EDINBURGH

Substantial typescript, apparently unpublished, of a 'Digest Gazetteer of Scottish Lochs & Rivers', with entries giving a mass of geographic information under 33 shires, and also including details of local hotels for each shire. With six photographs.

Author: 
[Digest Gazetteer of Scottish Lochs & Rivers; geography of Scotland; salmon fishing; angling]
Publication details: 
Without place. [1920s.] Containing two photographs with the stamp of the Scotsman and Evening Dispatch, Edinburgh.
£750.00

341pp., foolscap 8vo, typed onto rectos only, and with the main text paginated in blue pencil to 252pp. Six black and white illustrative photographs laid down, two with the stamp of 'The Scotsman' newspaper on the reverse. A substantial volume, bound with string and staples, with thumb index. In brown wraps, with typed label on front: 'DIGEST GAZETTEER | OF | SCOTTISH LOCHS & | RIVERS'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps.

Two numbers of 'Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine', containing 'Adventures in the North of Ireland: the demon of the mist', G. W. Hemans; 'Evils of the state of Ireland', William P. Alison; 'A glance at the state and prospects of Ireland', Macleod Wylie

Author: 
[ Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine; William Pulteney Alison (1790-1859), Scottish physician; George Willoughby Hemans (1814-1885), architect; MacLeod Wylie, hymnologist ]
Publication details: 
ONE: No. 252, October 1836. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh; and T. Cadell, London. TWO: No. 264, October 1837. 'Theodore Foster's Edition' and 'New American Edition'. New York: William Lewer, Publisher, Broadway, Corner of Pine-street.
£50.00

Both numbers are in the distinctive Blackwood's printed covers, with illustration of George Buchanan. Both are good tight copies, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and aged wraps. All articles are anonymous, and attributions are from the Wellesley Index. ONE: No. 252, October 1836. Unopened. Several advertisements bound in front and back. 144pp., 8vo, paginated [2] + 437-578. Hemans' piece, paginated 459-467, is the second in the volume, and Alison's, paginated 495-514, is fourth. The volume also contains work by George Croly, D. K. Sandford, John Wilson, John Eagles and Alfred Mallalieu.

[ Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, Scottish judge and literary critic. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F Jeffrey'), complaining of being 'much "hurried"' and arranging to meet with a lady.

Author: 
Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey (1773-1850), Scottish judge and literary critic with the Edinburgh Review
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£20.00

On an 8.5 x 20 cm slip of paper. On aged and creased paper. Minor traces of broken red wax seal on reverse, with the address in Jeffrey's hand, partially obscured by traces of the thick paper onto which the item was tipped-in: 'Mrs Gra<...> | 2 <...>'. He writes that he will go to her between 8 and 9 pm that evening. He has been 'very much “hurried” of late' and has 'really given up making visits', but 'always intended to make an exception' of her, and is 'glad to have the opportunity'.?>

[ Printed volume. ] Oliver & Boyd's New Edinburgh Almanac and National Repository for the year 1862, [...].

Author: 
[ Oliver & Boyd's New Edinburgh Almanac, 1862 ]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, Tweddale Court; David Robertson, Glasgow; Lewis & James Smith, Aberdeen; Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., London; and sold by all booksellers.
£120.00

840pp, 12mo. In original brown calf binding, with title in gilt on spine. With an additional 'Advertising List' of 70pp. at the back, and further advertisements on endpapers. Internally in fair condition, in heavily-worn binding with tear at head of spine. Ownership inscription of 'T J Grierson' on front pastedown, and 'Dowells & Lyon' (Edinburgh 'auctioneers and valuators') in a contemporary hand on preface page. Subtitle reads: '[...] containing, | Part I. The kalendar, tide-table, and information connected therewith. | Part II.

[ John Gibson Cazenove, Scottish theologian. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'J. G. Cazenove') [to Rev. R. H. Hutchison], describing the pros and cons of Cumbrae Theological College, of which he is Provost.

