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.
Ellic Howe refers to Jaffray in his A List of London bookbinders (London, 1950), and H.M. Nixon's marked-up copy of this book contains a document which relates that he was born in Stirling on 31 October 1811 and died in London on 25 July 186
John Jaffray © The British Library Board
Besides the scrapbooks, Jaffray also compiled a manuscript volume containing information about the trade society for his craft during the period 1768-1820. British Library readers can call up the following typewritten copy of this into the Rare Books & Music Reading Room using Explore the British Library:
JAFFRAY, John. Bookbinder.
A collection of manuscripts relating to the art and trade of bookbinding. [A transcript of the fourth of a series of manuscript volumes compiled by J. Jaffray, dated London 1864.] ff. 280. [London, c1945.] 4o. Typewritten.
Shelfmark: 667.r.19. The original typescript is now fragile; a microfilm substitute is available at shelfmark: Mic.A.19964.
Other Jaffray material (shelfmarks JAFF 1- JAFF 169) is in a fragile condition and access is restricted. It can be seen by special permission of the Curator of Bookbindings. A handlist of the collection follows. Complete recording of the contents of the scrapbooks is in progress.
|Material not related to bookbinding||Jaff 1-4|
|Material on bookbinding and related matters||Jaff 5-44|
|Books on other subjects, including labour, wages, conditions of work||Jaff 45-53|
|Trade union material not related to bookbinding||Jaff 54-62|
|Various bookbinding societies||Jaff 63-71|
|Amicable society of bookbinders||Jaff 72|
|Bookbinders' friendly benefit society||Jaff 73-76|
|Bookbinders' pension society||Jaff 77-79|
|Bookbinders' provident asylum society||Jaff 80-84|
|Bookbinders' pension & asylum society||Jaff 85-86|
|Friendly society of bookbinders||Jaff 87-90|
|Friendly society of journeyman bookbinders of London & Westminster||Jaff 91-94|
|Society of day-working bookbinders of London & Westminster||Jaff 95-109|
|Bookbinders' consolidated union||Jaff 110-115|
|National union of bookbinders & machine rulers||Jaff 116-137|
|London consolidated society / lodge of journeyman bookbinders||Jaff 138-145|
|Scrapbooks mainly relating to pension society & asylum society||Jaff 146-150|
|Scrapbooks mainly relating to strikes and the binders' struggle of 1839||Jaff 151 (1)-(75)|
|Jaff 151 (76)-(150)|
|Jaff 151 (151)-(225)|
|Jaff 151 (226)-(300)|
|Jaff 151 (301)-(366)|
|Scrapbooks - various||Jaff 154-157|
|Jaff 158 (1)-(25)|
|Jaff 158 (26)-(75)|
|Jaff 158 (76)-(119)|
|Jaff 159 (1)-(22)|