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[ Sir James Murray, lexicographer, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. A. H. Murray') to an unnamed recipient, regarding his non-authorship of a dictionary by 'John Henry Murray', Mrs. Franklin Richards, a lecture

Author: 
Sir James Murray [ Sir James Augustus Henry Murray ] (1837-1915), Scottish lexicographer, editor of Oxford English Dictionary [ New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Philological Society ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead: 'From Dr. Murray, Oxford. (Postal Address.) (Residence: Sunnyside, Banbury Road.)' 7 November 1903.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. On aged and worn paper, with a few closed tears to edges. Twenty-six lines of text, in a neat small hand.

[ James Augustus Hessey, cleric and educationalist. ] Autograph Testimonial Signed ('J A Hessey, D. C. L. | Archdeacon of Middlesex, | (late) Head Master of Merchant Taylors' School.') to 'the Governors of Bath College', for Rev. Robert Hutchison.

Author: 
J. A. Hessey [ James Augustus Hessey ] (1814-1892), Archdeacon of Middlesex and Headmaster of Merchant Taylors' School [ Rev. R. H. Hutchison of Exeter College, Oxford; Bath College ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 41 Leinster Gardens, Hyde Park, W. [ London ] 12 February 1878.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An approving testimonial, closely and neatly written over thirty lines, beginning: 'The Rev: Robert Hutchison, M.A. was educated by me at Merchant Taylors' School, and, after having reached the distinguished rank of Fifth Monitor, (or Fifth in the whole School,) was sent up by me to Oxford, and obtained by competition an open Scholarship at Exeter College.

[ Sir Charles Barry, architect who worked on the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. ] Autograph Signature ('Charles Barry').

Author: 
Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860), English architect who worked on the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On 3 x 11 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Cut from the end of a letter. Good firm signature. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | Charles Barry'.

[ Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (later King of Hanover) and the Royal Naval Asylum, Greenwich. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ernest Augustus') to Rev. William Morgan, giving instructions regarding the appointment of matrons to the institution.

Author: 
Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland 1799-1851, and King of Hanover 1837-1851, son of King George III and uncle of Queen Victoria [ Rev. William Morgan, Chaplain of the Royal Naval Asylum, Greenwich ]
Publication details: 
St James's Palace [ London ]. 1 January 1808.
£600.00

The Duke was the head of the Committee in charge of the Royal Naval Asylum, which had been founded as the British National Endeavour in 1798, for the orphans of military and naval personnel killed in action. It had moved from Paddington to the Queen's House, Greenwich, in October 1807, having received a large amount of public support (including that of Lord Nelson), and was responsible for upwards of 1000 boys and girls. 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged paper, with damp damage resulting in some loss (including a little text). Repaired with archival tape.

[ Augustus Frederick FitzGerald, 3rd Duke of Leinster. ] Autograph Note in the third person to 'the Superintendent of the Armagh Station'.

Author: 
Augustus Frederick FitzGerald, 3rd Duke of Leinster (1791-1874), Irish peer and Freemason, Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland
Publication details: 
Carton, Maynouth. 6 August 1854.
£38.00

On one side of 11 x 18cm. piece of paper. Creased and lightly aged. Reads: 'The Duke of Leinster requests the Superintendent of the Armagh Station will have the kindness to Order a pair of Horses to be ready by the 1.20. train from Dublin to take him to the Archbishops Palace - on Tuesday next the 8th Augt | Carton Maynooth | 6th Aug 1854'.

Reproduction of a drawing of G.F. Watts, artist, by Rudolf Lehmann, from 'R. Lehmann's Portrait Studies', presented in the style of a studio photograph.

Author: 
Rudolf Lehmann [Wilhelm Augustus Rudolf Lehmann] (1819-1905), Genre and portrait painter [G.F. Watts; Frederick Bruckmann, bookseller, Southampton Street, Strand, London]
Publication details: 
Fred. Bruckmann, London, 17 Southampton Street, Strand. No date.
£100.00

Printed on a piece of 14 x 9.5 cm india paper, laid down on a piece of 17 x 11.5 cm card, with rounded edges, good condition. Printed at the head of the card is 'R. LEHMANN'S PORTRAIT STUDIES.' And at the foot: 'G.F. WATTS | FRED. BRUCKMANN, LONDON, | 17 Southampton Street, Strand.' Beneath the image, in small type: 'Lehmann del.' and 'Registered.' Lehmann was born in Hamburg and moved to London in 1866. He wrote two books.

