John Sparrow [ John Hanbury Angus Sparrow ] (1906-1992), Warden of All Souls, Oxford, bibliophile and author [ J. H. Dingwall [ John Hubert Dingwall ] (c.1913-2001), Wimbledon bookseller ]
Both items on letterhead of the Warden's Lodgings, All Souls College, Oxford. Card: 3 February 1960. Note: 8 February 1960.
NOTE: 1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with two punch holes for placement in album in margin. The note reads: 'Dear Mr. Dingwall, | Many thanks for your letter. I enclose a postal order for 5/- and I much look forward to your next catalogue. | Yours sincerely, | John Sparrow'. CARD: In good condition, with punch holes at head. Addressed to 'Mr J. H. Dingwall, | 26, Woodhayes Road, | Wimbledon, | London S.W.19.' Reads: 'Please send, from your most interesting catalogue, | no 149 Zameckie - | John Sparrow | 3. ii. 60.'
Sir Geoffrey Keynes [ Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes ] (1887-1982), author, surgeon and bibliophile, brother of the economist John Maynard Keynes
On letterhead of Lammas House, Brinkley, Newmarket, Suffolk. 28 October 1966.
1p., 8vo. In good condition. The letter presumably refers to the portrait of Keynes which was used as a frontispiece to the OUP festschrift to him published in 1973. Not having heard from him, Keynes is sending a cheque for £35 10s 0d. 'This is reckoning the frame at £4. I hope this is correct. | The picture is much appreciated, and I am very grateful to you'.
John Waynflete Carter (1905-1975), bibliographer and bookseller
[Hyde] Sotheby & Co. 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W1 [postmark 24 Nov. 1961] and [Mrs Bentley] [?Chelsea, 8 Dec. 1961].
Two APCSs, sl. worn, but text clear and complete. The subject of both cards is the William Beckford letters which "disappeared" during an auction of the contents of The Mere, the Bentley house near Slough. First postcard (to Hyde): "My old friend Mrs Bentley has asked me to look into the question of other letters & papers, including the William Beckford lot w[hi]ch she tells me you saw; and I have had a talk today with her lawyer. I should much like to know just what you saw & heard. Could you possibly telephone me tomorrow morning or Sunday?
[ Kenneth Macrae Moir; The Sette of Odd Volumes; the Fanfare Press, London ]
'This edition consists of 177 copies and is printed for private circulation only. This is No. '. Privately printed Opuscula issued to members of the Sette of Odd Volumes. XCIX. London: Made and printed at the Fanfare Press, 1939.
43pp., 16mo. Well printed, in grey printed wraps. In good condition, lightly-aged. Facing title-page is Moir's signature in presentation to Frederick Keel, with his numbering of the copy 12 of 177. Hand-coloured title-page and vignettes. Foreword by Moir dated November 1938. Doublepage plate between pp. 22 and 23: 'Bird's-Eye View of Sebastopol'. No copy at the British Library, and only three copies on COPAC.
Frank H. Baer (1864-1940), American book collector and member of the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, Ohio [ Charles Dexter Allen; The Ex Libris Society, London; bookplates ]
'Rowfant Club | 255 Erie St' [Cleveland, Ohio]. 'January 21 to 24, 1895. | Evenings 7.30 to 10.'
12 x 8.5 cm. Bifolium. Printed in red and black on thick watermarked deckle-edged laid paper. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Engraving in black ink on recto of first leaf, incorporating the words 'Rowfant Club' and '255 Erie St', showing a back-view of a man in a chair seated at a table, spreading open a large volume containing ''BOOK-PLATES'. Text on recto of second volume, printed in black and red, with the printed words 'Compliments of' followed by the autograph signature of 'F. H. Baer'.
Sarah Lyttelton [née Spencer], Baroness Lyttelton [Lady Lyttelton] (1787-1870), wife of William, 3rd Baron Lyttelton [Rt Hon. Thomas Grenville (1755-1846), bibliophile; Stowe House; Queen Victoria]
Windsor Castle. 29 January 1845.
4pp., 12mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. She begins: 'I could not but tell the Queen how kindly you had expressed the pleasure which the Royal visit at Stowe had given to the Duke & Duchess. - And Her Majesty was exceedingly pleased and flattered - and desired me to tell you from her, how delighted both she & the Prince had been by their reception, & the whole visit; which to Her Majesty & the Prince, had but one drawback - and that was, the not having met you there, which would have realised the great wish they both entertain, of being introduced to you'.
Joseph Neeld (1789-1856), Member of Parliament for Chippenham, art collector and bibliophile [Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847); bibliomania]
Grittleton House; 6 November 1829.
4to, 2 pp. Twenty lines. Text clear and complete. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of mount adhering at head of reverse. He has been on an 'interesting and agreeable' tour. 'If my name is worthy of standing amongst the Patrons of the Splendid Work forthcoming under your auspices I shall be proud to enroll myself with them; and shall be ready to obey the call of your publisher whenever you direct him to me.' He praises Dibdin's 'Tour in France and Germany' (1821), and thanks him for selecting 'so fine a copy'.
David Lindsay (1871-1940), politician and future 27th Earl of Crawford [Lindsay Library; Bibliotheca Lindesiana]
16 October 1895; Haigh [Lancashire].
12mo: 3 pp. Bifoilum. Thirty-six lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with several pin holes, light spotting, and a 1 cm closed tear along a fold. A lighthearted epistle, beginning 'Dear Everard, Dear Everard | The Cistercians make an awful mistake in giving free meals. My Charity-organisation Society temperament rises in wrath: if they wd only apply the labour test for an hour or less - but free meals! I have watched the moral ravages of free meals and feel more strongly abt that kind of thing than about Home rule or Mediaeval Brases.
Mathias (c.1754-1835), F.R.S., F.S.A., was librarian at Buckingham House and editor of Thomas Gray, &c. One page, 12mo. In good condition, although attached to sheet of larger paper by four wafers, all of which show through the paper. He asks his correspondent to accept 'a copy of a new edition of a little volume lately printed in Naples, entitled "Poesie Liriche, con l'Aggiunta di Saffo, Dramma lirico [...]'. Signed 'T. J. Mathias'. The work, by Mathias himself, went through various editions between 1810 and 1825.
Diplomat (1755-1846) and bibliophile, one of the British Museum's greatest benefactors. Grenville's book collection, formerly in the Museum at Bloomsbury, is now kept with George III's books in a glass tower in the new British Library at Euston. Both items in very good condition, glued to the remains of a brown-paper mount. In a somewhat shaky version of Grenville's distinctive neat hand, so perhaps late productions. The note reads 'My Dear Sir | I am very sorry that, hearing of Lady Cawdor's illness I had promised Mr Gaskell to dine with him if I did not dine with Lady C.
Lawyer and bibliophile (1772-1840), Baron of the Court of Exchequer. Front part of envelope, dimensions approximately 3 1/2 inches by 5 inches. In good condition. With red postmark. Reads 'Bakewell December Eighteen | 1836 | C. A. Thiselton Esq | 4 Cambridge Place | Camberwell New Road | London | Bolland'.