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[George Barnett Smith, biographer and journalist.] Autograph Letter Signed [to George Bentley, editor of Temple Bar] regarding the proof of an article, his new position as 'principal Editor' of the Echo. With manuscript note [by George Bentley].

Author: 
George Barnett Smith (1841-1909), author, journalist, artist and editor of the Echo [George Bentley (1828-1895), editor of Temple Bar, and son of London publisher Richard Bentley (1794-1871)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Echo Office, 22 Catherine Street, Strand, London. 25 August 1876.
£120.00

1p., 8vo, on the verso of the second leaf of a bifolium, with the Autograph Note by Bentley on the recto of the first leaf. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Smith's letter headed by him 'Private'.

[Printed bookseller's catalogue with juvenile items and items relating to the Cato Street Conspiracy.] A Catalogue of Books & Fancy Articles, Publishd and Sold by R. Miller, 24, Old Fish Street, Doctors' Commons.

Author: 
R. Miller [Robert Miller], bookseller, 24 Old Fish Street, Doctors' Commons, London [children's books; juvenile; toys; the Cato Street Conspiracy, 1820]
Publication details: 
R. Miller, 24 Old Fish Street, Doctors' Commons, London. [Circa 1820.]
£120.00

11pp., 32mo. Stitched and unbound. In fair condition, on aged paper. The books include 'The Cabinet History of England', 'Miller's County Atlas of England & Wales' and 'The Princess Charlotte's Hymn Book'. There are also 'Thirteen Toy Books', 'Threepenny Toy Books', 'Conversation Cards', 'Children's Picture Cards', 'Portraits of the Royal Family', 'The Spelling Alphabet' and 'Engraved Music Cards'.

[Messrs Henry Southgate and Co., London auctioneers.] Attractive notice, on parchment paper, illuminated in colours, announcing the completion of 'the alterations of their extensive premises', now able to display a library of 20,000 books in one room

Author: 
Messrs Henry Southgate and Co., Auction Rooms, 22 Fleet Street, London [Vizetelly and Co. Printers and Engravers, 135 Fleet Street]
Publication details: 
Messrs Henry Southgate and Co., Auction Rooms, 22 Fleet Street, London. Vizetelly and Co. Printers and Engravers, 135 Fleet Street. [1843.]
£80.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. An attractive production, printed on a leaf of parchment paper, with illuminations and decorative designs in red, blue, green and gold, in the Gothic style of the period. At the end of the second page, above the printer's slug, and illuminated: 'Auction Rooms 22 Fleet Street London | Established 1823'.

[Auction catalogue.] Library of Books which Jolly & Son, Ltd., Incorporated Auctioneers will sell by Auction on Friday, 5th May, 1939, commencing at two o'clock. [By direction of Mrs. Haynes-Smith, of Turleigh Mill House, Nr. Bath, and other Owners.]

Author: 
Jolly & Son, Ltd., Incorporated Auctioneers, The Auction Rooms, Charlotte Street, Bath
Publication details: 
Jolly & Son, Ltd., The Auction Rooms, Charlotte Street, Bath. [Harding & Curtis, Ltd., Bath.] 1939.
£120.00

7pp., 8vo. Stapled. In poor condition, on aged and worn paper. The prices, and in most cases the names of the purchasers, are untidily given in pencil, the buyers seeming to be mainly members of the West Country trade, and including George [of Bristol], Grey, Lowe, Colbeck, Cox Towes, Brown, Williams. A collection strongly biased towards the English novel, with Henry James particularly well represented. A small collection of 'Dutch Books' features at the end of the sale. A scarce item, with no copy traced either on COPAC or on WorldCat.

[Publication Committee, Presbyterian Church of England, 18 Paternoster Square, London.] Engraved card announcing that the Committee have taken possession of the premises and made them into a shop and offices; with plan of premises on reverse.

Author: 
Publication Committee, Presbyterian Church of England, 18 Paternoster Square, London
Publication details: 
[Publication Committee, Presbyterian Church of England, 18 Paternoster Square, London.] [Circa 1882.]
£60.00

The text is engraved in copperplate on one side of a piece of card, with plan on reverse of the the premises at 18 Paternoster Square, with Newgate Street, Warwick Lane, Rose Street and Paternoster Row also shown. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with unobtrusive vertical crease. A nice piece of nineteenth-century London book trade ephemera. The text reads: 'Publication Committee | Presbyterian Church of England, | 18 Paternoster Square.

