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[Father Tom Maguire, Dean of Kilmore, Irish Roman Catholic priest, celebrated orator.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Maguire') to Richard Montgomery of Coolehill, regarding his gift of a five-year-old pup, 'coursing in Goulan', and 'a great Auction'.

Author: 
Father Tom Maguire [Thomas Maguire] (1792-1847), Dean of Kilmore, Irish Roman Catholic priest, orator, polemicist, controversialist and nationalist [Richard Montgomery of Coolehill]
Publication details: 
19 April 1844. No place, but with one of the postmarks from Ballinamore [Co. Leitrim, Ireland].
£140.00

Maguire was, his entry in the Oxford DNB states, 'one of the most popular orators of his age, and from 1829 until 1843 he addressed huge crowds and packed congregations in churches and at venues throughout England and Ireland'.

[Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of radio: family correspondence.] 40 items to governess Millicent Goodsir ('Miss Unger') from Marconi's second wife Cristina [née Bezzi Scali], her mother and daughter: letters and cards in English, inscribed photographs.

Author: 
[Guglielmo Marconi [Marquis of Marconi] (1874-1937), inventor of radio, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics; his second wife Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali, their daughter Elettra Giovanelli
Publication details: 
Most from 11 Via Condotti, Rome. 1914-1968.
£850.00

Forty items, in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with some of the photographs with evidence on reverse of having been mounted. Millicent Goodsir [née Unger] (1885-1983) was governess to Christina Bezzi Scali (1900-1994), daughter of Francesco, Count Bezzi Scali and his wife Anna (1879-1968). In 1927 Cristina became Marconi's second wife. Their only child was Maria Elettra Elena Anna Marconi (b.1930), who would marry Prince Carlo Giovannelli (1942-2016).

[Sir Edward Henry Sieveking, Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward H. Sieveking') to L. C. Wooldridge, on his nomination as President of the Medico-Chirurgical Society, and a paper he wishes him to write.

Author: 
Sir Edward Henry Sieveking (1816-1904), Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria; physician at St Mary's Hospital, London [Leonard Charles Wooldridge (1857-1889), Lecturer on Physiology, Guy's Hospital
Publication details: 
12 January 1888. On letterhead of 17 Manchester Square, W. [London]
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. He announces that he has been nominated for the Presidency of the Medico-Chirurgical Society by the Council, and supposes that he will be elected 'according to custom'.

[Frances Power Cobbe, Irish social reformer, anti-vivisectionist and campaigner for women's suffrage.] Autograph Signature ('Frances P Cobbe') to part of letter.

Author: 
Frances Cobbe [Frances Power Cobbe] (1822-1904), Irish author, social reformer, anti-vivisectionist, and campaigner for women's suffrage
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£23.00

On 4 x 11 cm slip of paper. Reads: '[...] them. | With many thanks for yr kindness believe me | very truly yrs | Frances P Cobbe'. On reverse: '[...] information. | Have you ever seen a very curious French book [...]'.

[J. B. Priestley, popular English novelist.] Typed Letter Signed ('Jack') to 'B. J.', i.e. Maire Lynd, regarding her parents Robert and Sylvia Lynd, and her son.

Author: 
J. B. Priestley [John Boynton Priestley] (1894-1984), novelist, playwright and broadcaster [Maire Lynd ('B. J.'), daughter of Irish essayist Robert Lynd and his wife the poet Sylvia Lynd]
Publication details: 
16 June 1976. On his letterhead, Kissing Tree House, Alveston, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded once. The salutation 'Dear B. J.' and valediction 'Yours | Jack' are in Priestley's autograph; the rest is typed. Maire Lynd's letter was 'a delight surprise', Priestley being unaware that her son was 'in the film business'.

[James Doherty, Soho School, Nassau Street, Soho: Georgian school magazine.] The Athenaeum. Conducted by the Senior Pupils of J. Doherty, Esq. A.B.

Author: 
James Doherty, Soho School, Nassau Street, Soho
Publication details: 
9 June 1823. Vol. I. No. 7. 'Communications to be addressed (post paid) to the Editors, at C. Handy's, 50, Brewer Street, Golden Square.'
£150.00

[8]pp, 12mo, paginated 45-52. Unbound, on two loose bifoliums, one inserted inside the other. Drophead title.

