BECKENHAM

[ One of thirty numbered copies. ] A Fragment from Finnigans [sic] Wake | Anna Livia Plurabelle | To mark the Centenary of the Birth of James Joyce.

Author: 
James Joyce [ Michael Hutchins, The Chimæra Press [ The Chimaera Press ] [ Beckenham, Kent ]; Eric Gill ]
Publication details: 
[ Beckenham, Kent. ] The Chimæra Press. [ The Chimaera Press. ] 1982.
£450.00

Elegantly printed in black and grey-blue. [28] + [1]pp., 4to. On loose leaves, on eight bifoliums, arranged in four pairs. In very good condition, lightly aged, wrapped in brown paper.

[Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam): printed pamphlet for the 700th Anniversary Celebrations, titled 'Bethlem Royal Hospital 1247-1947'. With printed programme of the 'Bethlem Royal Hospital 700th Anniversary Celebrations.'

Author: 
[Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard, Beckenham, Kent; Bedlam]
Publication details: 
Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard, Beckenham, Kent. 1947. [Printed by the Baynard Press.]
£30.00

Pamphlet: 19pp., small 4to. Stapled pamphlet in cream wraps, with the Hospital's arms printed in gold on front cover. On shiny art paper, with full-page frontispiece, seven illustrations in text, and two maps at rear. Internally in fair condition, lighty-aged; in worn wraps with slight discolouration to the back. Uncommon. No copy at the British Library; four copies on COPAC, all at London libraries (Guildhall; King's College; Bishopsgate; Wellcome); and only one more copy (Yale) on OCLC WorldCat. Programme: 2pp., 4to, on a single leaf. In fair condition, aged and worn, neatly folded.

Sketchbook filled with pencil drawings by Wright of the English countryside, some captioned and two signed 'HBW'. Four pages finished in watercolour.

Author: 
Horace Boardman Wright (1888-1915), English artist from Beckenham, Kent [Royal College of Art; Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers]
Publication details: 
Dated by Wright: 'July 28th. 1904. [signed] H Boardman Wright | Technical Institute School of Art | Beckenham | Kent'. [Sketchbook by D. W. Richard & Co., 29 High Street, Croydon, Artist Colourmen and Picture Frame Makers.]
£325.00

Landscape sketchbook of eighteen leaves. Leaf dimensions roughly 17.5 x 13 cm. One leaf loose. A further leaf has been removed. Drawings on twenty-five pages and the rear pastedown. Bound in rough grey cloth with printed design on front board. Printed stationer's ticket (label) on front pastedown. Grubby, and with the inevitable pencil offsetting, but good and tight on good paper, lightly-aged but unaffected by damp or stain. Contains some charming images, showing the promise that would win Wright a scholarship to the Royal College of Art three years later.

Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'G V Reed') to Benjamin Harrison, Archdeacon of Maidstone.

Author: 
George Varenne Reed (1816-1886), anglican clergyman, tutor to Charles Darwin
Publication details: 
3 November 1875, 16 October 1879 and 30 July 1881; all three from Hayes Rectory, Beckenham.
£100.00

All three items are good, though lightly aged, each with a thin strip from previous mounting adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf of the bifolium. Letter One (12mo, 1 p). Thanking Harrison 'for the copy of your Charge' ['Prospects of peace for the Church in the Prayer Book and its rules']. He would have written the day before 'but we went to the opening of the Memorial Church at Langton yesterday'. Letter Two (12mo, 2 pp): Thanks him for 'so kindly sending me your last Charge ['The memories of departed brethren, and the sacredness of their earthly resting places'].

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