DICTIONARY

[ F. J. Furnivall, philologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. J. F.') to 'Mr. Ebsworth' [ the scholar Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth ], regarding topics including the state of 'the Soc[iet]y' and his 'last landlady Mrs. Achurch' and her daughter.

Author: 
F. J. Furnivall [ Frederick James Furnivall ] (1825-1910), philologist, Shakespeare scholar, co-creator of what became the Oxford English Dictionary [ Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth (1824-1908) scholar ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, 3 St. George's Square, Primrose Hill, London, N.W. 28 July 1879.
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. The first sentence concerns an indecipherable subject. 'He continues: 'When you come to town, we must have a chat about ways & means. The Soc[iet]y. has no money in hand, & I don't see myself how to raise it. Your last Part was a too generous one for one year.' If Ebsworth has 'an hour to spare any evening', Furnivall asks him to 'call on my last landlady Mrs. Achurch, 10 Park Place, St. Giles's Rd. - past Martyr's Memorial on the right - & have a comforting chat with her & her daughter of 21, who's recovering from an attack that affected her brain.

[ Sir George Grove, music administrator and writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Grove') thanking 'Mrs. Bartholomew' for correcting a score.

Author: 
Sir George Grove (1820-1900), writer on music, founding editor of 'Grove's Dictionary', first director of Royal College of Music, organiser of Crystal Palace concerts
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Lower Sydenham, S.E. [ London ] 2 September [ 1878 ].
£120.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The year has been added in another hand in pencil. Reads: 'Most grateful to you dear Mrs Bartholomew for all your kind care & thought. I have yet to go finally through the sheets and correct all it [sic] stopping &c. so that your corrections will be of great use – I am just off to America for a good long holiday. | Good bye | Yours very truly | & obliged | G. Grove'.

[ Fitzedward Hall, American orientalist and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Harrison', regarding the stock of the London bookseller Edward Lumley.

Author: 
Fitzedward Hall (11825-901), American Orientalist, and philologist, Sanskrit scholar and a principal contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary
Publication details: 
Marlesford, Wickham Market [ Suffolk ]. 8 March 1878.
£220.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium on grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Harrison had previously procured, 'for the Library', a copy of 'Romantic Fiction', 'published by Edward Lumley, 40, Gower Street': 'At the end of the volume there is a catalogue of various books published by the same person. | Wishing to procure several of these, I wrote to my bookseller, Trübner, to get them for me.

[ Sir William Smith, lexicographer. ]

Author: 
Sir William Smith (1813-1893), lexicographer and editor of the Quarterly Review
Publication details: 
On his 'Biblical Dictionary' letterhead, 31 Regent's Villas, Avenue Road, N.W.. [ London]. 21 January 1858.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He asks to be informed if the recipient has 'commenced any of your articles in C', as he 'may be able to restore some of the articles to you which have gone astray'. Clearly referring to an entry in the Dictionary, he offers to 'take Canticles off your hands'.

[ Sir James Murray, lexicographer, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. A. H. Murray') to an unnamed recipient, regarding his non-authorship of a dictionary by 'John Henry Murray', Mrs. Franklin Richards, a lecture

Author: 
Sir James Murray [ Sir James Augustus Henry Murray ] (1837-1915), Scottish lexicographer, editor of Oxford English Dictionary [ New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Philological Society ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead: 'From Dr. Murray, Oxford. (Postal Address.) (Residence: Sunnyside, Banbury Road.)' 7 November 1903.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. On aged and worn paper, with a few closed tears to edges. Twenty-six lines of text, in a neat small hand.

[ Printed volume. ] An Universal Etymological English Dictionary; comprehending The Derivations of the Generality of Words in the English Tongue, [...] To which is added, A Collection of our most common Proverbs, [...].

Author: 
'N. Bailey, [Philologos]' [ Nathan Bailey (d.1742), philologist and lexicographer ]
Publication details: 
'The Three and Twentieth Edition, with considerable Improvements'. London: Printed for J. Buckland, J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, J. Hinton, J. and F. Rivington, [and 29 others in London] 1773.
£45.00

A bulky 8vo volume, unpaginated. In fair condition, on aged paper, with damp staining to the last few leaves. In worn contemporary brown-leather binding, with spine in six compartments, and red label with title in gilt. Six copies of this edition on COPAC.

[ Printed item, inscribed by the author ('G Vapereau'). ] L'Année Littéraire et Dramatique.

Author: 
G. Vapereau, Auteur du Dictionnaire universel des Contemporains [ Louis Gustave Vapereau (1819-1906), French critic and lexicographer ]
Publication details: 
Première Année (1858). Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, Rue Pierre-Sarrazin, No 14. 1859.
£180.00

viii + 491 + [1]pp., 8vo. Aged and slightly damp-stained along the fore-edge. In worn calf quarter-binding, marbled endpapers. Inscribed on half-title 'A M. J de Vasconcellos | Hommage de l'auteur | G Vapereau'.

