CHARLES

[Sir George Jessel, Master of the Rolls.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Jessel') to E. A. Scott, explaining why he has changed his mind about withdrawing his son [the future Sir Charles James Jessel] from Rugby School.

Author: 
Sir George Jessel (1824-1883), British judge, Master of the Rolls, the first Jew to be a regular member of the Privy Council [his son Sir Charles James Jessel (1860-1928); E. A. Scott of Rugby School]
Publication details: 
24 October 1878; Ladham House, Goldhurst.
£250.00

For Jessel's judicial high standing see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. In envelope with Penny Red and postmarks, and 'LADHAM HOUSE, | GOLDHURST' printed on the flap, addressed by Jessel to 'E. A. Scott Esq | Schoolfield | Rugby | Warwickshire'. The envelope is signed 'G. Jessel' at bottom left of cover, and the letter concludes with the same signature. He is 'glad to be able now to withdraw the notice' he gave Scott about his son Charles 'leaving Rugby'.

[Edmond Brock, painter.] Five Autograph Letters Signed (four signed 'Edmond Brock' and one 'E. Brock') to Colonel F. H. L. Oldham, regarding a commission to paint his wife Christabel Josephine Oldham.

Author: 
Edmond Brock [Charles Edmond Brock] (1882-1952), painter [Colonel Frederick Hugh Langston Oldham Overley Hall, Shropshire]
Publication details: 
Four from 1920, the other undated but from the same period. Four from 2 St John's Wood Studios, Queens Terrace, [London] N.W.8., three of them on letterheads; the other from Merrieweathers House, Mayfield, Sussex.
£250.00

An interesting correspondence, casting light on the practicalities of early twentieth-century English portrait-painting. The recipient is Colonel Frederick Hugh Langston Oldham, D.S.O., D.L., of Overley Hall, near Wellington, Shropshire, eldest son of the Archdeacon of Ludlow, and the letter concerns Brock's portrait of Oldham's wife Christabel Josephine Oldham. The five letters in good condition, lightly aged. The four dated letters are dated between 25 February and 13 July 1920. The total 9pp (seven in 8vo and two in 12mo).

[Sir Charles Scudamore, celebrated physician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chas Scudamore') to Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick House, discussing his writing and dire financial situation, and making a 'humiliating' appeal for the deferment of a debt.

Author: 
Sir Charles Scudamore (1779-1849), celebrated physician and medical author [Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
28 December 1833; Wimpole Street [London].
£250.00

Scudamore's entry in the Oxford DNB does not refer to the financial difficulties which he describes in this interesting letter, surprising in the light of his royal patronage and success as an author. 3pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmark and seal in black wax, to 'The | Revd. Sir Thomas Cullum | Bart | Hardwick House | Bury St Edmunds'. Forwarded, in another hand, to 'Sir T G C | No 3 | Porto del Popolo | Rome'. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor trace of mount adhering. Folded four times.

[Samuel Lover, Irish painter, author, entertainer.] Autograph Letter in third person to Sir Thomas Gery Cullum and wife, explaining why pressures of 'public engagement' mean he must stay at his hotel rather than enjoy 'the hospitality of Hardwicke'.

Author: 
Samuel Lover (1797-1868), Irish miniature painter, author, songwriter and singer, friend of Charles Dickens [Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House, his wife Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875)]
Publication details: 
26 February 1845; Bell Hotel, Bury St Edmunds.
£100.00

According to his entry in the Oxford DNB, 'In 1844 Lover abandoned miniature painting as a result of failing eyesight but continued to paint and exhibit landscapes. He invented a new form of entertainment which he called Irish Evenings, a monologue of songs, recitations, and stories, all of his own composition. These he performed at the Princess's Concert Rooms, London.' Between 1846 and 1848 he toured North America with great success. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice.

[Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, obstetric surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Cullum, describing in moving terms his wife's last illness and subsequent events.

Author: 
Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke (1782-1857), accoucheur, obstetric surgeon and physician to Queen Adelaide [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), widow of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
24 July 1856; Caston Rectory, Attleborough [Norfolk].
£180.00

See Clarke's entry in the Oxford DNB. The present letter, signed 'Charles Mansfield Clarke', was written (from Caston, where Clarke's son-in-law Walter Patridge was rector) a few weeks after the death on 3 July 1856 of Clarke's wife of fifty years, Mary Anna (née Squire), by whom he had two sons and five daughters. Lady Clarke's own husband had died a year and a half before, on 26 January 1855. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount on reverse of second leaf. Folded once.

