FORGERY

[ Sir Harold Idris Bell, Keeper of the British Museum Department of Manuscripts. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Idris Bell | Keeper of the MSS.') to an unnamed recipient, giving reasons for considering his 'Franklin letter' a lithographic facsimile.

Author: 
Sir Idris Bell [ Sir Harold Idris Bell ] (1879-1967), papyrologist and scholar of Welsh literature, Keeper of the British Museum Department of Manuscripts
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Department of Manuscripts, British Museum, London, W.C.1. 28 October 1931.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Neatly written over twenty lines. The letter begins: 'I feel no doubt that your Franklin letter is a lithographic facsimile. As you say, the paper cannot be the original, & the flat, undifferentiated appearance of the ink is just that of a lithograph, though there is no trace of the edges of the plate, but this is not always found in a lithograph.' He proceeds to provide details of the publication of the letter, suggesting a possible source for the facsimile ('but we have been unable to discover whence it is taken').

[ Richard Harington, Acting Chief Justice of Gibraltar; counterfeiters ] Autograph 'Draft Judgment' in the case 'Rex v Alvarez & ano[the]r [ Galliano ]', the accused being counterfeiters of Moroccan money,

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, as acting Chief Justice of Gibraltar
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the 'Judges' Chambers', 'Supreme Court | Gibraltar.' Dated by Harington 'Gibraltar | 18 May 1901'.
£320.00

10pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, on ten leaves held together with a brass stud. With a number of deletions and emendations.

[ Edmund Brown Viney Christian, writer on the law. ] Long unpublished account, in manuscript and typescript, of a miscarriage of justice: the case of William Henry Barber, convicted of forgery and transported to Australia in 1844.

Author: 
Edmund Brown Viney Christian (1864-1938), solicitor, and writer on the law and on cricket [ William Henry Barber, English solicitor transported to Australia in 1844 ]
Publication details: 
Without place [ Deal, Kent? ] or date [ post 1921. ]
£450.00

62pp., 4to (comprising 45pp. in manuscript, and 17pp. in typescript). In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Numerous emendations and corrections throughout. Draft notes towards the piece cover 21pp., on loose leaves, with the completed text (both in manuscript and typescript) on leaves held together with a brass stud. Written in the pleasing style highlighted in Christian's obituary in The Times, 28 October 1938: 'not only admirable history, but also, owing to the many humorous flashes which illuminate them, excellent light reading'.

[ Printed item. ] Burlington Fine Arts Club. Catalogue of a Collection of Counterfeits, Imitations and Copies of Works of Art.

Author: 
'R. C. W.' [ Sir Robert C. Witt, editor; Burlington Fine Arts Club ]
Publication details: 
London: Privately Printed for the Burlington Fine Arts Club. 1924. [ Printed in England at the Oxford University Press by Frederick Hall ]
£50.00

112pp., 4to. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped printed grey wraps, with slight tape staining at foot of spine. An elegant production, on good paper, with catalogue of 329 items in the fields of pictures, drawings, furniture, carpets, metalwork, ceramics and sculpture, preceded by list of contributors, bibliography. and seventeen-page introduction by a variety of specialists.

[ Thomas J. Wise ] Typed Letter (signed "From Fannie Ratchford") concerning the Wise issue, AND other Wiseana.

Author: 
Fannie E. Ratchford, Rare Books Librarian, University of Texas AND other Wiseana.
Publication details: 
Typed letter[ Austin, Texas, March 1945? ]; other items 1934-1977.
£800.00

All items found enclosed in a copy of Fannie Ratchford, "Letters of Thomas J. Wise to John Henry Wrenn". A. Typed Letter concerning the Wise issue, with typed subscription but signed by the Fannie Ratchford at the top of the first page ("From Fannie Ratchford") to The Editor, The Atlantic Monthly. Apparently unpublished. Five pages, 4to, sl. discoloured, minor staining, fold marks, small closed tears on the folds.

[ Printed book. ] Forged, Anonymous, and Suspect Documents.

