Vera Wainwright [ Vera Stacey Wainwright ] (1893-1967), West Country painter and poet, friend of Austin Osman Spare [ Ida Forbes-Robertson, daughter Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist ]
Crows Nest, Darite, Liskeard, Cornwall. 18 September 1947.
2pp., landscape 8vo. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to 'Miss I. Forbes-Robertson | 30a. Collingham Place | Earls Court | S.W.5.' In good condition, lightly aged. The first part of the letter concerns a lost or stolen letter and cheque. 'Of course I shall pay you - but it is s. sweet of you to suggest the present'. She repeats information she gave in the letter about which artists' materials she would like: 'Paper for water-colour is becoming scarce too but I have some at the moment'.
John Gould (1804-1881), ornithologist [ J. E. Cornish, London bookseller ]
On letterhead of 'London, 26, Charlotte Street, | Bedford Square. W. E.' 19 August 1870.
1p., 12mo. In very good condition. Large bold signature. 'Dear Sir | Thanks for your prompt remittance: I return the a/c duly accepted and remain | Dear Sir | Yours very truly | John Gould | Mr. J. E. Cornish'. Docketted at top left.
George Ormerod (1785-1873), Cheshire antiquary [ James Edward Cornish (1831-1903), Manchester bookseller ]
On letterhead of Sedbury Park, Chepstow. 9 March 1867.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. Addressed to 'Mr Cornish | 33, Piccadilly | Manchester'. The letter begins: 'Mr. Ormerod has received Mr Cornish's enquiry whether Mr O. has "any Io [i.e. folio] Paper Hist: of Cheshire for sale.' He replies that he 'has now only two Io Paper copies of Hist: Cheshire One is extensively illustrated and bound in ten Volumes in Morocco - This, of course, cannot be parted with.' Ormerod would part with the other set 'for £100, (one Hundred pounds) Cash - not less'.
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [ pen-name 'Q' ] (1863-1944), Cornish poet and anthologist [ Harold Frederick (1856-98), London correspondent of New York Times; Frank Harris (1855-91), journalist ]
On letterhead of The Haven, Fowey, Cornwall. 23 November 1895.
An interesting letter regarding a celebrated Victorian scandal. In 1884 Frederic had come to England with his wife and five children as the London correspondent of the New York TImes. He set up a second household with Kate Lyon, with whom he had a further three children. Lyons was a Christian Scientist, and when Frederic suffered a stroke in 1898, she tried to cure him by faith healing. At the instigation of Mrs Frederic, Lyon was tried for manslaughter, but was acquitted. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged.
John Pascoe (1820-1889) of Veryan (and latterly Castle Rise, Claremont, Truro), Cornish poet and Wesleyan minister
The poems in both volumes transcribed in 1889, those in the first volume having been composed between 1844 and 1884, and in the second between 1881 and 1889. Letter from Castle Rise, Claremont, Truro [Cornwall], 26 August 1889.
The two volumes contain transcriptions of a total of 65 original autograph poems, most of them unpublished, with extensive explanatory and biographical notes (sometimes running to several pages) composed especially for the recipient of the volumes, Mrs Ball of the City Hotel, Truro. In two uniform 4to notebooks with waxed black cloth bindings. The first volume is in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in worn binding with loss of spine. The second volume has damp affecting the first 60pp., causing slight loss to text, and damage to the binding. ONE: On front free endpaper: 'Vol I.
Robert Walton, seventeenth-century printer and printseller, at the Sign of the Globe, St Paul's Churchyard [Rashleigh family of Polmear, Cornwall?]
'<P>rinted and Sold by Rob: Walton at the Globe <...> the West end of St. Pauls Church [...] Ludgate | <N>ow sold in Bow-Church-Yard.' Seventeenth century. Manuscript accounts on reverses with entries dating from 1775 to 1802 [Polmear, Cornwall?]
