BRITISH

[ William Pett Ridge, novelist and humorist. ] Autograph Card Signed ('W. Pett Ridge'), apologising for being unable to attend a meeting.

Author: 
W. Pett Ridge [ William Pett Ridge ] (1859-1930), English novelist and humorous journalist with the St James Gazette
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Garrick Club, London. 'Wednesday' [no date].
£25.00

On both sides of a card. In good condition, with light aging. He hopes she will have 'a very succcessful meeting', but cannot give 'a promise to attend', as other matters are 'engaging, just now, all the attention I have to spare'.

[ Sir Philip Grey Egerton, soldier. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Philip') to 'Colonel Barker', inviting him to 'a table at the Sudan dinner' he is trying to organise.

Author: 
Sir Philip Grey Egerton [ Sir Philip Reginald le Belward Grey Egerton, 14th Baronet ] (1885-1962), British Army officer
Publication details: 
On his letterheada, Oulton Park, Tarporley. 21 June 1949.
£25.00

Stamped and postmarked, and addressed to 'Colonel Barker | Bourchins Lodge | Tolleshunt D'Arcy | Essex'. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'I am trying to get some of the old firm together for a table at the Sudan dinner. I have got Kennedy Cook & wife, Griselda Maurice & myself. Would you & your wife join us | Yrs ever | Philip'. Egerton was with the Sudan Civil Service; and with the 3rd battalion of Shropshire Light Infantry won a 4th clasp of the Order of the Nile.

[ Geraldine Knight, sculptor. ] 15 black and white photographs by Gilbert Adams of Knight at work on a sculpture for the new Whitbread brewery at Magor at Newport. With accompanying autograph text by Rosalind Thuillier.

Author: 
Geraldine Knight (1933-2008), English sculptor, wife of the artist Mark Churchill (1935-2011) [ Gilbert Adams (1906-1996), photographer; Rosalind Thuillier (1939-2015), critic; Magor Brewery, Wales ]
Publication details: 
Each photograph with stamp on reverse of Gilbert Adams, East Stowell, Marlborough, Wiltshire. Thuillier's text on her Wiltshire letterhead. Undated, but circa 1979.
£220.00

All items in good condition. The photographs range in size from 21.5 x 14.5 cm. to 18.5 x 16.5 cm., and show Knight at work on the sculpture, with her husband Mark Churchill present in one. Thuillier's text (1p., 12mo) reads: 'Geraldine Knight seen with her giant 10 ft. fibreglass and resin (GRP) Hinds Head which has been commissioned by Whitbreads for their new Brewery at Magor near Newport. The work has taken her a year to complete. She lives and works in a converted Bakery at Woodborough in Wiltshire where she has 4 large studios.

[ Rosamond Lehmann, novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R.') to 'Dearest Geoffrey', regarding an unnamed woman's conviction that he is 'Pourponne'.

Author: 
Rosamond Lehmann (1901-1990), British novelist, associated with the Bloomsbury Group
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 70 Eaton Square, London SW1. 17 March 1972.
£56.00

2pp., 8vo. On aged and worn paper. The letter begins: 'Dearest Geoffrey | She is quite convinced you were Pourponne! - says it was given to her before she saw your photographs - (about which she says some very gratifying things!) How does this strike you?!' The woman is 'hunting for a confirmatory portrait'. While Lehmann herself has 'only the haziest impression of Pourponne', she does know that 'they were mutually devoted' She exclaims: 'Oh do hurry up & start this book!

[ Lord Odo Russell. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('ODO Russell') to Rev. Frederic Cox, regarding arrangements to meet to 'talk over matters in connexion with my marriage on the 5th. of May'.

