DARWIN

[Sir William Molesworth, Radical politician and journalist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Molesworth') to 'Merivale' [i.e. Herman Merivale] of the Colonial Office, about a report on 'exploring Central Africa' and other matters.

Author: 
Sir William Molesworth (1810-1855), Radical politician associated with John Stuart Mill, co-founder of London Review, editor of Westminster Review [Herman Merivale (1806-1874), civil servant, etc
Publication details: 
Office of Works [London]. 8 December 1853.
£150.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded once. Endorsed on reverse of second leaf. At the time of writing Molesworth was serving as First Commissioner of Works in Lord Aberdeen's coalition government. (In the year of his death Aberdeen would appoint him Colonial Secretary.) The letter begins: 'My dear Merivale | Last November I moved for the enclosed return and since then I have spoken to ]Pal?] [i.e. Viscount Palmerston?] about it who promised that it should be made.

[Professor Henry Drummond of Glasgow, exponent of theistic evolution.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Drummond') [to Rev. W. A. Wilson of Coleraine?], regarding a 'question' concerning a 'well known' name, which he wishes to 'remain a mystery'.

Author: 
Henry Drummond (1851-1897), Scottish evangelist and biologist; Professor of Natural Science, Free Church College, Glasgow; exponent of theistic evolution; author of 'The Greatest Thing in the World'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 3 Park Circus, Glasgow; 19 October 1891.
£35.00

Drummond was a leading proponent of theistic evolution. In 1894 he published his 'Ascent of Man', which argued, after John Fiske, that altruism played an important part in the survival of the fittest. His sermon 'The Greatest Thing in the World' was hugely popular, and is still read, particularly in America. His 2pp, 12mp. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Signed 'Henry Drummond.' The recipient is not named, but is probably Rev. William Andrew Wilson (1869-1918), Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, father of the poet R. N. D.

[Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist, 'Darwin's bulldog'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. H. Huxley') to 'F. P. Bernard Esq M.A.', explaining his inability to comply with a request.

Author: 
T. H. Huxley [Thomas Henry Huxley] (1825-1895), biologist, friend and supporter of Charles Darwin
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 Marlborough Place, Abbey Road, NW [London]; 9 June 1862.
£50.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. Folded twice. Addressed to 'F. P. Bernard Esq M.A.' (a mistake for the barrister Francis George Bernard?) Written in purple ink, with signature and name of recipient faded as written at the end of the pen's load. He regrets to find that he has 'inadvertently omitted' to answer his letter, 'which had been put among many other papers'.

[Sir Richard Owen, palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Owen'), declining an invitation to the annual dinner of the Hunterian Society of London, because of his 'state of health'.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist, Superintendent of the Natural History Department of the British Museum, opponent of Darwin's theory of Evolution [Hunterian Society of London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 21 January 1888.
£150.00

1p, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge of second leaf. The recipient is not named, but is probably the secretary of the Hunterian Society.

[Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist and friend of Charles Darwin.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas H. Huxley'), a highly unusual response to an autograph hunter he names as 'Mrs. or Miss …... x ..?'

Author: 
T. H. Huxley [Thomas Henry Huxley] (1825-1895), biologist, friend and supporter of Charles Darwin
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Geological Survey of England and Wales. 28 January 1871.
£200.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge of reverse of second leaf, and impinging slightly on the final 'y' of Huxley's signature. Addressed at the foot of the last leaf to 'Mrs. or Miss …...

[Professor Richard Owen to .] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Owen.') to his friend the Arctic explorer Robert McCormick, warmly praising him and his work.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), Superintendent, Natural History Department, British Museum, palaeontologist [Robert McCormick (1800-1890), RN, Arctic explorer, accompanied Charles Darwin in HMS Beagle]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 2 February 1884.
£500.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip from stub of mount adhering to one edge. A warm, light-hearted letter of praise, written on reading McCormick's 'Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas and Round the World' 1884. The letter begins: 'My dear Mc.Cormick, | No days of my release from Museum-duties have been spent here more agreeably & profitably than in your Society. | Having voyaged with you, shiver'd with you, shot with you, climbed with you, through your two noble Volumes; imagine the coziness of an English fire-side!!

[ Max Müller, philologist and Orientalist, opponent of Charles Darwin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Max Müller') to 'Mr Shelley' (i.e. H. C. Shelly) of the Glasgow periodical The Baillie. With inscribed photographic portrait.

