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[William Buckland, Dean of Westminster, theologian, geologist and palaeontologist who wrote the first dinosaur description.] Autograph Note Signed ('W Buckland'), introducing his friend 'Mr Dering' ('much interested in poultry') to W. B. Tegetmeier.

Author: 
William Buckland (1784-1856), Dean of Westminster, theologian, geologist and palaeontologist [William Bernhardt Tegetmeier (1816-1912), naturalist, friend of Charles Darwin]
Publication details: 
No date. 156 Albany Street, Regent's Park [London].
£35.00

2pp, 12mo. Aged and worn, with one edge trimmed (on removal from mount), and closed tears to creases. Reads: 'Dear Tegetmeier | Allow me to introduce to you my friend Mr Dering who is much interested in Poultry & wishes to ask you a few questions | Yours &c | W Buckland'.

[Michael Ramsay, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Cardinal Heenan, Archbishop of Westminster.] Autograph Signatures ('+ Michael Canuar:' and '+ John Card. Heenan') on Vatican first day cover. With covering Typed Note Signed from Rev. Michael Moore.

Author: 
Michael Ramsay [Arthur Michael Ramsay] (1904-1988), hundredth Archbishop of Canterbury; John Carmel Heenan [Cardinal Heenan] (1905-1975), Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster
Publication details: 
The first day cover with Vatican postmark dated 8 December 1965. Moore's note: 26 February 1968, on Lambeth Palace letterhead of the Church of England Council on Foreign Relations.
£50.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged. The first day cover, celebrating the end of the second Ecumenical Council, is printed in brown, red and green, illustrated with photographic portraits of Ramsay and Pope Paul VI. It carries two Vatican stamps and a Vatican postmark. Towards the right of the cover, one over the other, are the signatures of '+ Michael Canuar:' and '+ John Card. Heenan'. Moore's Typed Letter Signed is addressed to Umberto Giorgi of Vicenza, Italy, and reads: 'The Archbishop of Canterbury was grateful for your letter.

[Richard Bright, physician, 'the father of nephrology', identifier of Bright's Disease.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richd Bright') to 'Mr Archer', explaining that he and his family are still on holiday in Wales, and his plans for his return to London.

Author: 
Richard Bright (1789-1858), English physician ('the father of nephrology'), pioneer in the research of kidney disease who identified what became known as Bright's Disease
Publication details: 
26 October 1846; Dolgelley, North Wales.
£120.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'My dear Mr Archer | I am sorry to be open to the reproof, which I feel contained in your very natural supposition that I am in my duties before this time, but in truth here I am till tomorrow - when I [?] Mrs Bright Children & all, we make our best speed towards Saville [sic] Row [his London address] & when I am there, towards the end of the week, I will do my best to furnish myself with the information you want & which at present I have not got'.

[Death of Lord Bryce (Liberal politician and jurist James Bryce, Viscount Bryce of Dechmont).] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Marion Bryce') from his widow Lady Bryce [Elizabeth Marion Bryce, née Ashton] to 'Mrs Clifford', describing his death.

Author: 
Lady Bryce [Elizabeth Marion Bryce, née Ashton] (1854-1939), wife of James Bryce [Lord Bryce; Viscount Bryce of Dechmont] (1838-1922), Liberal politician, historian and jurist
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£100.00

2pp, 12mo. On paper with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Replying to a letter of condolence from Mrs Clifford, she writes that she has been 'a good deal stunned with the shock & am still overwhelmed with a mass of unanswered letters. The blow fell, as you know, with absolute suddenness - no illness & no warning. After a day spent as usual in work, & a walk with me in the afternoon, my husband went to bed that last night apparently perfectly well, & I awoke next morning to find him gone.

[Lord Radstock [Granville Augustus William Waldegrave], philanthropist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Radstock') to 'Baxter', giving three measures which he has put to Gladstone in a letter about 'the condition of the East [i.e. East End of London]'.

Author: 
Lord Radstock [Granville Augustus William Waldegrave, 3rd Baron Radstock] (1833-1913), philanthropist and evangelist [William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister; the East End of London]
Publication details: 
'30 B. S. [i.e Baker Street, Portman Square, London] | Jan. 13 [no year]'.
£80.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. He reports that he 'wrote a line to Gladstone about the condition of the East urging the Govt. to take it up either by Equalization of Poor Rates, Emigration or Alteration of License System or all of these'. He considers that 'a good case is made out' and the measures he suggests 'wd do something'. He wonders whether the recipient might be able to 'put a few statistics together'. He thinks that 'the worst part is the permanent depression of the trading class wh takes away all vitality'.