Author: 
J. G. Cazenove [ John Gibson Cazenove ] (1821-1896), Scottish theologian, Provost of Cumbrae Theological College, and Chancellor of Edinburgh Cathedral [ Rev. Robert Hutchison of Exeter College ]
Publication details: 
All three letters from 66 Great King Street, Edinburgh [ Scotland ]. 7 and 14 November, and 29 October, 1868.
£80.00

Three interesting and informative letters regarding a forgotten Scottish institution. Cumbrae Theological College (the College of the Holy Spirit), founded by George Boyle, 6th Earl of Glasgow in 1849 (and later affiliated to the University of Durham), was a seminary for ordination training. It closed in 1888. The recipient of the letter was Rev. Robert Hutchison, later of Exeter College, Oxford, and Winchester College. The three letters total 9pp. They are in good condition, lightly-aged. The letters are in response to an application by Hutchison for the position of assistant tutor.

[ Thomas Noon Talfourd, judge and author. ] Autograph draft of part of his opening speech to the jury on behalf of the defendants in the Court of Exchequer libel case 'Richmond versus Marshall and Miles'.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), English judge and author, friend of Charles Dickens [ Alexander Baillie Richmond ('Richmond the Spy'); Tait's Edinburgh Magazine; Simpkin and Marshall ]
Publication details: 
[ Court of Exchequer, London. December 1834. ]
£600.00

The background to this document is ably explained in an article in the Spectator, 27 December 1834, 'The Spy System: Richmond versus Marshall and Miles', which begins: 'The Court of Exchequer was occupied the whole of Saturday and Monday last with the trial of an action of libel, brought by Alexander Baillie Richmond, the individual for many years known in Scotland by the title of "Richmond the Spy," against Messrs. Simpkin and Marshall, the London publishers of Tait's Edinburgh Magazine.

[ Robert Scott Moncrieff of Fossaway, Perth, advocate, illustrator and caricaturist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R S M') to his mother, announcing in high-spirited terms the birth of his daughter Joanna.

Author: 
Robert Scott Moncrieff (1793-1869) of Fossaway, Perth, advocate, illustrator and caricaturist, grandfather of General John Archibald Ballard (1829-1880)
Publication details: 
'Dalkeith | Saty Morning 27 July [ 1833 ].
£56.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage to second leaf from breaking of wafer. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mrs. Scott Moncrieff | 7 Fores Stt. | Edinb.' Docketted on same page: '27 July 1833 | R S M | announcing Joanna's birth'. The letter begins: 'My dearest Mother | I beg that you wd.

[ Early-Victorian tour of Scotland. ] Manuscript itinerary of a 'Tour through the western part of the midland Counties of Scotland - good or tolerable carriage roads all the way distance to be travelled in all 480 miles or say 500 -'.

Author: 
[ Scottish tour in early-Victorian period; travel in Scotland in the 1830s ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ On paper watermarked 'R MUNN & Co | 1838'. ]
£500.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, and wrapped in a leaf carrying the name 'Miss Sandham' (possible recipient?). Neatly and closely written out over the whole four pages. Beneath the heading: 'May be easily made out in three weeks'.

[ William Chambers, publisher and editor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Chambers') to unnamed individual, asking for information regarding a 'Polish periodical'.

Author: 
William Chambers (1800-1883) of Glenormiston, Scottish publisher and editor, and Lord Provost of Edinburgh [ W. & R. Chambers ]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 7 February 1843.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, with a couple of short closed tears along fold lines at foot. He is 'interested in the Polish periodical', and hopes to notice it in the magazine, and asks for information regarding six numbered points. 'If to the above could be added a translation of "A Scottish House" I think I could make an interesting article on the work.' He offers to 'give the use of any of our cuts with much pleasure'.

[ Dip in Australian trade, 1830. ] Manuscript Letter, signed for the Sydney agents Crombie Maclaren & Co., to Edinburgh merchants Andrew Scott & Co., regarding the bad market for his recent shipments, and its cause.

Author: 
Crombie Maclaren & Co. of Sydney, Australian agents [ Andrew Scott & Co. of Edinburgh, Scottish merchants ]
Publication details: 
Sydney [ Australia ]. 24 May 1830.
£150.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Andrew Scott Esqre | Edinburgh', with two postmarks and wafer, and directed to be sent 'Pacific via Liverpool'. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Signed for the firm 'Crombie Maclaren & Co'. The firm begins by informing him that 'our market for your shipments have been very bad, indeed we could not move them at almost any price'.

