AUTOGRAPH

[ Rev. John Allen Giles, Anglo-Saxon scholar. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. A. Giles'), defending his testimonial for 'Draper' and describing his 'literary labors'.

Author: 
J. A. Giles [ Rev. John Allen Giles ] (1808-1884), Anglo-Saxon scholar and historian, curate of Bampton, Oxfordshire, and Fellow of Corpus Christi
Publication details: 
Bampton, Oxfordshire. 17 December 1846.
£45.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'I am proud to be honored by any communication from you whatever may be the subject. With respect to Mr. Draper, when I gave him a testimonial two years ago, I considered him entitled to every word of commendation that I used in his favor.' He admits that he had barely seen Draper over the previous two years, but he had learnt from others that he had 'merited their approbation'.

[ Joseph Butterworth ] Secretarial Letter, signed 'Jos: Butterworth', to Knight Spencer, Secretary of the Surrey Institution, urging him to engage 'Mr. Park, the Artist, of Dublin', who is moving to London, as a lecturer.

Author: 
Joseph Butterworth (1770-1826), law bookseller and Member of Parliament [ Knight Spencer, Secretary of the Surrey Institution ]
Publication details: 
Bedford Square [ London ]. 19 October 1830.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'Mr. [ Park? ], the Artist, of Dublin, has this day written me word that he has some intention of coming to settle in London in the ensuing winter.' He urges Spencer to 'get him to deliver a course of Lectures on Painting at the Surrey Institution. From speeches which I have heard him deliver, I should think his language & delivery well calculated for the purpose & likely to render him popular.' He explains that he is prevented from writing himself by a 'complaint in my eyes'.

[ Charles Schreiber, connoisseur and Conservative Party politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed

Author: 
Charles Schreiber (1826-1884), academic, connoisseur and Conservative Party politician, husband of Lady Charlotte Guest
Publication details: 
On his monogrammed letterhead. From the Queen's Hotel, Ventnor, Isle of Wight. 12 October 1883.
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. He wishes to explain the '2. things' he forgot in closing his letter of the day before: '1st. to mention that I enclosed a Cheque for £10 . 10s . 0d. in aid of yr. Fund for sending Poole Fishermen to see the Fisheries' Exhibition in London - & next that at the above Address I shd. be glad to receive the acknowledgment of my Cheque.' Pencil note in a contemporary hand at foot of last page: '2nd. Husband of Sir John Guests widow. (Sir J. G.

[ Charles Sedgwick Minot, American anatomist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Alexander Ramsay (editor of the 'Scientific Roll'), giving details of plans for an 'International Congress' (regarding psychical research?).

Author: 
Charles Sedgwick Minot (1852-1914), American anatomist at the Harvard Medical School and founding member of the American Society for Psychical Research [ Alexander Ramsay, editor, 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
25 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts. 29 September 1884.
£650.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter would appear to relate to the formation of the American Society for Psychical Research. Six days before the writing of the present letter, on 23 September 1884, Minot had been a member of a committee of nine scientists who met at Boston to consider the advisability of the formation of a society for psychical research in America, William James being another member.

[ Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury and Headmaster of Rugby School. ] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Major Macgregor' [ Robert Guthrie Macgregor ], acknowledging receipt of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Frederick Temple (1821-1902), Archbishop of Canterbury and Headmaster of Rugby School [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Rugby. 25 October 1864.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dr. Temple returns his thanks to Major Macgregor for the Greek Anthology received by Post which will be placed in the School Library. Dr Temple is much interested with the little he has been able to see of the Book.' Macgregor's 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker.

[ George Pryme, economist, and Edward Raleigh Moran, editor of the Globe newspaper. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Pryme') from Pryme to Moran in reference to William Freeling Jerdan, whom he employs, with Autograph Letter Signed from Moran in reply.

Author: 
George Pryme (1781-1868), economist and Whig MP; E. R. Moran [ Edward Raleigh Moran ] (d.1852), editor of The Globe newspaper, London [ William Freeling Jerdan, son of William Jerdan (1782-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Pryme's letter dated from 34 Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane, 28 May 1842. Moran's letter from the Globe office (London), 30 May 1842.
£120.00

The letter and reply are on the same 12mo bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: Pryme to Moran. 3pp., 12mo. He writes that Jerdan has referred him to Moran 'for inquiry respecting him'. He is satisfied with Jerdan's account, but as he is 'a stranger to me & I am acting for others as well as myself I wish to ask whether in your opinion we may place reliance upon him in every respect as to his making out from the Books & adjusting some complicated accounts of a Provincial Newspaper & some disputed balances thereon'. TWO: Moran's reply to Pryme.

