COWAN

[ Joseph Cowan, Anglo-Jewish radical Liberal journalist and MP. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jos Cowan') to autograph collector F. W. Finch of Birmingham, expressing relief at being freed from the 'restraints & embarrassments' of Parliament..

Author: 
Joseph Cowan (1829-1900, nicknamed 'the Blaydon Brick'), Anglo-Jewish radical Liberal journalist and Member of Parliament, friend of Mazzini, Herzen, Bakunin. Garibaldi and Kossuth.
Publication details: 
Blaydon on Tyne. 29 March 1887.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'Mr. F. W. Finch, | Woodbridge Row | Mosley | Birmingham'. He thanks him for his letter and continues: 'I am sorry that you have not been so successful as you wished in collecting autographs, but I hope you will be more fortunate in future.' He is 'engaged in other and equally useful work outside of Parliament', and is 'glad to be freed from its restraints & embarrassments'.

[ Raphael Tuck & Sons Victorian christmas card. ] Coloured Christmas card with illustration by 'E M W' on one side, and poem by 'SAMUEL K. COWAN M.A.' on the other.

Author: 
Raphael Tuck & Sons, Moorfields, London publishers known for their postcards; Samuel K. Cowan (d.1918), Irish lyricist
Publication details: 
Raphael Tuck & Sons [ London ]. 'RTS Artistic Series' and 'Series 430.' Undated [ late nineteenth century? ]
£35.00

On a gilt-edged piece of card, 13 x 11.5 cm., with rounded edges. In good condition, lightly aged. The illustration by 'E M W' on one side is printed in silver, yellow, light blue, grey and brown, and shows a snowy country scene with two tiny figures beneath a shining sun on a stone bridge over a stream. Captioned 'The Joy of Christmas be in your heart.' Cowan's eight-line poem, on the other side, is printed in grey, in variety of gothic fonts. It begins: 'Only its best and brightest history | May Memory relate you!

Printed Victorian Christmas card with the poem 'Christmas Greeting' by 'S. K. Cowan M.A.' on one side, and a coloured chromolithographic illustration by J. N. Drummond on the other.

Author: 
'S. K. Cowan M.A.' [ Samuel Kennedy Cowan ]; J. N. Drummond
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ England, 1880s? ]
£25.00

On a thick piece of shiny card, with rounded edges, 12.5 x 18cm. Aged, and with two dog eared corners and a 3cm closed tear (not affecting illustration). On one side is the chromolithographic illustration, with 'J. N. Drummond' in the bottom right-hand corner, showing an English rural landscape - more autumnal than winter - with river in the foreground and trees and viillage with church in the background.

Election Address by Cowan 'To the Electors of the Guildford Division of Surrey', headed 'PEACE RETRENCHMENT and REFORM!'

Author: 
Sir William Henry Cowan [Liberal and Free Trade candidate, Guildford Division of Surrey; United Kingdom General Election of 1904]
Publication details: 
1904. Printed and Published by the Woodbridge Press, Ltd., 'Surrey Times,' Onslow Street, Guildford.
£56.00

Three pages in a bifolium on art paper. Leaf dimensions 22.5 x 14.5 cm. Aged and worn, with chipping to extremities, but with text and illustrations clear and complete. Cover carries a photograph of Cowan (10.5 x 6.5 cm) enclosed within a golden border, surrounded by eight British flags, and flanked by illustrations of a soldier and sailor. It is headed 'PEACE | RETRENCHMENT | and | REFORM!', with the photograph flanked by 'An Efficient Army.' and 'A Powerful Navy.' At the foot of the page: 'MR. W. H.

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