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Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist, Superintendent of the Natural History Department of the British Museum, opponent of Darwin's theory of Evolution [Hunterian Society of London]

[Sir Richard Owen, palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Owen'), declining an invitation to the annual dinner of the Hunterian Society of London, because of his 'state of health'.

1p, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge of second leaf. The recipient is not named, but is probably the secretary of the Hunterian Society. Owen sends his 'best respects to the President and Council of the Hunterian Society of...

£150.00
T. H. Huxley [Thomas Henry Huxley] (1825-1895), biologist, friend and supporter of Charles Darwin

[Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist and friend of Charles Darwin.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas H. Huxley'), a highly unusual response to an autograph hunter he names as 'Mrs. or Miss …... x ..?'

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge of reverse of second leaf, and impinging slightly on the final 'y' of Huxley's signature. Addressed at the foot of the last leaf to 'Mrs. or Miss …... x ..?' Certainly one of the...

£200.00
Viscount Sydney [Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney] (1733-1800), British statesman after whom the cities of Sydney in Nova Scotia (Canada) New South Wales (Australia) are named

[Viscount Sydney, British statesman after whom the cities in Australia and Canada are named.] Autograph Signature ('Sydney') to part of financial document.

On irregular slip of paper, roughly 6.5 x 20 cm, cut from document. In fair condition, laid down on larger slip of white paper cut from a leaf of an album. Sydney's signature ('Sydney') is good and firm, at bottom right of the slip. The rest of the text, in another hand, reads: 'Whitehall 18th....

£50.00
[ Independence for Norfolk, c. 1805 ]

[ Election Expenses; Independence for Norfolk, c. 1805 ] Manuscript Subscription List for Contributions to a fund for Colonel [John] Wodehouse, Member of Parliament, efforts "in support of the Independence of the County" {election expenses).

Three pages, folio, fold marks, dusted, mainly good condition. See "historyofparliamentonline" for the background (one might say shenanigans) to this Subscription. It mentions the "two Tory matrons of Norwich, Mrs Berney and Mrs Charlotte Atkyns" who "who rode through the streets of Norwich...

£350.00
[ Olivia Serres (1772–1834), known as Olive, was a British painter and writer, born at Warwick. Also known as an English impostor, who claimed the title of Princess Olive of Cumberland.

[Olivia Serres; artist and impostor] Subscription of Autograph Letter Signed to "Your Royal Highness" [George IV?].

Subscription of Autograph Letter, 18 x 7cm, on backing of part of an album page, good conditipon. Text: "request I presumed to make - of being allowed the Honor of styling Myself - Landscape Painter [phrase undelined] to your Royal Highness [underlined] | most respetfully I remain | Sir Your...

£220.00
F.W. Fairholt [Frederick William Fairholt (1814–1866), antiquary and wood engraver].

[ F.W. Fairholt; Engraving ] Autograph Note Signed "F.W. Fairholt", to "Smith", about a Cut.

One page, 16mo, small tear on fold mark, ow good condition, hand showing signs of haste. "Here is the bit I promised you about the Trumpet, if you commence the article with a dewscription of it; this will add on very well. | They want at Richards that Cut of the Roman glass with flowers on it,...

£35.00
J.G. Pfister, Numismatist, author of "Stray Leaves from the Journal of a Traveller in Search of Ancient Coins".

[ J.G. Pfister; Numismatics ] Autograph Letter Signed "J.G. Pfister" to C. Roach Smith, fellow-numismatist, on an abstruse "coin" issue., a "fibula" (broach or clasp)

One page, 12mo, fold marks, grubby but text clear and complete. "It appears to me that the fibula [broach or clasp] in question is of the XIthe century, and represents a still ruder imitation of the rude Munus Divinus of Louis-Le-Debonaire. It was for several centuries the custom in France, that...

£220.00
Leonard Welsted, poet and 'Dunce'

[Leonard Welsted, poet and 'Dunce'] Autograph Signature "Leond Welsted"

Piece with signature cut from larger document, c.9 x 3cm, edges indiate it's the bottom left of a document, part image, decorative, of a key and the letters ML with his signature beside. Note: Welsted married a daughter of Henry Purcell, antagonistic towards Scriblerians etc. See DNB.

£120.00
Orrery [John Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork and 5th Earl of Orrery, FRS (1707-1762), writer and a friend of Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson

[ Cork & Orrery ] Autograph Signature only, with place "Orrery. Leicester Fields. May 1st 17[57?]

Piece of paper, 14 x 7.5cm, signature on reverse of marbled paper, perhaps endpaper of book, and an ownership signature. Good condition.

£220.00
Charles Hamilton, 8th Earl of Haddington DL (1753–17 March 1828) Scottish nobleman and apparently Collector.

[ Earl of Haddington ] Autograph Letter Signed "Haddington" to an unnamed correspondent [a Campbell?]

One page, cr. 8vo, good condition. He taks health to start off with. Then "I am very glad you have found all I want of the Luxembourg Gall[e]ry. As for the Marquis of Annandale & Lord Glasgow [miniatures?], you did well not to buy them as I believe I can get them here from the families. The...

£80.00