COMPANY

[ Thomas Henry Huxley, 'Darwin's Bulldog'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T H. Huxley') to J. A. Townsend, explaining his reason for being unable to accept an invitation from 'the Master & Wardens of the Haberdashers Company'.

Author: 
T. H. Huxley [ Thomas Henry Huxley ] (1825-1895), biologist nicknamed "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of the theory of evolution of Charles Darwin
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 Marlborough Place, Abbey Road, N.W. [ London ] 1 January 1880.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with minor smudge mark to corner of first page. Written with purple ink. Reads: 'Sir | I regret that, in consequence of a meeting of the Royal Society on Thursday Jany 29th., I am unable to do myself the honour of accepting the invitation of the Master & Wardens of the Haberdashers Company for that day'.

[ Thomas Dealtry, Anglican Bishop of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Madras') to Colonel Cameron, Commanding, Ootacamund, regarding safety concerns in the wake of the Siege of Cawnpore in the Indian Mutiny.

Author: 
Thomas Dealtry (1795-1861), Anglican Bishop of Madras, 1849-1861 [ Indian Mutiny, 1857; Siege of Cawnpore ]
Publication details: 
No place. 'Tuesday' [ no date, but 1857 ].
£200.00

2pp., 12mo. Attached to the second leaf of the bifolium is the frank, addressed by Dealtry to 'Col. Cameron | Commandg. | Ootacamund'. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by thanking Cameron for his note and 'contribution', the latter being 'all that cd. be desired'. He continues, with reference to the Siege: 'I am much distressed with this news from Cawnpore. I fear it is true - The loss of life must have been awful - The Lieut. Govr. Mr. Colvin's brother was ye. judge of ye. station'.

[ Field Marshall Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge, army officer and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hardinge') congratulating 'Colonel Abbott' [ Sir Frederick Abbott ] on his knighthood.

Author: 
Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge [ Lord Hardinge ] (1785-1856), Field Marshall in the British Army and Conservative politician [ Major General Sir Frederick Abbott (1805-1892) ]
Publication details: 
Great Stanhope Street [ London ]. 6 June 1854.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. With postmarked frank (again signed 'Hardinge') addressed to 'Colonel Abbott C. B. | Addiscombe'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He is pleased that Abbott is 'to receive a mark of distinction from the Queen, which combines the satisfaction which your Services have given at Addiscombe [Abbott had become lieutenant-governor of Addiscombe Seminary in 1851] with those which you so efficiently & ably performed in the field in India'. He hopes to shake him at the hand 'at the Levée'.

[ Charles Manners, singer with D'Oyly Carte and the Moody-Manners Opera Company. ] Autograph letter Signed ('C Manners') to 'Mr. Streatfield'

Author: 
Charles Manners (1867-1935), English opera singer, first with D'Oyly Carte, then with his own Moody-Manners Opera Company, run with his wife Fanny Moody [ Gilbert and Sullivan ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Moody-Manners Opera Company, Limited. 19 January 1901.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Elaborate letterhead headed 'Third Year', with 'Repertoire' (beginning with 'Tristan & Isolda') down left-hand margin. Two printed notices as part of letterhead. First: 'At present the largest English Oper Company that has ever travelled Great Britain | Being played for the first time in the Provinces to the Pitch that the Composers intended their Operas should be Played, viz.; - NORMAL PITCH.' Second, 'The above Company are offering two Prizes of £250 each, and 10% on all profits for two Operas, selected by public competition.

[ Sir George Nugent, Field Marshal and Governor of Jamaica. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Nugent'), congratulating the botanist Nathaniel Wallich on gaining financial independence through the post of Superintendent of the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta

Author: 
Sir George Nugent, 1st Baronet (1757-1849), Field Marshal in the British Army and Governor of Jamaica [ Nathaniel Wallich [ born Nathanael Wulff Wallich ] (1785–1854), botanist of Danish extraction ]
Publication details: 
Westhorpe [ Westhorpe House, Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire ]. 23 June 1848.
£200.00

3pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, worn and creased. See both men's entries in the Oxford DNB.

[ Thames and Medway Canal Company, London. ] Twelve items, printed and manuscript, including reports by Thomas Telford and William Tierney Clark, an engraved map, items about 'commuting and clearing the whole incumbrance of debt on the undertaking'.

