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[Sir Edward J. Poynter, painter, President of the Royal Academy.] Autograph Card Signed ('Edward J. Poynter') to 'Mr. Armstrong' [journalist George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945)], arranging a meeting around 'the private view of Burne Jones's pictures

Author: 
Sir Edward John Poynter [Sir Edward John Poynter] (1836-1919), painter and President of the Royal Academy [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945), journalist]
Publication details: 
Card with letterhead of 28 Albert Gate, S.W. [London] 23 April 1890.
Upon request

On one side of a 9 x 11.5 cm card, with letterhead printed in red at top right. In good condition, lightly-aged. Annotated on otherwise-blank reverse, which bears traces of glue from mount at corners. Reads: 'Ap. 23. 90 | Dear Mr. Armstrong | I forgot that on Friday I go to the R.A. in the aft. & to the private view of Burne Jones's pictures. Will Saturday suit you as well? Yrs. sincy | Edward J. Poynter.'

[James Nasmyth, Scottish engineer, inventor and artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Nasmyth', with fingerprint jokingly appended to signature as 'Hys marke', inviting the artist John Callcott Horsley to dinner with 'Col Colville' and others.

Author: 
James Nasmyth [James Hall Nasmyth] (1808-1890), Scottish engineer, inventor and artist [John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), artist]
Publication details: 
[Baileze?] Hotel. 14 January 1880.
£180.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Signed 'James Nasmyth', with a fingerprint beneath the signature, flanked by the words 'Hys' and 'marke', and with 'impression before Letters' jokingly added beneath. Written in a shaky hand, the letter invites Horsley to a dinner 'to meet Col Colville Mrs. [Maclins?] and Dr. [Savile?]'.

[John Callcott Horsley, RA, painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. C. Horsley.') to 'Archdeacon Farrar' [Frederic William Farrar], asking him to officiate at the wedding of his daughter Fanny to Dr Arthur Whitelegge.

Author: 
John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), RA, painter [Frederic William Farrar (1831-1903), Desn of Canterbury]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of High Row, Kensington, W. [London] 31 January 1885.
£56.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium of grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged.

[Lady Butler, popular Victorian military painter of such works as 'Scotland Forever!']

Author: 
Lady Butler [Elizabeth Southerden Butler, Lady Butler; born Elizabeth Thompson] (1846-1933), popular British military artist [John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), artist]
Publication details: 
Dennett Lodge, Crockham, nr. Edenbridge, Kent. 17 June [1882].
£56.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She thanks her for her 'kind invitation to dinner on the 4th', but regrets that she will 'not be in Town till long after that date, being here to get landscape studies for my new picture for a month.' She is pleased that her correspondent is 'well again', and sends her compliments to her husband. The letter does not give a year, but comes from a batch of correspondence relating to a charitable dinner organised by J. C. Horsley in 1882 for 'the Hospital Committee'. It is not clear which of her pictures Lady Butler is referring to.

[Lord Birkett, judge who officiated at the Nuremberg Trials.] Two Typed Letters Signed (both 'Norman Birkett') to 'Mr Burnett', i.e. Hugh Burnett, producer of BBC TV series 'Face to Face', regarding arrangements for his interview by John Freeman.

Author: 
Lord Birkett [William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett] (1883-1962), judge, a British representative at the Nuremberg Trials [Hugh Burnett (1924-2011), producer of BBC TV series 'Face to Face']
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, W.C.2. 25 May and 9 July 1953.
£56.00

'Face to Face', consisting of interviews of notable figures by John Freeman, was a television milestone, and Birkett's was the first interview in the series, broadcast on 4 February 1959. As Burnett recalled in his book of the series: 'Lord Birkett was the first guest on FACE TO FACE. It was a live transmission, as were most FACE TO FACE broadcasts, and much of the character and success of the whole new series depended on his candour and co-operation. We plotted together as we had often done in the past. He enjoyed broadcasting and he liked the challenge of attempting something new.

[Arthur, Duke of Connaught, to Lord Colville.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Arthur'), regarding his brother and 'smoking concerts', and an 'entrée card' for 'the Baronne & Madelle. de Fougères'.

