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[ E. H. Shepard, illustrator of 'Winnie the Pooh'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Ernest H. Shepard') to 'Mrs Silburn', referring to 'my favourite book "Wind in the Willows", in response to a request to purchase original illustrations.

Author: 
E. H. Shepard [ Ernest Howard Shepard; Ernest H. Shepard ] (1879-1976), illustrator of 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The Wind in the Willows'
Publication details: 
The first on letterhead of Woodmancote, Lodsworth, nr. Petworth; 7 September 1971. The second on letterhead of Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire; 14 September 1971.
£450.00

Both letters in good condition, lightly aged; and each 1p., 12mo. ONE: He thanks her for her letter asking him if he has any of his drawings for sale, and states that he has some book illustrations and a few drawings that he made 'for Punch when I was a member of the staff'. He continues 'I have one or two from my favourite book “The Wind in the Willows”. All the illustrations that I did for the “Pooh” books I gave to the Victoria and Albert Museum 2 years ago.' He ends: 'Perhaps you will kindly let me know how much you wish to spend on a drawing'.

[ Printed booklet. ] A Century of Best Sellers 1830-1930. Compiled with an Introduction by Desmond Flower.

Author: 
Desmond Flower [ Sir Desmond Flower (1907-1997), for forty years director of the London publishers Cassell & Co. ]
Publication details: 
London: National Book Council. First printing, October 1934.
£25.00

24pp., 8vo. Stapled into brown printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. A useful little volume, with an introduction on pp.3-8 followed by a list of 94 books (pp.9-21), beginning with Scott's 'Anne of Geierstein' (1829) and ending with Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (1929). Publication details are given, and some entries include an informative note by Flower. There is an index on pp.23-24. Now scarce.

[ Booklet on the 1906 'dispute between the Publishers' Association and the Times newspaper'. ] "The Times" and the Publishers. [ Containing 'Mr. Rudyard Kipling's Opinion'. ]

Author: 
The Publishers' Association, Stationers' Hall, London [ The Times Book Club; Rudyard Kipling ]
Publication details: 
Second edition. Privately printed for The Publishers' Association, Stationers Hall, London. 1906. [ Boyle, Son & Watchurst, Printers, Warwick Square, London, E.C. ]
£35.00

32pp., 8vo. Stapled in brown printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight rusting to staples. In seven sections: "The Times" and the Publishers; Opinion of the Society of Authors; Mr. Rudyard Kipling's Opinion [reproducing, pp.15-17, a long letter from Kipling to the editor of The Times, 20 October 1906]; “The Times” and the Publishers (Spectator); “The Times” on the Warpath (Truth); Book Clubs and Breeches Clubs (Truth); The Publishers' Grievance – Dr. A. Shadwell (The Times).

[ Printed booklet. ] The Idea of a British Book Trade Association. An Address given to The Society of Bookmen by Basil Blackwell.

Author: 
Basil Blackwell [ Sir Basil Blackwell (1889-1984), Oxford bookseller and publisher ] [ The Society of Bookmen, London ]
Publication details: 
The Society of Bookmen, 3 Henrietta Street, London, W.C.2. June 1937. [ Unwin Brothers Limited, London and Woking, Printers. ]
£35.00

12pp., 8vo. Stapled into light-brown printed wraps, with title in dark-brown on white label on front wrap. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Blackwell's address is on pp.3-10; p.11 carries a 'List of Members 30th June 1937', in two columns, including R. Cobden-Sanderson, Geoffrey Faber, Rupert Hart-Davis, Harold Macmillan, Stanley Unwin and Sir Hugh Walpole. The final page carries details of the Society's officers, committee, secretary and offices. Blackwell begins his address: 'I have nothing new or strange to propose to-night.

[ Marcus Bourne Huish, editor of the Art Journal and director of the Fine Arts Society. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marcus B Huish') [ to Arthur Allchin ] regarding 'the Phiz exhibition'.

