1925-58 The Rag Rag
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
Twenty-six issues of the rag magazine of the University of Manchester, 'The Rag Rag'.
In their original bright decorative wraps, with incorporated the snake and sun from the University's coat of arms.
It's very scarce to see a set of this rag at all, let alone so many issues in one set.
An almost continuous run from 1925 to 1958, lacking a total of five issues for the years 1941, 1946, 1952, 1954, and 1955.
The rag was not published in the years 1943, 1944, and 1945.
'The Rag Rag' was a cheap magazine sold by students to members of the public during Rag Week. Manchester's was published between 1924 and 2003.
Manchester's rags contains a variety of anonymously-contributed contents, including adverts, stories, and cartoons. Often the contents were offensive or irreverent to authorities, with rags and rag weeks of various universities' becoming controversial in the first half of the twentieth century due to their perceived antisocial behaviour.
Rag Weeks took place annually around Shrove Tuesday; after the First World War Manchester led the trend of using the event to raise money for charitable causes.
Some of the adverts, nicknamed 'ragvertising', were produced by the students for local businesses.
This set includes the years: 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1957, and 1958.
The 1953 rag is a special coronation issue.
In the original publisher's bright and decorative paper wraps. Externally, generally smart, with some minor edge wear, mostly to the spines, with a few small closed tears to the wraps but no chips. Very light age-toning and marks to the wraps, as expected due to age. A few spots to the wraps. Small chips to the spines due to the staples rusting. Vertical fold to the wraps of 1925 1936. Tape repair to the hinges of 1927. Tape to the spine of 1930, small closed tear to the front wrap. Pencil note to the front wrap of 1931. Tide mark to the front wrap of 1935. Rubbing to the spine of 1942. 1949 is a little more age-toned. Small closed tear to the front wrap of 1951. Front wrap and spine of 1956 are rubbed. Internally, firmly bound, issues 1935 and 1956 with textblock detached from the wraps. Pages are bright and clean with some scattered spots. Pages 17 to 24 of 1949 are detached but present. Pages 25 to 28 of 1957 are detached but present.
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