Author: 
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1942), son of Queen Victoria, Governor General of Canada [Charles John Colville, 1st Viscount Colville of Culross (1818-1903), courtier]
Publication details: 
The first on letterhead of Bagshot Park, Surrey, 12 January 1886; the second and third on Buckingham Palace letterheads, and both dated 6 May 1899.
£120.00

The three letters in good condition, on lightly aged paper, each folded once. ONE: 12 January 1886. 2pp, 12mo. He is 'very anxious to know the dates of the smoking concerts' as his brother is 'leaving tomorrow', and he 'did not want to bother him with a letter & I felt sure that you would give me the information'. He ends: 'I find deep snow here'. TWO: 6 May 1899. 3pp, 12mo. His friends 'the Baronne & Madelle. de Fougères' are to be 'presented at the Drawing room of the 16th.

[George Vicat Cole,RA, Victorian artist.] Autograph Letter Signed to John Callcott Horsley, RA, enclosing a belated 'small donation' which missed his dinner for 'a charitable purpose'.

Author: 
George Vicat Cole (1833-1893), popular Victorian painter [John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), artist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Little Campden House, Kensington, W. [London] 6 March 1882.
£35.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'I pray your forgiveness. I am sincerely ashamed of my bad behaviours in putting by your letter & forgetting to answer it, especially when it was written for a charitable purpose. With great pleasure I enclose a small donation & am sorry it was not in time for your dinner.'

[ Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author famed for his fairy tales. ] Signed Presentation Inscription ('H. C. Andersen') to 'Guldberg' [the poet - see inscription] ]

Author: 
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), renowned Danish author, famed for his fairy tales [ Christian Høegh-Guldberg (1777-1867) ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [1847?]. On reverse of title leaf of the first volume of the German edition of his 'Gesammelte Werke', published in Leipzig, 'Verlag von Carl B. Lorck', 1847.
£1,100.00

12mo, 1p. On the reverse of the title leaf, extracted from the 1847 Leipzig edition of his collected works. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Note: an intern at the Danish Embassy in London tried to find someone in the Embassy to translate but it defeated them ("Gothic" or "German" so-called). A king reader has translated: den ædle Guldberg / Digteren / den første, som rakte den / fattige dreng Haanden, / bringes dette mit Livs Eventyr, / med Taknemlighed og Venskab / H. C.

[Edwardian paediatric dentistry.] Four pamphlets: Rev. J. O. Bevan, 'Dental Hygiene'; G. Cunningham, 'What the Dentist can do for the State'; C. Edward Wallis, 'The Care of Teeth in Public Elementary Schools'; British Dental Association, 'Memorandum'

Author: 
[Edwardian paediatric dentistry] Rev. J. O. Bevan; British Dental Association; G. Cunningham; C. Edward Wallis; London County Council; Board of Education
Publication details: 
All London, two by John Bale & Sons (one for British Dental Association), London1896, 1906, 1908 and undated.
£320.00

Four pamphlets. Three with red labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London, and all four bearing its stamps and shelfmarks. All in good condition, lightly aged and worn. All now scarce. ONE: Rev. J. O. Bevan, M.A., F.S.A. - Dental Hygiene, Especially in Relation to Children and Schools. ('To be obtained from the author, 55, Gunterstone Road, West Kensington, London, W.' No date.) 8pp, 12mo. Stapled into grey printed wraps. No copy on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[The Royal Aid in Bristol, 1666.] Two Manuscript Assessments of 'three moneths Royall Aide mony' (land and goods) for 58 individuals, each signed by four mayors of Bristol: John Willougby, Walter Sandby, Sir John Knight and John Lawford.

Author: 
[The Royal Aid in Bristol, 1666.] Mayors of Bristol: John Willougby of the Society of Merchant Venturers; Walter Sandby; Sir John Knight; John Lawford
Publication details: 
Both Bristol, 1666.
£850.00

Ainsworth's 'Thesaurus' (1752) neatly defines 'The Royal Aid, or subsidy money' as 'tributum quod regi ex plebiscito in sumptus belli, &c. praestatur'. It was a one-off household tax, set by assessors and collected locally. (For further information see M. J. Braddick's 2013 paper 'Resistance to the Royal Aid and Further Supply in Chester, 1664–1672'.) The present two documents are each laid out in identical fashion, the two carrying different assessments for 'Land' and 'Goods' for the same 58 individuals.

[Paddy Carstairs, film and television director.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mrs Greenwood', the first encouraging her screenwriter aspirations, the second rejecting one of her scripts.

