Conveyance of Lands at Stapleton in the County of Leicester, Joseph Knight and John Edwards (the other signatories) to Baroness Noel Byron, widow of the poet, and others (family). A vellum deed, 26" x 20", folded, 2 leaves, with a PL:AN including the land (coloured) involved in the agreement, c. 12 x 12", adjacent to Wigstones Farm Stapleton and Kirkby Lordship.. Good condition although front panel of folded item is stained without loss or obscuring.
Rev. George Croly [ (1780-1860), Irish poet; Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London booksellers ]
Two volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1830. [ Printed in London by G. Woodfall, Angel Court, Skinner Street. ]
Two 8vo volumes: xviii + 352; iv + xvi + 341 +  + . Twenty engravings on classical themes in the first volume, accompanying a set of poems titled 'Gems from the Antique'. A good tight set on lightly-aged paper, the first volume unopened. In blind-tooled red cloth binding, lightly-worn and somewhat grubby, but with gilt title on spine bright. Initial 'Advertisement' reads: 'The Poems in these volumes were written chiefly in the period between 1816 and 1823.
1814. London: Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars, for John Murray, Albemarle-street.
1st edition, 2nd issue. 8vo. In original plain grey wraps. Fly leaf and half-title. Pages: xi + 100 + 4 pages of publisher's advertisements (dated February 1814). Without the words 'THE END' or the publisher's imprint on the last page. In poor condition: grubby, frayed and stained, and with loss to one corner each of rear wrap and to last leaf of advertisements. Also lacking, as a result of the partial removal of an ownership inscription, a small strip along the top edge of the title-leaf, but with inscription 'Sophia F. Stewart - 1814'.
Lady Anne Blunt [ Anne Isabella Noel Blunt, née King, suo jure Baroness Wentworth ] (1837-1917), traveller and breeder of Arab horses, granddaughter of Lord Byron and wife of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
On letterhead of 10 James Street, Buckingham Gate. 30 June 1881.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Lady Marjoribanks 'is most welcome to see the horses & the Stud Groom at Crabbet has instructions' to show them to her, but Lady Anne and 'Mr. Blunt' cannot be present, as they are 'at present in town'.
James Morier [ James Justinian Morier ] (1780-1849), author of 'The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan' [ Daniel Roberts (1789-1869), Royal Navy officer, member of Pisan Circle of Byron and Shelley ]
No date and place, only 'Thursday', but annotated 'Castellamare | 1830'.
1p., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Anotated in pencil 'From Mr. Morier' and 'Castellamare | 1830'. Addressed to 'Dear Roberts'. Begins: 'If you are a good fellow do come and dine with us today at 3. I know it is short notice, but our table holds only a certain number.' Also asks him to join a party to visit Pompeii the following Friday, which also includes 'Parkes who dines here'.
Admiral George Anson Byron (1789-1868), 7th Baron Byron, cousin of the poet Lord Byron [ George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale ]
7 March 1846.
1p., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor traces of glue from mount on reverse. With a large firm signature, the text reads: 'Admit the Bearer to the Gallery of the House of Lords | Byron. | Monday | March 7th 1846'.
John Banim (1798–1842), Irish novelist, short story writer, dramatist, poet and essayist, sometimes called the "Scott of Ireland."
13 Brompton Grove [London], Friday [no date, 1823?]
Three closely-written pages, 8vo, bifolium, good + condition. I have for more than w eeek kept myself entirely disengaged trusting you would send the first part of 'Mazeppa' [underlined], because [...] I kept no copy, and could not proceed without it [...] whenever you send the batch I shall, within three days, finish it - or if it be better to see you - which at our last interview I did not [conceive?], - I shall do so - since you have given some expectations from the pecuniary results of a [?] Drama I am naturally anxious to exert myself.
