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Autograph Letter Signed ('Anne B. Procter') to 'My dear Mr Rathbone'.

Author: 
Anne Benson Procter (1799-1888, née Skepper), wife of the poet Bryan Waller Procter ('Barry Cornwall') (1787-1874), and mother of the poet Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864)
Publication details: 
18 December 1872; 32 Weymouth St, Portland Place, W. [London].
£35.00

12mo: 1 p. Very good. 14 closely-written lines. 'A friend of mine was asked by our dear old kind friend Chorley to assist in procuring for a Protege of his a musical education. I think the young person was originally introduced to him by Lady Devonshire. A sum was promised for two years, and the time is approaching for the payment to be made.' Asks if she can tell her 'anything about this'. 'You will be glad to hear I know that my husband is still well - His birthday the 21st. Novr. found him 84.'

Signed Fragment of letter ('J. de Marcoleta') to unnamed female correspondent.

Author: 
José de Marcoleta y de Casaus (1802-1881), Nicaraguan diplomat after whom the country's highest destinction is named
Publication details: 
3 November 1850; 13 Old Cavendish Street, London.
£45.00

On piece of paper roughly 11 x 10 cm, ruckled and with stains from previous mounting on recto. Seven lines (cropped at right) on recto, and eight lines and signature on reverse. In French. He would have liked to have put 'un peu plus d'exactitude' in the matter he promised to send her, but 'l'xpedition du courrier d'Amerique' prevented it. For his part, he considers himself very happy to be able to please her.

Signed Fragment of letter ('V. Broglie'). In French.

Author: 
Jacques Victor Albert, Duc de Broglie [4th Duke] (1821-1901), French politician
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£45.00

Roughly 5.5 x 11.5 cm, with four lines (cropped at right) on recto, and four lines and signature on reverse. Ruckled and with stains from previous mounting on recto. Mentions his portrait by Gerand. He will thank her in person before leaving if he can.

Autograph Signature ('Abram: Hume') on fragment of frank.

Author: 
Sir Abraham Hume (1749-1838), connoisseur
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

Paper dimensions roughly 2 x 5 cm. Good, although on discoloured paper, and mounted on piece of slightly larger discoloured paper docketed in pencil 'Sir Abm Hume'. Reads 'Free 274 | [signed] Abram: Hume'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Theodore Martin') to John Grant, presumably the bookseller.

Author: 
Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909), Scottish poet, biographer and translator
Publication details: 
10 October 1896; on letterhead 'Bryntysilio, near Llangollen'.
£45.00

12mo: 1 p. On discoloured paper, ruckled and with traces of glue from previous mounting on reverse. He is returning 'the account of the Burns Volume' which accompanied his correspondent's letter of 8 October. 'It does not suit me to purchase it, as I have already other & more important memorials of Burns.'

Autograph Letter Signed to [Rev Mr Ruston?]. "In haste"

Author: 
J.B. Freeman [ Badagry, Nigeria ] [Slavery ]
Publication details: 
Badagry [Nigeria] 3 Dec. 1842.
£56.00

Prob. missionary. Two pages, folio, minor defects, tect clear and complete. He is seeking his correspondent's help "in carrying on our mission at Badagry. They are so far from the Cape coast that they have difficulties getting supplies of cash [?] etc. "and shall be obliged if you will pay Mr Johnson (one of the Proprietors of the Brig 'Queen Victoria' of Sierra Leone) in ready cash £56-19-8 Sterling on my account and draw a Bill [underlined] for the amount on the Committee in London for sundry expenses for the Badagry Mission.

Autograph Letter in the third person.

Author: 
Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
Publication details: 
7 February 1847; Windsor Castle.
£150.00

12mo: 2 pp. Small embossed gilded crest in top left-hand corner of first page. On lightly discoloured paper, with several folds for postage and crease to one corner. Small square cut away from blank second leaf of bifolium, which also carries traces of previous mounting. A formal letter written in the third person. 'The Queen wishes the Members of the New Council for the Duchy of Lancaster to be sworn in at Buckingham Palace on Saturday the 13th. at 3 o'clock.

Autograph Note Signed to George Bentley, publisher.

