[ Thomas Gibson Bowles (1841-1922), grandfather of the six Mitford sisters (Diana, Jessica, Unity, Nancy, Deborah and Pamela), daughters of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale ]
Doune, Scotland; One captioned 1907. Another (of Nancy Mitford) c.1904.
Nine original black and white photographs, ranging in size from 8.5 x 13.5 cm to 7 x 4.5 cm. All in good condition, lightly-aged, and each laid down on a piece of card cut from leaves of an album, the card carrying manuscript captions. One of the photographs, captioned 'Father, on the Hoyden', is of a middle-aged Thomas Gibson Bowles in nautical attire, at the wheel of his yacht. The caption gives a clue to the provenance of the album. His daughter Sydney (1880-1963) – the future Lady Redesdale – features in four of the photographs as 'Honble.
[ Dering family; British and European porcelain; ceramics; Duveen; Litchfield; Liverpool; Sir Edward Dering (1732-1798), 6th Bt ]
Stationer's stamp of 'JAS. HEMMIN, LIVERPOOL' Entries dating from between 1882 and 1943.
133pp., 12mo. Two leaves of notes inserted, including one headed 'For identification'. In red leather notebook, with covers ruled in gilt. Internally in fair condition, on aged paper, in worn binding damaged at head of spine. A detailed record of an extensive and impressive collection, assembled with great care and discernment, with an indication that this catalogue was intended to provide the material for a more formal one.
Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (1792-1849), Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and of Hanover, consort of King William IV
The two account books are dated April 1844 to 1845; April 1847 to 1848.
The two volumes folio, 20 pp, and folio, 18 pp. Both in the same neat hand and in uniform original bindings of green boards, with green cloth spines and white decoratively-cut paper labels on front covers, each carrying a description of the contents addressed to 'Königin Adelheid von Großbritannien'. The first account book (1844-1845) has part of the second leaf (pp.2-3) torn away; and the second (1847-1848) is lacking the fourth leaf (pp.9-10).
S. C. Pinney, American authority on George Washington Genealogy.
Large archive of material relating to the English branch of the Washington family, assembled by American authority S. C. Pinney, comprising manuscripts, typescripts, printed extracts and offprints, photographic and other illustration, and a small batch of letters to Pinney from the English Washington expert Thomas Pape. The collection in good condition, with no more than a handful of items aged or worn. Containing a mass of obscure and difficult to obtain material, from English and American sources, mostly dating from the first two decades of the twentieth century.A. Manuscript material: ONE.
Major Richard Anthony Burnett (1918-1998), the son of Colonel R. P. Burnett, D.S.O., M.C., began his army career in 1938 by joining his father's regiment, the York and Lancaster, with which he served in Crete during the Second World War. In the period covered by this correspondence (1950-1951) he was on a tour of duty in the Far East, serving in the 2nd Battalion, The Malay Regiment. He had previously (in 1948) married Angela Buckler, elder daughter of Captain C. C. Buckler, M.Inst.C.E., late R.M.E., and with her fathered a daughter, Anyta.
Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge [ George William Frederick Charles ] (1819-1904), grandson of George III; cousin of Queen Victoria [ Alfred Montgomery (1814-96), Commissioner for Inland Revenue ]
On letterhead of Gloucester House, Park Lane, W. [ London ] 30 December 1893.
1p. 12mo. On grubby and creased paper, with rust mark from paperclip. Reads: 'My dear Alfred Montgomery | Thank's [sic] for yours received this morning. I have a vacant place at my dinner table for Monday next New Years day, so I hope to see you here at 8 o'clock and personally to wish you every sort of blessing for the coming Year. I remain | Yours most sincerely, | George.'
[ Edwardian British and European Royalty, postcards ] [ King Edward VIII; Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia ]
Publishers include Rotary Photos, London, and Beagles Postcards. A few with postmarked dates between 1906 and 1911.
The eighty postcards are housed in two uniform 4to albums, each of ten leaves, with decorative red card covers. All postcards in good condition, in worn album. Most of the postcards are unused, but a few have been sent to a child named Eleanor M. Lampard (i.e. Eleanor Mary Lampard, born Richmond, Surrey, 1903), at a variety of addresses, from family members helping her to build up the collection. All photographs are in black and white except for one 'Portrait Bas-Relief Card' of Edward VII by W. S.
Princess Helena [ Helena Augusta Victoria; Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein by marriage ] (1846-1923), daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
On letterhead of Clouds, Salisbury. 8 April 1891.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. She agrees to give her 'name as Patroness' to Mrs Lowther's 'theatricals', but 'cannot promise to be present at them as I have so very many engagements in May'. She concludes by noting the weather: 'glorious sunshine & cloudless blue sky'.