[Mayne Reid, Irish novelist on American themes.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'J. Froebel' [Julius Fröbel] regarding arrangements for the translation, editing and publication of his book 'Aus Amerika'.

Author: 
Mayne Reid [Thomas Mayne Reid] (1818-1883), Irish novelist who lived for long periods in America and wrote on American themes [Julius Fröbel [Froebel] (1805-1893), German geologist and traveller]
Publication details: 
23 November [1858]; Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.
£250.00

8pp, 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Signed 'Mayne Reid', and written from the sprawling 'Rancho' which he built at Gerrards Cross, in imitation of a Mexican hacienda. The recipient is named by Reid as 'J. Froebel', i.e. Julius Froebel, and the subject is arrangements for the translation translation of his book 'Aus Amerika' (Leipzig, 1857), which would be published in London by Richard Bentley in 1859 under the title 'Seven Years' Travel in Central America, Northern Mexico, and the Far West of the United States'.

[Lady Ampthill, wife of Lord Odo Russell, first British Ambassador to the German Empire.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Emily Russell') to Princess Charlotte [of Prussia], regarding a wedding present of 'the newest style of Minton's china'.

Author: 
Lady Ampthill [Emily Theresa Russell] (1843-1927), wife of Lord Odo Russell [Lord Ampthill] (1829-1884), first British Ambassador to the German Empire [Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1860-1919)]
Publication details: 
No date [1878]. On letterhead of the British Embassy, Berlin.
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Begins: 'Dear Princess Charlotte. | May I venture to ask Your Royal Highness's acceptance of a small wedding present from my husband and myself with our most sincere and heartfelt good wishes for Your Royal Highness's future happiness and prosperity.' The present is 'the newest style of Minton's china and this is the first specimen of the kind'. She concludes in conventional style.

[Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music.] Autograph Text of notes for speech given by him on the retirement of Mrs Florence Russell; and inscribed programme of a 'Social Evening' on his own.

Author: 
Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935), Scottish composer, for 36 years Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, London
Publication details: 
[Royal Academy of Music, London.] Speech circa 1924. Programme for 'Social Evening' on 26 March 1924.
£180.00

See Mackenzie's appreciative entry in the Oxford DNB, which points out that in his day he was 'regarded as the finest ever Scottish musician'. The recipient Mrs Florence Russell worked for Mackenzie as an administrator at the Royal Academy of Music, to which he acted as principal between 1887 and his retirement in 1924, and of which she was herself a former student.

[Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music.] Nine Autograph Letters Signed, with another from his daughter Maimie Mitzakis, to Mrs Florence Russell, filled with personal and professional information.

Author: 
Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935), Scottish composer, for 36 years Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, London
Publication details: 
Between 1914 and 1925. Most from his London address, 15 Regent's Park Road, N.W.; some on letterheads of the Royal Academy of Music. One from Fern Nook, Ilkley, Yorkshire.
£450.00

See Mackenzie's appreciative entry in the Oxford DNB, which points out that in his day he was 'regarded as the finest ever Scottish musician'. The recipient Mrs Florence Russell worked for Mackenzie as an administrator at the Royal Academy of Music, to which he acted as principal between 1887 and his retirement in 1924, and of which she was herself a former student.

[Sir Frederick Corder, composer, Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Corder') to Mrs Florence Russell, describing a difficult Christmas on Looe Island, Cornwall.

Author: 
Sir Frederick Corder (1852-1932), composer and Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, brother of Pre-Raphaelite artist Rosa Corder [Looe Island [Enys Lann-Managh], Cornwall]
Publication details: 
5 January 1925; on letterhead of Looe Island, Cornwall.
£90.00

Corder (whose sister was the artist and forger Rosa Corder, sitter to Whistler and lover of Charles Augustus Howell) had bought Looe Island (subject of two books by its subsequent owners the Atkins sisters) in 1921 with the proceeds of the sale of his collection of first editions. The recipient Florence Russell was an official at the Royal College of Music, and other material addressed to her by the Principal Sir A. C. Mackenzie is offered separately. 2pp, 12mo.

[Lord Liverpool as Prime Minister.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Liverpool') to 'F. Lewis Esqre', requesting him to procure a book cited in his 'first Report'.

