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[John Evelyn of Wotton House, Surrey, seventeenth-century diarist, writer and gardener.] Autograph ownership inscription of book, with shelfmarks, reading: 'Catalogo Evelyni inscriptus. | Meliora Retinete.'

Author: 
John Evelyn (1620-1706) of Wotton House, Surrey, diarist, writer and gardener
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£250.00

On one side of 14 x 2 cm slip of paper, cut from the flyleaf of a book. Aged and with contemporary blotting to one corner. The slip is neatly placed in a paper windowpane mount. Reads: 'Catalogo Evelyni inscriptus. | Meliora Retinete' Two shelfmarks deleted: 'N. 16' and 'J: 231'. A good brief description of Evelyn's book collecting is given in his entry in the Oxford DNB. As there are four catalogues of his books, identifying the work to which the two present shelfmarks are assigned should not present any difficulty.

[Constantin François, Comte de Volney.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C Volney'), in English, to the publisher Sir Richard Phillips, discussing plans for a new London edition of his 'Ruins of Empires', previously translated by Thomas Jefferson.

Author: 
Comte de Volney [Constantin François de Chassebœuf, Comte de Volney] (1757-1820), radical French politician [Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), author and publisher; Thomas Jefferson; Joel Barlow]
Publication details: 
Paris. 3 August 1818.
£1,200.00

Volney's 'Ruines' (1791) was extremely influential, particularly in the United States. In 1796 Volney met Thomas Jefferson at Monticello to discuss Jefferson's plan to translate the book into English. Jefferson had completed the greater part of his translation by the time he mounted his 1800 bid for the presidency, at which point he handed over the project to Joel Barlow, who translated the last four chapters and, at Jefferson's request, put his name to the whole translation, which was published in 1801.

[Constantin François, Comte de Volney.] Autograph Note in the third person, 'au Ministre du tresor public', presenting a copy of his 'Tableau du Climat et du Sol des Etats-Unis'.

Author: 
Comte de Volney [Constantin François de Chassebœuf, Comte de Volney] (1757-1820), radical French politician and friend of Thomas Jefferson
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [Replied to on 25 October 1803.]
£750.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. On bifolium with stub from mount adhering to blank second leaf. Neatly written and reading: 'Le Senateur Volney a l'honneur d'offrir au Ministre du tresor public, comme a l'un des juges les plus competens et les plus Eclairés l'examplaire ci-joint de Son Nouveau livre Tableau du climat et du Sol des Etats-unis D'Amerique | et leprie d'agreer des tres humbles civilités.' At the head of the page the recipient has written: 'Rep. 2o Br[umair]e. 12. [i.e.

[James Bertrand Payne, fraudster who brought down the London publishing house Edward Moxon & Co.] Four Autograph Letters Signed to H. Cholmondeley-Pennell, one explaining his retirement from the firm, and two about Pennell's book 'Crescent'.

Author: 
James Bertrand Payne (1833-1898), editor, author and fraudster [Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell (1837-1915), poet and writer on angling]
Publication details: 
The first two on letterhead 44 Dover Street, Piccadilly, London, W. [i.e. the premises of Edward Moxon & Co.], 17 and 26 October 1868. The third from The Grange, Brompton, 22 February 1869. The fourth with no place, 23 May 1869.
£200.00

The four letters are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Written in Payne's neat and mannered hand, and all four signed 'J Bertrand Payne'. For the background to the correspondence see Jim Cheshire's article 'The Fall of the House of Moxon', Victorian Poetry, Spring 2012. Payne was manager of the London publishing house Edward Moxon & Co., celebrated for their association with poets.

[Philip Hofer, book collector and curator at the Houghton Library, Harvard University.] Autograph Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed to Stephen Harrison, regarding his collection of drawings by Edward Lear

Author: 
Philip Hofer (1898-1984), book collector and founder of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library of Harvard University [Stephen Harrison; Edward Lear]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of The Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Autograph letter dated 19 October 1966. Typed note dated 28 November 1966.
£100.00

See Hofer's obituary in the New York Times, 12 October 1984, in which it is stated that 'Mr. Hofer, who was secretary of the Fogg Museum at Harvard for 12 years, was a recognized book collector focusing on 18th-century German, Iberian and Italian publications. Mr. Hofer put together an Italian book collection considered the finest outside Italy. | Konrad Oberhuber, professor of fine arts at Harvard, said of Mr. Hofer: ''He was one of the most farsighted collectors that Harvard ever had. [...]”'. Two airmail letters, both in good condition.