Author: 
Captain Arthur J. Quirke, B.A.; with a foreword by John A. Costello, K.C.
Publication details: 
London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., Broadway House, 68-74 Carter Lane, E.C. 1930.
£50.00

xii + 282pp., 8vo. Brown cloth gilt. A good copy, on lightly-aged paper, in lightly-worn binding. Neat and unobtrusive ownership inscriptions on front endpapers. The author is described on the title-page as 'Captain Arthur J. Quirke, B.A. Handwriting Analyst to the Department of Justice, Attorney-General and Police Headquarters, Irish Free State', and the writer of the foreword as 'John A. Costello, K.C. Attorney-General, Irish Free State'.

[ John Payne Collier, Shakespeare scholar and forger. ] Autograph Signature ('J. Payne Collier').

Author: 
J. Payne Collier [ John Payne Collier ] (1789-1883), English Shakespeare scholar and forger
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

On 1 x 6 cm. slip of paper. In good condition, with light signs of age. Presumably cut from a letter in response to a request for an autograph.

[ One forger to another. ] Autograph Letter Signed from the shipping magnate Owen Philipps to the literary editor and forger Harry Buxton Forman, regarding the biography of his relation 'The Matchless Orinda' [the poet Katherine Philips].

Author: 
Owen Cosby Philipps (1863-1937), 1st Baron Kylsant, shipping magnate and Conservative MP [ Harry Buxton Forman (1842-1917), literary editor and forger; Katherine Philips ('the Matchless Orinda')]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Amroth Castle, Begelly, R.S.O. Pembrokeshire. 25 October 1903.
£90.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with short closed tear at foot of fold. Signed 'Owen Philipps'. Having received a letter from Buxton Forman 'about the Matchless Orinda', he gives some details regarding her husband, who is 'an ancestor of mine, being one of the Phillips of Kilsant & Picton'. His brother has 'lent me a copy of her Poems which I have been reading with much interest.' He also refers to his relations 'Mr. Wogan', 'Mrs. Owen', 'Jas Phillips' and 'Hector Phillips'.

[William Angus Knight, Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of St Andrews.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Knight.') to James Dykes Campbell, expressing regret at revealing the existence of Wordsworth's 'Axiologus' sonnet, and attacking T. J. Wise

Author: 
William Angus Knight (1836-1916), Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of St Andrews, 1876-1902 [James Dykes Campbell (1838-1895), Coleridge biographer; Thomas James Wise. forger]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the 'University of St Andrew. N.B. [Scotland]'. 2 January 1892.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. Written in a difficult hand. The letter begins: 'My dear Campbell. | You will find all I know about Axiologus, and Miss Maria Williams, in a prefatory note Vol I of my Edition of W[illiam]. W[ordsworth].s Poems (not Life).' He confirms that the poem is by Wordsworth, and expresses regret at 'letting it be known: for it led Tutin [John Ramsden Tutin (1855-1913)] of Hull to go & print the sonnet for private circulation some years ago.

[Catalogue by Messrs. Birrell & Garnett, Ltd. (J. E. Norton, Graham Pollard).] Early Newspapers.

Author: 
Messrs. Birrell & Garnett, Ltd. (J. E. Norton, Graham Pollard)
Publication details: 
Catalogue 31. 1931. Offered for Sale by Messrs. Birell & Garnett, Ltd. (J. E. Norton, Graham Pollard). No. 30 Gerrard Street London W.1.
£80.00

24pp., 8vo. Stapled and unbound. On aged and worn paper, with rusting staples. Two indexes in small print on title-page: 'Titles' and 'Places of printing other than London'. 101 items, ranging from the 1645 Mercurius Academicus to the Fleuron, 1923-1930, the last entry ending 'We take this opportunity of expressing our appreciation of the generous review of our TYPE SPECIMEN CATALOGUE [copies of which are still available at 3/6] which occurs on pp. 211-2 of vol. VII.' Those interested in the forger Thomas J.

