ANNIE

[Annie Besant, author, socialist and campaigner for women's rights.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Annie Besant'), declining to speak in Belfast as 'the town is so bigoted'.

Author: 
Annie Besant [née Wood] (1847-1933), author, socialist, theosophist and campaigner for women's rights
Publication details: 
On her letterhead ('Memo. from Annie Besant'), 19 Avenue Road, St John's Wood, London NW; 4 September 1890.
£220.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition. Folded once. Letterhead in red, with fancy lettering, particularly Besant's name. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | I cannot travel all the way to Belfast to speak in a small room. I am sorry the town is so bigoted, but it can't be helped. | Sincerely | Annie Besant'. From the papers of the family of the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953).

[ Sir Thomas Brassey, Liberal politician and sailor. ] Autograph Letter in the third person

Author: 
Sir Thomas Brassey [ Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey, ] (1836-1918) British Liberal politician, Governor of Victoria [ his wife Anna "Annie" Brassey (née Allnutt), Baroness Brassey (1839-1887) ]
Publication details: 
Marseilles; 12 March 1883. On letterhead of the Sunbeam, Royal Yacht Squadron.
£28.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Illustrated letterhead, printed in gold, red, blue and purple. Writing on behalf of his wife as well as himself, he explains that 'absence from England will prevent them accepting the kind invitation of Ms. Harrison Blair for Easter Sunday'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] New Life of Jacob.

Author: 
C. Bradlaugh [ Charles Bradlaugh; Annie Besant ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Printed by Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh, 63, Fleet Street, E.C. 1885.
£35.00

8pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. Drophead title only. In good condition, on aged paper. Originally published in 1861 under the pseudonym 'Iconoclast'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] The Natural History of the Christian Devil.

Author: 
Annie Besant [ Charles Bradlaugh ]
Publication details: 
Printed by Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh, 63, Fleet St., London. - 1885.
£35.00

8pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. Drophead title only. In good condition, on aged paper.

[ Pamphlet. ] Theosophy and the Law of Population.

Author: 
Annie Besant [ Theosophical Publishing Society, London ]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from Lucifer, July, 1891.' London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 7, Duke Street, Adelphi, W.C. The Path, 132, Nassau Street, New York, U.S.A. Theosophical Headquarters, Adyar, Madras, India. Undated [ circa 1891 ].
£80.00

11 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. On reverse of title: 'London: Women's Printing Society, Limited, 21b, Great College Street, West[m]inster.' Scarce.

[Harry Duncan O'Neill, Secretary of the Clerical, Medical and General Life Assurance Society.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. D. O'Neill') to 'Hay', with copy of his privately printed 'Clerical Verses. 1889-1910. By H. D. O'N.', containing 28 inserts.

Author: 
'H. D. O'N.' [Harry Duncan O'Neill (1867-1946), Secretary of the Clerical, Medical and General Life Assurance Society] [Arthur Digby Besant (1869-1960)]
Publication details: 
Book: [London?] Printer not stated. [Circa 1911.] Letter: on letterhead of 15 St James's Square, Pall Mall, SW [London]; 9 February 1912.
£320.00

For more about O'Neill (son of the Victorian artist George Bernard O'Neill) see his obituary in The Times, 15 June 1946. LETTER: 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper.

Original photograph of the 'First group of boys for Canada from the Hampton Home' [the Hampton Training Home for boys], run by Joseph Merry and his wife Rachel Merry (sister of Annie Macpherson), with George Thom.

Author: 
[The Hampton Training Home for boys [Hampton Home]; George Thom; Joseph Merry and his wife Rachel Merry (sister of Annie Macpherson [Annie Parlane Macpherson]); Home of Industry; Canadian emigration]
Publication details: 
Circa 1870.
£280.00

Landscape photograph, 19.5 x 14.5 cm, laid down on a piece of thin card cut from an album, 18 x 21 cm. Around sixty boys are posed in four rows in front of a grand house, with two masters to the right and two to the left, and with a fifth in the centre of the group. The group are surprisingly fat-faced, posing sulkily in jackets, with some waistcoats and tam o'shanters. Five more boys look out of a downstairs window, three from an upstairs window, and one peeks out from behind the front door.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Annie S. Swan [Annie Shepherd Swan Burnett-Smith]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£18.00

novelist (1859-1943). Paper dimensions roughly four and a half inches by two inches. Very good. From autograph album. Mounted on larger piece of pink paper. Reads 'Yrs sincerely | Annie S. Swan.'

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