CALCUTTA

[ Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta. ] Printed letter from 'W. Parsons, Secretary' to the Secretary of the Government of India, Home Department, 'on matters connected with the High Court of Judicature at Fort William, in Bengal'.

Author: 
Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta [ W. Parsons, Secretary ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet, judge ]
Publication details: 
'No. 706 - 1901.' Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Royal Exchange Building, Calcutta. 28 May 1901. [ Caxton Press. ]
£135.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. With compliments stamp. Signed in type at end by Parsons. Divided into seven sections, and beginning: 'On more than one occasion, in recent years, the Committee of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce have ventured to address the Government of India on matters connected with the High Court of Judicature at Fort William, in Bengal, and their representations have always been favourably received.

[ British Army in India, Presidency District Assault-at-Arms, Calcutta Race Course, February 1904. ] Printed programme with list of events, judges and prizes.

Author: 
[ British Army in India, Presidency District Assault-at-Arms, Calcutta Race Course, 1904; Brigadier-General H. P. Leach, Commander ]
Publication details: 
'To be held on the Calcutta Race Course on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the 4th, 5th and 6th February 1904 [...] Tickets will be sold by - | Messrs. BEVAN & Co.' [ The City Press, Calcutta. ]
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. The first page lists the offices and prices of admission, under the heading: 'PRESIDENCY DISTRICT | Assault-at-Arms | To be held on the Calcutta Race Course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 4th, 5th, and 6th February 1904'. The following three pages each carry a table relating to a day of the event, with four columns detailing Time, Event, Judges, Prizes. At foot of final page: 'To conclude with a selection on the | MASSED BANDS | AND | TORCHLIGHT TATTOO | BY | 2nd Rajputs. | The timing of this Programme is liable to be altered.'

[ Charles Webb Le Bas. ] Part of Autograph Letter regarding his biography of Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, Bishop of Calcutta.

Author: 
Charles Webb Le Bas (1779-1861), ellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and principal of the East India Company College [ Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, Bishop of Calcutta; S. S. Ward
Publication details: 
East India College. 6 March 1831.
£100.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Two matching panels have been removed, one each from the foot of each leaf, removing the signature and some text from the first leaf. On aged paper, with closed tears along crease lines. Addressed by Le Bas on the reverse of the second leaf, with his seal in red wax and a postmark, to 'S. S. Ward Esqre. | Accountant General's office | London'. Le Bas writes to express 'the relief & gratitude which I have derived from the assurance of your satisfaction with my humble efforts to do justice to the memory of Bishop Middleton.

[ Delhi Durbar, 1903. ] Two lithographed maps: 'Camp of His Honour the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal' by Major James Strachey, and 'Plan showing the Disposition of Troops and General Arrangements'.

Author: 
Delhi Durbar, 1903; Major J. Strachey, Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal
Publication details: 
Both items dated December 1902, and by S. I. O. Calcutta.
£450.00

The 1903 Delhi Durbar was held to celebrate the succession of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark as Emperor and Empress of India. Devised and overseen in meticulous detail by Lord Curzon, this two-week display of pomp and power was easily the grandest of the three Durbars. Edward did not attend, but sent his brother the Duke of Connaught in his place. No other copies of the following two items have been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[ Lady Hardinge of Penshurst, Vice-Reine of india. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Winifred Hardinge of Penshurst') to Lady Harington

Author: 
Winifred Selina Hardinge (1868-1914; née Sturt), Baroness Hardinge of Penshurst, wife of Charles Hardinge (1858-1944), 1st Baron, Viceroy of India 1910-1916 [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of Government House, Calcutta. Dated 'Wednesday' and 'Thursday' [ 1913 ].
£80.00

Both letters are bifoliums of 3pp., 12mo, with mourning borders. Both in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The two enclosed in an envelope addressed 'To | Honble. Lady Harington | 7 Middleton Street'. Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, was appointed a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899, and served in that capacity until returning to England in 1913. The two letters are written to Lady Harington shortly before her final return to England.

[ The Imperial Visit to India, 1911 to 1912. ] Four numbers of 'Society Illustrated' ('The Foremost Social Paper in India'), one of them containing 'a full pictorial/descriptive Record of the Imperial Visit to Calcutta'., another The Delhi Durbar.