[Two printed works bound together.] Hamilton's 'An Inquiry into the Genuineness of the Manuscript Corrections in Mr. J. Payne Collier's Annotated Shakspere' and 'Mr. J. Payne Collier's reply to Mr. N. E. S. Hamilton's "Inquiry"'.

Author: 
N. E. S. A. Hamilton [Nicholas Esterhazy Stephen Armytage Hamilton (d.1915)] of the Manuscript Department of the British Museum; John Payne Collier (1789-1883), Shakespearian critic and forger
Publication details: 
Hamilton: London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. 1860. Payne Collier: London: Bell and Daldy, 186 Fleet Street. 1860.
£200.00

Both works first editions, and both in good condition, on aged paper. Bound together in late nineteenth-century red cloth half-binding, with marbled boards. Title on spine: 'COLLIER CONTROVERSY | H.R.H. | 1919'. Hamilton title in full: 'An Inquiry into the Genuineness of the Manuscript Corrections in Mr. J. Payne Collier's Annotated Shakspere, Folio, 1632; and of certain Shaksperian Documents likewise published by Mr. Collier'. [4] + 155pp., 4to. With frontispiece and two plates, one of them double-page. Collier title in full: 'Mr. J. Payne Collier's reply to Mr. N. E. S.

[Perkins, Bacon & Co., printers of bank notes and postage stamps.] Two manuscript letters from the firm to Archibald Bennet, Secretary, Bank of Scotland, one pleading to retain the Bank's account

Author: 
[Perkins, Bacon & Co [Perkins, Bacon & Petch], London printers of banknotes and postage stamps, including the Penny Black in 1840 [Archibald Bennet (1783-1868), Secretary, Bank of Scotland]
Publication details: 
Letter from Perkins, Bacon and Petch, 69 Fleet Street, London. 16 January 1852. Letter from Perkins, Bacon & Co: 69 Fleet Street E.C. 27 February 1863. Letter from the Bank of England: 28 August 1852.
£450.00

These two items cast interesting light on the working practices of a notable firm in a specialist field of printing. ONE: From Perkins, Bacon & Petch, 16 January 1852. 4pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. They have received his letter, from which they quote a passage in which Bennet states that on 'account of the inconvenience caused by the time which must elapse before we can obtain a supply of Letters of Credit from London to revert to our former practice of obtaining them from our Edinbugh Engraver.

['Forgery of the Commercial Bank of Scotlands Guinea Note.'] Lithographic notice in copperplate handwriting, 'given to enable the public to distinguish the forged from the genuine Notes', with illustrations.

Author: 
[Commercial Bank of Scotland; George Salmond, Writer [solicitor], Glasgow [Procurator-Fiscal of Lanarkshire]; forgery]
Publication details: 
Without place or date, but with reference to 'George Salmond, Writer, Glasgow'. Early nineteenth-century.
£650.00

2pp., 4to. On leaf untidily torn from an album, resulting in a ragged edge with minor loss of text (a few parts of words). On aged and chipped paper.

Autograph Letter Signed from Polish refugee Dr Severin Wielobycki to an unnamed lady, enclosing a printed report of his brother Dionysius Wielobycki 's trial in Edinburgh for forging the will of Margaret Darling, headed 'Dr Wielobycki's Trial'.

Author: 
Severin Wielobycki (1793-1893) and his brother, Dionysius Wielobycki (1813-1882), Polish refugees who both trained as doctors in Edinburgh, before becoming homoeopaths [Isabella Darling]
Publication details: 
Letter: 55 Queen Street, Edinburgh. 26 January 1857. Newspaper report reprinted 'From the EDINBURGH NEWS of Saturday, Jan. 10, 1857.'
£180.00

Both items in fair condition, lightly-aged and worn. Severin Wielobycki's letter is 1p., 12mo. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. It reads: 'Dear Madam. | I am much delighted that you take interest in my brother; all friends of his are of the same opinion tat he has been treated very unjustly. I hope your influence will if not relieve him, at any rate shorten his horrible sentence. | I beg to enclose two copies of the document according to your request' (only one copy present). The report of 'Dr Wielobycki's Trial' is 1p., 4to, on grey paper, in two columns of small print.

