CHRISTOPHER

[A. C. Benson, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, poet, essayist and ghost story writer.] Autograph Signature ('Arthur Christopher Benson') on leaf from diary.

Author: 
A. C. Benson [Arthur Christopher Benson] (1862-1925), essayist, poet and ghost story writer, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, author of the words to 'Land of Hope and Glory'
Publication details: 
No place or date. [On leaf from 'The Meredith Birthday Book', published in London in 1898.]
£25.00

On 17 x 12 cm leaf of thickish paper, removed from 'The Meredith Birthday Book'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Scratchy signature, underlined. In one of three printed boxes of red rules on one side of the leaf, the other side bearing quotations from George Meredith for the days 25 to 27 April.

[Charles Williams, poet and author (the Inklings), to the playwright Christopher Fry.] Autograph Letter Signed, Typed Letter Signed and Typed Card Signed (all 'C. W.'), in copy of his 'Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury', with Fry's ownership signature.

Author: 
Charles Williams (1886-1945), English poet and author, a member of the Inklings [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter from Southfield House, 1941. Typed Letter, 1942, and Typed Card, 1944, both on Oxford University Press letterheads.
£450.00

The letters are in fair condition, lightly aged; the card is discoloured and stained. Loosely inserted in a copy of Williams's 'Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury', 75 + [1]pp, 8vo, with the ownership signature 'Christopher Fry' on the front free endpaper, in worn binding with fraying at head of spine. Delightful and revealing letters, mixing personal and business (Williams worked for the Oxford University Press and Fry was published by them). ONE: ALS from Southfield House, 17 December 1941. 2pp, 12mo. Thirty lines of closely-written text, on a leaf of ruled paper torn from a notebook.

[Christopher Fry ownership inscription to a book by Charles Williams.] The House of the Octopus. [A Play in Three Acts]

Author: 
Charles Williams [Christopher Fry; the Inklings]
Publication details: 
London: Edinburgh House Press, 2 Eaton Gate, S.W.1. 1945.
£60.00

115pp, 12mo. In good condition: sound and tight, on browning War Economy paper, in green cloth with slight bloom, and in slightly worn and chipped browning dustwrapper. (The subtitle 'A Play in Three Acts' features on the dustwrapper, but not on the title-page.) Fry's ownership inscription 'Christopher Fry' is in blue ink at the top right-hand corner of the recto of the front free endpaper. A verse drama from the library of the leading twentieth-century English exponent of the genre, after T. S. Eliot.

[Christopher Fry ownership inscription to a book by Charles Williams.] The Region of the Summer Stars.

Author: 
Charles Williams [Christopher Fry; the Inklings]
Publication details: 
Editions Poetry London. 1944.
£450.00

55pp, 8vo. In fair condition, internally tight and sound, on browning paper, in lightly-worn blue cloth binding. No dustwrapper. Slight dink at head of spine. Ownership inscription 'Christopher Fry' in blue ink at top right-hand corner of recto of front free endpaper. Fry and Williams were on cordial terms, the latter working for Oxford University Press and the former being published by them.

[W. H. Davies, Welsh poet, author of 'Autobiography of a Super-Tramp'.] Four Typed Letters Signed, encouraging the writing of 'Mr Harris', i.e. Christopher Fry. With Fry's copy of Davies's 'Ambition and Other Poems' and poem in Fry's autograph.

Author: 
W. H. Davies [William Henry Davies] (1871-1940), Welsh poet and author of 'Autobiography of a Super-Tramp' [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
The first two letters on letterhead of Malpas House, Oxted; the last on letterhead of The Crofts, Nailsworth, the third from Shenstone, Nailsworth. Between 23 March 1928 and 16 May 1935. Book: London: Jonathan Cape, 1929.
£850.00

The letters are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, except for the third, which is damp-stained with closed tears at head and foot. The book is in fair condition, without dust wrapper. All four letters are signed 'W. H. Davies.' The first three are addressed to 'Mr Harris', and the last (an ANS rather than an ALS) to 'Mr Fry'. Each is 1p, 12mo. Letter One: 23 March 1928; Malpas House, Oxted. After reading his poem, Davies states, 'I begin to think you ought to take some step towards publishing, as soon as you have enough material.

