L. A. G. Strong [ Leonard Alfred George Strong ] (1896-1958), author, poet and publisher (Methuen & Co., London) [ Margaret Greenwood ]
Strong's 24 letters between 1946 and 1952, on letterheads of Shortfield House, Frensham, Surrey (21); Salterns, Eashing, Godalming, Surrey (1); Methuen & Co. Ltd, London (1). Greenwood writing from Bexley Heath, Kent.
A total of 50 items, all but the three earliest of Strong's letters held together with a brass stud. The collection in good overall condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Strong's 24 letters total 37pp., with the early letters signed 'L A G Strong' and the later ones 'Leonard', and occasional variant signatures in between ('Leonard Strong', 'LAGS'). The copies of Greenwood's 26 letters (two in autograph, the rest typed) total 32pp. An interesting correspondence, in which Strong responds with tact and patience to his inexperienced correspondent's proposals and actions.
Alfred Wareing (1876-1942), theatrical producer [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor, brother of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) ]
On letterhead of 20 Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, W.C. 2 December 1901.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. After thanking him for his note he reports that he has written, 'bearing in mind your injunction, to Ian', i.e. the actor Ian Forbes Robertson (1859-1936). He will be going 'down to S. N. or Notting Hill to see him', and asks Forbes-Robertson to send in the coming week 'some specimens of your black & white work to Edgar Wilson, 1, Middleton Rd. Battersea Rise S.W.' Wilson is 'the art editor of a magazine', and Wareing has written to him suggesting that he take some of Forbes-Robertson's work.
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'.
Bernard Alfred Southgate (1904-1975), Director of the Water Pollution Research Laboratory, Stevenage [ Department of Industrial and Scientific Research; Royal Society of Arts ]
All three on letterheads of the Water Pollution Research Laboratory (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research), Stevenage, Hertfordshire. 16 July and 9 and 23 August 1963.
Five items: Southgate's three letters and carbons of two of Samson's replies (17 July and 10 August 1963). The five are all in good condition, on lightly aged paper. Southgate's first letter (16 July 1963; 1p., 12mo) accepts Samson 'invitation to give a paper', and discusses the question of the title: 'We are concerned here with the prevention of pollution and the study of its effects in surface waters and my paper would deal mainly with that side of the question rather than with the treatment of water as carried out by a water undertaking.
Mary Proctor (1862-1957), Anglo-American astronomer after whom a crater on the moon is named, daughter of the British astronomer Richard Anthony Proctor (1837-1888) [Alfred Fowler, astrophysicist]
Several from St Joseph, Missouri; others from New York, Washington, and London, England. Between 1889 and 1931.
25 items. in good condition, lightly aged and worn. A small but evocative collection, ranging from a bill of sale of the family's effects in the year following the death of Mary Proctor's father in 1888, to a letter from her cousin in 1931, reprimanding her for spending too much money on unnecessary tickets. Mary Proctor was born in Dublin to British parents; the early part of her life was spent in the United States, and following the First World War she settled in England.
G. & F. E. Wattis, Birmingham; Alfred Lea and John Knight & Co., Leeds; John Greenwood & Sons, Clerkenwell; [Victorian clocks and watches; clockmakers; timepieces; horology; trade catalogues]
Undated [1870s and 1880s]. Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London.
The collection, consisting of eighteen items, would appear to derive from J. L. Cocker, to whom one of the receipts is made out. Eight posters, all but the last in fair condition, aged and lightly worn; and all but Number printed in black and white. Items Three and Eight have the firm's address repeatedly printed on the reverse, so that the particular timepieces in which the customer is interested can be cut away from the sheet. ONE (56 x 43.5 cm).
Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge [ George William Frederick Charles ] (1819-1904), grandson of George III; cousin of Queen Victoria [ Alfred Montgomery (1814-96), Commissioner for Inland Revenue ]
On letterhead of Gloucester House, Park Lane, W. [ London ] 30 December 1893.
1p. 12mo. On grubby and creased paper, with rust mark from paperclip. Reads: 'My dear Alfred Montgomery | Thank's [sic] for yours received this morning. I have a vacant place at my dinner table for Monday next New Years day, so I hope to see you here at 8 o'clock and personally to wish you every sort of blessing for the coming Year. I remain | Yours most sincerely, | George.'
