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Deep in the bowels of the Chap’s offices, there remain some copies of very rare early editions of this humble organ. These are priced according to their scarcity and we recommend reading them in a pair of kid leather gloves to avoid damaging them. In those days, The Chap was a 32-page A5 publication with a colour cover and black and white interior. These early issues are also available as bundles, see bottom of page.
Issue 21 featured Boris Van Loon’s seminal Severed Head comic strip; Letter from the t’North; Medlar Lucan’s first Decadent Kitchen column; the first installment of our Report from the Smoking Room, in which we instructed on how to start smoking a pipe; an interview with Edward Tudor Pole, sartorial troubadour and ex-Sex Pistol; Gideon Farquharson’s Notes from the New World; and Justine “Bill” Farnsworth’s tales of life in Lambeth with her Tibetan houseboy Pemsi.
Issue 17 was a groundbreaking one, in that we secured our first interview with Mr. Stephen Fry, who that year (2003) had won what turned out to be the last ever Pipesmoker of the Year award. We also looked at how to spot criminal types in a crowd; antijuvenation tips to cultivate the “mature gentleman” look; the third installment of A Year in Catford and Bart Dickon’s spage age cartoon adventure.
Issue 12 finally laid out a proper tribute to the Chap’s Godhead, Terry-Thomas; Howard Spent on the Semiotics of Headwear; an interview with Jonathan Meades, who turned out to be slightly weirder than we imagined; the Special Hair Service – Britain’s crack team of scissor-wielding renegades; Torquil Arbuthnot and Nathaniel Slipper on how to live the life of a louche thespian; plus a very amusing letter from Colonel Cornelius Trombone.
Issue 11 chronicled the very first Chap party, aboard HMS Belfast in 2001. The issue also looked at International hand signals for Chaps, the Cricketing Chap, the art of gentlemanly intoxication and some useful tips for the Househusband, plus a letter about a chap who arranges to have a dinner companion’s legs partially sawn off, to prevent his 3/4 length trousers causing offence.
Issue 9 introduced our very first Chap soiree, Gentlemen’s Relish, aboard HMS President; Howard Spent investigated the Semiotics of Footwear; an interview with peculiar dandy Robin Dutt; a biography of Russian dada poet, Sherlock HOlmes obsessive and Anglophile Daniil Kharms; Drake Lovelace and Morris Velvette’s expose of the national scandal that is Portion Control; plus a look at the contemporary art world through the eyes of titled beatnik and art pundit Sir Matthew Glossington. Strapline: Unfurl your umbrellas under the acid rain of banality.
Issue 8 finally took a semi-serious delve into the life of Beau Brummell; Howard Spent investigated the subtle art of Striking a Pose; we interviewed then-doyen of the Handlebar Club, Ted Sedman; we offerd instruction on Umbrella Jousting, with helpful illustrations; we delved into the world of Chappish childcare with Infant Etiquette; Arbuthnot & Slipper looked at the various crimes on offer to the gentry; and someone sent us a photograph of himself reading the Chap on Macchu Picchu. Strapline: Hail Priapus, potent friend, and Bacchus the bringer of joy.
Issue 7 featured Howard Spent investigating Pipe Signalling – how to communicate with fellow Chaps using the stem of your briar; the first installment of A Severed Head, Borin Van Loon’s comic strip; the Do’s and Donts of Urban Style; Cadding About – advice for the travelling gentleman; The Lost Art of Hat Doffing – Arbuthnot & Slipper’s very first article for the Chap; an interview with the League of Gentlemen’s Mark Gatiss; Bold Adventures in Dada Depilation. Strapline: Divinity lies in the insouciance of a moleskin waistcoat.
Issues 7-21 Bundle
Buy all seven of the rare back issues listed above for the price of only six, with added reductions on postage costs for the bundle.