[ Alfred Swaine Taylor, toxicologist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Alfred S Taylor') to 'Mr Franks' (Sir Wollaston Franks of the British Museum), regarding arsenic in his wallpaper. and on dust scraped from his books.

Author: 
Alfred Swaine Taylor (1806-1880), toxicologist and medical jurist [ Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-1907), British Museum curator ]
Publication details: 
St James's Terrace, Regent's Park. 6 July and 22 December 1858.
£450.00

ONE: 4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An emphatic and energetic letter. Clearly reporting on a sample of wallpaper which Franks has sent him, Taylor begins his letter: 'Your black paper is as much saturated with the arsenical colour as it can well be.' He finds the paper 'precisely similar' to that which 'occasioned the illness of Dr Halley in Harley St, - and the publication of whose letter created such alarm in the public mind' (the reference is to the letter of Dr Alexander Halley in The Times, 11 January 1858).

Reproduction of a drawing of G.F. Watts, artist, by Rudolf Lehmann, from 'R. Lehmann's Portrait Studies', presented in the style of a studio photograph.

Author: 
Rudolf Lehmann [Wilhelm Augustus Rudolf Lehmann] (1819-1905), Genre and portrait painter [G.F. Watts; Frederick Bruckmann, bookseller, Southampton Street, Strand, London]
Publication details: 
Fred. Bruckmann, London, 17 Southampton Street, Strand. No date.
£100.00

Printed on a piece of 14 x 9.5 cm india paper, laid down on a piece of 17 x 11.5 cm card, with rounded edges, good condition. Printed at the head of the card is 'R. LEHMANN'S PORTRAIT STUDIES.' And at the foot: 'G.F. WATTS | FRED. BRUCKMANN, LONDON, | 17 Southampton Street, Strand.' Beneath the image, in small type: 'Lehmann del.' and 'Registered.' Lehmann was born in Hamburg and moved to London in 1866. He wrote two books.

[ Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, chemist. ] Manuscript note, signed by Abel ('F. A. Abel') to Sir Walter Buller.

Author: 
Sir Frederick Augustus Abel (1827-1902), British chemist, Lecturer in Chemistry at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich [ Sir Walter Lawry Buller (1838-1906), New Zealand ornithologist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Imperial Institute of the United Kingdom, the Colonies and India, London. 19 December 1893.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, laid down on leaf removed from album. The note reads: 'The form of receipt is in the printers' hands. Addressed to Buller at the South Kensington Hotel.

[ Commander Augustus Jacob, RN. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Augustus Jacob') to his brother 'Gay', one written from Balaclava Harbour during the Crimean War, the second describing an action he was involved in with cossacks and field guns.

Author: 
Commander Augustus Jacob (1839-1893), RN [ The Crimean War; FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan ]
Publication details: 
First letter [from Balaclava Harbour in the Crimea ] on board HMS Leopard, 12 December 1854. Second letter on board HMS Excellent, 7 December 1859.
£280.00

Jacob was one of the ten children (seven sons) of Archdeacon Philip Jacob (1803-1884). Both items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: 'HMS Leopard | Dec 12th. 1854'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. To 'My dearest Brother'. The fifteen-year-old Jacob has a shaky grasp of spelling and punctuation.

[ Sir Edward Stanley of Bickerstaffe, later 11th Earl of Derby. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edwd Stanley') to Sir John Chetwood, regarding a commission for the levying of 3000 for the Earl of Cheshire (i.e. George Augustus, Prince of Wales).

Author: 
Sir Edward Stanley (1689-1776) of Bickerstaffe, later 11th Earl of Derby [ Sir John Chetwood; George Augustus, Prince of Wales (as Earl of Chester), future King George I ]
Publication details: 
'Moesley' [ Mosley, Lancashire ]. 9 September 1717.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on second leaf 'To | Sr John Chetwood Barrtt'. On aged and worn paper. Neatly and attractively written out. Reads: 'Sr | I brought down from London the Prince's Patent for ye levyeing 3000 Markes in Cheshire due to his Royall Highness, as Earle of Chester on whic a Comis[si]on is issued out directed to you and Others for ye levyeing the Same which Comis[si]on I am oblig'd to acquaint you will be at Chester on Tuesday the first day of October next'.?>

[G. B. O'Neill, Irish painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Bernard O'Neill'), inviting G. W. Cooke to join in a 'friendly cup' with him and 'Mr. Callcott' [William Hutchins Callcott?], who is bringing sketches for him to inspect.