[John Stevens Henslow, mentor of Charles Darwin, and Sir Charles Dilke, Whig politician.] Autograph Letter Signed from Henslow to Lady Cullum, forwarding an Autograph Letter Signed to him from Dilke.

Author: 
John Stevens Henslow (1796-1861), botanist, geologist, and mentor of Charles Darwin; Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke (1810-1869), Whig politician [Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House and
Publication details: 
Dilke's letter from Filey, Yorkshire; 15 August 1859. Henslow's letter from Hitcham, Bildeston, Suffolk; 21 August 1859.
£250.00

The two items are on the same 12mo bifoliate. Dilke wrote his letter on the recto of the first leaf, leaving the second blank. Henslow wrote his letter on the blank leaf and folded the letter round so that his would appear first. The bifolium is in good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of the mount adhering to the reverse of the leaf carrying Dilke's letter on its recto. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from Henslow to Lady Cullum. 2pp, 12mo. In an elegant hand, he writes: 'Dear Lady Cullum, | I forward the letters of Messrs.

[Charles Waterton, naturalist.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Lady Cullum, regarding: his approach to natural history, shipwreck, indisposition, temperance campaigner Father Mathew in Wakefield, lions and lion cubs, 'little roman owls'.

Author: 
Charles Waterton (1782-1865), naturalist and explorer [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855), 8th Baronet of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
12 July 1842; 17 July 1843; 17 April 1853. All three addressed from Walton Hall [Wakefield, Yorkshire].
£1,200.00

Three excellent and characteristic long letters, neatly and closely written, in the first of which he describes 'the little tide of misfortune' which has befallen him, including shipwreck and indisposition; in the second he gives a vivid account of a visit to Wakefield by the temperance campaigner Father Mathew; and in the last he explains is reluctance to dissect the body of a bird she has sent him, exclaiming: 'I never do things by halves in Natural History'. Along the way there are references to 'my little roman owls' and 'my lions and my lion cubs'.

[Charles Babbage, 'the father of the computer'.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr MacKinnon' [William Alexander Mackinnon, MP for Rye], expressing regret at not being able to call on him.

Author: 
Charles Babbage (1791-1871), 'the father of the computer', mathematician, inventor and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a digital programmable computer [William Alexander Mackinnon]
Publication details: 
Dorset Street, Manchester Square [London]. 1 July 1864.
£650.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Tipped-in onto a piece of paper cut from an album compiled by Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House. Reads: 'Mr Babbage much regrets that he was unable to have the pleasure of waiting on Mr MacKinnon on Wednesday last.' Babbage's correspondence identifies the recipient as William Alexander Mackinnon (1789-1870), Member of Parliament for Rye, Fellow of the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries.

[Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice in Wonderland'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. L. Dodgson'), explaining 'the law, as regards dramatic performances' to an individual who wishes to stage one of his works.

Author: 
Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898)], author of 'Alice in Wonderland'
Publication details: 
'Ch. Ch. [i.e. Christ Church College] Oxford | Dec. 31 (91' [1891].
£2,650.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount adhering to the reverse of the blank second leaf. Good firm signature. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, | I am neither the author, nor owner of copyright, of any plays. If you wish to dramatise any book for yourself, you have full right to do so. Also, if you wish to perform, in public, any play, you have full right to do so, so long as you do not charge for admission.

[Charles Stuart Calverley, poet, classical scholar and wit.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C S. Calverley') to Charles R. Steggatt, declining to order cigars with the comment: 'I never by any chance smoke a cigar.'

Author: 
Charles Stuart Calverley [born Charles Stuart Blayds] (1831-1884), poet, classical scholar and wit
Publication details: 
18 December 1880. 12 Mostyn Terrace, Grand Parade, Eastbourne.
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In envelope with penny red stamp and postmark, addressed to Steggatt at 53 Norwich Street, Cambridge. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | I regret that I cannot give you an order. I have no doubt of the excellence of the cigars, but I never by any chance smoke a cigar. | Believe me | Yours truly | C S. Calverley'. A nice Cambridge association, given that Calverley's most famous poem is 'Ode to Tobacco', and that it features in Cambridge on a brass plaque on the wall of the former Bacon's tobacconists.

[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 'the Prince of Preachers'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. H. Spurgeon'), to a newspaper editor, regarding a meeting at the Tabernacle. Together with a Negretti and Zambra carte de visite with facsimile signature.