[ Peter Mark Roget, compiler of 'Roget's Thesaurus'. ] Autograph Signature ('P. M. Roget').

Author: 
Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), physician and lexicographer, compiler of 'Roget's Thesaurus'
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On 1.5 x 6 cm. slip of paper, cut from a letter, presumably in response to a request for an autograph. In good condition, with light signs of age. A few words of text from the letter are on the reverse.

[Compiler of Dictionary] Autograph Note, third person, to "Mr Cowper", re. autograph collecting.

Author: 
L.B. Phillips [Lawrence B. Phillips], compiler of "The Dictionary of Biographical Reference" (1871).
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] 12 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, 27 May 1871.
£35.00

One page, 12mo, minor staining, complete and clear. "L>B> Phillips persents his Compts. to Mr. Cowper and desires to inform him that not being a collector of Autographs her cannot assist in the exchange proposed. Mr P. has a large assortment of Fac-Similes".

[ Samuel Lewis, topographer. ] Printed prospectus, questionnaire and list of 'Subscribers in London': 'Preparing for publication, | By S. Lewis, | A Topographical Dictionary of England, | From a Personal Survey through every Parish in the Kingdom'.

Author: 
Samuel Lewis (c.1782-1865), topographer and publisher
Publication details: 
12, Devereaux-court, Temple, London. [Late 1820s.]
£200.00

4pp., folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper and creased paper, with slight damage to margins at foot of both leaves. Beneath the heading on the first page is a list of around 75 princes, dukes and lords, headed by 'His Most Gracious Majesty the King', under whose 'immediate patronage' the work is to be commenced. Beneath this, in small type is the prospectus, stressing the 'immense Labour and Expense' attending the work (Lewis later claimed had taken six years to compile it, at an outlay of £48,000), which is to be 'published in Four Volumes Quarto - Price 30s.

[ John Braddick of Boughton Mount ] Long manuscript responses to a questionnaire in a prospectus titled 'Preparing for publication, | By S. Lewis, | A Topographical Dictionary of England, | From a Personal Survey through every Parish in the Kingdom'

Author: 
John Braddick of Boughton Mount, Monchelsea, Kent, slave trader; Samuel Lewis (c.1782-1865), topographer and publisher
Publication details: 
Prospectus published from 12, Devereaux-court, Temple, London. [Late 1820s.]
£400.00

The prospectus is 4pp., folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper and creased paper, with slight damage to margins at foot of both leaves. Beneath the heading on the first page is a list of around 75 princes, dukes and lords, headed by 'His Most Gracious Majesty the King', under whose 'immediate patronage' the work is to be commenced.

[L. G. Wickham Legg, editor of the Dictionary of National Biography.] Autograph Letter Signed ('L G Wickham Legg') to Anglo-Irish writer Sylvia Lynd, regarding her DNB article on Katharine Tynan.

Author: 
L. G. Wickham Legg [Leopold George Wickham Legg] (1877-1962), editor of the Dictionary of National Biography [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead ('From Mr. L. G. Wickham Legg | New College, Oxford') of the Dictionary of National Biography. 27 August 1947.
£50.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and creased. He is returning the 'drafts of Katherine Tynan. I have taken some liberties with the text in the matter of arrangement, but I hope there is nothing omitted which is of essential importance.' He is including 'a list of small questions', most of which he imagines 'Miss Pamela Hinkson could answer, and he offers to write to her himself.

[Printed advertising pamphlet.] What some famous Men say about "The Century".

Author: 
[The Century Dictionary, The Century Company, New York] [Augustine Birrell; Leslie Stephen; Clement Shorter; Sir Walter Besant; Edward Dowden; Dean Farrar; Sir Michael Hicks Beach; W. E. H. Lecky]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [The Century Company, New York, circa 1901.]
£80.00

Printed on the rectos only of 27 16mo (17 x 10.5 cm) leaves, attached to one another by a metal stud in the top left-hand corner. On aged and creased high-acidity paper, with the first three leaves detached. Each leaf carries a transcript of a letter of endorsement from a different individual or group, each with a facsimile signature. The writers are 'The Editor and Proprietors of the "Sheffield Telegraph"'; Sir Michael Hicks Beach, MP; W. E. H. Lecky, MP; Lord Goschen; Viscount Wolseley; Dean Farrar; Sir James Crichton Browne; Sir J.

[Simplified Spelling Board, New York.] Twenty-five printed circulars, numbered 1-21, 23-25 (including two versions of 16), promoting English spelling reform.

