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Autograph Signature ('H Legge') on fragment of document.

Author: 
Hon. Henry Bilson-Legge (1708-1764), Treasurer of the Navy, 1749-1754
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

Dimensions of paper roughly 4 x 6.5 cm. Good, although with slight wear at left and small part of loop at beginning of signature crossing over a printed vertical line. Docketed in pencil 'Lord Treasurer'.

Autograph Signature ('Will: Yonge').

Author: 
Sir William Yonge (1693-1755), 4th Baronet, Whig politician and poet
Publication details: 
Without date [but docketed '1755'] or place.
£28.00

On piece of paper roughly 2.5 x 4.5 cm. Good, on lightly discoloured paper. Docketed on reverse '1755'.

Famous Literary Impostures, A Series of Essays.

Author: 
H. R. Montgomery [Henry Riddell Montgomery, 1818-1904] [Thomas Chatterton; James Macpherson; George Psalmanazar; Richard Bentley]
Publication details: 
London: E. W. Allen, 4, Ave Maria Lane, Paternoster Row. [1884]
£56.00

12mo: iv + 132 pp. Unbound. In original red printed wraps. Stapled. A poor copy of a scarce item (COPAC only lists copies at the British Library and National Library of Scotland). Dog-eared and grubby, with wraps faded and with loss to extremities and spine repaired with tape. Staples rusted and worn through prelims. Text complete and entirely legible. Five essays: 'Chatterton and the Rowley Poems', 'Macpherson's Poems of Ossian', 'The Shakspeare Forgery', 'Psalmanazar and the Formosa Imposture' and 'Bentley and the Epistles of Phalaris'.

Prospectus announcing the publication of 'the First number of the PALL MALL MAGAZINE' on 25 April 1893.

Author: 
[The Pall Mall Magazine; George Routledge & Sons]
Publication details: 
[London: George Routledge & Sons, 1893.]
£56.00

Quarto: 4 pp. Unbound bifolium. Grubby and creased, with a couple of pin holes and small closed tears, and a little ink staining to the margins (not affecting text). Five illustrations, including full page engraving of two cherubs, entitled 'L'Enfance de l'amour'. Claims that 'neither labour nor expense will be spared to achieve and maintain the highest standard of literary and artistic excellence', and that the magazine will be 'strictly non-political, in the sense that it will champion the views of no particular party'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Edwd Cowper') to Vincent Novello (1781-1861), English musician.

Author: 
Edward Cowper (1790-1852), English inventor and printing engineer [Vincent Novello; Sir Charles Wheatstone]
Publication details: 
97 High Holborn [London]; 9 December 1846.
£85.00

Two pages, 12mo. Mourning border. Damp stained. Cowper has told 'P[rofesso]r. Wheatstone' [Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), Professor of Experimental Philosophy at King's College, pioneer of the telegraph, and seller of musical instruments] of Novello's 'wish to have a little conversation with him'. Gives dates when Wheatstone will be available to see Novello at ''King's College (in the Museum)'. '[H]e will very shortly go to Switzerland & therefore the earlier you meet him the better'.

Autograph Notes relating to the London district of Fulham.

Author: 
Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), English novelist and historian of London
Publication details: 
Undated; on three letterheads of 'Frognall End, Hampstead, N.W.' [London].
£100.00

The notes, on three 12mo bifoliums, cover three pages, with a few lines on a couple of others. In excess of eighty lines. Very good. Brief chronology and list of notable residents, presumably an outline for the description of the district in Besant's 'London' (1892) or another of his many writings on the city.

Autograph Signature ('Reginald Wingate') on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Sir Francis Reginald Wingate (1861-1953), British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

On piece of grey paper roughly 2 x 8.5 cm. Discoloured and with some glue staining. Mounted on larger piece of paper docketed 'Sudan Egypt'. Reads 'Yours very sincerely | [signed] Reginald Wingate'.

Fragment of Autograph Letter Signed ('Herbert Card Vaughan').

Author: 
Herbert Cardinal Vaughan (1832-1903), English Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Westminster
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

On piece of paper roughly 11 x 11 cm. Good, on lightly discoloured paper, with traces of tissue mounts adhering to blank reverse. With five lines of text: '<...> Thank you sincerely for your letters & the enclosure. I quite feel that you cannot be in sympathy with certain proceedings. | Yours faithfully | [signed] Herbert Card Vaughan'.

Autograph Letter in the third person to the London printseller James Caulfield (1764-1826).