Author: 
Marcus Bourne Huish [ Marcus B. Huish ] (1843-1921), author, editor of the Art Journal and first director of the Fine Arts Society
Publication details: 
No place or date. [ London, 1883? ]
£40.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He has been called away at the last moment, and asks him to 'tell Mr. Brown anything that you may have to arrange respecting the Phiz Exhibition'. From the papers of Arthur Allchin. The Athenaeum reported in 1883 that 'Mr. Arthur Allchin, who was an intimate friend of the late Hablot K. Browne, has written an article on his life and work which will appear shortly in the Century Magazine, and will be copiously illustrated from original drawings by " Phiz."'

[ Gordon Browne, noted illustrator of children's books, son of Dickens's illustrator Hablot K. Browne. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Gordon F. Browne') to 'Allchin' [ Arthur Allchin ], agreeing to contribute work (by his father?) to an exhibition.

Author: 
Gordon Browne [ Gordon F. Browne; Gordon Frederick Browne ] (1858-1932), English artist noted for his illustrations of children's books, son of Dickens's illustrator Hablot Knight Browne
Publication details: 
Martindale, How Town [ i.e. Howtown, Cumbria ], Penrith. 18 July 1883.
£45.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. In answer to Allchin's note he gives his consent 'to the Exhibn. being held in October if my brothers also agree to it'. He considers October 'a bad month - the worst in the year', but supposes that 'that has been thought of'. He ends with reference to 'a few sketches that might go'. The Athenaeum reported in 1883 that 'Mr. Arthur Allchin, who was an intimate friend of the late Hablot K.

[ 'A New Work on Evolution.' ] Prospectus for the second edition of 'Fallen Angels, A Disquisition upon Human Existence - An Attempt to Elucidate some of its Mysteries, especially those of Evil and Suffering.' With printed publicity card.

Author: 
'One of Them' [ i.e. Frederick Braby ] [ Gay and Bird, London publishers ]
Publication details: 
London: Gay and Bird, 5 Chandos Street, Strand. [ 1894. ]
£35.00

The work was hugely popular, going through numerous editions between 1894 and 1907. The title is (deliberately) misleading. The work is an exploration of theological rather than biological questions, with the author stating that 'The How, Why, and Wherefore have not received the full amount of profound and reverent study that the ineffably intrinsic importance of the subject to ourselves warrants.' Lewis Carroll had a copy in his library.

[ Sir William Ouseley, orientalist. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to the London printers Fisher & Co, regarding arrangements for their engraving of a portrait of his brother Sir Gore Ouseley for Jerdan's 'National Portrait Gallery'.

Author: 
Sir William Ouseley (1767-1842), orientalist, brother of Sir Gore Ouseley (1770-1844), linguist [ William Jerdan (1782-1869), Literary Gazette editor; Fisher & Co., London engravers and printers ]
Publication details: 
'No.23 - Foley Place - [ London ] | Augt. 23. 1832'.
£56.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper He 'incloses an order from Sir Gore Ouseley for his picture - which is at Sir Gore's house, No. 49. Upper Grosvenor Street', and 'hopes that it may not be long detained as he wishes to have it removed to the country - also that it may be handled with care, as indeed Mr. Jerdan promises to Sir Gore -'. Sir Gore Ouseley's portrait ('Painted by R[ichard]. Rothwell, R.H.A. | Engraved by H[enry]. Cook. | Fisher, Son & Co.

[ Sir John Bernard Burke, the pre-eminent genealogist of the Victorian age. ] Collection of material, from his papers, including around 350 proofs of coats of arms for his 'Dormant and Extinct Peerages', drawings, a tracing.

Author: 
Sir John Bernard Burke (1814-1892), the pre-eminent genealogist of the Victorian age, and Ulster King of Arms
Publication details: 
[ London. ] 1865 and thereabouts.
£600.00

The work for which these proofs were prepared, Burke's 'Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire', was published in London by Harrison in 1866, and was a revision of his father John Burke's 'General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages [...] extinct, dormant, and in abeyance', first published in 1831, with a third edition in 1846. The present collection is largely in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with some of the items damaged.

[ Sir John Bernard Burke, the pre-eminent genealogist of the Victorian age. ] Detailed and accomplished guide drawing of the Star of India, with a proof of the engraving made from it, for Burke's 'Armory'.