Author: 
[ The Imperial Visit to India, 1911 to 1912 ] [ 'Society Illustrated', Calcutta; the Delhi Durbar ]
Publication details: 
'Society Illustrated', Calcutta. Vol.1, nos.15-18inc., Dec.1911-Jan.1912. All three published by E. G. Cole & Co., Calcutta, and printed by D. L. Monro at The Calcutta General Printing Co.
£500.00

The four items are uniform in layout, the magazine being subtitled 'A Journal of Social, General and Sporting Events'. All folio, the first two (15 and 16) each consisting of 44pp. within twelve pages of advertisements; the third (17) 72pp, the last (18) consisting of 40pp. within 12pp. of advertisements. The four in fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Produced in the style of the Illustrated London News, and profusely illustrated throughout. The three items are from the papers of Sir Richard Harington, Judge of the High Court, Calcuta.

[ Killing of Indian policemen by followers of Birsa Munda; Indian Nationalism ] Printed 'Proceedings of the Court of Session.[...]King-Emperor [...], versus Saure or Sanday Munda and Chaura alias Jaimasi Munda, [...].' Annotated by Sir Richard Harington.

Author: 
[ R. R. Pope [ Richard Rodney Pope ], Judicial Commissioner, Chota-Nagpur ] [ Sir Richard Harington, judge; Birsa Munda (1875-1900), Indian tribal freedom fighter; Chota Nagpur ]
Publication details: 
'G. I. C. P. O. - No. 305 H. C. Mis. - 19-8-01. - 10.' [ i.e. Calcutta: Government of India Central Printing Office. 19 August 1901. ]
£750.00

[2] + 41pp., folio. Stitched and unbound. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with the outer half of a fold-out map at the end lacking. The front page reads: 'Criminal Bench. | Reference under Section 374 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, | No. 30 of 1901. | Appeal No. 593 of 1901. | Chota-Nagpur. | [Ranchi.] | Letter No. 2229R, dated the 29/30th July 1901, from the Officiating | Judicial Commissioner of Chota-Nagpur. | Proceedings of the Court Session. | In the case of | The King-Emperor, . . . . . .

[ Richard Heber, Bishop of Calcutta. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R Calcutta') to Rev. W. Parish, asking for news of his wife and Miss Stow, following the death of his curate Martin Stow.

Author: 
Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Bishop of Calcutta [ Rev. W. Parish; Martin Stow ]
Publication details: 
With note by recipient dated 22 July 1824.
£56.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed: 'Rev W Parish | R C.' For the background to this letter, which concerns the death of Heber's curate Martin Stow, see George Smith's biography of Heber (London: John Murray, 1895). The letter begins: 'My dear Sir, - | I am still here & in great perplexity at not receiving any letter from my wife or Miss Stow. It has occurred to Mr Masters that your Brother who is an excellent correspondent may have written to you since the news of poor Stow's death reached Calcutta'.

[ By Viscount Combermere? ] 39 sheets of Galley proofs of a long article on 'The Siege of Bhurtpoor', from a series titled 'Operations of the Bengal Army in India and on Foreign Service', from the Calcutta periodical 'The Englishman'.

Author: 
The Englishman, Calcutta periodical [Stapleton Cotton (1773-1865), 1st Viscount Combermere, British army officer commanding at the East India Company Siege of Bhurtpoor [Bharatpur], 1826]
Publication details: 
[The Englishman, Calcutta. 1847.] Headed in manuscript 'Lord Combermere | 48 Belgrave Sq.'
£1,800.00

An extraordinarily-detailed account of 'The Siege of Bhurtpoor', from a series titled 'Operations of the Bengal Army in India and on Foreign Service', utilising a wide variety of sources, both published and unpublished, each quotation meticulously cited in footnotes. On 39 sheets, almost all of them in two columns of small print, mostly roughly 50 x 16 cm, but a few longer, and one sheet of three columns (46 x 28.5 cm, being part of a description of the 'Formation of the Army: and the General &c., Staff.'). Numbered in manuscript 346-385, with 374 not present.

Stamped certificate, signed by the Belgaum magistrate, appointing 'Lieut. Peacock, Officer in charge Disinfection and Contact Segregation Camps', 'a plague authority under the Moffussil Plage rule in the town and suburbs of Belgaum'.

Author: 
E. <Cairnford?>, Magistrate, Belgaum [Lieut-Col. Edward Barnes Peacock (b.1873; fl.1955), 31st Punjab Regiment, son of Sir Barnes Peacock (1810-1890), first Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court]
Publication details: 
Belgaum, District Magistrate, Belgaum District. 20 August 1899.
£56.00

1p., landscape 12mo. With circular purple stamp of the Magistrate of the District, Belgaum. The magistrates name is faded and difficult to decipher (''). Completed in manuscript (in square brackets in the following transcription): '[Lieut. Peacock, Officer in charge Disinfection and Central Segregation Camps,] Supervisor of Circle No. [last four words crossed through] is hereby appointed a plague authority under the Moffussil Plague Rules in the town and suburbs of Belgaum.'
With related newspaper article.