Author: 
Paddy Carstairs [John Paddy Carstairs, born John Keys] (1910-1970), film and television director
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of Two Cities Films Ltd, 15 Hanover Square, London. The first undated (but with date of receipt noted as 10 July 1949; the second dated 22 July 1949.
£50.00

Both 1p, 8vo, and each in fair condition, on aged paper, with creasing along one edge. The first letter with smudged date of receipt in one corner. The first letter signed 'Paddy Carstairs', the second 'John Paddy Carstairs'. ONE: Begins: 'Dear Miss Greenwood | What can I possibly say? I am “set” for my next pic, but always want very unique stories – who doesn't?! | In 22 years (nearly!) I've only sold 3 originals for the screen and none of my novels – you see, there aren't any rules'.

[Rafael Sabatini, Anglo-Italian popular novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss Greenwood', regarding a 'flagrant' cause for complaint, and the removal of his name from the 'author credits' of a film with an 'unutterable scenario'..

Author: 
Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950), Anglo-Italian author of romance and adventure novels
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Clock Mill, Clifford, Hertfordshire. 23 July 1949.
£80.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Folded once. Signed 'Rafael Sabatini'. After thanking her for her letter of sympathy, he notes: 'In the past I have had plenty of cause for complaint, but nothing quite so flagrant.' He has been 'avenged by the Press, which described the unutterable scenario from which the film was made in terms similar to those which I employed when I requested that my name be removed from the “author credits”'. He ends with good wishes to her 'laudable enterprise'.

[Robert Gittings, poet and literary biographer, to close friend playwright Christopher Fry.] Autograph Letter Sgined ('Robert'), largely concerning the writing of their plays 'Masters of Violence' (Gittings) and 'The Dark is Light Enough' (Fry).

Author: 
Robert Gittings [Robert William Victor Gittings] (1911-1992), poet and literary biographer [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
West Broyle House, Chichester. 8 June 1952.
£56.00

For the context of the letter see Pamela M. King's 2007 paper 'Twentieth-Century Medieval-Drama Revivals and the Universities', which states that at the time of the writing, there was in Canterbury 'to be a new play by Robert Gittings about St Alphege and the Danish invasion entitled Makers of Violence', and that at the Pilgrim Players in Norwich planned to put on, at the church of St Peter Mancroft, a production of Fry's 'Sleep of Prisoners'. 2pp, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with a little light damp spotting. Folded once.

[Jomo Kenyatta, first President of Kenya, interviewed by John Freeman for BBC TV series 'Face to Face'.] Producer Hugh Burnett's copy of the typescript of the interview.

Author: 
Jomo Kenyatta (c.1897-1978), First President of Kenya [John Freeman (1915-2014), Labour MP and broadcaster; Hugh Burnett (1924-2011), producer; BBC TV series 'Face to Face']
Publication details: 
Undated transcript of a BBC TV interview broadcast on 26 November 1961.
£180.00

JJohn Freeman's interview with Jomo Kenyatta was broadcast on 26 November 1961 in the BBC TV series 'Face to Face'. The present duplicated typescript of the interview is from the papers of the programme's producer Hugh Burnett, and is edited for publication in the book 'Face to Face | Edited and introduced by Hugh Burnett' (London: Jonathan Cape, 1964). 1p., foolscap 8vo. Headed 'JOMO KENYATTA', otherwise consisting entirely of the transcript, with no other details.

[Eliza Lynn Linton, novelist, pioneering woman journalist and anti-feminist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E: Lynn Linton') to 'Mr. Tinsley' (William Tinsley, proprietor of Tinsley's Magazine), asking for the return of her rejected article 'We Women'.

Author: 
Eliza Lynn Linton (1822-1898), novelist, pioneering woman journalist and anti-feminist [William Tinsley (1831-1902), publisher]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 6 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy Square, W. [London] 12 June 1868.
£100.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with central spike hole. Folded twice. Begins: 'My dear Mr. Tinsley, | I see that you are not going to use my article “We Women,” & I want it so much, to form the basis of a set of articles! - & I have no copy.' She notes that it is 'generally the case with regular workers, that the Editors return the rejected MS' and explains that she has 'destroyed the first rough draft', exclaiming: 'I do hope it is not lost!' She asks him to either tell her if it is lost, so that she may 'know the worst', or if it is not lost, '& is not to be used'.

[Charles Ball, Scottish boxer and 'The most Experienced and Skilful Teacher of Boxing and Indian Clubs in Scotland'.] Publicity leaflet, with account of his career, testimonials, press opinions and image of Ball in his 'Indian Club Entertainment'.

