AMERICAN

[ J. M. Synge's 'Playboy of the Western World'. ] Front-page article from 'The Gaelic American', carrying a report of 'New York's Protest against a Vile Play!', accompanied by a caricature of W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory.

Author: 
[ John Devoy (1842-1928), proprietor and editor of 'The Gaelic American', New York [ J. M. Sygne [ John Millington Synge ]; George Bernard Shaw; W. B. Yeats; Lady Gregory; The Abbey Theatre, Dublin ]
Publication details: 
New York. 2 December 1911. [ 'Vol. VIII, No. 48, Whole No. 429'. ]
£50.00

The front and back covers of the newspaper are present, forming a bifolium. A frail and scarce survival. Heavily-aged newsprint, chipped and worn, with the top and bottom halves of the front page separated along a horizontal fold line. The article on Synge's play covers the first two of the six columns on the front page, with a further quarter-column on the back page.

[ Bookseller's catalogue. ] First Editions of Jack London, Thorne Smith, Erskine Caldwell, William Saroyan, John Steinbeck, Illustrated.

Author: 
The El Dorado Bookstore, San Francisco, California [ props Roskie & Wallace of Oakland; Philip M. Roskie (1921-93) ] [ Jack London, Thorne Smith, Erskine Caldwell, William Saroyan, John Steinbeck ]
Publication details: 
Catalogue No. 1, 1948. The El Dorado Bookstore, 309 Kearny Street, San Francisco 8, California.
£120.00

32pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. A previous owner has thought well enough of this item to have it put in a sturdy binding of black cloth, with title in gilt on spine. The binding is in very good condition, but a bookplate has been removed from the front pastedown. An interesting catalogue (especially when compared with the staid British book catalogues of the period), with each of the 108 items presented, four to a page, each with accompanying photograph of the covers of the book. The most expensive item, at $100, is a 1902 first edition of 'The Cruise of the Dazzler'.

[ Cyrus Townsend Brady, American author. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Cyrus Townsend Brady (1861-1920), American author, adventure writer and screenwriter, a bitter opponent to women's suffrage
Publication details: 
Brooklyn, New York. 23 October 1902.
£20.00

On 6.5 x 11.5 cm piece of card, laid down on a slightly larger piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Neatly written out and apparently sent in response to a request for an autograph. Reads: 'Yours Sincerely | Cyrus Townsend Brady | Brooklyn N.Y., | October 23rd., 1902'.

Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, 1921. ] Printed 'Report to the Governor [ of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Michael S. Dukakis ] in the Matter of Sacco and Vanzetti', with letter from the Governor's Press Office and photostat of pardon.

Author: 
[ Daniel A. Taylor, Chief Legal Counsel, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the 1921 Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti; Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian-American anarchists ]
Publication details: 
Introduction by Daniel A. Taylor, Chief Legal Counsel, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Department, State House, Boston, dated 13 July 1977.
£135.00

[1] + 38pp., 4to. Stapled in brown printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. In his introduction Taylor explains: 'The accompanying Report has been prepared under the auspices of the Office of the Governor's Legal Counsel in response to your questions: first, as to whether there are substantial grounds for believing - at least in light of the criminal justice standards of today - that Sacco and Vanzetti were unfairly convicted and executed, and, second, if so, what action can now appropriately be taken.

[ Printed volume. ] American Booktrade Directory, including lists of publishers, booksellers, periodicals, literary agents, book clubs, etc.

Author: 
[ American Booktrade Directory 1939, R. R. Bowker (Office of The Publishers' Weekly) ]
Publication details: 
New York: R. R. Bowker Co. Office of The Publishers' Weekly, 1939.
£25.00

326pp., 4to. In green cloth binding with title in black on front cover. Internally good and tight, on aged paper, in worn binding with staining to front and back covers. In eighteen sections, including 'Auctioneers of Literary Property - United States', 'British Publishers', 'American Representatives of British Publishers' and 'Book Clubs in the United States'. Scarce.

[ Abbott Laurence ] Autograph Note Signed "Abbott Lawrence" to "John Barlow" about a parcel of books he's sending him.

