EGYPTIAN

[ Montague John Rendall, Headmaster of Winchester College. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('M. J. R.' and 'M. J. Rendall') to 'Hutchy' [ R. H. Hutchison, a master at Winchester ], describing in evocative terms his experiences on a trip to Egypt.

Author: 
Montague John Rendall (1862-1950), headmaster of Winchester College [ Rev. R. H. Hutchison of Exeter College, Oxford ]
Publication details: 
Both letters concerning a trip to Egypt in 1909. One dated 'Quinquagesima Sunday. 10 a.m', with Egyptian postmarks (Cairo and 'Shallal-<...>'); 22 February 1909. The other from 'Sharia Ebn Zanki. 23 | Gheziveh | Cairo. | Tuesday' [ no date ].
£120.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Neatly and closely written letters, in a vivid style. ONE: 'Quinquagesima Sunday. 10 a.m'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In envelope with three Egyptian postmarks (one from Cairo on reverse, and two from 'Shallal-<...>' on front), addressed to 'R. H. Hutchison Esq. | The College. | Winchester. | England'.

[ Communist Party of Great Britain. ] Duplicated Typescript headed 'Discussion Statement prepared by Middle East Committee', and titled 'Imperialism and Economic Background of Egypt'.

Author: 
[ Communist Party of Great Britain, International Department (Middle East Committee)] [ Egypt; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
Publication details: 
[ Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] International Committee, 16, King Street, London, W.C.2. 26th March 1946.
£180.00

5pp., 8vo. On five foolscap leaves, with duplicate copy of p.4 present. In good condition, lightly aged.

[ Inscribed copy of printed work. ] Three Letters on the Policy of England towards the Porte and Mohammed Ali.

Author: 
[ Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1797-1879); Muhammad[a] Ali Pasha al-Mas'ud ibn Agha (1769-1849), Khedive of Egypt and the Sudan ]
Publication details: 
London: John Murray, Albermarle [ sic, for 'Albemarle' ] Street. 1840. [ London: Printed by Stewart and Murray, Old Bailey. ]
£130.00

63 + [1]pp., 8vo. Erratum slip after title-leaf. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged and lightly worn paper. Withdrawal stamp of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society at foot of title-page, with shelf-marks at top-right of same page. Cropped inscription at head of page: 'With Sir Gardner Wiklkinson's | Compliments, to Gordon Gyle Esqr.' Beneath the title, in another hand: 'by Sir Gardiner [sic] Wilkinson Knt'. Scarce.

[Harry Reginald Hall of the British Museum, Egyptologist.] 27 Autograph Letters Signed to F. G. Gordon, written in a playful style on scholarly matters, including Tutankhamun's tomb. With a copy of Hall's funeral service, and two other items.

Author: 
Henry Reginald Holland Hall ['Harry Hall'] (1873-1930), Egyptologist, Keeper of the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, British Museum [Frank Gordon Gordon [né Straube] (1874-1968)
Publication details: 
Most on British Museum letterheads; two from his home address, 13 Chalcot Gardens, NW [London]; others on Royal Societies Club and Burlington Fine Arts Club letterheads. One from Abydos, Egypt. Sixteen between 1897 and 1929; the others undated.
£950.00

The letters total 104pp., mainly 12mo. In fair overall condition, with light aging and wear. Seventeen are signed 'H. H.', three 'Harry Hall', one 'H. R. Hall', three 'H.', one unsigned. Most addressed to 'Frank', others, in playful style, to 'Ryzt Worchypfull & very dere ffrend', 'Respected Friend and most admir'd Poet!' and 'the Scribe of the Admiral's | Yamen, Fa-erh-an-ki'. Also present is an Autograph Card Signed.

