ARCHAEOLOGIST

[ Hormuzd Rassam, Chaldean Mesopotamian archeologist and diplomat. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Rassam') to 'Mrs. Williams', regarding 'Mr. Layard's autograph' and his own book.

Author: 
Hormuzd Rassam (1828-1910), Chaldean Mesopotamian archeologist and British diplomat
Publication details: 
Ailsa Park Lodge, Twickenham. 24 July 1875.
£200.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin stain from mount at head. He is enclosing 'Mr. Layard's Autograph which I have promised you.' He is sorry to inform her that he has 'lent my Book to some friend who has not returned it.' He will send it to her when he gets it back. In his youth Rassam had worked for the British archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard ()1817-1894), and the two remained friends for life.

[ Sir Cecil Harcourt Smith, archaeologist and Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Cecil H. Smith.') to Sir Henry Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, describing arrangements for the judging of the Owen Jones prizes

Author: 
Sir Cecil Harcourt Smith (1859-1944), archaeologist and Director and Secretary of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1909-1924 [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 24 October 1916.reg
£50.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. With the Society's oval date stamp. He is sending as promised 'a note of the arrangements agreed upon between us at our interview to-day'. Undertaking to provide space at the Museum 'for the purpose of receiving, arranging for judgment, and re-despatching the designs submitted for the Owen Jones prizes for industrial design. The judging will be done by your nominees, and all correspondence in connection with the matter will be in your hands'.

[ Rev. Robert Whiston, the inspiration for Trollope's 'The Warden'. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed (both 'Robert Whiston') to Richard Prall, Rochester solicitor

Author: 
Robert Whiston (1808-1895), Headmaster of Rochester Cathedral Grammar School [ King's School ], 1842 -1877, inspiration for Anthony Trollope's 'The Warden' [ Richard Prall (1802-67), solicitor ]
Publication details: 
Letter from Rochester [ Kent ]; 28 September 1872. Note from St. Margarets; 20 April 1877.
£150.00

Both items in fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: ALS. 28 September 1872. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He is 'taking somewhat of a liberty', but having heard 'that you are parting with one of your Clerks', says 'a word in favour of a person in whom for many reasons I take a great interest, & of whom you & your Brothers may know something. | I mean Mr. Prothero for many years an Inmate of my House, & an Assistant Master in the School'. Prothero was 'for some years a Clerk in the County Court', but 'is obliged from paucity of business to leave it, & is now out of employment'.

[ Edmond-Frédéric Le Blant, archaeologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edmond Le Blant'), in French, to an unnamed recipient, discussing the practice of cremation, and listing periodicals to which he contributes.

Author: 
Edmond Le Blant [ Edmond-Frédéric Le Blant ] (1818-1897), French archaeologist and historian
Publication details: 
'Paris, rue Leroux, no 7'. 14 May 1874.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper with some wear at bottom edge. Addressed 'Monsieur'. After a reference to a newspaper article by the recipient and 'les journalistes Français', he communicates, on the subject of cremation, 'un fait que j'ai appris hier du rédacteur en chef d'un grand journal Suisse et qui n'a pas été rendu public par les gazettes', concerning an attack on those attempting a cremation in Berne.

[ Frederick Cope Whitehouse, American Egyptologist. ] Autograph Signature ('Cope Whitehouse').

Author: 
Frederick Cope Whitehouse (1842-1911), American Egyptologist, discoverer in 1882 of the Wadi Elrayan
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On 7.5 x 11 cm piece of paper, cut from letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with spots of glue at corners from mount. Reads: '[...] pleasure to come next week. | Sincerely yours | Cope Whitehouse'. Fragment of letter on reverse: '[...] your London - for it is not intended for ladies. If I do not come tomorrow it will [...]'.

[ 'The Indian Antiquary, A Journal of Oriental Research'. ] 40 numbers, in original printed wraps, with numerous engraved plates, and learned papers from leading authorities, both European and Indian.

