AUTOGRAPH

Autograph Letter Signed ('MacDonald'), in French, to 'Monsieur le Major Walter Scott' (son of the novelist).

Author: 
Étienne Jacques Joseph Alexandre MacDonald, 1st duke of Taranto (1765-1840), Marshal of France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars [ Sir Walter Scott (1801-1847), 2nd Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Paris. 24 September 1828.
£300.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with broken wafer, 'A Monsieur | Monsieur le Major Walter Scott | Hotel Mirabeau rue | de la Paix | A Paris', and franked 'Mal. Duc de Tarento'. On aged and lightly ruckled and damp-stained paper. 11 lines of text. He writes in the hope that Scott and his 'Lady' will be able to come 'pour diner chez moi en famille seulement'. MacDonald was of Jacobite stock, and a near-relative of Flora MacDonald.

[ [ Sir John David Rees, colonial administrator and author. ] Printed/manuscript extract from the Proceedings of the Madras Government, Public Department, giving Rees's marks in a civil service examination in 'the German and Russian languages'.

Author: 
[ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ] [ Chief Secretariat, Madras; The Madras Government, Public Department ]
Publication details: 
Letterhead of the Chief Secretariat, Madras, Public Department. 23 November 1893 and 15 January 1894.
£65.00

2pp., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with stub adhering to margin on reverse of leaf. An artefact of the Great Game, from the papers of Sir J. D. Rees. Printed beneath the letterhead are the words: 'READ the following paper: -', with the word 'paper' deleted. A manuscript table, certified as a 'True Extract' with the signature of the Chief Secretary of the Government of Madras ('Order 15th. January 1894 No. 27. | Communicated to Mr.

[ The Japanese Embassy to London at the Buckingham Palace Hotel, 1872. ] Autograph Letter Signed, in English, from 'A. T. <Kamaga> | Japanese Embassy' to 'Dr. Barton M.D. &c. &c.', requesting an 'interview during my stay in this City'.

Author: 
[ The Japanese Embassy to London at the Buckingham Palace Hotel, 1872 ]
Publication details: 
'Japanese Embassy | Palace Hotel | Buckingham Road | London S.W. | 30th August 1872'.
£250.00

The Times of 20 August 1872 announced the arrival of the Embassy from America, and on 5 December it reported a closing visit that day by the members of the embassy to the Queen at Windsor Castle. Two days later the newspaper gave a thoughtful long review of 'a mission so truly extraordinary'. 2pp., 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with light traces of mount on blank reverse of second leaf. Written in an impeccable English hand, but with rather shaky command of the language.

[ A. A. Samuel, taxidermist in Victorian India. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'J. D. Rees' (i.e. the future Sir John David Rees), complaining that he is being blamed for work on a rotten skin.

Author: 
A. A. Samuel, taxidermist in Victorian India ('late Government Central Museum') [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead: 'A. A. Samuel, Taxidermist, late Government Central Museum, 142, Mount Road, Nungumbaukum.' [ Madras, India. ] 6 December 1897.
£200.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and browned paper, with traces of mount adhering on reverse. He complains that he is being blamed for his work, when the skin has been sent to him was in a 'rotten', 'putrefied' and 'decomposed' state: 'I tried my best with it. If the skin were given to me soon after it was stripped the hair cannot wear out […] With all my best possibility with it I could not rectify the smell. The mistake is not on me but it is in the condition when it was given to me.' He boasts that he is 'known here as one who could do a best work. If not gentlemen will not engage.

[ 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.

[ Oldham Street Methodist Chapel, Manchester. ] Forms of application for permission to 'erect a chapel' and 'sell trust property', signed by the trustees, with Autograph Letter Signed from John Bedford and copies of letters from Edwin H. Tindall.

