AUGUSTINE

[ Augustine Birrell, author and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Frank T. Marzials, giving an assessment of the character of Victor Hugo on reading Marzials's biography.

Author: 
Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), author and Liberal Party politician, Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-1916 [ Sir Frank Thomas Marzials (1840-1912); Victor Hugo ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 3 New Square, Lincoln's Inn. 12 September [1888].
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes that Marzials is 'some days too late' with his 'kind offer', as both Birrell and his wife have read 'with great pleasure' Marzials's book on Victor Hugo. 'It was a difficult task. (I mean the Life, not the reading of it) I am no judge on such a subject – being a very stay at home sort of fellow, but anyhow you succeeded in pleasing me. What a sensible, <?>, shrewd sort of fellow he was in what way may be called ordinary things.

[ Sir Richard Redmayne, civil engineer. ] Six Autograph Letters Signed (all 'R. a. s. Redmayne') to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding Society business and 'Mr. Digby's death'

Author: 
Sir Richard Redmayne [ Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne ] (1955), civil and consulting engineer in Britain and South Africa [ Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
The last four on his letterhead, 34 Victoria Street, Westminster; the first from Imperial Mineral Resources Bureau, London; the second from the Imperial Institute, London. 1924, 1925, 1926 (3), 1927.
£45.00

The six items in good condition, lightly aged. Each with the Society's stamp. Each 1p., 8vo. On 25 September 1925 he expresses sorrow on hearing 'of Mr. Digby's death. What was the cause of it? It seems only the other day that I saw him at the Society of Arts on the occasion of Professor Parks' address, when I took the chair.' He also states that he can 'say positively that I could read my paper before the Royal Society of Arts on December 2nd, but I am doubtful on the point – such a mass of pressing work has come along since I first contemplated writing the paper.

[ Thomas Arnold the Younger. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Arnold') to Rev. R. Hutchinson, regarding the views of St Augustine on 'Perseverance and Predestination' and 'the good works of the heathen'.

Author: 
Thomas Arnold the Younger [ Tom Arnold ] (1823-1900), Professor at University College, Dublin, son of the headmaster of Rugby School and brother of the poet Matthew Arnold, literary scholar (Wikipedia
Publication details: 
Laleham, The Parks. 22 December 1872. [ Laleham on Thames, Middlesex (now Surrey). ]
£400.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Arnold, whose conversion to Roman Catholicism hindered his academic dvancement in England, was grandfather of the writer Aldous Huxley, and taught James Joyce at Dublin. At the time of writing he was running a private tutoring establishment at Oxford. He begins the letter by explaining that it has hardly been possible to reply to Hutchinson 'during term time [...] I had so much work on my hands'. He is returning 'Canon Bright's letter', and has 'not had time to look at the treatises on Perseverance and Predestination'.

[ Augustine Brohan, French actress of the Comédie-Française. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Augustine Brohan') to an unnamed recipient ('ma bien chère demoiselle')

Author: 
Augustine Brohan [ Joséphine-Félicité-Augustine Brohan ] (1824-1893), actress of the the Comédie-Française, mistress of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte [ Napoleon III ], with fashionable Paris salon
Publication details: 
Ville d'Avray. 31 April [ no year ].
£80.00

1p., 16mo. Eleven lines of text. On aged and worn paper, with central closed tears unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. A warm letter of thanks, with valediction 'Mille choses affectueuses à tous les vôtres'.

[Printed advertising pamphlet.] What some famous Men say about "The Century".

Author: 
[The Century Dictionary, The Century Company, New York] [Augustine Birrell; Leslie Stephen; Clement Shorter; Sir Walter Besant; Edward Dowden; Dean Farrar; Sir Michael Hicks Beach; W. E. H. Lecky]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [The Century Company, New York, circa 1901.]
£80.00

Printed on the rectos only of 27 16mo (17 x 10.5 cm) leaves, attached to one another by a metal stud in the top left-hand corner. On aged and creased high-acidity paper, with the first three leaves detached. Each leaf carries a transcript of a letter of endorsement from a different individual or group, each with a facsimile signature. The writers are 'The Editor and Proprietors of the "Sheffield Telegraph"'; Sir Michael Hicks Beach, MP; W. E. H. Lecky, MP; Lord Goschen; Viscount Wolseley; Dean Farrar; Sir James Crichton Browne; Sir J.

Autograph Letter Signed from Augustine Birrell to the journalist and publicist Sydney Walton, mocking him in entertaining terms for suggesting that he would be well-received as a lecturer to 300 boys.

Author: 
Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), Liberal politician and essayist [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), journalist and publicist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 70 Elm Park Road, Chelsea, SW. 2 September 1917.
£90.00

2pp., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. A very funny letter, written in the style that became known as 'birrelling'. He begins: 'Dear Sir. | I admire the enthusiasm which from the depths of an Office bearing the historically-ominous title of "Ministry of Food", & lodged in a once ducal mansion, can dictate (in type) so spirited a letter as your's [sic] of the 27th. ult. I wish I could believe in your vision of Three hundred Boys shouting Come - to an (almost) Septuagenarian Lecturer. It is of course all nonsense.

[Printed prospectus, signed by author.] Lecture on the British Arctic Air-Route Expedition by Martin Lindsay. A Member of the Expedition and the Author of Those Greenland Days. [With photographs of author and of four arctic scenes.]

Author: 
Sir Martin Lindsay [Sir Martin Alexander Lindsay] (1905-1981), explorer and Conservative politician [British Arctic Air Route Expedition, Greenland, 1930-1931; Augustine Courtauld (1904-1959)]
Publication details: 
'Printed by DRESSERS, Darlington.' Undated [1932].
£450.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In black and white on shiny art paper. Lightly worn and aged, with 5 cm closed tears along central vertical fold lines of both leaves. The text, on the first page, begins: 'The Expedition consisted of fourteen men of an average age of 24, who left England in the summer of 1930 to study the flying conditions of Greenland for a short air-route across the Arctic regions to Canada.' It describes how 'Mr.

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