[Richard Bentley, London publisher.] Autograph Letter Signed to Leicester Buckingham, regarding his 'Life of Mary Queen of Scots'.

Author: 
Richard Bentley (1794-1871), London publisher for whom Charles Dickens edited 'Bentley's Miscellany' [Leicester Silk Buckingham (1825-1867), dramatist and author]
Publication details: 
New Burlington Street [London]. 11 May 1855.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'Leicester Buckingham Esq'. Bentley writes that the matter of Buckingham's life of Mary Queen of Scots is 'just now brought to [his] attention'. 'If you are passing this way any day between 12 and 2 o'C you will be sure to find me, or my son, who will be able to discuss the subject with you'. He finds that he 'paid to Mr Wageman for a copy of the Miniature of the Queen executed for yuou at your desire, £3 . 3. 0', and asks to be sent this.

[John Le Keux, engraver. [Autograph Letter Signed ('J Le Keux') to the architectural draughtsman and author John Preston Neale, regarding their collaboration on 'Views of the most interesting Collegiate and Parochial Churches in Great Britain' .

Author: 
John Le Keux (1783-1846), engraver, son-in-law of John Lingard of Pentonville (1768-1845) [John Preston Neale (1780-1847), architectural draughtsman and bookseller; John Birtton (1771-1857), aniquary]
Publication details: 
16 February 1823. Ash Lodge, near Farnham [Surrey].
£120.00

Le Keux and the recipient J. P. Neale collaborated on the publication of the subject of this letter, 'Views of the most interesting Collegiate and Parochial Churches in Great Britain' (1824-1825), a work which was discontinued after the issue of the second volume. 3pp., 8vo. The two leaves of the bifolium are separate, having been torn apart. Otherwise in good condition, lightly aged. Address on reverse of second leaf, with divided postmark: 'J P Neale Esqr. | Bennett Stt. | Black friars Rd. | London'.

[ Littleton Powys, second-eldest of the Powys family, Sherborne schoolmaster and naturalist.] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Littleton') to the journalist Collin Brooks ('Collin'), mainly regarding his late wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers.

Author: 
Littleton Powys [Littleton Charles Powys] (1874-1955) of the Powys Family, teacher (Sherborne) and naturalist [his wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers (1903-1947); Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist]
Publication details: 
All four letters from The Quarry House, The Avenue, Sherborne, Dorset. (The first on a letterhead of the address.) 5 May, 20 August and 10 September 1948; and 28 April 1949.
£420.00

Four good letters, in which the author's love for his wife and grief at her death are apparent. Littleton Powys was the second-eldest of eleven, his siblings including writers John Cowper Powys, T. F. Powys and Llewelyn Powys, architect A. R. Powys, artist Gertrude Powys, lacemaker Marian Powys, and poet and novelist Philippa Powys. His autobiography 'The Joy of it' was published in 1937, with the sequel 'Still the Joy of it' appearing in 1956. The four letters are in good condition, lightly aged. They total 12pp., 12mo.

[Hall Caine argues with his publishers, and Bram Stoker is called in as honest broker.] Autograph Letter Signed from Sydney S. Pawling of London publisher William Heinemann to Hall Caine, suggesting a 'plan' to resolve 'a terribly sad affair'.

Author: 
Sydney S. Pawling [Sydney Southgate Pawling] (1862-1932), publisher with London firm William Heinemann [Hall Caine [Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine], Manx novelist; Bram Stoker, author of 'Dracula']
pawling
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wm. Heinemann, Publisher, 21 Bedford Street, London, W.C. 7 June 1895.
£320.00
pawling

The context of the present letter is explained by Caine's biographer Vivien Allen.

[Lady Margaret Sackville, poet and children's author, mistress of Ramsay MacDonald.] Typescript of juvenile novel 'Sylvia Thistledown', with autograph emendations, regarding the advetures in Fairy-land of Amelia Egerton and the fairy of the title.

Author: 
Lady Margaret Sackville (1881-1963), English poet and children’s author, who had an affair with Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, daughter of Earl De La Warr, cousin of Vita Sackville-West
Publication details: 
On front cover: 'Margaret Sackville | 22. Lansdowne Terrace | Cheltenham'. Undated, but date stamped 30 November 1945.
£950.00

According to the Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2006 (see the end of this description), Lady Margaret Sackville was 'a poet who mixed with writers such as W B Yeats and Wilfred Scawen Blunt, was a friend of Lady Ottoline Morrell, a leading member of the Bloomsbury Set'. 167pp., 4to. Each page on the recto of a separate leaf, the whole bound with green thread through punch holes in margins. The first page worn and with label (of literary agent?) removed from head, otherwise in good condition, lightly aged and worn.