Author: 
[ Sir John Bernard Burke (1814-1892), the pre-eminent genealogist of the Vivtorian age, and Ulster King of Arms ]
Publication details: 
[ London. 1884 or thereabouts? ]
£300.00

The engraving features prominently on p.lxxii of the 1884 edition of Burke's 'General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales', accompanying the entry on 'The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India | Instituted by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, February 23rd, 1861, and enlarged, March 28th, 1866.' ONE: Detailed and accomplished guide drawing for the engraver of Item Two. The drawing is in plain pencil, on a 31 x 21.5 cm leaf of wove paper, and its dimensions are around 29 x 12.5 cm.

[ William Curtis, Tory politician and banker who coined the phrase 'the three Rs'. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'his friends Mess Nichols & Son' [ i.e. John Nichols and John Bowyer Nichols ], conveying directions for bookbinding.

Author: 
Sir William Curtis (1752-1829), banker and Tory politician, who coined the phrase 'the three Rs' [ John Nichols (1745-1826), printer and editor of the Gentleman's Magazine; John Bowyer Nichols ]
Publication details: 
Lombard Street [ London ]. 9 April 1823.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Frank on reverse of damaged second leaf to 'Mess Nichols & Son | Parliament Street | Printers | W Curtis'. Seventeen lines of directions to ' his friends Mess Nichols & Son', regarding the binding of legislative works, beginning with 'two Statute books of Geo the Fourth'. Regarding 'an odd, abridgment of some of Geo 3d' he writes: 'it is probable there may be more, if so begs Mess N & Son would get them & bind them, if not it will hardly be worth the expense of binding the one'.

[ James Robson, London printer and bookseller. ] [ A catalogue, of a most curious and valuable collection of books, in all languages and sciences; including the library of Dr. D. Burton [...] and many others.

Author: 
James Robson (1733-1806), London printer and bookseller [ Dr. D. Burton ]
Publication details: 
[ London, James Robson & Co. 1776. Catalogues to be had at Mr. Dodsley's, [...] Mr. Cadell's, [...] Mr. Cater's, [...] Mr. Law's [...] and Mess. Richardson and Urquhart, [...] Mess. Merrill, and Woodyer, Cambridge; Prince, and Fletcher, Oxford […]. ]
£150.00

198 + [2]pp., 8vo. Saddle-stitched and without covers. Worn and lacking the four pages of prelims (title supplied from COPAC), and with damage to the first four leaves (scarcely affecting the text). For information on Robson, whose shop was fashionably located in New Bond Street, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. It was Robson who made the trip to Venice in 1788 to purchase the celebrated library of Cardinal Pinelli. Full-page index at rear, with page of publisher's advertisements on the reverse, including works of horticulture and 'Books just imported from Venice'.

[ Paulding; book ] A Sketch of Old England By a New England Man

Author: 
[ James Kirke Paulding ]
Publication details: 
Re-published by Sir Richard Phillipps & Co, 1822 [First published in the same year in the USA]
£100.00

136pp, 8vo, more recent brown paper wraps (i.e. rebound(, contents with minor staining, good condition. At the beginning of each gathering the statement, "VOYAGES and TRAVELS, No. XLV. Vol. VIII"

[ George Allen, London publisher and associate of John Ruskin. ] Sale catalogue of 'Books and Pictures from the Estate of the Late Mr. George Allen', containing a large number of books and pictures by Ruskin.

Author: 
[ George Allen (1832-1907), London publisher, craftsman and engraver associated with John Ruskin [ Allen and Unwin ]
Publication details: 
'For Sale | May be seen at 156, Charing Cross Road | London | December 1908'.
£400.00

12 pp., 8vo. Modern marbled bds. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. This interesting item is of significance to Ruskin scholars, containing a whole page describing 24 drawings and engravings by him, as well as a number of interesting books from the library of a close associate. The item was previously bound by Rossetti in a volume with two, unrelated, others. It then passed into the collection of the art historian Rose Sketchley, whose sister C. J. Sketchley presented it to Fulham Public Libraries in 1949. It is scarce: no copy has been traced on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.

[ William Stanley Roscoe, poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Roscoe') to an unnamed recipient, regarding an order of '30 more copies', which is 'commensurate to the Scholars' moderate establishment'.

