Autograph Letters

[ Edward Marsh, PS to Churchill ] Typed Note Signed E Marsh to Thomas Lloyd Humberstone, conveying Chancellor of the Exchequer Churchill's thanks for sending a copy of his book on University Reform.

Author: 
Edward Marsh [Sir Edward Howard Marsh (1872-1953) was a British polymath, translator, arts patron and civil servant; Private Secretary to Churchill]
Publication details: 
[Embossed Stamp of Chancellor of the Exchequer, then Embossed] Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S.W., 8 Dec. 1926
£50.00

One page, 4to, fold marks, good condition. Text: Mr. Churchill desires me to thank you for the copy of your book on University Reform in London, which you have been good enough to send him.

[ Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence; suffragette ] Substantial Autograph Letter Signed E. Pethick Lawrence to Mrs. Cobden Unwin [Jane Cobden, radical]., eventually discusses the Peace Commission presumably for war-torn Ireland, but also the World~11 Old Square, 5

Author: 
Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence [Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, Lady Pethick-Lawrence (1867–1954), women's rights activist and suffragette.]
Publication details: 
56
£450.00

AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT PRINTING HISTORY TYPOGRAPHY THE TIMES.

[Lord Bathurst, Tory politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bathurst') [to the agent of the Marquis Wellesley, elder brother of the Duke of Wellington], regarding a dispute over the fittings to be left behind on quitting Apsley House.

Author: 
Henry Bathurst (1762-1834), 3rd Earl Bathurst [Lord Bathurst], Tory Foreign Secretary, friend and supporter of Pitt the Younger [Lord Wellesley; Duke of Wellington; Apsley House, Piccadilly, Mayfair]
Publication details: 
Piccadilly [London]. 22 September [1807].
£300.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item dates from 1807, the year in which Bathurst sold the celebrated Apsley House ('No. 1 London') to the Duke of Wellington's brother the Marquis Wellesley, who sold it on to the Duke ten years later. It is now the Wellington Museum. This item casts an interesting light on the initial sale. 2pp, 4to. Thirty-four lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded four times. He is disappointed that the unnamed male recipient (presumably Wellesley's agent) has not called on him.

[ Masters; The High House Press ] Substantial Autograph Letter Signed J.E. Masters to Mr Whitby (E. Whitby, Private Press Collector)., on the recent history of the Press.

Author: 
James E. Masters, High House Press
Publication details: 
[Headed] James E. Masters, 13 Abbey Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol | The High House Press, 18 October 1938.
£280.00

Two pages, cr. 8vo, very good condition. He's been looking through some old papers and found evidence that Whitby ordered a Horace. He continues: I cannot find any trace of sending you the book, & I don't remember ever seeing the order before. I am now beginning to wonder if I ever sent you notice of our change of address - there were so many things to do, & so many people to write to, at the time, that some may have been inadvertently overlooked. Anyway, if you did not hear from me, this will remedy the omission.

[ Llewelyn Powys ] Autograph Note Signed Llewelyn Powys to Mr[s?] Venn [?], a bookseller.

Author: 
Llewelyn Powys [Llewelyn Powys (1884–1939), essayist, novelist and younger brother of John Cowper Powys and T. F. Powys.]
Publication details: 
[Headed] Chydyok, Chaldon Herring, Dorchester, Dorset, no date.
£56.00

One page, 8vo, fold mark, good condition, difficult to read (some guesswork involved). This is to introduce Miss [?] and Mr [Mrs?] Brown - Mr Brown is a visitor to this country from Baltimore where he is a librarian. He is a man of cukture and discrimination and I know it would be a privilege and pleasure for him to meet you and to see your bookshop. I wonder whether Taylor is with you - I am [?] but still must keep to my bed for a Time and a Time and Half a time.~56~AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POWYS SOCIETY JOHN COWPER POWYS YEOVIL~ ~0~SF41~ ~ ~ ~ ~

[ Mervyn Peake letter and list of works ] Autograph Note Signed Mervyn Peake to John Kilburn and Holograph List of his works to 1952.

