[ A. F. Tschiffely, Argentine adventurer. ] Printed humorous postcard of 'Santa Claus in Patagonia', with photograph of Patagonian native clutching a bottle of Bols.

A. F. Tschiffely [ Aimé Félix Tschiffely ] (1895-1954), Swiss-born Argentine adventurer and author
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[ London. ] Christmas 1938-1939.

The card is printed in brown ink on one side of an 18 x 13 cm piece of thin beige card. An 8.5 x 6 cm black and white photograph has been tipped in within a printed square. In fair condition, with signs of age and wear. The text, in capitals, reads 'Santa Claus in Patagonia. | [Photograph.] | With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from Mr. & Mrs. A. F. Tschiffely. | 1938 - 1939.' The photograph shows the supposed subject of the card, a Patagonian native with white hair and beard, in morth-eaten jumper, clutching a bottle of Bols as he stares at the camera.

[Chile; periodical] The Republic of Chile. A Diplomatic Press Survey. Special Edition of the 'Diplomatic Bulletin"

[Periodical; Chile]
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No. 12, London, Oct. 1953.

19pp., paper covers, illus with photo of the President, good condition. Surveys history, economics, exports, British Trade, Wines of Chile, etc. No copies of COPAC, 7 on WorldCat (6 American, one French).

69 Autograph Letters Signed and 2 Typed Letters Signed (all 'Frank') by the civil engineer William Frank Stanton, written from Valparaiso, Chile, to his father W. L. Stanton in England, while working for the mining company S. Pearson & Son Ltd.

William Frank Stanton (1887-1962), English civil engineer, of Valparaiso, Chile, and Oporto, Portugal, son of William Lawrence Stanton (1854-1931), of Armscote, Worcestershire [S. Pearson & Son Ltd]
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The first two letters from Hotel Tivoli, Ancon, Canal Zone; the rest from Valparaiso, Chile. Written between 17 September 1912 and 2 June 1915.

The 71 letters total 160pp. (18pp., 4to; 128pp., 8vo; 14pp., 12mo), and are in excellent condition, on lightly aged paper, with most accompanied by stamped envelopes, which are addressed to 'W. L. Stanton Esq | Armscote | Stratford on Avon'. The first couple of letters are on letterheads of the Hotel Tivoli, 'Ancon, Canal Zone', with the others from 1912 headed 'Casilla [i.e. postbox] 1004, Valparaiso'; and those from 1913 onwards headed 'Las Salinas [Valparaiso]'. W. F.

Eight Autograph Letters Signed from Captain John M. Preston to his brother Hinckley attorney Samuel Preston, describing a voyage from Newcastle to Callao, Peru, on which his ship is in a gale off Yarmouth and left 'a complete wreck' off Cape Horn.

Captain John M. Preston, Master of the 'Alice Walton' [Newcastle; Yarmouth; Stanley Harbour, Falkland Islands; Callao, Lima, Peru]
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Nevill Hotel, Newcastle; Yarmouth Roads; Ship Alice Walton; Stanley Harbour, Falkland Islands; Callao, Lima, Peru. Dating from between November 1864 and October 1865.

Eight items totalling 3pp., 4to; 19pp., 12mo. All are all addressed to 'Dear Sam'. All in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'I never had such weather or suffered so much as I have this voyage from one thing and another' declares the author, and this series of eight letters provides a vivid account by the captain of a Victorian cargo ship of a voyage packed with misfortune. As mishap is heaped upon mishap the author's spelling deteriorates. ONE. Neville Hotel, Newcastle. Undated [late 1864].

Substantial Autograph Letter Signed to his sister.

"Tom" [surname unknown], sailor (possibly Captain).
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Ship Donna Amelia, Valparaiso, 24 Sept. 1865.

Four pages, 4to, minor defects, text complete and clear. Something of a stylist, he first describes the effects of a severe storm on his ship (out of Montevideo). They eventually arrived at Valparaiso, planning to load a "coasting cargo for Callao from there to go to the [Chinea?] Islands to load a cargo of guano". He hoped for a rest but the Spanish Admiral arrived on the 17th "in a splendid steal friggat[sic]". He ordered the Chilean authorities to salute his flag and then he would talk to them. They refused as the 18th was the anniversary of thier independence.

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