Alfred D. Kissack; Hills & Saunders; Eton photographers [Raymond Coxe Radcliffe (1852-1929), King's College, Cambridge, Assistant Master in Mathematics and Classics, Eton College]
Possibly a presentation to Radcliffe and his wife. 4to photograph album, in heavily-worn leather binding, all edges gilt, lacking clasp and spine, containing a total of 113 photographs, including 108 albumen cartes-de-visite, each print approximately 9 x 5.5 cm, and each laid down on a gilt-edged card mount roughly 10.5 x 6 cm. The large majority of the photographs are in excellent condition, with some carrying a small pinhole at the head (obscured by their mounts). Three pages of the album carry minor damage, otherwise good and tight internally. Almost all from the studio of Alfred D.
[ Slade School, University College London, 1947; Beatrix Blake ] [ Randolph Schwabe; Alfred Gerrard; Aelred Bartlett; Allan Gwynne-Jones; George Charlton; Peter Alfred Brooker; Richard Beer ]
[ Slade School, University College London. June 1947. ] Print by Panora Ltd, London, WC1.
Black and white photographic print on 20 x 82 cm piece of paper, with image size 14.5 x 78 cm. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear, tightly rolled. Printed caption below image, and photographers' details at bottom right. The year's intake and the tutors are placed in five rows on the grass in front of the main building.
University College, University of London; Sir William Ramsay (1852-1916), Nobel-prize-winning chemist; M. J. M. Hill; Alfred William Porter; N. T. M. Wilsmore; Frederick Thomas Trouton; W. G. Hartog
University of London, University College. Session of 1909-1910.
On both sides of a 11.5 x 15 cm piece of card. Printed in black ink, and completed in manuscript. An interesting piece of University of London ephemera. Aged and worn. The front is headed 'UNIVERSITY OF LONDON. | UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.' and records that Lake has paid his fee of thirty-six guineas. At bottom left: 'This Ticket must be presented for signature to the Professors of the Classes for which it is issued.' On the reverse is a grid, with the signatures of: 'M. J. M. Hill' [ Micaiah John Muller Hill (1856-1929) ] for 'Pure Mathematics'; 'Alfred W.
Alfred Emmott, 1st Baron Emmott (1858-1926), Liberal Member of Parliament for Oldham and cotton magnate [ Charles James Holdsworth; Stramongate School, Kendal; Quakers; Society of Friends ]
AE's five letters on letterheads of 30 Ennismore Gardens, S.W. [ London ] (3); and Spring Bank, Oldham (2); four of them from between 1905 and 1907, the other undated. GHE's letter on letterhead of 35 Grosvenor Road, Claughton, Birkenhead; 1903.
The six items, totalling 9pp., are in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, George H. Emmott's letter having slight wear at head. The recipient was Charles J. Holdsworth of Sunnyside, Wilmslow, Cheshire.
A. E. Stamp [ Alfred Edward Stamp ] (1870-1938), antiquary, Deputy Keeper of the Public Records
On letterhead of Alnewyn, 107 Hampstead Way, Golders Green, N.W. 18 April 1930.
3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. He expresses the grief of his wife and himself at Joy's loss, and continues: 'I seem to have known your two girls ever since Molly was quite a chidl and we heard so much of them from her that we seemed to know them better nd be more interested in them than in other girls that we saw far more often.' He continues with a comment on how the loss must be affecting the surviving sister Mary.
Augustine Brohan [ Joséphine-Félicité-Augustine Brohan ] (1824-1893), actress of the the Comédie-Française, mistress of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte [ Napoleon III ], with fashionable Paris salon
Ville d'Avray. 31 April [ no year ].
1p., 16mo. Eleven lines of text. On aged and worn paper, with central closed tears unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. A warm letter of thanks, with valediction 'Mille choses affectueuses à tous les vôtres'.
Sidney Morgan (1874-1946), English film director, who acted for Alfred Hitchcock [ [ Percy Nash [ Percy Cromwell Nash ] (1869-1958), film director and dramatist; Cinematograph Films Act of 1927 ]
On letterhead of the British Association of Film Directors, The Players Club, Denman Street, London. 30 May 1927.
1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Nash is named on the letterhead as the Association's president, and Morgan as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer. The letter begins: Dear Percy / | For various reasons we did not get a largely attended meeting on Friday, but the better feeling between members seems still to grow.' Nash's 'protracted illness' has clearly necessitated his stepping down as president, and '[a]fter considerable discussion it was decided to ask Pearson & Elvey [i.e. George Pearson (1875-1973) and Maurice Elvey (1887-1967)] to be President & Vice with myself to continue'.
