Sunday, 1 March 2015

2015 Withnail at Uncle Monty's Dates Announced! Plus, Queen Victoria RIP...

Danny and Monty together again for the first time! Photo from Picnic Cinema.

The news just in: Picnic Cinema have announced their dates for the insanely popular annual screenings of a certain film in a certain place: Withnail and I will be shown at Crow Crag, aka Sleddale Hall in Cumbria, on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June 2015. The tickets will go on sale soon (just 100 for each night), and the best (only?) way to give yourself a chance of nabbing one is to sign up of Picnic Cinema's email notification list here. You can have a look at what it was like to attend this wonderful event last year here. It's highly recommended.

Changing the subject entirely, collectors of rare Victoriana might want to have a look at a rather lovely, and beautifully preserved Queen Victoria In Memoriam morocco leather bound (and boxed) Book of Common Prayer Withnail Books currently has on eBay (just click the link top right on this page to see this and a few other select goodies currently for sale).

Here are some photos, with more blurb below for those who fancy making an offer (and while it is a hefty asking price, do feel free to make an offer if it's up your alley... the worse that will happen is that I'll say no!)

Copies of this beautiful Queen Victoria memorial edition of The Book of Common Prayer, with Hymns Ancient and Modern very rarely come up for sale. One of the few references to another, long-sold copy online is here.

This is hand-numbered copy 131 from the 500 copy De Luxe edition, and is in remarkable condition.
The original outer presentation box (16 x 12 x 5.5cm) has a bit of sun fade and a cracked corner, but the baize-lined interior  is still doing its job of protecting the fitted leather case inside. The case has a few light marks, but is overall in very good+ condition. The solid silver button clasp is datemarked for Birmingham 1900, and was made by Charles Penny Brown. The interior is lined in cream moirĂ© silk. The book inside is in, I hesitate to say it, near fine condition: it looks to have been barely handled. There are a couple of very light marks to the upper board, only noticeable if you really look for them, but as with the case, it's difficult to tell if this is actually a 'mark', or just variations in the original leather colour. The gilt page edges are still bright (a rather lovely detail is how the page edges are twin-toned, and turn to Royal Purple when looked at edge on). The book has gilt interior board edges and silk endpapers, and two silk page markers.

The title pages to the various sections read:
Special Forms of Service in Commemoration of Her Late Majesty Queen Victoria of Blessed and Glorious Memory.
To Be Used in All Churches and Chapels in England and Wales and in the Town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
Either on the Day of the Funeral, or on the most convenient Day within the Octave.
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of The Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of The Church of England; Together With The Psalter or Psalms of David,… And The Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, And Deacons
 Hymns Acient and Modern For The Use in The Services of the Church.
Complete Edition.

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