FACSIMILE

[ Facsimile Biographical Letter ] Typed Letter Signed (in facsimile), Jack London to publishers, Houghton Mifflin

Author: 
Jack London, novelist
Publication details: 
"31 Jan. 1900" [ "First Edition", 1938 ]
£800.00

Four pages, folio, stapled top left, fold marks, some ink stained finger marks (perhaps also in facsimile?) on final page. A letter by which the author introduces himself and his life in technicolour detail, he winds up, "Am healthy, love exercise, and take little. Shall pay the penalty some day." Notes: A. " As advance publicity [for Stone's "Sailor on Horseback"] the publishers issued a four -page facsimile of a typed Jack London letter dated Oakland California, Jan. 31, 1900. The letter is addressed to Houghton ..." (American First Editions). B.

[ Edward Mason Wrench, British Army surgeon. ] Cyclostyled facsimile letter (with facsimile signature 'Ed M Wrench') describing a visit to 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show', with two illustrations, intended for distribution amongst his family.

Author: 
Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912), MVO, FRCS, of Baslow, Derbyshire, Assistant Surgeon 34th Regiment of Foot [ 'Buffalo Bill', i.e. William Frederick Cody (1846-1917), American scout and showman ]
Publication details: 
Baslow [ Derbyshire ]. 24 July 1887.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Printed on one side of a piece of 21 x 26.5 cm paper, with central vertical fold dividing the pages. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'My dear Children'. He begins by describing his attendance at the laying by Prince Albert Victor of 'the first stone of the New Bancroft Schools at Woodford', with lunch by the Drapers' Company. He soon changes tack: 'On the 14 I visited Buffalo Bills Wild West Show and you will I dare say like to hear what I saw there, better than what we did at Woodford.' He notes that he was 'mightily taken with the reality of the show.

[ Printed volume with 234 pages of lithographed facsimiles. ] The Autographic Album. A Collection of Four Hundred and Seventy Fac-Similes of Holograph Writings of Royal, Noble, and Distinguished Men and Women, of various Nations.

Author: 
Lawrence B. Phillips, F.R.A.S. Lithographed by F. G. Netherclift.
Publication details: 
London: Robert Hardwicke, 192, Piccadilly. 1866. [ Letterpress printed by W. J. Perry, 22, Cursitor Street, London. ]
£180.00

iv + 37 + [1] + 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.

[Sir Francis Baring and H. L. Wickham.] Printed transcript of letter from Baring to Wickham, as Chairman of a 'Committee of Secrecy', inquiring into 'the recent Commercial distress', with a Wickham letter to the Bank of Scotland, signed by him.

Author: 
Sir Francis Baring [Francis Thornhill Baring, 1st Baron Northbrook] (1796-1866), Whig politician; Henry Lewis Wickham, Chairman of the Board of Stamps & Taxes; The Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh
Publication details: 
Baring's Letter: Stratton, 28 December 1847. Wickham's Letter: Stamps & Taxes, London, 3 January 1848.
£280.00

Both items are uniform in appearance, each 3pp., foolscap 8vo, with the texts printed in copperplate from engraved plates. Both in fair condition, on aged paper, and with loss along the spine where the two have been disbound. The reason for the printing of the two documents, as is clear from the text, is for their circulation to various banks. Baring's Letter: Facsimile signature reads '(signed) F. T. Baring', and is uniform with the copperplate text. The reason for the printing of the letter is for copies to be enclosed with Wickham's.

Sammlung historisch-beruehmter Autographen, oder Facsimile's von Handschriften ausgezeichneter Personen alter und neuer Zeit.

Author: 
Ad. Becher [German autograph collecting; autographs; facsimiles]
Publication details: 
Erste Serie. [all published] Stuttgart: Ad. Becher's Verlag. 1846.
£60.00

Quarto. Not paginated, but consisting of around 240 leaves containing approximately 280 numbered and well-executed facsimiles. In original brown cloth decorative binding. On aged paper in worn binding, with front board detached with first seven leaves. No letterpress, apart from title and alphabetical index. Apparently published in England under the title 'A Collection of three hundred Autograph Letters of Celebrated Individuals of all Nations, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. [...]'. COPAC only lists a copy at Aberdeen.

Prospectus and list of subscribers to ''The National Shakespeare. A Fac-simile of the Text of the First Folio of 1623. Illustrated by Sir J. Noel Paton, R.S.A.' [With Autograph Note by the editor Clarke.]

Author: 
A. Clarke [Anthony Clarke, ne Anthony Jacques Cheeper (1837-1918); Sir J. Noel Paton; the National Shakespeare; Bacon Controversy]
Publication details: 
August 1894. William Mackenzie, 69 Ludgate Hill, Edinburgh and Dublin.
£200.00

Clarke is a forgotten Shakespeare editor, there being no reference to him (nor any copy of this item) on the COPAC or the Folger online catalogue. A bankrupt and bigamist (he was 'married' five times), he fathered 33 or 34 children, and worked in the booktrade as a commerical traveller and entrepreneur. 4to, 10 pp. One central horizontal fold. Fair, on lightly-aged paper with a little marking to the outer pages. Date in type at end of list of subscribers, 'AUGUST, 1894.', followed by a short note by 'A.

To Mr. Law. ['One of thirty copies reprinted from the original edition in the Library of Worcester College, Oxford.']

Author: 
Allan Ramsay. [Worcester College, Oxford; Oxford University Press; John Law; South Sea Bubble]
Publication details: 
[1924.] [With facsimile of title of the original anonymous Edinburgh edition of 1720.]
£125.00

Folio pamphlet: 8 pp. In brown wraps with 'TO MR. LAW. BY ALLAN RAMSAY.' on the front wrap and the publication details on its reverse. On aged and lightly-creased paper, in worn, creased wraps. Nicely printed, with the long s, at the University Press. Originally published anonymously in 1720. Facsimile of title ('EDINBURGH: Printed for the AUTHOR at the Mercury, opposite to Niddrey's-Wynd, MDCCXX.'). A scarce (unattributed) Oxford University Press item: of the thirty copies COPAC lists four: at the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge and the National Library of Scotland.

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