Author: 
Lord Odo Russell [ Odo William Leopold Russell, 1st Baron Ampthill ] (1829-1884), British diplomat, first British Ambassador to the German Empire [ Rev. Frederick Cox (1821-1906), Dean of Hobart ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 2 Audley Square, May Fair, W. [ London ] 'Wednesday' [ 1868 ].
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with glue stains and slight damage to second leaf from mounting. At the time of writing Cox was curate at Wantage. Russell begins the letter by stating that he will be visiting his mother and will not 'return to Watford before Friday night. - On Saturday morning I hope I may have the good fortune of finding you at home to talk over matters in connexion with my marriage on the 5th. of May.' (to Lady Emily Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon). He thanks him for taking his room at the Clarendon Hotel, before concluding.

[ Major-General Sir Cecil Lowther of the Scots Guards. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. C. Lowther | Brig. Genl.') asking for Captain Barron's credentials.

Author: 
Major-General Sir Cecil Lowther [ Henry Cecil Lowther; H. C. Lowther ] (1869-1940) of the Scots Guards
Publication details: 
On letterhead of G.H.Q., Home Forces, Horse Guards, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ]. 24 October 1916.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. One can hear the clipped tones of the military man: 'Dear Capt. Barron, | Gen. Gosling spoke & wrote to me about you. | What is your present state, duty, light duty, leave, or what? | Please let me know & tell me when you get orders to join a reserve unit, & which. | Yours very truly | H. C. Lowther | Brig. Genl.' Lowther's entry in Who Was Who reads: 'Entered Scots Guards, 1888; Capt.

[ Harriet Willoughby, daughter of Whig politician Charles James Fox. ] Autograph Signature ('H Willougby') on part of letter.

Author: 
Harriet Willoughby (1786-1856), illegitimate daughter of Whig politician Charles James Fox
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£100.00

On 8 x 18 cm piece of paper cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'And now my dear Mary Anne adieu With kind Regards to Mr T & love to yourself I remain ever | Your's sincerely & affectionately | H Willoughby | I shall leave directions With Mr Hyman to forward the Papers during my absence'.

[ Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. ] Autograph Signature ('Leopold').

Author: 
Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-1884), eighth child and youngest son of Queen Victoria
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£20.00

On 6 x 12 cm. piece of paper cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, laid down on leaf removed from an album, and carrying traces of glue from the mounting. Good firm signature, with distinctive 'overlining' with horizontal stroke. Reads 'shd. be very grateful. | Yrs very truly | Leopld'.

[ Paul Sandby, artist and engraver. ] Pencil notes by 'Paul Sandby Esqr.', over 'Monthly Return of the Classes under the First drawing Master at the Royal Military Academy'. With portrait of Sandby, engraved by H. Landseer from a drawing by W. Evans

Author: 
Paul Sandby (c.1731-1809), English artist and engraver, Chief Drawing Master at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich [ H. Landseer; W. Evans ]
Publication details: 
Engraving 'Published Dec. 4 1809 by T. Cadell & W. Davies, Strand, London'.
£135.00

MANUSCRIPT: 1p., folio. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. On good watermarked laid paper, with pencil text written over an elegantly printed page divided into five columns ('Class', 'Studies', 'Order', 'Names', 'Remarks'), headed (with manuscript additions in square brackets): 'Monthly Return of the Classes under the First drawing Master at the Royal Military Academy. [March] 1st. 17[39 Paul Sandby Esqr.]'. The manuscript text is written both across the page and lengthwise. At the foot is a stave of music, with the words 'Violoncelloe [sic] de la music militaire'.

[ Dinah Maria Craik ('Miss Mulock', 'Mrs Craik'), English novelist and poet. ] Autograph Note Signed ('D. M. C.') to 'A. E. W.', regarding 'a list of autographs'.

Author: 
Dinah Maria Craik [ born Dinah Maria Mulock; 'Miss Mulock'; 'Mrs Craik' ] (1826-1887), English novelist and poet
Publication details: 
Without date or place. On envelope with printed address 'Far Country | Kitchens Lane | Mt. Airy, Penna.'
£40.00

Written lengthwise on front of a 9 x 15.5 cm. envelope. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'A. E. W. | I had a list of the autographs in thy literary collection but unfortunately have mislaid it. If there is a duplicate it wont make any difference because this is an uncessary little note of | D. M. C.' The page also carries annotations in another hand in light pencil.

