ASHFORD

Autograph Letter Signed from Sarah Jones to her landlord Mr Norwood of Ashford, complaining that she is imprisoned for debt in Dover Castle at the behest of 'Mr Knocker'.

Author: 
Sarah Jones [Dover Castle, debtors' prison for residents of the Cinque Ports, Kent]
Publication details: 
Dover Castle [Kent]. 17 November 1824.
£45.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium, with reverse of second leaf with Dover postmark, and addressed by Jones to 'Mr Norwood | to the left at the | Queen's head | Ashford Kent'. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'Dover Castle Nov - 17 - 824 | Mr. Norwood | Sir | I beg to inform you I was arrested yesterday & sent to this place - My son in law & myself would have been up to have settled the rent, but now it must remain till I get out - I hope you will not let any one have, or touch the house. Mr.

Substantial manuscript ledger of a carpenter, builder and undertaker between the wars, mainly in the Ashford area of Kent, with detailed itemised accounts of a wide range of jobs (including 'Coffins and Funerals') for a large number of clients.

Author: 
[Ledger of a carpenter, builder and undertaker in the Ashford area of Kent, 1919-1936; coffin maker, undertaker; funerals; Kent County Council]
Publication details: 
Kent: Ashford, Folkestone, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Lydd, Rolvenden, Dungeness, New Romney, Rye, Scotney, Willesborough, Iden, Denge Marsh, Appledore, Brenzett, Guestling, Bredgar, Ivychurch, Seddlescombe, Sellindge. 1919 to 1936.
£450.00

602 pages, folio, preceded by a thumb-index, comprising 301 numbered double-page openings. A sturdy and substantial volume, half-bound in brown calf with 'LEDGER' in gilt on red label on spine. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper in worn binding.

[Printed book.] The Second Book of the Sealed Prophecies. An Address to the Public Written in 1796. Taken from the Sealed Writings of Joanna Southcott, February 20, the Fast Day, 1805. [With Autograph Card Signed to J. M. Stitt, Clock House Press.]

Author: 
Joanna Southcott [J. M. Stitt, the Clock House Press, Ashford, Middlesex.]
The Second Book of the Sealed Prophecies.
Publication details: 
'The SECOND EDITION, printed in September, 1812, from the First Edition printed in March, 1805.' Marchant and Galabin, Printers, Ingram-Court, London. Sold by W. Tozer, Southwark, et al. [In wraps of the Clock House Press, Ashford, Middlesex, 1920.]
£185.00
The Second Book of the Sealed Prophecies.

8vo, 136 pp. The original sheets of the second edition of 1812, in purple wraps printed in 1920. Text clear and complete. Grubby, on aged paper, with top edge badly trimmed; wraps creased. Excessively scarce: the only copy of this 1812 second edition on COPAC at University College London (like this copy with 'Caption [sic] title'). The accompanying card, with London postmark of 9 March 1938, is addressed to the printer of the wraps, 'Mr J. M. Stitt | Clock House Lane | Ashford | Mddx | "Clock House Press". It consists of 25 lines written with the postcard turned to portrait shape.

Autograph Note Signed ('Horder') to Noon, on his father's death.

Author: 
Mervyn Horder (1910-1997), Lord Horder of Ashford, publisher and composer [Thomas Jeeves Horder (1871-1955), 1st Baron Horder, physician to the British royal family; Charles Noon (d.1957)]
Publication details: 
10 August [1955]; on letterhead of Ashford Chace, Petersfield, Hampshire.
£56.00

12mo, 2 pp. Twenty-one lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with punch-hole to the top left-hand corner. As a colleague of Horder's father (senior surgeon and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital) Noon has offered a 'collection of aphorisms', which Horder feels will be 'of the greatest value, indeed it is exactly what I want'. He asks for Noon's memories of 'personal dealings': 'These are especially useful in the early days, when of course my own memory does not serve.' Concludes: 'We all thought he'd have another 10 years ahead, so it has been a sad shock.'

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