ASSURANCE

[ County Fire Office and Provident Life Office, London, ] Four printed items (proposals, notice) and four manuscript items, including three Autograph Letters Signed from Managing Director J. T. Barber Beaumont to Sir John Edward Harington.

Author: 
County Fire Office and Provident Life Office, London [ John Thomas Barber Beaumont (1774-1841), artist and philanthropist; Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831), 8th Baronet, of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
County Fire Office and Provident Life Office, London, Between 1817 and 1828.
£100.00

Eight items. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Beaumont's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the background: 'In 1806 Barber successfully launched the Provident Life Office, and in the following year the County Fire Office. With the support of landed gentry and West End bankers, the County grew within twenty years to become the fifth largest fire insurer in Britain.

Printed 'Prospectus of the Equitable Annuity Association, Instituted in 1816.'

Author: 
Equitable Annuity Association, London [ J. T. Barber Beaumont, Managing Director ]
Publication details: 
[ Equitable Annuity Association, London. ] London: Printed by C. Roworth, Bell-yard, Temple-bar. [ Circa 1825? ]
£180.00

3pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged paper. Well-written, in small type. The aim is to raise a quarter of a million pounds, to render 'annuity purchases' as a 'species of investment [...] as safe and as convertible to the members of the Association as any other'.

[Printed booklet.] The Business Woman's Investment Prospectus. Endowment Assurances, with and without Participation in Profits. [The Business Woman's Investment Policy.]

Author: 
The Liverpool Victoria Insurance Corporation, Limited, London [women's economic history in Britain]
Publication details: 
The Liverpool Victoria Insurance Corporation, Limited. Head Office: 45-49 Holborn Viaduct, London, E.C. 'November 1st, 1910.'
£100.00

20pp., 12mo. Stapled, in grey wraps, printed in purple and green. An interesting artifact indicative of women's growing economic power in Britain at the beginning of the nineteenth century. An elegant little production, including six full-page tables, 'Press Notices' (two pages, on inside covers) and a section of 'Other Features attaching to "The Business Woman's" Investment Policy', including 'Advances on House Property' and 'Temperance Section'. Scarce: no copies traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[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.

[Francis Gustavus Pavius Neison.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Fr. G. P. Neison') to 'Dr. Sieveking'

Author: 
Francis Gustavus Pavius Neison, actuary, Medical, Invalid and General Life Assurance Co., London
Publication details: 
25 Pall Mall [London]. 21 May 1847.
£90.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper, with slight wear and loss at foot. The company has received Sieveking's letter of 16 May 1847, and Neison is 'glad you have referred to the subject of the Medical Referee at Hamburg. Your opinion agrees so much with that expressed by Mr. [Waddilove?] that there is no doubt our Board will follow it. | We shall be glad to see you whenever in the neighbourhood'. Note: "Dr Edward Sieveking was a prominent member of several sanitary reform associations".

[Francis Gustavus Pavius Neison.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Fr. G. P. Neison') to 'Dr. Sieveking'

Author: 
Francis Gustavus Pavius Neison, actuary, Medical, Invalid and General Life Assurance Co., London
Publication details: 
25 Pall Mall [London]. 21 May 1847.
£90.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper, with slight wear and loss at foot. The company has received Sieveking's letter of 16 May 1847, and Neison is 'glad you have referred to the subject of the Medical Referee at Hamburg. Your opinion agrees so much with that expressed by Mr. [Waddilove?] that there is no doubt our Board will follow it. | We shall be glad to see you whenever in the neighbourhood'. Note: "Dr Edward Sieveking was a prominent member of several sanitary reform associations".

[The Spenser Society, Manchester.] Autograph notes by John Leigh, first Medical Officer of Health for the City of Manchester, of 'Works by John Taylor not yet issued by the Spenser Society' and 'George Wither | Works to be printed | June 1876'.