Author: 
Mervyn Peake [ Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911–1968), writer, artist, poet, and illustrator. ]
Peake
Publication details: 
3 Trafalgar Studios, Manresa Road, London, SW3, 8 Dec. 1952.
£2,800.00
Peake

One page, 12mo, very good condition. Text: I hope everything is going well for you. I have signed your bks [books] with pleasure. | I think that the enclosed list is complete [see below]. The Alice bks [books] will be coming out for the Christmas after this - the Swedish Edition is un-getable. LIST OF WORKS: One page, 8vo, punch-holes, a little grubby, text clear and complete. He lists is works under publisher (Chatto, Eyre, Batsford, Grey Walls Press, Faber, Gollancz (misspelt), Folio Society, Zephyr Books (Sweden).

[ Baden-Powell Family; Debutantes 1933 ] Correspondence of Miss Louise Andree Coury, fashion journalist, with Olave Baden-Powell and Heather Baden-Powell, wife and daughter respectively of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement

Author: 
[ Baden-Powell Family; Debutantes 1933 ]
Publication details: 
[Baden-Powell] Pax Hill, Bentley, Hampshire, March and April 1933.
£100.00

Fron Coury's archive/files. Seven items (incuding two duplicates), one page each, 4to. 1. Coury's file carbon copy of her original Typed Letter to Heather Baden-Powell (14 March 1933), asking her questions about family connections, hobbies, ambitions etc., information to be used in the 'Who's Who' of 1933 debutantes which I am preparing for the 'Daily Express' and which will appear every day once the series has been started. She also asked for a photograph. 2. Typed Letter Signed by Heather Baden-Powell (21 March 1933) answering Coury's questions meticulously (e.g.

[ Gamage, Lipton, Lyons, Whiteley, founders of stores/a caterer ] Clipped signatures.

Author: 
A.W. Gamage, Thomas Lipton, Joseph Lyons, and William Whiteley, Store founders (and a chain of cafes).
Publication details: 
No places or dates.
£32.00

All 7 x 2cm, or thereabouts, clipped a little roughly round the edges, paper darkened, but signature clear, tipped on to sl. larger piece of paper docketed with their names and the store associated with them. The only additional information is for Whitley Shot in his Office.

[ Adolphe Abrahams; medic ] Autograph Letter Signed Adolphe Abrahams to Walter James MacQueen-Pope (Popie), theatre historian.

Author: 
Adolphe Abrahams [Sir Adolphe Abrahams (1883–1967), medical doctor, considered to be the founder of British sports science, brother of Harold Abrahams.]
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Sir Adolphe Abrahams, 97 Harley Street, W/1., 14 Nov. 1959.
£220.00

Two pages, obl.12mo, good condition, small neat hand. Text: Your recent sympathetic reference to Leslie Stuart encourages me once more to be reminiscent - nostalgically. | I claim to know all he wrote - a bold assertion this, considering his output. I wonder how many know that an early song, perhaps his first, and quite different from all others was the comic 'The dandy-coloured coon' [quotes the name sequence from the song] | Sweetheart May - was an early one in my opinion (Vesta Tilley sang this). Then Little Dolly Daydream, Soldiers of the Queen - perhaps about 1895.

[ Lauri Wylie; playwright; Dinner for One; Der 90. Geburtstag ] Three Typed Letters Signed Lauri (2) and L. (1) AND one Autograph Letter Signed Lauri | LAURI WYLIE to theatre historian W. Macqueen-Pope, about theatre topics including his own writing.

Author: 
Lauri Wylie [Lauri Wylie (1880 – 1951), originally Maurice Laurence Samuelson Metzenberg, British actor and author, inc. the play Dinner for One (most frequently repeated TV programme ever).]
Publication details: 
All from Two Courtenay Towers | Hove 3, 13, 20, 27 August 1950 (typed letters) and 22 January 1951 (Holograph).
£450.00

Total 4pp., 4to, one with corner torn off, all a little battered but texts clear and complete. Letter One: He asks if anything can be done with [his] book, and discusses his re-writing another straight play. They don't seem to be able to stop me. I roughed it out during the war but have now done a lot to it. I think it's a winner! So does every one else who writes plays [further lighthearted comment on writing plays]. He asks finally whether Macqueen-Pope has any new books coming on. They seem to go down big.

[ T. Hewitt Key; classics ] Autograph Letter Signed T. Hewitt Key to unnamed correspondent asking for input concerning the pronunciation of :Latin.