[ Admiral Sir Philip Charles Durham, British naval hero. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('P. C. Durham') to a Sea Lord, complaining of his treatment following the capture of Guadeloupe, and seeking preferment for his nephew.

Author: 
Admiral Sir Philip Charles Durham [ Admiral Sir Philip Charles Calderwood Henderson Durham ] (1763-1845), Royal Navy officer in the American War of Independence and Napoleonic Wars
Publication details: 
[ From Guadeloupe ('this Country') .] 15 August [ 1815 ]. No place.
£650.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Docketed on reverse of second leaf: '15 Augt. 1815. | Sir P. C. Durham'. According to the DNB, Durham, having 'cleared the West Indies of American cruisers', 'in June and August 1815 co-operated in the reduction of Martinique and Guadeloupe, at which place the last French flag was struck to Durham, as the first had been'.

[ Rev. Dr Bulkeley Bandinel, Bodley's Librarian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('B Bandinel | Bodleys Librarian') [ to Major R. G. Macgregor ], regarding a presentation to the Bodleian of two copies of 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'. ]

Author: 
Bulkeley Bandinel (1781-1861), Bodley's Librarian [ The Bodleian Library, Oxford; Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Bodleian Library, Oxford. 30 July 1857.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with faint stain to first page. The letter is of interest for Bandinel's reference to his education, with the recipient, under Richard Valpy (1754-1836) at Reading School.) The recipient is not named, but the letter is addressed to Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869), and concerns his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology', which was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker.

[ Cato Maximilian Guldberg, Norwegian mathematician and chemist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. M. Guldberg') to 'Professor A. Ramsay' [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ], declining a proposal, and giving details of two papers.

Author: 
C. M. Guldberg [ Cato Maximilian Guldberg ] (1836-1902), Norwegian mathematician and chemist, responsible for the Law of Mass Action and Guldberg Rule [ Alexander Ramsay, editor, 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
Christiana [ now Oslo, Norway ]. 16 June 1883.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in rather patchy English. He thanks him for his letter and declines his proposal, explaining that 'circumstances prohibit my accepting your invitation in taking part in your plan, my time at present being to [sic] much taking up'. He continues: 'Here in Norway the literature upon the subject is collected in the 2 essays of me and Waage', i.e. the Norwegian chemist Peter Waage (1833-1900). He gives the details of two essays on chemical affinities, published in 1847 and 1879.

[ Richard Royston, 'bookseller to three kings'. ] Autograph Signature, with that of 'Jo Smyther', to a Latin bond (by Giles Horsington for Hercules Comander, both signing), with English memorandum, regarding an obligation to pay Anne Blofeild.

Author: 
[ Richard Royston (1601-1686), 'bookseller to three kings'; Joseph Smyther; Hercules Comander, scrivener; Giles Horsington; Henry Lacock; the Court of Chancery ]
Publication details: 
[ The Court of Chancery, London. ] 1664, 1665 and 1669.
£950.00

1p., folio. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium, with the neat, controlled signature of 'Richard Royston' at the foot, with that of 'Jo Smyther' above it. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with two seals cut from the first leaf. The document was produced in the Chancery suit 'Kensey ads Smythyer': there is a note by 'Heydon' of the Court on the reverse of the first leaf, and the following docketing – written at different points in different hands – on the reverse of the second: 'Mr.

[ Arthur Herman Gilkes, Master of Dulwich College. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A. H. Gilkes'), regarding his entry in a biographical dictionary.

Author: 
A. H. Gilkes [ Arthur Herman Gilkes ] (1849-1922), Master of Dulwich College, educationalist and author
Publication details: 
Dulwich College. 20 April [ no year, but after 1897 ].
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Evidently written to the editor of a biographical dictionary. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I enclose the notice, with the names of the two book, [sic] | 'The thing that hath been” & “Kallistratus”, | that I have written since the first issue. | I am yours very truly | A. H. Gilkes'. The dates of the two books are 1894 and 1897.

