AUSTIN

[ Rev. Francis William Galpin, musicologist. ] Autograph Card Signed and Autograph Letter Signed (both 'F. W. Galpin') to the author Austin Dobson, regarding the Broad Oak in Hatfield Forest.

Author: 
Francis William Galpin (1858-1945), Church of England cleric and musicologist and collector of musical instruments [ Henry Austin Dobson (1840-1921), English author ]
Publication details: 
The card dated 30 August 1904 [ no place ]. The letter addressed from Hatfield Vicarage, Harlow [ Essex ]; 7 May 1906.
£56.00

Both items in good condition, with light signs of age. The card, with postmarks, is addressed to 'Austin Dobson Esq | 75 Eaton Rise | Ealing | W.' The letter is also to Dobson, but is only addressed 'Dear Sir'. In the card he reports that 'The old oak in the forest is now in ruins and quite dead. It has been surrounded with a railing and a young tree planted by its side.' He offers to send a photograph, and asks for 'anthing about my parish which you may publish'.

[ Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare, Liberal politician. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Aberdare').

Author: 
Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare [ Lord Aberdare ] (1815-1895), Liberal politician, British Home Secretary, 1868-1873
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Duffryn, Mountain Ash, South Wales. 10 March 1891.
£25.00

On letterhead, cropped down to 7.5 x 9 cm. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'March 10. 91 | B. C. | Alas! I am rusticating! | Aberdare'.

[ Austin Brereton, drama critic. ] Typed Letter Signed to fellow-critic E. R. Dibdin, asking to borrow playbills to assist in the writing of his biography of Sir Henry Irving.

Author: 
Austin Brereton (1862-1922), drama critic [ E. R. Dibdin [ Edward Rimbault Vere Dibdin ] (1853-1941), art critic; Sir Henry Irving [ John Henry Brodribb ] (1838-1905), actor-manager ]
Publication details: 
26 Suffolk Street, Pall Mall, London SW. 17 February 1908.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged. Having been informed by another critic, William Archer, that Dibdin possesses 'some playbills of Irving's appearances in Edinburgh in the early days', he asks to borrow them for a week or so, as he iss 'writing the authoritative Lifef of the actor, and although I have a vast amount of material, I do not want to let anything slip'. He requests a prompt response, as he is 'sending my first volume to the printers early in March'.

[ F. Britten Austin, novelist. ] Typescripts of acts I and 3 of his unpublished only play, 'The Thing that Matters'. With numerous manuscript additions and directions, plus extra typed material.

Author: 
F. Britten Austin [ Frederick Britten Austin ] (1885-1941) [ Percy Burton, theatrical agent and motion picture pioneer; Arthur Bourchier; Helen Maud Holt (1863-1937) [ Mrs Beerbohm Tree; Lady Tree ] ]
Publication details: 
F. Britten Austin, Northgate House, Bishops Stortford, Herts. Undated [ circa 1921 ].
£580.00

126pp., 4to. (Act 1 has 55pp. and Act 3 has 71pp.) Each act bound in grey card covers. Worn and aged, with the remains of the purple ribbon used to bind the leaves into their covers. A heavily reworked typescript. As is customary, the typed text of the play is on the rectos only, but leaves with additional typed and manuscript (presumably autograph) text have been inserted. Numerous manuscript additions and deletions to the text on the rectos, with additional typed passages on pieces of paper laid down onto the facing versos, which also carry further manuscript changes.

Catalogue of etchings by Robert Austin, A.R.E. [interleaved by Walker with material relating to Austin, 1926-1933].