Author: 
Max Müller [ Friedrich Max Müller ] (1823-1900), German-born philologist and Orientalist, based in Britain, opponent of the linguistic theories of Charles Darwin [ Henry Charles Shelly ]
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter on letterhead of 7 Norham Gardens, Oxford. 24 February 1891. Photograph without date or place.
£50.00

From the papers of the journalist Henry Charles Shelly (sic), who would appear from the letter to have been connected with the Glasgow periodical The Baillie. ONE: ALS (24 February 1891). 3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He gives him permission to 'print the enclosed extract in the Modern Church, but not before April 1, as I mean to use it in a lecture in London next month'. He is sending him 'Genelli's Dante Illustrations', and regrets that 'they have been rather badly treated'. He will send him 'a copy of Physical Religion and I need not say how glad I should be if Mr.

[ Arthur Hill Hassall, public health pioneer. ] Secretarial Letter, Signed 'Arthur. H. Hassall', to T. H. Huxley, presenting a copy of his 'The Narrative of a Busy Life', with the book and a manuscript copy of a letter from him to Lord Rayleigh.

Author: 
Arthur Hill Hassall (1817-1894), physician and microscopist, pioneer in the field of public health [ Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), biologist; Lord Rayleigh and the Royal Society ]
Publication details: 
Letter from Hassall to Huxley: 3 Alpenstrasse, Lucerne (on cancelled letterhead of Corso dell'Imperatrice, San Remo), 23 September 1893. Copy Letter from Hassall to Rayleigh, same details. Book: Longmans, Green, & Co., London and New York, 1893.
£650.00

All three items in good condition, lightly aged, with the book in worn and spotted binding. ONE: Letter from Hassall to 'Professor Huxley', in the hand of 'an amanuensis' and signed by him. 3pp., 12mo. Tipped-in onto the half-title of Item Three below. He begins by explaining that he has 'directed Messrs. Longmans' to forward a copy of his book (which he describes as 'a brochure') to Huxley.

[ Minerology; James Tennant; Koh-i-Noor ] Illustrated Stocklist of minerals, fossils, rocks, etc

Author: 
J. Tennant, Minerologist by Appointment to Her Majesty and Lecturer on Minerology at King's College, London
Publication details: 
149 The Strand, [London] January, 1842
£130.00

Four pages, 4to, unbound (signs of extraction so probably bound into a periodical as advertisement), 1" closed tear both leaves repaired, mainly good condition. He discusses his lectures at King's, gives illustrations (eg ichthyosuarus, ammonite, etc), describes the informative collections he is able to supply, describes books available (by his predecessor, Mawe; material re minerology, conchology ("inherited Mrs.

[ Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist ('Darwin's Bulldog'). ] Autograph Note Signed ('T H Huxley') to 'Jones', regarding the whereabouts of 'Montagu I' and 'Montagu II'.

Author: 
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), English biologist, friend of Charles Darwin and supporter of the theory of evolution ('Darwin's Bulldog')
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£220.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted, with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Reads: 'My dear Jones | Montagu II is in the Fruit Room | You have Montagu I I think? | Yours sincerely | T H Huxley'. Note: A Google search throws up the Fruit Room in the Topkapi Palace (Istanbul) associated with Lady Mary Wortley MONTAGU. Would the association be presumptious.

[ William Sweetland Dallas, zoologist, 'collaborateur to Darwin'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Dallas') to 'G. Masters', agreeing under duress to allow a visit to the Geological Society collection, the scope of which he discusses.

Author: 
W. S. Dallas [ William Sweetland Dallas ] (1824-1890) of the Geological Society, zoologist, friend and 'collaborateur' to Charles Darwin, as also Huxley, Owen and Lyell
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Geological Society, Burlington House, W. [ London ] 19 May 1882.
£300.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by conveying his irritation that Masters had arranged 'a visit to the Society's Museum' without consulting 'the authorities'. However, as the notices have been distributed, and 'the party will be a very small one, we must do the best we can'. He asks to be informed, 'by return of post, what you think will interest your friends, in order that the drawers may be got out & prepared for their inspection'.

[ Frederic William Farrar, Headmaster of Marlborough College. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F W Farrar') to 'My dear Duckworth', regarding his visit, and Prince Leopold.

Author: 
F. W. Farrar [ Frederic William Farrar ] (1831-1903), Headmaster of Marlborough College, one of the Cambridge Apostles and friend of Charles Darwin [ Prince Leopold (1853-1884), Duke of Albany ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Lodge, Marlborough College. 26 October 1873.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Duckworth, | It will be a real pleasure to us to look forward to your visit. As Prince Leopold will be at Osborne, & not at Oxford I think that we had better not invite him. | Mrs Farrar joins me in kind regards, & I am | Sincerely yours | F W Farrar'. Prince Leopold, Queen Victoria's youngest son, was at Christ Church, Oxford, between 1872 and 1876.