Author: 
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool [Lord Liverpool] (1770-1828), Tory Prime Minister, 1812-1827, who introduced repressive measures following the 1819 Peterloo Massacre
Publication details: 
15 June 1825. Fife House [Whitehall, London].
£135.00

1p, 4to. Aged, and with glue staining to reverse and damage to corners from mount. The recipient is named as 'F. Lewis Esqre'. Reads: 'My dear Sir | I shall be very much obliged to you if you could procure for me a Copy of the work entitled An Evangelical life of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, forming an Harmony of the four Gospels" - referred to in the note, page 98, of your first Report. | I am with great Truth | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Liverpool'.

[President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's mother Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sara D Roosevelt') to 'Peggy', on a sketch to be made of the 'village' library she and her son are endowing in Hyde Park in memory of her husband.

Author: 
Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt (1854-1941), second wife of James Roosevelt I, mother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt [James Roosevelt Memorial Library, Hyde Park on the Hudson]
Publication details: 
23 February [no year]; on letterhead of Hyde Park on the Hudson, N.Y. [New York].
£135.00

The subject of the letter is a sketch which Mrs Roosevelt wishes the recipient to make on a scroll, depicting the library which she and her son the future president Franklin Delano Roosevelt are endowing in the 'village' of Hyde Park, in memory of her husband James Roosevelt I (1828-1900). (The library opened in 1927, and is still in use.) 4pp, 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once, with short closed to one edge of the fold. She begins: 'My dear Peggy | I received your parcel just before I came up here so have a few days of country air with my son [F. D.

[Sir Edward Morris [as Lord Morris], Prime Minister of Newfoundland.] Typed Letter Signed ('Morris') to Mrs Eustace Hills, accepting her invitation to 'say a few words in connection with the work ahead for women in Empire Citizenship'.

Author: 
Sir Edward Morris [Edward Patrick Morris, 1st Baron Morris] (1859-1935), Prime Minister of Newfoundland, 1909-1917 [Mrs Eustace Hills, Vice President, Lend-a-Hand Club, London]
Publication details: 
17 October 1924; 3 Heath Drive, Hampstead, N.W.3 [London].
£90.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Bold signature in light-blue ink. He has not forgotten the 'very pleasant meeting' he had with Hills and her husband when she was on a trip to Newfoundland, and will be 'very pleased to accept your kind invitation for luncheon on the 5th November, and say a few words in connection with the work ahead for women in Empire Citizenship'. He assumes that the invitation extends to his wife.

[Gilbert White, naturalist.] Original Manuscript, said to have been dictated by White himself, of 'Gilbert White's statement' on the venomous properties of the toad, with eleven authorial emendations. Together with a series of thermometer readings.

Author: 
Gilbert White (1720-1793), naturalist and ornithologist, author of the celebrated 'Natural History of Selborne' (1789) [Thomas Bell (1792-1880), zoologist]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£800.00

A very nice artefact of one of the best-loved books in the England language, Gilbert White's 'Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne', which at one point was claimed to be the fourth most-printed book after the Bible, Shakespeare, and Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress'. White's entry in the Oxford DNB concludes by describing the book as 'an expression of universal thanksgiving, treasured by all'. The present item is the original manuscript of what White's editor Thomas Bell describes as 'Gilbert White's statement' on the venomous properties of the toad, first printed in a footnote (signed 'T.

[Louise Chandler Moulton, American author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Louise C. Moulton') to 'Mr. Boyd', including holograph poem 'Has Spring Come Back?', which she has written that day for a party celebrating the engagement of Longfellow's daughter.

Author: 
Louise Chandler Moulton [born Ellen Louise Chandler] (1835-1908), American author and poet [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet]
Publication details: 
Letter: 31 December [1884]; 28 Rutland Square, Boston. Poem signed and dated 'S. C. M. | Dec. 31. 1884.'
£300.00

A nice item, in which, writing to a friend in London, Moulton describes, and encloses a holograph copy of, the poem she has written that very day for the following day's New Year's Eve party to celebrate the engagement of Longfellow's youngest daughter Anne Allegra to Joseph Gilbert Thorp Jr. (1852-1931). 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. Aged, worn and creased, with damage resulting in loss of a couple of words of text, due to tearing of the letter away from mount. The letter covers three pages, the last written lengthwise, and is forty-six lines long.

[Mark Pattison, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mark Pattison') [to historian Reginald Lane Poole], discussing 'the historical lectureship', and encouraging him to settle in Oxford, but not 'as a coach'.