Terry Jeeves [ Byron Terry Jeeves; B. T. Jeeves ] (1922-2011), Science-Fiction artist, writer and fanzine editor [ Don Malcolm, Scottish science fiction expert; Glasgow, Scotland; British sci-fi ]
On his illustrated letterhead, 230 Bannerdale Rd, Sheffield. 8 July [no year, but circa 1970 ].
2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. On two leaves stapled together. The letterhead, printed in red, is a cartoon portrait of the artist with palette and brush, pointing to the address on a blackboard. A long chatty letter, listing the titles and prices of an order Malcolm has made, describing his activities at a time when he is 'pushed like mad', arranging an 'interview for ERG', discribing the contents of the four albums of his stamp collecting ('I wouldn't call myself a philatelist . . . .
Roger Senhouse [Roger Henry Pocklington Senhouse] (1899-1970), English publisher, member of Bloomsbury Group [ Elkin Mathews Ltd; Rayner Heppenstall (1911-81); Giles Lytton Strachey; BBC ]
Catalogue: Elkin Mathews Ltd, 33 Conduit St, London W1. January 1930. BBC 'Findings', stamped with date 3 December 1945.
ONE: Elkin Mathews catalogue. xii + 125pp., 8vo. 776 items, with a number of facsimiles. In grey printed wraps. Internally in fair condition, on aged paper, cocked at foot, in heavily-worn wraps with repair to rear cover. Containing numerous annotations in Senhouse's close, neat hand, mostly in pencil, giving bibliographical information relating to various entries, with reference to his own collection. Next to the entry for a first edition of 'English Bards and Scotch Reviewers' Senhouse writes: 'my copy "H S" Sold to Quaritch'.
Howard Frederick, 5th Earl of Carlisle (1748-1825), diplomat.
No place or date, [watermark 1805].
One page, 4to, bifolium, damp-stained, one leaf partly stuck to second blank leaf, text clear and complete. "Under the present state of politics I am not to suspect you have any altered sentiment respecting our sapient Rulers, & that I do any thing injurious to your feelings when I propose to you to continue yr support to yr old friend by renewing your proxy. I should have submitted my name instead of Ld [Sd's?] but I am too uncertain an attender to be intrusted with your vote.
Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), the 'Banker Poet', an associate of the Romantics lampooned by Lord Byron [Anne Caulfeild [Caulfield], Lady Charlemont (1780-1876), celebrated beauty and society figure]
'Sunday' [no date].
3pp., 16mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, with closed tears to both leaves along fold lines, and glue from mount along inner margin of first page. He apologises for having to decline an invitation, having 'just told Lady Grey that I would call upon her to-night'. He would have liked to see her 'to ask your forgiveness for the many blunders I have committed to-day, tho' how to appear before you I really don't know'. He will attempt to 'throw' himself on her 'Good-nature' in a day or two, and concludes: 'I believe the debate in the Lords has confused my understanding'.
"Second Edition", Durham:Printed by Francis Humble and Co. for Hatchard, London; and Andrews, Durham.
The first edition was anonymous. Disbound, pp.[i]-viii.-44, good condition. Inscribed by Byron's friend, Henry Drury on title as follows: "Given me by my friend the author when he dined with me April 1821. | Henry Drury. Harrow".
Disbound pamphlet,[i-ii] title; -35pp.; colophon, foxing. ow good. Eight copies (or so) on WorldCat; BL copy on COPAC. This work was originally in a volume from the Library of Henry Drury, friend of Byron, on the front endpaper of which is inscribed by Drury "coll.perf. | H.Drury. Harrow.| 1823.c.135.3", AND in Drury's hand also, "In this Volume are contained || W. Scott's Halidon Hill. Edinburgh. 1822. | Harroviensis on Lord Byron. London. 1822. | Lord Byron on Bowles. London.1821 | A Remonstrance addressed to Mr. John Murray respecting a recent Publication. Lond. 1822.
[Rev. Benjamin Ruggles, First Pastor of the First Congregational Church, Suffield; Henry A. Sykes; Daniel W. Norton; Byron Loomis; Rev. Joel Mann; Rev. A. C. Washburn; Springfield, Massachusetts]
Springfield, Mass. Samuel Bowles and Company, Printers. 1859.
