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Fairlop and Its Founder, 1847  

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Fairlop and its Founder; or, Facts and Fun for the Forest Frolickers by a Famed First Friday Fairgoer



Charles Clark's Private Press



10, [9] pp. Leaves printed on recto only. Illustrated with a single plate of the Fairlop Oak. (8vo) 22x14 cm (8½x5½"), blue wrappers. "A very limited number printed". First Edition.

Daniel Day had a small estate near the Fairlop Oak which "spread an acre of ground" and every year in mid-August he collected rents there. He invited his neighbors on the occasion and served a meal of beans and bacon under the oak. "His friends were so well pleased with the rural novelty, that they one and all pledged to accompany him on the same occasion every year, on the first Friday of July, during their lives." By the middle of the 18th century, the annual excursion had become one of London's most popular entertainments, with as many as a hundred thousand people attending. The custom was still practiced in 1847, when this collection was published. Aside from the history and Daniel Day's will, the volume contains the text of five poems about the fair, as well as the text of "Fair-lop Fair."  This copy bears the bookplate of Albert Sperisen, widely known as "the Dean of San Francisco print production."

Lot Amendments

Moderate wear to wrappers, some creases, damp stains at spine and edges, a few tiny chips, all of spine chipped away; pages yellowed; very good.

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