Author: 
W.H. Hudson, naturalist and writer.
Publication details: 
97 North Street, Maida Hill, London, 28 Dec. 1880.
£75.00

One page, 8vo, stain marginally invading text but not obscuring it. He acknowledges his receipt of Bentley's note and would be happy to see him at any time. {Presumably they were to discuss the possibility that Bentleys might publish him. In fact, they never did.]

Autograph Letter Signed and two Typed Notes Signed to J.G. Wilson, Chairman of Bumpus's.

Author: 
Grant Richards.
Publication details: 
21 Soho Square, London, W1, 20 April 1929 (ALS), and The Cottage, Upper Culham, Near Henley-on-Thames, 6 Jan. and 14 May 1930 (TNSs).
£150.00

Publisher and author (1872-1948). All one page, 4to, fold marks, sl. grubby but text clear. (ALS) "Dear Wilson/ I have been meaning for several days to see whether you were not free to lunch, and now comes your note. Will you lunch on Tuesday? I hope you will./ Those advertisements? Why, I thought it was taken for granted that booksellers would supply the publications of any publisher - except those Heinemann people.

Document (part printed part manuscript) signed "H Fox"; printed heading "Annuity for Life, 1746".

Author: 
Henry Fox [ Baron Holland ]
Publication details: 
23/08/62
£200.00

Statesman (see DNB). One page, chipped, small tear, trimmed but text clear and complete. The document, part printed (a form), records that Henry Fox on the 23 Aug.

Studio photograph inscribed to Hubert Smith, author [?] of "Tent Life with English Gipsies in Norway"

Author: 
Octavius C. Stone [ HUBERT SMITH ]
Publication details: 
No place, 4 May 1906.
£85.00

Author of "A few months in New Guinea". Vignette photograph of Stone, circa 3.5 x 6", one nick on margin, bottom trimmed, taken at the Exposne inter.fotog. Milano 1894. INSCRIBED by Stone: To my dear & valued friend Hubert Smith with sincere affection & loving memories of 'auld lang syne" / Octavius C. Stone, FRGS. / 4 May 1906". Note from net: "'The Scholar Gypsy' by John Sampson has several pages on Esmeralda Lock, including two portraits. She was married to Hubert Smith, the town clerk of Bridgnorth, but ran away for some time with a lover.

Two autograph Notes Signed to I. Kyrle Fletcher, bookseller specialising in the theatre, ballet, etc.

Author: 
Randolph Schwabe.
Publication details: 
43A Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, 5 Jan. 1927 and The Slade School of Fine Art (printed heading), 27 May 1942.
£125.00

Draughtsman and printmaker. One page each, 8vo, in his normal calligraphic hand, some peripheral damage but mainly good condition. (1927) He acknowledges receipt of a cheque and the return of a parcel of prints - thanks. (1942) He informs Fletcher that "The lithograph Enrico Cecchetti was published by C.W. Beaumont . . . He may have a copy left. I have only one, and that is stored away in Bushey, Herts. It might be unearthed, but not immediately." Two items.

Document signed by these four parties, part printed, part manuscript.

Author: 
Earl Marchmont, Thomas [ Secker ] Archbishop of Canterbury, Beversham Filmer, J. Stephens.
Publication details: 
15/11/58
£250.00

One page, 4to, one small tear, staining, pinholes, text clear and complete. The four parties acknowledge receipt of £62.10 in their office aas "executors of Sarah late Duchess of Marlborough assignee of John Rudghe as per margin. In the margin, in manuscript is a list of years 1828-1838 with a list of yearly sums which add up to the £62.50 they are acknowledging. The list has the name John Rudge next to it. They received the money from James Earl Waldegrave (written in ms.

Three autograph letters signed to [C.H.] Grinling, socialist, editor of the Woolwich Pioneer (London).

Author: 
Annie Payson Call
Publication details: 
The Hillside, Waltham, Mass., 24 April [1915?] AND Worcester Lane. Waltham, Mass., 9 April 1916 AND 19 March 1923.
£275.00

Author, associate of Arthur Astor Carey (1857-1923), philanthropist and social worker, of Waltham, Mass. Four, three and two pages, 8vo, respectively, good condition. (1915?). She speculates that she didb't answer his letter because "I think I wanted at first to consider asking my publishers what they thought of publishing a cheap edition of my books - as you suggested - and then I decided that they would not think it advisable . . ." She praises a pamphlet he has sent, "Libraries as Workshops", describing her early experience in libraries.