Author: 
Mark Pattison (1813-1884), academic, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, candidate for the original of Edward Casaubon in George Eliot's Middlemarch [Reginald Lane Poole (1857-1939), historian]
Publication details: 
7 May 1883; on letterhead of Lincoln College, Oxford.
£60.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The recipient is not named, but the conclusion of the letter makes it clear it is Poole. Written in a shaky hand a little over a year before Pattison's death. The context of the letter makes clear that as a married man, Poole is attempting to take advantage of the previous year's revision of the Oxford college statutes enjoining celibacy. It begins: 'Dear Sir | You seem to be under a misapprehension as to the historical lectureship for which you wish to become a candidate.

[Two great French generals: Jean Lannes, 1st Duc de Montebello, Maréchal de France, and Jean-Marie Mellon Roger, le général Valhubert.] Leaf of paper, carrying Valhubert's signature to a request for remittance, countersigned by Lannes and two others.

Author: 
Jean Lannes, 1st Duc de Montebello, Prince de Siewierz (1769-1809), Maréchal de France, celebrated French soldier, friend of Napoleon; Jean-Marie Mellon Roger, le général Valhubert (1764-1805)
Publication details: 
Valhubert's request: 'à Paris le 5 Pluviôse an 13' [i.e. 24 March 1805] ('Le depot du 28eme. Regt de ligne est maintenant à Lille'). The last of the countersignatures dated '13 Ventôse An 13' [i.e. 4 March 1805].
£800.00

2pp, 8vo. An ephemeral item, on aged and spotted paper. From the celebrated autograph collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton), and with strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. Folded twice. The firm signature of 'Roger-Valhubert' is on one side, to a document inviting 'le conseil d'administration du 28ème Régiment de Ligne à [sic] remettre, à l'ordre de Monsieur Le Maréchal Lannes', a sum of money, 'que j'ai deposee, a cet effet, dans la Caisse, avant de quitter le Commandement du sur-dit Régiment'.

[John Abernethy, distinguished surgeon and medical author.] Autograph Signature on part of letter.

Author: 
John Abernethy (1764-1831), distinguished surgeon and medical author, founder of the medical school of St Bartholomew's Hospital (Bart's), London, lecturer in anatomy to the Royal College of Surgeons
Publication details: 
8 June [no year]; Bedford Row [London].
£30.00

On 4 x 18.5 cm slip of paper cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, on aged and lightly creased paper, with two folds and small strip of tape discolouration running along bottom edge, but not affecting any text. Reads: '[...] increased. | I remain Dear Sir | Yrs. very sincerely | John Abernethy | Bedford Row | 8th. June'.

[Edmund Boyle, 7th Earl of Cork and 7th Earl of Orrery, Irish peer ] Autograph Signature ('Cork') to part of document addressed to the Duke of York (as Commander in Chief of the British Army).

Author: 
Earl of Cork [Edmund Boyle, 7th Earl of Cork and 7th Earl of Orrery] (1742-1798), Irish peer, on whose wife Mary Monckton Dickens modelled Mrs Leo Hunter in 'Pickwick Papers'
Publication details: 
[November 1795]; no place.
£35.00

On one side of 8 x 18.5 cm piece of paper, torn from the end of a letter. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of brown paper from mount adhering to the blank reverse. The item would appear to be entirely in the hand of the Earl, but the matter is not quite certain, and it may be in a secretarial hand, with only Cork's signature in autograph. It reads: '[...] | Sir | Your Royal Highness's | very obedient | and very humble Servant | Cork | Col | [Som.?] Reg.] Addressed to 'His R. H. | The Duke of York | &c &c &c'. Annotated, in two separate contemporary hands: 'Novr. 1795' and 'Nov.

[George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer, as First Lord of the Admiralty, to Sir Sidney Smith.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Spencer') exonerating Smith's recent 'proceedings', and explaining the Royal Navy's position over 'the Occupation of Egypt'.

Author: 
George John Spencer (1758-1834), 2nd Earl Spencer, Whig Home Secretary, First Lord of the Admiralty, bibliophile whose Althorp Library is now John Rylands Library, Manchester [Sir Sidney Smith]
Publication details: 
17 August 1800; Admiralty [London].
£800.00

An excellent letter from Spencer as First Lord of the Admiralty, 1794-1801, vividly conveying the urgency and energetic action required of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. 4pp, 4to. Bifolium. Fifty-eight lines of text. In fair condition, aged and worn, with light damp staining. Folded three times. Written following Smith's successes against Napoleon's Egyptian expeditionary force, in particular at the Siege of Acre (1799), for which he was granted a Government pension of £1000 a year.