Manuscript 'Journal of a Tour to London' in 1844 [by William Morris Mousley of Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire?], including descriptions of visits to 'Tom Thumb' at the Egyptian Hall, and to 'Wizard' Jacobs, the magician and ventriloquist, in Dover

Author: 
[Rev. William Morris Mousley (b. 1828), son of the Rev. William Mousley, vicar of Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire; 'Tom Thumb'; the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly; 'Wizard' Jacobs, conjuror and ventriloquist]
Publication details: 
4 to 28 June 1844.
£450.00

12mo, 39 pp. Stitched into original coloured wraps decorated with pastel-coloured rainbow stripes. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper. The final two pages of the volume contain crude sketches in coloured pencil (figure seated on steps of country cottage, a clump of trees, ships at sea). The year is not stated, but certainly 1844 from the references in the volume. Found with other autograph material of the Rev. W. M. Mousley, who would have been sixteen at the time of writing. The trip is made along with 'Papa', 'Mama [Mamma]' (often 'poorly'), 'Henry' and 'James'.

[Sir Charles Trevelyan, as Assistant Secretary to the Treasury.] Autograph Note Signed ('C E Trevelyan'), requesting 'three more copies of my Egyptian Paper'.

Author: 
Sir Charles Trevelyan [Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan] (1807-1886), English civil servant and Indian administrator
Publication details: 
Place not stated [Whitehall, London]. 8 March 1845.
£45.00

1p., 16mo (14 x 12 cm). In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Pray send me three more copies of my Egyptian Paper | C E Trevelyan | 8 March 45'.

[George Bilainkin, English journalist.] Typescripts of three articles, two in the form of diary entries (one on an Egyptian Embassy reception and the other on an international conference on crime); the third a dialogue between monks and journalists.

Author: 
George Bilainkin (1903-1981), English journalist and expert on foreign affairs [Ernest Bevin; Lev Nikolaevich Smirnov; Admiral Sir Dudley Pound; Egyptian Embassy; Laurence Cadbury; Tom Bairstow]
Publication details: 
Two dated entries: 23 July and 18 August 1960. The third entry ('Monastery') undated.
£125.00

The three items derive from the Bilainkin papers. Each is separately paginated and stapled, with the text on one side only of the leaves. All three in good condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper, with rusty staples. Item One: Titled 'ADD 1960 DIARY. Saturday, July 23.' 7pp., foolscap 8vo. With carbon copy of the same.

Printed pamphlet for the '30th. Executive Meeting' of the 'International Commission on Large Dams U.A.R. Committee', containing tables, plans, photographs and a paper relating to the 'Aswan Dam Hydro-Electric Scheme'.

Author: 
[Aswan Dam Hydro-Electric Scheme; Gamel Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt; Dipl. Eng. Abdel Moety Abdel Wahab Amer, Assistant Under Secretary of State and President of Hydro-Electric Power Department]
Publication details: 
Cairo, Egypt. February 1963. ['Printed at the General Organisation for Government Printing Offices Cairo | Mohanmmed El-Fateh Omar | Managing Director'.]
£180.00

48pp., landscape 8vo, comprising [ii] + 28pp. of text, followed by 12pp. of tables and plans, and 6 photographs, two of them fold-outs. Stapled, in original card wraps. In fair condition, on aged high-acidity paper. The first page carries a photograph of a smiling Nasser, with the quotations 'Industrialisation is a target leading us to establish a socialist co-operative Community' and 'And Electricity is the backbone of Industry.' Apart from two pages listing 'Contracting firms participating in the scheme', the text comprises an essay by 'Dipl. Eng.

Printed paper headed 'Preliminary Examination in Arabic. Cavalry, Artillery, Camel Corps, Infantry, and Sudan Civil Administration.' Answered and marked in pencil.

Author: 
Sudan Civil Administration [Anglo-Egyptian Sudanese Protectorate; Ottoman Empire]
Publication details: 
'1st February, 1904.'
£120.00

2pp., foolscap 8vo. On wove paper with the star and crescent watermark of the 'GOUVERNEMENT EGYPTIEN'. Aged and creased, but in fair overall condition. Questions in English and Arabic script, requiring translation between the two languages. Answers in pencil, and marking along both margins in red and blue. Scarce: no copy on COPAC.

Autograph Letter Signed ('F Barham Zincke') from the antiquary and radical Foster Barham Zincke to 'My dear Mr Flower' [Sir William Henry Flower], regarding the latter's five-month stay in Egypt.

