Letterpress poster in red, 21 ½ x 31 ½ in (55 x 80 cm); linen backed with minor repairs, otherwise fine.
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County of the Isle of Ely, Public Air Raid Warning.
A very rare survival from the Second World War. During the war, Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely were strategic positions as home to 28 airfields for both the RAF and the USAAF. The flat topography, proximity to the coast and continental Europe made it an ideal location for runways and bases.
Air Raid Precautions (ARP) was set up in 1924, and was dedicated to the protection of civilians from the danger of air-raids. The extensive air raid warning system covered every village, town and city in the UK during WWII. In the Cold War, much of the same system was used to warn of nuclear attacks until it was decommissioned in 1993.
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IN MOURNING FOR THE FRENCH ROYAL FAMILY DELILLE, Jacques.
Le malheur et la pitié, poëme en quatre chants.
First London edition. First published in Paris the previous year under the title La pitié; also published in octavo format in both London and Paris in 1803. According to Brunet, the London editions contain several passages relating to the French Revolution and to the king which appeared in only a very few copies of the Paris editions.
To the Radical Reformers, male and female, of England, Ireland and Scotland.
First edition, a very good though incomplete collection of Hunt’s letters, forty-seven in total, which were written from his imprisonment in the “Ilchester Bastille” following the Peterloo massacre of 1819. It begins with one of his later letters, anticipating his release in five weeks’ time. Hunt documents his incarceration by years and days passed without enquiry or trial, while he ruminates on his successes and the injustices done to him and to liberty; the letters are often characterised as being unctuously self-congratulatory, a problem which is not helped by the inclusion of enthusiastic letters and poems from reformers around the country. Familiar characters from St. Peter’s Field such as Samuel Bamford and the Female Reformers of Manchester feature.
Complete sets of the letters are exceptionally rare.