Elizabeth Richards (1778-1863) of County Wexford, Ireland, wife of Count Frederik Willem van Limburg Stirum of Huis Ten Donck, Holland [ Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen (1850-1922); Ireland, 1798 ]
Typescript (made in the 1930s or 1940s?) of 1917 manuscript transcript by Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen of Huis Ten Donck, Holland, of her grandmother Elizabeth Richards' diary entries dating from between 27 May 1798 and 1 May 1821.
68pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The diary has been published in a scholarly edition, edited by Marie de Jong-Ijsellstein (Hilversum: Verloren, 1999), where it is described as 'an excellent example of an early nineteenth-century journal intime'. The present typescript, which appears to date from the 1930s or 1940s, is a carbon copy of a typescript of Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen's manuscript transcript of her grandmother's diary.
Hieronymus Verdussen, Nederlands, 1627. ['ghemaeckt by de generale meesters van de munten in de maendt van meert 1627']
24pp., 4to. Signature A, of twelve unpaginated leaves. In Dutch and in black letter. With ninety-six engravings, showing both sides of forty-eight coins. Aged and worn, and stitched into frayed brown-paper wraps, with 'Lyste van Gouden Munten mer figuren. 1627.' in manuscript on the front cover. See: Bib. Belgica (1964-1970 ed.) I, 418, C 781; Desmaele, B. Ordonnances 1621-1633 [thesis, University of Mons], 1627/4B.
[ Nicolas Sarony & Co., New Bond Street, London; Sir Alan Cobham; Imperial Airways; British aviation; Croydon Aerodrome; Amsterdam, Holland ]
Issued by Nicolas Sarony & Co., New Bond Sreet, London, W.1. [ 1928 ]
A charming and evocative production. Cards in very good condition; album in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Initial note: 'This Travel Album is issued without charge to hold a complete set of twenty-five "A Day on the Airway" pictures, as issued with all packings of Sarony Virginia Cigarettes, plain or cork tipped.' The album comprises eight pages printed in black and green, on thick paper, stitched into black card wraps. Embossed on the front cover in faded gold is the title and an illustration of the plane (an Imperial Airways 'Argosy') flying in clouds.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), English artist, born in Friesland, Holland
On letterhead of 34 Grove End Road, St John's Wood, London NW. 3 December 1910.
On letterhead cut down to 7.5 x 9.5 cm, laid down on small piece of grey paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. Reads: 'An autograph for Miss Phoebe Tull's collection | L Alma Tadema'. Caption on mount: 'Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. R.A. (His pictures for the most part classical subjects.)'
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema [ Lourens Alma Tadema ] (1836-1912), Anglo-Dutch artist
On letterhead of 10 Park Street, Windsor. 15 July 1885.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The note reads: 'Dear Mr. Sparks | I am so sorry to be unable to comply with your request, being previously engaged for the 23d. inst | yours sincerely | L Alma Tadema'.
Gerrit, Count Schimmelpenninck (1794-1863), Dutch statesman [ Peter Robert Drummond-Burrell, 2nd Baron Gwydyr, 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby (1782-1865), Lord Great Chamberlain of England ]
Without place or date. [ London, between 1846 and 1852. ]
The signature is part of a frank, and is on an 8 x 13 cm piece of grey paper cut from the front of an envelope. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'To/ | His Lordship | Baron Willoughby de Eresby | Lord Chamberlain of England | &c &c | 142 Piccadilly | Count Schimmelpenninck'. Schimmelpenninck was Dutch envoy in London between 1846 and 1852.
Leopold Lowenstam [Leopold Henry Lowenstam] (1842-1898), Dutch etcher working in England [Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema; Rosa Bonheur; Jozef Israels; Robert Dowling]
Most earlier letters from 9 Titchfield Terrace, Regents Park [London]; most later letters from Woodcroft, Three Bridges [Sussex]. Dating from between 1877 and 1897.
380pp., 4to. Carbon copies on rectos of numbered leaves. Preceded by an eleven-leaf thumb index (not complete). In original brown leather half-binding, marbled boards and endpapers. Internally sound and tight, in heavily-worn binding lacking spine. At the heart of the correspondence are eight letters to the artist with whom Lowenstam is most of all associated, Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema. These date from the 1890s, and are all addressed to 'My dear Tadema'.
[Dutch bookseller's/auctioneer's catalogue 1842] Nayler and Co., booksellers, Amsterdam
Gedruky bij M. & F.C. Westerman, O.Z. Achterburgwal te Amsterdam. 1842 (in roman numerals).
