FLOWER

The first two issues of the sixties magazine 'The Flower Scene and the Love Generation', with Ringo Starr and son Jason on the cover of the first and Jimi Hendrix on the second, and articles on the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, John Peel.

Author: 
Martin Graham, editor, The Flower Scene and the Love Generation [Pink Floyd, Moby Grape, John Peel, Mothers of Invention, the Doors, Velvet Underground and Nico]
Publication details: 
Nottingham: R. Milward & Sons Ltd., Leen Gate, Lenton. No. 1 dated October [1967]. No. 2 dated November [1967].
£180.00

Both issues 32pp., small 4to. Both printed on art paper, and profusely illustrated with black and white photographs. The first issue with lilac cover, and the second with orange cover. Both in good condition, with slight spotting to the cover of the first. No. 1 has an editorial titled 'What It's All About', followed by articles on subjects including the 'Festival Of The Flower Children at Woburn Abbey'; the Flamingo Club in Wardour St; 'John Peel Gives His Views . .

[ Sir William Henry Flower, anatomist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. H. Flower') to 'Miss Buchanan'

Author: 
Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), anatomist and surgeon, Director of the Natural History Museum, London
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, London. 13 April 1896.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper, with traces of glue from mount at head of second page. Annotated at head in a contemporary hand. If mention of his name 'can in any way help you for the Welsh University or for any other post, by all means use it'. Regarding the 'next years cataloguing', plans are only in consideration, 'with the preparation of the estimates at end of the summer'. He explains that in the previous year these were 'framed by Dr. Smith', and that her application 'came just too late'.

[ Sir John Russell Reynolds, English neurologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Russell Reynolds.'), informing 'Flower' [ Sir William Henry Flower ] that he will not be present at a meeting at the [ Natural History ] Museum.

Author: 
Sir John Russell Reynolds [ J. Russell Reynolds ] (1828-1896), English neurologist [ Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), zoologist, director of the Natural HIstory Museum, London
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 38 Grosvenor Street, W. [ London ] 21 November 1894.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in purple ink. He will not be in town the following Saturday morning, 'at the time of the meeting at the South Kensington Museum, so that if there is any doubt as to securing a "Quorum" you may know, as early as I can tell you, of my necessary absence'.

[Beryl de Zoete, dance critic and orientalist.] Autograph Card Signed ('Beryl de Z.) to the anthropologist Erich Alport, regarding peonies and 'flower viewing'.

Author: 
Beryl de Zoete [married name Beryl de Sélincourt] (1879-1962), dance critic, orientalist and translator, partner of the sinologist Arthur Waley [Erich Adolph Alport (1903-1972), anthropologist]
Publication details: 
50 Gordon Square, WC [London]. Postmarked date 28 May 1950.
£65.00

In good condition, on aged card. Addressed to 'Erich Alport Esqe. | 195 Woodstock Rd. | Oxford'. The card reads: 'By dint of putting them up to their necks in water every night, all the peonies came out & are only just scattering their petals. I have been flower viewing all the week - two magnificent gardens & the Chelsea show. It was very nice to see you. I hope you will propose yourself again - after I get back from abroad.'

[Desmond Flower.] Three Autograph Catalogues of his book collections: first, 'MSS., autograph letters, first & early editions by & relating to François Marie Arouet de Voltaire'; second and third, 'French Literature in first and early editions'.

Author: 
Desmond Flower [Desmond John Newman Flower] (1907-1997), director of London publishers Cassell & Co, 1931-1971, and book collector [Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) (1694-1778)]
Publication details: 
Neither catalogue with place or date. [London, from the 1940s?]
£420.00

All three items in very good condition, in superior bindings. ONE (Voltaire catalogue): Written out by Flower in his neat, calligraphic hand, on the rectos only of 102 leaves, 8vo, with some blanks. In very good condition, in a lightly-wrn red morocco quarter binding, with grey boards and gilt title on spine. Entries are short and businesslike, as the following two examples indicate: 'Commentaire sur le livre des Délits et des Peines, s.l., 1766. Bengesco 1724. pp. viii + 120. A pretty copy in contemporary scarlet morocco. Ex libris Mortimer L. Schiff. | Ditto, s.l., 1766. pp. 104 + iii.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Chrisr. Heath') from Christopher Heath to 'Flower' [the Zoologist Sir William Henry Flower], regarding the qualifications required by 'a young man entering your department'.