[Jerome Kern sale at the Anderson Galleries, New York, priced auction catalogue.] The Library of Jerome Kern, New York City. Part One. A-J [Part Two. J-Z].

Author: 
Jerome Kern (1885-1945), American composer [Mitchell Kennerley, President, Anderson Galleries, New York, 1929]
Publication details: 
The Anderson Galleries [Mitchell Kennerley, President], 489 Park Avenue at Fifty-Ninth Street, New York. 1929.
£100.00

Part One: [4] + 247pp., 4to (including introduction by 'M. K. [i.e. Mitchell Kennerley]'). Part Two: [3] + 220pp., 4to (paginated 249-468). Perforated bidding sheet at end of Part Two. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and stained wraps with loss at spines. Attractively designed, with numerous illustrations and facsimiles in text. The cover of the first volume carries the ownership signature of John A. Holland at the head, and the prices of the sale's 1482 lots are given in Holland's hand.

[Printed advertisement.] Prospectus of Bohn's Standard Library: A Series of the best English and foreign Authors, Printed in a new and elegant Form, Equally adapted to the Library and the Fireside, At the extremely low Price of 3s. 6d. per Volume.

Author: 
[Bohn's Standard Library; H. G. Bohn; Henry George Bohn (1796-1884), London bookseller and publisher]
Publication details: 
York Street, Covent Garden. [1848.]
£160.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting piece of ephemera relating to a ground-breaking series in the nineteenth-century extension of the market for serious literature. An initial 27-line prospectus in small print is followed by a list of the details of the 35 'Volumes already Published' and of 20 works 'in progress'. The final page carries details of items 'Uniform with his STANDARD LIBRARY, price 3s. 6d.', under the headings 'Bohn's Extra Volume', 'Bohn's Scientific Library, Vol. 1', 'Bohn's Antiquarian Library' and 'Bohn's Classical Library'.

[The Caxton Publishing Company, London.] Publisher's sample and subscription book for the Melrose Edition of the Waverley Novels of Sir Walter Scott, with examples of cloth and leather bindings, illustrations, title-pages, and subscription lists.

Author: 
The Caxton Publishing Company, London; Sir Walter Scott
Publication details: 
[London: The Caxton Publishing Company, Clun House, Surrey Street, W.C. 1890s?
£180.00

8vo, in worn and damaged black cloth. Three sample spines in green cloth are laid down on the front free endpaper, and three sample brown leather spines gilt on the rear pastedown.

[Printed catalogue.] One Thousand English Books all in handsome Bindings recommended by B. F. Stevens for the Foundation of the English Portion of an American Home Library.

Author: 
B. F. Stevens [Benjamin Franklin Stevens] of Vermont, London-based American bookseller, 17 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden [The Chiswick Press, Whittingham and Willkins, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane]
Publication details: 
B. F. Stevens, 17 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, England. [1874.] [Chiswick Press: Printed by Whittingham and Wilkins, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London, England.]
£280.00

Not paginated. [107]pp., 16mo. Internally good and tight, elegantly printed in red and black. In original heavily-worn green leather binding. Small leaf, printed on both sides, advertising the book, loosely inserted. In the twenty-two lines on the reverse Stevens states that 'The price of all these books in substantial andn ornamental bindings of great variety, with leather, calf, morocco or russia backs and corners, and muslin on paper sides, is Four Hundred Guineas (420l.) If with full leather backs and sides, very handsome, the price is Four Hundred and Fifty Guineas (472l. 10s.)'.

[Book auction catalogue.] "Rothbury," Blackheath Park, [...] Catalogue of the Valuable Library formed by the late J. Vavasseur, Esq., C.B. [Partially priced, and with manuscript list of booksellers attending.]

Author: 
[J. Vavasseur of 'Rothbury', Blackheath Park; Hampton & Sons, 2 & 3 Cockspur Street, London, SW]
Publication details: 
Hampton & Sons, 2 & 3, Cockspur Street, London, SW, and Wimbledon. 25 January 1909.
£220.00

20pp., 4to. Stapled. In original card wraps printed in black and red. 317 lots. Worn and aged and with central vertical crease to volume. Central bifolium loose. Advertisement for the auctioneers on inside front cover, and 'Time Table' on inside rear. A second day's sale, on the following day, is advertised as featuring 'The Furniture, Unique Collection of Japanese Works of Art, Bronzes, Old English and Continental Porcelain etc.' In margin of page with conditions of sale is pencil list of the booksellers, headed by 'Museum Book Store (Spencer's man)' and featuring E.