Author: 
[ Oldham Street Methodist Chapel, Manchester; Edwin H. Tindall; John Bedford (1810-1879) of Charlton, President of the Methodist Conference, 1867]
Publication details: 
[ Oldham Street Methodist Chapel, Manchester, Lancashire. ] 1875 (letters) and 1879 (forms of application). Tindall's second letter from 18 Acomb Street, Manchester. Bedford's letter from 2 George Street, Carlisle.
£450.00

See S. Taylor and J. Holder, 'Manchester's Northern Quarter' (English Heritage, 2008), which refers to 'the construction in 1781 of a Methodist Chapel, in a grand Georgian-Gothic style on Oldham Street, which replaced the earlier chapel on Birchin Lane'. This is said by Taylor and Holder to have been replaced, 1855-1856, by the Methodist Central Hall, which still stands. The dramatic changes being proposed in the present collection would appear to have been contemplated in the face of a new and large working class congregation. Five items, in good condition, with light signs of age and wear.

[ R. Jayaraja Row. ] Printed poem titled 'Govinda and Padma. A Ballad. (In Imitation of Sanskrit Poetry.)'

Author: 
'R. Jayaraja Row, B.A., Huzur Sheristadar, Collector's Office, Ootacamund' [ Lawrence Asylum Press, Ooty Branch; British India ]
Publication details: 
'Lawrence Asylum Press - Ooty Branch - 1895.' [ Ootacamund, India. ]
£220.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Excessively scarce: no copy of this item (nor of anything else by Row) on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. The poem is a capable effort, two hundred numbered lines long, arranged in fifty quatrains.

[ Sir William Fairbairn of the Polygon, Ardwick, Scottish engineer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm Fairbairn') to 'Mr. Ashworth', requesting that he get his son George a seat in the crown court.

Author: 
Sir William Fairbairn (1789-1874) of the Polygon, Ardwick, Scottish engineer and shipbuilder, associate of George and Robert Stephenson
Publication details: 
The Polygon [ Ardwick, near Manchester, Lancashire ]. 10 March 1868.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My Dear Mr. Ashworth | Would you kindly direct my Son George to a seat in the Crown Court as he is anxious to hear the trials. I hope it will not be inconvenient for you to do so and oblige | Yours faithfully | Wm Fairbairn'. George Fairbairn was born in 1830 and died a few months after this letter, on 5 December 1868.

[ John Weale, writer on architecture, and London bookseller and publisher. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the architect Samuel Huggins, regarding stocktaking, Huggins's 'advertisement' and 'the Soane Museum'.

Author: 
John Weale (1791-1862), writer on architecture, and London bookseller and publisher, initially with George Priestley [ Samuel Huggins (1811-1885), Liverpool architect and writer ]
Publication details: 
59 High Holborn, London. 13 December 1861.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with the blank second leaf tipped-in onto a leaf from an album. His only excuse for 'the long delay' is 'that all my time has been occupied in taking stock, which necessarily has been a most irksome job'. It will be the following month before he can 'put forth an appendix to my Catalogue, as it will be necessary for me to wait the coming event of something, that I may, or may not be engaged in.' He will have time 'to consider & reconsider' Huggins's 'advertisement'.

[ Lord Sidney Godolphin Osborne philanthropist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. G Osborne') to an unnamed archdeacon

Author: 
Lord Sydney Godolphin Osborne (1808-1889), English cleric, philanthropist and writer, supporter of Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War
Publication details: 
Durweston [ Dorset ]. 19 May [ no year ].
£80.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the reverse of the blank reverse of the second leaf tipped-in onto a card mount. Written in a not altogether straightforward hand. He begins: 'I sleep at Birmingham Monday – hope to be in Halifax in the course of the afternoon. | Dont for one moment think of sending your carriage – as Mr Stansfield wishes to meet me and carry me off on my way to you, to some school gathering. | I believe it is certainly not a church one'.

[ Mary Carpenter.reformer ] Autograph Note Signed "Mary Carpenter" to a "MIss Edwards" about a charitable donation.

Author: 
Mary Carpenter (1807-1877), educational and social reformer.
Publication details: 
Red Lodge House , 24 Sept [68?]
£50.00

One page, 12mo, hinges indicating from album, one corner chipped. staining under hinges, text clear and complete. " Many thanks to yourself and Sister for your kind donation of 2-2-0 to my Indian work. - I am very glad to have your sympathy. | Perhaps you may make the enclosed [not present] useful." Note: She became active on Indian issues after a visit in 1866 (see Wikipedia).

