BICYCLING

[Philip Henry Wicksteed, economist, theologian and Dante scholar.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Philip H. Wicksteed'), first to 'Mrs. Chepmell', second to 'Mrs. Borrer', topics including his love of his work, a bicycling holiday, a meeting.

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Philip Henry Wicksteed (1844-1927), economist, Unitarian theologian, classicist, medievalist, literary critic and Dante scholar
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[Chepmell letter on letterhead of Childrey near Wantage, 7 February 1904. Borrer letter on letterhead of Mount Pleasant, Sidmouth, 22 April 1904.
£80.00

Both letters are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 'Mrs. Chepmell' was the wife of Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), society homeopathist. Mrs. Borrer' was the wife of Cary Hampton Borrer (1838-1918) of Hurstpierpoint. ONE: To 'Dear Mrs. Chepmell', 7 February 1904. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Begins: 'I find that Mr. Cranage the Cambridge secretary [Rev. David Herbert Somerset Cranage (1866-1957)] is coming down to Hurstpierpoint on Thursday & is going to lunch with Mrs.

[ Charly Wesmael, Belgian Second World War cycling frontier guard. ] Printed memoirs, in French, titled 'Ma Camionnette et Moi | Souvenirs de Guerre d'un Garde Frontière 1940'.

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'Charly Wesmael, 1er Regiment - 1er Bataillon - 6me Compagnie' [ Belgian Second World War bicycling frontier guard ('un humble garde-frontière') from the 'régiments de cyclistes frontières' ]
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Undated (1940s or 1950s?) 'Brochure crée et editée par des Anciens Combattants'. [ Printer's details on wraps: 'G. THONON. HERSTAL'. ]
£220.00

Duplicated Typescript of 25pp., 4to, on rectos of 25 leaves. In conventionally-printed wraps by 'G. THONON. HERSTAL', bearing the title and author's name. With bookmark ribbon striped with the colours of the Belgian flag bound-in at the back. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn wraps. Dedicated on first page carries the dedication 'AU ROI LÉOPOLD | Digne fils du Roi Chevalier | un humble garde-frontière | dédie ses souvenirs | SEPTEMBRE 1940'.

[Victorian bicycling ephemera.] 'Year Card of Rules, etc., Season, 1890' of the West Roads Cycling Club. [Printed by Cheney

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[West Roads Cycling Club, London Headquarters, "Baron's Court" Hotel, West Kensington, W.; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
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West Roads Cycling Club, London Headquarters, "Baron's Court" Hotel, West Kensington, W. 1890. [Cheney & Sons, printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire.]
£45.00

[8]pp., 16mo (10.5 x 8 cm). Stitched into card wraps. In very good condition. An attractive production, wtih the light-blue card covers printed in dark blue ink, with the club's device, featuring a lion on top of a wheel, embossed and printed in red. A list of names of the 'Executive' is inside the front cover. With the sixteen 'Rules' on the first two pages, and the other headings: 'Racing Fixtures', 'Executive Meetings', 'General Meetings'; the fourth page carries general notes.

Typewritten draft ('Provisional Specification') by George William Dennistoun Scott of his patent application for 'Improvements in or relative to variable speed reducing gears', with manuscript descriptions of the invention, initialed by him.

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George William Dennistoun Scott, engineer and inventor [Patents Office; inventions;motor car bicycles; bicycling]
George William Dennistoun Scott, engineer and inventor
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Draft dated 26 May 1905. [London.]
£165.00
George William Dennistoun Scott, engineer and inventor

A native of Derby, Scott is a notable figure in the history of the development of the bicycle. In 1878, together with George Henry Phillott, he seems to have received the first practicable patent (No. 860 of 1878) for an epicyclic change-speed gear for cycles. All items clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The typewritten draft, in blue ink, with a few manuscript corrections, covers two folio pages.

Manuscript and typescript material relating to the estate of Ralph Birch, late of Taylor & Birch of Leek, Staffordshire.

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Lintine & Co. of Birmingham, 'Patentees & Manufacturers of cycle components and accessories', et al.
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1902-3.
£45.00

Four manuscript leaves ranging from 16mo to 4to, with covering typewritten letter, the whole held together by a pin. Somewhat discoloured, but in good condition overall. The letter, in purple ink on Lintine & Co.'s florid black-and-white letterhead, is dated 1 January 1903 and addressed to Messrs Challoner & Shaw, Solicitors, Leek. No more than a note, it requests a list of the creditors to Birch's estate. With the cyclostyled signature of 'David F. Lintine'. The other, manuscript, papers are all clearly from the Challoner archive.

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