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Richard Ford (1796-1858), English author and traveller in Spain [ Lord Colville [ Charles John Colville, 1st Viscount Colville of Culross ] (1818-1903) ]

[ Richard Ford, English traveller in Spain. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richd Ford') to Lord Colville, discussing Spanish wines (Manzanilla, Montilla, Amontillado).

Written on both sides of a 13 x 11 cm piece of paper. Cropped, resulting in loss of text from both sides, and with the front of the letter (i.e. the side not bearing the signature) bearing traces of glue from mount. Otherwise in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Ford begins by stating that...

£320.00
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'

[ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A Conan Doyle'), regarding the printing of matter in a future edition of one of his books.

On a 7 x 13 cm slip of paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with central vertical crease and one corner slightly dogeared. The ink of a few words slightly smudged by Doyle on blotting the letter, but the signature unaffected. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I have put it in, but what Edition it will...

£300.00
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Mulam Thirunal Rama Varma, Maharajah of Travancore, 1885-1924 ]

[ Sir J. D. Rees, British Resident, proposes a toast to the Maharaja of Travancore on Queen Victoria's birthday. ] Manuscript transcript of the speech, corrected in Rees's autograph.

From the papers of Sir John David Rees, who served as Resident on three occasions between 1895 and 1898. For information on Rees, (see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. The present eulogy should be evaluated in the light of another document among the Rees papers (offered separately), in...

£150.00
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author; James Fairbairn Finlay (1852-1930), Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department), 1891-1903

[ The Indian Budget of 1897: Sir John David Rees and James Fairbairn Finlay discuss the 'intimation that public indignation meetings are contemplated'. ] An exchange of two ALsS from Rees and two ALsS from Finlay, discussing action to be taken.

At the time of writing Finlay was Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department, and Rees was Additional Member of Governor-General of India’s Council.In January 1897 the Madras region was in the grip of famine, and there was widespread disquiet in the province on rumours of...

£180.00
Sir Richard Arman Gregory (1864-1952), astronomer; Edwin Diller Starbuck (1866-1947); Manley Ottmer Hudson (1886-1960), Ichikawa Sanki (1886-1970) and Rintaro Fukuhara (1894-1981) [ Basic English ]

[ Basic English and its distinguished supporters. ] Autograph Signatures to printed declaration, by Sir Richard Arman Gregory, astronomer; Edwin Diller Starbuck, Manley O. Hudson; Ichikawa Sanki; Rintaro Fukuhara.

The signatories are the British astronomer Sir Richard Arman Gregory (1864-1952), the American author Edwin Diller Starbuck (1866-1947), the American lawyer (twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize) Manley O. Hudson [ Manley Ottmer Hudson ] (1886-1960), and the two Japanese professors of...

£200.00
Sydney, Lady Morgan [née Owenson] (c.1781-1859), Irish novelist, author of 'The Wild Irish Girl'

[ Sydney, Lady Morgan, Irish novelist. ] Autograph Letter signed ('Sy. Morgan') to unnamed recipient., declining a dinner engagement.

On 13.5 x 11 cm piece of paper, and possibly cropped down from a longer letter. In fair condition, aged and worn, with evidence of mount on blank reverse. Written in a hurried and difficult hand. The letter – which lacks a salutation – reads: 'I am always sorry to lose any opportunity of joining...

£50.00
Vita Sackville-West, author and gardener

[ Vita Sackville-West ] Small Printed Card Signed in her hand "Vita. | For Diana and Nigel"

White Card, 6 x 4.5cm, a little grubby but otherwise good condition. Printed text as follows: "I am going abroad so am not sending Christmas cards this year, but I should not like you to think I had forgotten you." Followed by her signature etc (as detailed above.

£180.00
W. Harrison Ainsworth [ William Harrison Ainsworth ] (1805-1882), historical novelist and friend of Charles Dickens [ Tinsley Brothers, publishers; Savile & Edwards, London printers ]

[ William Harrison Ainsworth, historical novelist and friend of Charles Dickens. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Harrison Ainsworth') to his publisher 'Mr. Tinsley', complaining of the delay in forwarding a letter, and of printers Savile & Edwards.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tissue labels from mount adhering to the blank reverse. Tinsley Brothers of 8 Catherine Street, Strand, were Ainsworth's publishers during this period. The letter begins: 'Dear Mr. Tinsley, | You are quite incorrigible.' Ainsworth complains that...

£120.00
[ Treaty of Union; Act of Union; Scotland ] Anon.

[ Anon.; Treaty of [Scottish] Union, 1707 ] Substantial Autograph Letter, lacking signature; A contemporary informed report and view of the Treaty of Union

Very substantial Autograph Letter by an unknown but authoritative party, missing subscription/signature page, addressed to a "My Lord", four surviving closely written pages, sm. folio, with manuscript additions and elisions, watermarks "I.C.B." and simple coat-of-arms (unfortunately not found on...

£1,500.00
G. B. Stern [ Gladys Bronwyn Stern; born Gladys Bertha Stern ] (1890-1973), English novelist of Jewish extraction [ F. N. Sewell Stokes (1902-1979); Gabriel Atkin; Noel Coward ]

[ G. B. Stern, lesbian Jewish author, and the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. ] Eleven letters, mainly in Autograph, from Stern ('Peter') to Sewell Stokes ('Baby'), on carryings-on at her Italian villa, his boyfriend Gabriel Atkin, and other topics.

A vivid and entertaining correspondence from a central figure in the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. Stern was a prolific and successful novelist, whose affluent Jewish family served as the inspiration for much of her work. A lesbian, she maintained an Italian villa ('La Carruba' in Diano...

£1,800.00