Author: 
William Stanley Roscoe (1782-1843) of Liverpool, poet, son of the historian William Roscoe
Publication details: 
'Liverpool May 2nd. [ no year ]'.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, Laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. Reads: 'My Dear Sir | My absence from home must plead my excuse in not sooner replying to your obliging note of the 22nd Ulto - | I have desired 30 more Copies to be forwarded to you as you request, & I am sure you will be glad to hear that thro' your kindness, & that of many others who have interested themselves, we are likely to realize a sum commensurate to the Scholars moderate establishment'.

[ Sir Walter Besant, novellist and historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Besant.'), headed 'Mem. for Mr Henry Gray' (genealogical bookseller), ordering five books from his catalogue.

Author: 
Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), novellist and historian largely responsible for the creation of the People's Palace in East London [ Henry Gray of Acton, genealogical bookseller ]
Publication details: 
12 Gayton Crescent, Hampstead. No date.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'Mem. for Mr Henry Gray | I have received your Catalogue dated April 25th. | Will you send me, if still in hand, […]'. A list of five works follows, the last four French, including Sarah Scott's Utopian "Millenium Hall", following which Besant writes: 'for wh. I will remit by return post – on receipt.'

[ Vincent Figgins II, of Southgate, typefounder. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('V Figgins') to a subscriber to his facsimile edition of Caxton's 'Game and Playe of Chesse'.

Author: 
Vincent Figgins II (d.1861), of Southgate, typefounder in Smithfield, with his brother James Figgins (1811-1884); son of Vincent Figgins (1780-1844) [ William Caxton, London printer ]
Publication details: 
London. 27 September 1855.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The unnamed recipient's 'remittance for the "Game of Chesse" through the Post Office order has duly come to hand'. He thanks him for his subscription, and hopes he will 'find the book & the object of its publication worthy of being recommended to the support of others'. Figgins's facsimile edition is discussed in an 'Excursus' to J. A. Dane's 'Blind Impressions: Methods and Mythologies in Book History' (2013).

[ Joseph Butterworth ] Secretarial Letter, signed 'Jos: Butterworth', to Knight Spencer, Secretary of the Surrey Institution, urging him to engage 'Mr. Park, the Artist, of Dublin', who is moving to London, as a lecturer.

Author: 
Joseph Butterworth (1770-1826), law bookseller and Member of Parliament [ Knight Spencer, Secretary of the Surrey Institution ]
Publication details: 
Bedford Square [ London ]. 19 October 1830.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'Mr. [ Park? ], the Artist, of Dublin, has this day written me word that he has some intention of coming to settle in London in the ensuing winter.' He urges Spencer to 'get him to deliver a course of Lectures on Painting at the Surrey Institution. From speeches which I have heard him deliver, I should think his language & delivery well calculated for the purpose & likely to render him popular.' He explains that he is prevented from writing himself by a 'complaint in my eyes'.

[ Signed by Braithwaite and Keel. ] The Royal Hospital Chelsea | A paper read before The Sette of Odd Volumes At the [511]th meeting of the Sette held at the Savoy Hotel, London on February 23rd, 1937.

Author: 
Gen. Sir Walter Pipon Braithwaite, G.C.B. Governor of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea 'and Peltast to the Sette' [ The Sette of Odd Volumes, London; Shenval Press ] Frederick Keel (1871-1954), composer
Publication details: 
[ Copy 24 of 133. ] London | Imprynted by THE SHENVAL PRESS and sold to NO Bokesellers'. 1937.
£80.00

38pp., 16mo. Internally in very good condition, in red paper boards printed in gilt, with bubbling at front and back, and in chipped and aged glassine wrapper. The number of the meeting has been added to the title in manuscript ('511'), and the signatures of 'Frederick Keel | Singer' and 'Walter Braithwaite' are written in pencil beneath the limitation (no 24 of 133 copies). Scarce.

[ Frederick Locker-Lampson, author, poet and bibliophile. ] Bookplate from the Rowfant Library of 'Frederick Locker', depicting a jester and with motto 'Fear God Fear Nought'.