[ Gerald Morice, puppeteer and editor of 'The Puppet Master'. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Gerald Morice') and Auograph Letter Signed ('G. Morice'), both to theatrical bookseller Barry Duncan.

Author: 
Gerald Morice, puppeteer and editor of 'The Puppet Master', journal of the British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild
Publication details: 
Card from Malvern, 8 July 1950. Letter 'At 2 Belgrave Mews | Edinburgh 4', 10 September 1953. Both items on his letterhead as editor of 'The Puppet Master'.
£45.00

CARD: Addressed to 'Barry Duncan Esq. | 11, St Martin's Court | London | W.C.2'. In good condition, lightly aged, with 'Puppet Master' letterhead in red ink, with illustration of Mr Punch. He thanks him for being 'attentive' in sending cuttings. LETTER: 1p., 4to. On aged and creased paper. With cancelled 'Puppet Master' letterhead. Addressed to 'B. D.' Sending payment for hired items, and discussing a translation 'done a week ago for Salzburg Marionettes'. Speaking of Edinburgh he writes: 'I like this city v. much - some fine bookshops - but no playbills'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Answer to Dr Mitchell's Statement of Facts.

Author: 
James Gibson [ afterwards Sir James Gibson Craig (1765-1850) of Riccarton; Dr John Mitchell, M.D., Freemason, Master of the Caledonian Lodge of Edinburgh, Scotland ]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh, 5th March 1808. Neill & Co. Printers.
£80.00

12pp., 4to. Unbound. In fair condition, aged, worn, and with light damp-staining. An interesting document in the context of Whig politics and Freemasonry in Scotland. One of a number of acrimonious pamphlets exchanged between the two men. On 22 February 1808, a few days before the writing of the present pamphlet, Mitchell had distributed a handbill stating: 'I hereby declare to the world, that, Mr James Gibson, Writer to the Signet, of York Place, is a dastardly ruffian and infamous coward'.

[ George Joseph Bell, Professor of Scots Law at the University of Edinburgh. ] Manuscript Testimonial, Signed twice (both 'George Jos Bell'), on behalf of 'Mr Scipio A. Mactaggart'.

Author: 
George Joseph Bell (1770-1843), Professor of Scots Law at the University of Edinburgh, Scottish jurist [ Scipio Alexander Mactaggart (1812-1886), Writer to the Signet ]
Publication details: 
On printed card of the 'University of Edinburgh Lectures on the Law of Scotland'. Dated November 1834.
£80.00

The card is 12 x 9 cm. In fair condition, aged and worn. On one side, printed in fancy letters in blue, is 'University of Edinburgh | LECTURES | ON THE | LAW OF SCOTLAND'. Beneath this Bell has written: 'Mr. S. A. Mactaggart | George Jos Bell | Nov 1834'. The testimonial, in a secretarial hand, is on the reverse, signed by Bell at the bottom (again 'George Jos Bell'). It reads: 'Mr Scipio A.

[ 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.

Author: 
Archibald Macwhirter, Scottish 'Antiquarian and General Writer'
Publication details: 
Macwhirter's lettter on his pictorial letterhead, Ardgaith, Dysart, Fife [ Scotland ]. 16 July 1965.
£50.00

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.

[ John Bensley Thornhill, East India Company director. ] Autograph Signature ('J Thornhill'), with others, on copy of 'Receipt for Paper deposited'.

Author: 
John Bensley Thornhill (1773-1841), East India Company director and subject of a painting by George Romney
Publication details: 
Fort St George [ Madras (now Chennai), India ]. 18 August 1830.
£35.00

1p., 4to. Printed form, reading (with manuscript text in square brackets): '[Duplicate] | No. 2. | Receipt for Paper deposited. | Received of [J. MacGregor Mallock Esqre] | the undermentioned Public Securit[y] to be kept under our charge, upon the terms of the Advertisement published in the Calcutta Gazette, of the 31st December 1810.' The details of the security ('Sicca Rupees Six thousand') are then given, and beneath these the dating and signatures of Thornhill and another party. In manuscript on reverse: 'Pay over to Mr Wm.

