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The Book of the Bench: 39 Reproductions of cartoons by 'Spy' and others.

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ISBN13: 9780854900046
ISBN: 0854900047
Published: May 1985
Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback in Slipcase
Price: Out of print



The Book of the Bench has always been popular since it was published in 1909. It is sought after chiefly for the 39 fine examples of Vanity Fair cartoons which it contains .

These are mainly the work of "Spy" or Sir Lesley Ward, 1851-1922 , but it also includes examples of the work of Francois Verheyden , fl . 1878-97 (Lord Alverstone), " FTD" or F . T. Dalton (Lord Justice Farwell) , "Stuff" or Wright , possibly H. C. Sepping, fl . 1891-1900 (Sir Robert Romer) and "Wag" or A.G. Witherby, fl. 1894-1901 (Sir Albert de Rutzen) .

As all the subjects of these pictures were contemporary withthe book's publication, we have added a few details to the 39 biographies to make them more complete together with the date and caption for the original Vanity Fair publication of each cartoon. This additional information is given within square brackets following the original biographical note which appeared in the 1909 edition .

Most of the subjects protrayed in this book were appointments made by Lord Halsbury . His Lord Chancellorship was noted for controversial appointments thought at the time as being merely political rewards , though on the whole history has shown most to have been worthy and successful judges.

The book was produced in a demy quarto format in a choice of two bindings. There was a blue cloth with blocking in gold on the spine and blind blocking on the front cover and a deluxe vellum binding with blocking in gold on the spine and front and with gilt on the top edge. A larger royal quarto format vellum bound copy belonging to the artist, Sir Lesley Ward , and having his bookplate, has recently come to light. This was printed on a better quality paper but in the same typesett ing as other examples .

We hope this present edition , while making the prints more available at a fraction of the cost of the originals , will also prove an interesting glimpse of the Bench created by Lord Halsbury at the turn of the century .

Dr . Brian H.W. Hill
London, 1985

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Subjects:
Legal History, Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, Biography, The Inns of Court
Contents:
PREFACE
THE LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR
(The Right Honourable Lord Loreburn , G.C .M. B )
THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF ENGLAND
(The Right Honourable Lord Alverstone , G. C.M. G )
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE MASTER OF THE ROLLS
(Sir Herbert Hardy Cozens Hardy)
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE PRESIDENT OF THE PROBATE DIVORCE
AND ADMIRALTY DIVISION
(Sir John Charles Bigham)
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE EARL OF HALSBURY
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD MACNAGHTEN
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD COLLINS
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD LINDLEY
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD GORELL
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD JUSTICE VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD JUSTICE FLETCHER MOULTON
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD JUSTICE FARWELL
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD JUSTICE BUCKLEY
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD JUSTICE KENNEDY
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR ROBERT ROMER
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR JAMES STIRLING
THE HONOURABLE MR . JUSTICE JOYCE
THE HONOURABLE MR . JUSTICE SWINFEN EADY
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE WARRINGTON
'THE HONOURABLE MR . JUSTICE GRANTHAM
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE LAWRANCE
THE HONOURABLE MR . JUSTICE RIDLEY
THE HONOURABLE MR . JUSTICE DARLING
THE HONOURABLE MR . JUSTICE CHANNELL
THE HONOURABLE MR . JUSTICE PHILLIMORE
THE HONOURABLE MR . BUCKNILL
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE WALTON
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE JELF
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE BRAY
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE ALFRED TRISTRAM LAWRENCE
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD COLERIDGE
THE HONOURABLE MR . JUSTICE BARGRAVE DEANE
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR GA I SFORD BRUCE
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR ALFRED WILLS
THE RECORDER OF LONDON
THE COMMON SERJEANT OF LONDON
HIS HONOUR JUDGE BACON
SIR ALBERT DE RUTSEN
ARTHUR CHICHELE PLOWDEN;