[Lady Mary Augusta Holland, Whig society hostess, wife of Lord Holland.] Unsigned Autograph Letter [to Lord Rosebery or his wife?] regarding a foreign trip and Sydney Smith's view of the ballot.

Author: 
Lady Holland [Lady Mary Augusta Holland, née Coventry] (1812-1889), society hostess, wife of Lord Holland [Henry Edward Fox] (1802-1859), Whig politician [Sydney Smith (1771-1845), wit and cleric]
Publication details: 
'Saturday | Dover'. [7 September 1838.]
£80.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The reverse of the second leaf laid down on part of leaf from an album, the other side of which carries an engraving of Lord Melbourne. The letter is endorsed '1838 Sept 7# | Lady Holland' on the reverse of the second learf, and at the head of the first page: 'R[eplied]. at Dalmeny | Septr. 12. 1838'. There is no salutation to the letter (which is also unsigned), but the reference to Dalmeny House would appear to suggest that the recipient was Archibald Primrose, 4th Earl of Rosebery, or his second wife, born Anne Margaret Anson.

[William Black, Scottish novelist and journalist.] Autograph Note Signed to 'Williams', enquiring about his Christmas movements.

Author: 
William Black (1841-1898), Scottish novelist and journalist
Publication details: 
18 December [no year]. On letterhead of Paston House, Paston Place, Brighton.
£25.00

1p, 12mo. On aged and creased paper. Folded twice. Written in purple ink. Firm signature, underlined with diagonal downstroke. Reads: 'Decr. 18 | My dear Williams, | What are you doing this Christmas? Will you come down here? | Your always | William Black'. The reverse carries pencil notes of Italian and French musical compositions in another hand.

[William Black; Shakespeare's daughter] Part of Autograph Manuscript Draft of his novel 'Judith Shakespeare, A Romance' (concerning William Shakespeare's daughter). With emendations, and variations from published version.

Author: 
William Black (1841-1898), Scottish novelist and journalist [William Shakespeare and his daughter Judith]
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but part of the manuscript of a book published in London in 1884.
£450.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. 68 lines of text, written in a minute, neat hand. Folded twice. Black has numbered the page at top right '206'. The text begins: '[...] seemly and maidenly thing [...]', and ends 'she seemed to know beforehand what he had to say.' Black's entry in the Oxford DNB describes his 1884 novel 'Judith Shakespeare: A Romance' (published in America with the subtitle 'Her Love Affairs and Other Adventures') as 'a romance about the dramatist's daughter'.

[Ben Brierley of Failsworth, writer in Lancashire dialect.] Autograph Note Signed ('B Brierley'), offering some of his poems for a reading.

Author: 
Ben Brierley [Benjamin Brierley] (1825-1896) of Failsworth, writer in Lancashire dialect and weaver
Publication details: 
'The 16th March' [no year, but after 1886].
£45.00

1p, on the reverse of an advertisement, with engraving, for his 1886 book 'Tales and Sketches of Lancashire Life', cut down to 16 x 13 cm. On aged paper, with horizontal cut repaired with archival tape. Reads: '[Sent?] me very well. | The poems I propose reading will be | "The New Shirt." | and "The Gravelgate Flood." | You can take your choice betwixt "The New Shirt," and "The Bradley's Visit to Thisle Ho." Please send me a programme as soon as printed.'

[Edmund Stonor, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Trebizond.] Eleven Autograph Letters Signed, in a collection of fifteen items of correspondence to his London lawyers Philip Witham and F. R. Ward. With two letters from Judge Henry James Stonor.