[ Pamphlet. ] Perverted Politics. A few Thoughts for the Time. [ 'Reminiscences and Reflections (Revised).' ]

Author: 
John Tyndall, LL.D., D.C.L. [ (1820-1893), Irish physicist and Fellow of the Royal Society ]
Publication details: 
William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1887.
£80.00

15pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper, with a few pencil marks in margin. 'Reprinted by Permission' on title-page, and 'First published in the "St James Gazette."' on first page of text, which is headed 'Reminiscences and Reflections | (Revised).' Begins: 'It is my privilege to have been born in Ireland. [...] The lighthouses on the Irish coast - models of cleanliness and good order in a country not famous for either - are known to have been objects of special interest to me.

[ Rev. George Harris, Unitarian minister. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'George Harris') to James Yates of London and York, regarding the troubles of his previous congregation in Glasgow, under their new minister 'Mr. Taylor'.

Author: 
Rev. George Harris (1794-1859), Unitarian minister, author and editor
Publication details: 
Both from 2 Hope Park, Edinburgh. 22 February and 5 March 1844.
£120.00

Both on 4to biofoliums, and addressed, with postmarks, on the reverse of the second leaf. Both in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE (22 February 1844): Concerning the unfortunate state of 'the Glasgow congregation' since Harris's removal to Edinburgh. His successor 'Mr. T[aylor].' stated his 'present views' to 'Messrs C<?> & Smith', 'and they said at once he ought to resign the pulpit [...] The end cannot be far off. Mr. T. declared he would not quit the pulpit till he was dragged out of it'. The letter continues with references to 'Mr Taylor' and 'Mr Davidson'.

[ John Scott, editor of the 'London Magazine'. ] Autograph signature.

Author: 
John Scott (1784-1821), editor of the 'London Magazine', killed in a duel by Jonathan Henry Christie, London agent of John Gibson Lockhart of Blackwood's Magazine
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£23.00

Strip of paper cut from end of letter. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Your obedt humble Sert | John Scott'.

[ Unmade British film noir based on the Burke and Hare murders, apparently intended as a vehicle for Sir Donald Wolfit. ] Typed screenplay of 'The Body Snatchers by John Lemont and Leigh Vance', 'Treatment by Bill Strutton'.

Author: 
John Lemont (1914-2003), Canadian director; Leigh Vance (1922-1994), producer; Bill Strutton (1918-2003), Australian screenwriter; Zodia Productions, London [Sir Donald Wolfit; Burke and Hare murders]
Publication details: 
'A Master Film Treatment for Zodiac Productions | Copyright: Zodiac Productions Ltd: 171, Shahftesbury Avenue, London, W.C.1.' Undated [ circa 1958 ].
£400.00

[1] + 62pp., folio. On rectos only. Bound with metal studs into yellow card covers, with the spine reinforced with cloth tape. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Loosely inserted is a five-page carbon typescript describing 'Approximate number of costumes necessary'. Also inserted is a typed page beginning with an 'Extract from letter from Sir Donald Wolfit: 8.7.58. | At the moment it looks like an opening date in the second half of September out of London for six or seven weeks first. Mr. Laurence Irving will be in touch with you in the near future for a preliminary discussion'.

[ John Borthwick, 13th of Crookston, Scottish landowner and member of the Bannatyne Club ] Manuscript 'General Account book, spanning two decades, and meticulously noting payments to tradesmen including booksellers and bookbinders, and other expenses

Author: 
John Borthwick (1788-1845), 13th of Crookston, and Borthwick Castle, Scotland, member of the Bannatyne Club
Publication details: 
[ Borthwick, Midlothian, Scotland. ] Between 1819 and 1840.
£450.00

148pp., small 4to. In contemporary red leather half bindings with marbled boards and edges and gilt tooling. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in lightly aged and worn binding. Signed on reverse of front free endpaper: 'J. Borthwick | 1820', and on the page facing this: 'General Account | book. | N.B. The Vouchers are tied up with Labels marked for the respective years. Where particulars will. | See also my Journal.