118pp., 8vo. Two engravings, both with tissue guards: frontispiece of the 'First Church erected in Suffield. About 1680.'; and 'The Ruggles Monument'. In cream printed wraps. Errata slip at rear. The item begins: 'A Hundred and fifty years had nearly expired since the decease of the first Pastor of the First Congregational Church, and no monument or stone had been set to indicate to the passer-by his last resting-place. The idea was conceived of erecting a suitable monument to his memory; and on the 24th of May, 1858, the Church appointed Dea. Henry A. Sykes, Daniel W.
John Murray [John Murray VI [John Arnaud Robin Grey Murray] (1909-1993), publisher] [George Gordon Noel, Lord Byron]
The English Association, 1 Priory Gardens, London, W4 1TT. 1976.
16pp., 8vo. Stapled. In blue printed wraps. Inscribed at the head of the front wrap: 'For Cecil Clarabut who is also subject to Byron's magnetism | from John Murray | and with gratitude for Kindnesses | 30.xii.76'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper.
Robert Byron (1905-1941), traveller and authority on Byzantine civilization, author of 'The Road to Oxiana'
'as from 91 Bishopsgate | EC2 [London]'. 2 February 1938.
2pp., 4to. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. In original envelope addressed to Mrs Strutt at the Galle Face Hotel, Columbo, Ceylon. He lists four locations in Ceylon, and six in South India, with brief comments including:'15 sq. miles of ruins - the oldest tree in the world'; 'lovely temple, Adams Houses, Flaxman monuments'. The regarding the last location he writes: 'Madras itself has charming classical buildings, & in the Old Durbar Hall is to be
Cornelius Elliot (1732-1821) of Wollee, Writer to the Signet, brother-in-law of Adam Ogilvie, Factor of the Duke of Buccleugh
Teviotbank [Roxburghshire]. 5 February 1810.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. The letter begins: 'For your letter of November you gave me to think that a Meeting of Adam Ogilvies Trustees would be after Martinmas. I now see that could not take place, but I want to see how his matters stand as your Rents and the Roup Bills will all be come in.
Chandos Leigh (1791-1850), 1st Baron Leigh, of Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, minor poet, cousin of Jane Austen and friend of Byron and Leigh Hunt
57 Portman Square, London. 14 July 1849.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The recipient presumably held a living near Leigh's Warwickshire mansion Stoneleigh Abbey (said to be the model for Sotherton Court in his cousin Jane Austen's 'Mansfield Park'). Leigh apologises troubling Brodie 'with the enclosed rather singular letter which I have received from one of your Parishioners'.
28pp., 8vo, unopened, paper wraps with damaged cellophane cover (some loss), damage to top of spine,mainly good condition. Dedicated to Philip Ivanoff and the the Shareholders of Thracian Mineral Products Ltd: "One day an alchemist walked o'er the land [...]" No other copy recorded.
Anne Isabella Noel Byron (1792-1860), 11th Baroness Wentworth and Baroness Byron [Lady Byron], wife of poet George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale [Lord Byron]; John Edwards; Joseph Knight
1 August 1853. [Indenture by Fry & Son, London, Law Stationers.]
On two skins, with the usual seals and tax stamps, and further text and signatures on the reverse of the first skin, including a witnessed receipt for £450 from Knight; also a memorandum, 2 August 1853, 'Exparte The right Honorable Anne Isabella Baroness Noel Byron Widow', 'Before me | Wm. Cowdell. | A Master Extraordinary in Chancery'. The first skin carries a plan of the property (8 acres 3 rods 33 perches), to the west of the East Shilton road to Stapleton, and of Wigstones Farm, Stapleton and Kirkby Lordship, and with the road from Barwell to Kirby going through it, coloured in green.
