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[ Jocelyn Fitzgerald Ruthven, master mariner. ] Twenty-five items from his papers: correspondence, vellum certificates, commissions, testimonials, including address signed by 79 passengers on first (maiden) voyage to Australia of SS Orient.

Author: 
Jocelyn Fitzgerald Ruthven [ born Jocelyn Fitzgerald Trotter ] (1849-1943), master mariner in Britain and Australia, Commodore of the Orient Line
Publication details: 
[ Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd. ] England (London, Liverpool and Redhill) and Australia (New South Wales), between 1863 and 1912.
£2,250.00

Ruthven was born in Ireland, the son of Galway landowner Clifford Trotter. He was a master mariner, a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and wrote several nautical manuals. At the time of his retirement as commodore of the Orient Line of ships in 1911, Ruthven had completed forty-five years at sea and thirty years in command of Orient steamers (Orient Steam Navigation Company, Limited – hereafter OSNC).

[ The Irish War of Independence and the Black and Tans. ] Copy of 'The Irish Bulletin', a duplicated typescript, consisting of three pages denouncing the British, headed 'WE ACCUSE - ! | A GOVERNMENT CONVICTED OF LYING, OUTRAGE AND ASSASSINATION.'

Author: 
Desmond FitzGerald (1888-1947), editor, The Irish Bulletin, 1920 [ Irish War of Independence; the Black and Tans; Irish Republic, Department of Propaganda, Dublin ]
Publication details: 
[ Irish Republic, Department of Propaganda, 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin. ] Vol. 3 No. 16. 22 September 1920.
£280.00

3pp., folio. Complete. On three numbered leaves. A frail survival of a historic document, heavily worn and aged, but with the text complete. Consisting of 25 accusations levelled against the British government, each beginning with 'WE ACCUSE'. Each accusation is followed by supporting citations, as the following prefatory note explains: 'The following accusations are solemnly made against the British Government. They are based upon an accumulation of evidence, of the accuracy of which there is no doubt.

[Ted Kennedy, American Democratic politician.] Colour photograph, signed 'Ted Kennedy' and inscribed to 'Karen'.

Author: 
Edward Moore Kennedy [Ted Kennedy] (1932-2009), American Democratic politician, brother of President John FitzGerald Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy
Publication details: 
Dated by Kennedy to 1983.
£80.00

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.

Autograph L:etter Signed to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist

Author: 
J. A. M. de Sanchez, economist.
Publication details: 
22 Old Broad Street, EC, n.d.
£56.00

ALS, on letterhead of 22 Old Broad Street, EC, 2pp., 12mo. Recommending The Great Gatsby, 'the book of which I spoke in the course of your brief discussion of the younger American writers the other evening'.

[Mimeographs or similar] Rusk News Conference Statement. | Following is text of introductory remarks by Mr. Dean Rusk, Secretary of State,[...] Nov. 17, at his Press conference in Washington. With: text of Adlai Stevenson address (described below)

Author: 
[Press Releases (x 2) in Kennedy Era]
Publication details: 
Both Washington, Monday, 20 November 1961
£120.00

a. Dean Rusk, 3pp., folio, unbound as issued. Subjects: taking up Kennedy's remarks in Seattle; Afghanistan; Korea; the Philippines; Berlin; NATO meeting; the Congo; Dominicn Republic/OAS; Cuba, Peru and Columbia; Vietnam (US policy to preserve the Republic Vietnam, the means are being considered). It concludes with the ref. A-17266-AC. B. (attached by staple) Stevenson Address at Fordham University (A Relesase from the UNited States Information Service, American Embassy, London).

[William John Robert Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington] Autograph Letter Signed and two Typed Letters Signed (all three 'Hartington') to L. W. Hodson, discussing Mussolini, Lloyd George, League of Nations, Anglo-Catholics, countryside abuses.