Total 48pp, 8vo, including alternate blanks for notes,with handwritten information about prices, etc. (seller's marked copy presumably), marbled wraps, worn, contents sl. worn at edges but complete, with ill-defined stamps at beginning and end (one has phrase Noord Holland). REST Of title-page: "Op Zaturday den XVIII Junij 1842, | zullen Nayler & Co. met hunne | Ongebonden- Verkooping | een aanvang maken, | in het Logement DE ZON, op Nieuwen-Dijk, No. 234, | te Amsterdam [...] Uren van Verkoop: | 9 tot 12 - 1 tot 4 - 6 tot 10 - met Klokstage.
[David Kauffman of East Hempfield township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Dutch; Mennonites of America]
[East Hempfield township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.] Sales on 12 November 1844 and 25 February and 10 March 1845.
For more information on the Kauffman family, see Alexander Harris's 'Biographical History of Lancaster County' (1872), pp.332-335. The family were Mennonites, and originated in Hesse. The most notable member was affluent farmer and bank president Abraham Cassel Kauffman (1799-1886), a member of the Pennsylvania legislature for the 1835, 1837 and 1843 sessions. 18pp., 8vo. Unbound. On five loose bifoliums (with remains of stitching still present). The leaves of one bifolium are separated from one another, and the order of the pages is probably disturbed.
Hendrik Fagel (1765-1838), Greffier of Holland, Dutch politician whose library was bought by Trinity College, Dublin [James Hering (d.1836), German-born London bookbinder; Kaspar Hauser; Eugene Arram]
Hague [Netherlands]. 20 February 1833.
1p., 8vo. On bifolium. Nineteen lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. A formal unsigned letter in the third person. Docketed on reverse, presumably by Hering: 'Fagel | Feb 20th/33'. The letter begins: 'I beg Mr.
Caspar Commelijn [Caspar Commelin; Casparus Commelin] (1667-1731), botanist and publisher
[t'Amsterdam, Voor Wolfgang, Waasberge, Boom, van Someren en Goethals. 1693.]
The seven engravings are on 8vo leaves extracted from the volume. All roughly 12 x 15cm, in text. All in good condition, on lightly aged paper. They comprise: 'OUDE NIEUWE-BRUG' (p.625), 'KOLVENIERS DOELEN' (p.665), 'STADS WAPEN | ofte Artellery-Huysen.' (p.668), 'OUDE STADTS HERBERGH' (p.673), 'NIEUWE STADTS HERBERGH' (p.675), 'SCHEEPS-KRANEN' (p.711), 'GESCHUDT en KLOKGIETERY' (p.721)
[Mathew Varenne [Matthew de Varenne; Varens] (d.1726), bookseller at the sign of Seneca's Head, near Somerset House in the Strand, London; Hendrik Hulsbergh (d.1729), London-based Dutch engraver]
[Mathew Varenne, bookseller at the sign of Seneca's Head, near Somerset House in the Strand, London. Before 1726.]
Note that Varenne's Christian name is spelled with one 't' on the bookplate, and generally with two 't's by later sources. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, tipped in onto a grey paper mount. Engraved on a 12 x 8 cm piece of wove paper, with no margin.
[Johannes Groenewegen and Abraham van der Hoeck, Dutch booksellers in the Strand, London, between 1715 and 1728]
[Johannes Groenewegen and Abraham van der Hoeck, booksellers in the Strand, London. Early eighteenth century.]
In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, tipped in onto a grey paper mount. Engraved on 13 x 8 cm piece of wove paper, with no margin. The firm's shop was at the sign of Horace's head in the Strand, and the engraving depicts a lapidary carving off the head and shoulders of the poet, with laurel leaf above, in an oval frame, around which are 'carved' decorations (including lyre and grapes).
Sir Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), art and literary critic, Slade Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [Stephen John Aldrich of the British Museum]
On letterhead of 35 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington. 27 January 1918.
3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Aldrich is writing from Barnes, and Colvin writes that his address 'takes me back sixty years & more, when my people rented (for the winter of 1855-6) what was then Barnes Manor, - the house & park in a bend of the New River belonging to Lord Truro, - and has since been broken up and converted into Barnes Park.' He declines to visit Aldrich and see the pictures he mentions. 'Your account of them, at least of two of them, is so full & exact as to make a visit scarcely necessary: and these Low-country masters of the 17th century.
[Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880-1962); The International Court of Justice, The Hague]
'Distr.272. | 17.3.1948.' The Hague [Netherlands], 17th March, 1948.