[Gilbert White, naturalist.] Original Manuscript, said to have been dictated by White himself, of 'Gilbert White's statement' on the venomous properties of the toad, with eleven authorial emendations. Together with a series of thermometer readings.

Author: 
Gilbert White (1720-1793), naturalist and ornithologist, author of the celebrated 'Natural History of Selborne' (1789) [Thomas Bell (1792-1880), zoologist]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£3,500.00

A very nice artefact of one of the best-loved books in the England language, Gilbert White's 'Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne', which at one point was claimed to be the fourth most-printed book after the Bible, Shakespeare, and Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress'. White's entry in the Oxford DNB concludes by describing the book as 'an expression of universal thanksgiving, treasured by all'. The present item is the original manuscript of what White's editor Thomas Bell describes as 'Gilbert White's statement' on the venomous properties of the toad, first printed in a footnote (signed 'T.

[Richard Lambart, 7th Earl of Cavan, head of the British Army in Egypt.] Autograph Signature ('Cavan') to part of manuscript document addressed to the Duke of York, Commander in Chief of the British Army.

Author: 
Earl of Cavan [Richard Ford William Lambart, 7th Earl of Cavan; in youth Viscount Kilcoursie] (1763-1837), Irish peer, Napoleonic era military commander, head of the British Army in Egypt
Publication details: 
1 March 1804; Cowes [Isle of Wight].
£35.00

On one side of 8 x 19 cm piece of paper, torn from the end of a document. In fair condition, lightly aged, with strip of paper from mount adhering to the reverse. Two folds. The signature 'Cavan' is between two horizontal lines. The rest of the document would appear to be in a secretarial hand, but the matter is not quite certain. It reads: '[...] | I have the Honor | to be | Sir | Your Royal Highness's | Most Obedt. Faithful | & Much Obliged | Humble Servt. | Cavan'. It is dated 'Cowes. | March 1st 1804' and addressed to 'His Royal Highness | The Duke of York'.

[Emerson Tennent, politician, colonial administrator and Governor of Ceylon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Emerson Tennent') to John Lindsay and John Sinclair

Author: 
Emerson Tennent [Sir James Emerson Tennent, 1st Baronet, born James Emerson] (1804-1869), Irish-born British politician, colonial administrator and traveller, who acted as Governor of Ceylon
Publication details: 
12 June 1844. London.
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. He writes that he has 'received the memorial to the Postmaster General, which you have done me the honor to transmit for the joint transmission of Mr Ross & myself'. He will arrange with Ross to have the memorial 'presented on the earliest possible opportunity'.

[Charles B. Wilder, Boston abolitionist.] Printed pamphlet: 'An Inquiry into the Causes of Frequent Changes in the Ministry, and the Diminished Power of the Churches to hold the People in the House of God.'

Author: 
C. B. Wilder [Charles B. Wilder, Boston abolitionist and Superintendent of Contrabands] [Beacon Press, Boston; Thomas Todd, Printer; Congregational House]
Publication details: 
Boston: Beacon Press: Thomas Todd, Printer, Congregational House, Room 25, 1881.
£50.00

[2] + 16pp, 8vo. In wraps on the front cover of which is printed the title-page, with a 'Note' by Wilder on the reverse. Sixteen pages of text with drop-head title: 'Churches and Ministers Considered'. In poor condition, aged and worn. Wilder's note explains his motive for writing: 'I am nearly four-score years of age - my life covering almost three generations. My opportunities for observation in city and country, North, South, East, and West, have been abundant.

[Emerson Tennent, politician and Governor of Ceylon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Emerson Tennent') to Alexander Dickey of Belfast, complaining of parliamentary procedure on petitions (Irish in particular), and discussing Church of Scotland reform.

Author: 
Emerson Tennent [Sir James Emerson Tennent, 1st Baronet, born James Emerson] (1804-1869), Irish-born British politician and traveller, Governor of Ceylon [Alexander Dickey of Belfast]
Publication details: 
16 March 1840. 19 Pall Mall, London.
£65.00

4pp, 4to. Bifolium. Panel, a little under one-sixth of total area, missing from bottom outside corner of second leaf, with attendant loss to text, otherwise in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. A good long letter in a neat and stylish hand, with a firm underlined signature. He begins by writing that he has that morning 'received the Petition from Belfast which I was pleased to expect from having seen in the Report of your meeting that you had done Mr Dunbar and myself the honor to entrust its presentation to us'.