[ Arthur Hill Hassall, physician and microscopist in the field of public health. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Arthur H. Hassall') to J. B. Payne, regarding the making of an appointment.

Author: 
A. H. Hassall [ Arthur Hill Hassall ] (1817-1894), British physician, chemist and microscopist in the fields of public health and food safety
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St Catharine's House, Ventnor [ Isle of Wight ]. 28 June 1873.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Undertaking to make an appointment 'in the course of a few days'.

[ Andrew Morton Brown of Cheltenham, Scottish Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Morton Brown') to his former colleague 'Mr. Walker', reminiscing about his time at Glasgow University, and giving news of doings at Cheltenham.

Author: 
A. Morton Brown [ Rev. Andrew Morton Brown, LLD ] (1812-1879) of Cheltenham, Scottish Congregational minister
Publication details: 
Cheltenham. 20 December 1858.
£120.00

Brown was educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. He was for thirty-six years pastor of the Congregational Church, Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham. After his death he was described as 'an active and leading spirit among Congregationalists through the country'. See: 'A Sermon preached in the Congregational Church, Winchcomhe Street, Cheltenham, Sunday Evening, July 27, 1879. On the occasion of the lamented Death of the Rev. Andrew Morton Brown, LL.D. For more than thirty-six years the beloved Pastor of the Church meeting there, by Rev. Joshua C. Harrison'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium.

[ St John Adcock, journalist, novelist and poet. ] Typed Letter Signed ('St. John Adcock') to J. Cuming Walters, on his health (a year before his death), work as editor of 'The Bookman', 'Collected Poems', and Cuming Walters's 'Charm of Lancashire'.

Author: 
St John Adcock [ Arthur St. John Adcock ] (1864-1930), poet, novelist and editor of 'The Bookman' [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 55 Queens Road, Richmond, Surrey. 3 November 1929.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The first paragraph reads: 'Dear Cuming Walters, | Forgive me for not writing sooner. The fact is I have been down with influenza and pneumonia for the last three weeks. The worst time of the year for me! After the first week I contrived with difficulty to carry on with things, lying on my back dictating letters to my daughter, who has helped me enormously. But I am up again, and though not allowed out of doors have for the last four days been working in my room here, so shall manage all right and get my Christmas No.

[ Yehudi Menuhin, one of the greatest violinists of the twentieth-century. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), American-born Jewish violinist who settled in England and was ennobled as Baron Menuhin
Publication details: 
Dated 6 November 1934.
£25.00

On one side of an 11.5 x 17 cm leaf extracted from an album. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Large bold signature, slightly smudged by Menuhin, written diagonally and upwards at the centre of the page. Reads: 'Yehudi Menuhin | Nov. 65, 1934'. On the reverse have been lightly tipped-in two cuttings from magazines.

[ Sir Alan J. Cobham, English aviation pioneer. ] Circular printed letter in the form of a facsimile of a signed letter by him, thanking the recipient for making 'our Air Display a success'.

Author: 
Sir Alan John Cobham (1894-1973), English aviation pioneer, proprietor of the National Aviation Day Disply ('Cobham's Flying Circus')
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the National Aviation Day Display, National Aviation Displays Ltd. Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square, London, W.C.2. Undated but with '1932 - 1933 - 1934 - 1935' across the head.
£35.00

Cobham started his National Aviation Day displays (known as "Cobham's Flying Circus") in 1932. These displays were a combination of barnstorming and joyriding by a team of skilled pilots in up to fourteen aircraft, ranging from single-seaters to modern airliners. The show toured the country, calling at hundreds of sites from regular airfields to fields cleared for the occasion. 1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, worn and ruckled. Nicely printed in black over a halftone red map of Great Britain and Ireland.

[ Orlando Greenwood, Lancashire artist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Greenwood') to J. Cuming Walters, describing his background (having been born 'between Pendle and Boulsworth'), reminiscing on his childhood, and commenting on dialect.

Author: 
Orlando Greenwood (1892-1989), Lancashire artist and creator of London Underground posters [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of 9 Hillmarton Road, Camden Road, N.7. 8 December 1929 and 31 October 1930.
£200.00

Both items in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE: 8 December 1929. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by stating that he has read Walters' 'Charm of Lancashire' with great enjoyment, and considers it one 'of which every Lancashire family and lover of the county should possess a copy'. He continues: 'I myself was born between Pendle and Boulsworth. My Father's stock farmed around Trawden and the Boulsworth side, and my mother's around Blacko and the Pendle slopes, so your section devoted to this locality has an especial attraction for me.

