GEOLOGY

[ Sir Roderick Murchison, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Rod. I. Murchison') to Sir John P. Boileau, inviting him to dine with 'M. Quetelet' and 'one or two friends'.

Author: 
Sir Roderick Murchison [ Sir Roderick Impey Murchison ] (1792-1871), Scottish geologis who discovered the Silurian system [ Sir John Peter Boileau (1794-1869), archaeologist; Adolphe Quetelet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 16 Belgrave Square, S.W. [ London ] 17 July 1860.
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper with minor traces of glue at head. Addressed to 'Sir John P. Boileau Bt.' Reads: 'My dear Sir John, | If you are disengaged on Friday next I wish you would gratify me by dining with us "en petit comité" to meet M Quetelet & one or two friends'. 'M Quetelet' is the Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), founder of the Brussels Observatory.

[ Thomas George Bonney, geologist after whom Lake Bonney in Antarctica is named. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. G. Bonney') to an unnamed lady, contesting that domestic service is a 'state of slavery'.

Author: 
T. G. Bonney [ Thomas George Bonney ] (1833-1923), geologist after whom Lake Bonney in Antarctica is named, President of the Geological Society of London
Publication details: 
23 Denning Road, N. W. [ London ]. On letterhead of the Athenaeum club, Pall Mall. 13 October 1904.
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. A tantalizing extract from a correspondence. He begins: 'I doubt whether domestic service, as a rule, is quite the state of slavery you depict, but, as I said before, the question which you ask me is less simple than you appear to think and I can only say that every employer is bound to remember that those he (or she) employs has wants, bodily and spiritual, very similar to his own.' He concludes the letter, and the correspondence, by apologising that he 'cannot continue to write on the subject'.

[ John Percy, metallurgist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Captain Donnelly', regarding 'warm work' at the House of Commons, and the preparation of the third volume of his 'Treatise on Metallurgy'.

Author: 
John Percy (1817-1889), metallurgist and Superintendent of Ventilation of the Houses of Parliament [ Captain Donnelly; Playfair ]
Publication details: 
1 Gloucester Crescent, Paddington [ London ]. 1 May 1868.
£100.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, tipped-in onto part of a page from an album. He begins by stating that he is returning a 'paper altered and corrected'. He goes on: 'We have had some warm work at the H[ouse]: of Commons of late'. (Percy had been appointed Superintendent of Ventilation of the Houses of Parliament in 1865. Percy is 'working very hard at my 3d volume, a large portion of which is in type'.

[ Sir Henry Ellis of the British Museum and Leonard Horner of the University of London. ] Autograph Note Signed from Horner to Ellis, requesting a Reading Room ticket for 'Mr Phillips', with Ellis's signed autograph refusal.

Author: 
Sir Henry Ellis (1777-1869), Principal Librarian at the British Museum, 1827-1856; Leonard Horner (1785-1864), Scottish geologist, Warden of the University of London
Publication details: 
Horner's Note from the University of London, 11 February 1830. Ellis's reply without place or date.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. Heavily aged and worn, with closed tear along fold line at head, and remains of mount on reverse. Horner's note, on the upper part of the paper, reads: 'Dear Sir | Be so good as admit Mr Phillips to the privileges of the Reading Room at the British Museum - | Yours faithfully | Leonard Horner | University of London | 11 Feby 1830'. Beneath this Ellis has written: 'My Dear Sir | Mr. Phillips can be admitted at the Age of Eighteen, but is not eligible for our Reading Room at present | Ever faithfully Yours | H. Ellis | L. Horner Esqr'.

[ Henry Carvill Lewis, geologist and mineralogist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Carvill Lewis') to 'Prof. A. Ramsay' [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ]

Author: 
Henry Carvill Lewis (1853-1888), American geologist and mineralogist, debunker of paranormal claims
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 7 November 1884.
£180.00

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He is sending 'the first two volumes of the Proceedings of the Mineralogical Section of the Acad - as also some papers of my own'. He has heard of Ramsay's 'Scientific Roll', and desires to 'heartily endorse it', in the 'hope that it may be continued – It will be of very great service to scientific men'. He will be glad to receive it, and in return to send 'from time to time both the Proceedings of the Section and other original material'.

