A Handbook for Anti-Socialists. Nesta Webster.

A Handbook for Anti-Socialists

London: Boswell Printing & Publishing Co., Ltd., [ca. 1924]. A compilation of material that “may be useful to anti-Socialist candidates and canvassers” from Boswell, the most influential far right publishing outfit. Founded in 1921 by Alan Percy, the 8th Duke of Northumberland, Boswell initially focused on anti-Bolshevism, but quickly followed the conspiracy theories of its leading author, Nesta Webster, to the anti-Semitic fringe. It lasted until the 1950s when it was subsumed by The Britons.

The book begins with an essay, “What Is Socialism”, by Nesta Webster based on a previous lecture, followed by a section on the Labour Party and its wholesale adoption of Socialism. This is followed by a list of the members of “The First British Socialist Government” formed by Ramsay MacDonald in January 1924, then “Potted Biographies,” “A Dictionary of Anti-National Biography (these began as entries published in “The Patriot,” the far right newspaper affiliated with Boswell Publishing. Besides inclusion here, it was also issued as a separate publication.) The book concludes with a list of alleged socialist and communist publications, abbreviations, and a glossary of political and labour terms. This copy has “The Patriot” letterhead affixed to the front pastedown with a gift notation (?): “By request of Lord Sydenham [a supporter and contributor of Boswell and “The Patriot”] & with compliments of the editor.” Private library location written underneath.

Blue cloth boards ruled & lettered in black, 95 p. Crease to the top right corner, rubbing and light wear to cloth; some penciled underlining and marginalia to Webster’s essay. Item #9283

Price: $150.00

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