[Joseph Fesch, Prince of France, French cardinal, diplomat, art collector, and uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte.] Autograph Letter in the third person, welcoming 'Monsieur Payne', i.e. bookseller John Payne of Payne and Foss, and his wife, back to Rome.

Joseph Fesch, Prince of France (1763-1839), French cardinal, diplomat and art collector, uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte [John Payne, bookseller of London firm Payne and Foss; his wife, born Sarah Burney]
Publication details: 
[Rome.] 7 August 1833.

1p, 12mo. On bifolium, addressed on the reverse of the second leaf, with the cardinal's seal in red wax to one corner, 'A Monsieur Payne'. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering to inner edge. Folded twice. In a close, neat hand, the letter reads: 'Le Cardinal Fesch fait ces compliments à Monsieur et à Madame Payne et les Félicites de leurs heureux Retour a Rome. | Le Cardinal est tourjours visible vers midi mais il tachera de visiter les aimables voyageurs, à leurs auberge avant leur depart.

[ Dr. Burney's Royal Academy at Gosport. ] Autograph Letter Signed by an eleven-year-old 'George T Medd', regarding arrangements for the 'Vacation'.

George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ Dr. Burney's Academy, founded 1791; Gosport Royal Academy; Royal Navy; Rev. Edward Burney (c.1817-1888) ]
Publication details: 
'Royal Academy | Gosport June 1st. 1848'.

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. The text of the letter is on both sides of the first leaf; the second leaf, around half of which has been torn away, carries four postmarks, and the remains of Medd's autograph address to his father John Medd, Stockport, Cheshire. The letter reads: 'My dear Papa | I am happy to inform you that our Vacation will commence the 15th Instant when I trust that Dr. Burney and the Revd. E. Burney will be enabled to give you a satisfactory report of my conduct and improverment during the half term.

[ Lord Eldon; a lunatic ] Autograph Signature ('Eldon') to Chancery document re. 'the Matter of Bulkeley Gould a Lunatic' and his sister Fanny Whalley, regarding the question of the administration of his estate in Bovingdon, Herts, and elsewhere.

Lord Eldon [ John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon ] (1751-1838), Lord Chancellor [ Bulkeley Gould (1753-1827); Fanny Whalley (c.1752-1832); James Boswell; Mrs Piozzi; Fanny Burney; Bovingdon, Herts ]
Publication details: 
[ London, High Court of Chancery. ] 19 June 1826.

4pp., folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Small slip of paper, with note in Victorian hand, attached to head of first leaf. The subject of the document, Bulkeley Gould, had in the 1770s left the Army for a career in the East India Company, being declared insane in 1788. His sister Frances 'Fanny' Gould - in later years a woman of fashion - married first Lieut.-Gen. Charles Horneck (1759-1804) and then Rev. Thomas Sedgewick Whalley (1746-1828). Boswell was a friend of their father Lieut. Col.

[ Brandenbourg House Masquerade, 1794. ] Engraved ticket of admission, with illustration by Bartolozzi from E. F. Burney and crested seal in red wax.

Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), Italian engraver; Edward Francisco Burney, artist [ Brandenburg House, Fulham; Christian Frederick Charles Alexander (1736-1806), Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach ]
Publication details: 
Brandenburg [Brandenbourg] House, Fulham. [1794 or 1800?].

A scarce and unusual item. On one side of a piece of 11 x 15 cm paper. Laid down on 13 x 17 cm paper backing. Aged and creased, with three evenly-spaced vertical folds. The illustration, at the centre of the ticket, is captioned 'MISCUIT UTILE DULCI', and depicts two naked cherubs, one with a Mercury helmet, playing with books and lyre. Beneath, in small letters, 'E. F. Burney del.' and 'F. Bartolozzi sculps.' To the right of the engraving is a crested seal in red wax. Above the engraving: 'BRANDENBOURG HOUSE MASQUERADE | Monday the 24th. of February at Eleven o'Clock'.

[Samuel Prout, watercolour artist.] Fragment of Autograph Letter, with references to 'Dr. Tournay' and 'my friend 'Dr Burney', and to the house of the recipient being 'the rendezvous of all the learned & the rich in Oxford'.

Samuel Prout (1783-1852), English artist noted for his architectural watercolours [William Tournay (1762-1833), Warden of Wadham College, Oxford; Charles Parr Burney (1785-1864)]
Publication details: 
4 Brixton Place, Brixton, Surrey. 12 January 1833.

On both sides of a rectangular (5.5 x 16.5 cm) strip cut from letter. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Recto: '4 Brixton place | Brixton Surry [sic] | Janry: 12th. 1833 | Sir | M Mackenzie has conveyed to me y polite offier of allowing a few prospectus of my [...]'. Verso: 'to Dr. Tournay by my friend Dr Burney, but as your house is the rendezvous of all the learned & the rich in Oxford, perhaps it is unnecessary for me to solicit the onor of Dr Tournay's influence. | I remain, | [...]'.

[Printed Prospectus] The Diary and Letters of Madame d'Arblay ... Edited by her Niece.

[Fanny Burney; Madame D'Arblay]
Publication details: 
Henry Colburn, [London, 1842]

Four pages, 8vo, stabholes, edges grubby, mainly good. It advertises the contents of the first three volumes, Royal and Noble personages who appear, literary characters,followed by "Opinions of the Press" forming the main bulk of the Prospectus.

Elegant ink drawings of fashionable young ladies, said to be unused illustrations by Edward Burney for his cousin Fanny Burney's 'Evelina'.

Edward Burney (1760-1848), English artist, and cousin to the novelist Fanny Burney (1752-1840)
Edward Burney (1760-1848), English artist
Publication details: 
The first page of three drawings, young women posed separately,is dated in a contemporary hand '1815-16' and the other page, with four interacting figures is dated '1816-17'.
Edward Burney (1760-1848), English artist

In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Dimensions are approximate. The three illustrations (1815-6), each 8.5 x 4 cm, form three panels on a 10 x 13.5 cm piece of paper.

List of the members of the club of "Nobody's Friends".

The club of 'Nobody's Friends' [VICTORIAN CLUBS AND SOCIETIES]
Publication details: 
[s. l. et a.] 'As existing on 1st January, 1878.'

See 'The club of 'Nobody's Friends' 1800-2000: a memoir on its two-hundredth anniversary' by Geoffrey Rowell (2000). Four-page bifolium. Good, on grubby, discoloured paper, with some creasing and wear at foot. Gives details of the election between 1820 and 1877 of fifty-nine Actual Members, and of eighteen Honorary Members. Includes the Rev. Charles Burney, the artist George Richmond and the publisher John Murray.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Wilson'.

George Ernest Manwaring
Publication details: 
18 November 1931; London Library, St. James's Square, S.W.1.

1 page, 8vo. Grubby but in good condition. 'In case you have not already seen it, I beg to enclose you a leaflet relating to my new book. | I shall be grateful for any help that you can give it.' Signed 'G. E. Manwaring'. The book was 'My Friend the Admiral. The life, letters, and journals of Rear-Admiral James Burney' (Routledge, 1931).

Syndicate content