Samuel Howitt (c.1756-1823) [Captain Thomas Williamson; Edward Orme]
[1807.] 'Pub by Edwd. Orme | 59 Bond Street'.
On thick light-blue/grey laid paper, 60 x 48 cm, with thin strip of white stub to left-hand margin. In a small neat contemporary hand in top right-hand corner: 'P. W. Baker Esqr. Subn Copy'. Lightly creased and worn, with a central vertical fold line running through the centre of the print, which is coloured in gouache in greys, greens, browns and pinks, with a blue bankground. A few small patches of colour rubbed away from the print, the dimensions of which are roughly 29 x 39 cm.
'Carl Joubert' [Adolphus Waldorf Carl Grottey] [Tsarist Russia]
Place and date of none stated, but probably Edwardian.
'The Reason Why', 'The Eastern Ukase of 1905', 'The Coming Revolution in Russia', 'The Soldier of Russia' and 'Some Aspects of Russian Life'. Manuscript corrections. The six works by 'Joubert' listed on COPAC appeared between 1904 and 1906, and it is reasonable from the context to assume that these five items date from the same period. All five items clear and complete, with all text on one side only of A4 leaves. The first four in fair condition, on aged paper, and in worn brown card bindings. The fifth item unbound and with the first and last leaves worn and grubby.
Lady Strangford [ Emily Anne Smyth (née Beaufort), Viscountess Strangford ] (c.1826-1887), military nurse and founder of hospitals [ Mahmud Nedim Pasha (c.1818-1883), Grand Vizier ]
The letter from the Grand Vizier on letterhead of the Grand-Vézirat of the Sublime Porte, 14 October 1875. Strangford's draft and copy both undated.
All in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The Grand Vizier's letter, addressed to 'The Lady Strangford' and written in a secretarial hand, is 1p., 8vo, on the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium; the autograph copy of Strangford's reply is on both sides of the second leaf of the same bifolium. The English copy of her reply is 2pp., 8vo, on a separate leaf.
Empire Industries Association, London [ German Mandated Territories; League of Nations Class C Mandates ]
Empire Industries Association, 9 Victoria Street, London SW1. November 1938. Printed by Burrup, Mathieson & Co., Ltd., 31, Throgmorton Street, London, E.C.2.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In fair condition, aged and with rust spotting. The document begins: 'In view of the numerous discussions with regard to the status of the Mandated Territories, and the possibility of a request from Germany for the restoration of some or all of the former German Colonies, and in view of the many misconceptions as to the constitutional status of a Mandated Territory, the Empire Industries Association has prepared these brief notes in the hope that they will be helpful to those who may be taking part in any discussions on the problem.
Four numbers of the Society's magazine 'The Call Boy'. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. The formats change as the magazine finds its feet. The first issue is a duplicated printing of 5pp., folio, on three sheets of paper of different colours. Following an event at McDonald's music hall attended by two thousand 'variety enthusiasts', the magazine introduces the Society and its 'founder officers, beginning with Don Ross, Ada Reeve ('The First Lady of British Entertainment'), Ray Mackender, Nicholas Charlesworth and Gerry Glover, and gives details of its aims and plans.
The British Empire Union, Incorporating the Anti-German Union, London [ Sir George Frampton (1860-1928), English sculptor; Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (The Proms) ]
The British Empire Union, 346 Strand, London, WC2. [ 1917. ]
1p., folio. On aged and worn paper. A jingoistic wartime outfit, with the letterhead proclaiming 'THE BRITISH EMPIRE FOR BRITISH SUBJECTS' and 'NO GERMAN INFLUENCE. | NO GERMAN LABOUR. | NO GERMAN GOODS | That compete with British.' The organisations chairman is named as Lord Leith of Fyvie, and the chairman Lieut-Col. Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller. The long text begins: 'The British Empire Union offers a Prize of £2 2s.
Mehmed Pacha [ Mehmed Fuad Pacha (Pasha) ] (1814-1869), statesman in the Ottoman Empire
Without date or place.
On irregular strip of paper, roughly 1.5 x 4 cm. in dimensions. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The son of a noted poet, Pacha began his career as a translator, before serving as a diplomat. He was instrumental in reforming the Tanzimat, and was an ardent Anglophile.
[ Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1797-1879); Muhammad[a] Ali Pasha al-Mas'ud ibn Agha (1769-1849), Khedive of Egypt and the Sudan ]
London: John Murray, Albermarle [ sic, for 'Albemarle' ] Street. 1840. [ London: Printed by Stewart and Murray, Old Bailey. ]
63 + 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.
Lord Odo Russell [ Odo William Leopold Russell, 1st Baron Ampthill ] (1829-1884), British diplomat, first British Ambassador to the German Empire [ Rev. Frederick Cox (1821-1906), Dean of Hobart ]
On letterhead of 2 Audley Square, May Fair, W. [ London ] 'Wednesday' [ 1868 ].