[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.

[Diane Ackerman, poet, to the playwright Christopher Fry, with a presentation copy of her first book.] Typed Letter Signed praising his work, accompanying an inscribed copy of her poetry collection 'The Planets | A Cosmic Pastoral'.

Author: 
Diane Ackerman (born 1948), American poet, essayist, and naturalist [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), English playwright]
Publication details: 
Letter from 126 Texas Lane, Ithaca, NY, USA. 20 September 1976. Book published in New York by William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1976.
£650.00

ONE: TLS. Ithaca, NY; 20 September 1976. 1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Dear Christopher Fry, | I so relish climbing the castellations of your wit, to where I feel energized and deliriously long-sighted, or running higgledy-piggledy with your thoughts, at times as if with the bulls of Pamplona, I simply cannot resist telling you so any longer.' According to her 'internal calculations' she owes him 'at least a galaxy for the delight your plays have given me; perhaps you'd accept these few planets instead'.

[A. C. Benson, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, poet, essayist and ghost story writer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arthur C Benson'), thanking an unnamed lady for the 'encouragement' of a 'kind & sympathetic letter'.

Author: 
A. C. Benson [Arthur Christopher Benson] (1862-1925), essayist, poet and ghost story writer, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, author of the words to 'Land of Hope and Glory'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hinton Hall, Haddenham, Isle of Ely. 11 June 1907.
£35.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, folded twice. The recipient is not identified. Reads: 'Dear Madam, | I must send you one line to thank you for your kind & sympathetic letter, which has not only given me real pleasure but encouragement as well. It was good of you to write. | Very truly yours | Arthur C Benson'.

[ The Royal College of Surgeons of England. ] 'Letters Testimonial' certifying the qualification of Oliver Sunderland, signed by president Sir William Scovell Savory, vice-presidents John Whitaker Hulke and Christopher Heath and eight other surgeons.

Author: 
The Royal College of Surgeons of England; Sir William Scovell Savory, President; John Whitaker Hulke and Christopher Heath, Vice-Presidents
Publication details: 
The Court of Examiners of The Royal College of Surgeons of England [ London ]. 2 August 1888.
£350.00

Impressively printed in black on one side of a 58 x 43 cm sheet. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight loss to the edge on one side, and light creasing. Impressively laid out in copperplate, beneath the College's coat of arms. The signatures are arranged in two columns, with the first two bracketted as 'Vice Presidents': '[left-hand column] J. W.

[ John Wilson ('Christopher North'), editor of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine ('the Maga').] to 'Torre', regarding the itinerary of an English journey., with reference to 'Thalberg' (the pianist Sigismond Thalberg?) and his (masonic?) 'apron'.

Author: 
John Wilson [ 'Christopher North' ] (1785-1854) of Elleray, editor of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine,Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University [ Sigismond Thalberg; Robert Addison ]
Publication details: 
Newcastle on Tyne. 21 January 1845.
£100.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight stain from mount at head. An interesting sidelight on the British cultural milieu in early Victorian England. He has received Torre's letter and also the paper he 'sent to London'. He cannot go to Banbury on 6 February as he is at Cheltenham. 'I wish I knew where the Thalberg party were going to, for I want to work up gradually to town, as I told you, and in a list I made out this morning, I have put Banbury down for Thursday the 13th, intending to go to Northampton the next night.

[ Christopher Wordsworth, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chr. Wordsworth') to Rev. Henry Alford, regarding the vacant Hulsean Lectureship. [Theological]

Author: 
Christopher Wordsworth (1774-1846), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, brother of the poet William Wordsworth [ Henry Alford (1810-1871), cleric and author, editor of Greek New Testament ]
Publication details: 
Trinity Lodge, Cambridge. 17 November 1840.
£35.00

1p.,12mo. In good condition, lgithly aged. With mourning border. He is writing him 'this line' to let Alford know that 'the Hulse Trustees have had a meeting this morning, and we have ordered a Notice to be issued, that the Lecture Ship is vacant, by the resignation of Mr. Theyre Smith, and that we shall proceed to the Election of a new Lecturer, at Christmas.' He concludes with instructions for intending candidates.