[Hall Caine: business papers.] 21 items: letters from William Heinemann; R. Golding Bright (of Marbury's) and Ripley Hitchcock (of D. Appleton & Co); with legal and banking documents.

Author: 
Hall Caine [Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine] (1853-1931), Isle of Man author [William Heinemann, London publisher; R. Golding Bright (of Miss E; Ripley Hitchcock (of D. Appleton & Co, New York); Manx Bank
Publication details: 
London, New York, Manchester and the Isle of Man. Dating from between 1890 and 1907.
£450.00

The 21 items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: ALS from HC's London publisher William Heinemann. 1 January 1890. 4pp., 12mo. Regarding the 'draft of agreement', the printing of HC's book ('I shall of course announce it in the Athenaeum before & do all I can to “work the oracle” & to create a rush at Mudie's when the book is out.'), a visit he has paid to 'Mr Mudie'. TWO: TLS from R. Golding Bright, 'London Representative' of New York dramatic agent Miss Elisabeth Marbury. 4 July 1904. 2pp., 4to. With envelope addressed to HC at the Hotel Caspar Badrett, St Moritz.

[James Bertrand Payne, editor and author.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to H. Cholmondeley-Pennell, written around the time of his prosecution by the London publishers Edward Moxon & Co., and launch of his magazine 'The King of Arms'.

Author: 
James Bertrand Payne (1833-1898), editor, author and fraudster [Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell (1837-1915), poet and writer on angling]
Publication details: 
All three on letterheads of Tempsford House, the Grange, Brompton, S.W. [London] One from 1871 and two from 1873.
£400.00

The three letters are in good condition, lightly aged. All three signerd 'J Bertrand Payne'. The first has a letterhead in red, the other two have a different letterhead in blue. Both designs feature exuberant monograms and lettering in Victorian Gothic type, which, together with Payne's exuberant handwriting (the last letter also being written in purple ink), accurately reflect the character of the man Tennyson angrily dismissed as 'peacock Payne'. Three excellent letters, the background to which is of interest.

[Mary Letitia Martin, Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M Martin') to 'Miss OMeara', on reviews of her novel 'St. Etienne', literary success and disillusionment, her publisher T. C. Newby and Jane Austen.

Author: 
Mary Letitia Martin (1815-1850), Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara', granddaughter of the MP Richard Martin (1754-1834, 'Humanity Dick') [T.C. Newby, London publisher]
Publication details: 
Ballinahinch Castle [Connemara, Ireland]. 5 April 1845
£1,200.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, and with closed tears up gutter and one fold. Addressed to 'My dearest Miss OMeara'. With reference to her first published work, 'St. Etienne, a Romance of the First Revolution' (T. C. Newby, London, 1845), she begins by thanking her 'for the Review which the Doctor sent me, as he promised'. She mentions other reviews, stating that one 'did not review the Book it praised the writer – the only thing stated of the Book is however very good, for it is htat the Characters are so very well done that they resemble Miss Austen'.

[ Vero Kemball Shaw writes to his publishers 'Messrs Geo Routledge & Sons'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vero Shaw') concerning the production of his books 'The Encyclopaedia of the Kennel' and 'The Encyclopaedia of the Poultry Yard'.

Author: 
Vero Kemball Shaw (1851-1921), author of books on dogs and animal husbandry [George Routledge & Sons, London publishers]
Publication details: 
56 St John's Park Mansions, Highgate, N. [London] '3 of July [1913]'.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter would appear to concern both of the books which Shaw published with Routledge in 1913: 'The Encyclopaedia of the Poultry Yard' and 'The Encyclopaedia of the Kennel'. He begins by explaining that he is finally sending in 'title page, & dedication, which I should have sent in earlier had I not been awaiting Mr T[?]s permission to dedicate the book to him.

[ Lupton Relfe jr, Victorian London bookseller and publisher. ] Itemised bill on his letterhead, with separate Autograph Receipt Signed.