[ William Henry Dallinger, astronomer. ] Autograph Note Signed ('W. H. Dallinger') enclosing payment in stamps for a number of Ramsay's 'Scientific Roll'.

Author: 
W. H. Dallinger [ William Henry Dallinger ] (1839-1909), microscopist, the first scientist to carry out a controlled experiment on Darwin's theory of evolution [ Wesley College, Sheffield ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wesley College, Sheffield. 26 May 1881.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letterhead incorporates an attractive engraved front elevation of the College, of which Dallinger was Governor, 1879-1888. The note reads: 'Dear Sir | Please find enclosed 12 stamps for No 3 of Scientific Roll and oblige | Yours truly | W. H. Dallinger'.

[ St. George Jackson Mivart, eventually anti-Darwinian biologist. ] Autograph Note Signed about a ticket.

Author: 
St. George Jackson Mivart (1827-1900), biologist who promoted Darwin's theories, then repudiated them
Publication details: 
No place. 29 June [ no year ].
£250.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and norn paper. Written in a difficult hand. Appears to read: 'Dear Mr Woodrow | I send you the enclosed (my ticket) till the end of July. Please let me <?> it at 71 Seymour St on the evening of July 31st.' A Catholic convert, Mivart was increasingly disenchanted with his friend Thomas Henry Huxley's anti-papist stance, and repudiated his initial support for the theory of evolution. This did not, however, endear him the the Roman Catholic authorities.

[ Frances Power Cobbe, social reformer, anti-vivisectionist and women's suffrage campaigner. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis P Cobbe') to Lady Bowring, inviting her and her friends ('Huxleys, Lyells & others') to meet Julia Ward Howe and husband.

Author: 
Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), Irish writer, social reformer, anti-vivisection activist, and women's suffrage campaigner [ Sir John Bowring; Julia Ward Howe ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ before 1872 ].
£250.00

2pp., 12mo. On lightly-aged paper with a number of vertical fold lines. The reference to Sir John Bowring dates the letter to before his death in 1872. With reference to Julia Ward Howe (author of the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic') and her husband Samuel Gridley Howe she writes: 'Dr. & Mrs. Howe of Boston whose names you are sure to know (philanthropist poetess) are coming to take a four oclock cup of tea with us on Thursday, the day after to morrow - We are asking a few your [sic] friends Huxleys, Lyells & others to meet them - & it would give us much pleasure if you & Sir John Bowring wd.

[ Arabella Buckley, author and science educator. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arabella B Fisher') to 'Miss May', arranging a meeting.

Author: 
Arabella Buckley [ Arabella Burton Buckley, married name Arabella Burton Fisher ] (1840-1929), author and science educator, secretary to Charles Lyell [ Charles Darwin; Alfred Russel Wallace ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Fircroft, Park Town, Oxford. 17 February 1910.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. She has been informed by 'Miss Mildred Jones' that May is 'an out-student at one of the Oxford colleges, and that you would probably like to come and see me'.

[ Pamphlet; George Rolleston; inscribed by author to Herbert Spencer ] Address in Physiology. Delivered at the Thirty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the British Medical Association

Author: 
George Rolleston [George Rolleston MA MD FRCP FRS (1829–1881), physician and zoologist (evolutionary biologist) ]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by T. Richards [1868 ]
£100.00

24pp., 8vo, disbound, foxed throughout (medium), ow good. INSCRIBED by Author, "Herbert Spencer Esqre | From the Writer". He refers to one of Darwin's works in a footnote on p.18. Also printed in "The Lancet".

[ George John Romanes, evolutionary biologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. J. Romanes') to 'Mr. Harborough', regarding the application of Arthur Nicols to be a lecturer.

Author: 
G. J. Romanes [ George John Romanes ] (1848-1894), evolutionary biologist, born in Canada, friend and colleague of Charles Darwin [ Arthur Nicols ]
Publication details: 
18 Cornwall Terrace, Regents Park [ London ]. 7 May 1883.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, aged and worn, with the second leaf laid down on part of a leaf cut from an autograph album. He is enclosing 'a Lecture Syllabus from Mr. Nicol, whom you may perhaps remember having seen meet me in the committee room on the day of my lecture'. Nicols wants Romanes to recommend him as a lecturer, but he only knows him 'from his book "Zoological Notes" which I reviewed in Nature.