Author: 
G. B. O'Neill [George Bernard O'Neill] (1828-1917), Irish painter [G. W. Cooke [George Wingrove Cooke] (1814-1865), lawyer and historian; Sir Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844)]
Publication details: 
'The Mall | Kensington. | Monday'. No date.
£75.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In 1857 O'Neill married Emma Stuart Callcott, granddaughter of the artist Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, from whose house the present letter is addressed. He informs Cooke that he has 'asked Mr. Callcott [probably O'Neill's father-in-law William Hutchins Callcott (1807-1882)] to come & take a "friendly cup" with me on Thursday Evg. & we shall be glad of your company if you can favour us'. In a postscript O'Neill states that Callcott has promised to let him have 'the sketches I spoke to you of, in case you should come'.

[Philip Augustus Hanrott, book collector.] Autograph Note Signed ('P. A. Hanrott.') to an unnamed recipient, subscribing to 'the work mentioned in the Prospectus'.

Author: 
Philip Augustus Hanrott (1776-1856), English book collector
Publication details: 
Great Ormond Street [London]. 29 August 1829.
£75.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Hanrott writes that he has received the recipient's letter on his 'return to Town', and that he will be pleased to subscribe 'to the work mentioned in the Prospectus you inclosed to me, & should wish to have a large Paper Copy'. He hopes that 'it may meet with that liberal encouragement, which it's [sic] importance & usefullness [sic] deserves'. He concludes in the hope that 'it is to be conducted under your auspices'.

[Printed item] The School Book Question: Letters in reply to the Brown-Campbell Crusade against the Educational Department for Upper Canada.

Author: 
['The Brown-Campbell Crusade against the Educational Department for Upper Canada' (George Brown; James Campbell); Augustus Egerton Ryerson; John Lovell; Thomas Nelson; the Montreal Globe]
Publication details: 
Montreal: Printed by John Lovell, St. Nicholas Street. 1866.
£180.00

Full title: '[Printed item.] The School Book Question: Letters in reply to the Brown-Campbell Crusade against the Educational Department for Upper Canada: with copious notes, further illustrating and confirming what is contained in letters, and refuting various other misstatements which have appeared in the "Globe" since their publication. | 1. First Letter of Rev. Dr. Ryerson. | 2. Letter of Mr. John Lovell. | 3. Second Letter of Rev. Dr. Ryerson. | 4. Third Letter of Rev. Dr. Ryerson. (Seven additional misstatements corrected.) | 5. Correspondence of Mr.

[Ralph Straus.] Typed Letter Signed to the theatrical historian and bookseller Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, discussing, with biographical information, playbills associated with George Augustus Sala he requires. With Typed Note Signed and Typed Card Signed.

Author: 
Ralph Straus (1882-1950), author and literary biographer [George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), journalist; Ifan Kyrle Fletcher (d.1964), theatrical historian and bookseller]
Publication details: 
The letter and note both on letterheads of Ralph Straus, The Tanyard, Shorne, Nr. Gravesend; 6 January 1939 and 8 January 1945. The card from the Tanyard; 7 January 1945.
£56.00

All three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. All signed 'Ralph Straus'. ONE: TLS. 6 January 1939. 1p., 8vo. After expressing his willingness to have 'the programme of Wat Tyler and the Bil of Madame Sala for 1827', he expresses his desire to acquire playbills 'of Sala's grandfather, in a King's Theatre ballet 1776 onwards - particularly if it gives his Christian name of Claudio. I know of one in Jan. 1788.

Three Typed Letters Signed from Col. Charles A. Lindbergh to the English science journalist Arthur G. Bourne, concerning whaling and marine conservation, including a description of a recent trip to Lima, Peru, when he went out on a whaling ship.