Author: 
Lupton Relfe (d.1851?), London bookseller, publisher and stationer (apprenticed to J. Hatchard's Sons)
Publication details: 
Both items dated 13 September 1825. Bill on letterhead of Lupton Relfe ('From J. Hatchard & Son's [sic]'), 'Bookseller, Publisher & Stationer', No. 13 Cornhill, London.
£40.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged. The autograph receipt is on a slip of paper attached to the invoice with sealing wax. The invoice is docketed: 'For Par Re: Richd Clarke | 1825 | Sepr. 13th. | Mr Lupton Rolfe Bill for Books | £2 13 6 | No 13 Cornhill London'. ONE: Invoice. 1p., 12mo. Handsome letterhead for items 'Bought of Lupton Relfe | (From J. Hatchard's Son's [sic]) | Bookseller, Publisher & Stationer. | No.

[The Glasgow book trade: John B. Wylie of Jackson, Wylie & Co. booksellers to the University, on the death of an employee.] Typed Letter Signed ('John B. Wylie') to John G. Wilson of J. & E. Bumpus, discussing 'Dalglish' and his demise.

Author: 
John B. Wylie, director of Jackson, Wylie & Co, booksellers to the University of Glasgow [John G. Wilson [John Gideon Wilson (1876-1963)] of the London booksellers J. & E. Bumpus; Dalglish]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Jackson, Wylie & Co. ('Booksellers, Librarians, Stationers & Bookbinders'), 73 West George Street, Glasgow. 10 April 1931.
£45.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. He acknowledges Wilson's 'kind letter regarding Dalglish', who 'suffered a good deal during the latter weeks of his life, but I am glad to say that even then he still retained that brightness of disposition of which you speak'.

[Hodder & Stoughton, London publishers.] Typed Note Signed by two of the firm's directors, the brothers R. Percy Hodder-Williams and Ralph Hodder-Williams, asking Jackson Gregory to accept a 'special copy' of his 'Riders across the Border'.

Author: 
Hodder & Stoughton, London publishers, founded 1868: Robert Percy Hodder-Williams (1880-1958) and his brother Ralph Hodder-Williams (1890-1961), directors
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, St. Paul's House, Warwick Square, London, E.C.4. 6 December 1938.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The brothers ask Gregory to 'please accept this special copy of RIDERS ACROSS THE BORDER, with our warmest regards, and with every good wish for Christmas and the New Year.' Gregory had published his book with the firm earlier in the year.

[ Charles Young, head of the Kensington booksellers Lamley & Co., to John G. Wilson of Messrs Bumpus. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C.') to Wilson

Author: 
Charles Young, head of the Kensington booksellers Lamley & Co. [ [John Gideon Wilson (1876-1963)] of the London booksellers J. & E. Bumpus; John Murray Ltd ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Lamley & Co., 1, 3 & 5 Exhibition Road, S.W.3. [ London ] 19 July 1931.
£40.00

R. J. L. Kingsford, in his history of the Publishers Association, describes Young as 'a bookseller of outstanding character and ability, a friend of Arnold Bennett, and the discoverer of the literary distinction of George Sturt'. 1p., 12mo. Neatly and closely written. Headed 'private', and addressed to 'Dear John'. Young is apparently following a dinner (of the Publishers Association) at which George Bernard Shaw was present, and the subject of the letter would appear to be an exhibition Wilson's firm has mounted of books by the London publisher John Murray.

[ Elaborate seventeenth-century French binding to cosmological work with bookplate of Marquess of Crewe. ] Corrected Manuscript ('Manuscrit Original') of the Chevalier de Jant's translation of the 'Theologie Curieuse' of Jerónimo Osório da Fonseca.

Author: 
Jacques de Jant [ le Chevalier de Jant ] (1626-1676); Jerónimo Osório da Fonseca (1506-1580); Robert Crewe-Milnes (1858-1945), 1st Marquess of Crewe, Liberal politician and book collector; cosmology
Publication details: 
Without place or date (a seventeenth-century manuscript of a work published in Dijon by Pierre Palliot in 1666).
£4,000.00

189pp., small 4to (23.5 x 16 cm). Each page ruled with red lines, with the text written in a clear, neat and pleasing hand, with extensive annotation to the ample margins, and a few emendations to the main text. In light-brown full-leather binding, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Internally in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with top corner of front free endpaper slightly cropped. Binding in good condition, with some wear to corners.

[ Charles Sumner, Bishop of Winchester. ] Autograph Note Signed ('C Winton.') to 'the Society' [i.e. the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge], with an order, in another hand of books required by him.

