The Vesey Club In Switzerland: 1892

(The Vesey Club) Sturmey, Henry & Stone, Sir Benjamin


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Privately printed by Iliffe, Coventry, UK. Date: c.1893. Original full red morocco, richly gilt. Marbled endpapers. Size: 18.7cm x 23.3cm. Unpaginated. Bound by C. Cooper & Co. Ltd, Birmingham. The Vesey Club was founded in Sutton Coldfield in July 1888 as an elitist Literary and Scientific Association. Membership was originally strictly limited to forty and competition for membership was extremely keen. Alderman Benjamin Stone, a highly successful businessman and a passionate and pioneering photographer, was one of the founding members. Henry Sturmey, inventor of the Sturmey-Archer three-speed hub for bicycles, was also a technical editor and journalist heavily involved as a pioneer of the cycling and automotive industries. The Vesey Club was an organisation of considerable intellectual substance and future Presidents included men such as Sir Clements Markham, the geographer and polar explorer and William Carruthers, the former President of the Linnean Society. Produced in the early years of the Society, this lavish work is an account of their tour to Switzerland and includes tipped in photographs by Sir Benjamin Stone. The binding is slightly rubbed but is very bright and clean. Internally a couple of pages have been untidily opened but nevertheless this is a near fine copy of a very scarce record.