Author: 
Charles Ball, Scottish boxer and 'Professor' of St James' Royal School of Arms, Edinburgh [University Gymnasium, Edinburgh; Fettes College; Gymnastic Academy, Greenock]
Publication details: 
St James' Royal School of Arms, 28 St James' Square, Edinburgh. Undated (circa 1893).
£120.00

4pp, 4to. Bifolium, printed in brown on cream paper. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, folded twice. The first page is headed, beneath the royal crest, 'St James' Royal School of Arms, | 23 ST JAMES' SQUARE, EDINBURGH, | Professor Chas. Ball, | Master of the Art of Self-Defence, | “The most Experienced and Skilful Teacher of Boxing and Indian Clubs in Scotland.” - Vide Press. | Fifteen years Tutor in the University Gymnasium, Edinburgh; Tutor in Fettes College; | and formerly Tutor in the Gymnastic Academy, Greenock, etc.' An elegant production in late-Victorian typographic style.

[Alfredo Campoli, virtuoso violinist.] Autograph Receipt for 'sale of Music Library', Signed over tax stamp.

Author: 
Alfredo Campoli (1906-1991), Italian violinist who settled in England [Jack Salisbury]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 16 Park Avenue, Golders Green, London. 13 August 1947.
£80.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Signed, over a red 'Postage Revenue' 2d stamp: 'Alfredo Compoli. | August 13th. 1947'. Above this the receip, in Compoli's autograph, reads: 'Received £500 (five hundred pounds) in full, (£200 deposit – and £250 in cash – also cheque value £50 (dated August 11th. 1947) for Sale of Music Library (Salon Orchestra, & Trio)'. Accompanying the document is an unsigned autograph receipt on a worn slip of white paper, reading: 'April 28th. 1947 | Received, from Jack Salisbury Esq.

[Thomas Davidson, Scottish palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Davidson') to S. P. Woodward of the British Museum Department of Geology, notifying him of various developments in the field.

Author: 
Thomas Davidson (1817-1885), Scottish palaeontologist, author of monumental 'Monograph of British Fossil Brachiopoda' [Samuel Pickworth Woodward (1821-1865) of British Museum Department of Geology]
Publication details: 
2 Grosvenor Place, Brixton. 5 May 1852.
£180.00

A good letter, breathing enthusiasm for his field of study. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. He begins by stating that he will not be calling at the Museum that week, but writes to 'drop you a line to say that I have received a very long letter from Mr [Suett?] full of details regarding Ilrigocephalus etc and in which he mentions that he can drown you with notes on Rudists'. He also refers to 'a good paper by V. Hauren on the Structure etc of Caprina Partschi' ('a synonym of Cap. Paradoxa Matheron').

[Colonel Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling of the Highland Brigade, Scottish soldier and military historian.] First four pages of Autograph Letter to 'Maclean', describing his efforts to obtain a commission for Maclean's 'Young friend'.

Author: 
Colonel Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling (1805–1871), Scottish soldier who distinguished himself during the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny, author of 'The Highland Brigade in the Crimea'
Publication details: 
3 South Place, Knightsbridge. 1 November 1856.
£120.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Evidently incomplete: the first part only of a long letter. Begins: 'My dear Maclean | I have it not in my heart to put forward an excuse for very long silence, beyond an amount of employment the like of which I have never had thrown upon me before, for many years.' He hopes to see him, but leaves that night 'for the North on a tour of inspection'.

[Henry Livings, playwright and screenwriter.] Typed Letter Signed ('Henry Livings') to Ian McPherson

Author: 
Henry Livings (1929-1998), Lancastrian playwright and screenwriter [Ian McPherson]
Publication details: 
49 Grains Road, Delph, Oldham [Lancashire]. 18 September 1986.
£40.00

1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, folded twice. He does not have a copy of his book 'Flying Eggs', but intends 'to order a few. Since computerization, ordering is a longwinded business, but there's reasonable hope they'd arrive before the Christmas post.' He gives instruction concerning payment and postage. He makes a suggestion if McPherson should 'at any point in the future [be] tempted to buy my first book of short stories, PENNINE TALES' (go for the paperback which is cheaper and 'much better edited').

[John E. B. Mayor, Cambridge Professor of Latin, to his brother the philosopher J. B. Mayor.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Joe', attacking his former pupil the classicist Augustus Samuel Wilkins, and giving a list of references to Cicero.

