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Military Service Act, 1916; First World War conscription; British Parliament

[First World War conscription.] Printed third reading (Lords) bill leading to the Military Service Act, 1916: 'Military Service (No. 2.) | A Bill intituled An Act to make provision with respect to Military Service in connexion with the present War.'

No other copy of this historic item - part of the hurried parliamentary process of bringing conscription to the United Kingdom for the first time - has been traced on either OCLC WorldCat or LHD (COPAC). The only other parliamentary papers relating to the Military Service Act on those databases...

£280.00
Quo Tai-chi [Quo Taichi] (1888-1952), Kuomintang Chinese Ambassador to London, 1932-1940

[Quo Tai-chi [Quo Taichi], Chinese Ambassador to London.] Autograph Signature ['Autograph | Quo Tai-chi'.

On 6 x 11 cm piece of paper, laid down on slightly larger piece of grey paper cut from an album. In good condition, lightly aged. The only writing, in a large firm hand, is 'Autograph | Quo Tai-chi'. At the head of the mount, in a contemporary hand: 'Quo-Tai-Chi (Dr) Chinese Ambassador in London...

£45.00
John Fawcett, actor, Treasurer and Trustee of the Covent Garden Theatrical Fund

[ John Fawcett, actor; Duke of York ] Valediction of Secretarial Letter Signed "John Fawcett" to HRH The Duke of York, thanking him presumably for contribution or support.

Valediction cut from letter, 20 x 4.5cm, backed by similar sized piece of paper. Text: "humbly rely on the Cause, which they advocate to plead their excuse to your Royal Highness.- Subscribed at the request of the said Committee by Your Royal Highness's most humble, Loyal and Dutyful [sic]...

£30.00
John Keble (1792-1866), Anglican cleric and poet, a leader of the Oxford Movement, after whom was named Keble College, Oxford [Thomas Clement Sneyd Kinnersley; James Park Harrison; John Henry Parker]

[John Keble, Anglican cleric and poet.] Autograph Letter in the third person, recommending that 'Mr. T. Sneyd Kinnersley' apply to 'Mr. Parker, or Mr. Harrison the Architect' regarding an engraving.

2pp, 12mo. On the first leaf of a bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. 'Mr. Keble presents his compliments to Mr. T. Sneyd Kinnersley, & is much concerned to have received his note so late, that it was impossible for him to return an answer in time for the...

£80.00
Lavinia Spencer [ Countess Spencer (née Bingham; 1762 – 1831), society hostess and illustrator.

[ Lavinia, Countess Spencer ] Valediction only of Autograph Letter Signed "Lavinia Spencer" to "Field Marshall - Duke of York" [Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany]

Valediction of Letter only, 5 lines inc. signature and address, 19 x 7cm, laid down on similar sized paper, with remnants on verso suggesting that it was in an album at one time, with note identifying writer ("The Countess Spencer"). Text: "& you will very highly oblige & gratify me...

£65.00
Lord Lucan [Field Marshal George Charles Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan (1800-1888), Anglo-Irish British Army officer, one of those responsible for the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War

[Lord Lucan, in part responsible for the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War] Autograph Signature ('Lucan') on envelope addressed to 'Captain Wyndham'.

On front of 5.5 x 12 cm envelope. Damaged seal in red wax on reverse. The envelope has been cut down, triming the merest fraction from the opening flourish of the signature, and the breaking of the red wax seal has left it in two parts. Otherwise in fair condition, lightly aged. Firm underlined...

£35.00
Mariana Starke (1762-1838), author of travel guide of France and Italy, published in London by John Murray [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]

[Mariana Starke, author of travel guide of France and Italy.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'M Starke') [to Lady Anne Cullum] on the sending of 'red Massicum' wine by 'Gargiolo', and her desire to swap a Galignani for a Murray copy of her guide.

The female recipient is not named, but is Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House. The two letters are in fair condition, on creased and folded thin paper, the second with a torn corner unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. ONE: 'Wednesday...

£220.00
Richard Beresford [William Shakespeare, 'Richard II'; 'Histoire du Roy d'Angleterre Richard']

[Richard Beresford, signed limitation, with second signature inscribing the book to 'Diana'.] Glist'ring Phaeton. [A verse translation of the French source of Shakespeare's Richard II, 'Histoire du Roy d'Angleterre Richard'.]

[4] + 78 + [1]pp, 8vo. In printed wraps. Internally in fair condition, on lightly discoloured paper, in worn and stained wraps. Verse translation of the French source of Shakespeare's Richard II, 'Histoire du Roy Angleterre Richard'. Inscribed in ink on a fly-leaf: 'Diana | from Richard |...

£250.00
Robert Waithman (1764-1833), Whig politician and Lord Mayor of London in 1823 [Henry Holste, London merchant]

[Robert Waithman, Lord Mayor of London.] Autograph Signature ('R Waithman | Mayor') to Signed Autograph Deposition by John Schmidt, regarding his residence in London.

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, creased and aged. The only piece of Waithman's autograph is his signature at the foot: 'R Waithman'. The rest of the document, apparently in Holste's hand, reads: 'Henry Holste of 22 Bush Lane Merchant, maketh Oath and saith, that he has been resident in London above...

£45.00
Robert Waithman (1764-1833), Whig politician and Lord Mayor of London in 1823 [John Schmidt, London merchant]

[Robert Waithman, Lord Mayor of London; treatment of immigrants.] Autograph Signature ('R Waithman') to Signed Autograph Deposition by John Schmidt, regarding his residence in London.

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. The only piece of Waithman's autograph is his signature at the foot: 'R Waithman'. The rest of the document, apparently in Schmidt's hand, reads: 'John Schmidt Native of Hamburg residing at No 77 Westmoreland place City Road, Merchant maketh...

£45.00