Thomas Bell (1792-1880) of Selborne, zoologist, President of the Linnaean Society who disapproved of the theories of Charles Darwin
On letterhead of The Wakes, Selborne. 18 February 1864.
3pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes that he will have 'great pleasure' seconding the recipient's nomination at the Athenaeum Club, and will do so 'the first time I go to London'. He discusses the arrangements before commenting on the 'great disappointment' felt by 'all our party' that the recipient was unable to join them. The letter concludes: 'I hope you have not suffered as so many have done from the very changeable weather &c had - I never knew such variations both in temperature & pressure, for so long a time'.
W. J. Thoms [ William John Thoms ] (1803-1885), antiquary, founder of 'Notes and Queries' [ Doyne Courtenay Bell (1831-1888), Permanent Secretary to the Privy Purse; Folk-Lore Society [ Folklore ] ]
Seven from 40 St George's Square, SW [ London ]; one on House of Lords letterhead. Between 5 June 1876 and 10 October 1878.
The eight letters total 18pp. of text, and are accompanied by a printed proof prospectus for the Folk-Lore Society, and a newspaper cutting relating to the Church of St Margaret, Westminster (which Thoms avows as his own, describing it as 'my Jeremiahade on the desecrators of Van Dun'), laid down on a leaf of House of Lords letterhead. All items in good condition, lightly-aged. The prospectus, of which no other copy has been traced, accompanies a letter of 4 January 1878, in which Thoms writes: 'I blush with shame at the proof I enclose that I am getting into my dotage.
R. E. B. Crompton [ Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton ] (1845-1940), British inventor, electrical engineer and industrialist [ Crompton & Co. ]
On letterhead of Thriplands, Kensington Court, W. [ London ] 31 January 1901.
On both sides of a 9 x 11 cm. grey card with embossed letterhead. In good condition, lightly aged. Docketted and with Royal Academy of Arts stamp. 'Lt. Colonel Crompton begs to enclose a cheque in payment of his subscription and will be greatly obliged to the Secretary if he will send him a form to enable his Bankers - Messrs. Barclay & Co. to pay the subscription in future.' Crompton's firm Crompton & Co. was one of the world's first large-scale manufacturers of electrical equipment.
George Joseph Bell (1770-1843), Professor of Scots Law at the University of Edinburgh, Scottish jurist [ Scipio Alexander Mactaggart (1812-1886), Writer to the Signet ]
On printed card of the 'University of Edinburgh Lectures on the Law of Scotland'. Dated November 1834.
The card is 12 x 9 cm. In fair condition, aged and worn. On one side, printed in fancy letters in blue, is 'University of Edinburgh | LECTURES | ON THE | LAW OF SCOTLAND'. Beneath this Bell has written: 'Mr. S. A. Mactaggart | George Jos Bell | Nov 1834'. The testimonial, in a secretarial hand, is on the reverse, signed by Bell at the bottom (again 'George Jos Bell'). It reads: 'Mr Scipio A.
Jonathan Anderson Bell (d.1865), Scottish architect and watercolourist, Secretary, Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland [ W. H. Lizars, engraver ]
Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland, Edinburgh, 25 March 1857. [ 'Engd by W H Lizars']
Printed on both sides of an 11 x 23 cm piece of grey paper. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. A nice piece of ephemera. The front is tastefully laid out, with fancy lettering and the royal crest. Numbered in red ink 1379. Recording Miss Fordyce's guinea subscription to the association. The reverse has the terms of the Association engraved in copperplate over ten lines. It is docketed '£1 . 1 | Fine Art Association | 25 March 1857'.
[Percy H. Bate; George Bell and Sons, London publishers; the Pre-Raphaelites]
London: George Bell and Sons, York Street, Covent Garden. [1899.]
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. On laid paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted. Printed in black with title in red. The first page headed: 'Now Ready | Small Colombier 8vo. With 7 Photogravure Plates, and 84 Illustrations in Half-Tone, £2, 2s.
Alexander Melville Bell, Fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland, The Royal Scottish Society of Arts, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, &c., &c.
Edgar S. Werner, New York. [circa 1886]
 + 52pp., 8vo. In grey printed wraps carrying advertisements. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With label and stamp of the Science & Art Department of the Educational Library, London. In tasteful modern quarter-bound boards of light and dark grey paper, with white printed label on front.
