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[ Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar, Indian nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Ramasamy Mudr') in English to Sir J. D. Rees, on his appointment to the Viceregal Legislative Council and organising 'Todas or Badagas' dancers for the Viceroy.

Author: 
[Rajah] Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar (1840-1911), Indian merchant, politician, philanthropist, early leader of the Indian National Congress [ Sir J.D. Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator]
Publication details: 
Madras [ India ]. 12 October [ 1895 ].
£150.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining at head of second leaf. Addressed to 'The Honble. Mr. J. D. Rees, C.I.E.' A long letter, beginning with an expression of pleasure at Rees's 'appointment as an additional Member of the Viceregal Legislative Council'. His wife and 'Chota Sheriff' join him in sending congratulations. He refers to a conversation in which it was 'casually wished' that Rees would 'become connected with the Viceregal Govt. though not by such an appointment as the present one.

[ John Henning senior, Scottish sculptor inspired by the Elgin Marbles. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Henning senr | To | S. C. Hall Esqr'), complaining of delay in returning his 'plate after The Parthenon Frieze'.

Author: 
John Henning senior (1771-1851), Scottish sculptor who produced scaled-down re-creations of the Parthenon frieze - one adorns the Athenaeum Club, London [ S. C. Hall [ Samuel Carter Hall ] (1800-1889)
Publication details: 
'Decr 22. 1849 | 8 Thorn Hill Brigge Place Caledonian Road [ London ]'.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, with light signs of age a some dabs of glue from mounting on blank reverse. The letter has an unusual calligraphic layout. The message reads: 'My Dear Sir | When I last lent you my plate after The Parthenon Frieze I expected it returned at furthest in two weeks it now eight weeks I would be obliged if you could let me have it by the Bearer I hahve the Honor to be with respect yours truly | John Henning senr | To | S. C. Hall Esqr'. At foot, in a contemporary hand, signed 'J.

Two autograph diaries of Rev. William Jebb Few, MA, of Christ Church, Oxford, 'continued during residence' at Henley-on-Thames; Alverston, Hampshire; Braemar, Elgin and Banff (as tutor to the Earl of Fife's son); Reading. With carte de visite.

Author: 
William Jebb Few (c.1835-c.1881), MA, of Christ Church, Oxford, and Rector of St Nicholas, Guildford, Surrey [Alexander William George Duff (1849-1912), 1st Duke of Fife]
Publication details: 
The two diaries covering the period from 30 May 1858 to 25 August 1864, and written at Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire; Alverston, Hampshire; Mar Lodge, Braemar; House, Elgin; Duff House, Banff; and 6 Coley Hill and 4 Castle Crescent, Reading.
£450.00

Both volumes in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn black leather bindings, marbled endpapers. Both 4to, the first volume smaller than the second. First Diary: 168pp., 4to. Titled by Few: 'Diary commencing May 30, 1858, and continued during residence at Henley on Thames Oxfordshire. Alverston Hampshire'. Includes two pages of addresses, page of 'Books Read' in 1860 and 1861, and page of accounts for 1861. Second Diary: 180pp., 4to.

Autograph Signature ('P. Hoare') on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Prince Hoare (1755-1834), English Painter and dramatist; son of William Hoare
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

On a piece of wove paper roughly 4.5 x 9 cm. Good, clear signature on lightly aged paper. Reads 'my dear Sir, | Yrs always truly | [signed] P. Hoare'. Reverse reads '<...> am at a loss how to answe<...> | <...>ing the progress of the Anna<...> | <...>- opportunity of asking "Ho<...> | <...>t of the Elgin Marbels, whic<...>'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Sarath Kumar Ghosh') to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Sarath Kumar Ghosh (born 1883), Indian writer
Publication details: 
26 March 1906; on letterhead '28 Elgin Avenue, [London] W.'
£60.00

One page, 12mo. Grubby, and with traces of previous mount adhering to reverse. Small circle containing '170' in red in top left-hand corner. He is sending his autograph, 'which I could not do while at . I am glad you have read some of my stories; I presume those now in book form as "1001 Indian Nights." '

Coloured engraving entitled 'To the Magistrates Noblemen and Gentlemen of Cheshire this Portrait of Thomas Harrison Esqr to whose Taste the County is indebted for its Principal Architectural Embellishments is inscrbed by their humble Servt A R Burt'.

Author: 
Thomas Harrison (1744-1829), English architect responsible for renovations to Chester Castle [Albin Roberts Burt (1784-1842), miniature painter; Cheshire]
Publication details: 
A R Burt | Miniature Painter Chester May 1 1824'.
£165.00

On piece of paper roughly eleven inches by eight wide. 'Col[oure]d 2/6' engraved in bottom right-hand corner above caption. On aged paper, creased and with two closed tears of one and a half inches apiece, and one of half an inch, none of the three affecting the image. Full-length portrait of a somewhat simian Harrison, in black top hat and brown cut away jacket, clutching his arms in front of his belly with one glove removed, standing on a grassy hill (in front of Chester Castle?]. Two small ink docketings on reverse.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Charles Stuart (later Baron Stuart de Rothesay), Ambassador to Paris.

Author: 
William Richard Hamilton, Minister at Naples.
Publication details: 
20 July 1824; Naples.
£120.00

For Hamilton (1777-1859), Treasurer of the Royal Institution and one of the Trustees of the British Museum, see Boase's 'Modern English Biography'. He was secretary to Lord Elgin in Constantinople, recovered the Rosetta Stone from the French and aided in collecting and removing the Elgin Marbles from Athens. 3 pages, 16mo. Creased but in good condition. Begins by saying that a few years ago Stuart introduced Charles Rothschild to him, 'but it was probably at the request of his brother, as he has now asked me to introduce him to you'.

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