John Jaffray was a bookbinder in Victorian London. He was interested in the history of his trade, particularly in union and welfare issues. Jaffray kept scrapbooks, probably compiled in and around the 1850s, which he filled with newspaper clippings, agendas of union meetings and ephemera including trade cards and advertisements.
Scrapbooks - various (continued)
|JAFF 158||A octavo size scrap book|
|Loose inserts inside covers of blind-blocked brown buckram binding, with Macauley's History of England vol III gold-tooled on the spine. Covers in extremely poor condition, covers and spine piece separate. Printed bookseller's label Mitchell, 33 Old Bond St [?] affixed to upper pastedown. Upper and lower pastedowns, orange paper printed with Upper, Works by contributors to the Edinburgh Review, and lower, List of new works. Printed binder's label, Westleys and co, London, affixed to lower pastedown. A piece of string loops around the fore-edges of each cover like a tie.|
|Paper of contents extremely poor condition.|
|First plain sheet has 'Miscellanies & Clippings' in ms note.|
|1. Pamphlet; The hand-book of taste in bookbinding, London, .|
|2. Single printed sheet, The glories of Bibliopegy, reprinted from Dolman's Circular, No 1, by C Whittingham, Chiswick.|
|3. The Journal of Design, no 4, vol I. Articles on book dies and the second annual exhibition of the Bookbinders' Finishers' Association.|
|4. The Illustrated Exhibitor, pp.265-269 (first paragraph) article on carved bookcovers.|
|5. Pictorial Half-Hours, fourth week, pp73-79, article on Gutenberg.|
|6. PP 219-230, article on bookbinding from an unidentified encyclopaedia.|
|7. Report of the Committee of the Journeymen Bookbinders' Society, Liverpool, 1838.|
|8. Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, Weekly proceedings, New series no. 8, Ninety-eighth session, 1851-52, Saturday, 17 April, 1852. Article on trade statistics, bookbinding|
|9. Single printed sheet, taken from an advertisement of Baldwin and Craddock; and TC Hansard [?] advertising Hansard's Typographia and Howell's State Trials.|
|10. Single printed sheet, advertisement for Bookbinding, Finishing made easy, London, Groombridge and sons, Paternoster Row.|
|11. Notes and Queries, vol VI-No 144, Saturday, July 31, 1852, p 94 and extra paragraph pasted on. Article 'Notes on books and bindings. (A card to suspend in the Library) by Luke Limner.|
|12. Publisher's advertisement [?] for George Cruikshank's Table book.|
|13. Publisher's advertisement [?] for Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine, January, 1845.|
|14. Single printed sheet from the Exhibition Official Catalogue, class 17 - Paper, Printing &c. Stock list of Thomas De La Rue and Co, Bunhill-Row.|
|15. Single printed sheet, The Song of the Day-Worker (sung on the occasion of the friends of Joseph Hendley, taking leave of him previous to his departure for America).|
|16. Chamber's Journal of Popular Literature, no 133, Saturday, July 19, 1856 pp33-36, article 'The externals of literature' on the history of bookbinding.|
|17. The Leisure Hour, pp.71-74, article 'How Macaulay's 'History' was bound' with engraving.|
|18. Illustrated Penny Almanack for 1857, 2 sheets, article 'History of the paper duty'.|
|19. Clipping pasted to plain sheet. Article beginning; Journeyman bookbinders - At a meeting of the Journeymen Bookbinders' Trade Society, the following answer to the communication of the employers (published in the United States Gazette of Monday, 15 February) was read...|
|20. Single sheet; Address of the journeyman bookbinders of the city and county of Philadelphia. Begins 'At a special meeting of the Journeymen Book-binders' Trade Society held January 27th, 1836..' Pencil note at the bottom; with Joe Hendley's respects for Jaffray that portion between pencil ? was written by Charlie McKenzie'. [Pencil marks at para 'In October... and at end of Makes countless thousands mourn".|
|21. Plain sheet with pasted clipping from the Edinburgh News; Condition of the working classes of Edinburgh and Leith. Chapter fifth. Trades connected with literature. III Bookbinders.|
|22. Plain sheet with pasted clippings;|
cartoon of postman delivering outsize Post Office London Directory 1854. © The British Library Board
b) Clipping beginning 'Walter Savage Landor has dedicated a recently published poem.... to Edward Capern, poet and day labourer...'