Alexander Graham Bell, Ph.D. [The American Annals of the Deaf and Dumb]
Third edition. Extracted, by permission, from the American Annals of the Deaf and Dumb, April, 1883, vol. xxviii, pp.124-139. Washington, D. C. Gibson Brothers, Printers. 1886.
16pp., 8vo. Including full-page facsimile 'Specimen of Impromptu Conversation' and of 'the plan, recommended by George Dalgarno, of writing the alphabet upon a glove'. In grey card wraps. In good condition, on aged paper, with label and stamp of the Science & Art Department of the Educational Library on the front cover. In tasteful modern grey paper wraps with white printed label on front. No copies of this third edition on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat (but a total of fourteen copies of the first edition).
Alexander Graham Bell; Dr. E. M. Gallaudet; Hon. Gardiner G. Hubbard [The Philosophical Society of Washington; The American Annals of the Deaf and Dumb]
An Address delivered before the Philosophical Society of Washington, October 27, 1883. Reprinted from the American Annals of the Deaf and Dumb for January, 1884. Washington D.C. Gibson Brothers, Printers. 1884.
39pp., 8vo. Front cover of printed wraps present, with 'With the Author's Compliments' printed in top left-hand corner. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with shelfmarks, label and stamp of the Science & Art Department of the Education Library. In tasteful modern quarter-bound boards of light and dark grey paper, with white printed label on front.
Alexander Melville Bell, Author of "Visible Speech," &c., &c. [(1819-1905), father of Alexander Graham Bell]
New York: N. D. C. Hodges, 47, Lafayette Place. London: Trübner & Co. 57 and 59, Ludgate Hill. 1888.
 + 29 + pp., 8vo. Advertisements at front and rear. With front cover of brown printed wraps present, bearing the title in a 'globe' design. Printed in a box in the top right-hand corner of the cover is: 'With compliments from | THE AUTHOR, | 1525, Thirty-fifth Street, | Washington, D. C. | Examination and comment requested.' In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight loss at edges of front cover. In tasteful modern quarter-bound boards of light and dark grey paper, with white printed label on front. Uncommon: four copies on COPAC.
Alexander Graham Bell [Wilbraham Egerton, 1st Earl Egerton; The Eleventh Census of the United States, 1890; Eugene Hale; Carroll D. Wright; William Godwin Moody; Nicholas Murray Butler]
No publication details or date. [Washington, D. C.? Circa 1888.]
43pp., 8vo. In good condition, on aged paper, with small label (with manuscript '7') on first page. In tasteful modern grey paper wraps with white printed label on front. Bell's presentation inscription, with the first line slightly trimmed at head, is on the title page: 'Lord Egerton | with the compliments of | Alexander Graham Bell' and '(Senate Document)'. Bell has also written, above the drop-head title (p.3): 'Suggestions by Alex. Graham Bell with regard to Defective Classes, Paper 31'. Bell's contribution, the longest in the volume, is on pp.31-37, with six tables in text.
Alexander Graham Bell [National Conference of Superintendents and Principals of Institutions for the Deaf; Mississippi Institution, Jackson]
An Address delivered before the sixth National Conference of Superintendents and Principals of Institutions for the Deaf held at the Mississippi Institution, Jackson, Miss., April 14-17, 1888. Washington: Gibson Bros., Printers and Bookbinders. 1889.
7pp., 8vo. With front cover of grey printed wraps. In good condition, on aged paper, with label and stamp of the Science & Art Department of the Educational Library, London on front cover. In tasteful modern grey paper wraps with white printed label on front. Epigram beneath title: 'I would have a deaf child read books in order to learn the language, instead of learning the language in order to read books.' Uncommon: no copy on COPAC and nine copies (all in American libraries, including three at Harvard) on OCLC WorldCat.
George Charles Williamson (1858-1942), art editor to George Bell & Sons [Henry Currie Marillier (1865-1951), textiles expert; George Rae (1817-1902) of Birkenhead, Pre-Raphaelite patron; Rossetti]
On letterhead of G. Bell & Sons, York Street, Covent Garden, London. 24 August 1900.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. For further information about Williamson and his publications, see his entry in 'Who Was Who'; see also Marillier's entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Alexander Graham Bell [American Association to Promote the Teachings of Speech to the Deaf]
Reprinted from the Report of Proceedings [First Summer Meeting of the American Association to Promote the Teachings of Speech to the Deaf.] Mentor Print. [1891.]