Two Secretarial Letters Signed (both 'W D Blyth') by W. Dunbar Blyth, Under Secretary to the Governemnt of Bengal, to Mr N. Pagose of Calcutta, regarding his application for 'appointment in the Opium Department'.

Author: 
W. Dunbar Blyth [William Dunbar Blyth; W. D. Blyth], Under Secretary to the Government of Benares [N. Pagose of Calcutta; Opium Department]
Publication details: 
The first, on paper headed 'Office Memorandum. Appointment Department, 8 August 1883. The second, on Appointment Department letterhead, 25 February 1884.
£56.00

Both letters 1 p, folio. Texts clear and complete. Fair on aged paper worn at extremities. In the first letter he informs him that 'his name has been entered in the register of candidates selected for appointment in the Opium Department, but that the Lieutenant Governor cannot hold out to him any home [sic] of an early appointment'. The second informs Pagose that it is 'quite impossible to say when it may come to your turn to get an appointment in the Opium Department as vacancies in it are not of frequent occurrence and the number of candidates is large'.

Autograph Letter Signed on Georgian India by J. Rocke [John Rocke of Clungunford House, Shropshire?] to Thomas Lewis ['at Mr. M. Lewis's, Foley Arms Hotel, Farrington, near Ledbury, Herefordshire' forwarded to 'at Thos Elsted Esqre. Dover Kent'].

Author: 
J. Rocke [John Rocke (1783-1849) of Clungunford House, Shropshire?] [Thomas Lewis; Calcutta, India]
Autograph Letter Signed on Georgian India by J. Rocke
Publication details: 
23 January 1812; Calcutta, India.
£150.00
Autograph Letter Signed on Georgian India by J. Rocke

4to, 3 pp. 106 lines. On aged paper, and with slight loss to a handful of words of text resulting from wear and closed tears to most of the letter's folds. Competently and unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. On the reverse of the second leaf Rocke's original address ('at Mr. M. Lewis's [...]') is scored through, and replaced in another hand by 'at Thos Elsted Esqre [...]'.

[Printed facsimile; Hymn] From Greenland's Icy Mountains [Twas when the Seas were roaring].

Author: 
Reginald Heber, sometime Bishop of Calcutta.
From Greenland's Icy Mountains
Publication details: 
Published & Sold by Hughes & Son, Wrexham, [1899].
£65.00
From Greenland's Icy Mountains

Four pages, 4to, bifolium, stains and small closed tears on fold marks, mainly good condition, comprising: Facsimile of Heber's words for the Hymn commencing "From Greenland's Icy Mountains" and concluding ([p.2]) "Redeemer, King, Creator, in bliss returns to reign" (Note at foot of p.[2] "The obliterations in the second and Fourth Verses are caused by the Printer's file"; p.[3] For the story of the writing of the hymn (see http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/f/r/fromgrim.htm); p.[4] Typed Letter Signed "Ellis Lever", "coal contractor", Brooklawn, Southport, April 8th, 1899, explaining to the ad

Signed Autograph Document, by R. F. Palmer, Sheriff, Calcutta, dated from Agra in 1855, concerning his charges in an action at law between Doorga Churn Carr and Ob<?> Mullick <?>.

Author: 
R. F. Palmer, Sheriff, Calcutta [Doorga Churn Curr; Agra, 1855]
Signed Autograph Document, by R. F. Palmer, Sheriff, Calcutta
Publication details: 
Dated 'Agra 19th October 1855'.
£56.00
Signed Autograph Document, by R. F. Palmer, Sheriff, Calcutta

Folio, 2 pp. 38 lines of text. Clear and complete. Fair, on browned high-acidity paper, with slight chipping to extremities and slight internal wear.To be folded into packet. Docketed 'Recd 22d. October 1855 | [initialed signature] | Doorga Churm Curr - | - v - | Ob Mullick | Letter from Mr Fisher -'. Difficult hand. He acknowledges to various documents relating to the case, as well as 'two Bank of Bengal notes', in a writ of Fieri Facias. Explains his requirements ('I must have one man with me to Gard [sic] my property').