Author: 
Frederick Locker-Lampson [ Frederick Locker ] (1821-1895), author, poet and bibliophile [ Rowfant Library ]
Publication details: 
Printer, place and date not stated (before 1885 when he took on the additional name of Lampson).
£50.00

For information about Locker-Lampson, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The bookplate is on a piece of paper 11 x 8.5 cm. Dimensions of plate 8.5 x 6.5 cm. It depicts a jester, sitting on a log at the foot of a tree from whose branches an armorial shield hangs, with a bird at his feet and a wall behind him. With the word 'FREDERICK' at the head; 'LOCKER' at the foot; 'FEAR GOD' to the left and ''FEAR NOUGHT' to the right. In fair condition, somewhat aged and ruckled and with evidence of removal from a volume.

[ Arthur Chenevix Trench, publisher in firm of Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Chenevix Trench') to Rev. A. P. <Brown?>, regarding misprints in his father's works, and making 'young Bliss' into a 'good business man'.

Author: 
Alfred Chenevix Trench (1849-1938), London publisher, with Charles Kegan Paul (1828-1902), in the firm of Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., son of Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Archbishop of Dublin
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., Publishers, 1 Paternoster Square, London. 17 October 1889.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He is obliged for Brown's letter, 'pointing out misprints in my father's works. | Such communications are always valuable.' He is happy to say that 'young Bliss is working very well, & we shall make a good business man of him'.

[ Thomas Burnham, Northampton bookseller of the Georgian period. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos. Burnham'), regarding an 'ingenious Catalogue', 'Stewarts Athens' and 'Mr. Hayes's Account'.

Author: 
Thomas Burnham (fl. 1790-1819), Northampton bookseller [ Burnham & Birdsall ]
Publication details: 
Northampton. 18 January 1809.
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper with small spike hole at head. He thanks the unnamed recipient for his 'obliging letter' and 'ingenious Catalogue', and 'would have acknowledged the receipt sooner' had he not been waiting for 'an opportunity of conveying the same free of expence'. The recipient is 'welcome' to the copy of 'Stewarts Athens' at his 'own price' of two guineas. Burnham has 'adjusted Mr. Hayes's Account with the balance of onepound [sic] ffifteenshillings [sic]', and begs 'to thank that Gentleman for the same'.

[ John Weale, writer on architecture, and London bookseller and publisher. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the architect Samuel Huggins, regarding stocktaking, Huggins's 'advertisement' and 'the Soane Museum'.

Author: 
John Weale (1791-1862), writer on architecture, and London bookseller and publisher, initially with George Priestley [ Samuel Huggins (1811-1885), Liverpool architect and writer ]
Publication details: 
59 High Holborn, London. 13 December 1861.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with the blank second leaf tipped-in onto a leaf from an album. His only excuse for 'the long delay' is 'that all my time has been occupied in taking stock, which necessarily has been a most irksome job'. It will be the following month before he can 'put forth an appendix to my Catalogue, as it will be necessary for me to wait the coming event of something, that I may, or may not be engaged in.' He will have time 'to consider & reconsider' Huggins's 'advertisement'.

[ 'Lewis Melville' [ pen name of Lewis Saul Benjamin ], author and actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lewis Melville'), enquiring whether his book 'In the World of Mimes' has been accepted for publication.

Author: 
'Lewis Melville' [ pen name of Lewis Saul Benjamin (1874-1932) ], literary biographer, novelist and actor
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Playgoer's Club, Strand, W.C. [ London ]. 28 July 1900.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. On grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. He writes to enquire whether the recipient 'can undertake the publication of the novel I submitted to you – In the World of Mimes – as I am leaving town at the end of the week', and he hopes to 'settle the matter one way or the other (preferably one way & not the other)' before he leaves. 'In the World of Mimes' was published in London by Greening & Co. in 1902.

[Henri Hoener [Haener]; Printing History] Letter (secretarial?) Signed "H Haener" to "Née de la Rochelle, libraire" [bookseller](Wikipedia

Author: 
Henri Haener [Hoener ], Imprimeur du Roi, Nancy, France [Printer to the King]
Haener printer
Haener printer
Publication details: 
Nancy, le 22 7bre 1787 (date corner chipped but year found within the letter).
£450.00
Haener printer
Haener printer

Four pages including address panel, 4to, bifolium, edges dulled, a little foxing. He outlines what he has done (sending things?), in a one page letter, and, on the other two pages, given a detailed account of what he has done for the bookseller from December 1787 to May 1788, including "brochures" (pamphlets). The recipient has noted when he replied. See images on my website.

