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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.
Published in December 2004, issue 24 was The Chap’s fifth anniversary edition and saw its increase in size from A5 to B5, while still maintaining the mono interior unfashionable for its day. Topics covered included the Chap’s second Civilise the City protest; the founding of the original Sheridan Club; a biography of Lord Berners; Medlar Lucan’s Decadent Kitchen; Miss Martindale on Winter Raiment; Alistair Crook’s Letter from the T’North; The Illustrated Gentleman – a history of aristocratic tattooing; “Atters” Attree on moustachioed Indian bandits; a sartorial critique of Abu Hamza and our dadaist comic strip, a Severed Head.
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 18 contains Arbuthnot & Slipper’s seminal treatise on the joys of the literary life, while Eugene Theodopolus Farhquar found solace in reviewing “Opium, A Portrait of the Heavenly Demon”. This issue featured the fourth and final instalment of A Year in Catford, the journal of a French couple swapping their Provence farmhouse for a council flat in South East London. Nick Foulkes responded to The Chap Questionnaire and in return we gave him a rather poor review of his book about Count D’Orsay.
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 14 saw Howard Spent investigating Body Oddification, including how to emulate the star’s irregular dentation using cocktail sticks. We interviewed John Cooper Clark, advised on Dressing Gown Friday and Supermarket Dressage, while Arbuthnot & Slipper gave tips on aeronautical elegance, including: “Note that the No Smoking signs refer only to the more inferior brands of cigarettes and do not apply to your own Sobranies, Monte Cristos, hookah, Piccadilly Old Shag or Moroccan Woodbines.”
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.
Issues 8-24 Bundle
Buy all nine of the rare back issues listed above for the price of only eight, with added reductions on postage costs for the bundle.