Autograph Letter Signed "W. Sidney Smith" to the Prime Minister, the Earl of Liverpool.

Author: 
Admiral Sir [William] Sidney Smith, hero of Acre.
Publication details: 
Paris, 6 Aug. 1818.
£180.00

Four pages, 4to, fair condition. Smith has put a cross through the first page, suggesting a draft - with no loss or obscuring. He believes he has had proof of Liverpool's goodwill towards him and is emboldened to ask that a protege "be included in the next list of Post Captains".

Autograph Letter Signed to "Lord Duke of Buckingham", presumably Grenville, Richard Temple Nugent Brydges Chandos, first Duke of Buckingham and Chandos

Author: 
Admiral Sir [William] Sidney Smith, hero of Acre.
Publication details: 
No 5 Regent Street ([Powells?]), London, 25 July [1830].
£100.00

Four pages, 4to, fair condition. Smith has crossed out page one, suggesting this was a draft. He regrets missing the Duke on whom he waited. He makes strenuous representations on behalf of Dr George Roddam, hoping that Buckingham will support Roddam with the new King (William). He discusses Roddam's experience as Royal Physician to "the late King" (GeorgeIV) and Charlotte, and his services to Smith himself on the "Antelope" and "Pompee", and in Rio de Janeiro.

Receipted Invoice Signed "S. Hodgson", Account of "Mr Charnley" (BBTI, William Charnley) bookseller, stationer, publisher, bookbinder, librarian/owner of circulating library

Author: 
[NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE] S[olomon] Hodgson, Printer, bookseller, stationer, print seller, newspaper proprietor (BBTI 1785-1800), also publisher of Bewick.
Publication details: 
Newcastle, no date.
£350.00

One page, 4to, somewhat grubby and worn at the edge, but text clear and complete. Account total £7.16.11 paid in cash. Twenty two items listed with prices, multiple copies from "6 Hist of All Nations" to 200 Maclaurin's Spelling", subjects including educational (as above) and children's ("Mother Goose", "Mothers Chits Chats Tales"). Other items include "Traders Guide", "Robinson Crusoe", "London Cries", "Lottery Books", "Tom Thumbs Play Bills".

Three Autograph Letters and Notes Signed "T Dibdin" (x 2) and "T D", to unnamed correspondents (x 2) and "J. Russell"

Author: 
Thomas John Dibdin, dramatist.
Publication details: 
No place or date (x 2), the other headed "A.M. Sep 25" to which another hand has added 1835.
£200.00

Total 4pp., 8vo, two laid down on a page, with minor defects and texts complete, tending towards the illegible, the other with bottom of page torn off with some textual loss, again tending towards the illegible. In one he asks his correspondent to take up a bill (of exchange) that day "which I miscalculated for Monday" next - it will materially serve me without injuring you". In the next letter ([1835]), hard to read but he appeqars to be talking money with someone in need, money he would supply before his Benefit and institute a transaction involving "Mr Peake".

Signed Cheque ("J. Conrad") made out to Mrs Jessie Conrad.

Author: 
Joseph Conrad.
Publication details: 
30/06/24
£550.00

Made out for £2.10, good condition. Countersigned on back "Jessie Conrad". One of the last things he wrote.

Card carrying Autograph Inscription to Charles Wilson.

Author: 
Alec Waugh (Alexander Raban Waugh, 1898-1981), English novelist, elder brother of Evelyn Waugh
Publication details: 
31/07/48
£23.00

On one side of the card. Dimensions, 8.5 x 11 cms. Very good. Neat inscription reading 'For Charles Wilson | with Alec Waugh's best wishes | July. 31. 1948 /.'

Manuscript poem "The Moor"

Author: 
Ralph Hodgson
Publication details: 
No date
£100.00

Poet (1871-1962). One page, 8vo. Poem first published in the "Saturday Review", later in "The Mystery and other Poems" (1913), and later. Minor variations from the printed form ("&" becomes "and").

Autograph Letter Signed "W E Frost" to F. S. Ellis, bookseller and author.

Author: 
William Edward Frost, artist
Publication details: 
8 Southampton Street, Fitzroy Square, London, 9 Nov. 1860.
£85.00

One page, 8vo, minor defects, text clear and complete, except were a spike-hole cuts out a letter. He enjoyed looking through Ellis's catalogue but "I regret the names of Stothard and Blake do not occur more frequently - I beg to enclose a list of a few works I am seeking and shall feel greatly obliged if by any means you could procure them for me." Note: He formed a large collection of engravings after the works of Thomas Stothard, R.A., and prepared, in conjunction with Mr.

