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[ M. S. Purnalingam Pillai, editor of 'Jnana Bhodini'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. S. Purnalingam Pillai') to J. D. Rees

Author: 
M. S. Purnalingam Pillai [ Munnirpallam Sivasubramaniam Purnalingam Pilllai ] (1866-1947), Tamil author, editor of Jnana Bhodini [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, as editor, The Jnana Bodhini Office, Madras [ India ]. 21 March 1898.
£200.00

1p., 4to. Written in purple ink. Aged, worn and creased, with slight damage from glue and stub adhering to blank reverse. Addressed 'To | The Hon'ble J. D. Rees, C.I.E., | Resident, Travancore & Cochin'. Pillai is 'preparing a series of Readers in Prose and Poetry for use in the classes of our Indian High Schools', having 'thought it fit to secure for the Indian Student the flowers of modern thought culled from the best productions of the eminent living authors, both European and Indian'.

Printed item: 'Government of India. | Legislative Department. | List of Additional Members of the Council of the Governor General. | (Exclusive of the Lieutenant-Governor.)'

Author: 
Council of the Governor General, Government of India Legislative Department [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
'The 23rd January, 1897.' [ G. I. C. P. O. [i.e. Government of India Central Printing Office ] - No. 487 L. D. - 25-1-97.[i.e. 25 January 1897 ] - 100. [i.e. 100 copies ] - B. N. D.'
£200.00

2pp., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering the reverse of the leaf, which carries the title, date and slug. The information is arranged in a table with 16 entries: six 'Official Members' and ten 'Non-Official Members'. Columns for 'No.', 'Name', 'Date of Nomination', 'Date of expiry of term of office', 'Province or body represented'. A mixture of English and Indian individuals. Some notes in small print at foot. From the papers of Sir J. D. Rees, who as 'J. D.

[ [ Sir John David Rees, colonial administrator and author. ] Printed/manuscript extract from the Proceedings of the Madras Government, Public Department, giving Rees's marks in a civil service examination in 'the German and Russian languages'.

Author: 
[ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ] [ Chief Secretariat, Madras; The Madras Government, Public Department ]
Publication details: 
Letterhead of the Chief Secretariat, Madras, Public Department. 23 November 1893 and 15 January 1894.
£65.00

2pp., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with stub adhering to margin on reverse of leaf. An artefact of the Great Game, from the papers of Sir J. D. Rees. Printed beneath the letterhead are the words: 'READ the following paper: -', with the word 'paper' deleted. A manuscript table, certified as a 'True Extract' with the signature of the Chief Secretary of the Government of Madras ('Order 15th. January 1894 No. 27. | Communicated to Mr.

[ R. Jayaraja Row. ] Printed poem titled 'Govinda and Padma. A Ballad. (In Imitation of Sanskrit Poetry.)'

Author: 
'R. Jayaraja Row, B.A., Huzur Sheristadar, Collector's Office, Ootacamund' [ Lawrence Asylum Press, Ooty Branch; British India ]
Publication details: 
'Lawrence Asylum Press - Ooty Branch - 1895.' [ Ootacamund, India. ]
£220.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Excessively scarce: no copy of this item (nor of anything else by Row) on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. The poem is a capable effort, two hundred numbered lines long, arranged in fifty quatrains.

[ Sir William Fairbairn of the Polygon, Ardwick, Scottish engineer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm Fairbairn') to 'Mr. Ashworth', requesting that he get his son George a seat in the crown court.

Author: 
Sir William Fairbairn (1789-1874) of the Polygon, Ardwick, Scottish engineer and shipbuilder, associate of George and Robert Stephenson
Publication details: 
The Polygon [ Ardwick, near Manchester, Lancashire ]. 10 March 1868.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My Dear Mr. Ashworth | Would you kindly direct my Son George to a seat in the Crown Court as he is anxious to hear the trials. I hope it will not be inconvenient for you to do so and oblige | Yours faithfully | Wm Fairbairn'. George Fairbairn was born in 1830 and died a few months after this letter, on 5 December 1868.

Official briefing document for perusal by committee, on 'the establishment of provincial autonomy in British India', titled 'Memorandum on federalism with particular reference to the suggestion that Provincial Autonomy should be introduced in India.'

