Siege of Ladysmith, 1899-1900 - "correct and highest prices realised at my sales by public auction during the... siege".Joe Dyson, auctioneer, Ladysmith , 1900 Stock Code: 118614
NotesA price list showing the astronomical prices realised for food and basic necessities at public auctions held by Joe Dyson, during the Siege of Ladysmith. 27 items are listed, including: eggs per dozen (2 8s.), 4 small cucumbers (15s 6d), and a bottle of jam (1 11s). A Huddersfield man; "Dyson was the first Secretary of both the Huddersfield Fabian Society and the Huddersfield Labour Union. In 1891 he had also helped to establish the Colne Valley Labour Union. He was a woollen operative turned fish salesman before emigrating to South Africa in October 1896 for health reasons, upon which he terminated 18 months on the Huddersfield School Board and many years as a Labour propagandist and speaker. During the Boer War he survived the siege of Mafeking sic as an 'auctioneer'" (Perks, The New Liberalism and the Challenge of Labour in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1885-1914, p. 161). He later became a vocal supporter of British Imperial policy. An evocative and uncommon curiosity, WorldCat lists just four locations, two in South Africa - National Library and University of Kwazulu Natal - Yale and University of Bristol.
Single bifolium (opening 265 x 210 mm). Printed in black.
Light creasing and foxing, sight loss to top margin, not affecting text. A very good copy of this fragile item.
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