Author: 
Thomas Coutts (1735-1822), London banker of Scottish extraction [Coutts & Co.]
Publication details: 
23 January 1817; Strand.
£38.00

12mo: 1 p. Somewjhhat grubby, but with text clear and entire. Caulfield 'has been misled in supposing Mr Coutts is inclined to collect Hogarth's or any other pictures as he has hardly ever had any taste or inclination for that Line.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('Joseph Wood') to 'Miss Tapp'.

Author: 
Joseph Wood, headmaster of Harrow School, 1899-1910
Publication details: 
2 May 1905; on letterhead of 'THE HEAD MASTER'S, | HARROW.'
£28.00

12mo: 1 p. Good, with traces of previous mounting on blank reverse. He thanks her for her kind note, and is glad she enjoyed 'our little tour, in spite of wind and weather'. He has sent off her camera, 'carefully packed', and hopes 'it will arrive without injury. This is not promising weather for your cycling project!'

Autograph Signature ('N. Card. Wiseman') on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Nicholas Patrick Stephen Cardinal Wiseman (1802-1865), first Roman Catholic Cardinal Archbishop of Westsminster
Publication details: 
Oscott. Jan. 1. 1857'.
£25.00

On piece of paper roughly 4 x 11 cm. On discoloured paper with glue stains adhering to reverse. Reads 'Your affecte Brother | [signed] N. Card. Wiseman'. Lower part of flourish beneath signature cropped.

Autograph Letter Signed ('S C Hall') ['To Mrs G. Barrow'].

Author: 
Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889), English journalist of Irish extraction, editor of the Art Journal [Art Union]
Publication details: 
19 May 1883; Sussex Villas, 3, Sussex Place, Victoria Road, W. Kensington [London].
£45.00

8vo: 1 p. Good, with slight wear to outer edge, and strip from previous mount neatly adhering to reverse. With name of recipient at head, and docketed on reverse. He has 'seen some charming & useful Leaflets advocating Humanity to Animals' and has been 'led to understand they may be obtained through' his correspondent. He would like a hundred of the leaflets to be sent to him, 'for which I will gladly send stamps'. Hall was a sanctimonious figure, supposedly the model for Dickens's Pecksniff.

Printed 'Regulations for the Admission of Gentlemen Cadets into the Royal Military College, near Bagshot. January 1st, 1852.' With one other printed item and four manuscript items relating to John Miller Dickson's attempt to join the British army.

Author: 
William Dickson; John Miller Dickson; General Henry Shadforth [Royal Military College, Bagshot; British army; military history]
Publication details: 
The printed 'Regulations' 1852; the other printed item is dated 1851; the four manuscript items between 1852 and 1854.
£125.00

The collection is in good condition, with occasional light creasing. The 'Regulations' ('ON HER MAJESTY'S SERVICE') consist of four pages printed on a folio bifolium. The other printed item, in facsimile handwriting, dated '15.11.51' (and dated in manuscript 'Horse Guards 1st.

Excelsior: Helps to Progress in Religion, Science, and Literature.

Author: 
James Hamilton, ed. [Stonehenge; druids]
Publication details: 
No. I - January. London: James Nisbet and Co. Berners Street. [Printed by G. BARCLAY, Castle St., Leicester Sq.]
£100.00

8vo: 44 + 8 + 80 pp. Three engravings by Pearson ('Stonehenge', 'The Walrus' and 'Infusoria'). In original brown printed wraps. Good, though a touch dusty and dogeared, in creased and worn wraps, with loss to one corner at rear (not affecting text).

Autograph Letter Signed ('Tom Gallon') and Typed Letter Signed to Ernest Pertwee.

Author: 
Tom Gallon (1866-1914), English novelist, dramatist and humourist [George Routledge & Sons, Ltd.]
Publication details: 
TLS, 16 July 1903; ALS, 13 August 1903; both on embossed letterhead 190, Adelaide Road, St. John's Wood, N.W. [London.]
£56.00

Both items quarto. On worn, discoloured paper, with a couple of closed tears to the folds. Pertwee was the author of numerous anthologies for recitation, and these letters presumably relate to his 'Reciter's treasury of prose and drama: serious and humorous' (Routledge, 1904). TLS: 'Provided, of course, that Messrs. Routledge have actually agreed with you to publish the book of humorous prose recitations, I shall be very willing to allow you to reprint any one of the stories the titles of which I give below.

Fragment of Autograph Letter Signed ('Edwin Chadwick') to David Cannan.

