Milward Rowe (1717-1792) of Kensington Palace, Chief Clerk of the Treasury and Commissioner of the Salt Duties; Thomas Gibbons [ The American War of Independence ]
[ His Majesty's Exchequer, London. 4 November 1779. ]
2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. On single leaf, with first page with light diagonal clerical mark. Reads: 'Milward Rowe | Esqr. | Order is taken this 4th. Day of Novr 1779 By Virtue of his Majesty's General Letters of Privy Seal bearing date the 5th. Of Novr. 1760. And in pursuance of a Warrant under his Royal Sign Manual dated the 4 day of Novr. 1779. That You deliver and pay of such his Majesty's Treasure as remains in your charg Unto Milward Rowe Esqr.
Two pages, folio, minor defects including soiling, small holes and tears, but text complete and legible. Signatories at the top are: [Thomas] Parker, Henry Grey, Duke of Kent ("Kent C.P.S.), John Ker, Ist Duke of Roxburghe, James Craggs the Younger ("J Craggs"). "We do hereby direct, that out of such Moneys as are or shall come to your hands for the following Uses you lay unto William Burroughs Esqre late Commissary Generall of his Majesty's Stores, Provisions and fforage in North Britain the respective summs following Viz" Balance due ......
[Full title] "The Gross and Net Produce of all the Branches of the Revenue under the Management of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Customs in England. Together with an Adjustment of the Net Produce with the Payments into the Exchequer Annually from Christmas 1710. To which are prefixed the underwritten Acco[unts] viz[t] : 1. The Yearly Payments into the Receipt of Exchequer on all the several Branches of the Customs from Michaelmas 1679 to Christmas 1710. 2. The Payments into the Exchequer for prohibited uncustomed and forfeited goods Annually from Christmas 1701. 3.
Captain Edward George Spencer-Churchill (1876-1964), cousin of Sir Winston Churchill, art collector; H. A. Gwynne [ Howell Arthur Gwynne ] (1865-1950), editor of the Morning Post [ appeasement ]
Letters from Northwick Park, Gloucestershire, and 90 Piccadilly, London; between 1935 and 1940. Newspaper cuttings dating from between 1921 and 1944.
The extraordinary life of Winston Churchill's first cousin Edward George Spencer-Churchill – war hero, art connoisseur (trustee of the National Gallery, 1943-50) and book collector (Roxburgh Club member) – has not yet been fully explored. Educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford (where, as one of a set of three 'admirers of the best-looking male students', he was known as 'Juggins'), he joined the Grenadier Guards in 1899, serving through the Boer War (2 medals and 7 clasps), and First World War (MC, Croix de Guerre with palm).
[ Charles Ollier (1788-1859), publisher, author and editor; Professor Charles E. Robinson; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats ]
Dated July 1985 by Robinson with his details: Prof. Charles E. Robinson, College of Arts and Science, Dept. of English, 204 Memorial Hall, Newark, Delaware 19716, USA.
Robinson is the author of Ollier's entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, in which he discusses the 'fifty titles' that Ollier and his brother James published between 1817 and 1823, and the others dating from his second stint as publisher between 1846 and 1849. The list is 10pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Subtitle: '(*Indicates that U. of Delaware Library has in original, microform, or photo rpt.)' Robinson has given the date and his details in autograph at the head, and has starred items in 'urgently need' in red ink.
'Master F. Sussman' [ Norfolk haberdasher and draper? ]
Place not stated. In five volumes of 'Merchants' Accounts, adapted to Dr. Brewer's Book-Keeping by single entry', all dating from 1857.
The five volumes are folio and uniform in brown marbled card wraps, with white printed label on cover of 'Merchants' Accounts, adapted to Dr. Brewer's Book-Keeping by single entry', with one of the follovwing printed beneath: 'Bought Ledger', 'Cash Book', 'Day Book', 'Invoice Book' and 'Ledger'. Each of the volumes has 'Master F. Sussman' written neatly across the label. The 'Invoice Book' has seventeen invoices neatly folded and tipped in onto five pages.