[ Philip West, English Surrealist. ] Collection of material, including original drawings, writings and translations, with photographs and slides of his work.

Author: 
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain, a disciple of René Magritte
Publication details: 
From Spain and Venezuela. Between 1969 and 1982.
£400.00

According to Benezit, West 'saw his representational painting as relating to that of Magritte, a sort of poetic communication beyond words, using association and analogy'. The present collection, from the artist's own archives, shows his distinctive style, with its mixture of eroticism, natural history, archaeology, everyday objects, and primal myth. The collection is in good condition, with light aging and wear. ONE: 20 original drawings in black ink, each on a separate piece of paper or card, ranging in size from 30 x 21 cm to 7.5 x 13 cm.

[ Printed catalogue; Zoffany ] Loan Exhibition of 18th Century English Conversation Pieces.

Author: 
Philip Sassoon [ Sir Philip Sassoon (1888-1939), politician, art collector and social host ]
Publication details: 
[ 25 Park Lane, London. ] March 1930. [ At foot of back cover: 'M. W. D. N.' ]
£120.00

36pp., 4to. Stapled pamphlet. Aged and worn. Pencil annotations throughout. Four-page 'Foreword' by 'Philip Sassoon', followed by four-page 'Short Biography of Painters and Index Numbers'. The twenty-three page catalogue (with marginal pencil annotations) features 152 items, and is followed by a three-page 'Index to Exhibitors'. Loosely inserted is a duplicated typescript (1p., 12mo), giving the address, opening times, and prices. John Zoffany is well represented.

[ Sir Henry Ellis, Principal Librarian of the British Museum. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Ellis') to Edward Magrath, thanking him for his good offices.

Author: 
Sir Henry Ellis (1777-1869), Principal Librarian of the British Museum [ Edward Magrath, founder member and secretary of the Athenaeum club, London ]
Publication details: 
No place. [ 3 December 1834. ]
£38.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for 'the promptness with which you placed my request on behalf of Mr. Tennent before the Library Committee'. Tennent will himself thank Magrath 'for the obliging offer of the use of your private Room'. In another hand at bottom right: 'Librarian British Museum'.

[ John Young, mezzotint engraver and keeper of the British Institution. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jno Young.') to Charles Westmacott, explaining why his 'picture of Cromwell' cannot be accepted for the present exhibition.

Author: 
John Young (1755-1825), mezzotint engraver and Keeper of the British Institution, London [ Charles Molloy Westmacott (c.1787-1868), journalist and blackmailer? ]
Publication details: 
British Institution, Pall Mall [ London ]. 12 May 1824.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on aged paper. He is desired to thank Westmacott 'for the offer of your picture of Cromwell for exhibition, and at the same time to inform you, that the arrangements, for the present season, are already completed'. He ends with the tact for which he was renowned, expressing the hope that he will have 'the pleasure of seeing you at the private [last word underlined] view on tuesday next'. The recipient is presumably C. M.

[ Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Liberal politician. ] Commencement of Autograph Letter to Lady Monteagle, expressing his distress and that of his wife [ over a death in her family ].

Author: 
[ Sir George Cornewall Lewis (1806-1863), Liberal politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer. ] [ Marianne, Lady Monteagle, wife of Thomas Spring Rice (1790-1866), 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon ]
Publication details: 
Grove Mill, Watford, Hertfordshire. No date.
£60.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Ends abruptly at the end of the fourth page, and without signature. For the period an unusually frank expression of distress, apparently over the death of his wife's elder daughter He thanks her for calling on him with books - 'when you so kindly came to that House though I had intended so very much to see you I felt all my courage fail - & that I s[houl]d. only distress you & do myself harm if I saw you'.

