Arthur F. E. Poley [Arthur Frederick Edward Poley, c.1886-1968, English illustrator and engraver], RIBA [Sir Reginald Blomfield, RA; St Paul's Cathedral, London]
London: Printed for the author: Willowbank, Hampton Hill, Middlesex, 1927.
Folio, 4 pp. Bifolium, with folio 'PROOF OF COLLOTYPE PLATE' of 'St Paul's Cathedral, London. View of One Bay of Aisle' loosely inserted; and full-page 'SPECIMEN PHOTO-LITHOGRAPHIC PLATE' of the Cathedral in 'CROSS SECTION LOOKING EAST'. Finely printed, with the title in red and black, on Alton Mill wove paper. 4to order form tipped in to margin of third page. The third page of gives the contents and list of plates (eight in collotype and twenty-four in photo-lithography), as well as a long 'LIST OF PRELIMINARY SUBSCRIBERS'. The last page carries a 'SPECIMEN PAGE OF TEXT'.
G. & F. E. Wattis, Birmingham; Alfred Lea and John Knight & Co., Leeds; John Greenwood & Sons, Clerkenwell; [Victorian clocks and watches; clockmakers; timepieces; horology; trade catalogues]
Undated [1870s and 1880s]. Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London.
The collection, consisting of eighteen items, would appear to derive from J. L. Cocker, to whom one of the receipts is made out. Eight posters, all but the last in fair condition, aged and lightly worn; and all but Number printed in black and white. Items Three and Eight have the firm's address repeatedly printed on the reverse, so that the particular timepieces in which the customer is interested can be cut away from the sheet. ONE (56 x 43.5 cm).
H. F. Tozer [ Henry Fanshawe Tozer ] (1829-1916) of Exeter College, Oxford, and Curator of the Taylor Institution, author, teacher, and traveler [ Rev. Robert Hugh Hutchison ]
On letterhead of 5 Park Villas, Oxford. 9 February 1878.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Eighteen lines closely and neatly written, headed 'To the Council of Bath College'. An approving testimonial: 'The Revd. Robert Hutchison, who is a candidate for the Head mastership of Bath College, was my pupil during his residence as an Undergraduate at Exeter College Oxford, and I have much pleasure in certifying to the high charater he bore for industry and good behaviour during that period. He was Scholar of the College, and his scholarship was good and sound, as he proved by getting a First Class in Moderations.
E. W. F. Tomlin [ Eric Walter Frederick Tomlin ] (1913-1988), philosopher and essayist [ R. G. Collingwood ]
From 'Ratio', vol. 1 no. 2, December 1958. [ Basil Blackwell, Broad Street, Oxford, England. ]
20pp., 12mo., paginated 116-135. Side stitched in grey card wraps with cover including contents on front. In good condition, lightly aged, in worn wraps. Inscribed at head of front cover: 'To Michael Cullis | "30 Years After" | from | E. W. F. T. | 24. viii. 43'. No copies of this offprint traced on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.
J. F. C. Fuller [ Major General John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878-1966) ], military historian and strategist [ Royal Field Artillery; First World War; Second Battle of the Somme, 1918 ]
Fuller's circular and the 'Battle Note' both from Headquarters, Tank Corps ('HJB'), and both dated 23 July 1918.
From the papers of Lieutenant Colonel William Otter Gibbs (1883-1960), Sixth Tank Battalion. Both items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with minor rusting from pin used to attach them. ITEM ONE: Duplicated Typed Circular by 'J. F. C. Fuller [ facsimile signature ] | Lieut.-Colonel, | General Staff.' 23 July 1918, headed 'G. T. 29/3/3', from 'Headquarters, | TANK CORPS. | 23, 7, 1918., | HJB.' 1p., folio. Small hole at top left, not affecting text.
Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet and Irish Nationalist, wife of journalist and essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949) [ E. C. Bentley [ Edmund Clerihew Bentley ] (1875-1956), author ]
14 Devonshire Hill, Hampstead. 19 June 1913.
4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A magnificently impassioned letter, written to a family friend, a colleague of her husband's on the Daily News. The letter begins in stirring style: 'I propose to sulk till Home Rule is passed. I have set my heart on that Bill. It isn't a particularly good Bill, but it is called "Home Rule" & I would put my right - no - at any rate my left hand into a fire to see that catch-cry cleared out of the world forever. It is the only thing that will cure the Unionists of their cowardice.