Author: 
T. Hewitt Key [ Thomas Hewitt Key, FRS (1799 – 1875), classical scholar.]
Publication details: 
21 Westbourne Square, W. [London], 9 Oct. 1869.
£120.00

Two pages. fold marks, foxing, text clear, as follows: There exists a desire in many quarters that the pronunciation of Latin in this country should be brought into harmony with that which prevails abroad, and I have reason to believe that many of our best scholars at Cambridge and Oxford and in several of the great public schools favour the project. In the Catholic Church I have always understoiod that the continental pronumciation has been retained; but I have some doubts whether there be perfect consistency abroad in the pronunciation of the consonants.

[ John B. Gough, Temperance ] Autograph Quotation or Statement (Sentiment) Signed boldly John B. Gough.

Author: 
John B. Gough, American Temperance Lecturer (Orator)(1817-86).
Publication details: 
[Princeton?] | May 28, 1867.
£45.00

Paper, 16 x 17.5cm, laid down on similar sized paper, good condition. He only is a true freeman who renders stedfast obedience to righteous law. If a quotation, not traced. So a statement, sentiment, or word of wisdom perhaps.

[ Victor Gollancz, Publisher ] Typed Letter Signed VG with substantial holograph additions to Hugh Burnett, producer, about his appearance on Face to Face [TV Interview with a John Freeman]. and its consequences.

Author: 
Victor Gollancz, Publisher
Publication details: 
[Headed] Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2, 1 December 1960.
£80.00

One page, 4to, fold mark, very good condition, Typed text: [...] I very much enjoyed myself, and so, apparently, did everyone who has written to me - except a somewhat illiterate gentleman who had never heard such drivel in all his life. | I thought John Freeman was extremely kind tp me. He has added in holograph: I've had five offers of copies of 'Sixty Years a Queen' ( whihc is apparently still available, as the Pakenhams immediately bought a copy, & confirmed that the picture in question was the Charge of the Heavy [underlined] Brigade.

[ Gale Pedrick; ENSA ] Four substantial Typed Letters Signed Gale [Pedrick] to theatre historian, W. Macqueen Pope known as Popie, in charge of publicity for ENSA [Entertainments National Service Association]. WITH: multiple ideas (typescripts).

Author: 
Gale Pedrick [ Frank Gale Pedrick-Harvey (1906–1970), author, journalist, scriptwriter, and broadcaster.]
Publication details: 
All 1941 (May, June and September). Letters headed 11th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment, Seaton Barracks, Crownhill, Plymouth~From the papers of W. J. MacQueen-Pope, Theatre Historian, MacQueen-Pope, who was in charge of publicity at Drury Lane for 21 years, including four years running publicity for the whole of ENSA, which had its headquarters in the building. Four Typed Letters Signed Gale, 5pp. 4to, with sprinkling of additions in MS, fold marks, very good condition. WITH; typescript torrents of ideas, 10pp., 4to, most in very good condition (one torn and crumpled), sent as attachments to the letters. LETTER ONE: He says his list of ideas is self-explanatory but he then lists points around the titles Ideas, Sketches, Lyrics Films, Job, anticipating his going to go away 'in the field'. ATTACHED: Typescript, 5pp., 4to, in which he gives explications of his ideas for shows, titles: 1. 48 Hours Leave; 2. E.N.S.A. was at Waterloo; 3. Jack of All Trades; 4. Compere - the Duke [Wellington etc]; 5. Hearts of Oak [patriotic songs]; 6. 10 minute features 7. Sweethearts and Wives - May they Never Meet; 8. I Could a Tail Unfold; Individual items (weekly letters, Counterparts in the past, Entertainers at the Piano. LETTER TWO: Basically concerning how slowly things are going because of bureaucracy and issues affecting the organisation. ATTACHED: a song by him, apparently unpublished, When I get Back to Civvy-Street Again AND ideas for a feature/story. LETTER THREE: His movements, involvement with the Tavistock War Weapons Week (included looking after an aged Cyril Maude), and other bits and pieces. LETTER FOUR: He is pleased at news about his idea ENSA was at Waterloo and will get on with it, asking for Popie's ideas. He has attached a four-page list of a few of the 'possibles' - you know, the songs and personalities of Trades, to be compered by a leading person, asking for suggestions of names for comperes. His list includes Cooks and Waiters (Waitresses added in his hand), Shopgirl, Seafarer, Farmers, Sport, Nurses, etc. etc. He adds anothe suggestion for four programmes about (1) Blondes; (2) Red-Heads; (3) Brunettes; (4) Bald. MacQueen-Pope was in charge of publicity at Drury Lane for 21 years, including four years running publicity for the whole of ENSA, which had its headquarters in the building. This small archive also includes; Suggestions for Settings for ENSA Half Hour, 3pp., 4to, carbon. 9.9.41, devised by W. MacQueen-Pope; Suggestions for ENSA through the Ages, typescript, carbon, one page 4to; Norman Lee, 'Suggestions for| E.N.S.A. Half Hour (Title to be Arranged)', outline for a broadcast, typescript, two pages, with covering typed note. Two related scarps.~600~TYPESCRIPT THEATRE ENTERTAINMENT DRURY LANE ENSA~ ~0~SF41~ ~ ~ ~ ~
£600.00

