[ Edward Paget and Queen Victoria. ] Finely bound and illuminated volume, compiled by 'E. P.', containing Autograph Letter Signed ('Victoria R'), frank ('The Queen') and other material by Queen Victoria, with upwards of 1000 royal and noble monograms

Queen Victoria; Edward Paget; Victorian royal and noble monograms, ciphers and bookplates
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[ London (Buckingham Palace), Windsor and the Isle of Wight (Osborne House).] 1853 and 1854.

156pp., 12mo. In fine binding of black morocco, tooled in gilt on the boards and spine, one of the five compartments of which contains the word 'CYPHERS', with the date '1854' at the foot of the spine. With all edges gilt and dentelles, and a metal cast of the monogram 'EP' placed at centre of the front board. Hand-drawn and coloured Paget family bookplate on front pastedown. In fair condition, aged and worn, in worn binding.

[ Northcote-Trevelyan Report, 1854. ] Six items: long letter from Herries to Northcote in defence of the civil service; Northcote's reply; Herries' rejoinder; letter from Frederick Goulburn to Herries; two printed papers by George Arbuthnot.

Northcote-Trevelyan Report, 1854 [ Sir Charles John Herries; Sir Stafford Northcote [ Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh ]; George Arbuthnot; Frederick Goulburn; Civil Service reform ]
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The six items from 1854. Northcote's letter from the Pynes, Exeter; Herries from the 'I[nland]. R[evenue].' and 114 Piccadilly; Goulburn from the Board of Customs [ London ]; and one of Arbuthnot's papers 'Printed at the Foreign Office'.

Lord Hennessy has characterised the subject of these items, the Northcote-Trevelyan Report of 1854, as 'the greatest single governing gift of the nineteenth to the twentieth century: a politically disinterested and permanent Civil Service with core values of integrity, propriety, objectivity and appointment on merit, able to transfer its loyalty and expertise from one elected government to the next'.

[ 'Balaclava Kettledrum', charitable event for the Light Brigade Relief Fund, London, 1890. ] Programme, with photograph of the 'Cardigan Balaclava Heirlooms', and three insertions.

'Balaclava Kettledrum', charitable event for the Light Brigade Relief Fund, London, 1890 [ Col. George E. Gouraud; Crimean War; Charge of the Light Brigade; Battle of Balaklava; Emily Virginia Mason]
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'Balaclava Kettledrum' at Edison House, Northumberland Avenue [ London ]. Over six days between 31 July and 6 August [ 1890 ].

The organiser of the 'Balaclava Kettledrum' afternoon receptions was Col. George Edward Gouraud (1842-1912), a veteran of the American Civil War and Thomas Edison's agent in Europe, acting on behalf of the Light Brigade Relief Fund. In a letter to The Times, published 20 May 1890, the Marquess of Hartingdon described how the Fund had been set up 'to assist the really destitute survivors of the Balaclava Light Brigade, and an executive committee was appointed to investigate the circumstances of the various applicants'.

[ The Potato Blight in Scotland, 1854. ] Anonymous manuscript paper: 'The Cause and Cure of the Potato disease &c.', including 'Memorandum of Facts relative to Pestilence and the Potato disease in the Parish of Campbeltown'.

[ The Kintyre Agricultural Society; Cambeltown, Argyll and Bute; the Potato Blight in Scotland, 1854 ]
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'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.

[Printed item.] Tunbridge Wells Classical and Commercial School. Examination, June, 1854.

[Rev. William Earle (1817-1892), Head Master, Tunbridge Wells Classical and Commercial School; J. Colbran, printer; St John's College, Cambridge]
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Tunbridge Wells: J. Colbran, Printer, High Street. 1854.

[32]pp., 8vo. Stitched and unbound. Internally in good condition, on aged paper, in covers spotted with ink, with slight staining at head of first few leaves, and one corner dogeared. Nicely printed, with lists of meritorious boys, a full-page transcript of a letter from Rev. B. Whitelock to Earl, and examination papers in Greek, Latin, French, geography, algebra and other fields. Scarce: no copies on COPAC or WorldCat, although a similar item for 1852 is held by the British Library. In 1855 it was reported that the school counted 109 scholars, of whom 72 were boarders.

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