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with glue stains and slight damage to second leaf from mounting. At the time of writing Cox was curate at Wantage. Russell begins the letter by stating that he will be visiting his mother and will not 'return to Watford before Friday night. - On Saturday morning I hope I may have the good fortune of finding you at home to talk over matters in connexion with my marriage on the 5th. of May.' (to Lady Emily Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon). He thanks him for taking his room at the Clarendon Hotel, before concluding.
Ioannis Kapodistrias [ Ioánnis Antónios, Komis Kapodístrias; Giovanni Antonio, Conte Capo d’Istria; John Capodistrias ] (1776-1831), first president of independent Greece (1827-31)
'Ce Vendredi'. No place or date.
1p., 12mo. Bifolium on watermarked laid paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with red wafer, 'A Mons. | M le Comte de Heyden | &c &c | <?>'. The note features a good example of Kapodistrias's signature, with the capital C encircling the surname and horizontal underlining flourish. He begins by inviting him to join him aboard his boat: 'Veuillez mon cher Comte m'attendre à bord de l'Helène.' He will come in around an hour so that their party may travel 'au Cap de la M<?>'.
Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant [ Mauritius; Sir John Middleton (1870-1954); Sir Herbert James Read (1863-1949) ]
Mauritius (including items on letterhead of the Department of Agriculture, Reduit) and London (including from Downing Street). Between 1912 and 1916.
For information on Stockdale, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The collection is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 21 of the 23 items are typed, one is printed and one in autograph. The material consists of professional and departmental correspondence concerning Stockdale's appointment and tenure, with the final items relating to his application for and promotion to a similar post in Ceylon. It includes an eight-page copy, tied with green string, of a communication from J. R.
Charles William Domville-Fife (b.1886), editor of 'The Encyclopaedia of the British Empire' [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
On letterhead of the 'Editorial Offices' of 'The Encyclopaedia of the British Empire', Adelphi Terrace, Strand, London. 12 April 1924.
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With the date stamps of the Royal Society of Arts. He thanks him for 'the cuttings, several of which I had not seen', and states that he will be delighted to 'present a copy of my book to your library'. He had been meaning to give one 'at the conclusion of the exhibition'. He is grateful to Menzies for offering to review the book in the Society's journal, and is 'already so much indebted to te Royal Society of Arts for kindness received'.
The Hampstead Public Libraries (North London), 'Special Lists on Turkey and Bulgaria'
Vol. I. No. 6. Autumn Number, 1908. Published at the Central Public Library, Finchley Road, NW. [ London ].
56pp., 12mo. Stapled. In original printed wraps. Paginated 195-227 and c-cxx, with two pages including an index. In fair condition, aged and worn with rusted staples. Stamped on front cover 'COMPLIMENTARY COPY'. Four-page article on 'The Revolution in Turkey; and the Bulgarian Crisis', pp.195-198, and four-page 'List of Books relating to Turkey and the Young Turks', pp.224-227.
Jacob Bosanquet (1755-1828), Chairman of the East India Company,1798, 1803 and 1811, and for 46 years a Director
Without place or date. On laid paper with watermark 'W M | 1816'.
6pp., folio. On two bifoliums. In good condition, on aged paper. All four leaves with a central vertical fold as guide for each page to be laid out in two columns, with the body of the text in one column and emendations in the neighbouring one. The document begins: 'My Dear Sir, | I had yesterday a conversation with Mr. - respecting the present condition of our E.
[King George VI; Royal investiture, Buckingham Palace, 1943.]
Buckingham Palace [London]. 11 May 1943.
7pp., folio. On seven leaves of thick paper, stapled together. In fair condition, aged and worn. Annotated in grey and blue pencil. Ownership inscription at head: 'Mr. Mann'. Divided into subsections, with the main ones being the Distinguished Service Order; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire; The Distinguished Service Cross; The Distinguished Flying Cross. Ten individuals receive the Military Cross, beginning with 'Major Thomas Scrymsoure-Steuart-Fothringham, The Black Watch'.
Colonel Leonard Kirke Smith (1877-1941), C.B.E., D.S.O., The Royal Scots, Egyptian Army 1910-1923 [The Second Boer War, 1899-1902]
South Africa, 1899-1900.
70pp., 8vo, in 'Campbell's Albany Diary and Almanac for 1900' (Glasgow: Duncan Campbell & Son), 'Printed 2nd September, 1900. Ownership inscription on front free endpaper: 'L. K. Smith | The Royal Scots | 2nd. Bn. Mounted Infantry | 2nd. Cavalry Brigade'. Internally in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in heavily worn and stained red cloth binding. Entries dating from 1 October 1899 to 26 May 1900. An interesting first-hand account, conveying a vivid sense of immediacy, from an officer who saw a deal of action and distinguished himself during the campaign.
Six larger photographs (all 12 x 10.5 cm) and twenty-six smaller ones (between 5 x 7 cm and 5.5 x 8 cm). In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, on three leaves removed from an album (the smaller photographs on mounts and the larger ones laid down. The larger photographs have pencil captions, and a few of the smaller photographs have ink captions (for example, 'Taking a drink - Calcutta', 'Is that Ghandi? | The women are carrying dried dung for use as fuel.'). The smaller images appear to be photographs of photographs, with captions.