[ Professor William Thomas Gordon of Kings College London, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. T. Gordon') to 'Mr. Joy', expressing condolences on the loss of a daughter, and grief at the recent death of an uncle.

Author: 
W. T. Gordon [ William Thomas Gordon ] (1884-1950), Scottish geologist, Professor of Geology at Kings College London
Publication details: 
On leterhead of the University of London, Kings College. 5 May 1930.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. 29 lines of closely-written text. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'Such a calamity must be a terrible blow for you all but more especially to Mrs. Joy and yourself. To lose a daugher just blossoming out into womanhood is tragic indeed, the more so, if that were possible, in that she was such a bright girl.' He continues 'By the same post I have word that one of my uncles has just died, and that another has been given up by the doctors. They have both lived full lives, and, in their way, interesting lives, so that, there, one can hardly talk of a tragic end.

[ Rosalind Thuillier, sketches from Graham Sutherland. ] Sketchbook containing captioned ink sketches of 'GS paintings from museums & galleries 2008', for 'possible use in 2nd edition of Inspirations by Rosalind Thuillier'.

Author: 
Rosalind Thuillier [ Rosalind Adams ] (1939-2015), art critic and artist, authority on her friend Graham Sutherland (1903-1980)
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 2007 and 2008.
£400.00

16pp. of sketches in 15 x 13 cm. artist's sketchbook. In good condition, in boards covered with decorative paper. On page preceding the sketches: 'Sketch Book 2007', with the following added subsequently: 'GS paintings from museums & galleries 2008 | possible use in 2nd edition of Inspirations by Rosalind Thuillier'. The sketches, all in black ink, are pared-down and assured (as befits the abstract painter that Thuillier was). The first two captions are 'portrait from Goldmark | 1924' and 'Little painting - 1924 (6?). Fine Art Society.

[ Lord Amherst, Governor General of Canada. ] Autograph Signanture ('Amherst.').

Author: 
Lord Amherst [ Field Marshal Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst ] (1717-1797), British army officer, conquerer of New France, Governor of Virginia, and Governor General of Canada
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£28.00

On one side of an 8 x 16.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Cut from the end of a document, and reading: 'I have the honour to be | My Lord, | Your Lordship's | most obedient and | most humble servant | Amherst.' On reverse in another hand 'The first & great Lord Amherst'. Amherst is notorious for his use of biological warfare against Native American tribes in Canada in 1763.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] The Winning Plans of the European Peace Awards | Offered in the British Empire, France, Italy, and Germany for "The best practical proposals for restoring peace and prosperity in each of those countries [...].

Author: 
Edward A. Filene, foreword; Alice La Mazière, introductory note [ European Peace Awards; British Peace Award; Albert Mansbridge ]
Publication details: 
The European Peace Awards. 'Rouffe, Imp., Paris'. [ 1924. ] 'Additional copies of this pamphlet can be obtained for 1 sh. per copy, post free, on application to: Dr. Albert Mansbridge c/o British Peace Award, 13 John Street, Adelphi, London W.C.2.'
£80.00

Full title: 'The Winning Plans of the European Peace Awards | Offered in the British Empire, France, Italy, and Germany for "The best practical proposals for restoring peace and prosperity in each of those countries through international co-operation"'. 180pp. Dimensions of pamphlet 19.5 x 9 cm. Three copies on COPAC: at Birmingham, the British Library, and Senate House. Nicely printed by Rouffe of Paris, with separate sections on the British, French, German and Italian Peace Awards, with an 'Annex' on the American Peace Award.

[ Printed First World War pamphlet. ] An Infantryman on Strikes. An Appeal to the Workers of Great Britain | By H. V. Holmes | Sergeant, London Scottish.