Author: 
Simplified Spelling Board, New York [Thomas R. Lounsbury; Mark Twain; Calvin Thomas; Brander Matthews; Henry Holt; Burt G. Wilder; William Hayes Ward, Editor of The Independent; William H. Maxwell]
Publication details: 
The twenty-five items printed by the Simplified Spelling Board, 1 Madison Avenue, New York, between 30 April 1907 and 30 September 1911.
£950.00

The Simplified Spelling Board was founded in 1906, funded by Andrew Carnegie, and counted Mark Twain and President Theodore Roosevelt, and the English lexicographers James A. H. Murray, Walter W. Skeat and Joseph Wright among its members. The present collection of the Board's Circulars consists of 25 uniform items, all unbound and stapled. The collection is in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with occasional wear. Stamps, shelfmarks and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London.

Autograph Note Signed ('E Cobham Brewer. -') from Rev. Dr Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, compiler of 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable', thanking an unnamed correspondent for taking an interest in his work.

Author: 
Rev. Dr Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1810-1897), compiler of 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable'
Publication details: 
Ruddington, Nottingham. 25 January 1881.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I have to thank you for the courtesy of your letter received by post this morning. It is always gratifying to an author when another takes an interest in what he has written'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E Cobham Brewer') from Rev. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, author of 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable', to 'My dear Ethel', concerning a coincidence regarding a paper knife, and his liking for 'promptness'.

Author: 
Rev. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1810-1897), lexicographer, best-known for the reference work 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable' (from 1870 onwards)
Publication details: 
Edwinstowe, Newark, Nottinghamshire. 15 April 1890.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. 24 lines. On the rectos of two leaves of a bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with neat thin strips of paper from mount adhering at head and tail of second page. He begins by acknowledging the safe receipt of the paper knife, and thanking her 'for the kindness & promptness of carrying out my wish. I certainly thought the article could not be entirely strange that it could not be discovered in six weeks'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel Prince.') from the Victorian book collector Rev. Samuel Prince [to George Cruikshank], discussing his involvement in the Philological Society's new dictionary (later the Oxford English Dictionary).

Author: 
Rev. Samuel Prince, Victorian book collector, of The Study, Bonsall, Derbyshire [George Cruikshank (1792-1878), English caricaturist]; James Murray
Publication details: 
The Study, Bonsall, near Mattock. 15 September 1857.
£180.00

3pp., 12mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Dear Sir', but from the context clearly addressed to Cruikshank. (That Cruikshank and Prince were correspondents is shown by a reference in Rosa Baughan's 'Character Indicated by Handwriting' (1880), which describes a 'long letter' from Cruikshank to Prince.) Prince begins by apologising for not thanking Cruikshank for his 'Exposure of that "Scamp's" devices'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('C. S. Henry') from Caleb Sprague Henry. editor of the New York Review, to William Whitwell Greenough, accepting an article, but complaining of Greenough's handwriting, and of 'a difficulty in getting Saxon type'.

Author: 
Caleb Sprague Henry (1804-1884), Episcopal clergyman and author, editor of the New York Review, Professor of History and Philosophy in New York University [William Whitwell Greenough (1818-1899]
Publication details: 
New York; 26 April 1838.
£350.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. 57 lines. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, on reverse of second leaf, to 'William W. Greenough | Andover | Massachusetts', with circular postmark in red ink and remains of red wax seal. Regarding 'the article on Bosworth's Anglo-Sax. Dict.', Henry writes: 'From the few first pages that I have read & the glance that I have given at the rest, I am satisfied that I shall be glad to print your article.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles Dickens') to 'Mr. Rye'.

Author: 
Charles Dickens, Jnr [Charles Culliford Boz Dickens] (1837-1896), journalist and son of the novelist [Walter Rye (1843-1929), athlete and antiquary]
Publication details: 
29 August 1879; on letterhead of the 'Office of All the Year Round, A Weekly Journal conducted by Charles Dickens'.
£110.00

12mo, 1 p. Nine lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and creased paper. He asks for 'a copy of the Tales of the Thames Rowing Club and any information as to its history', as he is 'compiling a book about the Thames' and is 'anxious to have all the rowing clubs right'. He is only troubling Rye because his 'application to the Secretary has produced no reply'. 'Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames' appeared in 1879.

Engraved copperplate Certificate, completed in manuscript and signed by E. Gilbert Highton, with a long 'Private note' by him, notifying Williamson of his election to Fellowship in the Royal Society of Literature.

Author: 
Edward Gilbert Highton, Fellow and Secretary, Royal Society of Literature [George Charles Williamson (1858-1942), writer on art and historian of Guildford; George Bell & Sons]
Publication details: 
3 January 1890, on letterhead of the Royal Society of Literature.
£28.00

4to bifolium (leaf dimensions 26 x 20.5 cm). The notification certificate is on the recto of the first leaf, and Highton's letter is on the recto of the second. Versos of both leaves blank. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper, with 5 cm closed tear to margin of second leaf caused by removal of letter from stub, traces of which still adhere to the verso of the second leaf. The certificate is tastefully printed in black, with the Society's crest in red in the top left-hand corner.

