Title: >>ASSOCIATION COPY<<Edward Owen Greening: A ...
Publisher: Manchester: Co-operative Union.
Publication Date: 1923
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition103 printed pages. Photogrpahic portrait frontispiece and 6 black and white plates on three leaves. All edges gilt (slightly fading). Inner gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Original paper label on rear paste-down endpaper, "Bound by Co-operative Printing Society, New Mount Street, Manchester". Additional illuminated manuscript dedication leaf pasted in, reminiscent of the earlier Arts and Crafts era, which in turn harked back to the art form's medieval origins; privately commissioned by the Central Board of the Co-operative Union of Great Britain and Ireland as a presentation to Alderman F. Hayward in June 1927 at the 59th Annual Co-operative Congress held at Cheltenham at which Hayward was Vice-President. 13 x 18.5 cm. Contemporary, full, presentation, signed, burgundy morocco binding. Spine with central compartment of gilt lettering, blind and gilt fillets and gilt tulip with twisting stems and leaf decorative gilt tooling at head and tail. Boards with thirty flowers tooled in gilt alongside gilt circles within pointille and single line gilt fillet borders (very slight fading and wear, barely noticeable). Provenance:- Sir Frederick Hayward, JP was an important figure in the Co-operative Union and the International Co-operative Alliance. He served as Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent. He was President of Co-operative Congress at the 1919 Carlisle Congress. He presided over the special Congress at Blackpool of 1920 which met to consider the report of the General Co-operative Survey Committee. The 1927 Cheltenham Agreement forged an electoral agreement with the Labour Party, allowing for a number of Labour Co-operative candidates not opposing each other's party (amended several times, most recently in 2003). After the formal agreement, nine Labour Co-operative MPs were elected at the 1929 general election, and Alexander was made a cabinet minister. From 1927-42, Hayward was Chairman of the joint parliamentary committee of the Co-operative Union. In 1930 Hayward wrote The Co-operative Boycott and its Political Implications, (Co-operative Union). The Co-operative Printing Society was formed in Manchester in 1869. A group of printers started the group (some were employees for the Manchester Guardian) as letterpress printers and stationers, also undertaking lithography, bookbinding, ruling, and other printing work. In 1871, what is now called The Press became the first building to hold a co-operative society that had produced its own newspaper (an independent periodical not tied to any organisation). An extension was added to the original building in the early 1900s and a rooftop extension added in the 1920s; the bookbinding and composing-rooms were provided for on the second and third floors respectively, specially lit from the roof. Examples of special Co-operative Printing Society book bindings are not common. WorldCat locates copies of the trade binding edition in nine UK libraries. Seller Inventory # 5074