Edward Falkener (1814-1896, pseud. 'E. F. O. Thurcastle'), architect and author [ Sir William Tite (1798-1873), architect and Member of Parliament; Sir John Soane's Museum ]
10 Carlisle Parade, Hastings. 5 January 1861.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. On two occasions, despite the urgings of his friends, he has declined to apply for 'the Curatorship at Sir John Soanes', but he has since 'thought my friends might be right, and that the appointment would afford means of study and relaxation'. He has been 'over worked lately', and is 'suffering from boils and nervous headaches, which came on the very day I had intended to leave for Paris and Berlin'.
[ Herbert Percy Horne (1864-1916), editor. Elkin Matthews and John Lane, London booksellers and publishers ] [ G. F. Watts; Ernest Dowson; Selwyn Image; A. J. Hipkins; Laurence Binyon ]
London: 'Published for the Proprietor' by Elkin Matthews and John Lane. Boston: Copeland and Day. 1893. Printed by Folkard and Son, Devonshire Street, Queen Square, London.
40 + pp., 4to. With collotype frontispiece of painting by G. F. Watts, and another plate ('From a design by Selwyn Image') facing p.8. Two pages of advertisements for Matthews and Lane at rear. In grey printed wraps with elaborate Arts and Crafts style illustration of an adult 'knight' in a hobby horse. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight staining to the fore-edges of the preliminary leaves, and in worn wraps.
F. W. Pomeroy [ Frederick William Pomeroy ] (1856-1924), English sculptor responsible for statue of 'Justice' on the Old Bailey [ Douglas Sladen (1856-1947), author and academic ]
On letterhead of 14 Kensington Square, W.8 [ London ]. 7 June 1921.
2pp., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and with slight smuding at head of first page. There is nothing he should have liked more than to accept Sladen's invitation to 'what will be a delightful Gathering, at your house at Richmond on the 9th.', but he has a previous engagement. 'Some other time, if you extend the hand of friendship in this charming way I shall be delighted to come and see you.'
F. T. Bullen [ Frank Thomas Bullen ] (1857-1915), British maritime author and novelist
On letterhead of 89 Barry Road, S.E. [ London ] 25 September [no year].
1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor traces of labels from mounting at head and foot. Having 'just returned from rather a long trip to the Mediterranean and found much arrears of correspondence' he can't write to Carr fully, but suggests that he call on him one day that week. 'I do not promise that I will do anything to swell Messrs Cassells bank a/c - I am rather displeased with them.' Carr's reputation was made by his 'Cruise of the Cachalot' (1898), a semi-autobiographical account of a whaling expedition.
F. H. Rose, Amalgamated Society of Engineers [ Frank Herbert Rose (1857-1928) ]
London: Hayman, Christy & Lilly, Ltd. 1918.
8pp., 8vo. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Begins: 'This address is a call from the work bench. The writer is not a paid official of the State or the Trade Union, and has no ambition or intention to become either.' In the author's view 'the disconcerting truth is that, particularly during the past twelve months, production per head has dwindled, and energy has relaxed far beyond the limits assignable to physical weariness or even mental apathy'.
'George Franklin | The World's Worst Wizard' [ F. Spence ] and 'original cod prestidigitateur'
On his letterhead, with autograph address Green Gates, 55 Corton Road, Lowestoft [ Suffolk ]. 16 September 1948.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and creased. The letterhead, in orange and blue, boasts that Franklin is 'The World's Worst Wizard', and is headed 'Too Tuubes [sic] | The original cod prestidigitateur with a new act which is packed with crazy comedy and clean fun'. He asks him to send 'Stevenson Toy Theatre Book', and asks if he has 'any books on Marionette & string Puppets'.
F. E. Farley [ Frank Edgar Farley (b.1868); British Film Institute, London ]
The British Film Institute, 164 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W.C.2, England. [ 1947 or 1948 ]
7 + pp., 8vo. Stapled. In good condition, with lightly-rusted staples. Delivered on 1 December 1947. Introduction reads: 'The Governors of the British Film Institute feel that the contents of the following lecture of sufficient interest to justify their presentation to a wider audience. It should be noted, however, that the opinions expressed by Mr. Farley are not necessarily in agreement with the policy of the Bristol Film Institute.' Only three copies on COPAC and now scarce.
'Len Webkin and Christine | The Gorgeous Clown and His Lovely Lady' [ Leonard F. Webkin ]
60 Killick Street, Caledonian Road, King's Cross, N1. 8 July 1946. On his letterhead, with photograph.
1p., 4to. On shiny art paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with one dogeared corner. On letterhead which covers half of the page, with photograph of the pair, and text in red and black ('Presenting Comdey Cartoons and "Fashions from Rags" Dress Designing Extraordinary! Two or Three Entirely Different Comdey Spots if required introducing Monologues, Conjuring Numbers, etc. Evening Dress when required. | Special Clowning and Conjuring Act for the Children. | Road Show, Production, Panto, Variety or C.P.' The letter offers for sale 'a lot of old John Dick's "Penny" Plays'.