[ Archibald Geikie, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arch Geikie') to a female student of geology, correcting the misidentification of two specimens.

Author: 
Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist and author
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Shepherd's Down, Haslemere, Surrey. 24 October 1907.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'Dear Madam | It always gives me pleasure when I can in any way assist a student of Geology, and the pleasure is not lessened when the student is a young lady.' He proceeds to explain how the two specimens about which she has written to him ('Frigonia incurva' and 'Pleuromya Voltzi') have been wrongly identified, concluding: 'Your specimens appear from your drawings to be only casts and may therefore be difficult to determine satisfactorily.'

[ Sir Roderick Murchison, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Signature ('Rodck Murchison') on part of letter.

Author: 
Sir Roderick Murchison (1792-1871), Scottish geologist, discoverer of the Silurian system
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00

On 2.5 x 8 cm piece of paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Yours sincerely | Rodck Murchison'. On reverse: 'terest, Japanese i<...>'.

[ Sir Joseph Prestwich, geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Gustave', i.e. Victor Gustave Plarr, regarding 'Pebbles of white quartz'.

Author: 
Sir Joseph Prestwich (1812-1896), geologist [ Victor Gustave Plarr (1863-1929), poet and editor of 'Men and Women of the Time' ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Darent-Hulme, Shoreham, Sevenoaks. 6 June [ no year ].
£100.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He thanks him for a copy of his 'papers', 'though I regret to say they are sealed books to me'. He explains how 'Pebbles of white quartz are originally derived from veins in the metamorphic rocks by marine action. They may occur in any formation & are common in many.' He describes the locations where they are to be found, before sending his and his wife's regards to Plarr and his wife.

[ Albert Charles Seward, botanist and geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. C. Seward') to Sir Frank Stockdale, regarding his promotion to a post at Ceylon [ Sri Lanka ], with reference to the Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya and Father Le Goc.

Author: 
A. C. Seward [ Albert Charles Seward ] (1863-1941), English botanist and geologist [ Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Botany School, Cambridge. 27 February 1917.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. On aged and marked paper with closed tear and creasing to one corner, and makeshift punch-holes to margin. Addressed to 'Dear Stockdale'. Having spent four years as Director of Agriculture on Mauritius, Stockdale had been promoted to a post in Ceylon, and Seward sends his 'hearty congratulations' on what seems to him 'a most attractive move. I spent a few hours in the Peradeniya Gardens in 1914 & was delighted with them.' Seward 'felt sad at meeting a director who was not a botanist', and it was with satisfaction that he read of Stockdale's promotion.

[ Professor William Thomas Gordon of Kings College London, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. T. Gordon') to 'Mr. Joy', expressing condolences on the loss of a daughter, and grief at the recent death of an uncle.

Author: 
W. T. Gordon [ William Thomas Gordon ] (1884-1950), Scottish geologist, Professor of Geology at Kings College London
Publication details: 
On leterhead of the University of London, Kings College. 5 May 1930.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. 29 lines of closely-written text. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'Such a calamity must be a terrible blow for you all but more especially to Mrs. Joy and yourself. To lose a daugher just blossoming out into womanhood is tragic indeed, the more so, if that were possible, in that she was such a bright girl.' He continues 'By the same post I have word that one of my uncles has just died, and that another has been given up by the doctors. They have both lived full lives, and, in their way, interesting lives, so that, there, one can hardly talk of a tragic end.

[ Andrew Cowper Lawson, Professor of Geology at the University of California. ] Two Autograph Field Notebooks of an American geologist, including notes of Californian surveys conducted with E. F. Davis and A. R. Whitman while studying under Lawson.

