BEVAN

[ William Latham Bevan, Welsh Anglican cleric and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. L. Bevan') to 'Miss Strickland', i.e. the historical writer Agnes Strickland, recounting the story of a family heirloom said to come from Queen Anne Boleyn.

Author: 
William Latham Bevan [ W. L. Bevan ] (1821-1908), Welsh Anglican clergyman and author, Archdeacon of Brecon [ Agnes Strickland (1796-1874), historical writer and poet ]
Publication details: 
'Hay - South Wales.' 5 August 1851.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. As a new edition of Strickland's 'Lives of the Queens of England' is in the press, he sends her 'an interesting and (I fully believe) an authentic incident connected with the last day of Ann Boleyn's life'. He explains that he has in his possession 'an elegant trinket intended evidently to be hung round the neck by a chain. It is a small gold pistol, about an inch in length, richly chased, the barrel serving the purpose of a whistle, and under the barrel, a set of picks – tooth pick &c – round the handle a serpent is coiled'.

[ Janina Forbes-Robertson [ Janina Flamm ], artist. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Jania') to her husband Eric Forbes-Robertson, complaining of poor treatment by his brother the actor Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson and the rest of his family.

Author: 
Janina ('Jania') Forbes-Robertson [ née Janina Flamm ] (d.1922), Polish artist, wife of the English artist Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), sister-in-law of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
Publication details: 
One from 13 Batoum Gardens, Shepherds Bush [ London ], 'Sunday'. One in French from 79 Netherwood Road, Shepherds Bush, 'Lundi'. Another simply dated '1 November.'
£250.00

Janine Flamm attended the Académie Julian in Paris with Eric Forbes-Robertson, an associate at Pont-Aven of Gaugin and Robert Bevan, who married her college friend the Polish artist Stanislawa de Karlowska (1876-1952). The couple married on Jersey in 1897, and their son Philippe was born soon after, followed by sisters Ida and Cecilia. None of these three letters is dated, but they must all have been written in the early years of the twentieth century, with Janina miserably placed with her young children in London while her husband pursued his artistic ambitions in the country.

[D. B. Wyndham Lewis, humorist.] Autograph Letter Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, a letter of condolence on the death of her husband, the essayist Robert Lynd.

Author: 
D. B. Wyndham Lewis [Dominic Bevan Wyndham Lewis] (1891-1969), humorist, for a while Daily Express 'Beachcomber' [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 31 Pembroke Road, W8 [London]. 8 October 1949.
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. 'His gentleness was always a lenitive and an example in such a raving jungle as Fleet Street. He will be badly missed everywhere by everybody.' He concludes by lamenting that as he is leaving for Italy the following day, the present letter will have to be his 'only tribute, alas. But I hope you will read into it a lot of things difficult to write.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. G. Bevan') from the Quaker writer Joseph Gurney Bevan to Thomas Eaton of Swansea, regarding financial accounts including the 'Estate in Maryland' of William Padley.

Author: 
Joseph Gurney Bevan (1753-1814), English Quaker writer [Thomas Eaton of Swansea, Glamorganshire; William Padley; Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), author and publisher; Society of Friends]
Publication details: 
'London 3d. 5mo 1793 [3 May 1795]'.
£120.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. The letter mainly relates to the estate of William Padley senior of Swansea, who had died in 1801. Bevan begins by stating that he has had no reply to his letter of 8 May. 'I now hand thee a small account against W P's estate which I should be pleased to have closed by payment. - At the same time I inform thee I have in my possession R Phillips (of Lond) [i.e. Sir Richard Phillips] bill for a proof under City seal respecting W P.'s Estate in Maryland £4. 2.

Ten manuscript business letters, seven in English and two in French, from six different British wine merchants, to the French cognac house Messrs. Otard Dupuy & Co., placing orders, reporting news of the Brandy trade in Britain and shipping.

Author: 
[Messrs. Otard Dupuy & Co, French cognac house founded in 1795 by Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otard [later with Léon and Jean Dupuy], based in the Château des Valois (Château de Cognac), Cognac, Charente]
Publication details: 
From Aberdeen, Exeter, London, Liverpool , Stockton, Sunderland. Between 1828 and 1859.
£250.00

The ten items total 19pp., 4to. Each is a bifolium, with the address and postmarks on the reverse of the second leaf. Each is docketed by Otard Dupuy. All ten are in excellent condition, on lightly-aged paper. The six firms are: Bevan & Smith, Liverpool, two letters (both 1850); Christopher Bushell & Co., Liverpool (1859); John Currie, two letters, both in French: London (1828) and Stockton (1828); A. Leveau, three letters: Aberdeen (1849), Exeter (1850) and Sunderland (1850); William Strachan & Co, London (1828); George Wildes & Co., London (1828).

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