Author: 
Robert Sargent Austin [Campbell Dodgson; Rainforth Armitage Walker]
Publication details: 
London: Published by the Twenty One Gallery, Durham House Street, Adelphi, W.C.2, 1926.
£120.00

Austin (1895-1973) was a British etcher, engraver and watercolourist. R.A. Walker (born 1886), whose bookplate is on the front pastedown, was a connoisseur and Aubrey Beardsley scholar. Quarto, twenty-six leaves. Internally tight, clean and sound, in worn and stained half-leather binding, with 'ROBERT AUSTIN' in gilt on spine. The item contains a total of forty-seven reproductions of Austin's works, many gleaned from magazines, etc, and tipped in throughout.

[ Lieutenant General Baron Charles Hompesch, Hungarian nobleman serving in the British Army. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hompesch') to his agent 'Wadeson', regarding a transfer of funds and his 'scoundrell of servant'.

Author: 
Lieutenant General Baron Charles Hompesch (d.1812) of Rosenau, Datchet, Bucks, Hungarian aristocrat serving in the British Army
Publication details: 
'Wednesday morning'. No date, but docketed 'Genl. Hompesch | 99', i.e. 1799.
£60.00

1p., 8vo. On bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. The reverse of the second leaf carries part of a red wa seal, and is addressed to 'Wadeson esqr: | austin fryors [sic]'. He describes a transfer of Bank stocks he has authorised, and asks the recipient to check whether it has been done, and let him know 'in two lines directed to Hide Heath [Hyde Heath, Bucks?]'.

[Austin Clarke, author.] Typed Letter Signed to fellow Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, complaining of 'people' in the 'literary world' of 'no literary abiltiy or genuine interest', and the rejection of his poem by a 'youngster' in 'the Eliot interest'.

Author: 
Austin Clarke (1896-1974), Irish poet [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949); T. S. Eliot]
Publication details: 
Esperanza, Lye Lane, Near St Albans. 'Sunday' [no date].
£150.00

2pp., 8vo. In fair conditon, on lightly aged paper. 'For some reason or other which I cannot understand a number of people have got into the literary world who have no literary ability or genuine interest in writing [...] Recently I gave a poem to a very young literary editor as a result of requests from him extending over a year. The poem had taken me months of hard work and I sent it with some hesitation as the youngster works in the Eliot interest. I got it back with a very smart and very rude note.

[Printed keepsake.] Poem by Austin Dobson, titled 'Henry Fielding. Unveiling by the United States Minister, the Hon. J. Russell Lowell, of the Bust in the Shire Hall, Taunton. Sculptor, Miss Margaret Thomas.'

Author: 
Austin Dobson [Henry Austin Dobson] (1840-1921), English poet and essayist [Henry Fielding, novelist; James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), essayist and American ambassador in London; Margaret Thomas]
Publication details: 
Place not stated [London?]. September 1883.
£135.00

4pp., 12mo. Paginated to 4. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. On laid paper watermarked 'A PIRIE & SONS | 1883'. Tastefully printed.

[Alfred Austin, poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to the Chevalier de Chatelain, thanking him for gifts, and reminiscing about the Chevalier and his wife Clara de Chatelain.

Author: 
Alfred Austin (1835-1913), English Poet Laureate from 1896 to his death [Jean-Baptiste François Ernest De Chatelain (1801-1881) and his wife Clara de Chatelain (1807-1876), author]
Publication details: 
67 Queen's Gardens, Bayswater. 2 August 1877.
£65.00

2pp., 16mo. 17 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He begins by thanking him for 'the History of the Flitch of Bacon Custom at Dunnow. I well remember reading in the papers of 55 the celebration of the fete at which you & poor Made. de Chatelain were the hero & heroine'. He has called on de Chatelain to thank him for the 'Fleurs et Fruits' which he sent him, but did not find him at home. He will try again before leaving town for the autumn, 'which I shall do in a few days'.

Typescript, with autograph corrections, of an essay titled 'A Thought About Christmas. Laurens van der Post', written for a magazine edited by Rev. Austin Williams, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and with two Typed Letters Signed to Williams.