Author: 
Abbott Laurence (1792– 1855), American businessman, politician, and philanthropist
Publication details: 
138 Piccadilly, 24 April 1850.
£100.00

One page, 4to, bifolium, discreetly repaired along folds, shiny paper, good condition. "I send to you a parcel containing a work of Mr Agassiz and Mr Cobot [Cabot], with a Report of the American Scientific Meeting last year, and sundry pamphlets - for the Royal Institution." Note: Laurence was US minster to Greta Britain till 1852.

[ General Alexander Ross; Gunning ] Autograph Letter Signed "George Gunning" to Alexander Ross, sometime General, due in days to become Surveyor-General of the Ordnance. With copy of Ross's note, both about his engagement to Gunning's sister.

Author: 
[ General Ross ] George Gunning, Sir George Gunning, 2nd Baronet (1763-1823), of Horton, Northamptonshire, politician.
Publication details: 
Horton, 5 July 1795 [copy London, 3 July 1795]
£90.00

Both letters one page, cr. 8vo, bifolia, edges dusted and sl. worn, second leaf (a blank) of Ross's letter torn, texts clear and complete. ROSS's letter (file copy) says that Gunning would have heard of his sentiments from his sister, and her father has given permission, but he would also appreciate Gunning's approval "of the connexion [sic] that I am soon to join with your family." He asks for a reply to be sent to the Board of Ordnance" (hius new posting, see above).

Autograph Letter Signed to (Charles Edward) Fagan.

Author: 
Arthur Donaldson Smith
Publication details: 
25 January 1895; Barre.
£250.00

American physician and explorer of Africa (1866-1939). The recipient was Assistant Secretary at the Natural History Museum, London. One page, 12mo. Good, on slightly discoloured paper, and with remains of stub still neatly attached to one edge. A significant letter, sent on the eve of Donaldson Smith's most notable expedition. 'Just a line in haste to tell you I & Dodson [a taxidermist engaged for the expedition] are ready to start for Rudolph Gillitt [another taxidermist] having left for England after hearing of his father's death.

Autograph Letter Signed to Dr [Albert] Gunther.

Author: 
Arthur Donaldson Smith
Publication details: 
24 January 1895; Barre.
£150.00

American physician and explorer of Africa (1866-1939). The recipient (1830-1914) was Keeper of the Zoological Department at the British Museum, 1875-95, and Vice-President of the Royal Society, 1875-6. Two pages, 12mo. Very good, on slightly discoloured paper with a little light spotting. Traces of previous mount adhering to one edge. He is sending some 'spirit-specimens' from his collection and has written to Sir William Flower 'as to the disposition of the entire collection'.

Autograph Letter Signed to (Charles Edward) Fagan.

Author: 
Arthur Donaldson Smith
Publication details: 
25 January 1895; Barre.
£250.00

American physician and explorer of Africa (1866-1939). The recipient was Assistant Secretary at the Natural History Museum, London. One page, 12mo. Good, on slightly discoloured paper, and with remains of stub still neatly attached to one edge. A significant letter, sent on the eve of Donaldson Smith's most notable expedition. 'Just a line in haste to tell you I & Dodson [a taxidermist engaged for the expedition] are ready to start for Rudolph Gillitt [another taxidermist] having left for England after hearing of his father's death.

[ Bridget Guinness, sculptor and society hostess. ] Autograph Ownership Inscription and medical notes inside copy of Delano and McIsaac's 'American Red Cross Textbook on Elementary Hygiene and Home Care of the Sick'.

Author: 
Bridget Guinness [ née Bridget Henrietta Frances Williams-Bulkeley ] (1871-1931), sculptor and society hostess, friend and benefactor of Dame Ellen Terry [ Jane A. Delano and Isabel McIsaac ]
Publication details: 
Ownership inscription dated 1915. Book published in Philadelphia by P. Blakiston's Son & Co, 1012 Walnut Street, February 1914.
£120.00

The book is xv + 256pp., 8vo. In grey cloth binding with printed cover. In fair condition, on aged paper, with front hinge split. Ownership inscription in blue pencil on front pastedown: 'Bridget Guinness | 8 Washington Sq | 1915'. In same blue pencil on reverse of rear free endpaper is a note of an appointment for a meeting with 'the American Florence Nightingale', Anna C. Maxwell (1851-1929), who was then the Director of the School of Nursing at the Presbyterian Hospital: '4 ock Tuesday Presbyterian 70th N Mad. Miss Maxwell's office -'.