Author: 
Sir Edwin Chadwick (1800-1890), English social reformer
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

Paper dimensions roughly 9 x 11 cm. The lower part of the last leaf of a letter. Good, on lightly discoloured and aged paper. Ten lines of text on reverse, including the comment (apparently referring to 'drainage works') 'Mr. Lawson would do the work very well, and is to be commended as Mr. Rawlinson was for never exceeding his estimates.'

Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs Sartoris, 27 Chapel Street, London.

Author: 
Mary Somerville (1780-1872), Scottish scientist after whom Somerville College, Oxford is named
Publication details: 
15 July [postmarked 1844, with Penny Red stamp]; 14 Lower Belgrave St, Eaton Square [London].
£100.00

16mo: 3 pp. A small bifolium (each leaf 10.5 x 9 cms) on aged paper. Discoloured strip at foot of first leaf, containing four lines of text and the signature, cut away and reattached with archival tissue, with damage to two words (not in signature). Second leaf with minor damage through breaking of seal. Good Penny Red stamp, postmarked in black, and second red postmark. The earliest she can accept the dinner invitation is the following Wednesday.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. James' [the novelist Henry James?].

Author: 
William Dean Howells (1837-1920), American novelist and literary critic
Publication details: 
7 February 1886; Auburndale.
£200.00

12mo: 2 pp. Good, with thin strip of glue and grey paper from previous mounting adhering at foot of reverse (not affecting text). While it is possible that Howell may have given 'Mr. Gill' [tMichael Henry Gill, later of McLashan & Gill?] 'letters [of introduction]' when he 'went to New York ten or fifteen years ago', it is unlikely.

MS. "Country Commissions by the Author of 'The Rejected Addresses." In the hand of Horatio [Horace] Smith.

Author: 
James Smith [Horatio Smith], author ("Rejected Addresses" et al).
Publication details: 
[Watermark 1822[ First published in James Smith, "Comic Miscellanies", edited by Horatio Smith (1840)
£750.00

Two pages, bifolium, 4to, fold marks and minor faint staining, good condition. An earlier draft of the satirical piece printed first in "Comic Miscellanies" (1840)(no other publication listed by LION, though one has to suspect an earlier periodical publication). Comparison with samples of Horatio's and James's hands (the latter is poorly represented by a hasty note in the BL collections) lead to my conclusion that Horatio wrote out this version in his neat hand with its flourishing capitals.

Autograph Letter Signed ('F C B.') to 'My dear Phil' - the publisher of 'Punch' Philip Leslie Agnew (1863-1938).

Author: 
Sir Francis Cowley Burnand (1836-1917), editor of 'Punch' [Phil May; Philip Leslie Agnew]
Publication details: 
31 July 1893; on letterhead 'Whitefriars, London.'
£56.00

12mo: 2 pp. On creased, discoloured paper, with small closed tear and traces of previous mount adhering to reverse. An amusing, playful letter in a smudged, expansive hand. Reads 'My dear Phil | The other Phil Phil May will Phil the page in Xmas No. This will fill up & give it a fillip. ergo no Caran d'Ache | With Phil we're full. | Ought to be a fine number. | Have asked Phil May to contribute previously - | Well Phil May - but will Phil? | perhaps a wilfil person'. Accompanied by long typed commentary, giving provenance 'From a group of letters to Phil Agnew.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Compton Mackenzie') to R. G. Pertwee [Roland Pertwee (1885-1963)?].

Author: 
Sir (Edward Montague) Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972), Anglo-Scottish novelist
Compton Mackenzie
Publication details: 
9 May 1922; on letterhead 'ISLE OF HERM . C.I.'
£32.00
Compton Mackenzie

8vo: 1 p. Good, on lightly discoloured paper creased at head. 'Mr: Leckie is certainly entitled to ask for a fee, and it is usual in these cases for the publisher to obtain permission from the other publisher. The author's permission is also needed of course, but you had mine, and so that is quite all right.'

Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Charles Spence') to the printers John Bowyer Nichols and his son John Gough Nichols.

Author: 
Charles Spence of the Admiralty, Devonport [John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863); John Gough Nichols (1806-1873)]
Publication details: 
Both dated 11 November 1852.
£75.00

Letter One (12mo: 4 pp, to 'My dear Mr Nichols', good, on discoloured paper): Explains that he has given 'a note of introduction to a most particular friend of mine Mr Lawrence of Ipplepen near Totnes and Launceston Cornwall'. Lawrence 'was a great friend of the late Mr Arundel of Landulph' and is 'a great friend of Mr Bray of Tavistock'. He is 'a man of ancient Cornish descent & from its first families'. Spence thinks Nichol will find Lawrence 'a valuable West Country Correspondent, well up in County history and nothing loth in the pursuit of antiquarian lore[.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Theodore Martin') to 'Mr. Fulton'.