Author: 
H. Tonkinson [ Harry Tonkinson (1880-1937), Secretary, Government of India Act Inquiry, 1924; 'the establishment of provincial autonomy in British India' ]
Publication details: 
[ Home Department of the Government of India; Australian, Canadian, S. African and USA State autonomy. ] 'GCP [ Government Central Printing? ], Delhi - III-357 - 12-11-24 [ i.e. 12 November 1924 ] - 30'.
£750.00

An interesting item in the transition to Indian independence, with analysis of Australian and American State Autonomy. It is a briefing document by Tonkinson, writing as secretary, to the committee of the Government of India Act Inquiry, providing information on the subject of federalism, with reference to 'the constitutions of the English-speaking federations, the United States of America, the Dominion of Canada and the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Union of South Africa'.

[ Roger Kenyon of Peel Hall, (GreaterLancs; his son George Kenyon. ] Annotations by an outraged Jacobite Tory, defending James II, fulminating against the 'usurper' William of Orange, in 2- volume: 'State Trials' and 'a Farther Collection'.

Author: 
[ Roger Kenyon (c.1627-98) of Parkhead and Peel Hall, Lancashire, Tory Member of Parliament for Clitheroe, 1690-1695; his son George Kenyon (1666-1728), MP for Wigan, 1713-1715 ]
Publication details: 
The two printed volumes are: ONE, 'State Tracts': London, no printer, 1693. TWO: 'a Farther Collection of Several Choice Treatises', 'London: Printed, and are to be Sold by Richard Baldwin near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane. MDCXCII. [1692]'
£650.00

The first of the two works in the present volume bears on its title-page the ownership signature of 'Ll: Kenyon'. This is either Lloyd Kenyon (1732-1802), 1st Baron Kenyon, successively Master of the Rolls and Attorney General, or (less likely) his father Lloyd Kenyon of Gredington, Hanmer, Flint. The volume comes from the library of George Kenyon of Peel Hall (uncle and father-in-law of Lord Kenyon) and the annotations it contains are either by George Kenyon himself or (more likely given the handwriting) his father Roger Kenyon.

[ Pamphlet; American Civil War; Fredericksburg ] The Nation's Hour: A Tribute to Major Sidney Willard, delivered in the West Church. December 21, Forefathers' Day

Author: 
[ Major Sidney Willard ] C.A. Bartol
Publication details: 
Boston: Walker, Wise and Company, 1862.
£150.00

Pamphlet, 58pp. 8vo, original printed wraps, with crude reinforcement of spine. wraps chipped, and partially stained, minor staining and foxing in contents. Front wrap inscribed "J. Bartlett, M.D." John Bartlett of "Quotations" fame married into the Willard clan but, although the signature resembles his, I've found no evidence for the M.D. THe volume concerns a Civil War soldier who perished in the Fredericksburg campaign.

[ 'Engineering', London journal. ] Autograph register of contributions compiled by editor Thomas Walley, in form of table of articles and authors, with meticulous printing and publication details.

Author: 
Thomas Walley (1872-1947), editor of 'Engineering', London journal founded in 1866 [ Lieut-Col. Percy John Cowan (1876-1954) and Herbert Henry Johnson (c.1875-1957), joint editors ]
Publication details: 
[ London: Engineering. ] Entries dating from 27 November 1925 to 17 January 1934.
£750.00

Walley has converted one volume of a printed diary ('The Business Year Book' for 1923, by the R. C. Maxwell Co., Trenton, New Jersey) into a continuous table listing all the articles contributed between 27 November 1925 and 17 January 1934. Entries are compiled with the meticulous attention to detail one would expect from an engineer, giving a range of information including the times of receipt of material to the minute, and even the typeface in which an article was printed.

[Spanish Civil War; News] Spanish Information Service texts and documents. A Weekly Resume of our Daily "Servicio Espanol de Informacion".

Author: 
[ Spanish Civil War; Newspaper; News Bulletin]
Publication details: 
No. 7 ONLY, Barcelona, 21 January 1938
£150.00

Four pages, folio, sl. spotted, paper yellowed, fold marks, minor chipping. Headlines include: Bishop of Teruel ...; Franco Imprisons the Peasants; Eighty Basques were shot on December 14; article by Antonio Ruiz Vilaplana, "The People in Rebel Teritory"; Franco will try to avenge his defeat, etc.