Author: 
A. C. Lawson [ Andrew Cowper Lawson ] (1861-1952), Professor of Geology, University of California; E. F. Davis [ Elmer Fred Davis ] (1887-1974); A. R. Whitman [ Alfred Russell Whitman ] (1881-1940)
Publication details: 
Mostly relating to the San Francisco Bay Area of California, but also to other parts of the state. Between 1912 and 1950.
£850.00

The two volumes contain a total of 239pp., 12mo, in ink and pencil, with entries dating from between 29 November 1912 and 28 March 1950. In fair overall condition, with light signs of age and wear. In two Keuffel & Esser notebooks, each in remains of brown calf binding, the first with 'MINING | TRANSIT BOOK | 363' stamped on front cover, and the second with 'Cross Section Book | 375 S'. In manuscript on cover of first volume: '19<...> Dec. | The Psilomelane D | of the Francis <....> | by | Don <...> | Under Prof. A. C. L <...>'.

[ William Buckland, geologist and cleric. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Buckland') to Philip Bliss, Registrar of the University of Oxford, regarding a letter intended for him via Bodley's Librarian Bulkeley Bandinel.

Author: 
William Buckland (1784-1856), FRS, Dean of Westminster, and geologist [ Bulkeley Bandinel (1781-1861), Bodley's Librarian; Philip Bliss (1787-1857), Registrar of the University of Oxford ]
Publication details: 
No place [ Oxford ]. 2 May [ no year ].
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with one short closed tear along a fold. Mounted on piece of grey paper. On opening a letter, which he is forwarding, he finds that it was 'addressed at the Bottom to Dr Bliss & on the Cover directed to Dr Bandinel'.

[ Sir Archibald Geikie, Murchison Professor at the University of Edinburgh. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arch Geikie') to his student 'Mr. Cadell', agreeing to have him on a 'long excursion' and deploring 'the want of enthusiasm of this year's class'.

Author: 
Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist, Murchison Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Edinburgh
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, 8 April 1880.
£80.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged with with some damp staining. Geikie is glad to receive Cadell's letter, and will be 'delighted to have you on the long excursion if it takes place [last four words underlined]'. The excursion is however in doubt, as 'only five members of the Class have sent in their names and one with some doubt'. There are 'many calls' on his time, and unless more names come in the excursion will be cancelled. The letter concludes: 'I am disappointed with the want of enthusiasm of this year's Class.

[ Angela Burdett Coutts, Victorian philanthropist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A G B Coutts') to Lady Murchison, regarding her votes in an election, and 'our friend the Rajah' in Borneo (presumably Sir James Brooke).

Author: 
Angela Burdett-Coutts [ Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts, born Angela Georgina Burdett ] (1814-1906), Victorian philanthropist [ Lady Charlotte Murchison (1788-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Stratton Street [ London ]. 18 [February?] 1860.
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with negligible traces of mount on blank reverse of second leaf. Written in a somewhat difficult hand. The letter begins: 'My Votes are I am happy to say at liberty I enclose them'. She continues by expressing her 'distress' at the health of one of her sisters, who has been 'at St Leonards - she is I am thankful to say now out of danger'. She sends the best wishes of 'Mrs Burns', noting that 'the Election is in April'.

[ Sir Humphrey Sumner Milford, publisher to the University of Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Humphrey S. Milford') to George Ravensworth Hughes, son of Thomas McKenny Hughes, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge, regarding his wedding.

Author: 
Sir Humphrey Sumner Milford (1877-1952), publisher to the University of Oxford [ George Ravensworth Hughes (1888-1983), son of Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917), Cambridge geologist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Oxford University Press, Amen Corner, London. 12 March 1917.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition, lightly aged. Had he known that Hughes's wedding was 'coming off so soon' he would have been 'in time with a little gift'. As it is, he asks him to choose for himself, 'with the aid of your wife': 'Are you and she sick of the Oxford Books of Verse? Is Shakspeare's England too weighty (avoirdupois) for war-time establishments?

[ Thomas McKenny Hughes, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T McKenny Hughes') to his mother, from New Mexico, while attending the 1891 International Geological Congress, with description of 'natives'.

Author: 
Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917), FRS, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University, 1873-1917 [ Margaret Hughes, née McKenny, daughter of Sir Thomas McKenny, Lord Mayor of Dublin ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the San Felipe Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 23 September 1891.
£125.00

Hughes's mother Margaret - wife of Rev. Joshua Hughes (1807-1889) - was the daughter of Sir Thomas McKenny (1832-1917), Lord Mayor of Dublin. According to his entry in the Oxford DNB, Hughes and his wife 'attended the International Geological Congress of 1891 in the USA, where they were part of a small group which visited the national parks of North America, including the Grand Canyon, into which descent was made from the north rim. Much of the journey was made on horseback, through territory still under Native American occupation.' 2pp., 8vo. In ink and pencil.