[ Arthur Murphy, Irish writer ] Autograph Instruction Signed to Cadell Esq [publishers].

Author: 
Arthur Murphy, Barrister and Author [(1727–1805), Irish writer.
Murphy
Publication details: 
Lincoln's Inn, 21 July 1788.
£500.00
Murphy

Paper, 15 x 9cm, trimmed with minimal loss of text, some staining, text clear and legible. Pay to Lady Montfort's Bearer the sum of Eighy seven Shillings & charge the same to | Your Humble Servt. | Arthur Murphy. A bold and impressive signature. Note: A, He studied at Jesuit run Saint-Omer, France, and was a gifted student of the Latin and Greek classics. He worked as an actor in the theatre, became a barrister, a journalist and finally a (not very original) playwright. He edited Gray's Inn Journal between 1752 and 1754.

[[C. R. Cockerell [Charles Robert Cockerell], Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts.] Autograph Note Signed ('C. R. Cockerell') regarding the paying of a subscription.

Author: 
C. R. Cockerell [Charles Robert Cockerell] (1788-1863), architect, archaeologist and author, Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts
Publication details: 
8 May 1848. No place.
£35.00

1p, 12mo. On a bifolium endorsed on second leaf '1848 | C R Cockerell R A | 8 May'. Reads: 'My Dear Sir | I hope you have recd. my subscription paid by cheque on London & Westymr. Bank. & forwarded to Mess. Drummond on the 14 Feby. 1848. | Your's truly | C. R. Cockerell'.

[ Jesse Collings ] Autograph Note Signed Jesse Collings to My Dear Cobb [presumably Henry Peyton Cobb, later Liberal MP for Rugby ] about his victory.

Author: 
Jesse Collings [ (1831–1920), Mayor of Birmingham, a Liberal (later Liberal Unionist) MP ].
Publication details: 
Edgbaston B[irmingha]m, 7 Oct[?] 1885.
£28.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. Well done - I waited for news & was glad.- I heartily congratulate you for your fight & victory - King regards & congratulations to Mrs. Cobb.~28~AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT BIRMINGHAM LIBERAL PARTY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT/~ ~0~OL59~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 22993~16/04/2020~False~W.G. Henderson [ The Very Rev William George Henderson DD (1819[1]–1905), Dean of Carlisle from 1884 to 1905 ].~[ W.G. Henderson; Surtees Society ] Autograph Letter Signed W G Henderson to an unnamed correspondent about Surtees Society publications.~Magdalen College, Oxford, 28 Jan.

[ Marie Carolina Duchesse de Berry ] Autograph Signature Marie Caroline Dsse de Berry with date.

Author: 
Marie-Caroline de Bourbon-Sicile, duchesse de Berry (Maria Carolina Ferdinanda Luise,1798 – 1870), Italian princess (Bourbon) .
Bourbon Princess
Publication details: 
Senise, 27bre 1857
£80.00
Bourbon Princess

Paper, 10 x 12cm, topped by small head in bas relief, below which a seal and text: Senise 27bre 1857 | Marie Caroline Dsse de Berry. See image.~80~AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT CNorton DUCHESSE DE BERRY HOUSE OF BOURBON~ ~0~OL59~ ~ ~ ~ ~

[ Caroline Norton, social reformer ] Autograph Address label (or subscription to letter?) with brief Note.