Invoice for Lord Glenbervie.

Author: 
[E. Budd, bookseller (BBTI as "publisher?" c.1813.
Publication details: 
100 Pall Mall, 1812.
£45.00

One page, c.6 x 7", good condition. He is billed for "State Trials" and the "Political Register".

Invoice, printed heading, account of Sir Robert Kennedy.

Author: 
[William Reynolds, bookseller, binder, stationer, letterpress and copperplate printer, newspaper vendor (BBTI has only bookseller, stationer]
Publication details: 
137 Oxford Street, London, March-May 1819.
£30.00

One page, 8vo, stained and small hole but text clear and complete. Charges for a book on poultry, a Portuguese dictionary and a binding job.

Typed Letter Signed to Eimar O'Duffy, Irish author.

Author: 
Ben Abramson, American bookseller and publisher (1898-1955).
Publication details: 
The Argus Book Shop Incorporated, 333 South Dearborn Street, Chicago,6 Dec. 1933.
£60.00

One page, 4to, good condition. He gives belated thanks for writing to them "and sending us your contribution for our catalogue." They delayed so that thanks would accompany a copy of the catalogue. They have sent the catalogue under separate cover and "hope you will find it enertaining. Too, we hope that you will find our comments on your work not unworthy of your talents." See Donald C. Dickinson, "Dictionary, for discussion of the "rambunctious" bookseller, including his interaction with major literary figures.

Manuscript Invoice, account of "The Executors of late H.H. Henley", prob. in Garland's hand, and ms. stamped receipt signed "Thos Garland".

Author: 
Thomas Garland, bookseller, bookbinder, stationer (BBTI).
Publication details: 
[King's] Lynn, 29 Sept. 1834.
£100.00

Invoice: one page, fol. good condition. Charges for advertising notices in various newspapers, printing posters of Sale Particulars, printing catalogues (full detail), and related printing and actions.

Manuscript invoice/receipt Signed to Lord Glenbervie.

Author: 
[George Wickins for George & William Nicol, publishers and booksellers (BBTI)
Publication details: 
58 Pall Mall, 1814[-1815].
£45.00

One page, c.8 x 6", minor defects, mainly good condition. 17s 6d received in payment of an invoice for "Philosophical Transactions" for 1814.

Autograph Letter Signed to the Rev. Henry Blunt, Pau, Pyrenees (DNB)

Author: 
Thomas Hatchard, bookseller, publisher (BBTI - 1856 ADD 1842), son of John Hatchard.
Publication details: 
London, 15 March 1842.
£200.00

Two pages, fol., fragile, sl. chipped, inch round hole in second page with some loss of text. Hatchard reports on the distribution of copies of his book ["A Family Exposition of the Pentateuch: Genesis" (J. Hatchard, 1841)] as "From the Author", giving a substantial list occupying the second page (c.80 names consisting of the great and the good, with excisions, corrections and additions, with six names ticked and three show multiple copies). He tells him how many copies have been printed of the first and second editions, the issuing of the second he expects to give the first "a lift".

Receipted Invoice, printed heading, account of Lord Glenbervie, signed "C.W. Keller" pp. Rodwell (see BBTI for identifiable dealer 1839 - not mentioned as Rodwell's assistant)

Author: 
J[ames] Rodwell, bookseller "late Partner with & Successor to Mr. Faulder" (BBTI does not mention the partnership)
Publication details: 
46 New Bond Street, London, 1913[-1814].
£35.00

One page, 7 x 4.5", good condition. Annual Register

Two Autograph Notes Signed "P.J. Dobell" to C.J. Windle.

Author: 
Percy J. Dobell, bookseller.
Publication details: 
Dobell's Antiquarian Bookstore, 24 Mount Ephraim Road, Tunbridge Wells, 8 & 10 May 1939.
£50.00

4to, good condition. Dobell describes a defective "tract" ("A Precious Apple") and speculates on its authorship (Lady Eleanor Douglas). He will send it to be examined. Another hand (presumably Windle) has added pencil notes on the reference works which do not list the item and speculating "probably part of a larger work with different title."

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