The table or bloom calendar is in a makeshift table, ruled out in pencil over 2pp., folio. It is in poor condition, heavily-aged, divided into two sections along central horizontal fold line, and with slight loss to text from chipping.
G. Samuel Senn, architectural student [ Zofingen, Switzerland ]
[ Zofingen, Switzerland? ] Between 1846 and 1850.
Around 280pp., small 4to (20.5 x 16 cm). In bulky notebook with marbled boards and label on front cover: 'Skizzen & Notizen | von | Samuel Senn. | 1848.' Internally in fair condition, shaken, on aged and worn paper. In heavily-worn binding with spine almost rubbed away and front cover coming loose. An attractive and impressive volume, crammed with detailed tracings, diagrams, illustrations and plans of architectural features, projections, patterns and ornaments, most in fine pen and a few in colour. Most of the tracings have been laid down, with a few folding out.
St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London (City of Westminster), founded in 1845
[ St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London (City of Westminster). In account book by London stationers Waterlow & Sons. ]From week ending 22 October 1898 to week ending 17 October 1903.
A substantial and heavy leather-bound volume, 49 x 37 x 7 cm, by the London stationers Waterlow & Sons, containing in excess of 250 double-page weekly entries, meticulously and neatly completed in manuscript, giving a daily itemised breakdown of the consumption of a wide range of provisions. A valuable social document, casting light on Victorian hospital administration and dietary habits. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in heavily-worn brown blind-stamped leather binding with damaged spine, with marbled endpapers and edges.
[ Eighteenth-century French map ] [ Chanu, Bayeux? La Châtaigneraie, Vendée? ] [ Jacques Guiot; Maupas ]
France [ Chanu, Bayeux? La Châtaigneraie, Vendée? ] Eighteenth century?
On piece of 38 x 30 cm watermarked paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. In red, green and sepia. Within a border, and with 'OCCIDENT' at the head, 'ORIANT' at the foot, 'MIDY' to the left and 'SEPTENTRION' to the right. Attractive in design, with capital letters in red and simple tree design around the boders of fields.
Felix Plater (1536-1614), Swiss physician and professor at the University of Basel, pioneer in fields of psychiatry and germ theory of disease
Basil. May 1611.
On one side of an 11.5 x 7.5 cm piece of paper. In fair condition, aged and stained. Consisting of a two-line improving Latin quotation beginning: 'Nullius est Felix'. Signed beneath this: 'Felix Platerus Basil | Archiatros & Prof. | Ao S
1611 Maio | Ao AM. 73'. On the reverse are two longer signed quotations, both in calligraphic hands, the lower of the two by 'Johannes Philippus a Fritten back', dated 28 February 1607. The author is identified in pencil in a later hand as John Phillips who died in 1640.
Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet (1750-1818), French sculptor and printmaker
'Au 3me de la R. une Et indivisible 7 Pluviose' [ i.e. 26 January 1795 ]. 'Cour du Muséum au Point Central des Arts [ Paris ]'.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, with light signs of age. Signed 'Beauvallet | Artiste Statuer Cour du Muséum au Point Central des Arts'. Addressed at head 'Aux Representants du Peuple fraincois Composant Le Comité d'instruction Publique'. An interesting appeal, reading as follows: 'Citoyens | je reclame les Secours que la Convention nationale accorde aux artistes. je n'ai Point de fortune. je Suis Pere de famille. j'ai offert mon fils agée de 16 ans a ma Patrie, il Sert en ce moment sur les Vesseaux de la Republique a Brent.
Pierre Audouin (1768-1822) and Pierre Laurent (1739-1809), French engravers
Paris. 17 May 1792.