[ Thomas McKenny Hughes, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University. ] Six issues of a humorous juvenile manuscript periodical by a family member, titled 'The Hillclere Gazette', with several articles on the Sedgwick Museum.

Author: 
Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917), FRS, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University, 1873-1917
Publication details: 
Cambridge. 10 and 21 September and 25 December 1899. 2 and 12 and 20 January 1900.
£380.00

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.

[Darwin connection] Autograph Note Signed "W.S. Dallas" to the Rev. J.M. Mello, geologist, about a paper by Henry Clifton Sorby, geologist inter alia

Author: 
W.S. Dallas [ William Sweetland Dallas ], zoologist.
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Geological Society, Burlington House, W., 15 Sept. 1874
£125.00

One page, 12mo, good condition, tipped on another peice of paper with unrelated notes on verso. Note (Wiki) "He curated collections at the British Museum and the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, and was editor of the Popular Science Review.

[T.G. Bonney] Autograph Letter Signed "T.G. Bonney" to "Mr Tuckwell" (prob. Rev. Tuckwell, see DNB))

Author: 
[Thomas George Bonney] T.G. Bonney (1833-1923), Geologist
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] St John's College, Cambridge, 3 June 1880.
£100.00

Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, some foxing, text clear and complete. His current engagements mean he can't accept hospitality. As regards the boulder either [?] Mathers or the Rev. H.W. Crossley of Birmingham would be able to tell you whether it were a mass of Criffel or Eskdale granite. Sometimes also rocks stray from the Charnwood Forest region - Has Mr T.N. Hutchinson of Rugby seen the boulder. He might be able to help you. [...]". Hutchinson published on Geology of Charnwood Forest (Quarterly Journal).

[Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Limited.] Substantial volume (sometimes ascribed to J. V. Harrison containing around a hundred 'Geological Air Photographs of South West Persia', text and colour-keyed diagrams. One of fifty copies.

Author: 
Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Limited (later British Petroleum) [J. V. Harrison [John Vernon Harrison] (1892-1972), geologist and explorer; Persia; Iran]
Publication details: 
Produced by Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Limited. Circa 1949.
£800.00

Copy No. 11 of (according to one catalogue entry) a total of fifty. On 47 card leaves, in substantial 59 x 33 cm landscape volume, with thumb-index. In substantial burgundy faux leather binding, attached with black strap and buckle. Stamped in gilt on front board: 'GEOLOGICAL AIR PHOTOGRAPHS OF SOUTH WEST PERSIA| COPY NO. 11 PRODUCED BY ANGLO-IRANIAN OIL COMPANY LIMITED'. Note on front pastedown (with map of the Persian Gulf): 'The Photographs in this Album were taken and reproduced by Hunting Aerosurveys Ltd.

[Thomas George Bonney, geologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. G. Bonney') to an unnamed male recipient, commending his 'interesting paper', and discussing the 'Lafoten rocks', with reference to a conversation with 'Mr Dahl'.

Author: 
Thomas George Bonney (1833-1923), Professor of Geology in University College London, 1877-1901; President of the Geological Society (1884-1886)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St John's College, Cambridge. 20 February 1871.
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. He begins by commending the recipient's 'interesting paper': 'Of the justice of your remarks there can of course be no doubt, and even the small amount of knowledge that I have been able to acquire of the nature of rocks, has for some time past convinced me of the importance of what you '. He explains that he did his best 'in getting specimens of the Lafoten rocks, but the tast was very difficult and very unsuccessful, owing to the great hardness of the rocks. Quarries of course were absent'.?>

[Campo del Cielo, iron meteorites, Argentina.] Printed article in Spanish: 'An Account of a Mass of native Iron, found in South-America. By Don Michael Rubin de Celis. Communicated by Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. P.R.S.' With English translation.