H. Leigh [ Miss Mary Leigh; New Hummums Coffeehouse, Covent Garden, London ]
'New Hummums [ the New Hummums Coffee House, Covent Garden, London ] | Friday night | 1/2 past 11'. Postmark of 18 February 1834.
4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with seal in black wax and two postmarks. Addressed to 'Miss Mary Leigh | 3 | Blandford Square | Regents Park'. The letter is addressed to 'My dearest soul', and begins: 'I am now, as I have been so many hundreds of times, without profiting by the experience, bitterly suffering for my excitement and agitation.
'R. B.' [ Richard Bentley (1854-1936), grandson of the London publisher of the same name (1794-1871) ]
Privately printed in 1896.
viii + 184pp., 8vo. With three plates and eight illustrations in text. In sturdy red-cloth binding, with bevelled edges, the Bentley monogram blindstamped on cover, and 'BENTLEY | FAMILY NOTES' in gilt on spine. The volume contains genealogical and biographical information regarding a number of Bentleys, from Admiral Sir John Bentley to Rev. Peter George Bentley, of Ffelton [sic] Grange, near Oswestry to publishers, Richard I and George. In an introductory note (by 'R. B.
Banister Halsted (1753-1798) [ Charles Byrne (1761-1783), 'the Irish Giant'; the O'Brian [ O'Brien, Byrne ] family in Ireland ]
Undated [ late eighteenth-century? ]
1p., 4to. On leaf of cream paper laid down on leaf of lilac paper removed from an album. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. At bottom right: 'Banister Halsted scripsit'. Twenty-line poem, attractively arranged beneath calligraphic title within irregular border. No reference to the poem has been found, and it appears to be unpublished. It begins: 'Noble O'Brian majestic is thy Mien | Thy Manner's graceful and thy Mind's serene | Content sits smiling on thy placid Brow | And from thy Lips the well form'd Accents flow | Thy mild Address the British Fair admires [...]'.
T. D. Clarke [ Tom Clarke ], Licensee and Manager, The Argyle Theatre, Birkenhead [ the Wirral; Merseyside; music hall; W. Macqueen-Pope [ Walter James Macqueen-Pope ] (1888-1960), theatre historian ]
On illustrated letterhead of the Argyle Theatre, Birkenhead. 28 July 1945.
The Clarke family ran the Argyle for fifty years from 1890 to 1940, during which period it was one of the best-known provincial theatres. It opened as the Argyle Music Hall in 1868, and between 1876 and 1890 was named the Prince Of Wales Theatre, being used mainly to stage plays. In 1890 the focus returned to music hall and variety and it was renamed the Argyle Theatre. Its archives are in the University of Sheffield. 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, somehwhat grubby and creased at foot of leaf.
Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-1884), eighth child and youngest son of Queen Victoria
Without place or date.
On 6 x 12 cm. piece of paper cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, laid down on leaf removed from an album, and carrying traces of glue from the mounting. Good firm signature, with distinctive 'overlining' with horizontal stroke. Reads 'shd. be very grateful. | Yrs very truly | Leopld'.
Connie Christie [ Constance Mary Charlotte Christie ] (1908-1989), Australian children's writer and illustrator [ Marcus Adams (1875-1959)), children's photographer patronised by British royalty ]
9 Millah Road, Balwyn, Victoria, Australia, on her illustrated letterhead. Undated.
1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Letterhead in brown and black, with childlike self-portrait with dripping pallette. She is enclosing 'a few of my small picture books', thinking that they 'would be entertaining in a waiting room' Adams was Britain's foremost children's photographer, patronised by the Royal Family, and was famed for his Dover Street studio disguised as a children's playroom, complete with toys. From the Adams family archive.
E. R. Dibdin [ Edward Rimbault Vere Dibdin ] (1853-1941), art critic [ Sarah Palmer [ born Woods ] (1797-1886) of Southwold, Suffolk ]
Dated (in another hand?) '1884'.
The sketch is on a 12mo page, torn from a notebook. In good condition, lightly aged. Mounted in makeshift 4to bifolium paper folder. The drawing, in grey pencil, is a capable one, showing the left profile of a bespectacled old lady in a bonnet, with Dibdin's signature at bottom right. Beneath this, perhaps in another hand is 'Mrs S. Palmer Fixed'. Beneath the leaf, on the mount, in ink, is '1884.' A note in the same hand, on the outside of the folder, reads: 'Mrs Sarah Palmer, m.s. Woods, born 26 Septr 1797. at Southwold. Died at Edinburgh 9 June 1886'.