Author: 
Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909), Scottish poet, biographer and translator
Publication details: 
20 September 1881; on letterhead 'Bryntysilio, near Llangollen.'
£28.00

12mo: 2 pp. On lightly creased, discoloured paper, with traces of hinge from previous mounting adhering to margin of first page. He has 'an uncomfortable feeling' that he 'laid aside' a letter from Fulton 'to be answered, but which I cannot now find. It must somehow have got mixed up with other papers [...] If I am right in my fear, may I ask you to send me a copy of it?'

Autograph Letter Signed ('Theodore Martin') to John Grant, presumably the bookseller.

Author: 
Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909), Scottish poet, biographer and translator
Publication details: 
10 October 1896; on letterhead 'Bryntysilio, near Llangollen'.
£45.00

12mo: 1 p. On discoloured paper, ruckled and with traces of glue from previous mounting on reverse. He is returning 'the account of the Burns Volume' which accompanied his correspondent's letter of 8 October. 'It does not suit me to purchase it, as I have already other & more important memorials of Burns.'

Photographic portrait by J. E. Mayall of Brighton and New Bond Street.

Author: 
Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909), Scottish poet, biographer and translator
Publication details: 
Without date. 'J. E. MAYALL | 91, KING'S ROAD | BRIGHTON | 164, NEW BOND ST. | LONDON. W.'
£35.00

Dimensions of photograph 9 x 5.5 cm. Good sepia image, on backing card with Mayall's details printed in red at foot. Reverse of card mostly covered with remains of previous cream paper mount. This image does not feature among the three portraits of Martin listed in the National Portrait Gallery's online catalogue of its collection.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter to the architect of the Houses of Parliament Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860).

Author: 
Joseph Kay (1821-1878), English barrister and economist
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£35.00

On piece of creased and lightly spotted paper roughly 11 x 11 cm. Reads '<...> for half a Century. | Believe that I remain | Dear Barry | Your's faithfully | [signed] Joseph Kay | Charles Barry Esqr. Kt. | &c &c &c'.

Autograph Signature ('J. Aislabie') on fragment of letter.

Author: 
John Aislabie (1670-1742), English Chancellor of the Exchequer, best-known for his involvement in the South Sea Bubble
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£28.00

On piece of paper roughly 3.5 x 5.5 cm. Good firm signature, on lightly discoloured paper. Reads '<...> date hereof. | [signed] J. Aislabie'. Lightly docketed in pencil 'of South Sea notoriety'.

Anno Vicesimo Octavo Georgii III. Regis. CAP. LXIII. An Act for charging several Estates in the Counties of Northumberland, Cumberland, and Durham, settled upon the late Charles Radcliffe deceased, for Life, with Remainder to his First and other Sons

Author: 
[Act of Parliament; Charles Radcliffe; Anthony James, Earl of Newburgh; Northumberland; Cumberland; Durham]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1788.
£56.00

Folio: sixteen leaves on laid paper. Unbound and stabbed, with two staples (now rusted) added subsequently. Good, with first leaf lightly discoloured. Title-leaf, and text on next fifteen paginated 1131-1159.

Autograph Signature ('P. Geddes') on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Sir Patrick Geddes (1854-1932), Scottish biologist, botanist and pioneer of urban planning
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£15.00

On piece of grey paper 1.5 x 10 cms. Good. Reads '[in another hand] Yours faithfully, | [signed] P. Geddes'. Good firm signature, slightly overlapping lower loop of the central 'f' in 'faithfully'.

Autograph Note Signed ('Hans Sloane') to John Fuller junior.

Author: 
Sir Hans Sloane [later Hans Sloane-Stanley] (1739-1827), Member of Parliament for Southampton
Publication details: 
Tuesday [no date]; Stoneham. Franked, with Southampton postmark.
£20.00

12mo: 1 p. On discoloured paper slightly damaged in one corner (not affecting text) by breaking of wafer. Second leaf of bifolium carrying address and postmarks. He received Fuller's letter containing a bill of twenty pounds from his brother. 'All here join in best love to you and believe me Ever Yrs.' Addressed to 'John Fuller Esqr. Junr. | Clement Lane | Lombard St. | London | [signed] Hans Sloane'. Circular frank in red ink, 'FREE'. Postmarked in black 'SOUTH | AMPTON'. Third circular postmark in black in two parts.

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