Author: 
Charles Richard Sumner (1790-1874), Bishop of Llandaff and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, and then Bishop of Winchester
Publication details: 
Farnham Castle. 2 January 1832.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. The item comprises a note in Sumner's hand on the first page, beneath which, and continuing onto the second page, is an order in another hand for 34 books in eight categories, under the headings 'Bibles', 'Testaments' and 'C[ommon] Prayers'. Sumner writes: 'Revd. Sir. | I request you will send me the following books on the terms of the Society, by Lamport's Farnham Waggon.' The order, in another hand, begins: 'Bibles | 5 8o Medium Small Pica without Marg[inal] Ref[erences]. And Apocr[ypha]'.

[ Bhikkhu D. Pannasara Thero (Pandit Dehigaspe Pannasara Thero), Sri Lankan Buddhist and Sanskrit authority and publisher.] Autograph Card Signed ('D. Pannasara'), an enquiry to the London oriental publsihers Arthur Probsthain & Co.

Author: 
D. Pannasara Thero [ Pandit Dehigaspe Pannasara Thero ], Sri Lankan Buddhist cleric, authority on Bhuddist and Sanskrit scripture, and publisher [ Arthur Probsthain & Co., London oriental booksellers]
Publication details: 
Galle, Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. 18 May 1939.
£56.00

On the back of a printed 'Ceylon | Post Card | For use to British countries'. With Galle postmark of 18 May 1939. Pannasara signs 'D. Pannasara' and gives his details as: 'Bhikku [sic], D. Pannasara Thero | Jayawardhanarama | Dangedara, Galle | Ceylon'. An enquiry in English regarding the 'Milinda Panha – translated from Pali by J. W. Rhys Davids Vol. I-ii'. Annotations in pencil and ink by the recipients.

[ Victorian fine binding. ] Octavo volume of blank leaves, bound in green calf blind-tooled and tooled in gilt.

Author: 
[ Victorian English bookbinding; binding ]
Publication details: 
Without binder's details or date. [ Late nineteenth century. ]
£50.00

Octavo volume containing seven blank leaves of unwatermarked wove paper. Bound in green calf, tastefully decorated with gilt compartments on spine and gilt tooling along edges of both front and back covers. The design on both covers is identical, with the gilt-tooled edges enclosing a blind-stamped border of dentelles, enclosing a blind-stamped block reminiscent of late-Victorian tiling. All edges gilt and plain green endpapers. Internally in good condition, lightly aged; in lightly-aged covers worn at corners and spine, with loss at head and tail of spine.

[ Lord Harris of Belmont House. ] Autograph Note in the third person [ to his bookseller ], regarding two books sent to him.

Author: 
Lord Harris of Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent [ Lieutenant General William George Harris (1782-1845), 2nd Baron Harris, British soldier under his father in Anglo-Mysore War ]
Publication details: 
'Belmont [ i.e. Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent ] | 16th. Decr. 1841'.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, with central spike-hole and a few burn marks at foot. Reads: 'Lord Harris has just recd the Illustrations to Deserted Village, but retyrns Retsch's Othello by this night's Coach, having received a copy of it about a week since.'

[ Jane Cobden Unwin, Radical Liberal politician and suffragist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Jane Cobden Unwin') regarding books being send 'by Messrs. Knights' Van'..

Author: 
Jane Cobden Unwin [ Emma Jane Catherine Cobden ] (1851-1947), Radical Liberal politician and suffragist, daughter of Richard Cobden of the Anti-Corn Law League
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£120.00

1p., on 12 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, possibly cut from the conclusion of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount on reverse and slight loss to two words of text from wear. Apparently written to a family member or intimate (but see note below), the note reads: 'The enclosed is the list of the books that will reach you tomorrow morning by Messrs.

[ Eustace Miles, Olympic real tennis player, proposes a book on 'How to Breathe' to the publisher Grant Richards. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Eustace Miles.') to Richards, also regarding 'the Roman History Reviews'.

Author: 
Eustace Miles [ Eustace Hamilton Miles ] (1868-1948), English real tennis player who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics [ Grant Richards [ Franklin Thomas Grant Richards ] (1872-1948), publisher ]
Publication details: 
89 Norfolk Road, Littlehampton. 15 October 1901.
£50.00

Miles published two books with Richards: 'The Teaching of Jesus To-Day' (1899) and 'A History of Rome to 500 a.d.' (1901), the latter having appeared shortly before the writing of the letter. The work proposed by Miles in this letter does not appear to have been published by Richard or anyone else. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Dear Richards, | Would you be likely to publish a Vol. on | “How to Breathe” | in your “How-to” Series? There wd. Be plain-line illustrations. The Indian Yoga System wd.