[ George Combe, phrenologist. ] Autograph corrected text from his appendix to his edition of Elisha P. Hurlbut's 'Essays on Human Rights and their Political Guaranties'.

Author: 
George Combe [ born George Comb ] (1788-1858), English phrenologist [ Elisha P. Hurlbut ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. (Published in Combe's appendix to his 1847 Edinburgh edition of Hurlbut's book.)
£135.00

On 8 x 22 cm piece of paper. In fair condition, aged and creased, and laid down on piece of card. Note in a contemporary hand in red ink in the margin: 'George Combe the Phrenologist | (Holograph) [sic]'. With five emendations and deletions.

[ Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, Scottish antiquary and artist. ] Watercolour drawing of Edinburgh murderer Mrs Mary Mackinnon with a young girl in her condemned cell, attributed to him in a contemporary hand.

Author: 
Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe (1781-1851), Scottish antiquary, artist and collector, and friend of Sir Walter Scott
Publication details: 
Without date or place. (Mackinnon was hanged 16 April 1823.)
£400.00

A watercolour drawing in ink, coloured in yellow, blue and red, against a sepia ground. The drawing is on a 24.5 x 18.5 cm piece of thick white paper, laid down on a 28.5 x 29.5 cm piece of grey paper. In good condition, with light signs of age. In pencil in a contemporary hand on the grey-paper mount: 'Mrs Mackinnon - hanged | done by Charles K. Sharpe Esq | She had been a great beauty | murdered a man'. The drawing is not signed, but is in much the same style as other examples of his watercolours (for example those in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London).

[ Sir Archibald Geikie, Murchison Professor at the University of Edinburgh. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arch Geikie') to his student 'Mr. Cadell', agreeing to have him on a 'long excursion' and deploring 'the want of enthusiasm of this year's class'.

Author: 
Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist, Murchison Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Edinburgh
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, 8 April 1880.
£80.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged with with some damp staining. Geikie is glad to receive Cadell's letter, and will be 'delighted to have you on the long excursion if it takes place [last four words underlined]'. The excursion is however in doubt, as 'only five members of the Class have sent in their names and one with some doubt'. There are 'many calls' on his time, and unless more names come in the excursion will be cancelled. The letter concludes: 'I am disappointed with the want of enthusiasm of this year's Class.

[ Hon. Henry Erskine, Lord Advocate for Scotland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Erskine') to Mrs Cockburn Ross, dissuading her from hiring Archibald Black.

Author: 
Henry Erskine (1746-1814), Lord Advocate for Scotland [ Mrs Cockburn Ross of Rowchester, Berwickshire; Archibald Black ]
Publication details: 
Princes Street [ Edinburgh ]. 30 January 1804.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Addressed, with red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Mrs. Cockburn Ross | Pooles Hotel'. He begins by explaining why he has not replied to her letter sooner, his clerk having placed it 'with some Letters of Business'. Archibald Black, who was formerly in his service, is 'a good natured honest Creature', but he cannot advise her to hire him. On the poor mans account I would not wish to be more particular than just saying that it is not owing to any objection to his moral Character that leads me to dissuade you from engaging him'.

[ Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, as Lord Advocate. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Dundas') to an unnamed recipient, regarding whether he Duke of Buccleugh or Sir Laurence Dundas is to be Governor of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Author: 
Henry Dundas (1742-1811), 1st Viscount Melville and Baron Dunira, Scottish advocate and Tory politician [ Royal Bank of Scotland; Duke of Buccleuch; Sir Laurence Dundas ]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 20 February 1777.
£150.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged paper, with light staining and wear at foot. The letter concerns the question of whether the Duke of Buccleugh or Sir Laurence Dundas is to be Governor of the Royal Bank. In his view there are no other candidates, and he hopes 'our Friend George Fairholme will not go astray upon that question'. Knowing that Fairholme is 'particularly attached to Lord Marchmont', he has written to him, and quotes part of the 'flattering' reply he has received.