Author: 
Laurens van der Post (1906-1996), South African author [Rev. Austin Williams (1912-2001), Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields]
Publication details: 
The two letters both from 13 Cadogan Street, Chelsea [London]; 11 May 1959 and 12 October 1962.
£450.00

The three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper; the essay and first letter having punch-holes in the margin. The essay is 3pp., foolscap 8vo. The title, corrections and emendations are all in van der Post's hand. 'To someone like myself who believes that coincidence is the manifestation of a great law of which we are not yet properly aware, this timing of the birth of Christ is not accidental.

[Printed booklet.] Catalogue of the Books in the Library of the Bristol Naturalists' Society. [With replacement coloured chart 'to accompany Dr. Burder's Paper on Storms'.]

Author: 
[Bristol Naturalists' Society, Clifton; William Corbett Burder]
Publication details: 
May, 1881. Clifton: Printed by E. Austin & Son, Chronicle Office. 1881.
£180.00

[1] + 24pp., 8vo. Stitched. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-spotted paper, with slight wear to edges of covers. A notice at the front reads: 'The Name following the title of a Book is that of the Donor. Where no Name is given, the Book has been obtained by purchase or by exchange.' The first two entries read: 'Ainsworth, William. Account of the Caves of Ballybunian. 1834. Henry Harris. | Airy's Lectures on Astronomy. 1849. F. F. Tuckett.' Loosely inserted are the replacement chart and a slip of paper carrying the note: 'BRISTOL NATURALISTS' SOCIETY.

Engraving titled 'The Modern Orpheus', 'Etch'd by D Smith' and 'Design'd by W. Hogarth', 'From an Original Sketch in the possession of the Marquis of Bute', as part of a fake advertisement for a spoof book entitled 'The Art of Playing upon People'.

Author: 
William Hogarth; Machell Stace, bookseller, 5 Middle Scotland Yard
Publication details: 
Beneath the plate: 'Publish'd as the Act directs by Machell Stace Augt. 24th. 1807'.
£175.00

On one side of a piece of wove paper, roughly 400 x 250 mm. Dimensions of engraving roughly 130 x 180 mm. Good, on heavily-foxed and lightly-creased paper. The sketch shows a well-dressed flautist playing his instrument in a market square, with money, clothes and food drawn to him from onlookers as if by magnetism. Beneath the print, in a variety of types and point sizes: 'Speedily will be Published, Inscribed to all Lovers of Tweedledum Tweedle, The Art of Playing upon People: or, Memoirs of the German Flute. Interspersed with The Character of Baron Steeple; [...]'.

Engraving titled 'The Modern Orpheus', 'Etch'd by D Smith' and 'Design'd by W. Hogarth', 'From an Original Sketch in the possession of the Marquis of Bute', as part of a fake advertisement for a spoof book entitled 'The Art of Playing upon People'.

Author: 
William Hogarth; Machell Stace, bookseller, 5 Middle Scotland Yard
Hogarth, The Modern Orpheus, Print
Publication details: 
Beneath the plate: 'Publish'd as the Act directs by Machell Stace Augt. 24th. 1807'.
£200.00
Hogarth, The Modern Orpheus, Print

On one side of a piece of wove paper, roughly 400 x 250 mm. Dimensions of engraving roughly 130 x 180 mm. Good, on heavily-foxed and lightly-creased paper. The sketch shows a well-dressed flautist playing his instrument in a market square, with money, clothes and food drawn to him from onlookers as if by magnetism. Beneath the print, in a variety of types and point sizes: 'Speedily will be Published, Inscribed to all Lovers of Tweedledum Tweedle, The Art of Playing upon People: or, Memoirs of the German Flute. Interspersed with The Character of Baron Steeple; [...]'.

Printed handbill, with illustration, headed 'Mississippi River Convention', advertising a meeting 'to consider the condition of this passage in the Mississippi.

