BISCOE

[ Student Debt in Lewis Carroll's Oxford. ] 68 items relating to the debts of Vincent Hilton Biscoe, undergraduate of Christ Church, including letters from Henry Liddell and Richard James Spiers, and a mass of tradesmen's bills, letters and receipts.

Author: 
[ Vincent Hilton Biscoe of Christ Church, Oxford; Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet; Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church; Richard James Spiers, Mayor of Oxford 1853/4
Publication details: 
Christ Church and other locations in Oxford. Between 1857 and 1863.
£2,000.00

A marvellously evocative collection, giving a clear picture of the consequences of a profligate youth in the Oxford of Lewis Carroll (Biscoe would have been well-acquainted with Dodgson as a Fellow of Christ Church at his time there). Not only does the collection provide a large number of itemised tradesmen's bills, receipts and correspondence, for everything from confectionery, cigars, wine, boating, billiards and tennis, to hats, coats, shoes and the doing-up of Biscoe's rooms, but it also shows the efforts of his father, Rev.

[ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister, as Chancellor of the Exchequer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone') to 'Mr. Biscoe', explaining his reason for refusing to approach the queen regarding obtaining an apartment at Hampton Court

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, of Whitbourne Court, Worcester ]
Publication details: 
'D. St. Dec. 23. 53.' [ i.e. Downing Street, London, 23 December 1853 ]
£100.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with short closed tears at head of both leaves. He is 'extremely concerned to hear that Mrs Harington & her children are insufficiently provided for', and while he would be happy to unite with her friends 'in any direct effort on her behalf', as far as obtaining an apartment at Hampton Court for her is concerned he is 'powerless', it being in the gift of the queen. 'Col.

[ Printed item. ] Pedigree of the Family of Biscoe.

Author: 
John Challenor Covington Smith [ Pedigree of the Family of Biscoe of Little Missenden; Randall; Blake; New England ]
Publication details: 
London: Mitchell and Hughes, 140 Wardour Street, W. 1887. ['London: Mitchell and Hughes, Genealogical Printers, 140 Wardour Street, W.' ]
£120.00

25pp., 4to. Stitched. In fair condition, in buff printed wraps, with central vertical fold. Eighteen pages of pedigrees, printed lengthwise, comprising: a twelve-page 'Pedigree of Biscoe of Little Missenden', followed by two pedigrees (A and B) over three pages, and 'Appendix I., To shew the connection of the Randall and Biscoe families', and 'Appendix II., to shew the connection between the Blake and Biscoe families'. Also includes a two-page introduction by 'J. C. C.

[ Presentation copy, with related manuscript pedigree and transcription. ] Pedigree of the Family of Biscoe.

Author: 
John Challenor Covington Smith [ Pedigree of the Family of Biscoe of Little Missenden; Randall; Blake; New England ]
Publication details: 
London: Mitchell and Hughes, 140 Wardour Street, W. 1887. ['London: Mitchell and Hughes, Genealogical Printers, 140 Wardour Street, W.' ] [ Manuscript pedigree dated 1867. ]
£120.00

The printed pedigree is 25pp., 4to. Stitched. Worn and aged, in heavily-worn buff printed wraps. Inscribed on front cover to 'Churton. | From the Author | 11 October 1887.' Eighteen pages of pedigrees, printed lengthwise, comprising: a twelve-page 'Pedigree of Biscoe of Little Missenden', followed by two pedigrees (A and B) over three pages, and 'Appendix I., To shew the connection of the Randall and Biscoe families', and 'Appendix II., to shew the connection between the Blake and Biscoe families'. The printed pedigree also contains a two-page introduction by 'J. C. C.

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