Author: 
Thames and Medway Canal Company, London [ Thomas Telford; William Tierney Clark; John Moxon; William Scudamore; Edmund Collier; Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
[ Thames & Medway Canal Office, No. 35, Great Winchester Street, London. ] Moxon's letter from 69 Old Broad Street, 19 May 1831. The other ten items from between 1821 and 1831.
£750.00

Eleven of the twelve items in good condition, lightly aged; the twelfth (Item Two below) with several long closed tears. ONE: Printed circular headed 'Thames & Medway Company'. 3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. 'Committee's Report' by 'Wm. Scudamore, | Clerk', following 'the Annual General Assembly of the Company of Proprietors', 6 June 1821. Including 'Engineer's Report' of the same date by 'Wm. Tierney Clerk'. Docketed by Harington. TWO: Printed circular headed 'Thames and Medway Canal.' 3pp., folio. Bifolium.

[ Regent's Canal Company, London. ] Seven items, comprising five printed circulars, an Autograph Letters Signed from secretary Edmund Leonard Snee to Sir John Edward Harington, and the autograph draft of Harington's letter..

Author: 
Regent's Canal Company, London; Edmund L.eonard Snee (1793-1864), Secretary [ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Regent's Canal Company. ] Regent's Canal Office, 98, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury. [ London ] Between 1827 and 1831.
£400.00

First proposed by Thomas Horner in 1802, the Regent's Canal was incorporated by John Nash in 1811 in his plans for the development of Regent's Park. Hugely-successful in the nineteenth century despite the rise of the railways, it fell into decline in the early twentieth, but is now firmly established as an amenity of London. The seven items in the present collection are in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Items ONE to FOUR are printed circulars from Snee, transmitting copies 'of the Resolutions this day passed at the General Assembly of Proprietors of the Regent's Canal'.

[ Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Newport. ] With Autograph Letter Signed to Sir J. E. Harington from Charles Grevile, Bristol attorney.

Author: 
Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Newport, Wales; Ralph Ruscoe, Principal Clerk ; Charles Grevile (1788-1862), attorney [ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Wales. ] Ruscoe's circular from 'Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Office, Newport, May 21st, 1849.'
£280.00

The company opened canals from Newport to Pontypool and to Crumlin in 1796. It was taken over by the Great Western Railway in 1875, and a passenger service from Ebbw Vale to Cardiff still runs. Three items with covering paper on which Sir J. E. Harington has written in ink: 'Sir J E Harington | Monmouthshire Ry & Canal Papers', with the following added in pencil: 'May 21 1849. | Asking my consent to take new shares - | No.' All items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from Grevile to Harington. Bristol; 13 June 1849. 2pp., 4to.

[ H. F. S. Morgan and Morgan & Co., 'Automobile Engineers and Agents'. ] Six letters (one by Morgan, one on his behalf and four by the company), responding to the complaints of Sir Richard Harington. With draft letter by Harington to the company.

Author: 
H. F. S. Morgan [ Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan (1881-1959), founder of the Morgan Motor Company
Publication details: 
All 6 letters on letterheads of Morgan & Co., {with photo) Automobile Engineers and Agents, Worcester Road, Mavern Link, and at 57, Foregate Street, Worcester; 3 to 29 January 1907. Harington's draft from Whitbourne Court, Worcester; 27 January 1907.
£320.00

The seven items in fair condition, on lightly aged paper. An interesting correspondence, casting light on the company's practices. Both the recipient, Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, and his son 'The Judge' - Richard Harington (1861-1931), the future 12th Baronet - came from a legal background, adding an edge to the correspondence. The six letters total 9pp., 4to. The firm appears to have had a policy of retaining the original and sending out a carbon copy, as each of the letters consists of a carbon copy of manuscript.

[ The New Asbestos Company, Limited, London. ] Prospectus with application form, accompanied by reports by Sir Douglas Fox, T. J. Scoones and C. Lacoste.

Author: 
The New Asbestos Company, Limited, London [ Société Française des Amiantes, Tarascon; Sir Douglas Fox; T. J. Scoones; C. Lacoste; F. Vidal; Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
The New Asbestos Company, Limited, 37 Lombard Street, London. All items undated but circa 1889. [ Prospectus printed by 'The Argus Printing Company, Limited, 31, Bouverie Street, E.C.' ]
£120.00

The three items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with light damp staining to the Prospectus. ONE: Prospectus. 4pp., tall 8vo. Bifolium. First page headed 'Contractors to the French Government, Naval, Military, and State Authorities. | The New Asbestos Company, Limited. | Incorporated under the Companies Act, 1862 to 1886, whereby the liability of each Shareholder is limited to his Shares. | Capital - - £120,000, | Divided into 30,000 Shares of £4 each.