4pp., foolscap 8vo, on the rectos of four leaves. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. The first two pages carry the French text ('C.I.J.') and the last two the English text ('I.C.J.'). One page carries instructions for the 'Audience de la Reine des Pays-Bas' ('Audience with the Queen of the Netherlands'), and the next carries an 'Annexe a Distr.272' ('Annex to Distr. 272'). The latter is a copy of a letter from Hardenbroek, Grand-Master of the Court of Her Majesty the Queen, to 'Monsieur le Président of the International Court of Justice, Peace Palace, The Hague'.
Gérard de Lairesse (1640-1711), 'The Dutch Poussin', painter, engraver and art theorist; Nicolaes Visscher II (1649-1702), Amsterdam printer, publisher and cartographer; Gerard Valck (1651/2-1726)
[Amsterdam: Nicolaes Visscher II? Gerard Valck? Late seventeenth century or early eighteenth century.]
Most of de Lairesse's plates were, as the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings notes, 'originally published by Nicolaes Visscher, who published a collected edition under the title "Opus Elegantissimum" in c.1675. The BM holds an album bound in vellum containing the Gerard Valck edition of 'Opus Elegantissimum', a selection of numbered etchings by Lairesse and 13 unnumbered etchings and mezzotints by other printmakers (Valck, van den Berghe and Blooteling) after Lairesse'.
[David Teniers the Elder (1582-1649); his son David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690), Flemish painters from Antwerp; Cornelis de Bie (1627-1715); Pieter van Mol (1559-1650); Jan Meyssens (1612-1670)]
[Antwerp: Juliaen van Montfort, 1662]
Both prints in very good condition. David Teniers the Elder: Dimensions of paper 22 x 17.5; dimensions of plate 18 x 14 cm. Captioned 'DAVID TENIERS SENIOR' and numbered 26. Brief biography in French beneath image, and 'P. V. Mol pinxit P. V. Leysebetten sculp'. David Teniers the Younger: Dimensions of page 20.5 x 15.5 cm; dimensions of plate 16.5 x 11.5 cm. Captioned 'DAVID TENIERS' and numbered 58. Short biography in French, followed by: 'Dav. Teniers pinxit Pet. de Iode sculpsit Io. Meyssens excudie.'
[Fortifications in Flanders, 1753; Archives Hollandaises; Archief van Oorlog; eighteenth-century Holland; Dutch; Belgium; Belgian castles]
'No. 2. Dit Plan den 8 janu: 1753'.
On two pieces of laid paper, joined together to make a piece 30.5 x 68 cm, the lower part with watermark of 'D & C BLAUW'. In fair condition, clear and complete, on lightly-aged paper. Headed 'PLAN EN KELDERS | van het Casteel | tot | Sluÿs.' In another hand, in top left-hand corner: 'Archives Hollandaises'. Bearing three stamps: the first, circular in red ink, 'ARCHIEF VAN OORLOG'; the second, oval in red ink, 'DEPOT GENERAL DES <...>'; the third, in black ink, 'ARCHIVES HOLLANDAISES'.
Jan van Krimpen; John Dreyfus; Bram de Does; Offsetdrukkerij Jan de Jong, Amsterdam; The Wynkyn de Worde Society
One of 250 copies 'printed by Offsetdrukkerij Jan de Jong, Amsterdam. | Presented to the members of The Wynknyn de Worde Society on the occasion of the International Luncheon Meeting 21 September 1995.'
8vo, 3 pp. Bifolium on laid paper. Fair, aged and lightly-creased. 'Composed in Lexicon, designed by Bram de Does in 1992. 250 copies printed by Offsetdrukkerij Jan de Jong, Amsterdam. | Presented to the members of The Wynknyn de Worde Society on the occasion of the International Luncheon Meeting 21 September 1995.' The facsimile of the letter, by 'Jan', dated 'Heemstede 12 March 1947', is on both sides of the first leaf. Biograpical printed text by Dreyfus on recto of second leaf, the verso of which is blank.
Jan Both [Jan Dirksz Both] (c. 1614-1652), Dutch engraver and painter, brother of Andries Both (c. 1612-1642)
[Dutch, seventeenth century.]
On a piece of watermarked laid paper, roughly 26.5 x 20 cm. Dimensions of image 18 x 13.5 cm. The image and text are clear and complete. Fair, on foxed and aged paper, with fraying to margin at edges. Complete text reads 'Seecker dat is geen Roy, wat mach dat varcken drincken | Die Reuck is niet heel moy, gans velten is dat stincken.' Depicts a group of five peasants in the countryside, one sitting on a tree stump vomiting, while another puts her hand on his head, and two hold their noses. The attribution is in the entry on the copy in the Wellcome Library (no.