[ Owen Cathcart-Jones, English aviator. ] Autograph Signature ('O Cathcart Jones') on back of photographic postcard of Jones and co-pilot Ken Waller following their 1934 record-breaking round trip, captioned 'England to Australia and back in 18 days'

Author: 
Owen Cathcart-Jones (1901-1985), aviator [ K. H. Waller [ Kenneth Herbert Fraser Waller ] (1908-1986), British test pilot; De Haviland Comet ]
Publication details: 
No printer, place or date. Circa 1934.
£35.00

8.5 x 13.5 cm card in black-and-white. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. On one side is the photographic image, showing Cathcart-Jones, holding a bundle of maps and a tall and elegant Waller, cigarette in hand, at an airport (in Australia?), in civilian clothes with their De Haviland Comet behind them and three airport workers in uniform gazing on. The main caption reads: 'England to Australia and back in 13 days'. Beneath this the lower part of the subtitle has been cropped in the printing process: 'Lieut. O. Cathcart-Jones and Mr. K. H. Waller with their record-breaking D.H.

[ Paul Robeson, singer and actor. ] Autograph Signature and inscription, with the signature of his accompanist the composer Lawrence Brown.

Author: 
Paul Robeson [ Paul Leroy Robeson ] (1898-1976), black American actor and singer involved in the Civil Rights Movement [ Lawrence Brown [ Lawrence Benjamin Brown ] (1893-1972), composer ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1920s? ].
£100.00

On one side of 17 x 11 cm leaf extracted from an autograph album. The page is orientated in portrait shape, with Robeson's inscription in dark-blue ink, slanting downwards in a strong and attractive style. It reads: 'Best wishes | Paul Robeson | My mother bore me in the Southern wild | And I am black, but O, my Soul, is white. | P. R.' (The quotation is from William Blake.) Beneath this, also slanting downwards, and written in green ink, is the signature 'Lawrence Brown'.

[ Rafael Kubelik, Czech-born conductor and composer. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Rafael Kubelik [ Rafael Jeroným Kubelík ] (1914-1996), Czech-born conductor and composer.
Publication details: 
Dated 25 October 1937.
£35.00

Good firm large signature in blue ink on 13.5 x 18.5 cm leaf of cream paper torn from an album. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads 'Rafael Kubelik | 25.X.37.' No other writing on either side of the leaf.

[ John James Whitley of Warrington, brewer, and 'Lewis Carroll'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John J. Whitley.') to J. Cuming Walters, regarding Whitley's father the Vicar of Daresbury and the family of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Author: 
John James Whitley (1868-1942) of Warrington, managing director of brewers Greenall, Whitley & Co. [ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 'Lewis Carroll'; J. Cuming Walters (1863-1933) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hatton Cottage, Warrington. 7 December 1930.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to Walters at his London publishers Hodder & Stoughton. In good condition, lightly aged. On reading Walters' 'Romantic Cheshire' he notes that he refers to '"Lewis Carroll" as "whilom Vicar of Daresbury"'. He points out that this is not the case, and that '"Lewis Carroll" was the son of the once Vicar of Daresbury. | My father was Vicar of Daresbury from 1884 to 1896 and I remember the old Vicarage where Mr. Dodgson resided very well. It was demolished about the time my father was appointed Vicar.' The family firm of J. J.

[ John Player & Sons, tobacco manufacturers. ] Six substantial ledgers of itemised and audited accounts of the firm's Dublin plant ('Summary of Stock. No. 1', 'Private Ledger No. 2', 'Private Journal No. 5 [6]', and two 'Impersonal Ledger').

