The Kylin Press Ltd., Buckinghamshire, England, 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Various (illustrator). 1st Limited Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Book Description : 1982, Special memorial Limited Edition (No.229 of 400); the holder includes : an introductory history; a booklet with a fuller history and illustrations; two reproductions of broadsheets; three reproductions of pictures of the Fair in different eras. near Fine/near Good. Memorabilia about a remarkable tree hosting the once famous Fairlop Fair. The oak stood ten miles to the East of London in Epping Forest, and in its heyday 200 years ago was reputed to have a girth of 36 feet, throwing its shade over an acre of ground. Fairlop Fair was created by an eccentric benefactor, Daniel Day, whose pleasure it was to entertain friends and neighbours to a free banquet of bacon and beans under the celebrated oak tree. His friends, so pleased with this novel occasion, pledged to accompany him to Fairlop each year on the first Friday of July for the rest of their lives. The tradition of the Fair with its procession to the oak in a boat on wheels outlived both Day and his guests and reached its zenith in the 1840s when 200,000 fairgoers attended. This is the story and memorabilia of that once popular festival. The memorabilia includes a separate, facsimile reproduction of the rare pamphlet, "Fairlop and its Founder" by a 'Famed First Friday Fairgoer' published in 1847 containing Memoirs, Anecdotes, Poems, Songs &c.' along with the curious Will of Daniel Day. Book Condition : near Fine : apart from very minute creases to some corner edges of the cards, the contents of the holder are in near perfect shape. Holder Condition : Good : the white holder has some signs of shelfwear and mild traces of possible yellow foxing but is otherwise presentable.