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Deep in the bowels of the Chap’s offices, there remain some rare copies of very 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. These early issues are also available as a bundle.
Issues 8-21 Bundle
Buy all six of the rare back issues listed below at a reduced cost, and we will also make a hefty reduction on postage costs for your collection of readable heirlooms. There are only a few bundles left with all of these issues, so get them while never-to-be-replenished stocks last.
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 10 showcased a rare interview with that elusive louche mistress, Miss Martindale, doyenne of the Aristasian all-woman “empire of punishment”. Arbuthnot & Slipper instructed readers on how to give Jerry the slip if captured by the Boche; Marmaduke Filligree related a curious tale which resulted in the accidental shooting of his valet; Brigadier Gordon Volante described the remarkable changes that had taken place at his erstwhile gentlemen’s club.
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.