[ London Press Club and James Nicol Dunn.] Presentation volume on Dunn's departure for South Africa during the Boer War, in luxury leather binding, with full-page calligraphic address by 'L.J.S.', signed by more than 150 Fleet Street figures.

London Press Club [ James Nicol Dunn (1856-1919), editor of Morning Post; Harry Levy-Lawson, 1st Viscount Burnham (1862-1933), Fleet Street press baron; Harry Lawson, Lord Burnham; Hannen Swaffer ]
Publication details: 
[ The London Press Club. 1911. ]
SKU: 20787

In a luxury binding: navy-blue straight-grain morocco covers, watered silk endpapers, internal gilt dentelles and leather hinges. Initial calligraphic address by 'L.J.S.' mounted in card frame, followed by 14pp.of signatures (numbering in excess of 150), on the rectos of 14 pieces of gilt-edged card. In good condition, with slight wear to corners and at head and tail of spine. The calligraphic address, in green border with coloured coats of arms to the four corners, reads: 'To James Nicol Dunn on his departure for South Africa January 1911, his brother members of the Press Club London with which he has for so many years been associated, beg to convey their heartiest wishes that good health and prosperity may attend him in his new undertaking. While regretting his departure from England they feel sure that Mr. Dunn's unfailing courtesy and kindly disposition will meet with a warm response in South Africa and are equally confident that, as they become known, his great ability lofty standard of honour and unswerving courage – qualities for the display of which Mr. Dunn has long been held in high esteem by his brother journalists in England will ensure him the respect and affection of his colleagues in South Africa.' (For information on Dunn, see his entries in the Oxford DNB and Who Was Who.) Among the more than 150 signatures are those of the President Viscount Burnham; Herbert E. Jewell, Chairman; Arthur Moreland, Hon. Sec.; R. Stuart Bale, Assistant Hon. Sec.; William H. Lock, Hon. Treasurer. Among the other signatories are 'Harry Lawson' (the future Lord Burnham, president of the Club from 1928 to 1935) and the celebrated drama critic Hannen Swaffer (1879-1962). One authority gives the following resume of Dunn's career: 'Dunn had initially intended to study law, before entering journalism. As a student, he worked for the Dundee Advertiser and then the Scotsman. He became the managing editor of the National Observer, before working for the Pall Mall Gazette. From 1895 to 1897 he was the editor of Black & White and Ludgate, and from 1897 to 1905 of the Morning Post. In 1904 he was elected President of the Institute of Journalists, becoming editor of the Manchester Courier in 1905 until 1910, of the Johannesburg Star from 1911 to 1914 and Glasgow News from 1914.'