Author: 
Rev. Foster Barham Zincke (1817-1893), English antiquary and radical pamphleteer, educated at Wadham College, Oxford [Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), Director of the Natural History Museum]
Publication details: 
Wherstead Vicarage, Ipswich. 28 May <1874?>.
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of stub adhering to margin. He has received Flower's 'catalogue'. 'I was sure you wd. be delighted with Egypt. It has so much to tell us about man & nature. The early stages of mans progress, & the variety of nature.' Zincke would like 'time to look into things & to think about them': he was in Egypt 'only as many weeks as you were months'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Russell') from the journalist W. H. Russell to 'dear Spencer', mainly concerning the Urabi Revolt against Ismail Pasha, Khedive of Egypt.

Author: 
W. H. Russell [William Howard Russell] (1820-1907), Irish journalist, war correspondent for The Times [Isma'il Pasha [Ismail the Magnificent] (1830-1895), Khedive of Egypt; Urabi Revolt]
Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Russell') from the journalist W. H. Russell
Publication details: 
4 June 1882; on letterhead of the Empire Club, 4 Grafton Street, Piccadilly, London.
£165.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Russell') from the journalist W. H. Russell

2 pp, 12mo. 18 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Begins 'Its Alberta <(Songfeld)?> who is at 2 Lowndes Street not the undersigned - Are these cards en rêgle? [sic]' A pencil note by the recipient at the head of the first page reads 'Sent 2 June to Sumner Pl: card returned - answer does not live there.' Refers to 'Sumner Place' and 'the Coming Ball'. He wishes 'the Powers - which they aren't by the by - had let our fat friend Ismail alone just tightening the bit a little'.

[offprint pamphlet] The Art-Treatment of Granitic Surfaces. By John Bell, Sculptor. A Paper read at a Meeting of the Society of Arts, on Wednesday, March 14th, 1860, Sir Thomas Phillips, F.G.S., Chairman of the Council, in the Chair.

Author: 
John Bell (1811-1895), sculptor [Egyptology; Egyptian obelisks; Sir Gardner Wilkinson; Sir John Rennie]
The Art-Treatment of Granitic Surfaces. By John Bell,
Publication details: 
[London:] (From the Journal of the Society of Arts, March 16, 1860.)
£75.00
The Art-Treatment of Granitic Surfaces. By John Bell,

8vo, 12 pp. Stitched as issued. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Two engravings ('Egyptian Obelisks' and 'Egyptian Sarcophagus') in text. Begins 'The subject on which I am about to make a few remarks this evening is the Sculptural Art Treatment of Granitic Surface, or the Surface of Granite.

[book, limited edition] Causeries sur les Hiéroglyphes, et deux Étapes de l'Histoire Ancienne de l'Égypte [Egyptology].

Author: 
Adolphe Cattaui Bey [Egyptology; Egyptologist]
Causeries sur les Hiéroglyphes [Book]
Publication details: 
Cairo: Librarie d'Art Stavrinos et Cie, 23, Rue Kasr el-Nil. 1925. [Imprimé sur les Presses de l'Imprimerie de l'Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale au Caire]
£125.00
Causeries sur les Hiéroglyphes [Book]

Small 4to, [vi] + 135 pp. Frontispiece and three plates, with illustrations and cartouches in text. Internally tight and sound, on aged paper, in worn and stained brown-cloth half-binding, decorative endpapers, sprung hinges. Number 43 of 400 copies. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at the University of London SOAS.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Chas. A. Cookson') to Lane-Poole.

Author: 
Sir Charles Cookson, K.C.B., British Consul General in Alexandria [Stanley Lane-Poole (1854-1931), British orientalist and archaeologist,]
Publication details: 
8 June 1895; Alexandria (on his monogrammed letterhead).
£35.00

12mo, 2 pp. 11 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with strip of stub from mount along one edge, and two small strips of paper bearing biographical information (he is described as 'Consul Gen Alexandria during riots & bombardment') laid down at head of reverse. He says he will not be 'leaving Alexandria before the middle of July'. He hopes to see Lane-Poole there on his 'way through'. Asks for a telegram giving notice.

