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Sir Frank Watson Dyson (1868-1939), Astronomer Royal who introduced Greenwich time signals ('pips') and helped prove Einstein's theory of general relativity

[ Sir Frank Watson Dyson (1868-1939), Astronomer Royal. ] Autograph Note Signed ('F. W. Dyson') to 'Prof. Adams'

1p., 16mo. In good condition. Reads: 'Dear Prof. Adams, | Will you give us the pleasure of your company at lunch at the Royal Observatory on July 8 at 1 o'clock?'

Sir George Grove (1820-1900), writer on music, founding editor of 'Grove's Dictionary', first director of Royal College of Music, organiser of Crystal Palace concerts

[ Sir George Grove, music administrator and writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Grove') thanking 'Mrs. Bartholomew' for correcting a score.

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The year has been added in another hand in pencil. Reads: 'Most grateful to you dear Mrs Bartholomew for all your kind care & thought. I have yet to go finally through the sheets and correct all it [sic] stopping &c. so that your...

Sir John Pollock [ Sir Frederick John Pollock, 4th Baronet ] (1878-1963), author and journalist [ Fund to Provide Comforts for British Refugees from Bolshevist Russia; Russian Revolution ]

[ The Russian Revolution: Sir John Pollock and the Fund to Provide Comforts for British Refugees from Bolshevist Russia.] Notebook with miscellaneous entries, many of them relating to the Fund, including a draft appeal, details of individual cases/

The author is not named, but this item is from the papers of Sir John Pollock, and is in his autograph. Sir (Frederick) John Pollock (1872-1963), 4th Baronet of Hatton (Eton; Trinity College, Cambridge; Harvard Law School) is a strangely-neglected figure. His brief obituary in The Times (23 July...

Sir Monier Monier- Williams (1819-1899), orientalist, Boden Professor of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford [ John William Donaldson (1811-1861), philologist ]

[ Sir Monier Monier- Williams, orientalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Monier Williams') to 'The Revd Dr. Donaldson', requesting a testimonial for use in his campaign to become Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford

The context is explained in Monier-Williams's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'After spending a few years at Cheltenham, where he held an appointment at the college, he was elected Boden professor of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford in December 1860. The election to the professorship was at this...

St. George Jackson Mivart (1827-1900), biologist who promoted Darwin's theories, then repudiated them

[ St. George Jackson Mivart, eventually anti-Darwinian biologist. ] Autograph Note Signed about a ticket.

1p., 12mo. On aged and norn paper. Written in a difficult hand. Appears to read: 'Dear Mr Woodrow | I send you the enclosed (my ticket) till the end of July. Please let me <?> it at 71 Seymour St on the evening of July 31st.' A Catholic convert, Mivart was increasingly disenchanted with...

William Gilpin (1724-1804), writer on art and headmaster of Cheam School, Surrey [ Thomas Gisborne (1758-1846), religious writer; William Farish (1759-1837), chemist ]

[ William Gilpin, art critic and educationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Gilpin') to his son William Gilpin the younger, Headmaster of Cheam School, with reference to Thomas Gisborne and William Farish.

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with slight damage on removal from album. Addressed to 'Revd. Mr. Gilpin | Cheam'. (In 1777, on becoming vicar of Boldre in the New Forest, Gilpin handed over the headmastership of Cheam School to his second son William Gilpin the younger (1757-1848...

William Halse Rivers Rivers ] (1864-1922), pioneering anthropologist and psychiatrist who treated Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart, fictionalised in Pat Barker, Regeneration Trilogy

[ William Halse Rivers Rivers, pioneering anthropologist and psychiatrist who treated Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart. ] Autograph Note Signed ('W. H. R. Rivers') to 'Marshall', regarding students and a lecture.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Dear Marshall. | I hear that it would suit you to being on Saturday so I have told the class that you wish to do so & I will give my concluding lecture on Saturday week,'

William Vizard (1774-1859), solicitor to Queen Caroline during her trial in 1820 [ Thomas Wright (1792-1849), engraver;Abraham Wivell (1786-1849), London publisher ]

[ William Vizard, solicitor to Queen Caroline. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Wm. Vizard') to 'Wright', sent during the Trial of Queen Caroline, asking for copies of speeches. With an engraving of Vizard by Thomas Wright, from a drawing by Abraham Wivell.

ONE: ANS. 1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The second leaf bears the address, part of which has been cut away: '<...> Wright Esq | <...> Panton Square | <...> Coventry Street'. Reads: 'Sir | I am much in want of the copies of V. <?> & the other...

A. J. Munby [ Arthur Joseph Munby ] (1828-1910), diarist, poet and barrister obsessed with women in service [ Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), bookseller and literary scholar ]

[ Arthur Joseph Munby, diarist and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. J. Munby') to the bookseller Bertram Dobell, regarding two lost postal orders.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter concerns two missing postal orders, regarding which Munby reports that he has made enquiries with 'the Ripley postmaster'. He discusses the question, giving the numbers of the postal orders, and writes: 'The postmaster...

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury [ Lord Ashley, 1811-1861 ] (1801-1885), Liberal politician and social reformer [ John Wilson, editor of the Globe newspaper, London, and Benthamite ]

[ Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Liberal politician and social reformer. ] Autograph Letter in the third person, as 'Lord Ashley', thanking the editor of The Globe [ John Wilson ] for his support [ to the Mines Act ].

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. The subject of the letter is the Mines Act, passed 10 August 1842, which barred women and girls and boys under ten from working down the mines. The letter, which is headed 'private & confidential', reads: 'Lord Ashley cannot refrain from thanking...