[ Sir Richard Redmayne, civil engineer. ] Six Autograph Letters Signed (all 'R. a. s. Redmayne') to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding Society business and 'Mr. Digby's death'

Author: 
Sir Richard Redmayne [ Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne ] (1955), civil and consulting engineer in Britain and South Africa [ Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
The last four on his letterhead, 34 Victoria Street, Westminster; the first from Imperial Mineral Resources Bureau, London; the second from the Imperial Institute, London. 1924, 1925, 1926 (3), 1927.
£45.00

The six items in good condition, lightly aged. Each with the Society's stamp. Each 1p., 8vo. On 25 September 1925 he expresses sorrow on hearing 'of Mr. Digby's death. What was the cause of it? It seems only the other day that I saw him at the Society of Arts on the occasion of Professor Parks' address, when I took the chair.' He also states that he can 'say positively that I could read my paper before the Royal Society of Arts on December 2nd, but I am doubtful on the point – such a mass of pressing work has come along since I first contemplated writing the paper.

[ George Atherton Aitken, civil servant and man of letters. ] Autograph Note Signed ('George A Aitken') to Sir Richard Harington

Author: 
George Atherton Aitken (1860-1917), civil servant and man of letters [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Bart ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Home Office, Whitehall, S.W. 30 June 1897.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Aitken is 'desired by Mr. Digby [his superior at the Home Office, the future Sir Kenelm Digby (1836-1916)] to forward to you a copy of the Workmen (Compensation for Accidents) Bill, as amended in Committee, together with the Amendments put down for consideration at the Report stage'. Aitken is described in his obituary in The Times, 19 November 1917, as 'one of the first authorities on the Queen Anne period of English literature'.

[ Bill for Removing the Civil Disabilities of the Jews, 1834. ] Contemporary manuscript transcript of the conclusion of the debate on the motion for the second reading of the bill.

Author: 
Bill for Removing the Civil Disabilities of the Jews, 1834 [ British Parliament; House of Lords ]
Publication details: 
[ 1834. ]
£220.00

21pp., 4to. On six loose bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Incomplete: paginated 23 to 32 (the last a mistake for 33).

[ Crimea; "Trent Affair" ] Autograph Manuscript Third Person AND Signed "Raglan"

Author: 
Lord Raglan [FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan], Comander of British troops in the Crimea.
Publication details: 
Varna [Bulgaria; Headquarters], 3 September 1854 (followed by a time "14 to 10 PM"?)
£400.00

Two pages, cr. 8vo, glue at margin from laying down in album, text clear and complete as follows: "The Comm[ande]r of the forces desires that the two Companies of the 50 Regt still on shore will furnish a working party of sixty men to cleanse the Trent Steaer lying off the wharves on the south side of the bay to ,morrow morning at day light. | The Commanding Officer will make every effort to get the men on board as early as possible by application to the first Naval Officer he may see on the beach or to the person in charge of any Transport boat he may be able to communicate with.

[ Sir Frederick Snow, structural engineer. ] Two Typed Letters, one Signed 'Fredck. S. Snow' and the other signed on his behalf, to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, with typed synopsis of a proposed paper on 'Steel or Concrete Structures'.

Author: 
Sir Frederick Snow [ Sir Frederick Sidney Snow ] (1899-1976), civil and structural engineer, overall designer for Gatwick Airport
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of Frederick S. Snow & Partners, Consulting Engineers, Ross House, 144 Southwark Street, London. 28 February and 23 March 1964.
£90.00

Five items: Snow's two letters and carbons of three of Mercer's replies (5 and 25 March, and 24 June 1964). ONE: Typed Letter from Samson, signed on his behalf, to the Secretary (i.e. G. E. Mercer), Royal Society of Arts, 28 February 1964. 1p., folio. Confirming that he wishes to give a paper on 'The Relative Merits of the use of Steel or Concrete in Structures', 'with a number of slides showing comparisons of various materials'. At the foot of the page is a signed note from Mercer to Sampson, dated 2 March 1964: 'Do we want this?

[ Printed item in publisher's cloth. ] Doctor Grattan. A Novel.

