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John Murray III (1808–1892), London publisher [ Sir Henry Rawlinson [ Major-General Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson ] (1810-1895), Orientalist ]

[ John Murray III, London publisher, asks Sir Henry Rawlinson to make cuneiform 'intelligible to the meanest capacity'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Murray') to the orientalist Sir Henry Rawlinson, regarding a proposed review in the Quarterly.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. For information on Rawlinson's work in this field, see Kevin J. Cathcart's paper 'The Earliest Contributions to the Decipherment of Sumerian and Akkadian' (2011). Murray writes that the editor of the Quarterly Review (either William...

Llewelyn Williams [ W. Llewelyn Williams; William Llewelyn Williams ] (1867-1922), Welsh journalist, lawyer and radical Liberal politician [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]

[ Llewelyn Williams, radical Liberal politician, calls Sir Courtenay Mansel a 'proud Welshman' and styles himself 'a Welshman of a thousand generations'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Llewelyn Williams') [ to Mansel ], after a visit to Maesycrugiau.

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with the slightest smudging at the foot of the first page. Mansel is not named, but the letter comes from his papers, and contains references to the family estate at Maesycrugiau, and Mansel's ancestor Maurice de Londres. The first paragraph...

Lord Curzon [ George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston ] (1859-1925), Conservative statesman, Viceroy of India, 1899-1905 [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]

[ Lord Curzon analyses the result of the 1924 General Election, the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism. ] Three Typed Letters Signed (all 'Curzon') to Sir Courtenay Mansel, on Liberalism, Socialism, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill

Three excellent letters, highly revealing of Curzon's political position in the 1920s. The first, in the aftermath of the 1924 General Election, discussing at length the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism; the second regarding Lloyd George's 'land swindle' and the 'crushing blow...

Lord Hastings [ Jacob Astley, 16th Baron Hastings; styled Sir Jacob Astley, 1817-1841 ] (1797-1859), British peer and Whig politician; Lydia Baldwin, Norfolk fishwife

[ Lord Hastings and his Norfolk fishwife Lydia Baldwin: 'Sir J Cannat git any More Small Soles'. ] Autograph Note from Lord Hastings in the third person, requesting 'a dish of fish', with Baldwin's semi-literate response.

2pp., 12mo. Hastings's letter, in the third person, is on the recto, and Baldwin's reply on the reverse. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. One wonders what the fishwife made of Baldwin's handwriting, which is somewhat opaque. He 'requests Mrs Baldwin to send a Dish of Fish for Friday...

Lucius Cary, 10th Viscount Falkland (1803-1884), Liberal politician and Governor of Nova Scotia

[ Viscount Falkland, Governor of Nova Scotia, loses his temper.. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Falkland'), with frank, to his Steward George Brigham, giving inscructions, with a bad-tempered postscript regarding 'the old mans head and the naked boys'.

1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with loss caused by breaking of the red wax seal, which is present on the reverse, and biographical details typed in small line at head. Frank on reverse reads: 'London June fifteen | Mr. Geo: Brigham, | Windy Hill, | Stokesly | Yorkshire.' Franked in...

Margaret L. Woods [ Margaret Louisa Woods, née Bradley ] (1855-1945), novelist and poet [ Douglas Sladen [ Douglas Sladen [ Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen ] (1856-1947), author ]

[ Margaret L. Woods, novelist and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. L. Woods.') to 'Mr Sladen' [ i.e. the author Douglas Sladen ], regarding a bereavement, 'Captain Christmas', Horace Annesley Vachell and the publisher John Lane.

2pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. She condoles with her over her 'sad loss last June. I had no idea of it, or I should have written to express my sympathy at the time. I was so much interested to meet your son, & hear how splendidly he had done.' On receiving Sladen's letter she...

Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden (1864-1937), first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924 and 1929-1931) [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]

[ Philip Snowden, as sitting Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, explains his conception of Socialism to 'undeserving sinner' Sir Courtenay Mansel. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Snowden') from Snowden to Mansel, describing his conception of Socialism.

3pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged and spotted. A significant letter, in which Snowden, as the sitting Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, gives a detailed explanation of his conception of Socialism, and his views on state ownership versus private enterprise. He begins by explaining that...

Pollock's Toy Museum, London [ Miss E. L. Pollock [Louisa Pollock ]; Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop; founded by John Redington (1819–1876), and continued by his son-in-law Benjamin Pollock (1856-1937)]

[ Pollock's Toy Museum, London. ] Three letters from Benjamin Pollock's daughter Louisa (Miss E. L. Pollock), as manager, to W. H. Prince, including list of books and itemised receipt. With price list and engraving of the front of the original shop.

Five items. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. ONE: Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'E. L. Pollock') to W. H. Prince. A total of 6pp. The writer, 'Miss E. L. Pollock', is Benjamin Pollock's daughter Louise, who with her sister Selina managed the shop after his death. All three...

Sir Francis Bond Head [ ' Galloping Head' ] (1793-1875), Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada during the rebellion of 1837

Sir Francis Bond Head [ ' Galloping Head' ], Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada during the rebellion of 1837. ] Autograph Note Signed ('F. B. Head') to 'Mr. Wright'.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight traces of glue from mount on blank reverse. Written in a good, firm hand. Reads: 'Sir | I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note of yesterday, with its enclosure.'

'Ann Bridge', pseudonym of Mary Ann Dolling Sanders O'Malley (1889-1974), also known as Cottie Sanders, English novelist and friend and biographer of the mountaineer George Mallory

[ 'Anne Bridge', pseudonym of the novelist Mary Ann Dolling Sanders O'Malley. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Ann Bridge') to her admirer 'Miss Cond' [ Eileen M. Cond ].

1p., 4to. She thanks her for her letter, and agrees to inscriber her bookplate. 'I am so glad that you have got "The Malady in Madeira"; I do hope you will enjoy it, especially as you know Madeira. I think it was rather fun, and the plot really up-to-date.' She thanks her for advertising her...