Spencer Cowper (1670-1728), judge and Member of Parliament, tried for the murder of Sarah Stout in 1699
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 6 May 1715.
1p., on 15 x 17.5cm. Aged and worn, with loss to edges, and laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. The usual printed text, completed in manuscript, recording a payment of £25. Note: An account of the 1699 Sarah Stout murder trial, at which Cowper 'called expert medical testimony, including the famous physicians Samuel Garth and Hans Sloane, together with the anatomist William Cowper (not related)' is given in his entry in the Oxford DNB.
Lord Raglan [FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan], Comander of British troops in the Crimea.
Varna [Bulgaria; Headquarters], 3 September 1854 (followed by a time "14 to 10 PM"?)
Two pages, cr. 8vo, glue at margin from laying down in album, text clear and complete as follows: "The Comm[ande]r of the forces desires that the two Companies of the 50 Regt still on shore will furnish a working party of sixty men to cleanse the Trent Steaer lying off the wharves on the south side of the bay to ,morrow morning at day light. | The Commanding Officer will make every effort to get the men on board as early as possible by application to the first Naval Officer he may see on the beach or to the person in charge of any Transport boat he may be able to communicate with.
H. Rialèse [ L'Affaire Dreyfus; The Dreyfus Affair; Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935) ]
Paris: Imprimerie Maréchal et Montorier, A. Maréchal, successeur, 16, passage des Petites-Écuries, 16. 1899.
16pp., 8vo. Disbound. In original grey-paper wraps, with title printed on front. In fair condition, on aged high-acidity paper. A few marks and a quotation in English in light pencil. Dated 12 August 1899, and signed (printed) at end 'H. RIALÈSE'.
Mandy Rice-Davies (b.1944), central figure, with Christine Keeler, in the Profumo Affair
'A True-to-Life book by CONFIDENTIAL PUBLICATIONS LTD. 36/38 Whitefriars St., London, E.C.4.' [1964.]
40pp., 4to. Not paginated. In very good condition. Covers and centre-spread printed in colour on glossy art paper, otherwise in black and white. Profusely illustrated. The third page carries an introdcution by 'Mandy', reading: 'Two questions . . . . . remain unanswered despite the many thousands of words written about the Ward Trial. How do girls like myself move into High Society circles? And just how loose are the morals of certain Top People? | These are the questions I have set out to answer - not in any way to whitewash myself.
Charles Bemont, French scholar and autograph-collector [Alfred Dreyfus message on calling card]
[Printed heading] 9 Rue du Condé, 27 Oct. 1902.
Four pages, 12mo (letter), all items in good condition. He will fulfil his promise of some autograph letters, le plus notable et vivid, which had been relegated to the country but retrieved the day before. He describes a Michelet manuscript, notes taken après la lecture d'un ouvrage de M. Dupanloup before he became bishop. He discusses Dupanloup's character and achievements at length. He continues J'ajoute une lettre . . . Saul Meyer [NOT present] et une carte de visite . . .
Upper middle-class English writer (1916-74), editor of the 'Spectator' magazine 1947-9, biographer of Queen Mary, beaten to death by gay lover. The recipient (1912-82) was a writer under the pseudonym Alice Acland. Born Anne Acland-Troyte. Her first husband was Robert Egerton Grosvenor, 5th Baron Ebury, and her fourth Anthony Freire Marreco, the last survivor of the seven-strong British prosecuting team at Nuremberg, with whom she lived in Ireland. A series of camp, gossippy and revealing letters to a close friend.