[ Osman Ali Khan (1886-1967), Asaf Jah VII, Nizam of Hyderabad, 'the richest man in the world'. ] Autograph Signature ('Osman.'), as heir, on Secretarial Letter in English to Sir J. D. Rees, writing warmly to congratulate him on a book.

Author: 
Osman Ali Khan (1886-1967), Asaf Jah VII, Nizam of Hyderabad, reputed to be the richest man in the world [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'His Highness The Nizam's Government | Hyderabad Deccan', 15 March 1892.
£280.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper, with traces of grey paper mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. The letter is signed 'Osman. Jah.', but in the whole letter only the word 'Osman.' and its underlining flourish, would appear to be in the future Nizam's handwriting, the rest having been written by an amanuensis. The book which is the subject of the letter is presumably Rees's 'Lord Connemara's Tours in India, 1886-1890', which had appeared earlier in 1892.

[ Sir Henry Drummond Wolff, founder of the Primrose League. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Drummond Wolff') to 'Cavendish'

Author: 
Sir Henry Drummond Wolff (1830-1908), English diplomat in Spain and Egypt, Conservative Party politician, founder of the Primrose League, of Jewish descent
Publication details: 
Boscombe Tower, Bournemouth. 2 September 1876.
£90.00

For Wolff's various activities, see his long entry in the Oxford DNB. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of grey paper mount adhering on blank reverse of second leaf. He has been 'shocked to find' that he did not answer Cavendish's letter when he was 'elected'. 'The fact was that at the time I was very seedy & had a heap of letters to write both to constituents & on other private business.

[ Henry Pelham-Clinton 4th Duke of Newcastle. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Newcastle'), subscribing for two copies of an 'Historical Dictionary'.

Author: 
Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle [ Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne ] (1785-1851), English nobleman and reactionary Tory politician
Publication details: 
Clumber [ Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire ]. 9 December 1829.
£45.00

1p,, 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. After apologising for the delay to his answer, he states that he will be 'very happy to subscribe for 2 copies of your Historical Dictionary'. He concludes with thanks for the 'obliging expressions'. The recipient is not named, and may be John Griffith Mansford (c.1786-1863), whose 'Scripture Gazetteer; or, geographical and historical dictionary of places and people, mentioned in the Bible' was published in 1829, although the late date of Newcastle's letter makes that unlikely.

[ The New Society of Painters in Water Colours, London. ] Engraved invitation to the 'Evening View of their 14th. Annual Exhibition', made out and signed by the Society's secretary, the watercolour painter James Fahey.

Author: 
James Fahey (1804-1885), watercolour painter, Secretary (1838-1874) of the New Society of Painters in Water Colours, London
Publication details: 
[ The New Society of Painters in Water Colours, 53 Pall Mall [ London ]. For an 'Evening View' on 17 May 1848.
£80.00

Printed in black on one side of a 10 x 13 cm piece of grey-blue paper. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. A tastefully-presented piece of London artistic ephemera, reading (with manuscript text in square brackets): 'THE NEW SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS. | The Committee solicit the honor of | [The Editor of the Gentleman's Magazine and friend] Company at their Gallery 53, Pall Mall, on Wednesday the 17th. of May, to an Evening View of their 14th. Annual Exhibition. | from 8 o'Clock to 11. | 1848 | [James Fahey] Secy. | NOT TRANSERABLE'.

[ James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James W Lowther'), on his retirement as Speaker of the House of Commons, stating that he is not going to publish his reminiscences, considering it 'very improper'..

Author: 
James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater (1855-1949), Speaker of the House of Commons, 1905-1921
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 9 May 1921.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and folded twice. He states that he has 'no intention at present of writing or publishing any reminsicences', having always 'held a very strong view against the modern system of gentlemen who have been employed in official & confidential positions rushing into print the moment they have left their situations.' For Lowther's career see his entry in the Oxford DNB. In 1921 he retired as speaker, on being created Viscount Ullswater and appointed GCB.

[ Harold Baily Dixon, FRS, Professor of Chemistry at Owen's College, Manchester. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B Dixon') regarding his requirements for a lecture at 'the Exchange Hall'.

