BALLANTYNE

[ Sr Walter Scott, 'The Wizard of the North'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Scott') to his publisher James Ballantyne ('Dear James')

Author: 
Sir Walter Scott [ 'The Wizard of the North' ] (1771-1832), Scottish writer, author of the Waverley Novels [ James Ballantyne (1772-1833), Scottish editor and publisher ]
Publication details: 
No place [ Abbotsford ]. 'Wednesday Morning' [27 November 1826?].
£320.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper, laid down on card backing removed from an album. He writes that he only received Ballantyne's letter on his return from Melville Castle (seat of Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville), where he was 'obliged to go for a day'. He is now returning 'sheets P. & Q to press and will soon send copy'. He has been 'pleased with a note from Cadell that we had a Pisgah peep of <?>'. The letter ends with the Latin tag: 'post tot discrimina rerum' ('after many dangers').?>

[ Nisbet & Co., Ltd., London publishers. ] Two items: 'Nisbet & Co., Ltd. | Juvenile Order List', August 1917' (with many items by R. M. Ballantyne) and 'Nisbets' Preliminary List | Autumn, 1917'.

Author: 
Nisbet & Co., Ltd., London publishers [ R. M. Ballantyne (1825-1894), children's author; juvenile publishing ]
Publication details: 
Nisbet & Co., Ltd., 22, Berners Street, London, W.1. 1917.
£80.00

Both items in good condition, lightly-aged. ONE: 'Nisbet & Co., Ltd. Juvenile Order List'. 4pp., folio. Bifolium. Blue addendum slip tipped-in onto front cover. Divided into 18 sections, including 'The Schoolgirl Series', 'Little Picture Books' and 'The Dominion Library'. With a heavy emphasis on R. M. Ballantyne, with four sections titled: 'R. M. Ballantyne's Famous Stories for Boys | The Copyright Edition', 'R. M. Ballantyne's Tales of Adventure', 'R. M. Ballantyne's Stories | Crown 8vo' and 'R. M. Ballantyne's Stories | Crown 8vo. Picture Cover'.

[Ballantyne & Co., printers] Autograph Letter Signed "JA Ballantyne", printer, son of Walter Scott's printer and friend, to John Hughes, eventually his partner in the printers, details of income, etc. and the publication of the "Answer" to Lockhart.

Author: 
John Alexander Ballantyne, printer
Publication details: 
London, 5 May 1838
£150.00

Four pages, cr. 8vo, bifolium, fold marks, minor staining, small hole with loss of letter, text clear and complete. He reveals his plan for his visit to Scotland, asking Hughes to make arrangements with his landlady "Mrs S" to take lodgings with her from the 25th for a six month period. For such a long stay he doesn't think lodgings should cost as much as "31.6d". He arranges for a servant for the period, coals, a chest of drawers for his rooms, a wardrobe in a closet. "Will my guardian think 3 guineas a week too much!

[R. M. Ballantyne, author of boys' books.] Large mezzotint photograph of Ballantyne in his library by Fradelle & Young of London, with facsimile of his signature on mount.

Author: 
R. M .Ballantyne [Robert Michael Ballantyne] (1825-1894), Scottish author of boys' books
Publication details: 
Undated (1880s?). Fradelle & Young, 246 Regent Street, W. [London.]
£95.00

The black and white photograph is 24 x 19 cm, and is laid down on a 36.5 x 28 cm mount. The photograph is in good condition, on lightly-aged matte paper; the mount is brittle, chipped and discoloured, with closed tears and a detached corner reattached on reverse with archival tape. Facsimile signature in bottom right-hand corner of mount: 'Yours sincerely | R. M. Ballantyne'. On reverse, in contemporary hand: 'R. M. B. about 1893' (although the photograph does not look as if it dates from the year before Ballantyne's death), and at head of reverse, in the same hand: 'R. M.

[printed pamphlet] The Edinburgh Annual Register from 1808 to 1823

Author: 
[Sir Walter Scott; Archibald Constable; Hurst, Robinson; The Edinburgh Annual Register]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh, [1823]
£75.00

12mo, 14pp, disbound, first leaf detached, good condition. Text clear and complete. In which the publishers outline their (historical) policy and ambitions for the various aspects of the periodical, and provide an Index by volume and subject. Sir Walter Scott took an almost proprietorial interest in this periodical. Scarce: COPAC lists NLS copy only (16pp).

Anonyma.

Author: 
T. F. Cattley [Thomas Frank Cattley (1874-1958)], House Master (1914-30) and School Librarian (1942-58) at Eton College
Publication details: 
1941. Eton College: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. ['Printed at Eton College by Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd.']
£75.00

12mo: 36 pp. Stitched. In original blue printed wraps. Internally tight and clean, in worn and creased wraps. Signed 'T F Cattley' on title-page. In pencil at head of front wrap 'one of only 60'. A collection of jeux d'esprit, addressed to individuals only identified by their initials. Uncommon: copies on COPAC at the British Library, Oxford, National Library of Scotland and Trinity College Dublin.

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