1p., 8vo. In good condition, with tax stamp on reverse. The addresses of the two men are given as 'enclos du Temple' for Laurent and 'Rue de Tournon No. 4' for Audouin. Audouin undertakes to engrave, with 'tous mes soins pour y mettre toute La perfection', 'un dessein fais d'après Le Tableau de Terburg du Cabinet du Roi, Representans un Riche financier qui offre de L'ord [sic] a une jeune femme'. For his part Laurent agrees to pay Audouin 'La Somme de deux mille deux cens [sic] Livre'.
Bridget Guinness [ née Bridget Henrietta Frances Williams-Bulkeley ] (1871-1931), sculptor and society hostess, friend and benefactor of Dame Ellen Terry [ Jane A. Delano and Isabel McIsaac ]
Ownership inscription dated 1915. Book published in Philadelphia by P. Blakiston's Son & Co, 1012 Walnut Street, February 1914.
The book is xv + 256pp., 8vo. In grey cloth binding with printed cover. In fair condition, on aged paper, with front hinge split. Ownership inscription in blue pencil on front pastedown: 'Bridget Guinness | 8 Washington Sq | 1915'. In same blue pencil on reverse of rear free endpaper is a note of an appointment for a meeting with 'the American Florence Nightingale', Anna C. Maxwell (1851-1929), who was then the Director of the School of Nursing at the Presbyterian Hospital: '4 ock Tuesday Presbyterian 70th N Mad. Miss Maxwell's office -'.
Lucien Jeorgeaguet, Parisian porcelain decorator [ Alice Mattei; Delvaux ]
With label addressed to 'Mr JEORGEAGUET Lucien | Décorateur Porcelaine | 48 Rue de Pixérecourt | PARIS XXe Gr 14'. Mattei's drawings dated February and March 1961. Also a bill dated 24 November 1970. The other material from around the same time.
53 items, in remains of folder with 'Documents Modèles' in manuscript on cover. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Mainly comprising tracings and drawings (some coloured) of designs (both original and copied from historical items), in pencil, pen and watercolour, including some on pages torn from notebooks, some of them annotated in French. Mattei's two coloured drawings show bold floral designs for teacups and saucers. Also present is a series of versions of a playing-card design. There are also eleven black and white photographs of pots, vases and snuffboxes.
Stradivarius violin of George Henry Lewis Parsons (d.1921) of Streatham Park [ Mary Law [ Mary Law Kingdon ] (1889-1919), English violinist, wife of Hugh Sewell Kingdon (d.1940); Antonio Stradivari ]
London and Streatham, Surrey. Between 1910 and 1920.
The owner of the violin in question, G. H. L. Parsons, had made his fortune with the firm Ashton & Parsons, wholesale chemists, also having an interest in the opticians Dollonds, and on his death was worth £127, 335 19s 8d. The woman to whom he lent the violin, Mary Law, made a number of recordings for Zonophone, and toured Australia in 1915, with the Melbourne Argus reporting the arrival of 'The Notable English Violinist.
Edward Forbes (1815-1854), Manx naturalist, Professor of Botany at King's College, London
Place and date not stated.
On 3 x 17 cm. slip of paper, cut from longer document. In fair condition, lightly aged and folded. Reads: 'Prof Forbes' compliments to Mr Bowerbank and he cannot they are not ready he will forward them to Mr Ransom himself'.
Lieut-Commander R. A. Langley, Royal Navy [ College of Aeronautics, Cranfield; Nuclear War; Atomic Weapons ]
The College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. May 1952.
The problem with which the thesis deals is summed up at the start: 'If war broke out in the near future, attack by atomic bombers would become an immediate possibility, and one of the biggest problems would be the defence of this Island, which, with its areas of dense population, particularly around its essential industries, would present many ideal targets to the enemy. It would, therefore, be essential to destroy, or attempt to destroy, each enemy bomber before it reached the coast.
