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Nicholas Goodyer

A Collection of 5 Entertainments Programmes from Troops on Active Service.

A Collection of 5 Entertainments Programmes from Troops on Active Service.

World War One Entertainments: Programme of Concert and Revue By the Issues Concert Party (2/1 London Field Ambulance) "Somewhere in France". Folded mimeographed sheet with regimental crest, 8 x 6ins opened, printed both sides. n.d. Divisional Concert Party, "The Crumps" Programme. Faint penciled date 17/3/17. Programme 13 x 8½ ins opened, 2 very fragile folding sheets with mock-gothic illustrated front and back covers advertising "Nynetoo Howitza and Co, Agriculturalists, Grounds Laid Out and Landscapes Altered at the Shortest Notice, Mdlle Gassmore's Face Mask. Beautifies the Appearance, Can be Tied on in Seconds, et al. "In the event of alarm the audience is requested to leave the building." Bow Bells. 56th London Divisional Concert Party 1916-1917. Folded printed sheet 22 x 7ins when opened, illustrations of a theatre and pierrots. "We are all British Tommies Too". Vancouver Palace B.E.F. The Quarante Sept Present "and Halifax". An original Pantomime Revue by J.W.Nevill Sergeant 21st London Regt - First Surrey Rifles. n.d. (scenes date from 1916 to 1967), illustrated cover (? their huts in a Northern French landscape?), printed in black and green, folded sheet 14 x 9½ when opened. Entertainment by the Men of the 1st London RAMC and 'E' Special Company RE. Monday October 21st 1918 at 15.30pm. Folding hand-writted mimeographed sheet 6½ x 8ins. Extraordinary, and deeply moving.
London

London, A Pilgrimage.

Dore (Gustave) & Blanchard Jerrold. Folio (13 x 16 1/2in., 330 x 420mm) substantial contemporary black half morocco, backstrip gilt, rubbed at head, a few small snags to leather, all edges gilt. Pictorial title-page, 53 wood-engraved plates, many text-illustrations, text within red ruled borders. Some light spots of foxing, heavier on a couple of plates, otherwise internally good. First and tallest edition. "London is all too charged with misery (comprehending) whole townships of the almost hopeless poor. Step. out of the glittering halls of Parliament into the Alsatia that lies a shame and a scandal behind Westminster Abbey." Dore's unforgettable illustrations are so important in fixing in our minds the images of Nineteenth Century London, and are referenced in so many films and adaptations of Victorian novels. Even influencing Van Gogh (Van Gogh in Britain, EY Exhibition 2019) "splendidly beautiful and noble in sentiment" he owned several images, using particularly The Exercise Yard as inspiration for one of his most autobiographical paintings. "Well printed on fine paper with large margins. Implicit throughout Dore's designs is the devastating contrast between the rich and poor.memorable plates record the appalling yet picturesque lives of the working or submerged classes." Ray, French, 251. Jerrold was an "intimate co-worker" with Dore, who he met on one of his frequent long stays in Paris. "In politics he was an ardent liberal, strenuously advocating the interests of the working classes." DNB.