[ The Vestris Family, dancers on the London stage; Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden ]
On letterhead of the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden. 6 June 1866.
1p., landscape 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads, with manuscript text in square brackets: 'Royal Italian Opera, | Covent Garden. | [Madle Vestris] | Londres, [Le 6 Juin] 18. | Recu de M. Gye la somme de [£40 - -] | [G Vestris | B.V, | £[40 : - : -']'.
King William IV of the United Kingdom and Ireland (1765-1837)
From 'Public Supply Service' document. Undated.
On one side of 23.5 x 10 cm. piece of laid paper. In fair condition, aged and folded. The signature is bold and firm, measuring roughly 3 x 17 cm. Above the signature, in another hand, is 'Royal Order.', and beneath, in the same hand 'Public Supply Service'. The 'y' of 'Royal' overlaps slightly with the flourish of the 'R' from the royal signature.
Pierre, Duc de Penthièvre [ Pierre Philippe Jean Marie d'Orléans ] (1845-1919), member of the French and Brazilian royal families and traveller
'<Peian?> - Ajaccio; Thursday 3 p.m.' [ no date ]
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'My dear Sir, | Only one Word to let you know how deeply I feel your untimely loss and to ask you to be by Mrs. Lewis, her daughter and all your people the interpreter of all my sincerest sentiments of regret. | Yrs. truly | Duke de Penthièvre'.
Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, Moorfields, London publishers known for their postcards [ Gustave Tuck; Sir Reginald Tuck; Marcus Adams (1875-1959), royal photographer; Bertram Park (1883-1972) ]
All nine on letterhead of 'Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ld., Raphael House, Moorfields, London, E.C.2. Dating from between 1928 and 1935.
11pp., 4to. Five are signed by Gustave Tuck, three by Desmond A. Tuck and one by Sir Reginald Tuck (the three men being named on the letterhead, together with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as the company's directors). Four are addressed to Adams personally, four to his firm (with one for the attention of 'Miss Dorothy Clarke'), and one to Bertram Adams, another royal photographer, with whom Adams shared premises at 43 Dover Street, Mayfair. The ornate letterhead, printed in brown, carries royal warrants and an engraving of Raphael House. On aged and worn paper, with slight damp staining.
Louis Edmund Hall (b.1863); Rev. Reginald Hall Grubbe (b.1862) [ Dr George William Hall (1770-1843), Master of Pembroke College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor ]
'These books were recevied by the above R. H. G. in March & June 1926.'
49pp. In 4to notebook with red cloth spine and black cloth boards. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in aged and worn covers. An alphabetical list, with entries covering two facing pages, divided into three columns: 'Name of Book', 'Description' and 'How disposed of'. Almost all the entries in the last column are 'H[enr]y Hall', but one item is recorded as being 'Sent to Julia Hall'. The serious library of an educated Englishman, with almost no fiction present. Nearly all the books date from the period 1770-1900, although 'Gloucestershire Visitation of 1623' is also present.
Oranmore and Browne, Irish baronetcy [ Frederick Arthur Crisp (1851-1922), FSA, genealogist ]
In printed folder ('Visitation of England and Wales') for Frederick Arthur Crisp, F.S.A., "Grove Park Press," 270 Walworth Road, London, S.E.
The pedigree is written out by Crisp on one side of a 37 x 95 cm piece of paper, folded twice into a 37 x 23.5 cm packet, printed on the front of which is: 'Visitation of England and Wales. | DRAFT PEDIGREE. | Please return to Frederick Arthur Crisp, F.S.A., "Grove Park Press," 270 Walworth Road, London, S.E.' The same address is embossed at the head. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. In manuscript in top right-hand corner of cover is 'Oranmore & Browne, B.', underlined in red. Dated 1905 on cover, but with latest entry for 1918.
Murdoch's Family Bible and Standard Works Warehouse [ Henry Dodd, Manager of the branch in Aston, Birmingham; National Fine Art Association, London ]
On letterhead of the branch in Aston, Birmingham, of Murdoch's Family Bible and Standard Works Warehouse. 17 December 1880.
1p., 4to. On pink paper. In fair condition, lightly aged, worn and creased. With Dodd's personal oval stamp in purple ink. Reads: 'Mr J Gulliver | Sir | Will you kindly forward to me at the above the subscription on Bible you had of us in September | In so doing you will save the expences of sending a man'
Theo Aronson (1929-2003), South African biographer of the British royal family [ Cecil Rhodes; Princess Catherine Radziwill ]
Handled by South African literary agent Margery Vosper Ltd. for 'Theo Aronson, Gum Tree Cottage, Teubes Road, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa.' Undated [1960s?].