Autograph Letter Signed ('MM.') from Maton Marble, editor of New York World, to 'My dear Jack', also 'J R H'. With newspaper cutting comparing Marble's handwriting with that of a cipher dispatch by 'Moses', in article on vote-rigging and forgery.

Author: 
Manton Marble (1834-1917), American journalist, editor of the New York World
Publication details: 
Letter: on letterhead of 'The World' Office, 35 Park Row, New York. 'Saturday AM' [no date]. Newspaper cutting, without date or place.
£56.00

Both items good, on aged paper. Letter: 1p., 12mo. He has 'spoken to three or four of the members' on his behalf, 'most gladly - and have written to Secretary MacDonough to vouch himself & present my voucher to the Com. on Admissions.' Newspaper cutting: Titled 'The Effort to buy a vote in Florida. | Tell-tale fac-similes of dispatches, cipher and plain. | A comparison between a significant telegram of Moses and one signed by Moses Manton.' Giving facsimiles of the two documents, with explanation: 'We present herewith a facsimile of the cipher dispatch in which Moses informs Mr.

Letter Signed "Sidmouth" to an unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Viscount Sidmouth, statesman (DNB), here "Home Secretary".
Publication details: 
Whitehall, 8 Dec. 1817.
£120.00

Two pages, 4to, copperplate text by secretary, fold marks, marks of sellotape (half inch square at most) at edge, small chip bottom corner,m text cleqar and complete. Sidmouth, who has received a letter in favour of the condemned John Vartie, forger, informs his correspondent that "the Case of this unfortunate Person had the most full and deliberate consideration, at the time when the Report was made to the Prince Regent in Council.

A collection of twenty cuttings from American newspapers mostly relating to autograph collecting.

Author: 
American Autograph Collecting [New York; the Declaration of Independence]
Publication details: 
[Boston, New York and other places]; 1867-1893.
£150.00

Varying in size from a few lines to a column nineteen inches in length, and on aged high-acidity paper. In good condition, though frail, and with a few closed tears. Texts clear and complete. In the remains of a stamped envelope (postmarked Philadelphia, 21 February 1912), addressed to E. H. Lauer of the Cadmus Book Company. Fewer than half the items are dated. The dated items include a long and interesting article on a forgotten English-born Philadelphian forger, headed 'A FORGER OF AUTOGRAPHS. | ROBERT SPRING'S SUCCESS IN BOLD LITERARY FRAUDS.

Autographs [Reprinted from The Concise Encyclopaedia of Antiques Volume IV by kind permission of The Connoisseur].

Author: 
P. J. Croft [Winifred A. Myers (Autographs) Ltd]
Publication details: 
London: Winifred A. Myers (Autographs) Ltd, 80 New Bond Street, W1. [c.1954].
£45.00

Quarto: 10 pp (paginated 236-41). Stapled. In original printed green card wraps. Good, though lightly creased. Five plates, examples of the hands of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir John Harington, Admiral Lord Nelson, together with an original and a faked Burns letter. While the offprint is undated, the Encyclopaedia itself was published in 1954.

Autograph card signed,

Author: 
Fay Compton
Publication details: 
no date, but circa 1920.
£20.00

Actress (1894-1978). Card, on one side of which is printed, "30 CONDUIT ST / BOND STREET / W / TELEPHONE / 1923 / MAYFAIR / INSTEAD thanks / .... / for .... letter, and order for Photographs which are being proceeded with. / .... 192 ...." Over this, lengthwise and upwards, is the signature "Fay Compton", and above it an attempt at forgery, with the "Compton" reasonably convincing, but with "Fey" for "Fay". On the blank reverse another signature by Compton. The actress would appear to have provided these examples of her signature for copying onto her publicity photographs.

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