Author: 
William John Robert Cavendish (1917-1944), Marquess of Hartington, son of Duke of Devonshire and husband of J. F. Kennedy's sister [Laurence W. Hodson of Bradbourne Hall, Derbyshire
Publication details: 
First letter on Chatsworth letterhead, 31 January 1922; second on letterhead of 24th Derbyshire Yeomanry, Armoured Car Company, Lubenham Camp, nr Market Harborough, 14 May 1923; third without place, 6 December 1928.
£120.00

All three items in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Third letter in its envelope, addressed to Hodson at Bradbourne Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. ONE: Despite the letterhead written from Italy, as the text shows. 4pp., 12mo. Typed. The 'stress of the election' has delayed his response. 'I am writing now in the train from Naples to Rome and everything I have seen since has helped to convince me that you are right. Mussoline [sic] in this country would be a man after your own heart.

Autograph L:etter Signed to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist

Author: 
J. A. M. de Sanchez, economist.
Publication details: 
22 Old Broad Street, EC, n.d.
£56.00

ALS, on letterhead of 22 Old Broad Street, EC, 2pp., 12mo. Recommending The Great Gatsby, 'the book of which I spoke in the course of your brief discussion of the younger American writers the other evening'.

[Mimeographed pamphlet alleging that Aristotle Onassis was behind the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.] A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File. Credit will go where credit is due after the mess has been cleaned up.

Author: 
[Stephanie Caruana?; Bruce Roberts; The Jesse James Press; assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1963; Aristotle Onassis; conspiracy theories]
Publication details: 
'Printed by the Jesse James Press - London & New York. December 1976.'
£120.00

16pp., foolscap 8vo. Stapled into white printed covers, with 'ransom note' design on front and facsimile on back of letter from the Warren Commission members to the President of the United States, 24 September 1964. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The document ends, under the publication details on the last page: 'Meanwhile back at the peanut farm: A PRESIDENT FOR AMERICA | The difference between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter is one of style and personality. Theirs [sic] policies are remarkably similar. | The Economist Oct.

[coloured comic book] JOHN F. KENNEDY. NEW U.S. PRESIDENT.

Author: 
[John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America]
Coloured comic book. JOHN F. KENNEDY
Publication details: 
[1961, United States Information Service.] Publisher not stated, but item stamped on cover 'With the Compliments of the AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER | 217, avenue Louise | BRUXELLES 5'.
£450.00
Coloured comic book. JOHN F. KENNEDY

4to (25 x 17.5 cm), 16 pages. Stapled. Colour throughout. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting piece of Kennedy ephemera, using the comic-book medium in a serious manner at the beginning of the 'Pop Art' era. Attractively and professionally drawn, and laid out in panels like a Marvel or DC Comic. Giving a positive account of Kennedy's background and political activities (for example his 'forward looking stand on U.S. domestic issues'). Caption to last panel reads 'On January 20, 1961 Kennedy and Johnson were inaugurated President and Vice President for a four year term.

Autograph Letter Signed to Colnaghi, thanking him for an engraving by Easton of his father.

Author: 
James Edward FitzGerald (1819-1886), Assistant Secretary, The British Museum, and later a New Zealand politician [Dominic Colnaghi (1790-1879); Paul Colnaghi (1751-1833); Reginald Easton]
Publication details: 
12 August 1848; British Museum.
£38.00

Folio, 1 page. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with an edge of the blank reverse bearing a small strip of the grey mount. A formal letter, attractively presented. He is 'directed by the Trustees of the British Museum, in the absence of the Secretary', to convey their thanks for the 'obliging Present to the Museum Collection of Prints, of a Portrait of the late Paul Colnaghi Esqr. Engraved by R Easton, proof'. Interestingly, the National Portrait Gallery does not possess any portrait of Paul Colnaghi.

Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs Keith Murray, bearing an extraordinarily florid signature.

Author: 
Percy Fitzgerald [Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald] (1834-1925), Anglo-Irish author, critic, sculptor and artist
Publication details: 
Undated. On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall.
£56.00

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. Good, on aged paper. He has been 'hunting among papers, & found a great quantity of notable letters from notable people but they are mostly confidential - or dealing with some private matters'. He would have liked to gratify her wishes 'in a more liberal fashion, 'but I hope the enclosed may serve'. He wonders whether she is 'packing up for India - - perhaps for Worthing'. The valediction on the final page ('Believe me | sincerely') is followed by a large bold signature which with its underlinings covers an area 11 cm square.

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