Small oblong quarto. 50ff., consisting of printed checks bearing a wood-engraving titled "S. Joseph and S. Dominica in Vesica" by David Jones. The Spoil Bank Association was established at Ditchling in order to hold the land and manage the money of the Guild of S. Joseph & S. Dominic in the early days of the community at Ditchling. The name is derived from a strip mining term, which refers to the pile of refuse created by the excavation of earth materials on a mining site, undoubtedly intentional, given the anti-capitalist views of Gill and Pepler. While documents referencing the Spoil Bank Association have occasionally surfaced, only one endorsed check is recorded, and this is held at Notre Dame. Taylor & Sewell note that Barclay's Bank "refused to cash or negotiate these cheques." It is believed that no more than 100 checks were printed, making this complete and unused checkbook, which contains check numbers B1 - B50, of the utmost rarity. The book retains its plain gray wrappers, and apart from a mild crease down the center, it is about fine. Together with the Memorandum and Articles of Association for the Spoil Bank Association, registered on November 9, 1921. Broadside, folded in eighths. In addition to laying out the founding guidelines of the Association, this document lists the initial subscribers and appoitns Eric Gill, Herbert Joseph Cribb, and Hilary Pepler the first Directors. Fine. (Cleverdon 81; Taylor & Sewell A95). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Spoil Bank Association Limited Cheque ...
Publisher: St. Dominic's Press
Publication Date: 1921
Illustrator: Jones, David
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