[ The Gouzenko Affair, Canada, 1945; start of Cold War ] Typed contemporary document titled 'The Story of Igor Gouzenko', with covering note referring to 'Mr. Birdwood'.

Author: 
The Gouzenko Affair, Canada, 1945, and The Kellock–Taschereau Commission, 1946 [ Christopher Bromhead Birdwood (1899-1962), 2nd Baron Birdwood? ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London? Circa 1947. ]
£450.00

[2] + 17pp, 8vo. Lacking the conclusion (one page). On seventeen leaves of paper stapled together, with covering typed note on slip, reading 'PLEASE RETURN TO MR. BIRDWOOD'. The covering leaf carries two sets of initials, one in pencil and one in ink, both ticked through. This may suggest official distribution, but the tone of the document makes it more likely to have been a personal statement, presumably by Birdwood. Aged and worn, with rusting to staples.

[ Sir George Birdwood, Anglo-Indian naturalist. ] 14 Autograph Letters Signed (12 of them 'George Birdwood') to H. B. Wheatley and Sir Henry Trueman Wood of the Royal Society of Arts, with reference to Sir William Lee-Warner and Sir Thomas Holdich.

Author: 
Sir George Birdwood [ Sir George Christopher Molesworth Birdwood ] (1832-1917), Anglo-Indian naturalist, colonial official and author [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; H. B. Wheatley; Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
Five letters from 1901, four of them on letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall; one from 33 Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill. Nine letters from 1913, all from 5 Windsor Road, Ealing.
£220.00

The 14 letters total 72pp. The collection is in good condition, lightly aged. Most items docketed and with the Society's stamp. The correspondence relates to Society business, from a strongly Anglo-Indian viewpoint. Letters of 26 May and 2 June 1913 are each 12pp. Long, and concern the relative merits of Indian colonial official Sir William Lee-Warner (1846-1914) and the geographer Sir Thomas Holdich (1843-1929), to be chairman of the Society.

[Printed prospectus.] To be published shortly, St. Paul's Cathedral, London. By Arthur F. E. Poley, Silver Medallist of The Royal Institute of British Architects. With an introduction by Sir Reginald Blomfield, R.A. [With various illustrations.]

Author: 
Arthur F. E. Poley [Arthur Frederick Edward Poley, c.1886-1968, English illustrator and engraver], RIBA [Sir Reginald Blomfield, RA; St Paul's Cathedral, London]
Publication details: 
London: Printed for the author: Willowbank, Hampton Hill, Middlesex, 1927.
£150.00

Folio, 4 pp. Bifolium, with folio 'PROOF OF COLLOTYPE PLATE' of 'St Paul's Cathedral, London. View of One Bay of Aisle' loosely inserted; and full-page 'SPECIMEN PHOTO-LITHOGRAPHIC PLATE' of the Cathedral in 'CROSS SECTION LOOKING EAST'. Finely printed, with the title in red and black, on Alton Mill wove paper. 4to order form tipped in to margin of third page. The third page of gives the contents and list of plates (eight in collotype and twenty-four in photo-lithography), as well as a long 'LIST OF PRELIMINARY SUBSCRIBERS'. The last page carries a 'SPECIMEN PAGE OF TEXT'.

[ Christopher Morley. ] Typed Letter Signed to 'Mr Shorter' (the English journalist Clement Shorter), regarding a visit made by him and H. W. Massingham to Philadelphia, and his book 'The Haunted Bookshop'.

Author: 
Christopher Morley (1890-1957), American journalist and man of letters [ Clement Shorter (1857-1926) and H. W. Massingham [ Henry William Massingham ] (1860-1924), English journalists and authors ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Evening Ledger, Independence Square, Philadelphia. 'Saturday' [ 1919 ].
£200.00

1p., 4to. Aged and frayed. He is sending 'some cuttings for you and Mr Massingham'. As he only has one copy of 'the Sarazin essay' they 'will have to battle over it'. He apologises for is sorry that 'the managing editor had to cut down the little interview sadly for reasons of space, which are always embarrassing on a Saturday'. He expresses 'genuine delight' at having been able to show the two men 'some of our forlorn literary shrines', and compliments them on their 'perspicacity in spending four days in Phila.

[ Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, architectural historian. ] Typed Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed (both 'Nikolaus Pevsner') to C. F. Stell of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, discussing 'the great snag about my second editions'.

Author: 
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner [ Sir Nikolaus Bernhard Leon Pevsner ] (1902-1983), architectural historian, editor of Penguin Books series 'The Buildings of England' [ Christopher Stell (1929-2014) ]
Publication details: 
Both on Penguin Book 'Buildings of England' letterheads. 7 and 14 May 1968.
£80.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter (7 May 1968) is an eloquent expression of concern: 'Dear Mr. Stell, | You put your finger on the great snag about my second editions. Such a sentence as the one which you are dealing with in your letter sounds perfectly harmless if it is suggested to me. Of course I should have put it into brackets, but would that have helped? I simply cannot retravel counties because I must still go on travelling new ones. I cannot ask Mrs. Radcliffe to travel the county because she would not have the time, and I would not have the money.

[ Winifred Gordon, W. J. Barwick of Truslove and Hanson, and C. F. Cazenove. ] Autograph Letter Signed by Gordon, two Autograph Letters Signed and Autograph Note Signed by Barwick, and three copies by Cazenove, on her book on Romania.

Author: 
Winifred Gordon [ Winifred Monckton Campbell Gordon ] (d.1957), author; W. J. Barwick, director, Truslove and Hanson, London publishers; Charles Francis Cazenove (1870-1915), London literary agent
Publication details: 
Gordon's letter on letterhead of the Hotel d'Angleterre, Copenhagen. 24 June 1912. Barwick's three items on letterheads of Truslove and Hanson, 6a Sloane Street, London. June and July 1912.
£280.00

Gordon is described in The Times, 20 August 1958, as a 'traveller, lecturer, and author', and a resident of Lausanne at the time of her death. All seven items in fair condition, on aged paper, with some rust spotting from a paperclip. The book referred to is 'Roumania, Yesterday and Today' (1918), which has an introduction and two chapters by the Queen of Romania. ONE: Gordon's letter to Barwick. 24 June 1912. 3pp., 8vo. She writes that she has already tried to place 'the little book' with 'Geo. Bell - Jacks - & Gay & Hancock. As to yr.

Inscribed offprint of review by Irving Ribner of Roland M. Frye's 'Shakespeare and Christian Doctrine', titled 'A Chain of Fallacies'.

Author: 
Irving Ribner [ Harry Levin; William Shakespeare; Roland M. Frye ]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from Tulane Drama Review Vol. 10, No. 4, Summer, 1966'.
£25.00

10pp., 12mo, paginated 265-274. Stapled. In good condition, on lightly-aged shiny art paper, with vertical crease. Inscribed at head of first page: 'For Harry Levin | - with regards - | Irving Ribner'. Frye's book was published by Princeton University Press in 1963. From the papers of the American critic Harry Levin (1912-1994). Scarce: no copy of this offprint on COPAC.

[ Inscribed offprint. ] Marlowe's Doctor Faustus: The 1602 Additions.

Author: 
Fredson Bowers [ Harry Levin; Christopher Marlowe ]
Publication details: 
'A reprint from Studies in Bibliography, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia.' Vol. 26, 1973.
£35.00

18pp., 8vo. Stapled into yellow card wraps with publication details printed on cover. In good condition, lightly aged. Inscribed on cover: 'For Harry Levin | with my compliments, | Fredson Bowers'. From the papers of the American critic Harry Levin (1912-1994). Scarce: no copy of this offprint on COPAC.

[ Offprint, inscribed by author Irving Ribner of Tulane University. ] The Idea of History in Marlowe's Tamburlaine.

Author: 
Irving Ribner of Tulane University [ Christopher Marlowe; John Hopkins University, Baltimore; A Journal of English Literary History, ]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from ELH: A Journal of English Literary History, Vol. 20, No. 4, December, 1953.'
£80.00

16pp., 8vo, paginated 251-266. Stapled. In fair condition, lightly aged with vertical fold. Inscribed at head of first page: 'For Prof. Harry Levin, | Very cordially, | Irving Ribner'. The only copy of this offprint on COPAC at the Warburg Institute.