Author: 
H. B. Dixon [ Harold Baily Dixon ] (1852-1930), FRS, British chemist and amateur footballer, Professor of Chemistry at Owen's College, Manchester, 1886-1922
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Birch Hall, Rusholme, Manchester. 5 October 1888.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with light staining to the signature. He thanks the unnamed recipient for his 'programme of Lectures' and states that he will not 'want a Lanthern, [sic][ but I shall want a good Supply of gas to the table'. (Dixon was an authority on the explosion of gases.) He asks the size of 'the Exchange Hall', as he wants 'to adjust exp[erimen]ts. to the size of hall'. Dixon played football for Oxford University in the FA Cup Final in 1873.

[ Roger Kenyon of Peel Hall, (GreaterLancs; his son George Kenyon. ] Annotations by an outraged Jacobite Tory, defending James II, fulminating against the 'usurper' William of Orange, in 2- volume: 'State Trials' and 'a Farther Collection'.

Author: 
[ Roger Kenyon (c.1627-98) of Parkhead and Peel Hall, Lancashire, Tory Member of Parliament for Clitheroe, 1690-1695; his son George Kenyon (1666-1728), MP for Wigan, 1713-1715 ]
Publication details: 
The two printed volumes are: ONE, 'State Tracts': London, no printer, 1693. TWO: 'a Farther Collection of Several Choice Treatises', 'London: Printed, and are to be Sold by Richard Baldwin near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane. MDCXCII. [1692]'
£650.00

The first of the two works in the present volume bears on its title-page the ownership signature of 'Ll: Kenyon'. This is either Lloyd Kenyon (1732-1802), 1st Baron Kenyon, successively Master of the Rolls and Attorney General, or (less likely) his father Lloyd Kenyon of Gredington, Hanmer, Flint. The volume comes from the library of George Kenyon of Peel Hall (uncle and father-in-law of Lord Kenyon) and the annotations it contains are either by George Kenyon himself or (more likely given the handwriting) his father Roger Kenyon.

[ 'Lewis Melville' [ pen name of Lewis Saul Benjamin ], author and actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lewis Melville'), enquiring whether his book 'In the World of Mimes' has been accepted for publication.

Author: 
'Lewis Melville' [ pen name of Lewis Saul Benjamin (1874-1932) ], literary biographer, novelist and actor
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Playgoer's Club, Strand, W.C. [ London ]. 28 July 1900.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. On grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. He writes to enquire whether the recipient 'can undertake the publication of the novel I submitted to you – In the World of Mimes – as I am leaving town at the end of the week', and he hopes to 'settle the matter one way or the other (preferably one way & not the other)' before he leaves. 'In the World of Mimes' was published in London by Greening & Co. in 1902.

[ Edward Bennett Marks, New Yorks music publisher. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Edward B Marks'), a letter of condolence to the widow of the English composer Herman Finck

Author: 
Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, New York City [ Edward Bennett Marks (1865-1945) ] [ Herman Finck [born Hermann Van Der Vinck] (1872-1939), composer, conductor, musical director of Palace Theatre ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead fo the Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, Publishers and Importers of Music, RCA Building, Radio City, New York. 11 May 1939.
£45.00

1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper, with chipping along one edge. He begins: 'Word of the loss of your dear husband reached us some time ago, but I was not able to write you until just now when I received your address from Ralph Hawkes.' He offers his condolences 'on behalf of our whole organisation'. According to Hawkes 'the funeral service was a most impressive one' and 'Mr. Finck was a great figure in the musical world and that he shall be missed a great deal.

[ Stanley Lees Giffard, editor, journalist ] Autograph Letter Signed "Stanley Lees Giffard" to the Editor of an unnamed periodical, asking for the publication of an article by a Mr Byas on state of Ireland.

Author: 
Stanley Lees Giffard, Editor, St James's Chronicle and the Standard
Publication details: 
St James Chronicle Office, Bridge Street, Blackfriars [London], Saturday [no date 1824?].
£45.00

One page, cr. 8vo, possibly laid down in album previously (residue of glue etc),chipped with minor loss of text, text clear. "I took the liberty to send to you [...] the Revd Mr [Ryan?Byas?] prize Essay upon the State of Ireland for your consideration.