Author: 
'Infantryman', Sergeant H. V. Holmes, London Scottish
Publication details: 
'2 - 18 [ i.e. February 1918 ] W. & S. Ltd.'
£30.00

20pp. on shiny art paper. Dimensions of pamphlet 11 x 12 cm. Stapled into grey printed wraps. Holmes is named as the author in the title on the front cover, while the text ends on p.20 with the attribution to '"INFANTRYMAN."' In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. The author's case is summed up towards the conclusion: 'Can you see him, Striker, striving, fighting, dying, at a shilling a day, that you may live in comfort at home? Can you see his parents, his wife, his children, his sweetheart, praying daily for his safety, hoping blindly for his return?

[ Printed First World War pamphlet. ] Industrial Problems After the War. Speech delivered by The Right Hon. G. H. Roberts, M.P., Minister of Labour.

Author: 
'The Right Hon. G. H. Roberts, M.P., Minister of Labour' [ George Henry Roberts (1868-1928); The Industrial Reconstruction Council, Manchester ]
Publication details: 
'At a Public Meeting, Convened by the Industrial Reconstruction Council, at Manchester, on March 13th, 1918.'
£30.00

8pp., 8vo. Stapled. In fair condition, on aged and worn newspaper stock. Portrait of Roberts on front cover. Headings: 'Demobilisation', 'The State and Industrial Councils', 'The Outlook for British Trade after the War', 'The Need for Better Organisation', 'The Interest of Labour in Industrial Problems', 'Reform, not Revolution', 'The Outlook of Industry and a Living Wage', 'Industry and the Common Ground', 'A New Spirit of Industry'. No copy in the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at the Imperial War Museum and Leeds.

[ Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Boyd, Governor of Gibraltar. ] Autograph Signature ('Robt Boyd, Govr.).

Author: 
Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Boyd (1710-1794), British Army officer, three-times Governor of Gibraltar (1776-1777, 1790 and 1790-1794)
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£35.00

On 3 x 9.5 cm strip of laid paper. In fair condition, with light signs of age. In another hand on the reverse: '1791 | Governor of Gibraltar'. Presumably cut from a letter in response to a request for an autograph.

[ Barrie Pitt, military historian. ] Typed account, titled 'Monty', of meetings with Field Marshal Montgomery of Alamein, first in Egypt in 1942, and then 'some time in the 1970s'.

Author: 
Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), British military historian [ Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887-1976); Basil Liddell-Hart; the Savage Club, London ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1980s? ].
£180.00

4pp., 8vo. In good condition, with light signs of age. A lively and vivid account, as the opening indicates: '"Ah!

[ Edwardian shooting journal by British Army officer in Balistan, India (now Pakistan). ] Autograph 'Shooting Journal' by Lt Walter Edwin Beazley of the 54th Sikhs (Frontier Force), containing accounts and lists of kit, clothes, crockery, stores.

Author: 
Lt-Col. Walter Edwin Beazley (1886-1969), MC [ 54th Sikhs, Frontier Force ]
Publication details: 
Balistan, India (now Pakistan). Dating from between 5 April and 2 May 1908.
£400.00

A recipient of the Military Cross, Beazley was educated at Rugby and Sandhurst.

[ Thomas Colley Grattan, Irish writer and British consul at Boston. ] Autograph Signature ('T. C. Grattan') cut from letter.

Author: 
Thomas Grattan [ Thomas Colley Grattan; T. C. Grattan ] (1792-1864), Irish writer and British Consul at Boston
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£28.00

On 1 x 5.5 cm slip of paper cut from letter. In fair condition, aged, and with slight discoloration at one end. The signature is present in full, but the underlining flourish hs been truncated.

[ Sir Edwin Landseer, painter and sculptor. ] Autograph Signature ('E Landseer.').

Author: 
Sir Edwin Landseer [ Sir Edwin Henry Landseer ] (1802-1873), English artist and sculptor, best known for his works depicting animals
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£20.00

Good, bold underlined signature in brown ink on 4 x 6 cm piece of paper. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Laid down on piece of thick paper, on the reverse of which are traces of grey paper mount. Presumably cut from a letter.