Author: 
Edmund Stonor (1831-1912), Roman Catholic Archbishop of Trebizond and Senior Canon of St John Lateran, Chamberlain to Pope Pius IX [Philip Witham (1843-1921) and F. R. Ward, Irish lawyers in London]
Publication details: 
The fifteen items between 1884 and 1906. Eight of Stonor's letters from 27 Via Sistina, Rome. Other letters from 23 Clarges Street, London; Brighton; Abbey Hill, Winchester; and Imberhorne Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex.
£280.00

Fifteen items of correspondence, including eleven autograph letters from Stonor himself, eight signed 'Edmund Stonor', the other three '+ Edmund Stonor | Abp of Trebizond'. The collection aged and worn, with fraying to edges. The items attached with a brass stud. Regarding the two recipients, prominent solicitors serving the Irish and Roman Catholic interests in London, Philip Witham (1843-1921) - whose firm was Roskell, Witham, Munster and Weld - appears to have succeed F. R. Ward at 1 Gray's Inn Square. The main topic of the correspondence is the drafting in 1888 of Stonor's will.

[Émile Lépissier, French astronomer in the Far East.] Part of Autograph Letter, in French, asking for items to be sent to him at a new address, following a massacre in Peking [Beijing].

Author: 
Émile Lépissier [Émile-Jean Lépissier] (1826-1874), French astronomer at the Observatory in Paris, in Peking [Beijing], China, and Jeddo, Japan
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£150.00

On one side of 11.5 x 13 cm piece of paper, cut from letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Endorsed at foot of page in the small contemporary hand of 'G. R.': 'Astronome Lépissier de l'observatoire de Pékin.' Reads: 'Si vous le jugez plus commode, Vous pouviez remettre les objets que je vous demande à Madame Coeuille, lingère au marché Paquincourt, demeurant Petite rue Papincourt, No.

[John Dormer [Huddleston]: Georgian reprint of tract by him.] Usury Explained; or Conscience Quieted in the Case of Putting Out Mony [sic] at Interest. By Philopenes.

Author: 
'Philopenes' [John Dormer [Huddleston] (1636-1700)]
Publication details: 
'London: Printed by D. E. in Fetter-Lane, 1695/6. Reprinted London, 1817.'
£150.00

[47]pp, 8vo, paginated [165]-211. Disbound and without covers. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with overstitching to spine. Blind stamp to the title of the Free Public Library, Wigan. In manuscript at head of title-page: 'Cat. Bought Feb. 1914. H. T. F.' Nicely printed. Extracted from a Regency collection reprinting English tracts. Now uncommon.

[Robert Gibb, Scottish painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Gibb') to the publisher of 'Black and White Budget', W. J. P. Monckton, re. 'the incident depicted in "Saving the Colours" ["Saving the Colours: The Guards at the Battle of Inkerman"]

Author: 
Robert Gibb (1845-1932), Scottish painter; Keeper of the National Gallery of Scotland and Painter and Limner to the King [W. J. P. Monckton, publisher of the London magazine 'Black & White Budget']
Publication details: 
8 May 1901. On letterhead of 2 Bruntsfield Crescent, Edinburgh.
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Addressed: 'To W. J. P. Monckton Esq. | Publisher | "Black & White," | London'. He has just received Monckton's letter, and is enclosing a 'little pamphlet', which will give him 'a full account of the incident depicted in "Saving the Colours"'. If all is well Gibb hopes to be in London on the Monday or Tuesday of the following week, and will 'have the pleasure of calling upon you as promised'. His address will be the Thackeray Hotel, Great Russell Street.

[General Sir William Napier, Irish soldier, historian of the Peninsular War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W N') to 'Macdonald', declining to ask for rank of Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, with resentment towards Admiral Sir William Parker.

Author: 
Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier] (1785-1860), Irish soldier in British Army and military historian of the Peninsular War [Admiral Sir William Parker]
Publication details: 
'Rotterdam Dec 13' [on paper with watermark date 1830].
£100.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of tape from mount adhering along one edge. Endorsed 'Genl. Wm. Napier'. On wove paper with watermark 'CANSELL | 1830'. The letter - written with energy and some resentment - refers to Admiral Sir William Parker (1781-1866), who was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1815.

[James Wyatt, geologist and editor of the Bedford Times.] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Wyatt') [to the geologist/antiquary Samuel Sharpe], regarding geology, James Hervey, the qualities of a schoolmaster moved from Bedford to Northamptonshire.