[ T.H. Huxley; Printed ] Questionnaire from the Birmingham Philosophical Society, printed., with Huxley's responses to questions in manuscript and with signature "Thomas H. Huxley".

Author: 
Thomas H. Huxley, biologist [ T.H. Huxley; H.W.Crosskey, geologist ]
Publication details: 
July 24th, 1886.
£1,500.00

In a difficult hand, with some autograph corrections.. Questionnaire from the Birmingham Philosophical Society, 'Translation of Scientific Memoirs' Committee, 2pp., 4to, detached from the printed, explanatory letter from H.W. Crosskey (not present), some sunning, chipping (loss of one letter) and marking, fair condition. The absent Printed Letter, p.[1], from H.W. Crosskey, had explained what the questionnaire is for ("Action for the Translation and Publication of Foreign Scientific Memoirs" to be put to the attention of the British Association).

[ Francis Darwin; Printed ] Questionnaire from the Birmingham Philosophical Society, printed., with Darwin's responses in holograph to two only of the four questions and with signature "Francis Darwin" with date.

Author: 
Francis Darwin [ H.W.Crosskey, geologist ]
Publication details: 
July 19th, 1886.
£1,500.00

Questionnaire, partly filled in by Darwin, from, 'Translation of Scientific Memoirs' Committee', 2pp, 4to, minor sunning, good condition. NOT including the Printed Letter, p.[1], from H.W. Crosskey, explaining what the questionnaire is for ("Action for the Translation and Publication of Foreign Scientific Memoirs" to be put to the attention of the British Association).

[ Francis Galton; Printed ] Questionnaire with introductory Letter from H.W. Crosskey, President of the Birmingham Philosophical Society, all printed., with signature of Francis Galton and his response in manuscript. also signed an dated.

Author: 
H.W.Crosskey, geologist [ Francis Galton, 'Victorian statistician, progressive, polymath, sociologist, psychologist, anthropologist, eugenicist,[...], inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist'}
Publication details: 
July 8th, 1886. Manuscript response dated 12 July 1886.
£1,500.00

Printed Letter and Questionnaire from the Birmingham Philosophical Society, 'Translation of Scientific Memoirs' Committee, 4pp., 4to, bifolium, some sunning and marking, good condition. Printed Letter, p.[1], from H.W. Crosskey, explaining what the questionnaire is for ("Action for the Translation and Publication of Foreign Scientific Memoirs" to be put to the attention of the British Association). The questionnaire comprises four questions, with a final section headed "Remarks".

[ Printed pamphlet. ] "Breaking the Fetters." A powerful Discourse delivered to immense Audiences in America, by Colonel Ingersoll. The Great American Orator and Wit.

Author: 
Colonel Ingersoll [ Colonel R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ]
Publication details: 
'Fifteenth Edition.' London: Robert Forder, 28, Stonecutter Street, Farringdon Street, E.C.
£50.00

18pp., 12mo. Disbound. In grey printed wraps, with engraved portrait of Ingersoll on front cover. In good condition, lightly aged. An attack on religion, also taking in slavery and the theory of evolution. No copy of this fifteenth edition on COPAC, and only four copies of any edition, and none at the British Library.

[ Darwinism and Huxley ] Protoplasm, Powheads, Porwiggles; and the Evolution of the Horse from the Rhinoceros; illustrating Professor Huxley's Scientific Mode of Getting up the Creation and Upsetting Moses.

Author: 
Anonymous [ John Allan ] Darwinism; Evolution; T.H. Huxley ]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen: A. Brown & Co., Edinburgh & London, 1875.
£280.00

Sub-title "A Guide for Electors in Choosing Lord Rectors". Pamphlet, [iv].35pp., 8vo, disbound, lacking wraps, minor defects, good condition. Ascribed to a 'John Allan' in COPAC entries. Note: A contribution to the background of Victorian science and Darwin, a lampoon of Huxley when seeking election as Rector of the University of Aberdeen and an attack on Darwinism. Scarce.

[ Evolution; Darwinism ] The Comet: or, Letters to Bon-Accordians &c. [...] No.III. "Creation v. Evolution," &c To The Rev. James Stark, Minister of the Congregational Chapel, Belmont Street, Aberdeen

Author: 
"Bearing-Rein" [ Robert Beveridge? ][ Rev. James Stark, Minister of the Congregational Chapel, Belmont Street, Aberdeen ].
Publication details: 
Aberdeen: George Middleton and all booksellers [ c.1885 ]
£200.00

12pp., 8vo, disbound, lacking wraps, sl. grubby, mainly good condition. NO other copy traced on COPAC or WorldCat.

