CHAMPION

[Willie Smith, World Billiards Champion, 'the greatest all-round billiards player who ever lived'.] Autograph Signature ('Willie Smith') in response for autograph.

Author: 
Willie Smith (1886-1982), World Billiards Champion in 1920 and 1923, said to be 'the greatest all-round billiards player who ever lived', also snooker player who lost World Championship final in 1933
Publication details: 
1 February 1924. No place.
£25.00

On 8 x 11 cm piece of card. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount on reverse. A good bold signature, clearly in response to a request for an autograph. Reads: 'Yours Truly | Willie Smith | 1 – 2 – 24'. Smith has made a short line under the date, but the signature is not underlined.

[Edmund Burke, Anglo-Irish statesman, orator and author] Autograph Signature and seal on part of document relating to William Burke of Madras, with those of his son Richard Burke; Lord Ravensworth (with seal); Richard Champion and two others.

Author: 
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Anglo-Irish statesman, orator and author; his son Richard Burke (1758-1794); Henry Liddell, Lord Ravensworth (1708-1784); Richard Champion (1743-1791)
Publication details: 
[Circa August 1782.]
£300.00

On 11.5 x 20 cm piece of paper, cut from a document. The signatures of Ravensworth and Burke are written in firm clear hands one above the other to the right of the page, with their respective seals in red wax to the right of them. In good condition, lightly aged, and laid down on 11.5 x 20 cm piece of cream paper removed from an album. Slight loss at head of Burke's seal caused when paper was folded. The signature and seal of 'Ravensworth' is at top right, and at top left: 'Signed Sealed & Delivered by the said Right Honble.

[ A Royal Navy engineer in the Far East and Pacific, 1882-1891. ] Account book of George Parsons, latterly Chief Engineer of HMS Champion, recording his personal and professional expenses on various tours of duty.

Author: 
George Parsons, nineteenth-century Royal Navy Chief Egineer on HMS Champion [ Naval and Maritime ]
Publication details: 
Between August 1882 and May 1891. At locations including Port Said, Alexandria, Portsmouth, London, Suez, Malta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Tokyo, Vladivostock, Shanghai, San Francisco, Vancouver, Esquimault, Honolulu, Halifax. Further accounts,1889-1911.
£320.00

73pp., in a 12mo account book with printed red rules, in dark marbled boards with black cloth spine. Internally in fair condition, aged and worn, in heavily worn binding. Inscribed 'G. Parsons' twice on front endpapers. (Parsons' Royal Navy certificates as an assistant engineer (1872) and engineer (1878) are held by the National Archives.) The present volume contains a full set of accounts, 1882-1891, over 52pp.; less-detailed accounts, 1898-1911, over 8pp.; desultory accounts over 5pp., including two-pages of the 'Furniture Fund | H.M.S.

[ Boxing Booth; printed ] Business card of Billy Wood, sometime Scoittish featherweight champion.

Author: 
Billy Woods, boxer [ boxing booth ]
Publication details: 
No date
£28.00

Business Card, 9 x 6cm, a little grubby. On one side, "The largest travelling Boxing Show | BILLY WOOD | International Boxing Academy | Clean British Sport| 7, Cuttings Avenue |Fulkwood| Sutton-in-Ashfield | Notts. " On the reverse, a faint representation of his elaborate travelling booth, with broad steps, images of boxers in action, and the words "Billy Wood | International Boxing Academy." over the entrance.Note: "Billy Wood was a fighter who ran a boxing booth, a fair ground attraction in which the operator would fight any willing opponent.

[ Pamphlet. ] A Summary of the Principles of Socialism. Written for the Democratic Federation, by H. M. Hyndman and William Morris.

Author: 
H. M. Hyndman and William Morris [ The Democratic Federation, London ]
Publication details: 
London: The Modern Press, 13 and 14, Paternoster Row, E.C. 1884.
£75.00

62pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, on aged paper, and separated into two parts at pp.16-17. The title-page only gives Hyndman and Morris as the authors, but In type, at end, is the following: 'Signed the Executive Committee of the Democratic Federation, | E. Belfort Bax. | Herbert Burrows. | R. D. Butler. | H. H. Champion, | Hon. Secretary. | W. J. Clark, | Lecture Secretary. | H. A. Fuller. | H. M. Hyndman, | Chairman. | J. L. Joynes. | Tom. S. Lemon. | James Macdonald. | William Morris, | Hon. Treasurer | James F. Murray. | H. Quelch. | A. Scheu. | Helen Taylor.

[ Pamphlet. ] Wrongs that require Remedies, Being the first of four Lectures delivered in the West End of London during June, 1887, by H. H. Champion.

Author: 
H. H. Champion [ Henry Hyde Champion (1859-1928), socialist and journalist ] [ The Aberdeen Standard ]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen: Published at the Aberdeen Standard Office. 1893.
£45.00

15pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The second page (reverse of title) carries a list of 'Pamphlets by the same Writer, on Labour Questions. Now Ready (Sept., 1893.)' and is headed: 'NOTE - This Pamphlet contains the substance of an address to an audience of wealthy people in St. James's Hall, Piccadilly, in the middle of the London Season in the Jubilee year.' Scarce. For more on Champion, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Pamphlet. ] An Eight-Hour Law.

Author: 
H. H. Champion [ Henry Hyde Champion (1859-1928), socialist and journalist ] [ The Aberdeen Standard ]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen: Published at the Aberdeen Standard Office. 1893. [ 'Printer: JAMES BLAIR, 15 St. Nicholas St., Aberdeen. ]
£45.00

[16]pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. Scarce. For more on Champion, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.

[Jaroslav Drobny, Czechoslovakian tennis player, winner of Wimbledon in 1954.] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Jaroslav Drobny [Jaroslav Drobný] (1921-2001), Czechoslovakian tennis player, winner of Wimbledon in 1954 [Hugh Foot, Baron Caradon (1907-1990); Leonard Cheshire (1917-1992)]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£80.00

On a piece of 6 x 10 cm paper. Laid down on leaf removed from autograph album, next to a newspaper cutting of a photograph of Drobny at play. Three autographs on slips of paper laid down on the reverse of the leaf: one of 'Leonard Cheshire' and two of Hugh Foot (one 'Hugh Foot' and the other 'Hugh Caradon').

Typed Letter Signed, in English, to R. W. C. Vail of the Roosevelt House Library and Museum, with typed invoice.

Author: 
Edouard Champion, Paris bookseller, publisher and autograph dealer, 'Seul Agent (France, Belgique, Suisse) du British Museum'
Publication details: 
Both items dated 11 July 1924, and both on his letterhead.
£125.00

Both items fair, on lightly-aged paper. Both with list of Champion's publications down the left-hand margin, and with the list continuing in the letter to the blank second page. Letter: 4to, 1 p. He is sending 'a few documents which I have so far collected' relating to the Marquis de Chamilly. 'It is a long time since I last heard from the ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION, and am always at your entire disposal.' Invoice: Landscape 8vo. 12mo, 1 p. Containing five Chamilly letters, totalling 268 francs.

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