Author: 
John E. B. Mayor [John Eyton Bickersteth Mayor] (1825-1910), Professor of Latin at Cambridge [his brother Joseph Bickersteth Mayor (1828-1916); Augustus Samuel Wilkins (1843–1905); St John's College]
Publication details: 
No place. 'Wednesday Evening' [no date, but 1870s].
£80.00

References to the recipient's 'little ones', and to 'Jessie and the children' would date the letter to the early 1870s. Of particular interest is the criticism of Mayor's former student 'Wilkins', this being Augustus Samuel Wilkins (1843-1905), later Professor of Latin at Owens College, Manchester, who had been President of the Cambridge Union in 1868. 4pp, 12mo. The letter, signed 'John E B Mayor', covers the first two pages; the final two pages carry a list of around twenty textual references to Cicero, at the end of which are a few more in pencil in another hand (J. B. Mayor's?). Bifolium.

[Lord Gifford, recipient of the Victoria Cross.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Gifford') to 'Robson', responding to his 'kindness' by supplying him with a Transport Department order for carts.

Author: 
Lord Gifford, VC [Major Edric Frederick Gifford, 3rd Baron Gifford] (1849-1911), awarded Victoria Cross for conduct at taking of Becquah, Third Anglo-Ashanti War; Colonial Secretary, Western Australia
Publication details: 
On government letterhead of the Monastery Camp, Nikosia. 17 November 1878.
£100.00

1p, 12mo. Aged and worn, with slight damage to corners from mounting. The handwriting is a little odd: childish and slightly backwards-sloping. The letter reads: 'My dear Robson. | Many thanks for your letter, & His Excellency is much obliged for your kindness. On the back of this I have written an order for the Transport Dept. to supply you with carts to bring the [Corps?] up to Nikosia, would you fill in the number required.'

[Charles Causley, Cornish poet.] Three Typed Letters Signed (all 'Charles Causley') to Ian McPherson, discussing proposed readings, and the difficulty of fitting in 'teaching and writing comitments with other activities'.

Author: 
Charles Causley [Charles Stanley Causley] (1917-2003), Cornish poet [Ian McPherson]
Publication details: 
All three on Causley's letterhead, 2 Cyprus Well, Launceston, Cornwall. 9 December 1974; 20 July 1975; 2 December 1976.
£200.00

All three 1p, landscape 12mo. All in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: 9 December 1974. He thanks him for 'the invitation […] But as I'm teaching full-time here now, this would be very difficult to arrange as far as schools visits would be concerned. (I asked the Arts Council to take my name off the schools list, but they don't seem to have done so).' He suggests a 'reading during the holiday break, perhaps. One aimed principally at adults, I mean.' The 'London Poetry Secretariat/Arts Council link-up' might 'provide some kind of subsidy'.

[Mrs Sarah Ellis (Sarah Stickney Ellis), Victorian author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sarah S. Ellis') to the female editor of a magazine, apologising for delay in article on 'Java Sparrows' and announcing 'a better story in the Child's department'.

Author: 
Mrs Sarah Ellis [Sarah Stickney Ellis, born Sarah Stickney] (1799-1872), Quaker (later Congregationalist) author of numerous books, several on woman's place in society
Publication details: 
Rose Hill [Lord Street, Hoddesdon]. 4 April [no year].
£120.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The female recipient is unidentified, but would appear to be the editor of a magazine, enquiring after the progress of a 'paper' Ellis has agreed to write on 'Java Sparrows'. Ellis explains that she has 'begun a better story in the Child's department which it is consequently necessary to finish first', to appear 'in the number for June', but that 'your paper shall certainly come next'. The handwriting is not altogether straightforward, but Ellis appears to say here that 'stories will not always [write?] up when [necessary?]'.

[Sir William Napier, author of the 'History of the Peninsular War'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Napier') to 'Sir' Nicholas Trant, correcting and criticising the Marquess of Londonderry's rival history.

Author: 
General Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier], Anglo-Irish British Army officer and historian of the Peninsular War [Nicholas Trant; Charles Vane, Marquess of Londonderry]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [With postmarked year 1828?]
£420.00

The present letter dates from the time of the appearance of the first volume of Napier's 'History of the Peninsular War' (1828-1840), and in it Napier criticises the recently-published rival 'Story of the Peninsular War by the late Marquess of Londonderry; with continuation by G.R.

[King of Samoa.] Autograph Lettter Signed ('Malietoa'), in Samoan, with covering letter (English) by H.W. Whitmee of the Independent College, Taunton (letterhead), prob. related to S.J. Whitmee, missionary, naturalist and friend of R.L. Stevenson.