Author: 
William A. Hammond, Author of "Lal." [ William Alexander Hammond (1828-1900), Surgeon General of the United States Army during the American Civil War ]
Publication details: 
London: Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington Street. 1885.
£50.00

417pp., 8vo. A fair copy, on lightly aged paper, a little loose in worn publisher's brown cloth binding, with gilt title on spine and decorative cross on front board, and green patterned endpapers. Blind stamp of the W. H. Smith Library, Strand, to front free endpaper. According to Hammond's biographer Bonnie Ellen Blustein, 'The complex plot of Doctor Grattan revolved around the relation of insanity to neurological impairment, and touched on the subjects of neuralgia, headache, kleptomania, and delusions.' This English edition of Hammond's book is now uncommon.

[ The Irish War of Independence and the Black and Tans. ] Copy of 'The Irish Bulletin', a duplicated typescript, consisting of three pages denouncing the British, headed 'WE ACCUSE - ! | A GOVERNMENT CONVICTED OF LYING, OUTRAGE AND ASSASSINATION.'

Author: 
Desmond FitzGerald (1888-1947), editor, The Irish Bulletin, 1920 [ Irish War of Independence; the Black and Tans; Irish Republic, Department of Propaganda, Dublin ]
Publication details: 
[ Irish Republic, Department of Propaganda, 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin. ] Vol. 3 No. 16. 22 September 1920.
£280.00

3pp., folio. Complete. On three numbered leaves. A frail survival of a historic document, heavily worn and aged, but with the text complete. Consisting of 25 accusations levelled against the British government, each beginning with 'WE ACCUSE'. Each accusation is followed by supporting citations, as the following prefatory note explains: 'The following accusations are solemnly made against the British Government. They are based upon an accumulation of evidence, of the accuracy of which there is no doubt.

[ Northcote-Trevelyan Report, 1854. ] Six items: long letter from Herries to Northcote in defence of the civil service; Northcote's reply; Herries' rejoinder; letter from Frederick Goulburn to Herries; two printed papers by George Arbuthnot.

Author: 
Northcote-Trevelyan Report, 1854 [ Sir Charles John Herries; Sir Stafford Northcote [ Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh ]; George Arbuthnot; Frederick Goulburn; Civil Service reform ]
Publication details: 
The six items from 1854. Northcote's letter from the Pynes, Exeter; Herries from the 'I[nland]. R[evenue].' and 114 Piccadilly; Goulburn from the Board of Customs [ London ]; and one of Arbuthnot's papers 'Printed at the Foreign Office'.
£1,650.00

Lord Hennessy has characterised the subject of these items, the Northcote-Trevelyan Report of 1854, as 'the greatest single governing gift of the nineteenth to the twentieth century: a politically disinterested and permanent Civil Service with core values of integrity, propriety, objectivity and appointment on merit, able to transfer its loyalty and expertise from one elected government to the next'.

[ Sir John Woodhead, Governor of Bengal. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'J K Woodhead') to G. P. Griggs (2), K. W. Luckhurst and C. J. Buchanan-Dunlop of the Royal Society of Arts, with four carbons of replies.

Author: 
Sir John Woodhead [ Sir John Ackroyd Woodhead ] (1881-1973), Indian Civil Servant, Governor of Bengal, chairman of the Woodhead Commission on the partition of Palestine
Publication details: 
From Chevremont, Hockering Road, Woking, Surrey. 1948, 1949 (2) and 1951.
£80.00

The four letters totalling 6pp., 12mo, in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With carbons of replies, one stapled to its mate. The correspondence relates to the Society's business, with two letters relating to a 'Tea lecture' by Gervas Huxley, another to a meeting chaired by Sir James Jones, and the last (22 June 1951) 'on the subject of Silver Medals' and other matters.

[ James Elmes, architect. ] Autograph Letter Signed to publisher Charles Ollier, requesting clarification on the question of the parcel of 'Mr Cooke'.

Author: 
James Elmes (1782-1862), architect, civil engineer and author [ Charles Ollier (1788-1859), publisher ]
Publication details: 
2 Childs Place, Temple [ London ]. 18 July 1827.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by explaining that he has been 'too much engaged' since last writing to Ollier 'to come so far westward', or he would not intrude on his time. He asks him to return 'the letter of Mr Cooke, that I enclosed to you, under cover and a line just to say, whether there were two parcels, as he mentions, or only the one, that I took, as he desires great care and a return of them'.

[ Printed item. ] Freedom of the Press and the Challenge of the Official Secrets Acts.