Author: 
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), 'the Prince of Preachers', popular Particular Baptist preacher [Passmore & Alabaster, Paternoster Row publishers; Negretti & Zambra, Crystal Palace photographers]
Publication details: 
Letter: 5 November [no year, but after 1861]. Nightingale Lane, Balham, Surrey. Undated carte de visite 'Photographed by Negretti & Zambra, Crystal Palace' and published by Passmore & Alabaster, Paternoster Buildings, London, E.C.
£180.00

See Spurgeon's entry in the Oxford DNB. He was accorded one of the first of the LCC Blue Plaques at his address, 99 Nightingale Lane, but it does not state when he lived at that address. He opened his Metropolitan Tabernacle, then the largest building in England for public worship, at the Elephant and Castle in 1861. Letter: 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The recipient is not named. Begins: 'Dear Sir, | Next Sunday evening, Nov 10 my people will again stay away from the Tabernacle that strangers may find room. Please allow me to intimate this in your columns.

[Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist, to Octavian Blewitt.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. T.'), asking 'Mr Blewitt' [Octavian Blewitt] to omit a reference to the 'failure' of Charles Dickens ('privately my friend') and Lord Lytton in an article.

Author: 
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), Victorian novelist, author of 'The Chronicles of Barsetshire' [Octavian Blewitt (1810-1884), Secretary of the Royal Literary Fund; Charles Dickens; Bulwer Lytton]
Publication details: 
25 February 1870. On letterhead of Waltham House, Waltham Cross.
£3,000.00

The letter contains an undertaking by Trollope to publish a piece by Blewitt, but the Wellesley Index has no record of a piece by Blewitt being published at this time in the St Paul's, of which Trollope was editor. The nature of the 'failure' of Dickens (who would be dead within months) and Lytton, is unclear, but it may concern the provision for impoverished authors.

[Benno Moiseiwitsch, virtuoso Ukrainian/Russian concert pianist.] Autograph Signature on inscription to an autograph hunter. With signatures on reverse of pianist Irene Kohler and composer Charles Hambourg.

Author: 
Benno Moiseiwitsch (1890-1963), concert pianist born in Odessa (Ukraine) in the Russian Empire, and who settled in England [Irene Kohler; Charles Hambourg]
Publication details: 
The three signatures from 1946. No place.
£65.00

On 7 x 10.5 piece of orange paper, removed from an autograph album. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Expansive signature, with surname underlined and dots to i's like dashes. Reads: 'Good luck to you! | Benno Moiseiwitsch | Decr. 1946'. Autographs on reverse, dated to 21 July 1946, of composer 'Charles Hambourg' and pianist 'Irene Kohler' (1909-1996).

[Charles E. Wadsworth ('Waddy'), Great Cranberry Isle painter and poet.] Copy of 'Weathers | Poetry and Watercolors', inscribed to Christopher Fry. With copy of 'Waddy's Anglo-Iberian Excursion' by Charlie Harmon.

Author: 
Charles E. Wadsworth (1917-2002), American painter and poet of the Great Cranberry Isles artists community; Charlie Harmon, music editor, assistant to Leonard Bernstein [Christopher Fry, playwright]
Publication details: 
'Weathers', one of 105 copies by The Tidal Press, Cranberry Isles, Maine, 1998. 'Waddy's Anglo-Iberian Excursion' self-printed after April 2002.
£500.00

Both items scarce, with no copies showing up on OCLC WorldCat. ONE: 'Weathers | Poetry and Watercolors by Charles E. Wadsworth'. [4] + 41 + [1]pp, 4to. With seven full-page reproductions of watercolours. Ring-bound in cream covers, with title printed on front cover in brown. Text printed on rectos only. In good condition, bumped at head of spine, with a little marking to covers. Inscribed on fly-leaf: 'For Christopher to enjoy | from | Waddy and Jeannie | Cranberry Isles | Maine, U.S.A.' Colophon gives short biography of Wadsworth, with an even shorter one of his brother Geoffrey C.

[John Burton Rondeau of Salford, Manchester book collector.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J B Rondeau') to a bookseller, explaining how he made purchases from the Bindon Blood and Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe collections.