[ Offprint, inscribed by author Irving Ribner of Tulane University. ] 'Marlowe's Edward II and the Tudor History Play'.

Author: 
Irving Ribner of Tulane University [ Christopher Marlowe; John Hopkins University, Baltimore; A Journal of English Literary History, ]
Publication details: 
[ Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press. ] 'Reprinted from ELH, A Journal of English Literary History, Vol. 22, No. 4, December, 1955.'
£35.00

11pp., 8vo, paginated 243-253. Stapled. In good condition, lightly aged. Inscribed at head of first page: 'Very cordially, | Irving Ribner'. No copies of this offprint found on either WorldCat or COPAC.

[ Christopher Sanders, RA. ] Manuscript of unpublished illustrated children's book: 'Bonky | A most unusual Caterpillar with a Wooden Leg | Written and illustrated by Barbara and Chritopher Sanders'. With full layout and accompanying typed text.

Author: 
Christopher Sanders (1905-1991), RA, English artist; his wife Barbara Sanders
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1950s? ].
£320.00

ONE: Layout. 39pp., landscape folio (leaf dimensions 25 x 38.5 cm.), bound up with string. Pencil layout of a charming book, with some of the illustrations full-page and in colour (including merry-go-round, fishtank, traction engine, fireworks). Title-page detached and with creasing and wear to extremities, otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. TWO: Typed text headed 'BONKY'. 20pp., folio. On 20 leaves, attached with a rusty metal clip, otherwise in good condition.

Autograph Letter Signed from Rustam Khan to Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. Tytler, Commandant, thanking the officers of the 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers], for conferring on him 'the honorary rank of captaincy'.

Author: 
Captain Rustam Khan, 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers] [Major-General Sir Harry Christopher Tytler (1867-1939)
Publication details: 
4 May 1912.
£120.00

12mo, 3 pp. 38 lines. Text clear and complete. The two leaves attached along the margins. Signed in Devanagari and European ('So: Rustam Khan Captain') scripts. He acknowledges 'receipt of the Commission conferring on me the honorary rank of captaincy with a deep sense of gratitude to you and all the Officers of the Regiment'. States that he will 'ever cherish a grateful remembrance of all that the Officers and Regiment have done for me'.

[ Christopher Sanders, RA. ] Manuscript of unpublished illustrated children's book: 'Bonky | A most unusual Caterpillar with a Wooden Leg | Written and illustrated by Barbara and Chritopher Sanders'. With full layout and accompanying typed text.

Author: 
Christopher Sanders (1905-1991), RA, English artist; his wife Barbara Sanders
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1950s? ].
£320.00

ONE: Layout. 39pp., landscape folio (leaf dimensions 25 x 38.5 cm.), bound up with string. Pencil layout of a charming book, with some of the illustrations full-page and in colour (including merry-go-round, fishtank, traction engine, fireworks). Title-page detached and with creasing and wear to extremities, otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. TWO: Typed text headed 'BONKY'. 20pp., folio. On 20 leaves, attached with a rusty metal clip, otherwise in good condition.

Autograph Letter Signed from Rustam Khan to Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. Tytler, Commandant, thanking the officers of the 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers], for conferring on him 'the honorary rank of captaincy'.

Author: 
Captain Rustam Khan, 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers] [Major-General Sir Harry Christopher Tytler (1867-1939)
Publication details: 
4 May 1912.
£120.00

12mo, 3 pp. 38 lines. Text clear and complete. The two leaves attached along the margins. Signed in Devanagari and European ('So: Rustam Khan Captain') scripts. He acknowledges 'receipt of the Commission conferring on me the honorary rank of captaincy with a deep sense of gratitude to you and all the Officers of the Regiment'. States that he will 'ever cherish a grateful remembrance of all that the Officers and Regiment have done for me'.

[ Sir A. J. B. Beresford-Hope, Tory politician and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A J B Beresford Hope') to W. de Boinville, thanking him for uncovering information about the poet Christopher Smart.