Author: 
King of Samoa [Susuga Malietoa Laupepa (1841-1898), ruler (Malietoa) of Samoa, 1875–1887, 1889–1898]
Publication details: 
'Mulinuu [Mulinu'u] | 18 Fepuali [February] 1892.'
£850.00

ONE: Autograph Letter Signed ('Malietoa'). 1p, 4to. On ruled paper. In good condition, lightly aged, folded three times. A tentative reading (by a non-speaker of Samoan) is: 'Misi Uatime | Faffean Apia | Iau Susugae! | Faumolemole sii e silasila gneile faasamoa sa faia e u Le'an'anae o le tulagono lena fro na Tonu? I le toc faa foi mai ai pe a ua tatan ma lon taofi.| Oa'n | Malietoa | fe tupa o Samoa'. 'TWO: Covering Autograph Letter Signed from 'H. W. [Whitwell?]' to 'Mr. Stoate', on embossed letterhead of the Independent College Taunton, 6 January 1894. 2pp, 12mo.

[Luigi Agnesi [Louis Ferdinand Leopold Agniez], Belgian operatic bass-baritone.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Agnesi'), in French, regarding charitable work, and declaring, 'Les malheureux sont mes Amis'.

Author: 
Luigi Agnesi [Louis Ferdinand Leopold Agniez] (1833-1875), Belgian operatic bass-baritone, conductor and composer who performed in London at the Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Publication details: 
London. September 1874.
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, folded twice. An elegantly-expressed sentiment: 'Mademoiselle, | Les malheureux sont mes Amis, et l'oeuvre à la quelle vous vous interressez à [sic] toutes mes sympathies; malheureusement je suis si peu de choses que je ne puis vous témoigner que mon bon vouloir a l'oeuvre à la quelle vous vous interressez [sic]si vivement.'

[Sir Samuel White, explorer, discoverer of Lake Albert.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sam W Baker') to 'Mr. Warner' (headmaster of Newton College, Devon), on an attack of gout and his decision to 'resign the Presidentship' (of the College governors).

Author: 
Sir Samuel Baker [Sir Samuel White Baker] (1821-1893), explorer, big game hunter, Ottoman Empire Pasha, Governor-General of Equatorial Nile Basin, discoverer of Lake Albert [Newton College, Devon]
Publication details: 
Sandford Orleigh, Newton Abbot [Devon]. 13 July 1891.
£350.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor damage at head. Folded once. He begins by requesting with 'much respect' to be excused 'on your great day', and explains: 'I write this from my bed, where I am confined with that delectable complaint the gout, and the moment I can move I must be off somewhere, either to Bath, or Buxton, to go through a regular course -'. He complains: 'This country does not agree with one -; we arrived in England 1 May, and I have already had three attacks of gout. I was seven months absent and was entirely free from it.

[Karl Johan Andersson [Charles John Andersson], Swedish explorer in Africa.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chs. J. Andersson'), in English, suggesting that his London publisher 'Mr. Blackett' advertise that the Swedish king has given him a medal.

Author: 
Karl Johan Andersson [Charles John Andersson] (1827-1867), Swedish explorer in Africa, hunter, ornithologist, travel writer [Henry Blackett (1825-1871), London publisher (Hurst & Blackett)]
Publication details: 
14 Cecil Street, Strand [London]. 26 June 1856.
£450.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with fold lines. Annotated up one margin: 'Writer of Travels &c'. Andersson writes: 'Dear Mr. Blackett, - | I enclose a literal translation of a paragraph extracted from one of the best Swedish newspapers, by which you will see that the King has honoured me with a medal. If you think that this paragraph may be of any use to you when advertising the 2d. Edition of “Lake Ngami”, it is quite at your service. Of course you may put it any [sic] language you may think proper. | Yours faithfully | Chs. J. Andersson.' Apparently a scarce autograph.

[Elizabeth Missing Sewell, nineteenth-century religious author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Elizabeth M Sewell') to 'My dearest Annie'

Author: 
Elizabeth M. Sewell [Elizabeth Missing Sewell] (1815-1906), nineteenth-century author of religious and educational books
Publication details: 
Bonchurch [Isle of Wight]. 13 July 1868.
£90.00

See Sewell's entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter reads: 'My dearest Annie | Eliza tells me you wanted a copy of the French Book. I am so glad I happen to have one by me. - for I want you to have it from me. Please accept the book with love. | Yours very affly | Elizabeth M Sewell | Bonchurch. July 13th. 1868'.

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