When were our Gospels Written? An Argument by Constantine Tischendorf. With a Narrative of the Discovery of the Sinaitic Manuscript.

Author: 
Constantine Tischendorf
Publication details: 
Second Edition. London: The Religious Tract Society, 56, Paternoster Row, and 164, Piccadilly. 1867. [Benjamin Pardon, Printer, Paternoster-row.]
£45.00

8vo: 120 pp. Unbound. In original grey printed wraps. Lightly foxed, with wraps grubby and creased. Ownership inscription at head of front wrap. 'Published under arrangement with the Author', with a six-page preface by the translator, dated October 1866. The Codex Sinaiticus, now in the British Library, was found by Constantin von Tischendorf on his third visit to the Monastery of Saint Catherine, at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt, in 1859. 'I would rather', he writes here, 'have discovered this Sinaitic manuscript than the Koh-i-noor of the Queen off England.'

Pencil note by one of the 'Siamese Twins', with attesting note by Smith.

Author: 
Chang Bunker and Eng Bunker [Chang and Eng], the 'Siamese Twins', Victorian circus freaks [William James Smith]
Publication details: 
Smith's note dated 'March 1830' [London].
£150.00

On a slip of laid paper (watermarked 'SMIT'), approximately 7 x 18 cm. Good, on lightly-aged and spotted paper. The writing by one of the twins, is in pencil, in a large, childish hand, and reads 'London England'. Beneath this, in a neat contemporary hand: 'The above two words, were written in my presence by one of the Siamese Twins. - | March 1830. | [signed] William James Smith'. The 'Siamese Twins' began their first appearance in London in 1829, at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly.

Autograph Letter Signed ('<J Auerbach?>'), being a report on the possible procurement of Hungarian horses, including some from the Lipizza farm, written to an inhabitant of Cyprus.

Author: 
J. Auerbach(?), of Her Britannic Majesty's Consulate, Trieste [Hungarian horse breeding; Tattersall's; Lipizzaner horses; equine]
Publication details: 
14 June 1898; on letterheads of Her Britannic Majesty's Consulate, Trieste.
£95.00

12mo, 9 pp. On three bifoliums attached to one another with green string. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper. Recipient not named. The writer (possibly the Consul himself) is responding to an enquiry regarding 'the probable price of a pair of horses about 15 hands'. 'The kind of horses that you speak of are known here as "Jukers," light, active, strong, <?>, fast trotting, able to go 14 kilometres an hour. A pair of horses of such description 5 years old & sound will cost about fls 1200 or say £100.

Printed address, in poster form, by the Presidents of the China Moslem Literary Society of Shanghai, and the Moslem Board of Education of Shanghai, 'To his Most Gracious Majesty King Farouk I of Egypt'.

Author: 
Haji Helal-ud-Din, President, The China Moslem Literary Society of Shanghai; Abdul-ur-Rahman Ma Tsin Ching, President, The Moslem Board of Education of Shanghai [King Farouk I of Egypt; India; China]
Publication details: 
Shanghai, 28th December 1937.'
£75.00

On one side of a piece of shiny art paper, 39 x 43 cm. The printed part is clear and entire, on creased and aged paper with chipping to extremities. The typography is a curious mixture, with the heading in gothic, and the fourteen-line address and the rest of the text in sansserif. A decorative picture-frame border extends around the sides and foot. Ornate initial and vertical decorative band to left-hand margin of text. To the right of the names of the two signatories are Chinese characters.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Carl Haag') to Mrs Grant Morris.

Author: 
Johann Carl Haag (1820-1915), Bavarian watercolour painter who settled in England and became a leading orientalist
Publication details: 
7 November 1884; on letterhead of Ida Villa, Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, London N.W.
£38.00

8vo, 1 p, 8 lines. Folded twice. Good, on lightly discoloured paper. Informing the Morrises of 'our safe arrival', and thanking them for 'the very amiable hospitality we have enjoyed'. 'Mrs. Haag in this moment feels a little the fatigue of the journey but will ere long use a leisure hour to write to you.'