[ The Greenway Bank Fraud and Victorian 'Prison Rules'. ] Copy of Manuscript 'Statement by Mr Campbell on Greenway', headed 'In the matter of G. a prisoner', regarding an incident at Chatham Gaol resulting in the suspension of privileges.

Author: 
The Greenway Bank Fraud and Victorian 'Prison Rules', 1890 [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet; Kelynge Greenway ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. Docketed 'Rec[eive]d 26 Nov 1890'.
£56.00

3pp., 8vo. In good condition, on two leaves of lightly-aged paper, folded into a packet and docketed (by Harington?) on the outside 'Recd 26 Nov 1890 | Copy | Statement by Mr Campbell on Greenway'. Headed 'In the matter of G. a prisoner'. The document begins with an interpretation of the current arrangements: 'In accordance with the Prison Rules a prisoner under sentence of Penal servitude whilst he continues in the 3rd.

[ First World War diary of an English nun in a convent in occupied Belgium ] Typescript 'Diary | Convent de St. Sacrément, Oyghem [ Ooigem ]', being the First World War diary of 'Madame St. Joachim' [ i.e. Margaret Ann Shippam ].

Author: 
'Madame St. Joachim' [ i.e. Margaret Ann Shippam (1867-1956) ] of the Convent de St. Sacrément, Oyghem [ Ooigem ]', Belgium [ alleged German war atrocities, First World War ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. The diary entries are dated between 10 November 1914 and 'June, 1919/ July, 1919'.
£450.00

For more information on Shippam and her convent see 'A village and a world at war: sister Joachim (1867-1956) and World War I in Ooigem' by Dr Luc François, Journal of the West Sussex Archives Society Number 78 Autumn 2010. 133pp., 4to. On the rectos of 133 leaves, attached to one another in a cream card folder with green ribbon. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, in worn and chipped folder. A few emendations (expansion of abbreviations, insertion of missing words) in light pencil. The typescript is a carbon copy.

[ Sir Henry Morgan Vane, Secretary of the Charity Commission, Whiteghall. ] Autograph Signature ('Hen. M. Vane') on manuscript Letter to Sir Richard Harington, regarding 'capitation payments' in relation to 'The School' at Whitbourne.

Author: 
Sir Henry Morgan Vane (1808-1886), Secretary of the Charity Commission, Whitehall
Publication details: 
On printed '"Charitable Acts"' letterhead of the Charity Commission, Whitehall, S.W.
£90.00

4pp., foolscap 8vo. On bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Neatly written in another hand.

[ 'Madame Delysia' entertains the British troops in the Middle East. ] Duplicate copy of Autograph Letter Signed by Sir John Pollock, countersigned by her, giving conditions for her use of 'Mlle Fifi' and 'Darling'. With Typed Letter Signed from her.

Author: 
'Madame Delysia' [ 'Alice Delysia'; 'Elise Delisia' ], stage name of Alice Henriette Lapize (1889-1979), French entertainer; Sir John Pollock [ Sir Frederick John Pollock ] (1878-1963), author
Publication details: 
Pocock's letter from 173 Cranmer Court, Chelsea, London, 3 March 1941. Delysia's letter from 54 Buckingham Court, Kensington Park Road, London, 7 March 1941.
£250.00

Both C. B. Cochran, who promoted her career, and Noel Coward, who wrote 'Poor Little Rich Girl' for her, wrote highly of Delysia and her work. Three items, in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. All three in an envelope addressed to Pollock and docketed by him 'Delysia (tour) Contract March 1941'. ONE: Typed Letter Signed from 'Alice Delysia' to Pollock. From her London address, 7 March 1941. 1p., 12mo. She writes that she agrees with his letter and has signed the copy (Item Two below).

