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These early editions of our humble organ are priced according to their scarcity and are available for a limited period only until stocks run out. They include our short-lived existence as an A4 full-colour publication, available individually or in a set of all four.
Issue 51 Jun-July 2010
Issue 51 took The Chap into darker waters than usual, not least by publishing Sebastian Horsley’s heartfelt paean to His Royal Lowness. Less than a week after publication, Sebastian was dead, hopefully reunited with his anti-hero, making this his last published article. Elsewhere, Tom Hodgkinson met dapper artist David Hockney to hear his views on tailors; we learned about a Brazilian form of voodoo with a dandy high priest at the helm; a close friend of Vivian Mackerell, the inspiration for the character Withnail, recalled his eccentric chum’s short life, and we also took an in-depth look at the more colourful end of the Duke of Windsor’s wardrobe.
Rare Issue 33
Recently discovered during an office move, this edition was first published in 2007 as the Ladies’ Issue. There are only 50 copies available of this classic issue of the Chap, and the issue includes features on how to knit your own husband, topless duelling, bespoke footwear, a ladies duelling photoshoot, interviews with Joanna Lumley and Sarah Miles, plus a cut-out-and-keep board game for cads, Rakes and Laddered Stockings. Snap them up while limited stocks last!
Issue 44 April-May 2009
Issue 44, published in A4 size, was the first to feature Fleur de Guerre on the cover, albeing in a cat burglar’s mask. Inside, she displayed, with remarkable flexibility, how to shimmy up drainpipes and get one’s immaculately gloved mitts on the world’s priciest diamonds. This edition also featured our famous re-enactment of the tennis match in School for Scoundrels between Terry-Thomas and Ian Carmichael, at the original location for the film. We also met John “Mad” Jack” Mytton, the Regency rake who fought bears for amusement; W de Forte road tested the 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost; we met barrell-larynxed thespians Simon Callow and Kate O’Mara; as well as features on socks, umbrellas, diplomatic dress and Victorian pugilism.
Issue 43 Feb-Mar 2009
Issue 43, also A4 sized, saw The Chap take its first look at Steampunk, with an in-depth analysis of the subculture by James Richardson-Brown, and a photo feature with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing, whose saw player Andy Heintz graces the cover. We conducted an exclusive interview with Daniel Jubb, then 24-year-old scientist and the man behind Britain’s attempt to break the land speed record with a rocket powered car. Sir Patrick Moore, later to grant a full interview, penned his replies to our questionnaire, while Nathaniel Slipper (RIP) provided an exhaustive round-up of all the Time Lords to have graced our screens.
Issue 42 Dec08-Jan09
Issue 42 was the first of three issues that followed the Chap’s ill-fated decision to enlarge its format to A4. Despite causing near-bankruptcy, the results are impressive: there is a handsome sheaf of photographs taken by Guy Hills of our chaps (including current dep ed Neil Ridley) wearing his line of Dashing Tweeds; Arbuthnot & Slipper discussed how to survive the office party; the biography of doomed Victorian music-hall star Lola Montez; a short saunter around three of the prime Pall Mall gentlemen’s clubs; an interview with barmy old eccentric the Marquess of Bath; also: a history of the coke hat; snuff; Terry-Thomas and port.
Issue 41 Oct-Nov 2009
Issue 41 featured the Chap’s first look at the ancient gentlemen’s martial art of Bartitsu, with a practical guide to disarming ruffians armed with nothing more than an umbrella. Patrick Grant of Norton and Sons penned his one and only set of replies to reader’s sartorial queries; an eccentric priest advised on dressing for the altar, while Hector Gurgle-Smith looked at the history of pyjamas. We ch-ch-chivvied out Nickolas Grace like a stoat and subjected him to an interview, to find out what it was like to play Anthony Blanche in the original Brideshead Revisited.