32pp., 8vo. Includes seven full-page charts. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper, in worn and aged light-brown printed wraps. With shelfmarks, stamp and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. A total of eight copies located on OCLC WorldCat and COPAC, with the only copy in British libraries at the British Library.
Professor Robert Anning Bell, President, The London Schools' Guild of Arts & Crafts; William J. Pettit, Hon. General Secretary; Board of Education Reference Library]
'Please address all communications to Mr. William J. Pettit, (Hon. Sec.) The London Schools' Guild of Arts & Crafts, Stoke Newington Central School, Albion Road, London, N.16.
12pp., 12mo. In cream wraps printed in brown. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with rusted staples and shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library. Foreword (pp.1-2) by Bell, and text (pp.3-12) by Pettit. Scarce: no copy on COPAC.
William Scott Cameron (c.1843-1914), editor of the Leeds Mercury [George Bell]
On letterhead to the 'Weekly Supplement to The Leeds Mercury, Leeds'. 10 April 1891.
1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper. Cameron writes: 'Dear Sir, | I regret that the enclosed verses would occupy too much room for our space, but I return them with our thanks to you for bringing them under our notice'. The recipient is not the London publisher, who died in 1890.
John Bell (1764-1836) of Lincoln's Inn, English barrister
Lincoln's Inn. 14 March 1828.
Bell's entry in the Oxford DNB records that 'In conversation with the prince regent (later George IV), Lord Chancellor Eldon was said to have described Bell as the best lawyer then at the equity bar, though he could "neither read, write, walk, nor talk": Bell was lame, spoke with a broad Westmorland accent, the effect of which was heightened by a confirmed stammer, and wrote in a hand never more than barely legible.
Sheila Kaye-Smith [married name Emily Sheila Fry] (1887-1956), English novelist [George Bell & Sons, London publishers]
On letterhead of 9 Dane Road, St Leonards on Sea. 20 May .
3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed at head of first page. She begins by explaining that at her 'interview with Mr. Bell on the 8th. he suggested an alteration in an important sentence, giving me the alternative of taking the MS. home with me or of correcting the sentence in the proofs. At the time I thought the latter course would be the best, but it occurs to me that it would save expence if the correction was made now.' She asks Cazenove to 'ask Mr. O'Connor if he would kindly alter the words in accordance with the enclosed [not present]'.
Mackenzie Bell [Henry Thomas Mackenzie Bell] (1856-1930), English poet, writer and literary critic
On letterhead of 11 Buckingham Gate, S.W. [London]. 23 May 1911.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on aged and worn paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Prof. Candy, | I think you would wish to see enclosed which please return after perusal. | If you hear of anything kindly let me know. It is the most pressing difficulty we have and we see no present way of surmounting it. | With renewed thanks, | always sincerely yours, | Mackenzie Bell'.
James A. Begg (c.1800-1868), Glasgow bookseller and religious author; William Fulton [Seventh-Day Sabbatarianism]
Glasgow: Printed by Bell & Bain, 41 Mitchell Street. 1869.
xl + 112pp., 12mo. In original buff printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps, with front wrap becoming detached and chipping to the spine. Fulton's memoir, on pp.v-xl, has the drophead title: 'In Memory of the late James A. Begg, Bookseller, Argyle Street, Glasgow. A Discourse by William Fulton. Sunday, 3d January, 1869. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at the Bodleian. Of Bain's careet Fulton writes on p.xxxlii: 'James A. Begg was born in Paisley, at the beginning of this century.
Amy Mary Irving Driberg (d.1939) [née Bell], of Uckfield Lodge, Crowborough, wife of J.J.S. Driberg, and mother of Labour politician Tom Driberg (Baron Bradwell) (1905-76) [beekeeping; apiculture]
[Uckfield Lodge, Crowborough, Sussex.] Dated between 1 July 1932 and 4 July 1938.
142pp., 4to. In a ruled notebook, bound in black cloth, with marbled endpapers. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn binding with loss to a corner of a board. Starting at one end of the notebook is the diary of autograph entries, each dated and initialled by Mrs Driberg. In 1932 Mrs Driberg, a formidable Scottish widow in the last years of her life, has five hives (numbered 1 to 4, with a fifth observation hive), with a sixth hive (No. 5) added by 1934.
