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[ Skellfield School, girls' boarding school, Ripon, North Yorkshire: autograph poems by the first intake of students, 1877 and 1878. ] The album of Mary A. Hinchcliffe, containing autograph poems and prose 'From Her Fellow Students'.

Author: 
Skellfield School, girls' boarding school, Ripon, North Yorkshire, founded in 1877 [ Mary A. Hinchcliffe ]
Publication details: 
[ Skellfield School for Girls,] Ripon, North Yorkshire. 1877 and 1878.]
£450.00

Skellfield School was founded as a girls' boarding school in 1877 at Alma House, the former residence of Thomas Stubbs, Governor of the House of Correction. It occupied the building until 1927, when it transferred to Baldersby Park, at Topcliffe, near Thirsk. Naomi Jacob was a day pupil. It closed in 1970. For further information on the school see Yates, 'The History of Skellfield School 1877-1929'. 80pp., 4to. In attractive purple cloth binding, all edges gilt, with gilt decoration on spine and front cover. In good condition, in good tight binding whose purple is fading to lavender.

[ Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, artist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('L Alma Tadema')

Author: 
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), English artist, born in Friesland, Holland
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On letterhead of 34 Grove End Road, St John's Wood, London NW. 3 December 1910.
£45.00

On letterhead cut down to 7.5 x 9.5 cm, laid down on small piece of grey paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. Reads: 'An autograph for Miss Phoebe Tull's collection | L Alma Tadema'. Caption on mount: 'Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. R.A. (His pictures for the most part classical subjects.)'

[ Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, artist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('L Alma Tadema') to 'Mr. Sparks', declining an invitation.

Author: 
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema [ Lourens Alma Tadema ] (1836-1912), Anglo-Dutch artist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Park Street, Windsor. 15 July 1885.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The note reads: 'Dear Mr. Sparks | I am so sorry to be unable to comply with your request, being previously engaged for the 23d. inst | yours sincerely | L Alma Tadema'.

[ Commander Augustus Jacob, RN. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Augustus Jacob') to his brother 'Gay', one written from Balaclava Harbour during the Crimean War, the second describing an action he was involved in with cossacks and field guns.

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Commander Augustus Jacob (1839-1893), RN [ The Crimean War; FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan ]
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First letter [from Balaclava Harbour in the Crimea ] on board HMS Leopard, 12 December 1854. Second letter on board HMS Excellent, 7 December 1859.
£280.00

Jacob was one of the ten children (seven sons) of Archdeacon Philip Jacob (1803-1884). Both items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: 'HMS Leopard | Dec 12th. 1854'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. To 'My dearest Brother'. The fifteen-year-old Jacob has a shaky grasp of spelling and punctuation.

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