Admiral John Gore, Commander-in-Chief, East Indies and China Station [India; Ceylon]
[HMS] Melville, Madras Roads, 4 March 1833, and Melville at Sea, 7 March 1838
Both marked 'Duplicate'. 1. [British Navy, East Indies and China Station, 1833] Vice Admiral Sir John Gore, extensive official Report signed, "John Gore, Vice Adm. & Com. In Chief", East Indies and China Station to Sir James Graham, First Lord of the Admiralty, dated Melville, March 4th 1833, Madras Roads, marked 'Duplicate', 6pp., folio, sewn. A detailed assessment of the situation in the region (Indian Ocean) and particularly in Ceylon : Arrival in the Madras Roads. He assures Graham of full cooperation "regarding the Mauritius".
18 and 21 November 1930; both on letterheads of 31 Edwardes Square, Kensington, W8.
Both letters 4to, 2 pp. Both texts clear and complete, and both in fair condition, with dog-eared corners. In the first letter O'Conor writes that he has 'heard from Miss Maartens', and that he is sending 'Dr van Maanen's' study of the author. 'Miss Maartens suggests that you and I might meet, which appeals greatly to me, for I enjoyed your review of the Maarten Maartens letters and have also heard about you from my friend John Gould Fletcher.' Gives a time when 'Miss Maartens is coming to the London Library to read some Dutch' for him, and he suggests that Burdett join them.
Philip Unwin, cousin of Sir Stanley Unwin (1884-1968) [George Allen & Unwin Ltd, publishers; Sir Stanley Unwin]
20 August 1931; on letterhead of George Allen & Unwin Ltd, Publishers and Exporters.
4to, 2 pp. Thirty-two lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged and creased paper. A tactful letter in response to an enquiry concerning the possibility of employment as a translator of Dutch publications. Unwins 'very seldom have occasion to translate from Dutch, but we should always be glad to give consideration to any important Dutch book which you were able to bring to our attention'. He suggests times when Thompson might be able to meet Stanley Unwin, who is travelling on the continent.
Baron Hendrik Fagel [Henry Fagel] (1765-1838), Dutch Ambassador to London [Holland; the Netherlands]
Whitehallplace Febry. 16th. 1824'.
4to, 2 pp. Text clear and entire. On aged paper with a few closed tears to extremities and a thin strip of discoloration along one margin on reverse. 'The Royal Netherland Navy have made use of Coaltar for preserving certain parts of vessels of war from decay', but 'the Medical Department in the Netherlands' have confirmed that the use of Coaltar for that purpose has a prejudicial effect on the health of the Ships crews'. Asks to be informed 'of the results of any enquiries instituted on this Subject by order of the British Admiralty'. Docketed 'Netherland's under Secretary'.
Charles Rochussen (1814-94), Dutch painter; Johannes de Mare, Dutch engraver; J. F. Brugman, Dutch printer
[Amsterdam: circa 1880?]
Paper dimensions roughly ten and a half inches by eleven and a half; print dimensions eight and a half inches by ten and a half. Aged and with three inch strip, roughly half an inch wide, torn away from surface of print in top left-hand corner. Depicts a crowded and rather grand hall, containing a long horseshoe-shaped table around which are crowded connoisseurs of both sexes contemplating engravings and illustrated books or engaged in discussion. Arti et Amicitiae is an Amsterdam society of artists and art lovers, founded in 1839.
John Lothrop Motley (1814-77), American historian, author of 'The Rise of the Dutch Republic' (1856).
Paris; 28 March [no year, but between 1856 and 1870]. 'My address is always Baring, brothers & Co.'
Three pages, octavo. Very good on lightly aged paper. Interesting communication from one of the nineteenth-century's leading historians to another, with an evaluation of Froude's work by Motley. He is disappointed that Froude's visit to London precedes his own. He has been in Brussels since January, 'occupied with an important <?> correspondence', and is on his way to join his family in Nice. Gives plans for the summer (Switzerland, Germany and London). Thanks the Warrens for their kind remembrance.
No date; place not stated. 'H. Cock excudebat' in top right-hand corner.
On piece of aged, laid paper roughly six inches by eight and a quarter wide. Two inch closed tear at head, and three-quarters of an inch closed tear, with a little loss, to the right. Quarter-inch hole towards top right-hand corner, in sky above archway. Mounted on piece of grey paper. Negligible wear to bottom left-hand corner.
Commissioner (Office of the Master General of the Ordnance). Duncombe is instructing a Mr Sherborne of the Tower of London to go to Chatham, Gravesend and Woolwich to see "how many gunnes are mounted & of w[ha]t nature". He expects a report the following morning. The barbarian who cut the signature off also cut off the date, but this letter could well predate the Dutch raid up the Thames Estuary in June 1667 which particularly affected the fleet at Chatham, and indicate preparations.