Author: 
J. B. Rondeau [John Burton Rondeau] (1825-1862) of Salford, book collector [James Crossley; Cheetham's Library, Manchester; Bindon Blood; Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe; Bernard Quaritch, bookseller]
Publication details: 
17 July 1858. No place. [Salford or Manchester?]
£45.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Heavily aged, worn and creased, with traces of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. There is no salutation. The letter begins: 'It is impossible to make the best selection, out of 11 vols which I gave Quaritch, £8. for, from the Bindon Blood Collection, and 3 thick vols, collected by the very well known Collector Chas. Kirkpatrick Sharpe of Edinbro'. I bought from Upham & Beet for £4. nett so many curious amongst the above vols.' He hopes some of these volumes will be useful to the recipient, 'now, and already before sent'.

[Chiswick Press, London.] Small printed pamphlet: 'A List of Typographical and Bibliographical Works by Chas. T. Jacobi | Managing Partner of the Chiswick Press'.

Author: 
'Chas. T. Jacobi, Managing Partner of the Chiswick Press' [Charles Whittingham and Co., London publishers and printers]
Publication details: 
London: At the Chiswick Press | Tooks Court, Chancery Lane'. [Colophon: 'Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Co. Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.'] No date [1909].
£120.00

[16]pp, 16mo (11.5 x 7.5 cm). Stitched unpaginated pamphlet, tastefully printed with decorative headpiece to title, and the Press's celebrated device to the colophon. A frail survival, aged, worn and spotted, with one corner of last leaf dogeared. At foot of title-page: 'Any volume will be sent on receipt of Postal Order in advance.' Following the title-page are two pages with a history of 'The Chiswick Press. | Founded 1789.' Then a full-page advertisement for 'A Practical Treatise on the Art of Typography', with a full page containing 'Some Press Opinions'.

[Charles Mackay, Scottish poet, journalist and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chas Mackay') to Rev. G. Bainton, granting permission to publish a letter.

Author: 
Charles Mackay (1814-1889), Scottish poet, journalist, and author of 'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds' [Rev. George Bainton (1847-1925)]
Publication details: 
12 October 1887; 47 Longridge Road, South Kensington [London].
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight nick at gutter of bifolium. Addressed 'To | Revd G Bainton.' Reads: 'Dear Sir | You are quite at liberty to publish my letter. - If it finds its way into the papers, I should be obliged if you would kindly forward me a copy. | Ever yours truly | Chas Mackay'.

[Charles Nodier, French Romantic supernatural author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles Nodier'), in French, explaining to an unnamed count that his friend and protégé 'M. Leharivel' is not eligible for membership of the Academie Française.

Author: 
Charles Nodier [Jean Charles Emmanuel Nodier] (1780-1844), French Romantic author of fantastic and supernatural tales, Librarian of Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Member of the Académie Française
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£450.00

1p, 12mo. Seventeen lines of closely written text. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, laid down on a leaf from an album. The recipient is not named, but is addressed as 'Monsieur le Comte'. The letter concerns the count's 'ami et protégé' 'M. Leharivel' [author of 'Grammaire Francaise Pasigraphique, Simplifiee Et Regularisee, Pour Servir de Base Fondamentale; Et Anecdotes, Et Contes Historiques (1839) ].

[Charles Manners-Sutton [latterly 1st Viscount Canterbury], Speaker of the House of Commons.] Printed Circular, signed 'C. Manners Sutton', offering himself 'upon re-consideration' as a candidate to represent the University of Cambridge in Parliament

Author: 
Charles Manners-Sutton (1780-1845), 1st Viscount Canterbury, Tory politician, Speaker of the House of Commons, 1817-1835, son of Archbishop of Canterbury [Trinity College; University of Cambridge]
Publication details: 
29 October 1822; Trinity College [Cambridge].
£35.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with negligible traces from mount adhering to corners on blank reverse. A nice piece of Cambridge University ephemera. A crisply-printed circular, addressed to 'SIR', evidently sent to the electors for the University of Cambridge. Seventeen lines of text. He explains that when he first 'heard of the death of our late Representative, Mr.

Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), dramatist, judge, Radical politician.] Autograph Letter in third person [as 'Mr. Serjeant Talfourd'] to the actress Helen Faucit, sending best wishes on her illness while describing his contribution to her album.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), dramatist, judge, Radical politician, friend of Charles Dickens and Charles Lamb [Helen Faucit [Helena Saville Faucit, Lady Martin] (1817-1898), actress]
Publication details: 
3 Serjeant's Inn [London]. 9 January 1841.
£45.00

1p, 16mo. On 14 x 11 cm piece of paper, with margins apparently cut down. Aged, and with slight damage to two words of text caused by removal from mount.At the time of writing Faucit's successful career had been interrupted by the recurrence of a lung condition, necessitating recuperation at a seaside resort. She has evidently asked Talfourd to contribute to an autograph album, soliciting the following response: 'Mr.