[ Leon Gautier ] Autograph Letter Signed " Leon Gautier" to M. l'abbe Misset, scholar and collector, about the correction of errors for a new edition of his (Gautier's) "Adam de St Victor"

Author: 
Leon Gautier, [Émile Théodore Léon Gautier (1832–1897), French literary historian.]
Publication details: 
8 rue Varin, [Paris], 10 Nov. 1893. In French.
£60.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. In his best hand. He asks for a "petit service". "Je fais une nouvelle edition de mon Adam de St Victor et je viens vous demander de m'indiquer les corrections que vour jugeriez a propos de faire dans mon 2e edition." He holds his corrections in high regard, outlining further what help he is asking for. Note: Gautier thanks the Abbe Mittet in his Preface.

[ Dieulafoy, archaeologist; Dornac, photographer ] Autograph Letter Signed "Dieulafoy" to ["Monsieur Dornac | Photographe | 34 Rue Gassendi | Paris" (address on envelope)., concerned at the terms of an agreement over photographs of his "appartement"

Author: 
Marcel-Auguste Dieulafoy (1844-1920), French archaeologist
Publication details: 
2 Impasse de Conti, [7 July 1893]
£280.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. With envelope. "En vous autorisant ce matin a prendre quelques photographies de mon appartement je n'ai entendu ni vous creez un droit a les reproduire ou a les venre a votre guise. Je vous [?] demande de m'envoyer des tirages pour les examiner, vous y refusez. Je me vois donc force de vous prevenir [...]" He proceeds in the same vein. Note: Dornac took photographs of both Marcel-Auguste and Jane Dieulafoy. He appears in Bernard Marbot, "After Daguerre: Masterworks of French Photography (1848-1900)".

[ Swiss Flora; Alpines ] Swiss botany in the Enllghtenment period: an anonymous manuscript Flora of Switzerland in Latin, with observational notes in French and German.

Author: 
Flora of Switzerland [ Albrecht von Halle (1708-1777), Abraham Gagnebin (1707-1800) and Johann Rudolf Suter (1766-1827), Swiss naturalists and botanists ]
Swiss Flora 1
Publication details: 
[ Switzerland. Circa 1790? ]
£5,000.00
Swiss Flora 1

The present item is a product of the marked growth of interest in botany in general and the flora of Switzerland in particular exhibited during the Enlightenment, and exemplified by Jean-Jacques Rousseau's celebrated 'Lettres élémentaires sur la botanique'. Alexandra Cook's 'Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Botany' (2012) is a useful discussion of the subject (see in particular Chapter 3: 'Helvetia mediatrix: the atmosphere of eighteenth-century Swiss science'). It provides in addition a mass of invaluable observational evidence. 396pp, 8vo.

[ Financial Agent; Victorian money-lender ] Autograph Letter Signed "E. Francis" to an unknown woman ("Madam"), offering a loan.

Author: 
Edgar Francis [alias Edgar Francis Rutter], Financial Agent
Publication details: 
[Headed Notepaper} 2 Marlborough Mansions, Victoria Street, London, S.W., 27 Jan.1894
£65.00

Two pages, 12mo, sl. soiled, mainly good condition. "If you ever require an immediate loan from a genuine private service will you favor me with a call or letter? | The capital can remain as long as interest at £5 per cent per an[nu]m is paid. Temporary advances in a few hours - No preliminary fees or charges of any sort." Note: The names "Edgar Francis" and "Edgar Francis Rutter" are both listed (in separate directories published 1893) at the above address.

[ 'Engineering', London journal. ] Autograph register of contributions compiled by editor Thomas Walley, in form of table of articles and authors, with meticulous printing and publication details.

Author: 
Thomas Walley (1872-1947), editor of 'Engineering', London journal founded in 1866 [ Lieut-Col. Percy John Cowan (1876-1954) and Herbert Henry Johnson (c.1875-1957), joint editors ]
Publication details: 
[ London: Engineering. ] Entries dating from 27 November 1925 to 17 January 1934.
£750.00

Walley has converted one volume of a printed diary ('The Business Year Book' for 1923, by the R. C. Maxwell Co., Trenton, New Jersey) into a continuous table listing all the articles contributed between 27 November 1925 and 17 January 1934. Entries are compiled with the meticulous attention to detail one would expect from an engineer, giving a range of information including the times of receipt of material to the minute, and even the typeface in which an article was printed.

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