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[Edward Gibbon, author of 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'.] Autograph Note of Latin literary reference, written on the back of a playing card.

Author: 
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), author of 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£400.00

An unusual relic of one of the world's greatest historians. Written on the back of a lightly-waxed 5.5 x 8.5 cm playing card (three of hearts). In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight oil stain to one edge, and stub from mount adhering. Written in Gibbon's elegant hand over three lines: 'Theocritus. - Bucolica in Analect. Graec. Poet. Brunck. Tom i'. Beneath this, in a nineteenth-century hand: 'Gibbons hand-writing'.

[ Baron Sheffield, Gibbon's friend ] Autograph Letter Signed "Sheffield" to an unnamed correspondent, about a work on an agricultural subject. he has been sent.

Author: 
Baron Sheffield [ John Baker Holroyd ], 1st Earl of Sheffield (1735–1821)[1], politician, agriculturalist, close friend and literary executor of Edward Gibbon
Publication details: 
Portland Place, 25 June 1810.
£150.00

One page (with part of bifolium leaf), 12mo, sl. water-stained, fold marks, small closed tear on central tear, text clear and complete, as follows: "I delayed thanking you for your attention in sending me your work which I am satisfied I shall find highly valuable [elision of word] but I have not received it from the Board of Agriculture.. I shall laways be happy to hear from you - I have ordered enquiry to be made at the Board of Agriculture for your work.

Four original sepia studio photographs of Gladstone, and one of his wife. With photographic reproduction of an optical illusion caricature.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British Liberal Prime Minister; his wife Catherine Gladstone [nee Glynn] (1812-1900) [Thomas Fall; Samuel Alexander Walker]
Publication details: 
None dated [but one from 1881]. The photograph of Mrs Gladstone by the London Stereoscopic Company; photographs of Gladstone by T. Fall, 9 & 10 Baker Street, London, and Samuel A. Walker, 230 Regent Street, London. [The other two unattributed.]
£450.00

ITEM ONE: Photograph of Gladstone, 14 x 10 cm, by Thomas Fall (1833-1900). In very good condition, laid down on the photographer's worn printed card, 16.5 x 11 cm. Showing Gladstone seated outdoors, with his grandson on his knee. NPG x22229 (the entry for which describes it as a 'carbon cabinet card', taken on 14 September 1881). ITEM TWO: Photograph of Gladstone, 14.5 x 10 cm, by Samuel Alexander Walker (1841-1922). Laid down on the photographer's printed card ('Portraits "At Home" A new Application of Photography introduced by Samuel A. Walker'), 16.5 x 11 cm.

A Detail of the Wonderful Revolution at Paris; Or, An Exact Narrative of All that passed in the Capital of France, particularly the Siege and Capture of the Bastille, from the 11th of July, 1789, to the 23d of the same Month.

Author: 
M. D** C** [i.e. Monsieur de Courtive] [translated by 'S. M.'] [James Ridgway, London publisher; the fall of the Bastille, 1789]
Publication details: 
London: Printed for James Ridgway, No. I, York Street, St. James's Square. 1789.
£450.00

8vo: [iv] + 48 pp. Stabbed as issued. In modern brown paper wraps. Good, on lightly aged paper. Beneath the author's name on title-page: 'Dedicated to the District of PETIT ST.

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