[William Gawtress, Leeds printer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Gawtress') to Rev. Thomas Greenwood, requesting contributions [to the Leeds Intelligencer] of 'Sketches' of 'Dawson and Newton', and discussing a book society and Greenwood's poetry.

Author: 
William Gawtress, printer and proprietor of the 'Leeds Intelligencer' [Rev. Thomas Greenwood, of Trinity College, Cambridge, Lecturer at Cripplegate Church]
Publication details: 
No place. 3 May 1825.
£280.00

2pp., 4to. On bifolium, with reverse of second leaf addressed to 'Rev. T. Greenwood, | Leeds.' In good condition, on aged paper, with slight discoloration to second leaf. BBTI lists Gawtree as active in Leeds between 1817 and 1822; he took over the Leeds Intelligencer in 1818. The first paragraph reads: 'An opportunity has very unexpectedly occurred this morning of sending a packet. - I inclose you Blackwood, wch. we recd. uncommonly late this month.

[Rev. David Henry Urquhart.] Autograph Letter Signed from his wife Eliza Urquhart to his publishers [Cadell & Davies], urging them to send proofs [of his 'Commentaries on Classical Learning'] more quickly, or 'the Season will inevitably be lost'.

Author: 
Rev. David Henry Urquhart (c.1754-1829), Prebendary of Lincoln [Cadell & Davies, London publishers; Thomas Cadell (1773-1836); William Davies; Andrew Strahan (1750-1831), printer; Spottiswoode]
Publication details: 
Doncaster. 5 May [1803].
£100.00

1p., 4to. On aged paper, with damage and discoloration to one margin. Eliza Urquhart begins her letter: 'Gentlemen, | Mr Urquhart has desired me to acquaint you that he thinks it would be adviseable immediately to see Mr Spotswood [i.e. Spottiswoode, then an employee of the book's printer Andrew Strahan] on the subject of accelerating the printing of his work, as from the present tardiness with which the proofs are sent, he thinks the Season will inevitably be lost'.

[Thomas Hookham, senior, Georgian bookseller.] Autograph Letter in the third person to him from 'Mr Bowyer' (a relation of Sir George Bowyer of Radley Hall), sending instructions regarding book purchases

Author: 
[Thomas Hookham, senior (c.1739-1819) of Bond Street, Georgian bookseller and publisher; Sir George Bowyer (1783-1860) of Radley Hall, Berkshire]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 5 January 1804.
£100.00

1p., 4to. Good, on aged paper, with small central spike hole made by recipient. The letter reads: 'Mr Bowyer begs Mr Hookham will send him the following Books as soon as possible | Parkhursts Lexicon for the Greek Testament[;] Smarts translation of Virgil; a translation of Sallust; there is one I do not know by whom it is translated it is in columns one side English and the other latin.' Postscript: 'Send them to Lady Bowyer Tunbridge Wells Kent'. A note in a contemporary hand at the foot of the page identifies the author as 'Sr. Geo B MP on Cathc.

[Printed book with membership bookplate of the Iron Acton Reading Society.] The Career of Don Carlos, since the Death of Ferdinand the Seventh: being A Chapter in the History of Charles the Fifth. By his aide-de-camp The Baron de Los Valles.

Author: 
The Baron de Los Valles [Louis Xavier August de Saint Sylvain, Baron de Los Valles], aide-de-camp to Don Carlos of Spain [Richard Bentley, London publisher; The Iron Acton Reading Society]
Publication details: 
London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. Publisher in Ordinary to His Majesty. 1835.
£150.00

xviii + 384 pp., 8vo, orig.[?]green cloth covered boards, slightly "bubbled", endpapers stained, corners bumped, hinge strain, fair condition. With frontispiece of Don Carlos and plate (facing p.229) of Zumalacarréguy. In contemporary green cloth library binding with title in gilt on spine. Bookplate laid down on front pastedown, listing 'Members of the Iron Acton Reading Society. | Books to be kept fourteen days.' Twenty-eight members are listed, from 'Rev. Dr.

[Roger Ingpen of the London publishers Ingpen & Grant.] Typed Letter Signed ('Roger Ingpen') to John G. Wilson of the London booksellers Messrs Bumpus, regarding E. H. W. Meyerstein's 'Life of Chatterton'.