[ United States Trust and Guarantee Corporation, Limited, London. ] Twenty printed items: 11 reports of the proceedings at the Ordinary General Meeting and 9 reports of directors. With manuscript statement of 'Mr & Mrs Balfours marriage Settlement'

Author: 
United States Trust and Guarantee Corporation, Limited, London (Archibald Balfour, Chairman); Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet
Publication details: 
The printed items from The United States Trust and Guarantee Corporation, Limited, 57 Old Broad Street, London, E.C. Between 1893 and 1904. The manuscript item without place, February 1895.
£180.00

Twenty-one items, in fair condition, aged and worn. The eleven reports of the proceedings at the ordinary general meetings are stapled 12mo booklets of around 8pp. each, giving a verbatim account of the varioius contributions to the meetings, all but the last of which are chaired by Balfour. The nine reports of the directors are of 6pp. each, with the report on the first two pages and the accounts on another two, and the reverse of the last leaf carrying a 'Notice of Meeting'.

[ Lord Perry, first Chairman of the Ford Motor Company in Britain. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Perry.') to K. W. Luckhurst of the Royal Society of Arts, regarding an invitation to become a member.

Author: 
Percival Perry [ Percival Lea Dewhurst Perry ], 1st Baron Perry [ Lord Perry ] (1878-1956), English motor vehicle manufacturer, first Chairman of the Ford Motor Company in Britain
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 88 Regent Street, London, W.1. 23 October 1947.
£30.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Name in block capitals in red pencil and stamped date at head, with holes to one corner from stapling. The 'matter' of the invitation to Perry to join the Society has 'been delayed because I have been the victim of very distressing domestic illness'. He is sending the completed application, but explains that he has been 'ordered to winter abroad', and is 'leaving for the Bahamas within the month, and will not 'be back in England until the Spring of next year'.

[ Charles Webb Le Bas. ] Part of Autograph Letter regarding his biography of Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, Bishop of Calcutta.

Author: 
Charles Webb Le Bas (1779-1861), ellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and principal of the East India Company College [ Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, Bishop of Calcutta; S. S. Ward
Publication details: 
East India College. 6 March 1831.
£100.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Two matching panels have been removed, one each from the foot of each leaf, removing the signature and some text from the first leaf. On aged paper, with closed tears along crease lines. Addressed by Le Bas on the reverse of the second leaf, with his seal in red wax and a postmark, to 'S. S. Ward Esqre. | Accountant General's office | London'. Le Bas writes to express 'the relief & gratitude which I have derived from the assurance of your satisfaction with my humble efforts to do justice to the memory of Bishop Middleton.

[ Thames and Medway Canal Company, London. ] Five items: Autograph Letter Signed from chairman J. Moxon to Sir J. E. Harington, and four printed circulars, regarding 'commuting and clearing the whole incumbrance of debt on the undertaking'.

Author: 
Thames and Medway Canal Company, London [ John Moxon, Chairman; Edmund Collier, Clerk; Sir John E. Harington of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
[ Thames & Medway Canal Office, No. 35, Great Winchester Street, London. ] Moxon's letter from 69 Old Broad Street, 19 May 1831. Two circulars of 7 and 18 May 1831; third circular relating to a meeting on 3 May 1831; fourth circular, 30 July 1831.
£500.00

The five items in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: ALS from 'J. Moxon' to Sir J. E. Harington. 2pp., 4to. On bifolium. Addressed, with three postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Sir John E. Harington Bart. | Berkeley Square'. Docketed on same page: 'Thames & Medway | Loans | to be kept by trustees. | refers to the Notes'. Thirty-eight lines, closely written.

[ Ben Davies, Welsh tenor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ben Davies.'), expressing condolences to the widow of the composer Herman Finck.

Author: 
Ben Davies (1858-1943), Welsh tenor with the Carl Rosa Opera Company [ Herman Finck [ Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), Anglo-Dutch composer ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 33 Compayne Gardens, West Hampstead, NW [ London ]. 23 April 1939.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Docketed at head 'Answered'. Reads: 'Dear Mrs Finck - | We were very grieved to hear of the passing of your dear husband & our old friend - will you please accept our deepest sympathy in your great sorrow - & our prayers that you & your daughters may be greatly comforted - | Very sincerely Yrs. | Ben Davies'. From the Finck papers.