Author: 
Hon. Caroline Norton [Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan; 1808 – 1877), social reformer and author.
Caroline Norton
Publication details: 
No date, 36 Russell Square.
£90.00
Caroline Norton

Paper 14 x 5cm, tipped on to slightly larger piece of paper, some staining but clear. Text: 36 Russell Square || Editor of the 'Field' | 346 Strand || corrected proof for press | with Honble Mrs Norton's Compliments. Possibly the subscription clipped from a letter. See image.

[Frederick Yeates Hurlstone] Autograph Statement-cum-Letter headed Private and signed F.W. Hurlstone, to unkonown correspondent (perhaps an agent?)discussing his current work and activities.

Author: 
F. W. Hurlstone [ Frederick Yeates Hurlstone (1800–1869), portrait and historical painter ]
Publication details: 
No place or date [1842?]
£180.00

One page, cr. 8vo, fold marks, small tear with no loss, faint staining, text clear and complete. Text: Private | I am afraid the melancholy circumstances at Manchester will operate unfavorably on the Exhibition [of 1842?] both as to the number of pictures sent and the visitors and sale.

[ The Emphasised Bible; Joseph Bryant Rotherham ] Autograph Note Signed J. Geo. Rotherhamto Principal Fairbairn, Oxford [A.M. Fairbairn, first principal of Mansfield College], expressing his and his father's relief at finishing the translation.

Author: 
J. George Rotherham [ Joseph Bryant Rotherham ]
Bible
Publication details: 
[Headed ] The Emphasised Bible: | A new translation | By Joseph Bryant Rotherham. || 18 Ellerdale Street, Lewisham, London S.E. [Separate heading: Business Communications to J. George Rotherham ...], 24 Sept. 1902.~One page, cr. 8vo. I have now pleasure in sending for your kind acceptance the concluding Volume of my Father's work, and you will I am sure share our Feelings of thankfulness that the long task is now happily completed.~95~AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT EMPHASISED BIBLE Joseph Bryant Rotherham~ ~0~OL59~ ~ ~ ~ ~
£95.00
Bible

[ Ondra Lysohorsky, 'a great poet of humanity', Censored cold-war Lach (Czech/Silesian) poet and his English translators Christopher Fry, David Gill and Alan N. Phillips ] An Archive

Author: 
Ondra Lysohorsky, poet
Publication details: 
[1928]-1988.
£25,000.00

'Ondra Lysohorsky' is the pen-name of the Lach poet Ervin Goj [Erwin Goy] (1905-1989), who, as a Silesian, was largely responsible for the creation of Lach as a literary language. (Born into the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he repudiated the Czechoslovakian citizenship he inherited.) Having fled the Nazis, Lysohorsky was feted in the Moscow literary circles of the 1940s, with Boris Pasternak among his translators. Feeling that academic promotion was being denied him, he appealed directly to Stalin, but following his return to Czechoslovakia after the war, his situation worsened.

[Allardyce Nicoll, Shakespeare scholar.] Nine Autograph items from his papers, seven of them relating to Macbeth, including lecture notes, commentary and memoranda; one comprising two drafts of a discussion of 'The Winter's Tale'.

Author: 
Allardyce Nicoll [John Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll] (1894-1976), Shakespearian scholar and historian of drama, founding director of Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham, Professor at Birmingham University
Publication details: 
All undated, but one from the 1950s. One item on University of Birmingham letterhead; the others without place.
£450.00

Nine autograph documents from the Allardyce Nicoll papers, which taken as a whole provide an insight into the working and thought processes of one of the foremost British Shakespeare scholars and Theatre Historian of the twentieth century. Seven of the items - presumably University of Birmingham lecture notes (see Item Seven below) - relate to 'Macbeth', a play which Nicoll had discussed in a celebrated lecture ('The Tragedie of Macbeth') published in 1927 by Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press.

[Jane Porter, novelist and dramatists.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Porter') [to the publisher Henry Colburn], regarding plans for contributing to the 'Naval & Military Gazette' and 'New Monthly Magazine'.

