Lot of (4) A.M. Binstead Titles. Gals Gossip [with] Pitcher in Paradise [with] More Gals Gossip [with] Mop Fair.
London: Sands & Co., 1899-1905. 4 vols., 8vo. Gals Gossip. London: Sands & Co., 1899. 176, [xvi] pp. Original beige printed cloth soiled, design by Jan Van Beers showing a woman reading The Sporting Times. Backstrip a bit darkened, lettered in black. Edges untrimmed. Endpapers show some paste action, discoloration and rubber stamps from the Cheshire County Medical Hospital. The binding is a little shaken, exposing cords in a few areas but altogether serviceable. Very good; [with] More Gals Gossip. London: Sands & Co., 1901. Pictorial pink cloth lightly soiled, with central design of a Victorian-garbed lady holding a letter up to the light as if attempting to discern its contents. Backstrip darkened with some rubbing at the foot and crown. Foxing and paste action on the endpapers. SIGNED and inscribed again to ARTHUR WESTON and dated 1901; [with] Pitcher in Paradise. London: Sands & Co., 1903. 292 pp. Original red cloth, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Top cover lettered in gilt and black with central design of a a jockey astride a quill rather than a horse. Backstrip also lettered in gilt. Some paste action to endpapers. Signed by the author and inscribed TO MY FRIEND ARTHUR WESTON on the half-title page; [with] Mop Fair. [viii] 220 [iv] pp. Original green pictorial cloth rubbed. Top cover with an illustration of a 19th-century lady in Victorian garb at her dressing table examining her own image in a hand-held mirror. Despite their contents (which are largely related to men, horse racing and the like) the covers of these volumes are distinctly feminine in their design. Arthur Morris Binstead (1861-1914) was a journalist whose tenure at The Sporting Times (the journal also known as the Pink Un and depicted on the cover of Gals Gossip) garnered him the nickname of The Pitcher, a moniker which came from his skill at pitching the tale (DNB). Its not enough for the author of Gals Gossip to raise a smile; he makes you burst with loud explosions. It is gay, saucy, reckless and witty. In short, Gals Gossip is a shocking good book (blurb).
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