[Sir Robert Peel, Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police.] Armorial 'Drayton Manor' bookplate of 'Right Honble. Sir Robert Peel, Bart.'

Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police
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Dating from after 1830, when Peel inherited the baronetcy from his father.

Peel's father Sir Robert Peel (1750-1830), 1st Baronet, took possession of Drayton Manor, Tamworth, in 1796, and the family moved in four years later. The bookplate cannot be the father's, as he was not a 'Right Honble.' member of the Privy Council, while his son was. The bookplate is a black and white steel-engraving on an 8 x 6 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, aged and worn, with light diagonal crease. The arms are topped by the words 'Drayton Manor', with 'Right Honble. | Sir Robert Peel, Bart.' at foot.

[ Sir John Bernard Burke, the pre-eminent genealogist of the Victorian age. ] Collection of material, from his papers, including around 350 proofs of coats of arms for his 'Dormant and Extinct Peerages', drawings, a tracing.

Sir John Bernard Burke (1814-1892), the pre-eminent genealogist of the Victorian age, and Ulster King of Arms
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[ London. ] 1865 and thereabouts.

The work for which these proofs were prepared, Burke's 'Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire', was published in London by Harrison in 1866, and was a revision of his father John Burke's 'General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages [...] extinct, dormant, and in abeyance', first published in 1831, with a third edition in 1846. The present collection is largely in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with some of the items damaged.

[ Sir John Bernard Burke, the pre-eminent genealogist of the Victorian age. ] Detailed and accomplished guide drawing of the Star of India, with a proof of the engraving made from it, for Burke's 'Armory'.

[ Sir John Bernard Burke (1814-1892), the pre-eminent genealogist of the Vivtorian age, and Ulster King of Arms ]
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[ London. 1884 or thereabouts? ]

The engraving features prominently on p.lxxii of the 1884 edition of Burke's 'General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales', accompanying the entry on 'The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India | Instituted by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, February 23rd, 1861, and enlarged, March 28th, 1866.' ONE: Detailed and accomplished guide drawing for the engraver of Item Two. The drawing is in plain pencil, on a 31 x 21.5 cm leaf of wove paper, and its dimensions are around 29 x 12.5 cm.

[ Hans Sloane, MP, of South Stoneham, Hampshire. ] Armorial Bookplate of 'HANS SLOANE ESQR.', with his Autograph Signature on the flyleaf of a book.

Hans Sloane (1739-1827), MP, of South Stoneham, Hampshire, Deputy Cofferer of the Royal Household
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Signature dated 1755.

The engraved armorial bookplate is on a 9.5 x 7.5 cm. piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Loosely attached to the flyleaf, which carries the calligraphic signature 'Hans Sloane | 1755.' (Sloane would have been sixteen at the time, and the writing is suitably juvenile.) The flyleaf is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and laid down on a piece of wove paper. Sloane (a kinsman of the great collector Sir Hans Sloane) is the subject of an excellent entry by Sir Lewis Namier in the History of Parliament.

[ From the stock of Henry Grey of Acton?] Collection of 114 genealogical and heraldic items, relating to British families, including manuscript and printed pedigrees, engraved coats of arms (including proofs) and armorial bookplates.

[ Henry Grey of Acton, genealogical bookseller; genealogy; heraldry; heraldic; bookplates ]
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[ Henry Grey, 1 Churchfield Road East, Acton, London? ] Ranging in date from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century.

114 items, ranging in size and format. Many are extracted from eighteenth and nineteenth century English and French volumes. In fair condition, with signs of age and wear. Containing a few duplicates. Perhaps indicating provence is the presence, with two other items in a folder titled 'Hunt Family of Ireland', of a TLS to Grey from W. H. Hunt of Selkirk, 25 February 1923, asking him to supply genealogical 'extracts'. Of the present collection, the pedigrees, variously in manuscript, printed and engraved, are 24 in number.

In excess of 500 original engravings, from the professional collection of the draughtsman Arthur F. E. Poley, and mainly done from his detailed illustrations, for advertising and other purposes, including armorial, natural history and other topics.

Arthur F. E. Poley [Arthur Frederick Edward Poley, c. 1886-1968, English illustrator and engraver], RIBA
Arthur F. E. Poley , Designs
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Undated, but all English, and from the early part of the twentieth century, and mainly the 1920s.
Arthur F. E. Poley , Designs

Poley was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Silver Medal for the 'Measured Drawings' which formed the basis of his book on St Paul's Cathedral in London, and his work is notable for its attention to detail. This collection (with very few exceptions his own work) gives a splendid indication of the nature and range of English commercial engraved illustration at the beginning of the twentieth-century. Around 150 loose 'pulls', varying in size from 18.5 x 14.5 cm to 4 x 6 cm. Including trade marks (The Cork Hat Company; Cook's World Travel Service; The Swifan; A. C.

Typed Note Signed ('A. C. Fox-Davies') to H. S. Vade Walpole.

Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1871-1928), English writer on heraldry, and Gold Staff Officer at the Coronation of King George V
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8 June 1899; on letterhead of Hastings House, Norfolk Street, Strand, London.

4to: 1 p. Good, on lightly aged and spotted paper. Regarding 'certain verses concerning this street', Walpole will 'find an explanation of the whole circumstance in this week's Notes & Queries'.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Joseph Jackson Howard
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Dartmouth Row | Blackheath | Kent | May 30. 1883'.

Genealogist (1827-1902) and Maltravers Herald Extraordinary. Three pages, 12mo. Good, but with some glue stains at head of verso of first leaf and recto of second leaf of bifoliate. Bottom corner of second leaf cut away (not affecting text). He is grateful for the 'account of Chipchase' and is sending 'this months part of the Miscellanea Genealogica' 'per Book post'. Asks for 'notes from Registers, or monumental inscriptions &c.' as contributions. Signed 'J. J. Howard'. Postscript reads 'Are you interested in armorial Bookplates.

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