The Third Book of the Chronicles of the Town of Hillhausen. [handbill satire on Wilson]

Author: 
[Daniel Wilson (1778-1858), Bishop of Calcutta (as vicar of St Mary's, Islington)]
Publication details: 
[c.1828] 'Printed for, and Published by C. PRITCHARD, Islington Green. - Price Sixpence.'
£180.00

Folio, 1 p. Double column. Text clear and complete. On aged paper, with wear to edges and repair on reverse to short closed tear.

Ammunition Factory Institute. Dum Dum. Grocery Department. Price List. Established January 1907.

Author: 
Ammunition Factory Institute, Dum Dum, Calcutta
Publication details: 
Catholic Orphan Press. [Calcutta: Dum Dum Ammunition Factory Institute, 1907.]
£125.00

4to, 12 pp. Stapled pamphlet. In original green printed wraps. Text clear and complete. On aged, creased and spotted paper, with rusted staples. Giving the prices ('Rs. As. P') of items ranging from 'Asparagus French tin' to 'Zymale tooth paste'. The last page lists prices for cigars, cigarettes and tobacco. Ownership signature of 'Mr. Lewis' at head of front wrap.

Two photographs of elaborate pen and ink cartoons, the first celebrating the Calcutta v. Bombay cricket, lawn tennis and racquets match of October 1884; the second titled 'CRICKET | 1885 | MATCHES WEEK', with several caricatures of named players.

Author: 
Bombay v Calcutta cricket week, 1884-1885 [Indian cricket; English cricketers in victorian India; the Raj; Lewis Carroll; Tenniel]
Publication details: 
India: 1884 and 1885.
£100.00

Both photographs 23.5 x 18.5 cm, mounted on the sides of a leaf of discoloured paper removed from an album. Both in good condition, one with light fading to the extremities. Both pictures are elaborately-planned and well-executed. The first, filling the whole of the photographic paper, is bordered by foliage, with two Indian maidens flying at the head, and a group of hats and pith helmets at the foot, with two waiters (one with champagne in a cooler labelled 'Culla Club', captioned 'Bombay Effervesces'.

Business communication on partly printed form, regarding the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Calcutta.

Author: 
Williams & Norgate, London booksellers [Sir John Philippart (1784-1875); The Asiatic Society of Calcutta]
Publication details: 
30 May 1870; on letterhead of 14, Henrietta-Street, Covent Garden ('Also at 20, South Frederick-Street, Edinburgh.').
£28.00

12mo (21 x 13 cm), 1 p. On green paper. Clear and complete. On aged, creased and grubby paper. Reads (manuscript text in square brackets): Messrs. Williams & Norgate present their compliments to [Sir John Philippart] and beg to inform [him that the Asiatic Socy Calcutta send them the Journal, as it is published to be forwarded to him, if he does not require it, W & N will return the numbers to Calcutta'. Docketed in a contemporary hand at head: '10 packets returned 31st May 1870'.

Six documents including Signed Articles of Agreement for Johnson ('of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew') to perform Government 'service as Gardener in India'; with two testimonials and letters from Mary, Countess of Minto, and Cecil Allanson.

Author: 
John Thomas Johnson, Assistant Curator of the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta, India [Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Mary, Countess of Minto]
Publication details: 
1904-1935.
£250.00

The collection in good condition, with all but one of the six items carrying ring-binder punch holes. Item One, Articles of Agreement: Foolscap bifolium, 3 pp. Dated 16 September 1904. Printed seventeen-point agreement in the form of a manuscript facsimile. Signed by Johnson, Sir John Edge and Sir Stewart Colvin Bayley, and witnessed by 'W. Watson | R[oyal]. G[ardens] Kew' and 'Frank R. Marten | India Office'. Items Two and Three both with mourning border on letterhead of Minto House, Hawick. Item Two, Mary Countess of Minto ('M Minto') to Johnson. 4to: 1 p. 14 September 1914.

Autograph Letter Signed ('D. Calcutta') to 'The Revd Dr Jones, Bedfont, Staines, Midd[lese]x', together with an 'Address to the Lord Bishop of Calcutta', taken from the London Record newspaper, 24 July 1845.

