Four Sotheby auction catalogues: 'Library at Lowther Castle, Penrith' and 'Psalter of Henry IV, King of England', both the property of the Earl of Lonsdale, and two portions of 'Library removed from Ham House, Surrey' (Buckminster Estates).

[ Hugh Cecil (1857-1944), 5th Earl of Lonsdale; Library of Lowther Castle, Penrith; Ham House Library, Surrey; William Tollemache (1859-1935), 9th Earl of Dysart; Sotheby's, London auctioneers ]
Publication details: 
Sotheby & Co.,34 & 35 New Bond Street, London.

All four catalogues are 4to, and in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in their original uniform green printed wraps. The four have been bound together in lightly-worn sturdy green buckram, with the following in gilt on spine: 'Sale Catalogues 1937-38 | Lowther Castle Library with Psalter | Ham House Library'. All four are priced in light pencil. ONE: 'Catalogue of a Selected Portion of the Valuable Library at Lowther Castle, Penrith. Sold by Order of the Rt. Honourable Hugh Cecil Earl of Lonsdale K.G., G. C.V.O.

[ Archibald Macwhirter, Scottish author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Macwhirter') to London theatrical bookseller Barry Duncan, placing a order. With carbon copy of Duncan's detailed reply.

Archibald Macwhirter, Scottish 'Antiquarian and General Writer'
Publication details: 
Macwhirter's lettter on his pictorial letterhead, Ardgaith, Dysart, Fife [ Scotland ]. 16 July 1965.

Both items in fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with a little rust spotting from a paperclip. Macwhirter's letter is 2pp., landscape 8vo. The letterhead, featuring two engravings of coaches, is printed in blue, and boasts that Macwhirter is an 'Antiquarian and General Writer | Contributor since 1926 to leading journals', as well as 'Lecturer in New College, Edinburgh, to Scottish Church History Society, 1944 and 1952.' It also contains a three-line list of the journals he has contributed to.

[Typed signed 'Certified Copy'.] A Catalogue & Valuation of the Art Treasures & Books at Buckminster Park in the County of Lincolnshire. The Property of the Trustees [of William Tollemache, 9th Earl of Dysart] made for the purposes of Insurance.

[Charles des Graz, Director, Sotheby & Co., 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1; Buckminster Park, Lincolnshire, seat of William Tollemache, 9th Earl of Dysart (1859-1935)]
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[Sotheby & Co., 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1. 'Ch. des Graz, Director. | December, 1930.'] Certified Copy by Hasties, 65 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2, signed and dated 27 October 1937.

32pp., foolscap 8vo. The leaves attached with green ribbon, and the whole folded into the customary packet, with typed title with Hasties' details on reverse of last leaf. The document begins with a three-page 'Index | Inventory of Buckminster Park, Grantham'; this is followed by 'An Inventory and Valuation of the principal Furniture and Works of Art at Buckminster Park, Grantham | the property of the Trustees, made for the purposes of Insurance'. The total valuation is £17,692.

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