[ The Kintyre Agricultural Society; Cambeltown, Argyll and Bute; the Potato Blight in Scotland, 1854 ]
'To The Members of The Kintyre Agricultural Society'. Section headed: 'Campbeltown 2nd Oct 1854'.
121pp., folio, with each page on a separate leaf. The author's own pagination skips p.20, but the text is complete. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn watermarked laid paper. Manuscript emendations (corrections, deletions and additions) throughout, and also occasional directions to a printer in the margin (for example, p.18: 'Indent an M piece') suggesting contemporary publication. (The Otago Witness in 1891 reproduced under the same title a few short extracts from the present item - starting at p.24 of it.
Place not stated [ English ]. Vol. |1 No. 8 [ 1903 ].
11pp., 12mo. Stapled into card covers. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Covers illustrated in colour by 'T. U. P.' The front cover carries, with the title, an illustration of a maid with a duster, captioned 'BESSAY NOTHING'. Humorous in intent.
Christopher Sanders (1905-1991), RA, English artist; his wife Barbara Sanders
Without place or date [ 1950s? ].
ONE: Layout. 39pp., landscape folio (leaf dimensions 25 x 38.5 cm.), bound up with string. Pencil layout of a charming book, with some of the illustrations full-page and in colour (including merry-go-round, fishtank, traction engine, fireworks). Title-page detached and with creasing and wear to extremities, otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. TWO: Typed text headed 'BONKY'. 20pp., folio. On 20 leaves, attached with a rusty metal clip, otherwise in good condition.
Walton Adams [ Arthur Walton Adams ] (1842-1934), pioneering British photographer, co-inventor of the dry-plate process, father of Marcus Adams (1875-1959) and grandfather of Gilbert Adams (1906-1996)
Without place or date, but written after May 1932, when he was living in Caversham, Reading, Berkshire.
4pp., 8vo, paginated 1-4. On two bifoliums. Aged and worn, but with the text clear and complete. From the Adams family papers, which also include an extensive archive of Walton Adams's papers relating to the British Israelites. An interesting artefact relating to an important figure in the history of British photography. (See also his obituary in The Times, 15 June 1934.) Untitled and unsigned, the unpublished account begins: 'As I am now over 90 years of age I believe that I am the oldest living British photographer, my first Studio was opened in 1864'.
Walton Adams [ Arthur Walton Adams ] (1842-1931), pioneering British photographer, co-inventor of the dry-plate process [ British Israelites; Knights of Tara; millenarianism ]
Dolwyn, Kidmore Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, and Delamore, Parkstone Avenue, Lower Parkstone, Dorset. One article dated 20 August 1917, and the others from around the time of the Great War.
The collection consists of 21 typewritten articles, with some drafts of the same; two folders of miscellaneous typed and autograph texts, a cloth map, a folding card model of 'The Pyramid' and a diagram of the 'City & Temple to scale'. BACKGROUND: Walton Adams, the founder of a family of notable British photographers and artists, including his son Marcus (1875-1959) and grandson Gilbert (1906-1996), was at his death 'believed to be the oldest professional photographer in the country' and 'the first photographer to use dry plates' (see his obituary, Times, 15 June 1934).
Hal Collier, Victorian popular playwright, author of melodramas
One play with stamp of 209 Northumberland Road, Southampton, the other two without place. All three undated [ Edwardian ].
Collier was the author of a number of melodramas and farces in the period between the Boer War and the Great War, including one written in conjunction with F. H. Dudley, but little is to be discovered about him, with no mention of these three titles. All three items in fair condition, on aged paper, in aged and worn bindings. ONE: '"In the Hands of the Mormons" Or "The Mormon Peril" A Drama in FOUR acts written by Hal Collier'.  + 45pp., 4to. Stitched into grey paper wraps. With pencil emendations throughout, including extensive deletions.