[ Frank Pettingell, English film actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frank Pettingell') to 'Mr Capur', witha movie still of Pettingell in the Gainsborough Production 'Take My Tip' .

Author: 
Frank Pettingell [ Frank Edmund George Pettingell ] (1891-1966), English film actor [ Gainsborough Productions ]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Highfield Lodge, Wise Lane, Mill Hill, N.W.7. [ London ] 26 August 1945. Movie still: Renown Pictures Corporation Limited, Gainsborough Production [ 1937 ].
£80.00

ONE: Letter. 2pp., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. He apologises for the delay in returning 'Purple Dust', explaining that he has only recently learnt 'definitely that the film will claim me until the end of October'. He asks Capur or his secretary 'to call in any time at the Theatrical bookshop in your court - I cannot remember the name of the shop - nor its proprietor except that his first name is Barry. [ i.e.

[ Langford Reed, film writer and director. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Langford Reed') to theatrical bookseller Barry Duncan, regarding the sale of 'Spy' cartoons and old plays.

Author: 
Langford Reed [ Herbert Langford Reed ] (1889-1954), writer and film writer and director, best known for his work on Charlie Chaplin's 'Chase Me Charlie' (1918)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 59 Carlton Hill, St John's Wood, NW8 [ London ]. 7 January 1946.
£50.00

1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper. In response to Duncan's advertisement in 'The Stage', he asks whether he would be 'interested in the famous cartoons, in colour, which, with the signature of "Spy," used to appear in "Vanity Fair."? I have about seventy in good condition, all published between 1860 and 1885'. He also offers 'several volumes of old plays - some of them over 140 years old, and asks whether Duncan 'might care to drop in and have a look at these "treasures. | But, give me a tinkle on the 'phone first as I am rather a busy Man.'

[ Philip Ridgeway, theatrical producer. ] Typed synopsis of unpublished autobiography, with autograph emendations, discussing his dramatisations of Thomas Hardy, London Chekhov productions (with Komisarjevsky); touring revues; BBC and war work.

Author: 
PhIlip Ridgeway (1891-1954), theatrical producer, broadcaster, radio entertainment producer [ Theodore Komisarjevsky; Thomas Hardy; Charles Laughton ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. Written after the Second World War.
£320.00

6pp (the first three in folio, the last three in 4to), with an additional slip of paper from a seventh page. Each page on a separate leaf, all of them stapled together. In fair condition, aged and with slight ruckling and damp spotting to first leaf. Minor autograph emendations and additions throughout. It is puzzling that more information is not available concerning Ridgeway's eventful career, for which see his obituary in The Times, 28 October 1954. The present document is unsigned and untitled, and is clearly a draft synopsis of a proposal for an autobiography.

[ 'Brock', 'equilibrist', juggler and sword swallower ('Juggling Swords . Balancing & Spinning Knives . Illuminated Clubs).. ] Four publicity photographs, two inscribed to Mr and Mrs James, with Typed Letter Signed to them, and publicity pamphlet.

Author: 
'Brock', Derbyshire 'equilibrist', juggler and sword swallower
Publication details: 
Letter on his letterhead, Shaws Yard, Kilburn, Derbyshire. 9 March 1969.
£90.00

The six items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The four photographs are all in black and white, and all around 12.5 x 9 cm. They show Brock swallowing and spinning swords, and balancing a microphone stand on his chin. The letter is dated 9 March 1969, and on his red and black letterhead ('New! Novel! Sensational! | Juggling Swords Balancing & Spinning Knives Illuminated Clubs'). It concerns the purchase of 'some old pro Photoes [sic] in JIMMY LYNTONS fit up article'. The pamphlet is a thin 12mo bifolium, with a drawing of Brock doing his act.

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