Author: 
James Wyatt (1816-1878), geologist and editor and proprietor of the Bedford Times [Samuel Sharp (1814-1882), geologist and antiquary]
Publication details: 
3 April 1872. Bedford.
£56.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from tipping-in affecting the lower part and underlining of Wyatt's expansive signature. Folded twice. 71 lines of text. Note in pencil at head of first page states that the letter was 'sent to Saml. Sharpe of Northampton author of The Moabite Stone', but the writer of the note has confused the Egyptologist Samuel Sharpe (1799-1881) with the real recipient, the geologist and antiquary Samuel Sharp (1814-1882), for both of whom see the Oxford DNB.

[Cecil Wilson, Bishop of Melanesia.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Cecil Wilson, | Bishop'), for publication, 'to the Editor of the Tonbridgian', concerning 'our work in Melanesia'.

Author: 
Cecil Wilson (1860-1941), Anglican cleric and county cricketer (Kent), third Bishop of Melanesia and second Bishop of Bunbury, Western Australia
Publication details: 
3 October 1899; Norfolk Island [Melanesia].
£850.00

5pp, 8vo. On bifolium and single leaf of thin ruled paper. In fair condition, on lightly aged and discoloured paper. Closely written, in a not-entirely legible hand, with the first page having the underlined heading: 'to the Editor of the Tonbridgian'. (The Tonbridgian was the magazine of Tonbridge School, where Wilson was educated, and the letter was presumably published as intended.) The letter begins: 'Dear Sir, | I promised when in England last year that I would send a letter sometimes about our work in Melanesia.

[Lord Salsibury, Conservative Prime Minister.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Macirone', regarding 'Canon Fremantle's letter'.

Author: 
Lord Salisbury [Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil (1830-1903), 3rd Marquess of Salisbury], Conservative Prime Minister on three occasions [William Henry Fremantle, Dean of Ripon; Maeirone]
Publication details: 
19 November 1894. On letterhead of Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts.
£35.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly stained. Folded once. Headed by Salisbury 'Private'. The letter begins: 'Lord Salisbury presents his compliments to Mr. Macirone, & is much obliged to him for his letter, & for the very apposite quotations to which he calls Lord Salisbury's attention.' Salisbury does not consider 'Canon Fremantle's letter' worth answering, 'especially as the Bishop of London appears to entertain a similar opinion'.

[Marion Spielmann, editor of The Connoisseur and Magazine of Art, art critic.] Autograph Card Signed (' M. H. Spielmann') to author Douglas Sladen, asking for information on Frederic Whyte, 'one of the men I should least like to lose sight of'.

Author: 
Marion Spielmann [Marion Harry Alexander Spielmann] (1858-1948), art critic and art historian, editor of The Connoisseur and Magazine of Art [Douglas Sladen (1856-1947), author]
Publication details: 
24 February 1917. 'G[reat]. W[estern]. R[ailwa]y. Royal Hotel | Paddington.'
£35.00

13.5 x 9 cm post card, unillustrated, and with stamp printed on in green, and postmark. In fair condition, on aged and browned high-acidity card. Addressed by Spielmann to: 'Douglas Sladen Esq. | The Avenue House, | Richmond.' As long as a short letter, with postscript up one side. He has received Sleden's 'p-card' and asks: 'Where is Frederic Whyte? What's his address? - I've long been wanting to meet him again, but he's unfortunately plunged out of my orbit ever since I went abroad in 1913, & he's one of the men I should least like to lose sight of.

[Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson, French artist; Girodet] Autograph Letter Signed ('Girodet'), inviting 'Monsieur Gros peintre d'histoire', i.e. Antoine-Jean Gros, to 'un diner aux Truffes'.

Author: 
Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson [Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson] (1767-1824), French painter, pupil of Jacques-Louis David [Antoine-Jean Gros (1771-1835), French artist, from 1824 styled Baron Gros]
Publication details: 
[Paris.] Undated, but apparently from the time of the French Republican Calendar, between 1793 to 1805.
£220.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Baron Houghton). Addressed by Girodet on reverse 'préssée | A Monsieur | Monsieur Gros peintre d'histoire rue des champs Elissés la 1ere or 2e porte cochere a droite'.

[Sir Francis Palgrave [born Francis Ephraim Cohen], archivist and historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Palgrave'), regarding a statement which the recipient may wish to make to 'the Speaker' [of the House of Commons].