[ Abbott Laurence, American ambassador to London. ] Autograph Signature ('Abbott Laurence').

Author: 
Abbott Laurence (1792-1855), American politician and philanthropist, congressman and ambassador to London, 1849-1852
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£22.00

On 1 x 5 cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Cut from a letter.

[ Admiral Edward Thornbrough. ] Autograph Signature ('Edwd: Thornbrough') on part of letter.

Author: 
Edward Thornbrough (1754-1834), Royal Navy Admiral, who served with distinction in the American War of Independence
Publication details: 
No place. [ August 1816.]
£180.00

On one side of 13 x 9 cm. piece of paper cut from letter. In good condition, on aged paper. The date 'Augt: 1816' is at bottom right, apparently in another hand. Reads: '<...> the men all examined - | <...> their being sent out in | <...> are sad set to keep on board | <...>pose we shall soon see | <...>il for the distribution of | <...>to keep my Cruizers out | <...>way her Bowsprit but | <...> few Days Lieutt. Jewry is | <...>man | Yours most faithfully | Edwd: Thornborough'.

[ Rev. John White Chadwick, American author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John W. Chadwick.') to 'Mrs. Ames', inviting himself to dinner.

Author: 
Rev. John W. Chadwick [ Rev. John White Chadwick ] (1840-1904), American writer and Unitarian minister
Publication details: 
624 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. 16 January 1894.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Begins: 'Dear Mrs. Ames - | You know you invitted me to stay with you once on a time & I couldn't come. Now can you not square the accounts by inviting me to come next Tuesdayy Evening, Jan. 23!' He is reading a paper on 'Luria' at the Browning Club that afternoon, and would like 'a quiet evening with you & Charles & Edith'.

[ William Hamilton Gibson, American illustrator and naturalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Hamilton Gibson') to 'Mr Skinner', thanking him for a notice of a lecture

Author: 
William Hamilton Gibson (1850-1896), American illustrator and naturalist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 132 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn. 6 March 1894.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for a notice of his lecture which is 'sympathetic and in every way adequate and helpful'. He is accustomed to reviews 'which however kindly and appreciative have nevertheless so woefully manipulated my facts'. He gives as an example his 'good friend Baker of the Union', who 'in the kindliest & most cordial spirit put words in my mouth, statements of scientific fact [...] But it is as you have so often told me. The only way to establish a truth is to pound away at it, iteration and reiteration.'

[ Andrew Varick Stout Anthony, American wood engraver. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A. V. S. Anthony') to W. E. Ambler.

Author: 
A. V. S. Anthony [ Andrew Varick Stout Anthony ] (1835-1906), American wood engraver
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the St Botolph Club, 2 Newbury Street, Boston. 8 January 1889.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Dear Sir: | I have nothing at present except some note book sketches, otherwise I should be pleased to acceed to your request. | Yours truly | A. V. S. Anthony'.

[ Printed First World War pamphlet by Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labour. ] American Labour & the War

Author: 
Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labour [ The Daily Chronicle, London; British Trades Union Congress; National War Aims Committee, London ]
Publication details: 
'No. 28.' 'Reprinted, by permission, from the "Daily Chronicle," November 15, 1917.' 'From the statement of Samuel Gompers conveyed through Messrs. John Golden and James Lord, fraternal delegates to the British Trade Union Congress'.
£56.00

[4]pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn newspaper stock. Front page headed by National War Aims Committee medallion featuring George slaying the dragon. Introductory note: 'Mr. Samuel Gompers has been president of the American Federation of Labour - with the intermisssion of one year - since 1882. The body of which he is the founder has now a membership of over 2,500,00, and he is consequently entitled to speak authoritatively for organised labour in the United States.' Headings: 'International Conferences' and 'In Freedom's Cause'. No copy in the British Library.