[George Thomson, Scottish musician, folklorist, friend of Robert Burns.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Go Thomson') to 'J. M. Muller Esq', regarding bringing 'Beethoven's Sonatas & Trios' to a dinner with Conrad Boisragon.

Author: 
George Thomson (1757-1851), Scottish musician, collector of folk songs, editor and friend of Robert Burns, grandfather of Charles Dickens's wife [Johann Martin Muller (1808-1843); Conrad Boisragon]
Publication details: 
'Baxter's place [Edinburgh] | No 4 Saty. 9 Novr' [1830s or 1840s].
£50.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'J. M. Muller Esq'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tear along one of the two folds and slight creasing at foot, with a panel lacking from the second leaf. The recipient Johann Martin Muller published a few piece of music in Edinburgh in the 1840s.

[Barry Pain, Punch humorist and author of novels, poems and ghost stories.] Autograph Manuscript of long poem titled 'The Dream of Fine Editors | (after the dinner to J. N. Dunn. April 23rd. 1897)'.

Author: 
Barry Pain [Barry Eric Odell Pain] (1864-1928), author, journalist, Punch humorist, author of ghost stories [Fleet Street; James Nicol Dunn; Charles Norris Williamson; Oswald Crawfurd]
Publication details: 
[London. 1897.]
£580.00

4pp, 12mo. On four loose leaves. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with minor traces of grey paper mount along edges on blank reverses. The poem is titled 'The Dream of Fine Editors | (after the dinner to J. N. Dunn. April 23rd. 1897)'. (At the time of the dinner the Scottish journalist James Nicol Dunn (1856-1919) was on the verge of being appointed editor of the Morning Post, a position he would hold from May 1897 to January 1905.) There is no record of the poem having been published, and it is likely to have been written for after-dinner recitation only.

[Mary Cowden Clarke, author and Shakespeare scholar.] Autograph Letter Signed thanking Dorothea Reader for a 'spirited sketch', and describing the 'choice company' in which she will place it. With a signed and dated studio photograph.

Author: 
Mary Cowden Clarke [Mary Victoria Cowden Clarke] (1809-1898), English author, Shakespeare scholar, daughter of Vincent Novello, wife of Charles Cowden Clarke, friend of John Keats and Charles Lamb
Publication details: 
Letter from Villa Novello, Genoa, 25 June 1892. Photograph by G. B. Sciutto e Co., Genoa; signed and dated by her to May 1873.
£200.00

LETTER: 1p, 12mo. Signed 'Mary Cowden Clarke'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount. The letter is addressed at the foot to 'Miss Reader.' It begins: 'Dear Dorothea | Accept my hearty thanks for the spirited sketch you have so kindly sent to me.

[Edward Moxon, publisher and poet, son-in-law of Charles Lamb.] Holograph 'Sonnet' on William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, beginning 'There is in Rydal's vale a river sweet', signed 'Edward Moxon'.

Author: 
Edward Moxon (c.1801-1858), publisher and poet, son-in-law of Charles Lamb, associated with Wordsworth, Tennyson and the printers Bradbury and Evans
Publication details: 
London. 5 January 1847.
£450.00

See Moxon's entry in the Oxford DNB, which describes his association with William Wordsworth as 'arguably his most important publishing relationship'. The present poem was published as 'The Two Streams' in the 'Literary Souvenir' of Alaric Watts in 1830, a year before Moxon published his first volume of Wordsworth's verse. The present item is 1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, and laid down on a leaf removed from an album. Folded three times. Entirely in Moxon's autograph, titled 'Sonnet', and signed at the end 'Edward Moxon | London Jan. 5th | 1847'.

[Sir John Charles Robinson, as Hon. Sec. of the Fine Arts Club, London.] Letter, in a secretarial hand, signed by Robinson ('J C Robinson'), informing Rev. James Beck that he has been elected a member.

Author: 
Sir John Charles Robinson [J. C. Robinson] (1824-1913), painter, etcher, art collector, curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, first President of the Burlington Fine Arts Club, London [James Beck]
Publication details: 
Fine Arts Club, 13 Foulis Terrace, Brompton, S.W. [London] 23 February 1863.
£35.00

2pp, folio. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice.

[Anna Eliza Bray, historical novelist and author.] Autograph Letter Signed to Robert Spence, autograph hunter, regarding the autograph of her father-in-law, the artist Thomas Stothard.