Author: 
Daniel Wilson (1778-1858), Bishop of Calcutta
Publication details: 
Letter dated 'Islington May 7 [1832]'.
£80.00

LETTER: Two pages, 12mo. Very good. Addressed on verso of second leaf of bifolium. Three postmarks (two in red and one in black ink) and red wax seal. Written after Wilson's appointment as Bishop, but before his departure from Islington, where he was Vicar of St Mary's. Addressing his 'dear friend' he excuses his silence, which is 'merely for the physical impossibility of answering a tenth part of the letters I receive'. His 'house has been over-full - IS now - I have not a bed free | At any time, however, I am to be found at Breakfast at 9 - & shall rejoice to see you'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. T. Calcutta.') to unnamed 'brother clergy[man] of the diocese'.

Author: 
John Thomas James (1786-1828), Bishop of Calcutta
Publication details: 
Calcutta. Feb. 14. 1828'.
£85.00

Two pages, quarto. Very good. 'It is great pleasure that I sit down to write to any one of my brother clergy of the diocese, as it seems an approach to that acquaintance with them which I hope before long to have an opportunity of making personally'. '[P]ressure of business' makes impossible 'any very specific answer' to the contents of his correspondent's letter, 'But they shall not be forgotten'. He will 'speak to the Military board as to the Bungalow appointed for public worship'. He laments that the 'situation with regard to the military' has not been adequately defined.

Portrait, 'Engraved by H. Meyer, from an original Drawing by J. Jackson'.

Author: 
Thomas Fanshaw Middleton (1769-1822), D.D., F.R.S., Lord Bishop of Calcutta [Henry Hoppner Meyer; John Jackson]
Publication details: 
[London; 1815.]
£45.00

Dimensions of paper approximately 36 x 25 cms. Good, though lightly foxed and with corners a little dog-eared. His Lordship, in full-sleeved clericals, is seated, and bare-headed, looking to his right with a piercing stare. Dated 1815 by the National Portrait Gallery.

Archive of papers relating to his employment.

Author: 
George Hazlehurst (1867-1941); Millwall Dock Company; Manchester Ship Canal Company
Publication details: 
1867-1932.
£186.00

20 items. Various formats (see below). Showing signs of age, and with some foxing, fraying and creasing, but in very good condition overall. Collection indicates that Hazlehurst, who was born in Grappenhall, Lancashire, to an illiterate mother, was a capable individual entrusted with responsible positions. ITEMS 1 TO 5: Certified Copies of Hazlewood's birth and marriage certificates (birth certificate in poor condition, but with text entirely legible), his wife's birth and death certificates, and his parents' marriage certificate.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs Matthews'.

Author: 
Daniel Wilson, Bishop of Calcutta
Publication details: 
25 September 1848; 'Bp's Palace | Calcutta'.
£56.00

English ecclesiastic (1778-1858). Two pages, octavo. Creased, and with one edge of verso adhering to leaf from autograph album. 'I hope you will excuse the great liberty I take in asking you to help me a little in finishing the Marbling, Enclosing, Ventilating &c of the Cathedral | I have been robbed of 20,000 by the Union Bank, so that I am compelled to solicit aid from the Congregation & kind friends in my extremity'. Signed 'D Calcutta'.

2 Autograph Letters Signed to unnamed male correspondents.

Author: 
Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, Bishop of Calcutta
Publication details: 
The first letter, 17 December 1814, Calcutta; the second, 16 April 1822, <?>.
£100.00

Middleton (1769-1822) was consecrated Bishop of Calcutta in 1814. Both letters are 8vo. The first is 1 page, 8vo, and the second, 2 pages, 8vo. Both are creased and with a few closed tears, but in good condition. Letter one is attached along one edge to the remains of a stub. In the first letter, signed 'T. F. Calcutta', he asks if his correspondent 'will give the Bearer of this, Captain Lockett, who is now about to sail for England, a neatly bound Copy of my Vol. on the Gr[eek]. Article'. The handwriting of the second letter, also signed 'T. F.

Printed form filled in in manuscript and with the Bishop's Autograph Signature, authorising the removal of the Rev John Gottlieb Lincke, Missionary Minister of Burdwan, to the Missionary Circuit of Calcutta; docketed with Signed Note by Fisher.

Author: 
Daniel Wilson, Bishop of Calcutta, and Henry Fisher, Commissary
Publication details: 
The form, 9 May 1837; Fisher's note, 22 September 1838; place unstated in both.
£35.00

Fifth Bishop of Calcutta (1778-1858). 2 pages, 8vo. In very good condition. Signed 'Daniel Calcutta'. Fisher's note reads 'I sanction the return of the Rev Mr Lincke back again to Burdwan his former station pending the confirmation of the Bishop on his return | Henry Fisher | Commissary | 22d. Sept. 1838'.

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