Author: 
Don Michael Rubin de Celis; Sir Joseph Banks [Campo del Cielo, iron meteorites, Argentina.]
Publication details: 
From 'Transactions of the Royal Society' (London, 1788). 'Read November 22, 1787.'
£56.00

A total of 13pp., 4to. The 'Account' covers the six pages 37-42, and the translation ('Appendix | Translation of Don Michael Rubin de Celis's Letter to the Royal Society, relative to a Mass of native Iron, found in South-America.') covers the seven pages 183-189. Extracted from the volume of 'Transactions'. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Stapled into a worn blue card folder, with label of the London booksellers Sotherans.

[Sir William Franklin, FRS.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Franklin') to 'Dr <Marriot?>', regarding the election of William Merry, Deputy Secretary at War, to the Geological Society.

Author: 
Sir William Franklin (1763-1833), physician, Principal Inspector-General of Army Hospitals, Fellow of the Royal Society [William Merry (1762-1855), Deputy Secretary at War]
Publication details: 
24 Charlotte Streeet, Portland Place [London]. 24 March [no year, but on paper with watermarked date 1807].
£38.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Dr '. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | Having been requested by Mr Merry the Depy Secretary at War to propose him as a Member of the Geological Society, I shall esteem it a favor, if you will put your Name to the enclosed Paper, & return it to me by the Post.'?>

[Printed Press Extracts' relating to the geologist William Hobbs Shrubsole.] 'Biographical Sketch of W. H. Shrubsole, F.G.S.' from the East Kent Gazette; 'Presentation to Mr. W. H. Shrubsole, F.G.S., F.R.M.S.' from the Sheerness Times, and two others

Author: 
William Hobbs Shrubsole [W. H. Shrubsole] (1837-1927), British geologist, who made discoveries at Sheerness
Publication details: 
Extracts from the East Kent Gazette, the Sheerness Times, the Proceedings of he Geological Society of London, and the Rochester & Chatham Standard; dating from 1894 and 1895.
£95.00

Shrubsole was a frequent contributor to the Manchester Guardian, and its obituary of 21 May 1927 was headed 'DEATH OF GREAT SHEERNESS GEOLOGIST WHO WON FAME THROUGHOUT THE WORLD' ('Experts in every continent sought his wonderful advice, and it was during his researches at Sheppey that he made many valuable discoveries. Below we are able to give a detailed account of his brilliant career. He was a frequent contributor to the columns of the "Guardian" up to the time of his death.'). 3pp., foolscap 8vo, in a bifolium. Printed in three columns of small print.

69 Autograph Letters Signed and 2 Typed Letters Signed (all 'Frank') by the civil engineer William Frank Stanton, written from Valparaiso, Chile, to his father W. L. Stanton in England, while working for the mining company S. Pearson & Son Ltd.

Author: 
William Frank Stanton (1887-1962), English civil engineer, of Valparaiso, Chile, and Oporto, Portugal, son of William Lawrence Stanton (1854-1931), of Armscote, Worcestershire [S. Pearson & Son Ltd]
Publication details: 
The first two letters from Hotel Tivoli, Ancon, Canal Zone; the rest from Valparaiso, Chile. Written between 17 September 1912 and 2 June 1915.
£450.00

The 71 letters total 160pp. (18pp., 4to; 128pp., 8vo; 14pp., 12mo), and are in excellent condition, on lightly aged paper, with most accompanied by stamped envelopes, which are addressed to 'W. L. Stanton Esq | Armscote | Stratford on Avon'. The first couple of letters are on letterheads of the Hotel Tivoli, 'Ancon, Canal Zone', with the others from 1912 headed 'Casilla [i.e. postbox] 1004, Valparaiso'; and those from 1913 onwards headed 'Las Salinas [Valparaiso]'. W. F.

Autograph Note Signed ('Arch Geikie') from the Scottish geologist Sir Archibald Geikie to 'Dr. Lyndon' [Dr Arnold Lyndon], who has attended on him.