 + 81pp., 8vo. The four pages 50-53 have been deleted in pencil, and a new version, on four pages also paginated 50-53, has been loosely inserted. Duplicated typescript, on 85 leaves, stapled together. In fair condition, aged and worn, with minor damp staining at head. 'No. 22' in red ink at head of cover. The play is said to be 'based on fact; on an actual historical situation', and is 'set in Cape Town and London between July 1899 and March 1992'. Aaronson was the author of 23 books on royal subjects. The present title is not to be found on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.
Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917), FRS, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University, 1873-1917
Cambridge. 10 and 21 September and 25 December 1899. 2 and 12 and 20 January 1900.
Thomas McKenny Hughes was the son of Rev. Joshua Hughes and his wife Margaret, daughter and of Sir Thomas McKenny, Lord Mayor of Dublin. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1853 (B.A., 1857), and joined the Geological Survey in 1861. He was Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University, 1873-1917, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1889. He was the prime mover behind the creation of the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge. In November 1882 he married Mary Caroline Weston, daughter of Canon G. F. Weston.
J. Eustace Grubbe [ John Eustace Grubbe ] (1816-1899), Mayor of Southwold, Suffolk
Without place [Southwold?]. 1891 or later.
Crisply printed on one side of piece of 39.5 x 58 cm laid paper, with the family crest pritned beneath the title, and facsimile signature of 'J. Eustace Grubbe' in the bottom right-hand corner. In very good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Extending to five generations, begining with John Grubb (1751-1812) of Horsendon House, Bucks, and his wife Mary. Entries contain biographical information, with the author's own entry reading: 'John Eustace Grubbe, M.A., Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, J.P.
"Published as the Act directs March 10th 1810 by E. Chapple No.66 Pall Mall.
Circa 14 x 22cm, faintly stained, laid down on larger card, good condition. A bold signature. Note: Mrs Clarke, as she was known, had been the mistress of Frederick, duke of York, and had used her influence with him to obtain preferment and promotion for those in her large circle for a consideration. After her estrangement from the duke and his resignation as commander-in-chief she became involved in a number of libel actions and was for a time imprisoned.
Sheena Lilian Grant Kendall (1883-1974), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, and niece of Margot Asquith [Royal Academy of Music, Munich]
München: Königliche Akademie der Tonkunst [Munich: Royal Academy of Music.] Between 20 September 1904 and 2 March 1908.
The present diaries paint a vivid and evocative picture of four 'seasons' of study at the Royal Academy of Music, Munich, by an intelligent, articulate, talented and ambitious female student, from a privileged Scottish background, and present an informative account of the musical milieu in Munich at the turn of the twentieth century, with assessments of various notable musical figures including Edvard Grieg, Ferruccio Busoni, Felix Weingartner, Joseph Joachim, Théophile Ysaÿe, Édouard Risler, Emil von Sauer, Aleksandr Abramovich Pechnikov, George Liebling, Frederic Lamond, Teresa Carreño, Bert
English quaker philanthropist, son of Joseph Rowntree and author of 'Poverty, A Study of Town Life' (1901). Signed 'B S Rowntree' beneath typed 'Yours sincerely,'. Docketed in pencil in another hand, "B.S. Rowntree (chocolate)".. Fragment of around one inch by three inches.
Edward Moore Kennedy [Ted Kennedy] (1932-2009), American Democratic politician, brother of President John FitzGerald Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy
Dated by Kennedy to 1983.
23 x 20.5 cm colour print of publicity photograph of a smiling formally-dressed Kennedy, arms crossed before him, on 28 x 21.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn at the edges. Inscribed in blue pen, beneath the image: 'To Karen - | My best | Ted Kennedy | '83'. The year is written within the loop of the 'y' of Kennedy's signature.
Thomas Townend & Co, Hatters to the Royal Family, 16 and 18 Lime St., London, E.C., established 1778.
Thomas Townend & Co, 16 and 18 Lime St., London, E.C. Undated [Printers: Howard & Jones. Litho. London. Entered at Stationers Hall.] [Edwardian].
12pp., small 4to., on twelve leaves of thick art paper bound with pink ribbon, in blue and brown illustrated chromo-litho covers with flap carrying the royal crest. Internally good, in worn covers repaired with tape. The covers are designed in the distinctive style of the periodThe first eight pages each carry an arrangement of as many as a dozen black and white photographic illustrations of the firm's stock, within a coloured decorative borders (varying from page to page). The last four pages are entirely printed in black. The only text consists of captions to the illustrations.