Pamphlets on conscientious objection. Pressing Issues.

Pamphlets on conscientious objection.

Adelphi, London: Pelican Press, 1916-1917. Meynell, Francis. Four 16mo. volumes. 8; 12; 12; 12pp. The adamant anti-war stance of these World War I-era publications reflects the beliefs of their printer, Francis Meynell, for whom these mark early work before his founding of the Nonesuch Press. Meynell applied for exemption from the war on the grounds that he was a conscientious objector but was granted exemption from combat service only. In early 1917, he was arrested by military authorities when he failed to report for service, after which he undertook a hunger strike that led to his hospitalization and subsequent discharge. These volumes—Christianity: a Danger to the State, and issues 12, 21, and 22 of The C. O.’s Hansard—voice Meynell’s belief in war as an instrument of oppression by those in positions of financial, political, and religious power. All staple-bound in wrappers, showing moderate foxing and inconsequential creasing at the edges. Very good. Item #30320

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