Author: 
Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist and writer [Dr Arnold Lyndon (1861-1946) of Grayshott, Hindhead, Surrey]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Shepherd's Down, Haslemere, Surrey.
£28.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He is enclosing a cheque in payment of Lyndon's fees, 'and with best thanks for your kind attention'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'E P Loftus Brook') from Edgar Philip Loftus Brook, FSA, FRIBA, Hon. Sec. of the British Archaeological Association, to Norwich geologist and antiquary John Gunn, regarding membership and contributions of papers.

Author: 
Edgar Philip Loftus Brook (d.1895), FSA, FRIBA, Hon. Secretary of the British Archaeological Association [Rev. John Gunn (1801-1890), Norwich geologist and antiquary; Walter de Gray Birch (1842-1924)]
Publication details: 
The first from 37 Bedford Place, Russell Square, and the second from 19 Montagu Place, Bedford Square; both on letterheads of the British Archaeological Association. 11 September 1879 and 6 May 1880.
£80.00

Both letters 2pp., 12mo, on bifoliums. Both good, on lightly-aged paper. On both letterheads Brook has cancelled the printed address and the name of the Association's president. ONE: Regarding the renewal of Gunn's membership, 'the guinea entrance fee' being unnecessary in his case. 'I have also noted my enquiry if you will contribute a paper when convenient upon the Saxon works in your district. This will be very acceptable to us.' TWO: He has sent Gunn the proof of his 'interesting little paper with which you favoured us at Caistor'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Epaphras Hoyt to 'the Commissioners of Canals, in Massachusetts', giving the results of his 'surveys and levels, in the valley of Deerfield River', and discussing the possibility of a tunnel through the Hoosac Mountain.

Author: 
Epaphras Hoyt (1765-1850) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, Major-General of the Massachusetts Militia and writer on military matters [Hoosac Tunnel]
Publication details: 
Deerfield, Massachusetts; 20 September 1825.
£1,250.00

4pp., 4to. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. An important document, not least for the fact that its author discusses the building of a 'tunnel 4 or 5 miles through the [Hoosac] mountain', anticipating the commencement of the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel by 23 years. The letter is closely and neatly written, with the first page headed 'The following Results of my surveys and levels, in the valley of Deerfield River, are respectfully submitted to the Commissioners of Canals, in Massachusetts. | Viz.

Autograph Letter Signed from the geologist and reformer Leonard Horner to his daughter Lady Mary Lyell, widow of Sir Charles Lyell, quoting letters from Thomas Longman and the son of Macvey Napier about an Edinburgh Review article on W. H. Prescott.

Author: 
Leonard Horner (1785-1864), Scottish geologist, father of Lady Mary Lyell (1808-73), wife of Sir Charles Lyell [William Hickling Prescott; George Ticknor; Thomas Longman; Macvey Napier]
Publication details: 
17 Queen's Road West, Regent's Park, London; 31 July 1860.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Closely and neatly written. 45 lines of text. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting item, pulling together several strands of nineteenth-century Anglo-American literature. Having received a letter from his daughter telling him that George Ticknor (1791-1871) of Boston was 'desirous of knowing who was the author of an article in the Edinburgh Review on a work of Mr Prescott', Horner has written to the publisher 'Mr Longman as the most likely person to give or get me the information'.

[Printed pamphlet] The Excursionist's Guide to the Neighbourhood of Hereford, containing Itineraries of the Railways and Roads, [...] papers on the Geology of the District, [...] the Flora of Hereford and Ten Miles Round, and a Glossary [...].

Author: 
W.S. Symonds
 The Excursionist's Guide to the Neighbourhood of Hereford,
Publication details: 
Hereford: Joseph Jones & Son, 10, Broad Street. [1867]
£165.00
 The Excursionist's Guide to the Neighbourhood of Hereford,

12mo, iv + 56 pp. Stitched in original wraps, printed in red and black on yellow. Text clear and complete. Aged and in worn and faded wraps. Full title: 'The Excursionist's Guide to the Neighbourhood of Hereford, containing Itineraries of the Railways and Roads, Descriptions of the chief Abbeys, Castles, Churches, Seats of the Gentry, and Spots of Historical Interest, Papers on the Geology of the District, By the Rev. W. S. Symonds, of Pendock, T. Curley, Esq., and the Rev.

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