[ Volkswagen GmbH. ] Large collection of material assembled by English employee B. D. Ryder, including 12 volumes relating to his nine-month survey of VW's German operations, with reports by Ryder and a mass of company ephemera, photographs, etc.

Author: 
Volkswagen GmbH, Wolfsburg, Germany [ Bruce Dudley Ryder (born 1942); German Economic Miracle ]
Publication details: 
18 volumes, 1961 to 1964. Volkswagen GmbH (Volkswagenwerk Aktengesellschaft), Wolfsburg, Hanover, Kassel, Stuttgart and Hamburg. Germany; and VW Motors Limited, London, England.
£2,000.00

The author Bruce Dudley Ryder was a second-cousin of the present Queen of England – his father Peter Hugh Dudley Ryder (1913-1993; see Who Was Who) having married the Queen's cousin Sarah Susannah Bowes-Lyon – and a great-grandson of the Earl of Harrowby. Ryder had family experience in the fields of business and transport, his father having been for many years head of the transport conglomerate Thomas Tilling Ltd.

[ East India Company 'Writer's Covenant'. ] Printed indenture, completed in manuscript, bearing the Company's seal under paper, docketed 'Counterpart Covenant of Mr Edward John Harington Writer for Bengal'

Author: 
[ East India Company, London ] United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East-Indies [ Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831) of Ridlington, 8th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East-Indies [ East India Company, London ]. 24 [25] January 1812. 'Cox and Son, Printers, Gt. Queen Str.' [ London ].
£200.00

Printed on one side of a 74 x 52 cm piece of watermarked laid paper. Seal in red wax, under paper, at bottom-right, and two embossed tax stamps at top-left.. Docketed '25th: [sic] January 1812 | Counterpart | Covenant of Mr Edward John Harington Writer for Bengal'. No signatures. A printed document, completed in manuscript. Harington is described (with his Christian names transposed) as 'Edward John Harington of London Gentleman', and his new post given as 'Writer and Covenanter Servant at Fort William in Bengal in the East Indies'.

[ The Argentine Great Western Railway (Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino). ] Eighteen printed items relating to the restructuring of the company. Including 'Plan of Reconstruction' ('Strictly Private'), 'Scheme of Arrangement', circulars, accounts.

Author: 
The Argentine Great Western Railway [ Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino ], British-owned Argentinian railway company, founded in 1887 [ Walter Heald, Secretary; J. S. Morgan & Co., merchant bankers ]
Publication details: 
The Argentine Great Western Railway, 4 Finsbury Circus, London E.C. 1893 and 1894.
£400.00

The company, founded in 1887, operated a broad gauge railway network in the Argentine provinces of San Luis, San Juan and Mendoza, and was taken over on a lease by the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway in 1907. It features in three studies: Colin M. Lewis, 'British Railways in Argentina 1857-1914: A Case Study of Foreign Investment' (1983); H. R. Stones, 'British Railways in Argentina 1860-1948' (1993); and Winthrop R. Wright, 'British-Owned Railways in Argentina – Their Effect on Economic Nationalism, 1854-1948' (1974).

[ Sir Denis Dutry, Huguenot merchant and East India Company Director. ] Autograph Signature ('Denis Dutry') on Exchequer receipt, as assignee of Sir John Lethieuller.

Author: 
Sir Denis Dutry [ Sir Dennis Dutry ], London Huguenot merchant, Director of the Honourable East India Company [ Sir John Lethieuller (1632/3-1719) ]
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 22 November 1720.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper. Laid out in the customary fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript. Records a payment of £56 on an annuity by 'Sr. Denis Dutry assigne per Margent of Sr. John Lethieuller', with a reference to Lethieuller's annuity in the margin. Witnessed at foot by 'John '. Lethieuller has an entry in the Oxford DNB.?>

[ Printed item. ] Prospectus and forms of application for a share issue by the Ekman Pulp and Paper Company, Limited: '4½ First Mortgage Debentures of £100 Each'.

Author: 
The Ekman Pulp and Paper Company, Limited. ('Paper Mills at Northfleet, Kent, and Ilford, Essex.') [ Carl Daniel Ekman (1845-1904), Swedish chemist and industrialist ] Sir Richard Harington ]
Publication details: 
[ The Ekman Pulp and Paper Company, Limited, London, 1896. ] Ford & Turner Printers, 77, Coleman Street, E.C.
£56.00

Three items, folded into the customary packet. In very good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Prospectus. 4pp., 8vo. Includes the memorandum of association, in small print. The prospectus, dated 12 May 1896, begins: 'The Company was constituted in 1883. It possesses two Mills, one at Northfleet (freehold) with a complete plant for the manufacture of sulphite wood-pulp and four paper machines, and the other at Ilford (leasehold) with one paper machine. The out-put of these five machines is now 150 tons of paper per week.' Docketed at head of first leaf by Sir Richard Harington.