[ Karl Friedrich Nebenius (1784-1857), Baden minister and author of the 1818 constitution ] [ F. G. Levrault, Strasburg printer ]
Paris, Chez les marchands de nouveautés. 1822. [ Strasbourg, De l'imprimerie de F. G. Levrault.]
viii + 69 + pp., 8vo. In original grey wraps, uncut. A good copy, lightly aged and foxed. Accompanied by a slip carrying an entry for this item from a printed catalogue, including: 'Not in Goldsmiths; Kress C.930 recording the German edition only.' No copy on COPAC, WorldCat or Bibliotheque Nationale.
A. G. Morris [ Arthur Morris ] and G. F. Norton [ Percy Nash [ Percy Cromwell Nash ] (1869-1958), pioneering British film director; King Edward VIII; Abdication, 1936; Compton Mackenzie, novelist ]
The play undated, and 'the property of A. G. MORRIS Eastquantoxhead, near Bridgwater, Somerset'. Morris's letter on letterhead of East Quantoxhead Rectory, 21 March 1939.
PLAY: 108pp., 4to. On rectos only. Attached with green ribbon in card folder. Information about characters given in manuscript. In fair condition, on aged paper, in aged and worn folder. LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. Signed 'Arthur Morris'. On aged and creased paper. Presumably referring to his collaborator, he begins the letter: 'Fred writes to say that you have a friend, who might be interested in our Play. It is kind of you to bother. I still believe in the poor old play, but we had a nasty shock when Edward abdicated!
F. Britten Austin [ Frederick Britten Austin ] (1885-1941) [ Percy Burton, theatrical agent and motion picture pioneer; Arthur Bourchier; Helen Maud Holt (1863-1937) [ Mrs Beerbohm Tree; Lady Tree ] ]
F. Britten Austin, Northgate House, Bishops Stortford, Herts. Undated [ circa 1921 ].
126pp., 4to. (Act 1 has 55pp. and Act 3 has 71pp.) Each act bound in grey card covers. Worn and aged, with the remains of the purple ribbon used to bind the leaves into their covers. A heavily reworked typescript. As is customary, the typed text of the play is on the rectos only, but leaves with additional typed and manuscript (presumably autograph) text have been inserted. Numerous manuscript additions and deletions to the text on the rectos, with additional typed passages on pieces of paper laid down onto the facing versos, which also carry further manuscript changes.
F. Kornman, Book and Printseller, 168 High Holborn, London, W.C.
On sale by F. Kornman, Book and Printseller, 168 High Holborn, London, W.C. (Nearly opposite the end of Drury Lane.) No. 9. 1888.
8pp., 12mo. Stapled. Heavily aged and worn. A trim little catalogue, with 158 books described on the first seven pages, and the last page devoted to prints. Beneath the drophead title: 'Post Office Orders to be made payable at High Holborn. | No books or prints sent on approval.
F. S. Boas [ Frederick Samuel Boas (1862-1957) ], English literary critic and scholar of the drama [ Leopold Edward Berman (1877-1946), proprietor of the Royalty Theatre, Lonndon ]
On letterhead of The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, S.W.1. [ London ]. 26 February 1932.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. In stamped envelope addressed to Boas at the Royalty Theatre, Dean Street. He thanks Berman for drawing his attention to the two versions of the play, adding: 'I feel that in this Goethe Centenary year, when the Urfaust is so rightly being performed, some English manager should put Marlowe's play on the stage for a few performances.'
F. J. Steward, publisher with New English Library and Science Fiction conference organiser [ Don Malcolm, Scottish science fiction expert; Glasgow, Scotland ]
Letter from 67 Abbey House, Abbey Road, London NW8. 11 July 1977.
Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter is 2pp., 4to, and is written in a playful tone. Escaping the accompanying spoof Steward writes: 'Your remark that Glasgow was as alien to you as Mars got me thinking along the lines of the attached headline . . . . . It would be a good idea for a story if it hadnt been done about three thousand times already (See Robert Bloch (Report on Sol III) and others).
Lawrence B. Phillips, F.R.A.S. Lithographed by F. G. Netherclift.