Lord Edwin Hill-Trevor [Lord Arthur Edwin Hill-Trevor] (1819-1894) of Brynkinallt, Denbighshire, MP for County Down, 1845-1880 [his second son George Edwyn Hill-Trevor (b.1859); Russo-Turkish War]
On embossed House of Commons letterhead. 8 February 1878.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter from a senior Conservative politician during Disraeli's second government, written on the day the British fleet set sail for Turkish waters, with war between Great Britain and Russia appearing imminent. (Tensions between the two countries had been increasing during the course of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, and the fleet would anchor off Constantinople, which the Russians threatened to occupy.) The letter begins: 'My dear George | We divided last night contrary to all Expectation.
20pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with lightly rusted staples. Stamp, shelfmarks and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Meath's letter is printed on pp.1-4, and is followed by an 'Appeal by the Earl of Meath to Churches and Congregations of All Denominations within the Empire.' (p.5), and an address by Meath on 'The "Empire Day" Movement' (pp.6-13). The last three items in the pamphlet are the songs 'God Save the King' and 'The Flag of Britain', both with musical scores, and Kipling's poem 'Recessional'.
[The Empire State Association of Deaf-Mutes, New York.]
Rome, N. Y. [New York] Printed at the Register Office. 1888.
48pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With stamp and label of the Educational Library, Science & Art Department, London. Disbound, and with printed front wrap only on light-blue paper. Scarce: no copies on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.
[MInistry of Public Instruction, St. Petersburg, Russia] [Russian Empire]
St. Petersburg. 1862. London: Printed by John Brittan & Son, Mitre Court, Temple. [London]
 + 106pp., 4to. On aged and worn paper, in damaged and heavily-worn printed wraps. Stamps, shelfmark and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library. Entirely in English, and with no explanation of why it should be so. Scarce: the only copies on COPAC at the British Library, Oxford and Cambridge, with OCLC WorldCat only adding a fourth copy at Leipzig.
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), British soldier, military historian and civil servant [Samuel Lucas (1811-1865), editor of 'Once a Week']
On India Office letterhead. 10 January 1865.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With mourning border. The letter begins: 'My dear Sir, | My friend, Mr Melville, of this Office, has drawn up a paper on Bootan, the scene of our present "little War" in India, which I think would be interesting to the readers of "Once a Week" - The subject is likely to attract some attention shortly after the meeting of Parliament.
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), British soldier, military historian and civil servant
On India Office letterhead. 3 July 1863.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He has heard that King is 'to preside at the dinner tomorrow' and so is writing to him 'what I wrote to Smith that I am very sorry I can not "support the Chair", as I had a previous inviitation - our friends gave me this time only a few day's notice'. In any case, he has 'such a miserable cold' and is 'so incapable' that he will be 'no loss to your party'. It is with difficulty that he has 'got through my numerous mail duties'.
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), British soldier, military historian and civil servant
On India Office letterhead. 22 March 1870.
1p., 12mo. In poor condition, aged and worn, with rust marks to margin and corners. 'My dear Sir | If you could conveniently look in upon me tomorrow (Wednesday) about 2 OC'K I should be glad to have some talk with you'.
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Printed in small type. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with short closed tears at edges of folds. An interesting perspective on the British aviation industry, from what Dr T. R. Bromund of Yale University has described as 'the industrial wing of the Empire lobby'. The opening paragraph reads: 'Owing to the recent resignation of the entire Board, with one exception, of the British Overseas Airways Corporation, the public has become dimly aware that British Air Transport is facing a crisis, but as yet has little or no idea of the magnitude of the issues involved.
Charles G. Mortimer [Charles Gordon Mortimer, lyricist, Catholic journalist and author [Dulwich College; Brasenose College, Oxford; Stonyhurst College, Lancashire; Rudyard Kipling]
One from Caterham House, Caterham, Oxfordshire, and another on letterhead of Stonyhurst College, near Blackburn, Lancashire Undated [1920s and 1930s], except for one dated 9 March 1921. The letter to his typist dated 2 April 1934.
After leaving Dulwich College Mortimer was a classical scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford. In 1933 he was received into the Roman Catholic Church, after which he became a schoolmaster in Catholic schools, most notably Stonyhurst. According to his profile in the Catholic Herald, 5 August 1938, Mortimer was 'well-known as a composer and lyric writer, and his work has been broadcast from the early days of broadcasting. | Recently he has contributed " uncle-duty " to the [BBC] Children's Hour.
The Compatriots' Club, London, unofficial grouping of Conservative politicians 'to advance the ideal of a United British Empire', 1904-1914
[London. Circa 1904.]
4pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, with slight damage caused by removal from an album. The first leaf of the document carries fifteen numbered rules; and the second leaf carries a 'List of Members', with Joseph Chamberlain as President; Viscount Milner as Chairman of Executive Committee, and Honorary Treasurer Viscount Ridley, and including the Duke of Bedford, Bonar Law, and the publisher John Murray. At the foot of the final page is a list of 'Foundation Members' of the 'South African Branch Compatriots' Club'.