Author: 
Anna Eliza Bray [née Kempe, later Stothard] (1790-1883), historical novelist and author, wife of Charles Alfred Stothard, son of artist Thomas Stothard
Publication details: 
The Vicarage, Tavistock, Devon. 19 June 1852.
£35.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of glue from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. She signs 'Anna Eliza Bray', and the letter is a response to a request of an autograph of the artist Thomas Stothard (1755-1834), father of her late husband Charles Alfred Stothard (1786-1821). She writes that she is 'much gratified' by Spence's 'appreciation of Mr. Stothard, not only as an Artist, but as a man: he was indeed truly estimable'.

[Sir James Anderson, captain of SS Great Eastern.] Autograph Letter Signed to J. C. Parkinson of the Daily News, on his return from laying first transatlantic cable, complaining of 'amateur advisers'. With East Indian Railway, Special Tourist Ticket

Author: 
Sir James Anderson (1824-93), captain of SS Great Eastern during the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866 [Joseph Charles Parkinson; Isambard Kingdom Brunel]
Publication details: 
Anderson's letter: '”Great Eastern” | Augst. 24th. 1865'.
£850.00

Four items from the papers of Joseph Charles Parkinson (1833-1908), journalist, civil servant and social reformer, contributor to the Daily News, All the Year Round, Temple Bar, and associate of Dickens and Wilkie Collins. The material relates to Parkinson's book 'The Ocean Telegraph to India: A Narrative and a Diary' (1870). The four items are laid down on a leaf removed from an album, with typed explanatory notes at the head of both pages. ONE: ALS (signed 'James Anderson') from Anderson to Parkinson, 24 August 1865. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium.

[Sir Charles Hastings, eminent surgeon. ] Letter in a secretarial hand, Signed in Autograph ('Charles Hastings'), as President of the Worcestershire Natural History Society, to manuscript collector Sir Thomas Phillipps.

Author: 
Sir Charles Hastings (1794-1866), surgeon and founder of the British Medical Association [Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), collector of books and manuscripts; Worcestershire Natural History Society]
Publication details: 
Worcester. 1 November 1852.
£75.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Written by Hastings in his capacity as 'President' of the Worcestershire Natural History Society, and addressed to 'Sir Thos Phillips [sic] Bart. | Middle Hill'. A circular letter, neatly written out in a secretarial hand, with Hastings adding no more than his signature.

[Rex Warner, novelist and poet, one of the 'Auden Generation' in 1920s Oxford.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (one 'Rex Warner', one 'Rex E. W.') to Molly Rickards, including unpublished poem, and describing himself as 'insane' and 'misunderstood'.

Author: 
Reginald Ernest Warner, [Rex Warner] (1905–1986), novelist, poet, classicist, and translator [Sir G.K. Rickards; W. H. Auden; Charles Fenby; Cecil Day-Lewis; 1920s Oxford; the Auden Generation]
Publication details: 
Both from 22 St Giles, Oxford. One dated 'Friday' and the other 6 December 1926.
£280.00

According to V. S. Pritchett, Rex Warner was 'the only outstanding novelist of ideas' produced by 'the decade of ideas', and 'the only English novelist to make original and imaginative use of the three-cornered struggle between Fascism, Communism and Democracy'. The present two letters were written – with all the precocious glibness of an undergraduate – while Warner was sharing the house at 22 St Giles with his close friends Cecil Day-Lewis and Charles Fenby. The house would be the setting of Day Lewis's autobiographical novel 'Starting Point' (1938).

[Charles Kean and his wife Ellen Tree prepare to return from America.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rt. Clarke.') from Robert Clarke to Benjamin Webster, asking on Kean's behalf for 'information respecting Theatres in England', discussing Kean and wife.

Author: 
Robert Clarke, actor-manager, Theatre Royal, Liverpool [Charles Kean (1811-1868), actor-manager, son of Edmund Kean, husband of Ellen Tree (1805-1880); Benjamin Webster (1797-1882), actor, dramatist]
Publication details: 
2 Bladud Buildings, Bath. 27 December 1846.
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium, endorsed 'Clarke' on reverse of second leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. The letter begins: 'My dear Webster, | Charles Kean has requested me to give him information respecting Theatres in England, in which it is probable he may form engagements on his return from America, as he wishes his plans to be arranged if possible previous to his departure from the United States, so as he may see his way clearly on his arrival in England.' He asks whether it would answer Webster's purpose 'to make any proposal to him'.

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