Author: 
James Handly, Secretary; Charles E. Cox; James M. Bishop; Thomas Austin; W. B. Bull; Chauncey H. Castle [Mississippi River Convention, 1887]
Publication details: 
[...] to be held in the Assembly Rooms of the Young Men's Business Association, in Quincy, on Thursday, October 13th, 1887'.
£95.00

4to, 1 p. Twenty-six lines of text. Clear and complete. Very good, on aged paper. Minor traces of mount adhering to reverse. Vignette of riverboat beneath heading. Signed by Handly and five others, ending with 'Chauncey H. Castle, Of the Comstock-Castle Stove Co.' Begins 'The division of the Mississippi river between the mouths of the Des Moines and Illinois rivers having been in a notoriously unfavorable condition for the purpose of navigation for the past two years, it has been deemed advisable to call a River Convention'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Ed G. Paley') to an unnamed sculptor providing a piece for a niche in the Storey Institute, Lancaster.

Author: 
Edward Graham Paley (1823-1895), Gothic Revival architect based in Lancaster, designer of many buildings for that city [Storey Institute; Sharpe, Herbert James Austin; Lancaster and Morecambe College]
Publication details: 
26 February 1890; Lancaster.
£38.00

12mo bifolium: 2 pp. Text clear and complete. On aged, spotted and lightly-creased paper. Relates to the Lancaster landmark the Storey Institute, designed by Paley and his partner Hubert James Austin (1841-1915) for Sir Thomas Storey, built on the site of the old Mechanics' Institute, and opened in 1891. It now houses the Storey Art Gallery. Paley states that his firm 'will put the work in hand for the completion of niche of the Storey Institute & when this is finished in, say, a month we shall be glad to have the marble group down'.

Ink cartoon of Payne's penguin 'Squeak', signed 'A B Payne' and created for the autograph collector J. H. Roberts.

Author: 
Austin Bowen Payne (1876-1956), Welsh cartoonist best-known for his creations 'the pets': 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' which featured in the Daily Mirror from 1919 to 1955.
Publication details: 
Dated 1926 by Payne.
£150.00

Very good, c.9 x 16cms, neatly mounted on larger piece of card. Full length drawing of 'Squeak', holding a letter, with the envelope on the floor, and shouting to Payne's baby rabbit 'WILFRED! - WHERE ARE YOU? MR J. H. ROBERTS WANTS YOUR AUTOGRAPH!' Signed beneath the speech bubble 'A B Payne - | 26'. According to one authority 'Fans of 'the pets' included Prince Charles, Spike Milligan, Peter Cushing and Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond'.

Typed pages from her 'Chinese Prose Literature of the T'ang Period' (London: Probsthain, 1938), together with a proof slip from the printers.

Author: 
Evangeline Dora Edwards (1888-1957) [Stephen Austin & Sons, Ltd., Hertford, Herts, publishers]
Publication details: 
1938
£38.00

Good, on lightly aged paper. Rust stains from paperclips on one leaf. Five pages of typescripts on five quarto leaves. The first page gives the contents, and the rest are covering pages with a few words of instructions (e.g. 'PREFACE | (To be prepared after revising first proofs)' and 'APPENDIX --- Authenticity........ | To follow with Bibliography and Indexes.' The proof slip, printed and with pencil insertions, is one page, on a leaf roughly eight inches by four and a half.

A Catalogue of Letters, Manuscript Papers and Books of Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo).

Author: 
Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe [Baron Corvo] [George Frederick Sims]
Publication details: 
Harrow: George Frederick Sims. [Printed by Purbrook & Eyres Ltd. 20 St. James' Walk, London, E.C.1]
£75.00

Eighteen pages, octavo, with four plates on art paper. In original grey printed wraps. Some light staining, creasing and wear. One of 600 copies. Lists seventy-seven items, with addenda of a further eleven. This milestone catalogue was published, according to Sims (A Life in Catalogues, 1994), in May 1949. At foot of title-page: 'N.B. This collection, with the exception of the Addenda of Books, has been sold.'

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