[ L. P. Williams, English art director. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bill') and Typed Letter Signed ('Bill | Bloody Williams') to 'Edward Carrick' (Edward Craig), giving personal news and 'a little professional dirt' from Hollywood.

Author: 
L. P. Williams [ Lawrence Paul Williams ] (1905-1996), English art director in England and Hollywood 'Edward Carrick' [ pseudonym of Edward Anthony Craig ] (1905-1998), film and stage designer ]
Publication details: 
ALS: 138 Mabery Road, Santa Monica, California, USA. 12 December 1940. TLS: 1914 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. 21 June 1941.
£80.00

Both items in fair condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper., the typed letter having a few autograph notes by Craig at end. ONE: ALS. 4pp., 8vo. He begins by telling Craig that he has been worrying about 'how to get your dope for you'. He is going to get in touch with 'Say & Drier', but does not know how the latter will react, 'being pro German you know - in the Guard Cuirasiers of the Prussian Guard in the last war'.

[ Edward Loomis Davenport, American actor. ] Autograph Letter in the third person, to T. F. D. Croker, praising his 'Dramatic Register'.

Author: 
Edward Loomis Davenport (1816-1877), American actor [ Thomas Francis Dillon Croker (1831-1912), son of Irish antiquary Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1854) ]
Publication details: 
'T[heatre] R[oyal]. D[rury] Lane | Mar 19 [ 1853 ]'.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper. In envelope with Penny Red stamp and postmarks (including one dated 21 March 1853), addressed by Davenport to 'J F. D. Croker Esq | 3 Gloucester Road | Old Brompton'. He thanks him for sending 'his Dramatic Register of 52 (& one also 51 while in Scotland)', and congratulates 'Mr C upon the very excellent style in which he has put the facts together'. Also present are a cutting relating to Davenport, from the New York Albion, 24 February 1855, and a small engraved portrait of 'MR.

[ Printed item, with sixteen illustrations of 'Gibson Heads'. ] Proofs of Drawings by Charles Dana Gibson. (Size 15 to 20 Inches.) Hand printed on Japanese tissue paper, mounted on boards ready for framing.

Author: 
[ Charles Dana Gibson, American illustrator, known for his illustrations of 'Gibson Girls' ] James Henderson & Sons, Victorian publishers
Publication details: 
James Henderson & Sons, Red Lion House, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, E.C. Undated [ Edwardian ].
£56.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium on shiny paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. The front cover carries a reproduction of the print 'Wireless Telegraphy.' Pp.3-4 carry reproductions of the 'Gibson Heads': 'NOW READY. - A Series of Sixteen Gibson Heads, of which the accompanying illustrations are miniatures. | Each subject is Hand-Printed on Japanese Hand-Made Tissue Paper, mounted ready for framing. Price 5s. 6d. each, post free.' Scarce: no copies on WorldCat, or on COPAC.

[ Privately printed memorial keepsake. ] Frederic William Goudy | Art Director to the Lanston Monotype Machine Company, 1920-1939, Typographic Counsel, 1939-1947. [ With advertisement for Bay Path Cover paper, in 'The authentic Goudy face'. ]

Author: 
[ Frederic William Goudy; Lanston Monotype Machine Company, Philadelphia; Bruce Rogers ]
Publication details: 
Privately printed. Philadelphia, 1947.
£35.00

16pp., 4to. Stapled into light brown wraps, with 'GOUDY' nicely printed in dark brown decorative letters on front cover. In fair condition lightly aged and creased. Inscribed in a small calligraphic hand at foot of front cover to 'DE fr. WGT [W G Thomson?] xi.48'. A well-printed item, with two pages carrying photographs of Goudy, a six-page 'Appreciation', two pages of 'Goudy Monotype Faces', and the final page carrying an 'appreciation' of Goudy by Bruce Rogers, ending 'He worked to the last, and he died at the zenith of his powers.

[ Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor. ] Autograph Card Signed ('W. Astor') to 'Mr. Spender'

Author: 
Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (1879-1952), American-born English politician and newspaper proprietor, Member of Parliament for Plymouth
Publication details: 
With letterhead 3 Elliot Terrace, The Hoe, Plymouth. 9 December 1913.
£35.00

On both sides of a 9 x 11 cm. grey card. He thanks Spender for 'having given yesterday's meeting & proceedings generally such a full report in the W. M. News'. He considers that the report will 'help those who could not be present to realise the solemnity & depth of feeling which existed'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] God and Man. Second Letter to The Rev. Henry M. Field, D.D. by Robert G. Ingersoll. Reprinted from the North American Review (January 1888).

Author: 
Robert G. Ingersoll [ Col. R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ Rev. Henry Martyn Field (1822-1907) ; G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. ] 1888.
£45.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. 'You do not exactly appreciate my feeling. I do not hate Presbyterians; I hate Presbyterianism. I hate with all my heart the creed of that Church, and I most heartily despise the God described in the Confession of Faith. But some of the best friends I have in the world are afflicted with the mental malady known as Presbyterianism.' Uncommon.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] The Three Philanthropists. By Robert. G. Ingersoll.

Author: 
Robert G. Ingersoll [ Col. R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. 1892.
£45.00

15 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, with light signs of age. Last page carries a list of 'Works by Colonel R. G. Ingersoll.' Scarce: no copy at the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at the Humanist Library and Oxford.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] True Religion. By Robert G. Ingersoll.

Author: 
Robert G. Ingersoll [ Col. R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ Unitarian Club of New York; G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, London, E.C. ] 1892.
£45.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In fair condition, with light signs of age, and slight damage at margin of title-leaf from disbinding. The introduction reads: 'On Thursday evening, January 14, 1892, the Unitarian Club of New York, held its annual dinner at Sherry's.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Faith and Fact. A Letter to the Rev. Henry M. Field, D.D. By Robert G. Ingersoll. Reprinted from the North American Review (November 1887).

Author: 
Robert G. Ingersoll [ Col. R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ Rev. Henry Martyn Field (1822-1907) ; G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, London, E.C. ] 1890.
£45.00

30pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. The only copies of this edition on COPAC at Oxford and the Humanist Library.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Hereafter. By Colonel Ingersoll. The Great American Orator and Wit.

Author: 
Colonel Ingersoll [ Colonel R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ]
Publication details: 
'Twelfth Edition.' London: R. Forder; Freethought Publishing Co.; Truelove. Bristol: W. H. Morrish. Leicester: The Bookstall. Hull: Witty. Southampton: The Bookstall. Manchester: S. Watts. Edinburgh: Alexander Orr. Glasgow: Robert Ferguson. [c.1890 ]
£56.00

12pp., 12mo. Disbound. In detached grey printed wraps, with portrait of Ingesoll on cover. In good condition, on aged paper. Only one copy of this twelfth edition on COPAC, at the London School of Economics.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Colonel Ingersoll on the Great Mistake.

Author: 
Colonel Ingersoll [ R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ]
Publication details: 
Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, London, E.C. [ Circa 1890. ]
£56.00

8pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. Drophead title only. Scarce: no copy at the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at Oxford University.

[ Printed pamphlet, with introduction by G. W. Foote. ] Marriage and Divorce. An Agnostic's View. By Colonel R. G. Ingersoll.

Author: 
Colonel R. G. Ingersoll [ Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28, Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, 28 Stonecutter St., London, E.C. ] 1890.
£45.00

15 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, with light signs of age. Last page carries a list of 'Works by Colonel Ingersoll.' Foote's introductory note reads: 'During November and December, 1889, the North American Review printed a number of articles by representative men on the subject of Divorce. The editor framed a series of four questions, which the various writers replied to. Colonel Ingersoll answered them seriatim and fully, without the least evasion and reserve, having a habit, not only of meaning what he says, but of saying what he means.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Social Salvation. A Lay Sermon by Colonel R. G. Ingersoll. (Delivered on Nov. 14th, 1886.

Author: 
Colonel R. G. Ingersoll [ Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ London: Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. ] 1889.
£50.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Scarce: no copy at the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at the Humanist Library and Oxford University.

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