Author: 
Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh [Charles Augustus Lindberg] (1902-1974), American aviator and explorer [Arthur G. Bourne, science journalist; De Witt Wallace; Reader's Digest]
Publication details: 
Les Monts-de Corsier, Vaud, Switzerland, and Scotts Cove, Darien, Connecticut. 16 and 31 August, and 4 November 1966.
£950.00

Lindbergh's three letters are each 1p., 8vo. They are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper; the first letter has a short closed tear at the head. Lindbergh begins the first letter by commending an 'article on whales' by Bourne. 'When we talked in London during the meetings of the International Whaling Commission, you mentioned sending me some papers you had written in regard to conservation planning.

Issue of 'The Commercial Travelers' Home Magazine' including original illustrated articles on 'The King of Museum Builders' Prof. Henry Augustus Ward, the German-American trick-cyclist N. E. Kaufmann, and the 'Leviathans of the Deep' [steam ships].

Author: 
William Mill Butler, editor [with contributions by William T. Hornaday; J. Macdonald Oxley; Helen Chauncey; Harry Kenmore; Horatio Bliss, Stephen Crane; Alan Merriman]
Publication details: 
The Commercial Travelers' Home Association of America, Binghamton, New York. Vol. VI, No. II. February 1896.
£250.00

8vo, paginated 147-261, with frontispiece, and preceded by 16 and followed by 11 pages of advertisements. In original pink wraps, printed in black and red. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped wraps. The article on the naturalist Professor Henry Augustus Ward (1834-1906), by William T. Hornaday, is titled 'The King of Museum-Builders' (pp.147-159, with frontispiece); that on Nicholas Edward ('Nick') Kaufmann (1861-1943) is by Harry Kenmore, and titled 'The Champion Trick-Rider' (pp.185-193); and that on 'The Leviathans of the Deep' (202-210) is by Alan Merriman.

[Series of eleven printed British parliamentary reports, from the Library of Sir Boverton Redwood, and with his bookplate.] Report to the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on the Subject of the Testing of Petroleum.

Author: 
[Sir Frederick Augustus Abel (1826-1902); Sir Boverton Redwood (1846-1919), First President of the Institution of Petroleum Technologists]
Publication details: 
Series A. Papers Nos. 1 to 11. Paper No. 1: 'LONDON: Printed by GEORGE E. EYRE and WILLIAM SPOTTISWOODE, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty. For Her Majesty's Stationery Office. B835. - 50. - 11/78.' [i.e. November 1878]
£220.00

The eleven parts are uniform, headed from 'SERIES A. Series No. 1' to 'SERIES A. Paper No. 11'. Totalling 57 pp., folio, with the eleven parts separately paginated: 18 + 18 + 3 + 3 + 4 + [1] + [1] + [1] + [1] + 6 + [1]. The first part is followed by three lithographed plates (the second a foldout) by Dangerfield of Covent Garden, from designs by 'F. A. Abel' and each dated and with his facsimile signature.

Autograph Letter Signed from the American artist Edwin Howland Blashfield to 'Mr. Thomas' [the playwright Augustus Thomas], regarding the National Institute of Arts and Letters [later the American Academy of Arts and Letters].

Author: 
Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936), American artist, President of the National Institute of Arts and Letters [Augustus Thomas (1857-1944), American playwright; American Academy of Arts and Letters]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead of 48 Central Park South, New York City. 14 November [1915?].
£120.00

1p., 12mo. 25 lines, neatly and tightly written. In good condition, lightly-aged, and with pin hole to one corner. Blashfield declares himself 'much disappointed' that Thomas will not be presiding 'at the joint meeting on the 17th. Nov.', stating that he has been urging 'from the beginning' that Thomas should 'so preside'.

Three printed items relating to the Royal Westminster Volunteers, from the papers of Lieut-Col. Richard Twining, Junior: a 'General Order' (on a review by the Russian Emperor), a Circular by Twining, and an 'Extract from the Star'.

Author: 
[Royal Westminster Regiment of Volunteers; Richard Twining the younger (1772-1857), tea and coffee merchant and banker, eldest son of the firm's founder Richard Twining the elder (1749-1824)]
Publication details: 
The 'General Order' (1814) and the 'Circular' (1819) both printed by 'R. Spragg, Printer, Bow-street, Covent-garden.' The 'Extract' printed by 'Seeley, Printers, Buckingham.' [1805.]
£220.00

The three items all cropped, but in good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. ITEM ONE: Headed 'Extract from the Star of Thursday, 17th October, 1805. | Royal Westminster Volunteers.' 1p., 8vo. Printer's slug in bottom left-hand corner. Autograph note by Twining at foot: 'This was printed by the voluntary act of my honor'd friend Dr.

