ASHMOLEAN

[ Henry Wellesley, Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, and art connoisseur. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'H Wellesley') to Major R. Guthrie Macgregor, praising in fulsome terms his translations from the Greek Anthology.

Author: 
Henry Wellesley (1794-1866), Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, curator of Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Taylor Institute and art connoisseur [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor ]
Publication details: 
Both from New Inn Hall, Oxford. 19 September 1855 and 27 October 1864.
£50.00

Each letter 3pp., 12mo, and each on a bifolium. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE (19 September 1855): This first letter relates to the copy of Macgregor's 'Specimens of the Greek Anthology' (privately printed, [1855]) now in the British Library, 'With an autograph letter from the Translator to Dr. Wellesley; and a Critique upon the work, by the latter, also in MS.' In the present letter Wellesley writes that he has 'read them with the greatest pleasure.

[ John Disney, archaeologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. P. Duncan of New Coll:',

Author: 
John Disney (1779-1857), archaeologist [ Philip Bury Duncan (1772-1863) of New College, Oxford, Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum ]
Publication details: 
The Hyde. 27 March 1828.
£220.00

2pp., 4to. He begins by reminding Duncan that he recently wrote to him, 'in reply to your letter on the subject of your book respecting Portugal'. That letter was directed to Oxford, but as Disney has not heard from Duncan since, he wonders whether it might have miscarried. He is now writing to remind Duncan of his 'kind expressions in my behalf as a candidate on the list at the Athenaeum'.

[ William Kirtland, Under Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Kirtland | Under Keeper') to the antiquary Charles Roach Smith

Author: 
William Kirtland (1786-1864), Under Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, employed by Sir Thomas Phillipps as an amanuensis [ Charles Roach Smith (1806-1890), antiquary ]
Publication details: 
'Museum Oxford' [ Ashmolean Museum ]. 29 February 1840.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with tape stain at head from mount. The Keeper 'Mr. Duncan' (Philip Duncan) being absent from Oxford, Kirtland is forwarding to Smith 'that portion of the Ashmolean Catalogue which relates to Alfreds Jewell [sic] comprizing all the facts and ideas we have been able to gather respecting it'. He refers him to 'Mr. White Printseller of Brownlow St. Holborn', who visited the museum in the summer for the purpose of examining the item. He ends by informing him that there are 'no other antiquities of a similar kind in this Museum'.

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