[ Charles Burton Wyatt, son of the architect James Wyatt. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C: Wyatt') to 'Charles James Esqre', regarding financial matters.

Author: 
Charles Wyatt [ Charles Burton Wyatt ] of the East India Company, son of the architect James Wyatt (1746-1813)
Publication details: 
1 Foley Place [ London ]. 9 February 1812.
£30.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with neat spike hole. Addressed, with remains of red-wax seal, to 'Chars James Esqre | Upper Wimpole St'. The letter concerns 'a person' who has 'been in possession for 66£ 15s at the Suit of Henry agt my Father'. A mistake has occurred as he 'sent this Sum to your office instantly I received notice from you daterd the first Inst.' He asks him to 'direct the necessary Steps to be taken'.

[ Sir Thomas Grantham, suppressor of 'Bacon's Rebellion', Virginia, 1676. ] Autograph Signature ('Tho: Grantham') on printed Exchequer receipt, completed in manuscript.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Grantham (bap.1641, died 1718), Commander of the East India Company fleet, and suppressor of 'Bacon's Rebellion' in Virginia
Publication details: 
Her Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. 12 November 1712.
£650.00

On one side of a 15 x 17.5cm. piece of paper. Aged and worn, with slight loss at jhead and left-hand margin.

[ Independent Tasmanian Ships Limited, State of Tasmania. ] Printed 'Prospectus of an Issue at Par of 496,993 Ordinary Shares of £1 each' (in order to set up a 'Tasmanian Shipping Line'), with two copies of a 'Form of Application'.

Author: 
Independent Tasmanian Ships Limited, State of Tasmania, Australia [ The Van Diemen's Land Company, London and Tasmania ]
Publication details: 
Independent Tasmanian Ships Limited [ c/o Messrs. Wise, Lord & Ferguson, 19 Stewart Street, Devonport, Tasmania. ] [ Chalcraft Press, 123 Regent Street, Sydney. ]
£80.00

[28]pp., 4to. Stapled into grey printed wraps. Illustrated with photographs; centrepage spread of matching tables giving 'Weekly Potato Shipments' from Tasmania to Sydney, in 1937 and 1956. On glossy art paper. Both prospectus and inserts in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Stamp of the Van Diemen's Land Company on front cover, with ownership inscription 'C. C. Carter'.

Publicity album for Harold C. Harvey of the Homasote Company of New Jersey, manufacturers of wall board, containing 96 cloth-backed photographs, mostly captioned and many architectural, with a few signed on the plate 'Rand '29'.

Author: 
Harold C. Harvey [Homasote Company of West Trenton, New Jersey, wall board manufacturers, founded in 1909 as the Agasote Millboard Company by Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge (1860-1932)]
Publication details: 
[Homasote Company, West Trenton, New Jersey.] A few of the photographs dated on the plate to 1929.
£850.00

96 black and white photographic prints, each cloth-backed and with the landscape dimensions 20 x 25 cm. In black leather loose leaf album by Wilson Jones Co., Kansas City. Stamped in gilt in bottom right-hand corner of first leaf, 'HAROLD C. HARVEY'. The prints are in good condition, curling a little at the fore-edge, and with slight creasing at right-hand margin of the first two. The binding is somewhat worn, but still tight, with the three original metal screws holding the album together.

Manuscript minute book of meetings of the directors of Huntley & Company, Lawrence Hill Railway Wharf, coal factors and builders merchants, with each entry signed by the chairman.

Author: 
H. A. Burnell, Secretary, Huntley & Company of Lawrence Hill Railway Wharf, coal factors and builders merchants, also 'Hauling & Furniture Removal', 'House Furnishing & Drapery' and 'Estate Agency'
Publication details: 
[Huntley & Company, Coal Factors and Merchants, Lawrence Hill Railway Wharf, Bristol.] Entries dating from 1 July 1904 to 7 October 1930.
£350.00

293pp., 4to. In brown leather half-binding, with black cloth boards and marbled endpapers. Three-page form relating to the firm's dealings with National Provincial Bank of England, filled-in and signed on behalf of the company by the secretary Henry A Burnell, dated July 1904. The minutes are in a number of different hands (beginning with Burnell's) and signed by a number of different chairmen.