Author: 
James Burgess (1832-1916), Scottish archaeologist and editor of 'The Indian Antiquary, A Journal of Oriental Research', Bombay
Publication details: 
Bombay: Printed and Published at the Education Society's Press, Byculla. Between July 1873 (Vol. II, Part XIX) and October 1877 (Vol. VI, Part LXXII).
£220.00

Parts 19, 21, 24-31, 35, 37-39, 42-47, 49-55, 57, 60-65, 67-72. Internally in good condition, on aged paper with occasional creasing. In brown printed wraps generally in good condition (worsening as the run proceeds), but with particular damage to three parts: Part 64 has stained wraps, with half of the back cover lacking; Parts 68 and 72 have stained and damaged wraps. The periodical, which ran from 1872 to 1884, was an extraordinary achievement on Burgess's part, and not cheap to produce: a year's subscription for twelve issues cost the not-inconsiderable sum of £2.

Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W M Ramsay') from the Scottish archaeologist Sir William Mitchell Ramsay, describing the charms of Smyrna to Sir John Alexander Hammerton, and joking about a trip to Turkey.

Author: 
Sir William Mitchell Ramsay, Scottish archaeologist, Professor of Classical Art and Architecture, Oxford; Regius Professor of Humanity, Aberdeen [Sir John Alexander Hammerton (1871-1949), editor]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of 13 Greenhill Terrace, Edinburgh. 24 April 1925 and 16 June 1926.
£95.00

Both 2pp., 12mo, on bifoliums, and both good, on lightly-aged paper. Letter One: He is sorry Hammerton and his wife came back 'to a very cold & stormy time', but is glad that he could not 'inaugurate your History at present. I am too busy to do anything at it. Work only increases as the world grows older.' He gives the time of his setting of from London to 'Turkey via Bulgaria, hoping not to be shot on the way', and the address of Rev. Dr R. Frew, with whom he is staying in London. Letter Two: He thanks Hammerton 'for the S. Blake [a .

Autograph Letter Signed ('E B Tylor') from Sir Edward Burnett Tylor to 'Ethel', discussing 'dolmens & cromlechs'.

Author: 
Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1832-1917), archaeologist and anthropologist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Linden, Wellington, Somerset. 4 September 1888.
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on aged paper. He suggests a book she should read to 'get a general idea of the facts known about dolmens & cromlechs', although the theories advanced by the author 'are not much accepted by archaeologists'. The book does provide 'some evidence of the late date they went on till', and this is 'a good corrective of the belief that they must be always of some amazing antiquity'. He points out that a 'Scandinavian King is associated with lines of stones to commemorate a battle'.

Autograph Letter Signed to R. Hollingworth of the Glen, Gurnard, Cowes.

Author: 
Edward Boucher James (1819-1892), Vicar of Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, and local historian
Publication details: 
30 March 1892; The Vicarage, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight.
£25.00

12mo, 3 pp. 39 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with remains of stub from mounting adhering to one edge. Difficult hand. He thanks him for his reply to James's query 'in the local papers as to the family'. He is returning a book, apparently because the 'Authoress Mrs Traherne was also good enough to send me her book so that I am well supplied with copies of the volumes'. He finds that 'all the information from other sources [...] confirm [sic] the details of the history recorded in these Annals'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('S. Lane-Poole') to Miss Hollingworth.

Author: 
Stanley Lane-Poole (1854-1931), British orientalist and archaeologist, Professor of Arabic Studies, Dublin University
Publication details: 
16 June 1896; 3 Newnham Road, Bedford.
£38.00

12mo, 2 pp. 20 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with slight creasing to corners. He is glad to have the autographs she has sent him. He is sending '28 of my duplicates'. His wife is 'very fairly well, but the heat tries her a good deal'. He himself enjoys the heat. 'The temperature here in the sun to-day was only 110 degrees - just the same as it was in the shade in Cairo when I was there last June!'