Author: 
Sir Francis Palgrave [born Francis Ephraim Cohen] (1788-1861), archivist and historian, Deputy Keeper of the Public Record Office from its foundation in 1838 to his death
Publication details: 
[Commission for Historic Manuscripts, London.] No date [on paper with watermarked date 1832].
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). The recipient is not named. Reads: 'My dear Sir/ | I have no doubt but that any statement which you may make to the Speaker will be in strict accordance with the facts; and I shall be always ready to bear testimony to your services during your connection with me - but for that very reason, I should not wish to impute [last word underlined three times] any document which you may have to present to him. Yrs ever faithfully | Francis Palgrave'.

[Thomas George Bonney, geologist, Alpine mountaineer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T G Bonney'), urging a lady to abandon 'matters far too difficult and complicated' for her, to be 'useful to others in a less ambitious but more practical sphere'.

Author: 
T. G. Bonney [Thomas George Bonney] (1833-1923), geologist and Alpine mountaineer, President of the Geological Society of London and the Alpine Club
Publication details: 
8 October 1904. On letterhead of 23 Denning Road, Hampstead, N.W. [London]
£120.00

See Bonney's entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The recipient is not named. It is unfortunate that the subject of the letter is not stated. Against the charge of misogyny, it should be noted that Bonney 'had the reputation of being a hard teacher, but also a generous man', and that he could equally well have written in the same way to a man he considered equally ill-equipped for a theological task.

[Thomas Henry Huxley's first defence of Darwinism.] Printed article titled: 'Time and Life: Mr. Darwin's "Origin of Species." | By Professor Huxley, F.R.S.'

Author: 
T. H. Huxley [Thomas Henry Huxley]; Charles Darwin; Darwinism; Darwinian controversy; Origin of Species
Publication details: 
[Seven-page article (pp.142-148), extracted from Macmillan's Magazine, London, December 1859 (vol. 1).]
£150.00

A highly influential article, in which the man who would be nicknamed 'Darwin's Bulldog' fires his opening salvo in the Darwinian controversy. (The article would be followed by a letter to The Times, 26 December 1859.) The seven page article (pp.142-148) is on four leaves, 8vo, extracted from a copy of the December 1859 number of 'Macmillan's Magazine'. Disbound and loose. In good condition, on lightly aged and stained paper.

[Catharine Tait, philanthropist.] Printed facsimile of Autograph Letter Signed ('Catharine Tait'), with one addition in her genuine autograph: a circular regarding 'the election of Harriet Amelia Johnson to St Ann's School Brixton'.

Author: 
Catharine Tait (1819-1878), philanthropist [St Ann's School, Brixton; Harriet Amelia Johnson]
Publication details: 
June 1864. Fulham Palace S.W. [London].
£45.00

For information on Tait, see her entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. Aged, worn and lightly stained. The fact that Tait was able to produce a lithographed circular for such a minor purpose indicates her resources. The only words in the document in Tait's genuine autograph are the interpolated 'now & in Jan'. The circular reads: 'My dear Sir | I am very anxious to secure the election of Harriet Amelia Johnson to St Ann's School Brixton. Her father who was well known to us died this year leaving a widow and three children unprovided for.

[John Milton, England's epic poet.] Ten photographic prints of engraved portraits of John Milton, marked up in pencil on the back with instructions for making a block for publication ('Sphere Strip').

Author: 
John Milton, England's epic poet, author of 'Paradise Lost'
Publication details: 
No date or place. [The Sphere, Fleet Street, London? Edwardian?]
£45.00

Ten photographic prints of engraved portraits of Milton, ranging in size from 12.5 x 7.5 cm to 16 x 12 cm. In fair overall condition, with slight age and wear. From different sources. All black and white or sepia, and with a pre-First World War feel. Numbered in pencil on reverse, between 1 and 12 (2 and 3 missing from the sequence), and all with 'Sphere Strip' and '18343'. No. 3 has the following instructions on the reverse: '17th Century | Touch up original where wanted so that the block will come out sharp & clear'.

[Poem on 'Captain Gardiner's Patagonian Mission'.] Printed brochure with poem titled 'The Last Hour: A Scene in Patagonia.'