[ Ex-Officers Book Union, London. ] Printed book catalogue ('Part I'): 'A Collection of Choice & Charming Books of the 17th 18ty & 19th Centuries & a few Modern Authors offered for sale by the Ex-Officers Book Union'.

Author: 
[ Major George William Redway (1859-1934), soldier and military historian, trading as bookseller under the name ] 'Ex-Officers Book Union', Ealing, London
Publication details: 
London: 16 Rathgar Avenue, West Ealing. [ The Westminster Press, London W. ]
£45.00

The 'Ex-Officers' Book Union' (the apostrophe was omitted in later years) was an obscure business. The firm was certainly active between 1919 and 1936, mostly from 16 Rathgar Avenue, West Ealing. In the early 1930s its address was given as '87 Bishop's Mansions, S.W.6', which was also Redway's residence. It seems likely that the business was a joint-venture between Redway and at least one other former army officer. The present item is 40pp., small 4to. Stapled in brown printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged, on worn and creased wraps.

[ A. Absolon, London publisher. ] Autogaph Card Signed to F. Davis, regarding his publication in the 'Forge & Lathe' of 'Maltons Gt. Treatise on Perspective'.

Author: 
A. Absolon (fl. 1878), London publisher [ Frederick Davis ]
Publication details: 
3 York Street, Covent Garden. 13 February 1878.
£25.00

Half-penny postcard printed in purple. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip along one edge from former mounting obscuring parts of a few words. Addressed to 'F. Davis Esq. | 4 Upper Phillamore [sic] Place | W.' The communication reads: 'Sir, | I beg to inform you that we have bought out Maltons Gt. Treatise on Perpective in the columns of the Forge & Lathe a fortnightly Journal devoted to Practical Mechanics &c. The Preface appeared in our No. Published yesterday price 6d by post 7d Terms for Subscribers 16/- Yearly 8/- ½ Yearly 4/- Quarterly. | A. Absolon | Publisher'.

[ Sydney Smirke's 1857 British Museum Reading Room: early guide, with plan. ] Printed booklet titled 'British Museum. New Reading-Room and Libraries. With a Plan.'

Author: 
[ The British Museum Reading Room, designed by Sydney Smirke, and opened in 1857 ]
Publication details: 
London: John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1864. [ London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street, and Charing-Cross. ]
£35.00

Murray's published a number of editions or impressions of this title from 1857 onwards, but the British Library does not hold a copy of this 1864 edition, and the only copy of it traced on COPAC is at the Victoria & Albert Museum Library, London. The present anonymous pamphlet is 16pp., 12mo. Without wraps and disbound. In good condition, lightly aged. The half-title reads 'British Museum.

[ John Murray III, London publisher, asks Sir Henry Rawlinson to make cuneiform 'intelligible to the meanest capacity'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Murray') to the orientalist Sir Henry Rawlinson, regarding a proposed review in the Quarterly.

Author: 
John Murray III (1808–1892), London publisher [ Sir Henry Rawlinson [ Major-General Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson ] (1810-1895), Orientalist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 50 Albermarle Street, W. [ London ]. 5 December [ no year, but with note suggesting written between 1866 and 1869 ].
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. For information on Rawlinson's work in this field, see Kevin J. Cathcart's paper 'The Earliest Contributions to the Decipherment of Sumerian and Akkadian' (2011). Murray writes that the editor of the Quarterly Review (either William Macpherson, before 1867, or William Smith) has written to him 'that he considers the Interpretation of the Cuneiform wording a proper subject for a paper in the Quarterly'.

[ Nancy R. E. Bell, author and wife of artist Arthur George Bell. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nancy Bell') to unnamed 'Gentlemen', praising a book on Japan which (as the publishers) they have sent her, and expressing desire to review it.

Author: 
Nancy Bell { Nancy R. E. Bell, born Nancy Regina Emily Meugen ] (1844-1933), American art critic and travel writer, wife of Arthur George Bell (1849-1916), English genre and landscape painter
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Restgarth, Southbourne, Christchurch. 8 December [ no year ].
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The 'Gentlemen' are clearly the publishers of a book which they wish Bell to review. She writes that she is greatly obliged to them for offering her 'a copy of your beautiful book on Japan', and has written 'to 4 editors to ask for space for early notices of it'. The book is 'indeed a marvel of technical skill in reproduction & it would be a pleasure to me to speak as highly of it as it deserves'.

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