Author: 
Roger Ingpen [Roger Edric Ingpen] (1867-1936) of publishers Ingpen & Grant [John G. Wilson (1876-1963) of booksellers J. & E. Bumpus Ltd; E. H. W. Meyerstein (1889-1952), scholar and poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Ingpen & Grant, Publishers, 37 Museum Street, London WC1. 14 October 1930.
£60.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper. He announces the publication of 'a book of outstanding literary importance, namely Meyerstein's "Life of Chatterton". Meyerstein is undoubtedly the greatest living authority on this subject, and his book, the result of nine years original research, contains much unpublished material. I believe it will be recognised as the standard work on Chatterton for many years to come.' He states that he has 'put a great deal of money and time into this book', and asks Wilson to help him 'make it a success'.

[Printed poetic drama by E. H. W. Meyerstein.] Goemagog and Corineus.

Author: 
E. H. W. Meyerstein [Edward Harry William Meyerstein] (1889-1952), scholar and poet
Publication details: 
London: Ingpen & Grant Ltd. [1934.]
£20.00

91 + [1] pp., 8vo. Good, tight copy, on lightly-aged paper, in lightly worn and dulled original black cloth binding and printed label, with spare label tipped in at back.

[Printed book.] Seraphine. By E. H. W. Meyerstein | Author of "Terence Duke".

Author: 
E. H. W. Meyerstein [Edward Harry William Meyerstein] (1889-1952), scholar and poet
Publication details: 
London: Richards [The Richards Press Limited], 10 Paternoster Square, EC4. 1936.
£20.00

362 + [1]pp., 8vo. Advertisement on final page for Meyerstein's 'Terence Duke'. A fair copy, on lightly-aged paper, in worn original orange cloth binding, and lacking the dustwrapper.

[Presentation copy by E. H. W. Meyerstein.] The Boy. A Modern Poem. [With pencil note by Meyerstein: 'One of thirteen copies printed by mistake on large paper, and uncut.']

Author: 
E. H. W. Meyerstein [Edward Harry William Meyerstein] (1889-1952), scholar and poet
Publication details: 
London: Ingpen & Grant, 12 Bury Street, London WC1. 1928.
£120.00

62pp., 8vo. In good condition, on aged paper, in dulled black cloth binding with chipped printed label. Presentation inscription by Meyerstein on front free endpaper: 'J. A Petheridge | with the writer's kind regards. | Aug. 13. 1928'. Pencil note (probably also by Meyerstein) on front pastedown: 'One of thirteen copies printed by mistake on large paper, and uncut.'

[Edward Weeks, editor of the Atlantic Monthly.] Two Typed Letters Signed to H. E. Wortham, the first regarding the film rights to his biography 'Chinese Gordon', and the second sending reviews, while complaining that the book trade is 'at a low ebb'.

Author: 
Edward Weeks (1898-1989), editor of the Atlantic Monthly [Hugh Evelyn Wortham (1884-1959), biographer of Major-General Charles George Gordon ['Chinese Gordon'; 'Gordon of Khartoum'] (1833-1885)]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of The Atlantic Monthly Press Inc, 8 Arlington Street, Boston. 3 February and 17 May 1933.
£80.00

Both letters 1p., 4to. Both in good condition, on lightly aged and creased grey paper. Both addressed to Wortham at 75 Courtfield Gardens, London SW5. Letter One: Weeks writes that he has received a letter from Leland Hayward, Inc., 'inquiring whether any steps have been taken to arrange for the sale of the motion-picture rights of CHINESE GORDON [published in England as 'Gordon: An intimate Portrait']'. He plans to 'send off to them proofs [sic] sheets of the book as soon as they are received from the press'.

[Pamphlet; signed by Blackwell] School Books. Why not net?

Author: 
[Publisher] Basil Blackwell
Publication details: 
Oxford: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press, 1934 (in roman)("Privately published").
£120.00

Sub-title, "An Address by Basil Blackwell Patiently heard by The Society of Bookmen on April 9th 1934, and now Privately Printed for presentation to certain of his friends." 14pp., beige paper wraps, sl. sunned, mainly good condition. Basil Blackwell has personalised the opening letter explaining the publication, writing the name "Young" after "Dear" and adding his signature at the end. Only one copy listed on COPAC, at Cambridge.