Author: 
'[delta]', pseudonym [Allen Francis Gardiner (1794-1851), Royal Navy officer and missionary to Patagonia; the Christian Times, London]
Publication details: 
'(From the Christian Times.)' [London] Dated 10 May 1852.
£120.00

For the context see Gardiner's entry in the Oxford DNB. Gardiner's disastrous last mission to Patagonia ended with his death on 6 September 1851, as the last of the seven missionaries to starve to death on Picton Island. No other copy of the present item has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. 4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. Well printed. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and folded several times.

[French snuff boxes, Christie's auction catalogue.] Catalogue of the Collection of Old French Snuff-Boxes and Objects of Vertu formed by Sir Edward Marshall Hall, K.C. deceased.

Author: 
Sir Edward Marshall Hall, K.C. [Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, London auctioneers; French snuff boxes]
Publication details: 
By Order of the Executors. Sold by auction on 22 June 1927 by Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods at their Great Rooms, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London. [Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, London.]
£90.00

14pp, 4to. Stitched into grey printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged, with one corner slightly dog-eared. 143 lots, divided into two sections: 'Miniatures and Enamels' and 'Objects of Vertu'. The snuff-boxes feature in the latter, and include: '112 A Louis XVI. plain oblong gold snuff-box, with rounded ends and reeded borders - bearing the mark of Henri Clavel, Paris 1778 - the rim engraved "DU PETIT DUNKERQUE"' and '122 A LOUIS XV.

[Bedales School, Petersfield, Hants.] Printed illustrated prospectus and three loose insertions: lists of staff and 'Scholarships, etc., gained at the universities and elsewhere', and 'Additional Information for Parents' from headmaster J. H. Badley.

Author: 
Bedales School, Petersfield, Hants [J. H. Badley, Headmaster]
Publication details: 
Bedales School, Petersfield, Hants. Prospectus dated 1932, printed by Childs of Petersfield; list of scholarships for 1929-31; list of staff dated November 1930; 'Additional Information' by Badley, June 1932.
£150.00

The four items in good condition, lightly aged. None of the four found on OCLC WorldCat. The three items loosely inserted in the prospectus each neatly folded once. ONE: Prospectus. [8]pp, 4to. With nine photographs on seven plates on four leaves of shiny art paper. Stapled into brown wraps with title and device of school printed in red ink on cover.

[François Guizot, historian and Prime Minister of France.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Guizot') to a lady, having procured a ticket for her to the following day's 'Séance Royale'.

Author: 
François Guizot [François Pierre Guillaume Guizot], French historian and statesman, Prime Minister of France under Louis Philippe
Publication details: 
16 June [no year, 1830s or 1840s?] [Paris?]
£120.00

On one side of a 12 x 13 cm piece of paper with the corners cut away to make a irregular octagon shape. In fair condition, lightly aged. Laid down on part of leaf from album. Reads: 'Madame | Voici un billet pour la Séance Royale de demain. Je suis charmé d'avoir pu me le procurer puisque vous le desiriez. | Agréez, je vous prie, Madame, l'hommage de mon respect | Guizot | Dime. Juin 16.' At bottom left, in a contemporary hand: '184'.

[Samuel Foart Simmons, one of the 'mad doctors' of George III.] Autograph case notes for six women, made as physician to St Luke's Hospital, London.

Author: 
Samuel Foart Simmons (1750-1813), physician, one of the 'mad doctors' of George III [St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics, Old Street, London]
Publication details: 
[St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics, Old Street, London.] Case notes for three of the patients only dated (date of admission?) July, September and December 1789. Others no year given. Notes (of examination?) dated to 8 and 15 January [1790].
£280.00

St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics was founded in 1750 by City of London philanthropists to treat mental illness among the poor of London. In 1786 it moved from Moorfields to Old Street, where it remained until 1916. Simmons was appointed physician to the hospital in 1781. 6pp, 16mo. A piece of laid watermarked paper has been neatly torn into three 16 x 10 cm leaves: a bifolium, with the single leaf loosely inserted. In good condition, lightly aged. A poignant artefact. Simple, brief notes, giving age, name, date [of admission], address, some with follow-up notes. The six women are 'Eliz.

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