[ Sir Richard Owen, biologist. ] Sepia studio portrait of his head and shoulders by the London photographer Herbert Rose Barraud.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), biologist and leading opponent of Charles Darwin [ Herbert Rose Barraud (1845-1896), London photographer ]
Publication details: 
Mounted on printed card of 'Mr. Barraud | 96 Gloucester Place | Portman Square | London. W.' Undated [ 1888 ]. Card printed by Marion Imprimerie, Paris.
£120.00

14.5 x 10 cm sepia print, mounted on 16.5 x 11 cm photographer's printed card with rounded edges, printed by Marion Imprimerie, Paris. The photograph in good condition, the card with slight wear at foot. A striking image of an elderly Owen, his dapper velvet cap and cravat contrasting with his dishevelled hair, thick-set mouth, and watery determined eyes, which stare to the left of the viewer in what is (appropriately for a Lancastrian) almost a gurn. The National Portrait Gallery has an uncropped version of the image, dated by them to 1888.

[ John Gould, bird-artist ] Printed Receipt Signed boldly over stamp, "John Gould".

Author: 
John Gould (1804–1881), English ornithologist and bird artist
Publication details: 
[Printed address] To John Gould. 26 Charlotte Street, Bedford Square, W.C. 17 August 1870
£300.00

Receipt, part printed, part MS., 21 x 13cm, fold marks, good condition. A "Mr Cornish" has purchased Parts 17 & 18 of the Birds of Great Britain. Note; "The Birds of Great Britain" (1862–73).

[ William Buckland, geologist and cleric. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Buckland') to Philip Bliss, Registrar of the University of Oxford, regarding a letter intended for him via Bodley's Librarian Bulkeley Bandinel.

Author: 
William Buckland (1784-1856), FRS, Dean of Westminster, and geologist [ Bulkeley Bandinel (1781-1861), Bodley's Librarian; Philip Bliss (1787-1857), Registrar of the University of Oxford ]
Publication details: 
No place [ Oxford ]. 2 May [ no year ].
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with one short closed tear along a fold. Mounted on piece of grey paper. On opening a letter, which he is forwarding, he finds that it was 'addressed at the Bottom to Dr Bliss & on the Cover directed to Dr Bandinel'.

[ William Bernhardt Tegetmeier, naturalist. ] Secretarial Letter, Signed 'W B Tegetmeier', to Charles Collette, thanking him for his 'friendly reception of me at the Club' [i.e. the Savage Club].

Author: 
William Bernhardt Tegetmeier (1816-1912), naturalist, friend of Charles Darwin, natural history editor of 'The Field' magazine, London [ Charles Henry Collette (1842-1924), actor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'The Field', Windsor House, Bream's Buildings, London, E.C. 21 January 1903.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight damage to second leaf caused by removal from mount. The letter is in a secretarial hand, with Tegetmeier writing the valediction: 'Very sincerely Yours | W B Tegetmeier | C Collette Esq'. He thanks him for his 'exceedingly kind and friendly reception of me at the Club last night', and encloses 'a slip of what I wrote in the Queen, as it may interest you'. He asks to be sent a post card to confirm receipt, 'as I am not quite certain whether you have any letters sent to the Club'.

[ Adam White, Victorian zoologist praised by Charles Darwin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Adam White: Assistant Zool Dept Brit. Mus') to his relation Martha [Dewar], regarding family history, and his friend the author and botanist Rev. James Hamilton.

Author: 
Adam White (1817-1878), Scottish zoologist in the Zoological Department, British Museum, praised by Charles Darwin [ Rev. James Hamilton (1814-1867), Scottish minister, author and botanist ]
Publication details: 
3 Albion Grove West, Islington. 22 February 1849.
£80.00

1p., 4to. 31 lines of text, written in a neat and close hand.

[Darwin connection] Autograph Note Signed "W.S. Dallas" to the Rev. J.M. Mello, geologist, about a paper by Henry Clifton Sorby, geologist inter alia

Author: 
W.S. Dallas [ William Sweetland Dallas ], zoologist.
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Geological Society, Burlington House, W., 15 Sept. 1874
£125.00

One page, 12mo, good condition, tipped on another peice of paper with unrelated notes on verso. Note (Wiki) "He curated collections at the British Museum and the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, and was editor of the Popular Science Review.

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