Author: 
Sir Alexander James Beresford Beresford Hope [ Alexander Hope; A. J. B. Hope; A. J. B. Beresford Hope ] (1820-1887), Tory politician and author
Publication details: 
Bedgebury Park, Cranbrook [ Kent ]. 4 February 1858.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Writing in a difficult hand, he thanks him for his very curious & interesting letter respecting Chr. Smart, of whose birthplace I had been previously ignorant, tho' his name was not unknown to me in connection with Horace'.

[ Joseph Hatton, novelist and editor of The Sunday Times. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My Dear B.', regarding the response to the publication of his novel 'Cruel London'.

Author: 
Joseph Hatton [ Joseph Paul Christopher Hatton ] (1837-1907), novelist and journalist, editor of The Sunday Times, 1874-1881
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'The Times (of New York), 449, Strand, London'. Docketed with date 27 July 1878.
£56.00

4pp., 12mo. On aged and lightly-creased paper. Originally a bifolium, but with the two leaves separated, and evidence of previous stitching into a binding. Regarding his new book 'Cruel London', he asks him if he can send six copies of what is not only 'a kindly notice, but excellently well written. All the more gratifying. The Spectator is always my enemy just as the Saturday was Thackerays, to compare a big man with a small one.' He refers to a notice in the Sunday Times by Joseph Knight, who 'also sent me a charming letter of congratulation'.

[ James Purdey & Sons, Ltd. ] Papers of Managing Director C. Harry Lawrence, inc. revreport on American trip, correspondence (mainly Buckingham Palace officials), report to board, speech to W'ful Company of Gunmakers, photographs, press articles.

Author: 
[ James Purdey & Sons Ltd, London gunsmiths; C. Harry Lawrence (c.1900-1984); Worshipful Company of Gunmakers; Angus Ogilvy; Sir William Fellowes; Christopher Bonham-Carter; Sir Frederick Browning ]
Publication details: 
From various locations in England and the United States, including Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, and the firm's headquarters, Audley House, 57-58 South Audley Street, London. Dating from between around 1914 to 1987.
£1,500.00

Charles Harry Lawrence (hereafter CHL) was perhaps the finest gunmaker of the twentieth century. At the age of 14 he joined James Purdey & Sons as an actioner's apprentice, and he remained with the firm for the rest of his life. For fifteen years, ending in 1970, he was the firm's managing director. He was twice (1954 and 1962) Master of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers, and was Chairman of the Proof House Committee for 27 years from 1954. Having previously received an MBE for his war work, he was awarded an OBE in 1978.

[ Appointment of a Northumberland gamekeeper, 1822. ] Signed manuscript document docketted 'Albany Crawhall Esqre to Christopher Hardy | Deputation of a Game Keeper to the Manor of Barhaugh'.

Author: 
Albany Crawhall of Allenheads, Barhaugh, Kirkhaugh, Northumberland [ Christopher Hardy of Alston, Cumberland, gamekeeper; William Donkin of Sandhoe ]
Publication details: 
[Dated 6 August 1822.
£80.00

1p., 8vo. With red ruled border. On bifolium, folded into customary packet and docketted on reverse of second leaf. In good condition, lightly-aged. With embossed and ink tax stamps.

[Notable Quakers in Georgian England.] Autograph Album of Lydia Davis of Alstone Green, with 120 contributors including Thomas Pole, Joseph Storrs Fry, Thomas Shillitoe, Joseph Sturge, Jeremiah Holme Wiffin, Christopher Healy and John Wilbur.

Author: 
Lydia Davis of Alstone Green, Gloucestershire [Thomas Pole, Joseph Storrs Fry, Thomas Shillitoe, Joseph Sturge, Jeremiah Holme Wiffin, Christopher Healy and John Wilbur; Quakers; Society of Friends]
Publication details: 
[Alstone Green, Gloucestershire.] Between 1800 and 1862 (mainly between 1820 and 1847).
£1,250.00

Apart from one contribution dating from 1800, three from the 1850s and two from the 1860s, all contributions date from between 1820 and 1847. 237pp., 4to, with eight items loosely inserted (including four coloured botanical drawings on card) and three-page partial index of contributors. In contemporary black leather binding, with embossed pattern and gilt border on front board, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, in rebacked binding, worn at spine, with new label.

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