[ Hon. Henry Erskine, Lord Advocate for Scotland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Erskine'), to John Cockburn Ross, regarding Cathcart and 'the Richmond Scenery'.

Author: 
Henry Erskine (1746-1814), Lord Advocate for Scotland [ John Cockburn Ross of Rowchester, Berwickshire ]
Publication details: 
Keswick. 17 June 1812.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reverse of second leaf, with part of red wax seal and Keswick postmark, addressed to Ross at Tadcaster, and forwarded to the Crown Inn, 'Harragate', Yorkshire. He begins by explaining that a delay to his departure for Scotland is the reason for the late reply. 'To morrow or next day we shall set out. The moment I reach Edinburgh I shall see Cathcart & immediately write you most minutely every thing regarding the Richmond Scenery | All this Party send you their best Compts.

[Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Dundas') to an unnamed recipient, discussing 'Lord Polwarths Letter', Sir John Paterson, 'Mr Scott', and an 'unfortunate' influence on a father and son.

Author: 
Henry Dundas (1742-1811), 1st Viscount Melville and Baron Dunira, Scottish advocate and Tory politician [ Lord Polwarth; Sir John Paterson ]
Publication details: 
Savile Row [ London ]. 4 December 1779.
£120.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. He writes that he had 'heard the Report propagated by Sir John of your having given different accounts to the Father & the son', but considering the source he did not believe it, and 'the excerpts of Letters' directly refute it. 'I am extremely pleased with Lord Polwarth's Letter to you & as to any thing else I think you have no reason to feel any regret'.

[ William Sprott, Procurator Fiscal of the City of Edinburgh. ] Autograph Signature and postscript to letter to Robert Park of Glasgow, covering a 'Copy of Minute about the Attorney Tax law'

Author: 
William Sprott, Procurator Fiscal of the City of Edinburgh [ Robert Park (d.1797), Writer, Glasgow; the Attorney Tax Law, Scotland, 1786 ]
Publication details: 
Copy minute from 'Edinburgh within John's Coffee House', 15 December 1786. Sprott's covering note to Park: Edinburgh. 16 December 1786.
£100.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. Docketed on reverse of second leaf and addressed to 'Mr. Robert Park | Writer in | Glasgow', with postmark in red ink. The first page is headed 'Edinburgh within John's Coffee House the fifteenth day of December One thousand Seven hundred and Eighty six Years. | Siderunt of the committee respecting the Attorney Tax Law.' The minutes end at the top half of the third page, and a followed on the lower part of the same page by Sprott's covering note, written by a secretary and signed by him with short autograph postscript.

[ Henry Home, Lord Kames. ] Autograph Signature to letter in a neat secretarial hand, addressed to Edinburgh attorney Thomas Cockburn, expressing a desire to lend money while 'borrowing upon bill', as he did when he 'begun the world of business'.

Author: 
Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696-1782), judge and philosopher, a central figure of the Scottish Enlightenment
Publication details: 
Blair Drummond [ Stirling, Scotland ]. 4 June 1776.
£500.00

1p., 8vo. On bifolium. In fair condition. Addressed (with postmark) on second leaf to 'Mr. Thomas Cockburn Writer to the Signet | Edinh.' The letter begins: 'Sir | When I begun the world of business, no sooner had I collected 40 or 50 guineas than I was ready to lend out

[ Alexander Bain, Scottish philosopher. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Bain') to 'Miss M' [sister of David Masson?], on topics including his view on the writing of an autobiography, and John Stuart Mill.

Author: 
Alexander Bain (1818-1903), Scottish philosopher, and friend and biographer of John Stuart Mill [ David Masson [ David Mather Masson ] (1822-1907), Scottish literary critic]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen. 10 January 1874.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, with strip of mount adhering to one margin and light smudging to signature. He writes playfully, expressing his gratification at the thought that his 'handiwork' has been so well received, and that she has 'at last conquered the doctrine of "Relativity." This will set you above the "erring crowd" for the remainder of your days.' Her brother David is 'not what we should wish: of all things, I hate debility.' After some personal news he turns to the reasons why he has not written an autobiography.

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