Author: 
John Player & Sons [ Player's ], tobacco and cigarette manufacturer, based in Nottingham, now part of the Imperial Tobacco Group: the firm's Dublin cigarette manufacturing plant, 1924-1960
Publication details: 
John Player & Sons, Dublin, Ireland. The ledgers dating from between the firm's foundation in Ireland in 1924 and 1960.
£2,500.00

Six substantial ledgers (the heaviest 37 x 41 x 8 cm, and the widest 39 x 52 x 3 cm), containing itemised accounts providing a mass of information regarding the tobacco industry and economic history in Ireland, and one of Dublin's notable employers, whose sales in the 1950s were in the tens of millions. (On 9 December 2004 the Irish Times described the closure of the plant as marking 'the end of an era'. The firm's first Dublin factory, at 56-75 Botanic Road, was constructed by G. & T. Crampton in 1923, and is now the Botanic Business Centre.

[ John Spencer Smith, diplomat, politician and writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. S. Smith. | president de la Société Linnéenne, vice prés. de celle des Antiqq. de Normandie, &c.'), in French, presenting two of his works to 'Mr. N[érée]. Boubée'.

Author: 
John Spencer Smith (1769-1845), FRS, British diplomat, politician and writer, President, Société Linnéenne de Normandie; Vice-President, Société des Antiquaires de Normandie; Nérée Boubée (1806-1862),
Publication details: 
'Caen rue des Chanoines 3'. 2 August 1835.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed on reverse (with 'R.S.V.P.') to 'Monsieur N. Boubée | correspondant de la société linnéenne de Mormandie | Paris'. (Nérée Boubée, naturalist, Professor at the University of Paris.) He offers him two works: he is the 'compilateur' of the first, which is titled 'Souvenirs de Bayeux', and 'editeur-annotateur of the second, 'la biographie de Bochart', of which 'le texte est l'oeuvre d'un de mes fils'). It may be that in his reading of the two Boubée encounters 'quelques passages susceptibles d'être cités dans l'Écho du monde savant'.

[ Signed by Braithwaite and Keel. ] The Royal Hospital Chelsea | A paper read before The Sette of Odd Volumes At the [511]th meeting of the Sette held at the Savoy Hotel, London on February 23rd, 1937.

Author: 
Gen. Sir Walter Pipon Braithwaite, G.C.B. Governor of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea 'and Peltast to the Sette' [ The Sette of Odd Volumes, London; Shenval Press ] Frederick Keel (1871-1954), composer
Publication details: 
[ Copy 24 of 133. ] London | Imprynted by THE SHENVAL PRESS and sold to NO Bokesellers'. 1937.
£80.00

38pp., 16mo. Internally in very good condition, in red paper boards printed in gilt, with bubbling at front and back, and in chipped and aged glassine wrapper. The number of the meeting has been added to the title in manuscript ('511'), and the signatures of 'Frederick Keel | Singer' and 'Walter Braithwaite' are written in pencil beneath the limitation (no 24 of 133 copies). Scarce.

[ Herbert Hampton: a monumental sculptor in the Raj. ] Thirteen items relating to Hampton's Indian commissions, including correspondence (including letters from Sir Jamsetjee Jajeebhoy and Phirize C. Settina), telegrams, a printed seating plan.

Author: 
Herbert Hampton (1862-1929), English sculptor [ Sir Jamsetjee Jajeebhoy (1878-1931), 5th Baronet; Phirize C. Settina, President of the Bombay Municipality ]
Publication details: 
Bombay, Bankipur, Burdwan, and other locations in India. One item from 1914, one from 1916, the rest from 1915.
£500.00

Hampton was one of the most successful British public artists of the late Victorian period. See his obituary, 13 February 1929, followed by letters from Reginald Hallward and Frank Gibson (16 February), J. R. K. Duff (19 February) and A. T. Sheppard (21 February). The present collection casts light on the practice of public art in the last days of the Raj. The thirteen items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: TLS from Sir Jamsetjee Jajeebhoy (1878-1931), 5th Baronet. On letterhead of Mazagon Castle, Bombay. 29 November 1915.

[ J. Cuming Walters, editor of the Manchester City News. ] Correspondence (17 TLsS; 53 ALsS; 2 ACsS) from 63 individuals (mainly Lancastrians), regarding Walters' 'The Charm of Lancashire' and 'The Romance of Cheshire'.