Autograph Letter in the third person from George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough, apologising to the Prince Regent (George Augustus Frederick, later King George IV) for having to decline an invitation.

Author: 
George Spencer (1739-1817), 4th Duke of Marlborough [George Augustus Frederick (1762-1830), Prince Regent between 1811 and 1820, thereafter King George IV]
Publication details: 
'Blenheim | April 19th'. [Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; 1812.]
£120.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased laid paper with watermark '1810'. The letter reads: 'The Duke of Marlborough is very sorry it will not be in his power to obey His Royal Highness the Prince Regent's commands on Thursday the 23d of April, which he should have been very happy to have done had it been possible for him. | Blenheim | April 19th.' The only 23 April falling on a Thursday during the Regency before the 4th Duke's death was in 1812.

Long unsigned manuscript letter, with two coloured illustrations, from an Englishman to his niece, describing sitting in wait to shoot a tiger from a machan (hunting platform) in North Kandesh, India.

Author: 
[Tiger hunting in India, 1928; Henry Staveley Lawrence (1870-1949), Acting Governor of Bombay 1926-28; William Augustus Henry Miller (d.1927), Divisional Forest Officer, West Khandesh, Central Circle]
Publication details: 
Poona, India. 11 February 1928.
£160.00

5pp., 8vo, including one full-page sketch and one half-page one. Good, on five leaves of lightly-aged and worn paper. Neatly and closely written. Addressed to 'My dearest one and only Niece'. Complete in itself, but possibly only the first five pages of a longer letter. The author is a British colonial administrator in Kandesh (Acting Governor of Bombay H. S. Lawrence?), and from the tone of his letter his niece (in England?) is still a young girl.

Autograph Note Signed from Augustus Mayhew to Edward Draper, Honorary Solicitor of the Savage Club, regarding a contribution to a magazine [The Comic Almanac?].

Author: 
Augustus Mayhew [Augustus Septimus Mayhew] (1826-1875), English journalist [Edward Draper of Vincent Square, London, Honorary Solicitor of the Savage Club]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Dr. Draper/ | Do something for No 2. | No 1 was put of for a week | Yours | Aug: Mayhew'. Mayhew edited the Comic Almanac between 1848 and 1850.

Engraved circular letter and 'Balance Sheets for 1858 and 1859' of the Playground and General Recreation Society (including reference to a speech by Charles Dickens), forwarded by secretary Edward West to committee-member Sophia Elizabeth De Morgan.

Author: 
Edward West, Secretary, The Playground and General Recreation Society, London [Sophia Elizabeth De Morgan [née Frend] (1809-92), wife of mathematician Augustus De Morgan (1806-71); Charles Dickens]
Publication details: 
West's engraved letter: 97 Newgate Street, London; 31 January 1860. The balance sheets dated to end of the years 1858 and 1859.
£95.00

3pp., 4to. In bifolium. Good, on aged and lightly-creased paper. 'Mrs. de Morgan' in manuscript at the foot of the first page, and 'No 5' at the head. The first page carries the circular letter from 'Edwd. West, Secy.', engraved in copperplate. In sending the balance sheets he notes that 'the income is scarcely equal to the expenditure which is necessary for obtaining for the Society public support'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W S Landor') from the poet Walter Savage Landor, imploring the publisher of vol. 1 of his 'Imaginary Conversations', John Taylor of Taylor and Hessey, to reprint a page containing an extract from a letter to Augustus Hare.

Author: 
Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), poet and author of the 'Imaginary Conversations' [Julius Hare; Augustus Hare; Robert Southey; John Taylor, London publisher; Taylor and Hessey]
Publication details: 
'Florence Oct. 23 [1823]'.
£180.00

The item consists of a 25.5 x 20.5 cm bifolium, with the text of Landor's letter on the recto of the first leaf, from which a central rectangle (roughly 10 x 20.5 cm) carrying the amended copy has been cut away for transmission to the printer. Otherwise the item is in fair condition, on ligthly-aged paper. The verso of the second leaf is addressed to 'Mr. Taylor | 13 Waterloo Place | London', and carries three postmarks. The letter reads: 'Sir, | There is a passage in page 47 which Mr Hare [Julius Hare, who had] inserted from a letter I wrote hastily to his brother [Augustus Hare].

