Maggs Bros Ltd

Co-Partnership in Housing.

E.B.. ; UNWIN Raymond. foreword ((1910).)

£200.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

Being some account of the two HAMPSTEAD TENANTS' SOCIETIES from the formation of the first in May 1907. Colour frontispiece, black and white illustrations, some folding, folding map. First edition. Small 8vo., 32pp, 22pp adverts, perforated printed share application leaf, original printed wrappers. London, The Co-partnership Publishers Ltd.

A fine copy, with slight wear to the head of the spine, the corners creased, of this fascinating early artefact from the history of the movement to provide decent housing for the masses, indeed not just housing but recreational and social institutions. Co-partnership housing from its founding in 1905 quickly became a national movement, this book evidencing the seriousness of the practical application of ways of helping people to have somewhere decent to live, with more than a hint of the utopianism of the Garden City movement. The relevant authorities disagree as to the identity of 'E.B.', there being two candidates with form, one being Ernest Betham, architect, author of 'House Building 1934-1936', the other, more likely contender being Sir Edward William Brabrook, author of books on Co-operative and Provident Societies. Whichever is the author this is an uncommon little book, complete with the perforated printed leaf intended for the application for shares in Co-partnership Tenants Ltd. One of the photographs shows a meeting of members of the movement for better housing, among them the contributor of the foreword Raymond Unwin, who from a young age was determined on the improvement of the lot of the working classes. Also in the photograph is a young Edwin Lutyens who with Unwin played a large part in the creation of Hampstead Garden Suburb. 

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