[ George Cruikshank, English caricaturist. ] Albumen Carte-de-Visite portrait photograph and autograph signature.

Author: 
George Cruikshank (1792-1878), English caricaturist ['the modern Hogarth'], friend and illustrator of Charles Dickens
Publication details: 
The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, 110 & 108 Regent Street, London. [1870 ]
£80.00

The image is 8.7 x 6.2 cm, on part of printed London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company mount. In good condition, lightly-aged. The lower part of the mount has been cut away, and laid down over the lower part of the photograph is a 1 x 6.5 cm strip of paper, carrying Cruikshank's autograph signature ('Geoe Cruikshank'). The National Portrait Gallery copy of this image is NPG Ax17862.

[Manuscript; American Colonies ] Document Signed by Earl of Warwick, "Warwicke" and others (damaged with losss).

Author: 
Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick (1587–1658), English colonial administrator (American colonies), admiral, and Puritan.
Publication details: 
[ 10 May 1620 ("four and fiftieth yeare" of James's reign in Scotland ]
£1,500.00

One page, sm. fol., damage repaired and substantial loss expertly backed with laid paper. Surviving text as follows:One page, sm. fol., damage repaired and substantial loss expertly backed with laid paper.

[ W. H. Smith, bookseller, newsagent and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Smith') to 'Mr Perkins' regarding 'Crown rights for money advanced', with carte de visite (portrait photograph) and label for his firm's subscription library.

Author: 
W. H. Smith [ William Henry Smith (1825-1891) ], bookseller, newsagent and politician; First Lord of the Admiralty and the 'Sir Joseph Porter' of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'HMS Pinafore'
Publication details: 
Letter on House of Commons letterhead. 14 March [ no year ]. Undated carte de visite by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, 110 and 108 Regent Street and 54 Cheapside. Undated label of W. H. Smith & Son's Subscription Library, 186 Strand.
£50.00

LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. On lightly aged and worn paper. He summons him to a meeting, telling him to read a memo beforehand, before writing: 'I am not disposed to waive any Crown rights for money advanced | Lenders may have notice, but if P. W L C advance public money, the public must be protected against persons who are trading for profit'. CARTE DE VISITE: In fair condition, lightly aged, with 'W. H. SMITH, ESQ., M.P.' printed beneath the image, and the details of the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company on the reverse.

[ HM Airship R100. ] Printed 'Contract For the Construction of a Rigid Airship', between the Airship Guarantee Company Limited and the President of the Air Council. With section deleted and replaced with typed passage.

Author: 
HM Airship R100 [ The Airship Guarantee Company Limited, London; The Air Council; Charles Reginald Brigstocke, Director of Contracts Air Ministry; Vickers Ltd]
Publication details: 
"50 cop[ie]s" [no other copy traced [ The Airship Guarantee Company Limited, London; the Air Council; the Air Ministry. ] Printed in London by Duiprose, Bateman & Co., Courts Press, Sheffield Street, Kingsway, W.C.2. Dated 22nd October 1924.
£1,200.00

The R100 had not been named at the time of this item, and is consequently not referred to by name in it. It was built (as part of a British government programme to develop airships to provide passenger and mail transport within the British Empire) by the Airship Guarantee Company, a specially-created subsidiary of the armaments firm Vickers, led by Commander Dennis Burney, with the design team headed by Barnes Wallis, later famous for his invention of the bouncing bomb, with Neville Shute. 41pp., 8vo.

[ Ofspring Blackall, Bishop of Exeter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Ofspr. Exon') to his brother, directing the purchase of £500 in South Sea stock.

Author: 
Ofspring Blackall (1655-1716), Bishop of Exeter, religious controversialist [ The South Sea Bubble, 1711-1720 ]
Publication details: 
Westminster. 18 February 1712 [ 1711 O.S. ].
£600.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Westminster Feb. 18. 1711/12. | Sr | I desire you will buy and accept five Hundred Pounds Stock in the Capitall Stock of the Company of Merchants of Great Britain trading to the South Seas for my Account and in my name; which will oblige | Sr | Yor. Affect. Brother & Servt | Ofsp. Exon'. Annotated in a nineteenth-century hand at bottom-left: 'Dr Ofspring Blackall.' At the time of writing the South Sea Company had only just been created. It would collapse spectacularly in 1720.

Syndicate content