BBTI has Walton trading between 1647 and 1688. Both prints roughly 17.5 x 12 cm. Both in fair condition, on aged paper. The first - 'IULIUS CESAR I' - has a rough edge on the right and a trimmed edge on the left. It shows Caesar in martial dress on horseback, beneath which: '
rinted and Sold by Rob: Walton at the Globe <...> the West end of St. Pauls Church turning to Ludgate | ow sold in Bow-Church-Yard.' At the foot of the engraving is a six line poem, beginning 'By ciuill wars unto the Empire came'. '151' in bottom right-hand corner.
[Rev. Richard Lyne, Rector of Little Petherick, Cornwall?; Humphry May of Back in Egloshayle Parish]
Without place or date. [Little Petherick, Cornwall; 1830s?]
2pp., 4to. 50 lines of text. On a single leaf of wove paper. Good: lightly worn on aged paper with slight damage to two words. A delightful exchange, with May's reply to the offer of a glass of rum beginning: 'Thanky Maister tis a nice dram. Ive agot the rousy cum stoundrums in my ears with the could. I pute a man to smoke perbacky in mun, and I rousted a Tryan and squeery cum squaten in till I sweat again with the hett and pain'.
'Reprinted from The Cornishman, Thursday April 30th., 1891.' [Burton's 'Old Curiosity Shop', Falmouth, Cornwall]
A native of Scotland, Burton set up a china business in Falmouth in 1862, but soon turned to the sale of unusual items from around the world, purchased from sailors, his shop acquiring an international reputation and royal patronage. Printed on one side of a piece of pink paper, 38 x 25.5cm. A frail survival, on aged and worn high-acidity paper, with loss and chipping to the margins, and a few closed tears, but with the text complete.
Edith Louisa Henderson-Begg [née Cornish], wife of Rev. William Henderson-Begg (1877-1934), Rector of St Paul's and Canon of Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh [their sons Robert John, Colin and Alec]
St Mary's Rectory, Edinburgh, Scotland. The notebook contains entries dating from January 1911 to June 1926.
43pp., 12mo. Closely written in a ruled black cloth notebook, titled on first page 'CHILDREN'S BOOK'. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper; torn scraps of paper adhering to the waxed cloth covers. Containing such information as date and time of birth, weight of child, name of doctor and 'nurse-housemaid', teething ('R. J.s first eye-tooth'), first walk, first words ('R. J. said ("I'm a pe-pe" - this probably only imitation; since called himself Baby).
John Kitto (1804-1854), Cornish religious author and missionary [Rev. Dr George Bush (1796-1859), American, biblical scholar, pastor and abolitionist]
Letter dated 20 Manchester Terrace, Islington, London. 28 February 1843. Prospectus by Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh, and undated.
A 4to bifolium, with the two-page printed prospectus on both sides of the first leaf, and the two-page letter on both sides of the second. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with light staining at the head of both leaves. The prospectus is headed: 'Preparing for publication, | (To form, when completed, one thick volume 8vo,) | A Cyclopaedia of Biblical Literature, By John Kitto, Editor of "The Pictorial Bible," &c. &c.
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1862-1944), poet and essayist, best-known for his anthology 'The Oxford Book of English Verse'
On letterhead of The Haven, Fowey, Cornwall. 17 September 1928.
1p., 12mo. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The note reads: 'Sept. 17th. 1928 | Dear Sir | I send you my signature with pleasure, and I am | Yours very faithfully | [signed] Arthur Quiller-Couch | L. S. Porter Esq.'
J. S. Haldane [British Home Office report into an outbreak of ankylostomiasis in a Cornish mine, 1902] [HMSO]
London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Darling & Son, Ltd, London. 1902.
Folio, 8 pp. Stitched. In original blue printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Internally good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn wraps. With full-page plate carrying eight figures 'from micro-photographs by Mr. C. A. Coventon', and a full-page coloured plan of the 'Section of Dolcoath Main Lode'. Three copies listed on COPAC.