Reproduction of a drawing of Charles Dickens by Rudolf Lehmann, from 'R. Lehmann's Portrait Studies', presented in the style of a carte de visite.

Author: 
Rudolf Lehmann [Wilhelm Augustus Rudolf Lehmann] (1819-1905), Genre and portrait painter [Charles Dickens; Frederick Bruckmann, bookseller, Southampton Street, Strand, London]
Publication details: 
Fred. Bruckmann, London, 17 Southampton Street, Strand. No date.
£120.00

Printed on a piece of 14 x 9.5 cm india paper, laid down on a piece of 17 x 11.5 cm card, with rounded edges. Aged and faded, but nevertheless a nice item of Dickensiana. A sensitive study of Dickens's face, above a heavily-faded facsimile of his signature. Printed at the head of the card is 'R. LEHMANN'S PORTRAIT STUDIES.' And at the foot: 'CHARLES DICKENS | FRED.

Autograph Note in the third person from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to the Lord Chamberlain the Earl of Kenmare, declining an invitation.

Author: 
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), English Poet Laureate, 1850-1892 [Valentine Augustus Browne (1825-1905), 4th Earl of Kenmare, Lord Chamberlain]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Aldworth, Haslemere, Surrey. May 1885.
£300.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. On the first leaf of a bifolium, with the second blank leaf carrying traces of glue from mount. The note reads: 'May /85 | Lord Tennyson begs to thank the Lord Chamberlain for the honour of the invitation on June 6th. He regrets that he is unable to avail himself of it.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward A Freeman') from the historian and politician Edward Augustus Freeman to the Staffordshire antiquary Rupert Simms, correcting his list of Freeman's books for Simms's 'Bibliotheca Staffordiensis'.

Author: 
Edward Augustus Freeman (1823-1892), English historian and Liberal politician [Rupert Simms (1853-1937), bookseller and Staffordshire antiquary
Publication details: 
Somerlease, Wells. 23 February 1884.
£130.00

Freeman's letter is on the last of five folio pages, each on a separate leaf, sent to him by Simms, giving, for correction, the proposed entry on Freeman in the future 'Bibliotheca Staffordiensis'. In fair condition, on aged paper. On the first page Simms has given a brief biographical description of Freeman; the middle three pages comprise a numbered list of twenty-three of Freeman's books, with dates, and the last page carries a rather optimistic request by Simms for information regarding 'Contribution to Periodicals, Magazines, &c. Giving Number a year of Serial - Pages occuppied - &c'.

Autograph synopsis and notes by the dramatist and editor of 'Punch' Tom Taylor of part of Act III of his 1866 play 'A Sister's Penance', written with Augustus W. Dubourg.

Author: 
Tom Taylor (1817-1880), playwright and comic writer, author of 'The Ticket of Leave Man' (1863) and editor of 'Punch [Augustus W. Dubourg]
Publication details: 
On government letterhead; undated [c.1866].
£750.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The first page headed 'Act III', and the whole tightly-written and filled with deletions, interpolations and marginal notes, providing a valuable insight into the creative process of one of Victorian England's most successful dramatists. The last page breaks off: 'Handeside confesses his own desperate attachment. Markham <...>'. 'A Sister's Penance' was a great success, with 83 performances at the Adelphi between 26 November 1866 and 2 March 1867.

Autograph Letter Signed ('M Callcott') from the traveller and author Maria Callcott [previously Maria Dundas and Maria Graham] to the antiquary Edward Vernon Utterson.

Author: 
Maria Callcott (1785-1842) [n
Publication details: 
London; postmarked 26 May 1829.
£60.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with oval red postmark and broken red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf of bifolium to 'E. V. Utterson Esqre | 32 York Terrace | Regents park'. She writes that she and her husband are 'sorry to have so bad an account of Mrs Utterson', whom she will visit 'when she can see her friends'. 'Mr. Callcott [the landscape painter Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844)] was in York Terrace yesterday but having forgotten your number & finding you denied at three or four doors he began to think you had moved or that I had given him a wrong direction'.

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