Author: 
National Union of Journalists; National Council for Civil Liberties; Major G. Lloyd George; Dingle Foot; Compton Mackenzie; L. C. White; A. P. Herbert; Kingsley Martin; C. J. Bundock; R. Willis
Publication details: 
Speeches made at the Conference [...] convened by the National Union of Journalists and the National Council for Civil Liberties and held at the Beaver Hall, in the City of London, on November 5th, 1938. [ Watford Printers Limited, Watford. ]
£80.00

32pp., 8vo. Stapled in grey printed card wraps. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in like wraps, with rusted staples. Lloyd George, Foot and Herbert are all described on the title-page as MPs, White is named as 'Assistant General Secretary, Civil Service Clerical Association', Martin as 'Editor, "New Statesman and Nation"', Bundock as 'General Secretary, National Union of Journalists' and Willis as 'Secretary, London Trades Council'. A collection of impassioned and perceptive contributions.

[ Sir Frederick Bramwell, engineer. ] Six Typed Letters Signed and four Typed Notes Signed (all ten 'Frederick Bramwell') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, regarding matters relating to the Royal Society of Arts, including a royal visit.

Author: 
Sir Frederick Bramwell [ Sir Frederick Joseph Bramwell ] (1818-1903), British locomotive and civil engineer [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; Royal Society of Arts; Stockton and Darlington Railway ]
Publication details: 
All ten on letterheads of Bramwell & Harris, 5 Great George Street, Westminster, SW [ London ]. All ten dating from 1901.
£150.00

Each item 1p., 4to. The collection in good condition, on lightly aged paper. The correspondence shows the eighty-three-year-old Bramwell as an active member of the Society's Council. One letter relates a paper by 'Mr. Madgen' on 'the dwelling accommodation in London', another refers to the death of a 'charming colleague' named Cobb.

[ The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund. ] Two Autograph Volumes by Honorary Secretary Charles Dibdin, including minutes, accounts, lists of offices and addresses, and corrected printed lists of Civil Service employees.

Author: 
The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund, London, British charity founded in 1866, now named the Lifeboat Fund [ Charles Dibdin (1849-1910), Honorary Secretary ]
Publication details: 
[ The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund, London. ] 'Charles Dibdin | Honorary Secretary | 14 John Street, Adelphi, W.C.' 1892 and 1897.
£750.00

The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund (now the Lifeboat Fund) was founded by a group of civil servants wishing to donate a single lifeboat to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. In 1866 they issued an appeal for £300 to government offices and raised the sum within a year. Since then the charity has supplied the RNLI with more than fifty lifeboats, which have saved nearly five thousand lives. The present two volumes, for 1892 and 1897, are uniform in heavily-worn halfbindings with black cloth spines and marbled boards.

[ Vera Dart, social worker and Labour Party politician. ] Duplicated Typescript of unpublished autobiography titled 'My Six Lives in a Changing World'.

Author: 
Vera Dart (1892-1984), social worker and Labour Party politician, born in Liverpool [ Women's Voluntary Service for Civil Defence; London County Council ]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [ London, c. 1977. ]
£400.00

[3] + ii + 152pp., 4to. Perfect bound, with each page on a separate leaf. In fair condition, aged and a little dogeared. Title-page reinforced at fore-edge. Missing the last page or so of the 'Conclusion'.

[ Printed First World War pamphlet. ] An Infantryman on Strikes. An Appeal to the Workers of Great Britain | By H. V. Holmes | Sergeant, London Scottish.

Author: 
'Infantryman', Sergeant H. V. Holmes, London Scottish
Publication details: 
'2 - 18 [ i.e. February 1918 ] W. & S. Ltd.'
£30.00

20pp. on shiny art paper. Dimensions of pamphlet 11 x 12 cm. Stapled into grey printed wraps. Holmes is named as the author in the title on the front cover, while the text ends on p.20 with the attribution to '"INFANTRYMAN."' In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. The author's case is summed up towards the conclusion: 'Can you see him, Striker, striving, fighting, dying, at a shilling a day, that you may live in comfort at home? Can you see his parents, his wife, his children, his sweetheart, praying daily for his safety, hoping blindly for his return?

[ César-François Cassini de Thury, French astronomer. ] Signed ('Cassini de Thury') Autograph Copy of Letter, in French, sent to 'M. Bayeux', regarding the Sieur du Tremblay.