Author: 
J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News [ Lancashire; Cheshire ]
Publication details: 
Most letters from Manchester, and other places in Lancashire. A few from London, Bristol, Leeds, Northampton. 67 items from 1929 and 1930; and one apiece from 1924, 1931 and 1932.
£500.00

The 72 items (17 TLsS; 53 ALsS; 2 ACsS) are in good overall condition; with only three items exhibiting slight damage. In buff card folder with note in pencil on cover: 'LETTERS ON JCW's “The Charm of Cheshire [sic]”, “The Charm of Lancashire” etc'. By far the larger part of the correspondence concerns Walters' 'The Charm of Lancashire' (London: A. & C. Black, 1929) rather than his 'Romantic Cheshire' (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1930). There are two anomalies: a 1924 letter from F. W. D. Mottershead regarding a talk by Walters for 'the B.B.C.

[ Col. Thomas Wentworth, Adjutant-General. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho: Wentworth') to his brother [ Sir William Wentworth of Bretton ], giving 'particulars of our family' for 'the publisher of the Baronettage of England [ Thomas Wotton ]'.

Author: 
Colonel Thomas Wentworth (c.1693-1747) of Sunninghill, Berkshire, Adjutant-General [ his brother Sir William Wentworth of Bretton (Yorkshire), 4th Baronet (1686-1763); Thomas Wotton, London publisher]
Publication details: 
London. 26 October 1726.
£180.00

2pp., 4to. In poor condition, on brittle, aged paper, with closed tears and chipping to extremities causing slight loss to some words of text; repaired long since with archival tape. 2pp., 4to. Addressed to his 'Dear Brother', i.e. Sir William Wentworth of Bretton.

[ Fodens Motor Works Band, celebrated brass band of Sandbach, Cheshire. ] Autograph Signatures of the conductor Fred Mortimer and 26 members of the band, annotated in pencil with their instruments.

Author: 
Fodens Motor Works Band [ Foden's Band ], celebrated brass band from Sandbach, Cheshire [ Fred Mortimer (1880-1953), conductor ]
Publication details: 
[ Fodens Motor Works Band, Sandbach, Cheshire. ] Undated, but between 1927 and 1953, the 27 years that Fred Mortimer served as conductor.
£120.00

On one side of a ruled 13.5 x 19 cm. leaf extracted from an album. A very nice piece of Fodens ephemera, in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Mortimer's signature ('F Mortimer') is centred at the head, with the 26 names of band members in two columns beneath. Lightly annotated in pencil, with identification of: first cornets (5); repiano; flugel; second cornet; third cornets (2); soprano; horns (3); baritones (2); euphoniums (2); trombones (3); bass (4); and drums. For information on the band, see the works by F. D. Burgess (1977) and Allan Littlemore (2000).

[ 'Official Opening of the Central Public Library', County Borough of Burnley, 1930. ] Autograph Card Signed to J. Cuming Walters from the curator of the Towneley Museum, John Mackay, enclosing a copy of the printed programme to the opening.

Author: 
[ The Central Public Library, Burnley ] John Mackay, first curator (from 1930), of Towneley Hall, Burnley [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
Mackay's card from Towneley Hall, Burnley, 30 June 1930. The programme for the official opening of the Central Public Library on 3 July 1930.
£35.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Accompanied by the remains of the envelope in which they were enclosed, addressed by Mackay to Walters at the Manchester Evening News. A very nice piece of ephemera, from an age when British libraries were cherished. (It is impossible to believe that the opening of a library today would be broadcast on the BBC.) The Library is still in service. ONE: Autograph Card Signed ('John Mackay'). A plain Post Card. Mackay, who had been the butler at Towneley Hall before becoming the first curator in 1903, writes exclusively in capitals.

'Burgess Ticket' for town of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, made out in manuscript on vellum, with armorial design in colours, for Captain James Kennedy, 1st Regiment, Royal Lanarkshire Local Militia, with declaration by 'A Hamilton Cl[er]k'.

Author: 
Alexander Hamilton, clerk of Hamilton, Lanarkshire [ Captain James Kennedy 1st Regiment, Royal Lanarkshire Local Militia; William Hamilton; John Torrance, Burgesses ]
Publication details: 
Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Declaration dated 13 July 1813.
£250.00

On both sides of a piece of vellum roughly 21 x 15.5 cm. An unusual survival, aged and discoloured in the fashion customary with vellum. On the front is a design of an armorial shield encircled in draperies, in ink and colours (blue, red, yellow), beneath which are the words 'Burgess Ticket | for | Captain Kennedy 1 Regt Royal Lanarkshire Local Militia | 1813'.

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