[Herman Merivale, historian and civil servant, to his brother Charles Merivale.] Long Autograph Letter Signed ('H Merivale'), discussing his activities and writing, and ending with a shrewd assessment of Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

Author: 
Herman Merivale (1806-1874), historian and civil servant, Professor of Political Economy at Oxford, brother of Charles Merivale (1808-1893), Dean of Ely, historian [Edward Bulwer-Lytton [Lord Lytton]]
Publication details: 
'7 Carey Street. [Lincoln's Inn, London] Tuesday.' With postmark 3 December 1833.
£120.00

4pp, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with small seal in red wax and postmark, to 'Revd. Charles Merivale | St John's College | Cambridge'. A long letter, with the four pages of text followed by a long postscript at the head of the first page, continuing to the last.

[James Currie, Scottish physician, first editor and major biographer of Robert Burns.] Autograph Prescription for 'Mr Carpenter', signed 'J C'.

Author: 
James Currie (1756-1805), Scottish physician educated at the University of Edinburgh and practising in Liverpool, the first editor and major biographer of Robert Burns
Publication details: 
24 September 1804. No place.
£100.00

On 12.5 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, trimmed at edges, laid down on part of leaf from album. In fair condition, aged and worn, with central spike hole (made by the chemist?). Six-line prescription in the usual medical Latin, ending: 'J C | Mr Carpenter | 24 Sepr. 1804'. At foot of page, in a contemporary hand, 'Dr J Currie author of Life of Burns'.

[Cloudesley Brereton, educationalist and poet.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Society of Arts, topics including a proposed lecture and America. With inscribed printed prospectus for 'Roger Bacon Commemoration'.

Author: 
Cloudesley Brereton [Cloudesley Shovell Henry Brereton] (1863-1937), educationalist and poet [Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London; Roger Bacon]
Publication details: 
Letters: 4 January 1900, on letterhead of Briningham House, Melton Constable; 2 July 1901, on letterhead of Westminster Hotel, New York; 12 July [1913], on letterhead of 7 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, N.W. [London] Prospectus: July 1913.
£160.00

Four items, in good condition, lightly aged. The three letters with date stamps of the Society of Arts, and two with pencil annotations. All three signed 'Cloudesley Brereton'. ONE: ALS of 4 January 1900. 2pp, 12mo. He thanks him for his 'kindly intervention with the Board of Education', which he believes 'will in time bear good fruit'. He has been 'thinking over' Wood's 'suggestion of giving a lecture on the Rural Schools of France', and would 'much like to take it up if you have still a vacant date & you do not want it too soon - as I am just now overwhelmed with work'.

[George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough ('the Profligate Duke'), bibliophile.] Autograph Note of Admittance to 'Blenheim Palace and Gardens', signed 'Marlborough', for 'Dr. Cotton', i.e. Rev. Dr Horace Salusbury Cotton, Ordinary of Newgate

Author: 
George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough ['the Profligate Duke'] (1766-1840), until 1817 styled Marquis of Blandford, bibliophile [Horace Salusbury Cotton (c.1774-1846), Ordinary of Newgate]
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£100.00

The Duke was Winston Churchill's great-great-grandfather. His library at Whiteknights Park was celebrated, and his purchase of the Valdarfer Boccaccio at the 1811 Roxburghe sale was the spur to the formation of the Roxburghe Club. Like the Duke, Cotton was a notable collector of books and autographs. He was generally considered a faintly-ridiculous figure, and condemned men were said to die 'with Cotton in their ears'. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Reads 'Admit Dr.

[Incorporated Society of Musicians and British music on eve of First World War.] Signatures of thirteen composers (including Havergal Brian, Monk Gould, Julius Harrison) and musicians at 1912 Birmingham Conference, seven with autograph bars of music.

Author: 
[Incorporated Society of Musicians, Birmingham Conference, 1912] Havergal Brian, Monk Gould, Julius Harrison, Edgar L. Bainton, H. Balfour Gardiner, William Wallace, C. Warwick-Evans, Harry A. Keyser
Publication details: 
Signatures given at the Birmingham Conference of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, 1912-1913.
£320.00

For a detailed report of the Incorporated Society of Musicians conference at which these autographs were given, and which took place in Birmingham over the five days between 30 December 1912 and 3 January 1913, see Musical Times, 1 February 1913, pp.113-114. Thirteen signatures of British pre-war musical figures, on ten pieces of paper, ranging from 16 x 19 cm to 7 x 13 cm, nine of them on parts leaves of various colours cut from an album. In good condition, lightly aged. In only two cases are the signatures on both sides of the paper, on the other eight the reverse is blank.

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