proposed Legislative Restrictions upon the Labour of Women. Reprinted from the Third Annual Report of the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, London] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. 'Secretary, MISS WOLSTENHOLME, 27, Great George Street, Westminster, S.W.'] London: Frederick Bell & Co., Printers, King's Road, Chelsea, S.W. Dated at end 'March, 1874.'
£100.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly-aged, disbound. Six copies on COPAC.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. Constitution.

Author: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, founded 1871] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights.] No printer or date. [Circa 1871.]
£80.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged, disbound. Beneath the Association's name at the head of the first page is a list of the names of the eight members of the 'Executive Committee', followed by the names and addresses of the treasurer and 'Hon. Secretary (pro tem.)'. The first page carries a four-point 'Constitution', the second page carries eight 'Rules', and the third page a membership form. It would appear reasonable to date the pamphlet from the time of the Association's foundation. Only one copy found on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat, at the London School of Economics.

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