[Pamphlet] Bookselling. The System adopted in Germany for the prevention of underselling and for promoting the sale of books

Author: 
[Publisher] William Heinemann
Publication details: 
Taunton: Printed for the Association [of Booksellers] by Barnicott & Pearce, Fore Street., 1895.
£120.00

"A paper read before a meeting in London of the Associated Booksellers of Great Britain and Ireland, April 1895." 28pp., 8vo, stiff paper covers, covers, inside cover and ep foxed, contents mainly good but some small closed tears. Front cover inscribed, "Wm. H." (written by Bangs?) and with the stamp of former owner, Chairman of Heinemanns, C.A. Bang. This copy also contains Bangs' card, and, inside front cover, autograph notes by Bangs, and signed by him, as follows: Wm H born 18th May 1863. | started publishing Jan 1890.| wrote this paper 32 years of age | died 5th Oct.

[Edward Scriven, engraver.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edwd Scriven') to the bookseller Joseph Harding regarding the retouching of his 'plate of Norfolk'.

Author: 
Edward Scriven (1775-1841), engraver [Joseph Harding, bookseller, chief assistant to James Lackington (1777-1844) of Finsbury Square]
Publication details: 
51 Clarendon Square, Somers Town [London]. 29 October 1819.
£165.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Scriven begins: 'I am afraid you will have thought I had forgotten to send the plate of Norfolk: the truth is, I decided on doing a few touches to that hand noticed by you & Mr Lackington; and although it was but a very little, I did not like to trust its going without first seeing a proof, as we can never be quite sure, on at all touching the copper, how it may come afterwards.' He ends by sending his 'best respects to Mr Lackington and the rest of your Gentlemen'.

[Edwin Sandys, 2nd Baron Sandys.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ed: Sandys'), to an unnamed bookseller, asking a number of questions on published accounts of voyages to the Amazon.

Author: 
Edwin Sandys, 2nd Baron Sandys (1726-1797), successively Member of Parliament for Droitwich, Bossiney and Westminster
Publication details: 
Ombersley [Worcestershire]. 14 September 1758.
£120.00

2pp., small 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight loss to one edge. He begins: 'Sr! | I wrote to you a Post or two ago to desire you to send me Voyage de M. Condamine sur la Riviere des Amazons impr. a Paris en 1745. If you have it not in your Shop Pray enquire for it, & send it to me at Ombersley near Worcester: and I wish you would inform me if M. Condamine or any of his company that went with him to Peru, have publish'd any other account of any part of their Expedition? I have read Don Ant.

[Abel Heywood & Son Ltd., Manchester booksellers.] Large printed order sheet for the supply of newspapers and periodicals to distributors.

Author: 
Abel Heywood & Son Ltd., Manchester booksellers [newspaper distribution; twentieth-century book trade]
Publication details: 
[Abel Heywood & Son Ltd., Manchester.] 'WEEK - OCT. 31st to NOV. 5th, 1966'.
£125.00

2pp., on a folio sheet (63 x 36cm). In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. Not filled in. Stamped '577' in red. One side listing the newspapers available from the Monday to the Friday of the week, and the other giving those on the Saturday, 'Odd Papers', 'BRANCHES' and 'TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SUPPLIES'. A range of periodicals is listed, including local and national newspapers, 'Continental Publications', comics ('Sparky', 'Wham' and 'Smash'), specialist ('Architect and Building News') and hobby ('Philatelic Mag.') magazines, 'Bolton Journal Series'

[William Upcott, antiquary and autograph collector.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Upcott') to the music publisher and collector of Napoleana John Davis Sainsbury, requesting the loan of plates to be engraved by Charles John Smith for Henry Colburn.

Author: 
William Upcott (1779-1845), antiquary and autograph collector [John Davis Sainsbury (b.c.1793), music publisher and Napoleonic collector; Charles John Smith, engraver; Henry Colborn, publisher]
Publication details: 
102 Upper Street, Islington. 18 February 1836.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'J. Sainsbury Esq'. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | My friend, Mr Charles Smith, is engaged by Mr. Colborn to engrave the portraits of Sir Hudson Lowe, Madame Bertrand and M.

[Henry G. Bohn, bookseller and publisher.] Printed 'Catalogue of a Collection of Works on the Fine Arts, comprising Books of Prints, Picture Galleries, Treatises on Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, Lives of Artists, &c.'

