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Colonel Thomas Wentworth (c.1693-1747) of Sunninghill, Berkshire, Adjutant-General [ his brother Sir William Wentworth of Bretton (Yorkshire), 4th Baronet (1686-1763); Thomas Wotton, London publisher]

[ Col. Thomas Wentworth, Adjutant-General. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho: Wentworth') to his brother [ Sir William Wentworth of Bretton ], giving 'particulars of our family' for 'the publisher of the Baronettage of England [ Thomas Wotton ]'.

2pp., 4to. In poor condition, on brittle, aged paper, with closed tears and chipping to extremities causing slight loss to some words of text; repaired long since with archival tape. 2pp., 4to. Addressed to his 'Dear Brother', i.e. Sir William Wentworth of Bretton. (For information on the two...

Fodens Motor Works Band [ Foden's Band ], celebrated brass band from Sandbach, Cheshire [ Fred Mortimer (1880-1953), conductor ]

[ Fodens Motor Works Band, celebrated brass band of Sandbach, Cheshire. ] Autograph Signatures of the conductor Fred Mortimer and 26 members of the band, annotated in pencil with their instruments.

On one side of a ruled 13.5 x 19 cm. leaf extracted from an album. A very nice piece of Fodens ephemera, in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Mortimer's signature ('F Mortimer') is centred at the head, with the 26 names of band members in two columns beneath. Lightly annotated in pencil,...

Frederick Locker-Lampson [ Frederick Locker ] (1821-1895), author, poet and bibliophile [ Rowfant Library ]

[ Frederick Locker-Lampson, author, poet and bibliophile. ] Bookplate from the Rowfant Library of 'Frederick Locker', depicting a jester and with motto 'Fear God Fear Nought'.

For information about Locker-Lampson, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The bookplate is on a piece of paper 11 x 8.5 cm. Dimensions of plate 8.5 x 6.5 cm. It depicts a jester, sitting on a log at the foot of a tree from whose branches an armorial shield hangs, with a bird at his feet and a wall...

Gen. Sir Walter Pipon Braithwaite, G.C.B. Governor of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea 'and Peltast to the Sette' [ The Sette of Odd Volumes, London; Shenval Press ] Frederick Keel (1871-1954), composer

[ Signed by Braithwaite and Keel. ] The Royal Hospital Chelsea | A paper read before The Sette of Odd Volumes At the [511]th meeting of the Sette held at the Savoy Hotel, London on February 23rd, 1937.

38pp., 16mo. Internally in very good condition, in red paper boards printed in gilt, with bubbling at front and back, and in chipped and aged glassine wrapper. The number of the meeting has been added to the title in manuscript ('511'), and the signatures of 'Frederick Keel | Singer' and 'Walter...

H. G. Ward, Esq., M.P. [ Sir Henry George Ward (1797-1860) ] [ Sir Thomas Gladstone (1804-1889), Tory politician; The Church of Ireland ]

[ Sir Henry George Ward and the Church of Ireland. ] Speech of H. G. Ward, Esq., M.P., on moving certain Resolutions respecting the Irish Church, in the House of Commons, on Tuesday, May 27, 1834. Extracted from the Mirror of Pariament.

37pp., 8vo. Stitched and unbound. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper with spotting to front cover. In manuscript (Ward's hand?) at head of title-page: 'Thomas Gladstone Esq | MP | 6/A/Albany'. In a two-page preface, Ward states that it has 'been my fate to plead one of the greatest causes...

Herbert Hampton (1862-1929), English sculptor [ Sir Jamsetjee Jajeebhoy (1878-1931), 5th Baronet; Phirize C. Settina, President of the Bombay Municipality ]

[ Herbert Hampton: a monumental sculptor in the Raj. ] Thirteen items relating to Hampton's Indian commissions, including correspondence (including letters from Sir Jamsetjee Jajeebhoy and Phirize C. Settina), telegrams, a printed seating plan.

Hampton was one of the most successful British public artists of the late Victorian period. See his obituary, 13 February 1929, followed by letters from Reginald Hallward and Frank Gibson (16 February), J. R. K. Duff (19 February) and A. T. Sheppard (21 February). The present collection casts...

J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News [ Lancashire; Cheshire ]

[ J. Cuming Walters, editor of the Manchester City News. ] Correspondence (17 TLsS; 53 ALsS; 2 ACsS) from 63 individuals (mainly Lancastrians), regarding Walters' 'The Charm of Lancashire' and 'The Romance of Cheshire'.

The 72 items (17 TLsS; 53 ALsS; 2 ACsS) are in good overall condition; with only three items exhibiting slight damage. In buff card folder with note in pencil on cover: 'LETTERS ON JCW's “The Charm of Cheshire [sic]”, “The Charm of Lancashire” etc'. By far the larger part of the correspondence...

John James Whitley (1868-1942) of Warrington, managing director of brewers Greenall, Whitley & Co. [ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 'Lewis Carroll'; J. Cuming Walters (1863-1933) ]

[ John James Whitley of Warrington, brewer, and 'Lewis Carroll'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John J. Whitley.') to J. Cuming Walters, regarding Whitley's father the Vicar of Daresbury and the family of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

2pp., 12mo. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to Walters at his London publishers Hodder & Stoughton. In good condition, lightly aged. On reading Walters' 'Romantic Cheshire' he notes that he refers to '"Lewis Carroll" as "whilom Vicar of Daresbury"'. He points out that this...

John Player & Sons [ Player's ], tobacco and cigarette manufacturer, based in Nottingham, now part of the Imperial Tobacco Group: the firm's Dublin cigarette manufacturing plant, 1924-1960

[ John Player & Sons, tobacco manufacturers. ] Six substantial ledgers of itemised and audited accounts of the firm's Dublin plant ('Summary of Stock. No. 1', 'Private Ledger No. 2', 'Private Journal No. 5 [6]', and two 'Impersonal Ledger').

Six substantial ledgers (the heaviest 37 x 41 x 8 cm, and the widest 39 x 52 x 3 cm), containing itemised accounts providing a mass of information regarding the tobacco industry and economic history in Ireland, and one of Dublin's notable employers, whose sales in the 1950s were in the tens of...

John Spencer Smith (1769-1845), FRS, British diplomat, politician and writer, President, Société Linnéenne de Normandie; Vice-President, Société des Antiquaires de Normandie; Nérée Boubée (1806-1862),

[ John Spencer Smith, diplomat, politician and writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. S. Smith. | president de la Société Linnéenne, vice prés. de celle des Antiqq. de Normandie, &c.'), in French, presenting two of his works to 'Mr. N[érée]. Boubée'.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed on reverse (with 'R.S.V.P.') to 'Monsieur N. Boubée | correspondant de la société linnéenne de Mormandie | Paris'. (Nérée Boubée, naturalist, Professor at the University of Paris.) He offers him two works: he is the 'compilateur' of...