DICTIONARIES and GRAMMARS Catalogue 891 [500 Books on Linguistics and the Diversity of Tongues].

Author: 
[DICTIONARIES AND GRAMMARS, LEXICOGRAPHY] Maggs Brothers booksellers' catalogue
Publication details: 
April 1964; London: Maggs Bros. Ltd. 50 Berkeley Square, London, W.1.
£45.00

8vo. Pages: [2 +] 142. Frontispiece and fourteen full-page plates on art paper at rear. In good condition, in original green printed wraps, worn and torn and with closed tear at head of spine. A few marks in soft pencil. An invaluable scholarly production.

Manuscript and Typescript sections of an apparently unpublished work on 'British music and its present state'; 2 Typed Letters Signed, 3 Autograph Cards Signed, 1 Typed Card Signed to Mary Eversley, Covent Garden Opera, with copies of two replies.

Author: 
Scott Goddard (c.1895-1965), British musicologist
Publication details: 
1931-1932.
£400.00

The collection as a whole is in good condition on aged paper. ITEM ONE: 90-page typescript headed 'II | ANTECEDENT', beginnning 'It has become a commonplace of musicology, at least in this country, that the first two decades of the Twentieth Century show an immense increase of creative activity in the composition of works of music by an astonishingly rich group of their [sic] young composers.

Autograph Card Signed and Letter in another hand Signed (both 'Sidney Lee'), both to John Henry Fowler.

Author: 
Sir Sidney Lee (1859-1926), English biographer and man of letters
Publication details: 
The Card, 26 July 1920; the Letter, 17 November 1921; both on letterhead of 108a Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London, W.8, but with the letter's address altered to 2, First Avenue House.
£56.00

The Card is good, apart from two rust stains at the head from a paperclip. Stamped and postmarked, and addressed to Fowler at 16 Conynge Square, Clifton, Bristol. Six lines. Concerns Lee's sister Elizabeth, a writer of textbooks, translator and contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography, whose death on 10 July 1920 was, according to the New DNB, 'a source of much sorrow' to Lee. He thanks Fowler for his letter of sympathy, adding that his sister 'greatly valued her association' with you Fowler and his 'approval of her work'.

Autograph Letter Signed ""Coblence" to John Bellows, Printer and publisher (of a pocket French Dictionary), Gloucester.

Author: 
Victor Coblence
Publication details: 
Paris, 19 Rue des Missions, le 11 Juin 1877. En francais.
£195.00

Printer ("electrotype"). Four pages, 8vo, a few letters masked by a strip of brown paper on the last page, mainly good condition. A stamp (timbre) is stuck top left of page 1, with the image of an electrotype machine surrounded by the name "Victor Coblence" and the word "electrotypie". The contents of the letter indicate a close business relationship and contain many technical (printing) terms. In the first paragraph he discusses Sutton & Co and "la caisse renfermant la forme [a?] la cliche".

Autograph Letter Signed to [Osbert Guy Stanhope] Crawford.

Author: 
John Reginald Homer Weaver [DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY]
Publication details: 
7 September 1955; on letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall.
£35.00

One of the editors of the Dictionary of National Biography (born 1882). The recipient (1886-1957) was a noted archaeologist. Two pages, 12mo. In poor condition: creased, grubby, worn, stained and repaired. Weaver has just been reading Crawford's 'extremely interesting autobiography with its most original title' ('Said and done.

autograph fragment signed to unnamed correspondent,

Author: 
Marion Terry
Publication details: 
no date or place.
£15.00

English actress (1852-1930), sister of Ellen Terry and member of celebrated theatrical dynasty. Fragment of letter, one page, 16mo, of irregular shape. "[...] but I did & do wish you every success dear child & thank you so much for your sweet thoughts of me = / Yours with love / Marion Terry". Remains of mount to the blank reverse.

autograph note signed to unnamed correspondent,

Author: 
Marion Terry
Publication details: 
no date or place.
£12.00

English actress (1852-1930), sister of Ellen Terry and member of celebrated theatrical dynasty. One page, 12mo. Evidently in reply to a request for an autograph. "Yours truly / Marion Terry".

16mo fragment of ALS to unnamed correspondent

Author: 
Sir Sidney Lee (DNB), editor of the Dictionary of National Biography and Shakespeare scholar
Publication details: 
no date or place
£20.00

"I will carefully consider the suggestion and if the need arise will communicate with you again. | Yours faithfully | Sidney Lee"

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