London: Robert Hardwicke, 192, Piccadilly. 1866. [ Letterpress printed by W. J. Perry, 22, Cursitor Street, London. ]
iv + 37 +  + 234pp., 4to. In grey cloth binding, gilt. All edges gilt. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in worn binding with rear spine shoulder splitting. The title continues: 'Designed for the use of Librarians, Autograph Collectors, Literary Men, and as a Work of General Interest. With Biographical Notices, and Occasional Translations.' The letterpress consists of a title leaf; and a two-page preface followed by a 'Biographical Index' of 37pp., and a page of errata and addenda.
Henry F. Sewall (1816-1896), New York merchant and print and book collector [ Bangs & Co., New York auctioneers; William Shakespear, First Folio, 1623 ]
New York: Bangs & Co., 91 & 93 Fifth Avenue. Dates of sale: 9-13 November 1896 (Part I), 30 November and 1 and 2 December 1896 (Part II), and 18 to 22 January 1897.
376pp., 8vo. Uniformly printed and continuously paginated. Part I:  + 1-124. Part II;  + 125-251. Part II: 253-376. All three parts in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with rusted staples. in remains of printed wraps. A total of 4240 lots, priced throughout in the margins. The full title gives a good indication of the nature of the collection: 'Catalogue of the Large and Valuable Library of the late Henry F.
[ Benjamin Franklin Stevens (1833-1902) of Vermont, American bookseller in London ]
Without place [ B. F. Stevens, 4 Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London ] or date [ 1887 ].
18 + pp., 8vo. In red cloth half-binding, with brown marbled boards. Stamp of the Royal Historical Society on endpaper, and pencil shelfmarks. In fair condition, aged and worn. A curious production. The intent of the author (certainly Stevens) is to facilitate 'definite and permanent organisation', by his 'preparation of an Index of all the documents of American concern in private or public Archives of Great Britain, Holland, France and Spain that accumulated between the years 1763 and 1783'.
F. Bulkeley Hughes, Editor, 'The Comrade, The Official Organ of the Comrades of the Great War for Liverpool and West Lancashire'.
'Published Monthly at 35 Church Street Liverpool.' [1919.]
On one side of a piece of 10 x 20 cm paper. In fair condition, lightly aged, with a little water spotting. An attractive item, laid out like a traditional cheque, with lower panel coloured in pink. Box to left reads: 'The Comrade | The Official Organ of The Comrades of the Great War | for Liverpool and West Lancashire | Published Monthly at 35 Church Street Liverpool. | Subscription Rate 5/- a year, post free | Single copies <?> | Advertising Rates on application | F. Bulkeley Hughes, Editor.' The cheque proper reads: 'No. A1000 Liverpool - 19 | To Any Advertiser in "The Comrade" in 1919.
[ Colonel S. F. Cody [ Samuel Franklin Cody; Samuel Franklin Cowdery ] (1867-1913), American aviator and showman; Native American 'Indian Chief' ]
Place, publication details and date not stated [circa 1910?].
9 x 14 cm black and white postcard. In frail condition, aged, worn and chipped, with near-vertical central crease repaired on reverse with archival tape. Removed from album, and with traces of newsprint adhering to the reverse. The caption scratched into the plate and appearing in small white capitals at the foot of the image. Shows Cody in near-profile, seated at the controls of a biplane which is pointing to the left of the image, with a Native American in robes and headdress seated to his right. The central part of the plane is shown, with woodland behind it.
F. G. Kitton [Frederic George Kitton] (1856-1904), English artist and writer, an authority on Charles Dickens, Shakespeare and Francis Bacon
St Albans, England. 20 March 1899.
1p., on 11 x 9 cm card. Addressed on reverse 'To the Editor of The Book Buyer | c/o Messrs. C. Scribner's Sons | New York City | U.S.A.' With two postmarks. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and postage stamp removed. Since posting a letter on the previous day, he has 'discovered another article satirising the Bacon-Shakespeare theory', as with the one 'in Macmillan', anonymous. It is titled 'Who wrote Dickens's Novels?', and appeared in the Cornhill Magazine, August 1888. 'The author humorously endeavours to prove that Gladstone wrote them!!'
J. F. D. Shrewsbury [John Findlay Drew Shrewsbury] (1898-1971), Professor of Bacteriology, University of Birmingham
Cottage Farm, Pinley Green, Claverdon, Warwickshire. 29 December 1962.
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for his reply to his 'plea for assistance in connexion with the possible publication by a foreign press of my history of Plague'. He had 'no intention' in writing 'of soliciting any financial aid from the Society, because any such solicitation would have been an impertinence on my part.' He would need £20,000 to have the book 'privately printed by one of the smaller English presses, such as Messrs.