[ Percy Nash [ Percy Cromwell Nash ] (1869-1958), actor, dramatist and film director] [ Votes for Women; Suffragettes; Women's suffrage; Harry Gordon Selfridge; Selfridge's department store, London ]
[ London, circa 1911. ]
The present item is anonymous, but is certainly an early draft of 'The Suffrage Girl', the play written by film pioneer Percy Nash while an executive at Selfridge's department store in London, and performed by the store's employees in 1911 at the Court Theatre. (For more information see E. D. Rappaport's 'Shopping for Pleasure: Women in the Making of London's West End' (Princeton, 2001), as well as S.
Robin Wallace (1897-1952) was a well-known British painter in oils and watercolours, particularly noted for his landscapes. He was born in Kendal, Westmoreland, descended from a long line of hand-loom weavers. After working for local nurserymen, he served in the Royal Marines in the First World War. Soon after the war he set off for London, where he showed his work to Vicat Cole, principal of the Byam Shaw Vicat Cole School of Art in Kensington, who offered to teach him for nothing. His scholarship was renewed until 1926, the year of his first show, at the Rembrandt Gallery in Liverpool.
Louis Edmund Hall (b.1863); Rev. Reginald Hall Grubbe (b.1862) [ Dr George William Hall (1770-1843), Master of Pembroke College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor ]
'These books were recevied by the above R. H. G. in March & June 1926.'
49pp. In 4to notebook with red cloth spine and black cloth boards. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in aged and worn covers. An alphabetical list, with entries covering two facing pages, divided into three columns: 'Name of Book', 'Description' and 'How disposed of'. Almost all the entries in the last column are 'H[enr]y Hall', but one item is recorded as being 'Sent to Julia Hall'. The serious library of an educated Englishman, with almost no fiction present. Nearly all the books date from the period 1770-1900, although 'Gloucestershire Visitation of 1623' is also present.
C. Maude Battersby, Irish writer [ George Lawrence Pilkington (1865-1897) ['Pilkington of Uganda'], British missionary; Church Missionary Society ]
Dated by Battersby from 'Cromlyn Rathowen Ireland | Jan 16th. 1898.'
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, with vertical closed tear along crease line to second leaf. Poem of thirty-six lines, arranged in six six-line stanzas. Biblical quotation ('2 Sam iii. 38') as epigram. The first stanza reads: 'We see no more your kindly face, | We hear no more your cheery voice, | But in our hearts you keep your place | And in your joy we can rejoice | Oh happy soldier of the King, | Rich trophies to whose Feet you bring'.
Frederic Norton [ George Frederic Norton ] (1869-1946), English composer [ Oscar Asche (1871-1936), Australian impresario; 'Chu Chin Chow', hugely-popular 1916 English musical ]
Between 1916 and circa 1966. 'Chu Chin Chow' was a hugely-popular extravaganza based on 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves', which, produced and directed by the Australian actor-manager Oscar Asche (1871-1936), premièred in London in 1916, and ran for five years and 2238 performances (more than twice as many as any previous piece), followed by numerous productions and revivals worldwide, as well as two British feature films. The phenomenal success of the piece may be gauged from the fact that it earned Asche alone £200,000.
Émile Andreoli (1835-1900), Franco-Italian writer and inventor, sent to Siberia following his participant in the Polish 'January Uprising', 1863-1864 [ Peter Kropotkin, Russia; Russian Katorga ]
Without details or date. [London, 1880s? Certainly after 1869.]
99pp., 8vo. Each page typed on a separate piece of paper ruled with red marginal borders. The manuscript housed in a contemporary thumb-indexed ledger, with each leaf tipped-in onto the recto of a leaf of the ledger. The manuscript in good condition, lightly-aged and worn; the ledger heavily worn and shaken, and lacking covers. Andreoli's name is not given anwhere in this item. Title-page with typed title 'Siberian Convicts' Life'. Above the title, in manuscript is '? Convict-Life', and typed beneath the title is a six-line epigram from Goethe.