c) Clipping 'The employers and employed. To the editor of the Morning Advertiser. Sir [Letter concerning amicable reduction of working hours at Mr Truscott's of Nelson Square, signed AB].
d) Clipping Notabilities of literature, letter concerning closure of booksellers around St Paul's.
e) Small clipping on the same subject as c).
f) Clipping. An account of a lecture given at Uxbridge Young Mens' Improvement Society by a binder, Mr Robert Hetherington.
|23. Plain sheet pasted with 6 small clippings.|
a) "Extraordinary suicide in the Blackfriars Road, - For some time past a man, named William Exley, a bookbinder, has been residing.... at 18 York-street.."
b) "Guildhall. Daring robbery by women." Victim was David King, a bookbinder residing in Cock Lane Smithfield.
c) "Guildhall. A strange customer -James John Daw [a bookbinder], a well-known character, to be seen daily in the streets with a n immense head of red hair and beard, dressed in white breeches and stockings, and blue frock, was placed at the bar...."
Guildhall. A strange customer -James John Daw [a bookbinder], a well-known character, to be seen daily in the streets with a n immense head of red hair and beard, dressed in white breeches and stockings, and blue frock, was placed at the bar...." © The Br
e) "Stealing printed books. Isaac Dolman, aged thirty three, bookbinder, was indicted for stealing four printed books, value 5s, the property of Robert Leighton and others, his masters."
f) Small clipping lamenting the requirement of the Guilt [sic] of Literature for works to be properly bound, not just sewn in a pamphlet.
|24. Plain sheet with 15 small clippings (mainly small advertisements ) pasted on.|
a) "Bookbinding. George Bowron of 231 Oxford Street, near Portman Street, respectfully solicits orders for bookbinding...."
b) "Bookbinding. Works elegantly half-bound.. London: Bellamy and Co, Booksellers and bookbinders, 46, Cornhill."
c) "Two designers wanted in a manufactory.... J B Spaldings library, Pimlico.
d) "N B The bookbinders should be order'd not to throw away the title and contents of each month, they being of use". Pencil ms note, Gentlemans Mag, 1740.
e) "Wanted either an in or out-door apprentice to the bookbinding. Also, a turnover who has been used to the Finishing department. Address J Flude, Tower Hill.
f) " Essays and orations. By Ralph Waldo Emerson. London: Ingram, Cook & co. Galway: T Croker" [The T Croker has been underlined in pencil].
g) "Wanted first rate finishers and pattern makers. Apply to John H Lestor no 57 Pearl street, Brooklyn.
h) "AYO: a bookbinder's ornamental tool cutter had much better stay at home. His services are not required at present in Australia."
i) "WN - A bookbinder is not usually called a mechanic. He is rather an artizan or handicraftsman....."
j) "To tradesmen who do not regularly employ a clerk..."
k) "Cutting extracts.... 117 Long Acre, London". Clipping torn, top left.
l) "Ungebinde, n. keepsake.
anbinden, to bind, attach".
m) "Perambulartory bookshop. - A spirited bookseller in Manchester...."Athenoeum.
n) Green paper with ink ms notes, Lloyds newspaper, March 13, 1853, in pencil J. Hendley's [?]. Clipping pasted on "To bookbinders, stationers etc. A useful lot of tools ... required."
o) "A Westminster election seventy years since.... Counsellor Garrow of Newgate education The Duke of Buckingham's "Court of George III". Pencil note underneath: one of judges after [?] Brindley in 1786.
|25. Plain sheet of paper with clippings about almanacks pasted on.|
a) "Almanacks. Various methods of registering time have been devised..."
b-e) "The origin of the word almanack...."