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Earl Grey [Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey (1802-1894)] [Sir Frederick Peel (1823-1906), Liberal Liberal MP]

[Earl Grey and the Australian Constitutions Act 1850.] Privately-circulated printed transcript of the dispatch of Earl Grey to Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, Governor of New South Wales, dated 30 August 1850, explaining the details of the act.

No other copy of the present document, which was privately printed by Her Majesty's Stationery Office for Grey, as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, has been discovered. It certainly pre-dates the first publication of the dispatch in 1851. The dispatch is of high significance, being...

Comte de Volney [Constantin François de Chassebœuf, Comte de Volney] (1757-1820), radical French politician and friend of Thomas Jefferson

[Constantin François, Comte de Volney.] Autograph Note in the third person, 'au Ministre du tresor public', presenting a copy of his 'Tableau du Climat et du Sol des Etats-Unis'.

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. On bifolium with stub from mount adhering to blank second leaf. Neatly written and reading: 'Le Senateur Volney a l'honneur d'offrir au Ministre du tresor public, comme a l'un des juges les plus competens et les plus Eclairés l'examplaire ci-joint de...

George Cruikshank (1792-1878), celebrated caricaturist, friend and illustrator of Charles Dickens [Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), inventor, pioneer of the submarine telegraph]

[George Cruikshank, celebrated caricaturist, on Sir Charles Wheatstone and the 'Submarine Telegraph'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geoe Cruikshank') to C. Le Motte, describing Wheatstone's attempts to 'lay a wire across the Thames' and in Swansea.

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. With Cruikshank's splendid sprawling signature. Addressed to 'C. Le Motte Esq' and beginning: 'Sir, | Professor Wheatstone did not lay the wire across the Thames as he proposed to do, on account of the “Trawling” in that River and also...

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), celebrated poet and critic

[Matthew Arnold, poet and educationalist.] Autograph Signature with date.

In very good condition, on 12mo leaf, with light horizontal folds above and below the signature. Clearly written in response to a request for an autograph. Excellent underlined signature, firm and bold, centred on the page, and reading: 'Matthew Arnold. | February 1st, 1868.' Arnold is one of...

Saint Simon [Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon] (1760-1825), French Utopian political theorist [Jean-Frédéric Perregaux [or Perrégaux] (1744-1808), French banker]

[Henri de Saint Simon, French political theorist who inspired Karl Marx, Proudhon and John Stuart Mill.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saint Simon') to the banker J. F. Perregaux, urgently requesting the remittance of funds 'de la par de deux districts'.

The background to the letter is explained by Elliot H. Polinger, in his essay 'Saint-Simon, the Utopian Precursor of the League of Nations' (Journal of the History of Ideas, 1943): 'Presiding over the assembly of the town of Falvy in 1790, he announced to the citizens that “There are no more...

Sir William Orpen [Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen] (1878-1931), RA, Irish artist based in London [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portraitist; Daily Mirror; Pip, Squeak and Wilfred]

[Sir William Orpen asks Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope to help make a doll's house for the Daily Mirror characters Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Orpen') to 'Sir Arthur', explaining the project on behalf of the Daily Mirror.

1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small tissue mounts adhering to blank reverse. The subject is the dolls house 'Mirror Grange', made for the Daily Mirror's comic characters Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir Arthur – I have been asked by “The Daily Mirror” to...

[Ballooning and Victorian Music Hall; Harry Sydney, music hall artiste and songwriter; Charles Dickens and 'Household Words']

[Ballooning and Victorian Music Hall.] Anonymous Manuscript of the lyrics of two comic songs: 'Balooning [sic]' (inspired by a piece in Charles Dickens's 'Household Words') and Harry Sydney's 'It's just as well to take it in a quiet sort of way'.

3pp., foolscap 8vo. On a bifolium of laid paper. In fair condition, aged and worn. The first poem, 'Balooning [sic]', covers both sides of the first leaf. No evidence has been discovered that this poem was ever published, but it is inspired by the exploits of 'Mr. Green' in a humorous essay...

Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784); George Daniel (1789-1864); Thomas Trotter (1750-1803); George Kearsley (c.1739-1790); Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809-1885)

Thomas Trotter's engraving of 'Dr Johnson in his Travelling Dress as described in Boswell's Tour'. Lord Houghton's copy, with an Autograph Letter Signed to him from George Daniel, discussing the engraving.

Both engraving and letter are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: Engraving captioned: 'Dr JOHNSON in his Travelling Dress as described in BOSWELLS. TOUR. | The Drs. reply to Mr. B- on the loss of his Oak Stick in the Hebrides. | “No, no, my friend, it is not to be expected...

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), civil rights activist; John Freeman (1915-2014), Labour MP and broadcaster; Hugh Burnett (1924-2011), producer; BBC TV series 'Face to Face']

[Martin Luther King Jr.] Typed transcript of King's interview with John Freeman in the BBC TV series 'Face to Face', from the papers of producer Hugh Burnett, marked up for printer of book of series.

Martin Luther King's interview with John Freeman was broadcast on 29 October 1961 in the BBC series 'Face to Face'. The present typescript of the interview is from the papers of the programme's producer Hugh Burnett, and is edited for publication as the section on 'The Rev LUTHER KING' in the...

William Eden, Lord Auckland (1745-1814), politician and diplomat, after whom the New Zealand Auckland Islands are named

[William Eden, Lord Auckland.] Autograph Letter in the third person (as 'Monsieur Eden'), in French, to the Marquis de Fouquet, requesting, on behalf of William Pitt the Younger, information about the smuggling into England of 'les Eaux de vie'.

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from album adhering to the blank second leaf. Between 1785 and 1787, while Member of Parliament for Heytesbury, Eden served as Envoy to France on a mission dealing with commerce. The letter is thirteen lines long, in the first five of...