Lord Northcliffe [ Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe (1865-1922) ], press baron, owner of the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror
On letterhead of the Daily Mail, Temple, E.C. [ London ] 29 November 1898.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Dear Mr. Fisher | I am so sorry I cannot attend the meeting. Unfortunately, I am absolutely obliged to attend to my newspapers all day long. | Yours faithfully | Alfred Harmsworth'. The Daily Mail was little more than two years old at the time of this note.
Alfred Swaine Taylor (1806-1880), toxicologist and medical jurist [ Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-1907), British Museum curator ]
St James's Terrace, Regent's Park. 6 July and 22 December 1858.
ONE: 4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An emphatic and energetic letter. Clearly reporting on a sample of wallpaper which Franks has sent him, Taylor begins his letter: 'Your black paper is as much saturated with the arsenical colour as it can well be.' He finds the paper 'precisely similar' to that which 'occasioned the illness of Dr Halley in Harley St, - and the publication of whose letter created such alarm in the public mind' (the reference is to the letter of Dr Alexander Halley in The Times, 11 January 1858).
Alfred Capel Shaw [ (1847-1918), Chief Librarian of Birmingham ] [ John Bright (1811-1889), Quaker and Radical, prominent member of the Anti-Corn Law League, Corn Law, MP for Birmingham ]
Hudson & Son, Printers, Edmund Street, Birmingham. [ 1883. ]
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on pink paper. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with minor evidence of removal from stub. A poem of 13 irregular stanzas. Begins: 'When some great warrior returns | Triumphant to his native land, | The heart of all the nation burns | To welcome him.
Alfred de Vigny [ Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny ] (1797-1863), French romantic poet [ Eugène Guinot (1812-1861), French author ]
Without place or date.
On one side of an 8 x 13 cm piece of paper. In good condition, with light signs of age, and central horizontal fold. Firm, bold signature, 8 cm long, with underlining flourish. Beneath the signature, in a small hand, is the message: 'M Guinot | M: Vigny vous adresse son nom pour vous remercier il ne connait pas votre adresse'. Addressed on reverse, 'à M. Eug. Guinot'.
The Oxford DNB's entry on Bunn states that from 1819 to 1824 he held the lease of the Theatre Royal, Birmingham. 1p., 8vo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to '- Perkins Esq'. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Bunn begins his letter: 'My dear Sir, | The dreadful bustle attendant on producing "Waterloo" must be my apology. The Music & Manuscript are herewith sent - & not a note or a syllable of either has been copied.' He thanks 'Mr Howes for his kindness', which he offers to reciprocate, 'whenever in my power'.
Frederick Turner [ Frederick Alfred Turner ], librarian and historian of Brentford in Middlesex [ now in the London Borough of Hounslow ]
Published in London by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C. 1898.
 + 81pp., 8vo. In paper wraps and tracing-paper dustwrapper carrying the title printed in red. Internally in good condition; in aged and worn dustwrapper reinforced at spine with brown tape. Autograph additions throughout, including some on the endpapers, in pencil and black and turquoise ink. Also present are two pages of typewritten additions at the start of the book, regarding the 'Probable Origin of the Name Brentford', on both sides of an inserted 12mo leaf, on which printed slips of paper from p.3 of the book are also laid down.
Herman Finck [ Herman [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), British composer and conductor of Dutch extraction [ Henry Chance Newton (1854-1931), theatre critic of the Referee newspaper ]
On letterhead of the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne. 8 October 1925.
2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged. Unsigned copy of typed letter., with one autograph emendation. Addressed to 'My dear Harry'. He begins by explaining that he is in Eastbourne recuperating from the flu. 'As I did not rise until Monday last I missed the Sunday papers including alas, the Referee. [ amended in autograph from 'the Rat' ] | A cutting, however (from the Ref) reached me here today containing an article of yours, wherein you place me among your Hebrew musical collaborators.
Herman Finck [ Herman [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), British composer and conductor of Dutch extraction [ W. Macqueen-Pope ]
1920s [one part dated 1921]. Mabel Fnck's covering letter dated from 10 Grove End Gardens, St John's Wood, NW8 [ London ]. 15 February 1956.