Autograph Letter Signed to his sister 'Dearest Mai'.

Author: 
Stanley Lane-Poole (1854-1931), British orientalist and archaeologist, Professor of Arabic Studies, Dublin University
Publication details: 
8 October 1895; on letterhead of 3 Newnham Road, Bedford.
£45.00

12mo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of stub from mount adhering to an edge. He is enclosing, for his sister's friend, a 'baker's dozen' of autographs, 'all holographs except one envelope'. He refers to a list of the items on the reverse (not present), before concluding 'The letters of Frances Lady Waldegrave & Louisa Marchioness of Waterford are characteristic'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('F A Greenhill') to 'Mr Connor', on the subject of incised slabs in Somerset. Together with offprint of Greenhill's paper 'Notes on Scottish Incised Slabs (I).'

Author: 
Frank Allen Greenhill (1896-1983), MA, FSA, FSA (Scot), of Dumfries, Scottish archaeologist
Publication details: 
15 January 1946; 'St Monan's', Victoria Rd, Maxwelltown, Dumfries.
£38.00

Letter: 4to, 1 p (32 lines); and 8vo, 2 pp (42 lines) in bifolium. Total of 74 lines. Texts of letter and offprint clear and complete. Both on aged and creased paper, and attached to one another by archival tape. Offprint 4to, 8 pp (paginated 81-88). I n the letter Greenhill writes 'My acquaintance with Somerset brasses is but scanty, all I ever rubbed being at Hutton, Cheddar, Churchill, Wedmore, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Crewkerne, and the Strode brass at Shepton Mallet.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Mortimer Wheeler') to Fred Behrens, editor of the Bradford Observer.

Author: 
Robert Mortimer Wheeler (d.1936), journalist, father of Sir Mortimer Wheeler (1890-1976), English archaeologist [Sir Jacob Behrens; Fred Behrens; Bradford Observer; Yorkshire Observer]
Publication details: 
7 June 1900; on letterhead of the Bradford Observer.
£23.00

12mo: 1 p. Twenty-one lines. Clear and complete. Fair: on lightly-aged and ruckled paper. He 'turned up at the Executive this afternoon rather in the hope of seeing you than in the expectation of being useful'. He had 'intended amongst other things supporting a meeting of the Committee sometime next week'. He is 'only just emerging from the influenza you gave me last time, which proved of a rather virulent order!' He has 'a visitor in the house & must consult the home arrangements'. 'The absence of Fred Byles (on holiday) ties me somwhat more closely than usual.

Autograph Letter Signed to Canon [Edward Haderezer] Knowles.

Author: 
George Stephens
Publication details: 
Husaby, Grimslof Station, Smaland, Sweden, July 30, 1880.'
£65.00

English runic archaeologist (1813-95). The recipient (c.1820-1896) was Principal of St Bees Theological College in Cumbria. Three pages, octavo. A frail survival, in poor condition, on discoloured, fraying paper, with several closed tears and loss to second leaf of bifolium, affecting three lines of text, and repaired with archival tape. Red letterhead vignette of stone with runic inscription. 'Your favor of the 13th has followed me to this place, my son's estate, where I have a large part of my library, Museum and Collections, as he has plenty of room in his large house.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir H[enry]. T[rueman]. Wood[, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts].

Author: 
Rev. Hugh John Dukinfield Astley
Publication details: 
10 June 1913; on crested letterhead 'THE VICARAGE, | EAST RUDHAM.'
£28.00

British archaeologist, anthropologist and numismatist (1856-1930). Two pages, 12mo. Very good. Docketed and bearing R.S.A. stamp. He is forwarding a cheque for his subscription of two guineas. 'My wife & I hope to be present at the Conversazione on the 17th., but I am hardly ever able to get to a meeting. | Do you think an architectural or archaeological Paper wd. be out of place on some evening?' Signed 'H. J. Dukinfield Astley'.

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