[ William Bernard Ullathorne, Bishop of Birmingham. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. B. Ullathorne') to an unnamed bookseller.

Author: 
William Bernard Ullathorne (1806-1889), Roman Catholic Bishop of Birmingham
Publication details: 
Birmingham. 27 October 1862.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged. He thanks him for sending 'the copy of Leonardi, which is scarce', and orders another two items from 'your Catalogue No 52': 'Alberti Magni Encheiridion [sic]' and ' Thesaurus'.?>

[In original boards, with catalogue of Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, London booksellers.] Memoir of the Early Life of William Cowper, Esq. written by himself, And never before published..

Author: 
William Cowper [ Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row, London. ]
Publication details: 
Second edition. London: Printed for R. Edwards, Crane Court, Fleet Street; and sold by all booksellers. 1816. [ Printed by R. Edwards, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London. ] With catalogue of Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row, London, 1816.
£50.00

Subtitle: 'With an Appendix containing some interesting letters, and other authentic documents, illustrative of the memoir.' 130pp., 12mo. Frontispiece. Bound in at the end is a twelve-page catalogue, dated 1 October 1816, and with drophead title: 'Valuable Periodical Works, Published by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row, London. Beneath the drophead title is a woodcut of a lion. Only one copy of the trade catalogue traced on OCLC WorldCat.

[ John Brumfit, nineteenth-century City of London cigar merchant. ] Autograph account books ('Journal' and 'Cash') from the firm's foundation in 1864, with explanatory letter from the founder's grandson K. F. Brumfit, and trade letterhead.

Author: 
John B. Brumfit, nineteenth-century City of London cigar merchant [ subsequently John Brumfit Ltd
Publication details: 
London [ John B. Brumfit, Cigar Merchant, 86, King William Street, City. ].Journal: 1864-1870. Cash Book, 1864-1872.
£2,500.00

For more than a century the firm of John Brumfit Ltd of the City of London was one of Britain's leading cigar and tobacco merchants, its reputation international. The firm was founded in 1864 by John B. Brumfit, son of Charles Brumfit of No. 1 Pall Mall West. The items offered here are the journal and cash book written out by the founder at the firm's inception, together with two related items (Items Three and Four below).

[ William Gilpin, autor and headmaster of Cheam School, Surrey. ] Autograph Bill of Exchange, signed 'Will: Gilpin', directing his publishers Cadell & Davies to make a payment of £100 to 'Mrs. Mary <Oviatt?>'.

Author: 
William Gilpin (1724-1804), writer on art and headmaster of Cheam School, Surrey [[ Thomas Cadell and William Davies, London booksellers ]
Publication details: 
Vicar's Hill [ Lymington, Hampshire ]. 29 January 1803.
£220.00

On a slip of paper, with two embossed tax stamps. Worn, aged and damp stains. Entirely in Gilpin's autograph, and reading: 'To Messrs. Cadell, Davies booksellers in ye Strand London | Please to pay to Mrs. Mary , or her order five days after date one hundred pds for | Yr. humble Servt. | Will: Gilpin | 100 £. -.' Endorsed on the reverse, with the signature of the recipient of the money.?>

[ Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop of Dublin and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richd. C. Trench, [ to his publisher the London bookseller John W. Parker ] regarding his writing plans and engagements.

Author: 
Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Archbishop of Dublin in the Church of Ireland and Irish poet [ John William Parker the younger (1820-1860), London bookseller ]
Publication details: 
'Itchen Stoke'. 15 August 1840.
£75.00

4pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tears along the fold between the two leaves of the bifolium. Trench's publishers were 'John W. Parker & Son, West Strand'. The letter begins: 'I heartily wish that I could go to the press at once with the 3rd. Edition of the Parables. [ 'Notes on the Parables of Our Lord', first published in 1841 ] I have been however working hard at them & they are nearly ready.

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