POLITICAL CAREER AND SPEECHES ON DOMESTIC AFFAIRS
A collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides and other items of ephemera relating to Stanley's political career, comprising:
A collection of speeches: 15 copies of Stanley's An Address on Commerce. Before the Unionists of N. Lambeth, at the Constitutional Club, on December 3rd, 1893, [n.p.: ?1893], 4°; 4 copies of Stanley's Home Rule. Spoken at Liberal Unionist Club. N. Lambeth. April 3rd, 1894, [n.p.: ?1894], 8°; 7 copies of Stanley's The Newcastle Programme and the Policy of the Radical Party, at the St. John's Schools (North Lambeth). On April 5th, 1894, [n.p.: ?1894], 4°; 6 copies of Stanley's Speech at the Holy Trinity School, on April 6th, 1894, [n.p.: ?1894], 4°; 6 copies of Stanley's Speech in North Lambeth, April 20th, 1899. Current Political Topics, [n.p.: n.p., ?1899], 4°.
A professionally-compiled 4° album, containing tipped-in and loosely-inserted newspaper clippings relating to Stanley's political career, dated 1892-1894, contemporary half morocco, typed paper lettering-piece 'Home Rule Cutting' on spine (extremities rubbed, hinges split).
Charles BRADLAUGH. The Rules, Customs, and Procedures of the House of Commons. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1889. 8°. Half-title, reprint slip tipped onto title. Original cloth-backed boards (a little rubbed and marked); [R.F.D. PALGRAVE (ed.)]. The House of Commons. Rules, Orders, and Forms of Procedure Relating to Public Business. London: [n.p.], 1896. 8°. Errata slips or cancellans leaves tipped onto a7r, b1r, F6r, H4r, N2r, N3r, N4r, N8r, P3r, Q1r. Original gilt cloth (lightly marked).
A small group of printed ephemera relating to Stanley's political career, including a 1-l. general election handbill printed on both sides and bearing a woodcut portrait; the pamphlet In Stanley's Footsteps: by E. Hughes, and What the World Says of the Candidate for North Lambeth, London: McCorquodale & Co., [n.d.], 8°, 8-ll; Liberal Union Club. List of Members. January, 1898, London: W. Speaight and Sons, , 8°, 8ll., original printed wrappers.
Stanley first stood for election as the Liberal Unionist candidate for Lambeth North in 1892, but was defeated by a few hundred votes. In July 1895 he stood again for Lambeth North, and won the seat with a majority of 405 votes. However, 'In the House of Commons his career was inconspicuous. He spoke occasionally on African affairs and strongly urged the construction of the Uganda railway [see following lot]. But he made no parliamentary reputation and soon tired of his legislative duties. Pushed into the role by an ambitious wife and mother in law, Stanley had no real interest in party politics, and he disliked the bad air, the late hours, and the dilatory methods of the House of Commons' (DNB), and decided not to stand again at the general election of 1900.