Author: 
César-François Cassini de Thury (1714-1784), French astronomer and cartographer [ Daniel-Charles Trudaine (1703-1769), civil engineer ]
Publication details: 
Paris. 3 June 1751.
£450.00

1p., 4to. In very good condition, on lightly aged paper. Tipped into a paper wallet, on the front of which is written in a contemporary hand the entry from the1833 bookseller's catalogue from which it was purchased, indicating that the item was considered uncommon even at that time: 'Cassini, the Astronomer, relative to a Memoir of the Sieur du Tremblay. | A choice specimen of a scarce Autograph. | No 176 Thorpe's Catalogue 1833'. Cassini's copy letter, with nine lines of text, is written over the unsigned letter to which it is the reply..

[ Paul Robeson, African-American singer and actor. ] Autograph Signature, with that of his accompanist Lawrence Brown, on a photographic reproduction of a drawing of Robeson.

Author: 
Paul Robeson [ Paul Leroy Robeson ] (1898-1976), African-American singer and actor associated with the Civil Rights Movement; Lawrence Benjamin Brown (1893-1972), African-American pianist and arranger
Publication details: 
[ On Robeson's concert tour of the British Isles with Lawrence, 1934. ]
£56.00

The two signatures are on a reproduction of a drawing of Robeson, on a 15 x 11 cm piece of shiny art paper, cut from a programme from Robeson's 1934 tour of Britain. In good condition, lightly-aged. The head and shoulders portrait shows a moody Robeson in collar and tie. The two signature are at the foot of the image, with Robeson's, in blue ink, slanting downwards, and Brown's, in green ink, slanting upwards, around the line of Robeson's lapels.

[ Sir Robert Rawlinson, civil engineer. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Robert Rawlinson'), accepting a dinner invitation from Scottish artist Thomas Faed.

Author: 
Sir Robert Rawlinson (1810-1898), English civil engineer in the field of public health and sanitation [ Thomas Faed (1826-1900), RA, Scottish artist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Lancaster Lodge, 11 Boltons, West Brompton, S.W. [ London ] 7 November 1877.
£25.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with small part of paper mount adhering at head. Accepting a dinner invitation on 20 November.

[ John, Lord Belasyse. ] Extensive manuscript 'Abstract of the Will and Codicil of the Right Honble John Lord Belasyse from the Probate thereof granted the 7th. May 1690', mentioning estates in Yorkshire, London, Middlesex, Nottingham and Durham.

Author: 
John Belasyse (1614-1689), Lord Belasyse, Royalist nobleman in the English Civil War, imprisoned during the Popish Plot
Publication details: 
Will of 22 April 1689. Probate granted by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 7 May 1690. Abstract dating from the eighteenth century. (watermark includes "GR")
£150.00

13pp., large (41.5 x 33 cm) 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, on good Britannia paper. In worn wraps, with printed slip describing the item from a bookseller's catalogue (Henry Grey, 1901, 45s), and docketed at back. Neatly and closely written out in a clerk's hand. At end: 'The Abstract of this Will and Codicil is taken from the Probate thereof Granted by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury to Anne Lady Belasyse Relict of the said John Lord Belasyse and One of the Executors the 7th. of May 1690'. Belasyse's second wife was the daughter of the Marquess of Winchester.

[ Nanking; Japan ]Long Autograph Letter from English-born jurist/adviser to Japan on foreign affairs Thomas Baty to 'Cooper', presenting a detailed defence of the Japanese position after the Nanking Massacre, and of Franco in the Spanish Civil War.

Author: 
Thomas Baty (1869-1954), English-born jurist and authority on international law, who settled in Japan in 1916 as foreign legal adviser [Nanking Massacre; Second Sino-Japanese War; Spanish Civil War]
Publication details: 
'Tokio [Tokyo] 1 October, 1937'.
£1,000.00

A letter of the first importance, as Baty had been since 1916 foreign legal adviser to the Japanese Government (following the death of Henry Willard Denison), and had been part of the Japanese delegation to the 1927 Geneva disarmament conference. Such was Baty's support for the Japanese position that the British Government seriously considered trying him for treason following the Second World War, choosing instead to revoke his British citizenship. 5pp., 4to. The first five pages of the letter only, and so lacking the signature, although Baty is without doubt the author.

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