CHARTERHOUSE

[ Charterhouse; book ] Carthusian Worthies.

Author: 
J. L. Smith-Dampier [ Shakespeare Head Press, Oxford; Charterhouse ]
Publication details: 
Oxford: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press, St Aldates, and Sold by Basil Blackwell, Broad Street. 1940.
£200.00

xxiv + 366pp., 8vo. In rough red cloth with lettering in blue. A good copy, lightly aged and worn, in a chipped and worn dustwrapper with closed tears mended with archival tape. Tastefully printed in the firm's robust style. The blurb on the front of the dustwrapper states: 'The aim of the author, himself an Old Carthusian, is to introduce or recall some of the famous men who have successively peopled the Charterhouse, whether as monastery, mansion or school.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E B Pusey') from Pusey to the Rev. William Hale Hale of Charterhouse, discussing the controversy over the new Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, Renn Dickson Hampden.

Author: 
Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford, and a leader of the Oxford Movement [Rev. William Hale Hale (1795-1870); Renn Dickson Hampden (1793-1868)]
Publication details: 
Postmarked 29 April 1836.
£140.00

1p., 4to. 18 lines of text. Fair, on aged paper, with a few closed tears. Addressed on the reverse, with three postmarks and Pusey's seal in black wax broken in two, to 'Rev. Wm. H. Hale | Charter-house'. Writing in a tight, difficult hand, Pusey begins with a reference to an 'intended present' from Hale (from the context clearly a copy of Hale's edition of Jeremy Taylor's 'Doctrine and Practice of Repentence'). Pusey praises 'the earnest, energetic truth-speaking language of Bp. Taylor', which he considers 'a voice as from another world'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('T. E. Page') from the classical scholar and Charterhouse master Thomas Ethelbert Page to the educationist Thomas Lloyd Humberstone, declining to 'demolish' 'Armstrong's book'.

Author: 
T. E. Page [Thomas Ethelbert Page] (1850-1936), English classical scholar, master at Charterhouse, editor of Loeb's Classical Library [Thomas Lloyd Humberstone (1876-1957), educationist]
Publication details: 
18 September 1904; Charterhouse, Godalming.
£38.00

4to, 1 p. Fourteen lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with negligible hole caused by wear (not affecting text). He is enclosing a 'notice of the Joint Resolution', which 'recites facts, gives reasons, & is outspoken'. He has 'not had time to dwell much on its literary shape wh. is however not of great moment'. He has 'partly read Armstrong's book' (Edward Armstrong, fellow of Queen's College?), and is 'in sympathy' with 'a considerable part of the early addresses'.

Five Autograph Letters Signed and four Typed Letters Signed (all 'J Paterson Ross') to Noon.

Author: 
Sir James Paterson Ross (1895-1980), Professor of Surgery at St Bartholomew's Hospital London, and Surgeon to the Royal Household [Charles Noon (d.1957), senior surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital]
Publication details: 
Between 1951 and 1955; six on St Bartholomew's Hospital letterhead and three on that of Ross's Oakleigh Park address.
£225.00

Five of the nine items in 4to, and the rest 12mo. All texts clear and complete. Collection in good condition on lightly-aged paper. Occasional minor traces of brown-paper mounts, and most items with punch-holes to top left-hand corners. A cordial correspondence between two colleagues. Several letters relate to Noon's soon Charles, training under Ross to be a surgeon. On 26 June 1952 (12mo, 3 pp) Ross writes discussing the son's failure in an examination..

Printed letter, with names, by the 'Assistant Masters of Eton, Winchester, Charter House, St. Paul's, and Harrow Schools' to their headmasters, urging a 'reconsideration of their announced intention with respect to the Public School Latin Primer.'

Author: 
Eton, Winchester, Charter House, St. Paul's and Harrow Schools [the Public School Latin Primer]
Publication details: 
[London. 1850s?]
£95.00

4to, 2 pp. Bifolium, with each printed page on the recto of the leaf. Good, on aged paper. With part of the previous mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. Five objections are given, including the fact that the primer is 'unattractive in its present form'.

Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'G. L. M. Strauss') to Edward Draper.

Author: 
Gustave Louis Maurice Strauss (c.1807-1887), Anglo-Canadian writer and journalist, nicknamed 'The Old Bohemian' [James Robinson Planché [Planche] (1796–1880), playwright and herald]
Publication details: 
1878, 1880 and 1885.
£100.00

Letter One (12mo, 1 p; on creased, aged paper with closed tear at head): date (1878) illegible, on letterhead of the 'Office of "Tinsleys' Magazine," | 8, Catherine Street, Strand, W.C.' A most unusual way of declining an invitation. He thanks Draper for his kindness and is 'truly grieved' that he 'cannot come to-day - I gave my boots a holiday yesterday, which they want to pass with a worthy cobbler.

1 Autograph Letter Signed from W[illiam?] Maugham to Percy Gye.

Author: 
William Maugham
Publication details: 
14 December 1874; Charter House.
£100.00

Provides invaluable information on the traditions of Charterhouse, the ancient charitable London institution. Maugham may well be the translator of Charles Tilt's 1828 edition of Friedrich Christian Accum's A Practical Essay on Chemical Re-agents. 4 pages, 16mo, grubby but in otherwise good condition. The first page has a mourning border. 'Saturday was the anniversary of the feast devoted to the memory of the founder, and the brothers, in health, feasted in the banquetting hall, and I dare say enjoyed themselves. I am on the sick list and was happily excused.

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