Author: 
Jane Porter ['Miss Jane Porter of Edinburgh'] (1776-1850), historical novelist and dramatist, best-known for her novel 'The Scottish Chiefs' [Henry Colburn (1784-1855), London publisher]
Publication details: 
'Edburgh [Edinburgh] - Novr: 11th -'.
£380.00

3pp, 18mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded three times. The male recipient is not named, but is Colburn, proprietor of the two magazines named. She begins by saying that she has 'duly received your last number of The Naval & Military - and also its accompanying note about some contribution for the New Monthly'. She hopes to be able to send some contributions 'early next week; - and before that a little article of past recollections, that may not be uninteresting for The Naval & Military'.

[Yurievskaya ] Autograph Card Signed "Princesse Yourievsky" to unnamed female correspondent, in French, profusely thanking her for a gift destined for the "Hopital russe"

Author: 
Princess Catherine Dolgorukova (1847-1922), long-time mistress of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and later given the title Princess Yurievskaya
Romanovs
Publication details: 
Nice, 13 Fevrier 1916
£450.00
Romanovs

Card, 13 x 10cm, text on both sides, card with attractive coloured and embossed royal insignia. "Permettez-moi de vous dire combien je suis touchee de votre don genereux d'un tableau, [?] par vous-meme qhe vous verrez de m'envoyer pour l'hopital russe. | Il est bien joli et nous tacherons de le mettre au lotterie, pour augmenter les fonds de l'Hopital, dont il a besoin souvent. | Avec mes vifs remerciements [...]" See image of first side.

[ Henry Dickens, son of Charles ] Autograph Statement (not signed) on card about the autographs of his father and himself.

Author: 
Henry Dickens, son of Charles Dickens, novelist
Dickens
Publication details: 
No place or date
£30.00
Dickens

Card, blue, 11 x 9cn, rounded corners, vestiges of its having been tipped onto an album page. Text: "I have no autographs of my father to spare - otherwise I would send you one - | For myself - I never give my autograph to any collector unless he is personally known to me as a friend."

[ J.H. Hertz, Chief Rabbi, UK ] Autograph Signature, "Sincerely yours | J.H. Hertz | Chief Rabbi.

Author: 
J. H. Hertz [Joseph Herman Hertz, Rabbi and biblical scholar, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom 1913-1946
Hertz
Publication details: 
No place, dated in pencil (not his hand) 8.2.27.
£35.00
Hertz

Written on white card, 9 x 6cm, from vestiges of glue round edges, formerly tipped in album.

[ W.H. Davies ] Autograph Sentiment Signed "Good luck | from | W.H. Davies"

Author: 
W.H. Davies, Welsh poet, writer, tramp.
Davies
Publication details: 
Dated in pencil (not in Davies's hand) 21 May 1931.
£25.00
Davies

White card, 8.5 x 6, good condition, formerly tipped into album (waer on edges of reverse).

[ Busch Quartet; Adolf Busch ] Autograph Signatures of the Busch Quartet, Adolf Busch, Gösta Andreasson, Karl Doktor, Hermann Busch

Author: 
Busch Quartet [Adolf Georg Wilhelm Busch (1891–1952), German-Swiss violinist, conductor, and composer].
Busch
Publication details: 
Dated 4 March 1936.
£100.00
Busch

Green card,12.5 x 8.5cm, edge faded, signatures bold, card formerly tipped into album (edges of reverses show wear).

[William Henry Bartlett, topographical artist.] Manuscript Letter to him, while on his travels in Syria, from his London publishers Fisher, Son & Co, discussing drawings he is sending for engraving in the book 'Syria, the Holy Land, Asia Minor'.

Author: 
Henry Fisher (1781-1837), printer and publisher in Liverpool and London [William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), topographical artist and traveller; Fisher, Son & Co.; Caslon family]
Publication details: 
21 June 1834; 38 Newgate Street, London.
£350.00

A highly interesting and entertaining letter, casting light on the processes of topographical book production in Georgian England, in which a leading British printer and publisher, related to the Caslon family (who are mentioned) responds in detail to the material he is being sent from Syria by one of the finest topographical artists of the period, in addition to providing economic and domestic news to the traveller. For information on the author, see the long entry in C. H. Timperley, 'Dictionary of Printers and Printing' (1839). The background of the letter is as follows.

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