Author: 
John Leigh (d.1888) of Sandiway House, Whalley Range, Manchester, first Medical Officer of Health for the City of Manchester [The Spenser Society, Manchester; George Wither; John Taylor]
Publication details: 
[Manchester.] The notes on Wither dated June 1876, and those on Taylor from around the same period.
£130.00

6pp., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight damp damage to one corner. The section on Taylor covers the first two pages, with the first page is headed 'Works of John Taylor not yet issued by the Spenser Society | The numbers on the left hand are those in Hazlitts Handbook under the head of Taylor. The numbers on the right hand are those of the number of leaves in each work to which the left hand number refers.' No titles are given, only the number in Hazlitt. The rest of the document is devoted to Wither, this time with titles given.

[The Western Fire and Marine Assurance Society.] Manuscript 'Statement of the Affairs of the Society and Resolution proposed to be read and discussed at the Special Meeting of the Manchester Direction on Tuesday October 23d 1866'.

Author: 
[The Western Fire and Marine Assurance Society] [John Leigh (d.1888) of Sandiway House, Whalley Range, Manchester, first Medical Officer of Health for the City of Manchester]
Publication details: 
[Manchester.] 23 October 1866.
£130.00

4pp., foolscap 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper. In two hands, suggesting collaboration.

The Sickness Accident and Life Association Limited. Prospectus.

Author: 
The Sickness Accident and Life Association Limited [Friends Provident; life insurance; actuarial science]
Publication details: 
Foreword' dated 'Edinburgh, December, 1897.' [Printed by Morrison and Gibb Limited, Edinburgh.]
£45.00

12mo (leaf dimensions 13 x 9 cm): 62 pp. Folded 'Proposal' tipped in on perforated stub. Sewn into cream wraps, printed in red. Text clear and complete. Internally tight on lightly-aged paper. In worn and grubby wraps with a few ink notes on front. Index on p.ii (reverse of front wrap) gives sections (each with subsections) devoted to Sickness Department, Accident Department, Employers' Liability and Accidents to Workmen, Indemnity and Third Party Insurance, Fidelity Guarantees, and Life Department. Also lists Directors, Office-Bearers, Head Office and Branches.

The causes of death among the assured in the Scottish Widows' Fund and Life Assurance Society from 1874 to 1894 inclusive.

Author: 
Claud Muirhead, M.D., F.R.C.P.E.
Publication details: 
Edinburgh: R. & R. Clark, Limited. 1902.
£50.00

4to. Pages: viii + 103. Appendix consisting of nine detailed actuarial tables. Tight copy, in grubby, stained and worn printed paper boards. From the library of the librarian of the Medical Society of London, Nehemiah Asherson, and with the Society's oval stamp on the verso of the title. Small circular label on front board.

Autograph Letter Signed to William Haines.

Author: 
John N. Rhodes
Publication details: 
18 October 1838; '2 Maddox St. Bond S London'.
£46.00

English artist (1809-42). One page, quarto, with the second leaf of the bifoliate bearing the address ('To | William Haines Esqr.. | Sol[icito]r. | Cannon Street | Birmingham'), with the remains of a red wax seal, and two postmarks. Discoloured, and with damp stains causing discoloration and damage to the paper, but not affecting the legibility of the text. Small spike hole through both leaves, not affecting text. Having been 'from home yestereday on a painting expidition' he could not acknowledge Haines' letter sooner.

Printed facsimile of Christmas message on headed paper.

Author: 
Sir Joseph Burn [Prudential Assurance Company Ltd]
Publication details: 
Christmas 1921.
£18.00

Burn (died 1950) was President of the Institute of Actuaries, and a leading figure in twentieth-century British insurance. Dimensions five inches by eight inches. Folded once. In good condition on good thick wove paper. Headed by company crest with motto, between 'HOLBORN | BARS' and 'CHRISTMAS | 1921'. Reads 'With heartiest Christmas & New Year Greetings to all members of the Prudential Staff. | from | Joseph Burn | General Manager | & Actuary'.

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