Peter Bayne [pseud. Ellis Brandt] (1830-1896), English journalist and author
33 St. Julian's Road, Kilburn, London N.W. 30 November 1881.
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'My Dear Sir, | I ought to have thanked you sooner for your kind note of the 21st., but I have been much occupied. It would be pleasant for me to try my hand on Byron or Browining, but I could not dare do so without more chance of continuous work than I can hope for at present.'
William Sotheby (1757-1833), English poet and translator [Christoph Martin Wieland, German author of 'Oberon']
No place. 26 September 1804.
1p., 8vo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of previous mounting along two edges. Headed, in a contemporary hand: 'Given to Mrs. Richards by Miss Calhoun Fanshawe'. 22 lines of verse, in couplets. Signed in the bottom right-hand corner, apparently at a later date than the rest of the text: 'William Sothbey | Sepr 26 - 1804'. The extract - possibly written out by Sotheby for an acquaintance - begins: 'Sweet Isle!
William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913), lawyer, author and book collector, grandson of the essayist William Hazlitt (1778-1830)
Without place or date. [London, c. 1882.]
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Nicely printed on good paper. A little worn and lightly-aged; folded counts. 42 numbered entries, from '1. British Columbia and Vancouver's Island. Map. 12mo. 1858.' to '43. Bibliographical Collections and Notes. SECOND SERIES. 1876-82. Medium 8vo. 1882. | Uniform with First Series.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. He is delighted that 'any thing should induce you to send me even the few lines you have written', and declares that he will 'always be most happy to do anything in my power to serve any friend of yours, and not the less that the name of Gairbraid and all its pleasant recollections is connected therewith.' He asks for news of the recipient's health, and that of 'my aunt Mrs Haldane'. The summer in Greece has been a hot one, and 'the people of Athens are kept in a state of alarm by repeated shocks of earthquakes.
Lower part of letter with ruled border, laid down on part of leaf from autograph album. Dimensions: 7.5 x 18.5 cm. Lightly aged and ruckled. Reads: '<...> your support at the approaching Election for the County of Durham - having for so long possessed the confidence of this County, it is his utmost ambition to have it continued and should he be honoured with yours, it will be considered the highest obligation | I am Sir | Your faithful Servant | [signed] Ju: Milbank | Seaham | Octr: 27. 1806.' Contemporary ink note reads: '[Lady Milbanke afterwards Lady Noel Milbanke, mother of Lady Byron.]'
Anonymous [Sir Maurice Bowra (1869-1947); T. F. Higham [Thomas Farrant Higham] (1890-1975); George Gordon Noel (1788-1824), Lord Byron; Gilbert Murray (1866-1957); Menander]
Without date and place, but after 1943.
7pp., 4to. On three bifoliums and two single leaves of watermarked laid paper, all loose, with the bifoliums placed inside one another and the single leaves inserted after the title. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Written out in black ink, with the titles in red ink, in an excellent uncial hand. The five translations are 'My Own, my Native Land' and 'The Family Dinner-Party', both by Bowra; 'This World is all a Fleeting Show' and 'This defileth a Man', both by Murray; and 'Whom the Gods love', by Byron.
John Cam Hobhouse [Sir John Hobhouse] (1786-1869), 1st Baron Broughton, Whig politician and best friend of Lord Byron
Berkeley Square [London]. 26 June 1843.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium on mourning paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. Reads: 'Sir John Hobhouse presents his compliments and would be very much obliged to the Secretary of the British Institution to send him two tickets for the exhibition of this evening.'
Total 56 (fifty-six) pages, with much emphatic underlining and capitalising, very informal and extensive chat about literature ranging from discussion of his writings (he was obviously a Byron/Scott expert) his reading, current publications, book wants, reminiscences of J.M. Barrie, family history (Robert Napier & Sons), antiquarian book purchases and the antiquarian book market, to a list of statues in Glasgow. Much idiosyncratic and entertaining anecdotes comment (e.g. The Germans eat & smoke far too much & I hate cigars & late dinner" - much underlined once or twice).