Author: 
Henry G. Bohn [Henry George Bohn] (1796-1884), British bookseller and publisher [Christie's, London auctioneers]
Publication details: 
Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, At their Great Rooms, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London. [Printed by W. Clowes and Sons, Limited, Stamford Street and Charing Cross.] Sold on 30 March 1885 and following day.
£120.00

30pp., 8vo. Stitched and unbound. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper, with a few closed tears. Full title: 'Catalogue of a Collection of Works on the Fine Arts, comprising Books of Prints, Picture Galleries, Treatises on Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, Lives of Artists, &c. Forming a Portion of the Library of that well-known Amateur Henry G. Bohn, Esq., Deceased, Late of North End House, Twickenham'. 395 lots. A few items priced in pencil, some with name of purchaser.

[Sheila Kaye-Smith, novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Cazenove' of the publishers George Bell & Sons, regarding the publication of her first novel 'The Tramping Methodist', requesting corrections to the proofs and suggesting the title.

Author: 
Sheila Kaye-Smith [married name Emily Sheila Fry] (1887-1956), English novelist [George Bell & Sons, London publishers]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 9 Dane Road, St Leonards on Sea. 20 May [1908].
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed at head of first page. She begins by explaining that at her 'interview with Mr. Bell on the 8th. he suggested an alteration in an important sentence, giving me the alternative of taking the MS. home with me or of correcting the sentence in the proofs. At the time I thought the latter course would be the best, but it occurs to me that it would save expence if the correction was made now.' She asks Cazenove to 'ask Mr. O'Connor if he would kindly alter the words in accordance with the enclosed [not present]'.

[E. Temple Thurston, Anglo-Irish author.] Autograph Letter Signed to his (American?) publisher 'Jewett', discussing his literary affairs and his plans for future writing.

Author: 
E. Temple Thurston [Ernest Temple Thurston] (1879-1933), Anglo-Irish author
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Gellibrands, Horn Hill, Chalfont St. Peter. 7 November 1914.
£90.00

4pp., 16mo. On bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper. He begins: 'No - I am not going to write the sequel to The City [his 1909 book 'The City of Beautiful Nonsense'] - but I am now hard at work on a book that is going to give me more pleasure to do than anything I have done yet. It is all laid in Ireland - which I have not written of for some years - & I believe will be as interesting to read as it is engrossing to me to write.' He asks him to 'go & see my play "Driven" when Johnson does it - some time this month in New York - & let me know - in

[P. S. King, London Parliamentary Bookseller.] 36 items from his papers, including correspondence from individuals including the Bishop of Chichester, Sir Charles Bowyer Adderley, Sir Edward Cholmley Dering, William Knight and other public figures.

Author: 
P. S. King [Philip Stephen King] (1819-1908), London Parliamentary Bookseller of 12 Bridge St, Westminster and other addresses[William Knight, Sir Charles Bowyer Adderley; Sir Edward Cholmley Dering]
Publication details: 
Mainly from London and Westminster. Dating from between 1855 and 1907.
£450.00

The notable London firm of P. S. King & Son, 'Publishers, Parliamentary and General Booksellers, Bookbinders and Printers', was in existence for more than a hundred years, having been established, according to its own account, in Parliament Street in 1819, and still active until 1941, when it became P. S. King and Staples, under which name it traded for around six years. (An advertisement for the Staples Press Limited in The Times, 14 February 1946, lists, among incorporated companies: 'P. S.

[Chatto & Windus, London publishers.] Manuscript letter, signed on behalf of 'Chatto & Windus', to fellow London bookseller Philip Stephen King, declining the offer of a translation of Portuguese novelist Alexandre Herculano's 'O Monge de Cister'.

Author: 
Chatto & Windus [P. S. King [Philip Stephen King] (1819-1908), London Parliamentary Bookseller of 12 Bridge St, Westminster and other addresses; Alexandre Herculano (1810-1877), Portuguese writer]
Publication details: 
On the firm's letterhead at the 'Office of Belgravia of the Gentleman's Magazine & of "Academy Notes", 74 & 75 Piccadilly, London. 4 January 1878.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Tasteful letterhead including the firm's device within an oval, printed in sepia. In good condition: on aged and lightly-worn paper. King was the leading London parliamentary bookseller, and it is interesting to see him apparently offering a work of his own to other publishers. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | We beg to acknowledge with thanks your offer of a translation of Herculano's "O Monge de Cister," which we much regret our inability to accept - our hands being very full just now, & all our arrangements for some time to come made.

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