R. Palme Dutt [with foreword by 'T. B.', i.e. Thomas Bell (1882-1944), representative of the Communist Party of Great Britain to the Comintern's Executive Committee]
Published by the Communist Party of Great Britain, 16 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2. ['Printed by Centropress Limited (T.U. Throughout) 168, Camberwell Road, London S.E.5.'] February 1925.
20pp, 12mo. Stapled. In red printed wraps, with cartoon on cover showing giant worker sweeping away miniature capitalists. In fair condition: lightly-aged and with central vertical fold. Scarce: the only copies on COPAC at the British Library and Warwick University.
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged pink wove paper. Within fancy border. Beneath the title a four-line epigram by 'Cook', beginning 'The School-boy remembers his holiday ramble'. The poem proper, of twenty lines, is signed in type at the end 'J. H.' It begins: 'Oh! Wenlock Chimes, the dear old Chimes, | You carry us back to by-gone times,' and ends, 'And 'ere your notes their rest have found, | Cheer all our Friends the Wrekin round.' The word 'your' in the penultimate line is printed 'you', with the final 'r' added in manuscript.
Sylvester Judd (1813-1853), American novelist, best-known for his book 'Margaret' (1845) ['The Liberty Bell',abolitionist gift book edited by Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885)]
Riverside, Augusta; 28 August 1851.
1p., 4to. Good, on aged paper. The letter (possibly addressed to the book's publisher) reads 'My dear Sir, | It would give me great pleasure to write for the "Liberty Bell," but I dare not at this moment say I could prepare anything in the time you mention. | Yours truly | [signed] S. Judd.'
12mo, 4 pp. 64 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He was 'mistaken about the Marylebone Election - Having been a prisoner so much lately' he had 'not seen many electors & those whom I saw thought it was too late & regretted to see a split in the liberal party'. He 'did not influence a single vote being too unwell to take any part in it'. He 'left town to escape the excitement'. He has 'already troubled our new Representative with a little Parliamentary Business', and is sending Wyld 'some documents on the same subject by the Book post'.
Thomas Hyde Hills (c.1852-1902), pharmaceutical chemist with John Bell & Co, 338 Oxford Street, and Mayor of Cambridge [James Wyld (1812-1887), cartographer and Member of Parliament for Bodmin]
2 August 1862; 338 Oxford Street, London.
12mo, 2 pp. Fifteen lines. Text clear and complete. Thanking Wyld for his 'Support on Thursday in the House of Commons, agreeing with the Lords' Amendment for the exemption of Pharmaceutical Chemists serving on Juries'. He hopes that the exemption will prove 'a Stimulus to Pharmaceutical education and thereby be of great service and increased safety to the Public'. Hills was Mayor of Cambridge from 1894 to 1895.
John Murray II (1778-1843), London publisher [Bell & Bradfute, Edinburgh publishers]
11 July 1810; London.
4to, 1 p. Fourteen lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. He has been 'extremely unwell', and is sending '3 bills for the account of Thomsons Chemistry £1100'. 'I trust that you will not be dis-satisfied with this as I can assure you conscientiously that I could not afford to give them shorter.' Reference to Longmans, and to his anxiety, 'as you left the settlement to my own conscience'.
Bell & Daldy, London publishers [George Bell (1814-1890) and F. R. Daldy] [William Thomas Lowndes (c.1793-1843), author of 'The Bibliographer's Manual']
30 November 188<?>; on letterhead of York Street, Covent Garden, London.
12mo, 3 pp. Bifolium. Aged, and with fraying to extremities, causing minor loss to one word of text, and date of letter. Returning 'the volumes of Lowndes' Manual'. The firm has 'not yet been able to make use of your notes, as we received the volume too late for the new edition, which is moreover little more than a reprint of Mr. Bohn's with a few corrections'. They have, however, 'copied the notes, which will be useful when we bring out as we hope to do, a completely revised edition'. Apprarently signed, on behalf of the firm, with the initials 'PEB'.
Mary Bell, Victorian novelist, author of 'By Northern Seas' (1897)
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. [1888.]
12mo, 96 pp, followed by four-page SPCK catalogue (with first page listing works by the Rev. F. Bourdillon). Text clear and complete. In original olive cloth binding, gilt, stained with damp. Damp damage at rear leaving light staining to corners of last few leaves and catalogue, together with heavier damage to rear endpapers. Traces of Library label on front pastedown. Cloth faded, worn and stained. Bell explains in her preface that 'The poor are excellently well provided with all sorts of books of counsel and help.