[Reward Notice]. Two Guineas Reward. Whereas Considerable Damage Has Been Done to the Plantations Upon the Chopwell Estate Belonging to Thomas Thorp, Esq., By Some Evil-Disposed Person or Persons Cutting and Carrying Away Several Valuable Trees Growing Thereon. Newcastle: W. & J. Bell, 1847. First Edition. 4to (Oblong). Disbound. Ephemera. Good+. Printed single sided reward notice, approximately 280mm x 225mm in size.
Browned, otherwise clean.
The printers were the brothers W.[illiam] and J.[ohn] Bell, the “sons of Thomas Bell, commencing business in 1839 in the premises occupied by their father and grandfather for nearly 50 years. While in partnership the two were extensive second-hand book dealers issuing annual catalogues, that for 1843 having 136 pages. After their separation in 1848 W.J. Bell’s business was greatly reduced, his advertisements stressing stationary as his main line of trade” (Hunt, The Book Trade in Northumberland and Durham to 1860, page 13).
Reward notice’s were issued earlier in the nineteenth century by private associations, which, preceding the statutory compulsion to establish a police force, “were private institutions, made up of local property-owners, who came together to form an organization and raise a fund in order to find, arrest, and prosecute, at common expense, offenders against themselves and their property” (Philips in Hay and Snyder, ‘Policing and Prosecution in Britain 1750-1850, page 118). This is the first one I have seen where the information was to be given to a policeman