Autograph Signature ('Reginald Wingate') on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Sir Francis Reginald Wingate (1861-1953), British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

On piece of grey paper roughly 2 x 8.5 cm. Discoloured and with some glue staining. Mounted on larger piece of paper docketed 'Sudan Egypt'. Reads 'Yours very sincerely | [signed] Reginald Wingate'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Palmerston') to Major General Patrick Campbell (1779-1857), British Consul General in Egypt.

Author: 
Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), British Prime Minister (as Foreign Secretary)
Publication details: 
13 December 1837; Foreign Office.
£85.00

4to: 1 p. Good. Folded three times. A neatly-written letter of introduction for 'Major William Henry Grote [1795-1844], of the 33d. Regiment, now at Malta, Brother of Mr. Grote MP. for London, who is about to visit Egypt': 'I beg leave to introduce him to your acquaintance, and to recommend him to your Protection and good Offices.'

[ In French ] Autograph Letter Signed "Khalil Linant" to "Mon cher Bey".

Author: 
Khalil Linant
Publication details: 
Cairo, 22 Juin 1872.
£95.00

Presumably secretary to his father, Linant Bey. One page, 8vo, good condition, text as follows: "Je viens d'apprendre votre nomination au grade de Bey; je vous prie d'agreer toutes mes felicitations les plus sinceres. Je suis heureux de voir le Gouvernement apprecier et recompenser les services qui lui sont rendus, c'est un encouragement pour nous tous. / Mon pere, a qui j'ai annonce votre nomination, me charge de vous adresser ses compliments."

[ In French ] Document Signed "Linant Bey", to "Son Excellence Cherif-Sacha Mininter de l'Interieur et President du Conseil des Ministres

Author: 
Linant Bey [ Louis Linant de Bellefonds ] [Linant Pasha ]
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Ministere des Travaux Publics, [manuscript address] Cairo, 20 May 1869
£450.00

Minister of Public Works, with a key role in the building of the Suez Canal. The document, numbered No.39 top left corner, is three pages, folio, sl. damaged but text clear and complete. He reminds his correspondent that "Son Altesse le Khedive" has appointed him "ministere des travaux publics" four months previously. He discusses "le reglement" by which decisions were to be made and the situation he finds himself in, "ne sachant au juste sur quoi appuyer mes actes officielle, je ne puis plus longtemps rester dans la vague, qui empeche toute administration.

Autograph Note Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Sir John Bowring
Publication details: 
2 Wellington Street; 4 December 1830.
£25.00

Linguist, writer and traveller (1792-1872). One page, octavo. Lightly creased and with a few closed tears. Reverse adhering to page from autograph album. Reads 'My dear Sir | Herewith the promised letters - | Yours most truly | John Bowring'. Docketed on reverse.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Ford'.

Author: 
Emily Anne Smythe, Viscountess Strangford
Publication details: 
25 November [no year, but presumably before 1869, the date of her husband's death]; on letterhead '58, Great Cumberland Place, | W'.
£45.00

English writer (died 1887), traveller in the Middle East, and philanthropist. Four pages, 16mo. Good, but with traces of grey-paper mount adhering to verso of second leaf of bifoliate, to which adheres a cutting relating to the circumstances of Lady Strangford's marriage. She has been in bed for ten days, and although 'still in a state of great weakness - and non-writingness', writes to apologise for Lord Strangford's mistake: 'as he was expecting to be accosted by a lady much of your size he answered accordingly with an enquiry for her husband.

2 Autograph Letters Signed.

Author: 
[THE BRITISH MUSEUM] T. House of the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, The British Museum, to Mrs [Frances?] Epps
Publication details: 
6 June 1951 and 2 April 1952; both on departmental letterheads.
£20.00

Both 1 page, 12mo. Both in good condition, although the first creased in two corners. It is unlikely that House held a senior position in his department as neither letter bears testimony to a good education. In the first letter he says he will be away from the Museum on a certain date, and suggests another day when, if convenient, he will 'bring the two ushabti figures from home and perhaps may be able to find others'. He saw Mr Epps on the previous day but 'we were too busy to talk'.

Syndicate content