Author: 
Christopher Heath (1835-1905), FRCS, English surgeon, Holme Professor of Clinical Surgery, University College Hospital [Sir William Henry Flower]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 36 Cavendish Square, W. [London]. 6 July 1895.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with part of stub from mounting adhering to the reverse. The letter reads: 'Dear Flower, | Can you direct one of your subordinates to send me the documents relating to a young man entering your department? I have been asked to find out all about it & so venture to trouble you. Yours truly | Chrisr. Heath'. Docketted by Flower in the top left-hand corner: 'Schedules relating to Assistants - Attendants & Boy-Attendants sent | 8/vii/95.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('F Barham Zincke') from the antiquary and radical Foster Barham Zincke to 'My dear Mr Flower' [Sir William Henry Flower], regarding the latter's five-month stay in Egypt.

Author: 
Rev. Foster Barham Zincke (1817-1893), English antiquary and radical pamphleteer, educated at Wadham College, Oxford [Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), Director of the Natural History Museum]
Publication details: 
Wherstead Vicarage, Ipswich. 28 May <1874?>.
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of stub adhering to margin. He has received Flower's 'catalogue'. 'I was sure you wd. be delighted with Egypt. It has so much to tell us about man & nature. The early stages of mans progress, & the variety of nature.' Zincke would like 'time to look into things & to think about them': he was in Egypt 'only as many weeks as you were months'.

Two Autograph Letters signed from the Sussex antiquary Mark Antony Lower (both signed 'M: A: Lower') to John Wickham Flower.

Author: 
Mark Antony Lower (1813-1876), English antiquary and local historian, founder member of the Sussex Archaeological Society [John Wickham Flower (1807-1873), Croydon geologist and archaeologist]
Two Autograph Letters signed from the Sussex antiquary Mark Antony Lower
Publication details: 
27 April and 9 November 1865; on letterheads of St Anne's House, Lewes, Sussex.
£125.00
Two Autograph Letters signed from the Sussex antiquary Mark Antony Lower

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Letter One (27 April 1865): 12mo, 2 pp. Bifolium. Seventeen lines. He is sorry not to have been able to accept Flower's hospitality: 'Let us hope to meet about Whitsuntide for the pilgrimage to Firle'. He is eager for information for his 'Sussex Worthies'. 'My eldest dau[ghte]r's marriage & the starting of my eldest son on his professional career cost money, & every 30s. [subscription) will help.' Letter Two (9 November 1865): 12mo, 1 p. 13 lines. He has received the 30s.

Typed Letter Signed by Fletcher to Flower; the Typed and Signed ('Desmond Flower') reply; Two Typescript drafts and an offprint of the paper 'The Literature of Splendid Occasions in English History'; typescript of another paper on splendid occasions.

Author: 
Ifan Kyrle Fletcher [The Bibliographical Society, London; Sir Desmond Flower]
Publication details: 
Fletcher's letter, 15 March 1947, letterhead of 12 Lansdowne Road, Wimbledon; Flower's reply, 18 March 1947, on Cassell & Co. letterhead; two drafts of first talk, 1947; offprint, London: The Bibliographical Society, 1947; draft of second talk, 1953.
£60.00

The collection is in very good condition. Fletcher's letter (12mo, 2 pp) contains several autograph corrections, and its presence with Flower's reply suggests that, although signed, it may be a draft. Fletcher was pleased to see Flower at the Bib. Soc. meeting. 'Since then I have been turning over in my mind a project which may interest you.' His paper is 'based on material I have gathered for a bibliography of English splendid occasions', which is 'nearly ready and I hope to issue it, by private subscription, later this year'.

Typed Letter Signed ('Anthony') from Blond to Ali, countersigned 'Tariq Ali'; Typed Letter Signed ('Tariq') from Ali to Blond; printed contract, with manuscript insertions, signed 'Tariq Ali', for a book by Ali to be entitled 'Ho Chi Minh'.

Author: 
Tariq Ali (b.1943), English radical activist and writer of Indo-Pakistani origin; Anthony Blond (b.1928), British publisher
Publication details: 
1966-1967; London (see below).
£56.00

All three items good, on lightly aged paper. The first two items were formerly attached to one another by a pin. ITEM ONE (one page, folio): Blond to Ali, 6 December 1967, on letterhead of Anthony Blond Ltd, Publishers. Characteristically punchy letter of clarification, headed 'WHO Really Is WHO', and beginning 'This is just to clarify the situation between us'. A list of eight points, the first of which reads 'You are wholly employed compiling this book at a salary of £1,500 per annum for one year.

Syndicate content