Issue 39 Jun-Jul 2009
Issue 39 featured an in-depth interview with cover star Billy Childish, whom Gustav Temple met at the eccentric fauvist’s Chatham town house. Hector Gurgle-Smith looked at pedagocigal approaches to create younger Chaps; David Niven’s lesser known oeuvre is brought to light; comedic thespian Ben Miller of Armstrong and Miller tackles The Chap Questionnaire; a gentleman’s guide to Youth Tribes, including Modernists, Hip-hoppers and Gothicks; the twin biographies of Lords Raglan and Cardigan, both of whom lent their names to items of clothing; Ian Kelly boils his book on Casanova down to three pages; and we meet Geofrey Breeze, purveyor of unusual antique canes.
Issue 38 Apr-May 2009
Issue 38 recreated the still from Brief Encounter and inside we looked at the various interpretaions of this iconic English film. Not to get too stuffy, however, we also looked at the life and times of kinky expolorer Sir Richard Burton and the different types of sexual deviant available to the gentleman; Sebastian Horsley continued this theme by visiting an exhbition of paintings of Saint Sebastian and finding that the saint was wearing more blusher than he was; we gave actor Jonathan Deppington a dressing down; exhibited a photograph of a man inside the Tomb of Tutankhamun; found out about the sartorial challenges faced by doctors; and met a bespoke shirtmaker names Stephan Haroutunian.
Issue 37 Feb-Mar 2009
Issue 37 belongs to the days before colour printing was widely available and is entirely colourless on the inside. Content-wise, however, it’s the same eclectic blend of the sartorial and the historical: Rupert Everett is is given a dressing down; the Prisoner is re-released; double agents are given a thorough investigation; our photo shoot takes place at Peter Pan’s Crazy Golf course, where two gents in tweeds clashed with a pair of burlesque birdies; Donald Twain offers his gentleman’s guide to the Philosophies of the World; a tribute to George MacDonald Fraser; and a piece on the female dandy.
Issue 34 Jun-Aug 2008
Issue 34 came out when The Chap was still a quarterly publication. This was the adventure issue, with The Chap’s version of an airline safety card; the dress-code for the gentleman adventurer; Pedal Pushers looked at retro fashions for cyclists; Gustav Temple met the founder of the Cock-up Club (motto: “Success is stumbling from one disaster to another” – Winston Churchill); Tristan Langlois looked at the life of Kenneth Gandar Dower – explorer, aviator, cryptozoologist and cheetah racer; we celebrated the fearless exploits of women members of the S.O.E. and found out about tailor Hardy Amies’ other career as a Second World War spy.
Issue 32 Oct-Dec 2006
Issue 32 was the military issue, with Tristan Langlois’ first appearance on the cover, and as writer in an authoritative history of British Army uniforms over the centuries. We learned the tragic story of Leslie Howard’s part in the Second World War; Arbuthnot & Slipper advised on forming a Home Front battalion; Clive Dunn replied to the Chap Questionnaire; we celebrated the last of the Afghan Dandies and gave sartorial tips for recreating the late KIm Jong-Il’s dictator chic; Also: The Bounder, the Trench Coat and our long-lost decadent cartoon strip, the Chronicles of Mordecai Villiers.
Issue 29 Apr-May 2006
Issue 29 featured on its cover the dapper Amechi Ihenacho and Lily Farthing, inside demonstrating how to dress correctly for a pop concert. Our interviewee was the debonair Richard E. Grant, while Medlar Lucan gave us recipes for various decadent breakfasts. This was a sad year for chaps, in that the government first proposed its national smoking ban. Stephen Fry regaled us with his venom on the subject, speaking as a former Pipesmoker of the Year. Michael “Atters” Attree visited the Far East in search of the mystical moustache, and Robert Chilcott outlined the definitive Chappist movies of all time.
Issues 29-41 Bundle
Buy all the seven issues listed above (excluding A4 issues) for the reduced price of £17.50, meaning you get two entirely gratis!