In good condition, on loose leaves, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: 'Green Roomers by the Rags Wags.' A large collection of original jokes. Around 140pp., mostly 8vo. On different papers, including letterheads of 212 Finchley Road, London, the Burlington in Folkestone, and the Hermitage Hotel, Le Touquet. Hundreds of unconnected gags, each of them framed as a rhetorical question, mostly relating to the London entertainment world. The humour is now mostly impenetrable. Individuals referred to include: C. B. Cochran, H. G.
Dame Sybil Thorndike [ Agnes Sybil Thorndike ] (1882-1976), English actress [ Alfred Priest (1874-1929), English artist ]
On her letterhead ('Under the Direction of Bronson Albery & Lewis Casson'), from the Criterion Theatre, London. 1 February 1923.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and creased, with slight tearing at edges. She begins: 'Please forgive me for not answering your letter before, but I have been so rushed!' She is not able to 'sit for Mr. Priest just at present': 'We are just on the point of starting rehearsals for several plays to be toured and, in addition, my two small girls are ill, so that I want to spend all my spare time with them.' She is trying to 'get out of' sittings for another artist.
Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), British composer and conductor of Dutch extraction [ George R. Sims; J. Hickory Wood; Arthur Roberts; Alfred Plumpton ]
Without date or place.
 + 19pp., 4to. Unbound, on leaves attached with a brass stud. Title-page reads: 'LIFE'S LITTLE LAUGHS. | BY | HERMAN FINCK.' In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. The introduction reads: 'Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Cry, and the world laughs at you. Here then let me set down some things of humour that I remember, some of my own which have appealed to my friends, some of my friends' which have appealed to me.
A. C. Lawson [ Andrew Cowper Lawson ] (1861-1952), Professor of Geology, University of California; E. F. Davis [ Elmer Fred Davis ] (1887-1974); A. R. Whitman [ Alfred Russell Whitman ] (1881-1940)
Mostly relating to the San Francisco Bay Area of California, but also to other parts of the state. Between 1912 and 1950.
The two volumes contain a total of 239pp., 12mo, in ink and pencil, with entries dating from between 29 November 1912 and 28 March 1950. In fair overall condition, with light signs of age and wear. In two Keuffel & Esser notebooks, each in remains of brown calf binding, the first with 'MINING | TRANSIT BOOK | 363' stamped on front cover, and the second with 'Cross Section Book | 375 S'. In manuscript on cover of first volume: '19<...> Dec. | The Psilomelane D | of the Francis <....> | by | Don <...> | Under Prof. A. C. L <...>'.
Sir James Crichton-Browne (1840-1938), Scottish physician and psychiatrist [ Alfred Perceval Graves (1846-1931), Irish poet ]
On letterhead of 45 Hans Place, SW1 [ London ]. 17 November 1919.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. He finds that he will be able to arrange 'a course of 3 afternoon lectures for you on Welsh and Irish Music . . at the Royal Institution during next week'. He asks Graves to 'communicate with the Assistant Secretary as to date and exact title'. He ends by stating the fee.
Alfred Benjamin Wyon (1837-1884), sculptor and medallist, with shop at 287 Regent St, London
With stamp of 'WYON | REGENT ST' [ Alfred Benjamin Wyon, 287 Regent St, London ].Undated.
On one side of a 12 x 13 cm piece of paper. On aged paper with four folds. The crown is drawn in pencil, and is 2.5 x 2.75 cm. The caption, in ink, is below, and reads: 'Scottish crown. | Drawing to be returned.' Between the two lines of text is the firm's stamp, made up of perforated lettering. Presumably a design for a letterhead, or other engraving.
Alfred Glanville Vance (1838-1888), 'The Great Vance' of the London music-halls [ Vance's Concert Party, Annual Tour ]
On letterhead of 'Vance's Concert Party, Annual Tour.' ('Permanent town address, 40, Upper Glo'ster Place, Portman Sqre. London, N.W.') Bishop Auckland. 4 March 1872.
1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper. Ornate letterhead featuring Prince of Wales feathers and motto 'Patronised by his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales', reading 'Vance's Concert Party, | Annual Tour. | Proprietor & Manager, | Mr. Alfred G. Vance.' The 'Route' for the following Wednesday to Saturday is given as 'Newcastle on Tyne'. He asks that a 'Parcel of bills' which have been 'addressed to your House' be given to 'the principal Bill Poster to Post immediately', his agent to go over the following day.