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[The Belgian resistance movement, Maquis; Froidmont, Tournai, Belgium; World War Two]

[Belgian resistance documents.] Typed document titled 'ARMEE SECRETE | C?G?48 bis | Historique de la Section 802 depuis ses debuts'. With typewritten list regarding feeding and lodging of 'refractaires' and manuscript table of agents headed 'Combat'.

A scarce survival, providing a mass of valuable information, written during wartime, with nothing else about this section of the Belgian resistance having been discovered. All three documents in fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. ONE: 'Historique de la Section 802 depuis ses debuts...

[Thomas De Quincey; William Walker, printer, Otley, Yorkshire]

[Printed work of sensational popular fiction.] The Mysterious Avenger; or, The Trials of Love. [Followed by a reprinting of De Quincey's translation of 'Der Freischütz', under the title 'William, the Fatal Marksman; or, The Seven Charmed Bullets'.]

256pp., 12mo. With frontispiece engraving and vignette on title. In original brown cloth binding, with blind-stamped decorative pattern on the boards, and title and design on the spine. Ownership inscription of 'Arthur Baxter | Runcorn | 1861' on piece of paper laid down on front pastedown. A...

[Tomas G. Masaryk; Jan Masaryk; Sir Ronald Macleay]

Album leaves:Sir Ronald Macleay and the British Legation in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1927-1929

Sir (James William) Ronald Macleay (1870-1943) was educated at Charterhouse and Balliol College, Oxford. He entered the diplomatic service in 1895. According to his obituary in The Times, 8 March 1943, Macleay 'achieved much' in 'an unostentatious way', during a diplomatic career spanning four...

[William Sibbald (1789-1853), Scottish British army physician [in the Peninsular, at New Orleans, Mauritius, and Maidstone, Kent] and Deputy Assistant-Inspector to Ceylon [Sri Lanka]]

[William Sibbald, MD, Deputy Assistant-Inspector to Ceylon [Sri Lanka].] Manuscript translations [from Tamil?] of folk tales titled 'The Origin of the Kandelay Tank', 'Story of Manderapaudey' and 'The History of Santiraksen'. With fourth tale.

Sibbald was in Ceylon between 1818 and 1833. There is no indication that any of these four items have been published. One: 'The Origin of the Kandelay Tank'. 8pp., foolscap 8vo. On two bifoliums of paper with Gater watermark dated 1827. In good condition, on aged paper. Begins: 'In the Eastern...

Alan Bennett (b.1934), English playwright, actor and author [ Ned Sherrin (1931-2007), English theatrical producer, director and author ]

[ Alan Bennett, English playwright. ] Unpublished typescript of screenplay of unmade comedy film titled 'The Vicar's Wife'.

[1] + 115 + [1]pp., 8vo. Printed on rectos only. Bound by two metal studs in yellow card covers. In fair condition, with moderate signs of age and wear. Apparent ownership inscription ('Vickers Staniforth') at head of title page, beside a number '3' in red ink. Never produced and unpublished. '...

Alexander Graham Bell [Wilbraham Egerton, 1st Earl Egerton; The Eleventh Census of the United States, 1890; Eugene Hale; Carroll D. Wright; William Godwin Moody; Nicholas Murray Butler]

[Alexander Graham Bell.] Signed Autograph Presentation Inscription (to 'Lord Egerton') and Note, in copy of printed pamphlet: 'Communications received by Committee on the Census, United States Senate, relating to the Census Bill H. R. 1659.'

43pp., 8vo. In good condition, on aged paper, with small label (with manuscript '7') on first page. In tasteful modern grey paper wraps with white printed label on front. Bell's presentation inscription, with the first line slightly trimmed at head, is on the title page: 'Lord Egerton | with...

Thomas de Quincey, Essayist and Addict

[ De Quincey; Carlyle ] Autograph Letter Signed Thomas De Quincey to Madam , Mrs Carlyle, 21 Comley Bank [Jane Carlyle ] about an invitation declined and a book loaned to him by Thomas Carlyle.

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, some foxing and a repair not obscuring text which is clear and complete. He begins that, f he were free to follow his own wishes, he would consider her invitation a command but he wasn't entirely at liberty to follow my own wishes; which, until Wednesday next...

'H. S. Merriman' ['Henry Seton Merriman', pen name of Hugh Stowell Scott (1862-1903)]

['H. S. Merriman' [pen name of Hugh Stowell Scott], Victorian author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Seton Merriman'), describing his novel 'The Sowers' as 'ancient history', regarding whose critical reception he has 'no recollection'.

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. In response to the unnamed female recipient's query he expresses regret that he is unable to supply her with the desired information 'respecting Press criticisms on the Sowers [his most notable work, published in 1896, which went through...

E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox; pen-name 'Evoe'] (1881-1971), editor of Punch, 1932-1949, essayist, poet and humorist

[E. V. Knox, editor of Punch.] Untitled Autograph Essay criticising parenting in 'the age of the child', and 'old men' behaving like 'toddlers'.

See Knox's entry in the Oxford DNB, along with those of his father and three brothers. 8pp, 4to. Paginated and complete; on eight leaves held together with a rusting paperclip. In fair condition, aged and creased. A fair copy, with occasional emendations. There is no indication that this essay...

E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971, 'Evoe'), editor of Punch, 1932-1949, essayist, poet and humorist [Brookfield Secondary School for Girls, Highgate, London]

[E. V. Knox, editor of Punch.] Autograph Text of Prize-giving speech for speech day at Brookfield Secondary School for Girls, Highgate, with two versions of programme, and covering note.

See Knox's entry in the Oxford DNB, along with those of his father and three brothers. The school was in existence in various places and under various names between 1914 and 1965. Four items, in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Autograph Speech by Knox, headed 'BROOKFIELD SCHOOL'. Dated 19...