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[G. A. Henty, Victorian adventure novelist.] Autograph Note Signed ('G. A. Henty') in response to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
G. A. Henty [George Alfred Henty] (1832-1902), Victorian author of popular historical adventure novels, and war correspondent
Publication details: 
33 Lavender Gardens, Clapham Common. 8 June [no year].
£60.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, attractive. Folded once. Written in purple ink. Reads: 'Dear Denselow | I have pleasure in complying with you request. | Yours truly | G A Henty'.

[V-Letter from Karl Shapiro to George Barker, written in publication year of Shapiro's 'V-Letter and other Poems'.] A V-Mail [Victory Mail] letter (i.e. photographic print of autograph letter), praising Barker and criticising current 'War Poetry'.

Author: 
Karl Shapiro [Karl Jay Shapiro] (1913-2000), American poet [George Barker (1913-1991), English poet]
Publication details: 
A V-Mail [Victory Mail] letter. San Francisco. February 1944.
£500.00

An interesting communication from one noted twentieth-century English-language poet to another, and of additional significance as a V-Letter written in the year of publication of Shapiro's first successful collection, the Pulitzer Prize winning 'V-Letter and Other Poems' (1944). (See Diederik Oostdijk, 'The Wartime Success of Karl Shapiro's V-Letter' (2006).) The present item is a V-Mail [Victory Mail] letter: a 13.5 x 11 cm photograph print of an autograph letter bearing the censor's stamp.

[Royal Navy officer in the Crimea and China War; Album.] Eighteen Royal Navy 'Certificates of Lieut. G. T. Medd', signed by 15 captains/commanders (on HMS Sidon, HMS Britannia and others) including Sir W. M. Dowell, Lord Gilford,, E. A. Inglefield.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [Edward Augustus Inglefield; Sir William Montagu Dowell; Lord Gilford [Richard James Meade, 4th Earl of Clanwilliam]]
Publication details: 
1850-1860. Port Royal, Jamaica; Bermuda; Portsmouth; Malta; Kinburn, Crimea; Sheerness; Ningpo, China; Canton; 'Beyrout'.
£450.00

Rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Medd served in the Crimea and the China War, 1857-58 (medals with 2 clasps). He retired in 1861 invalided. Turning to the church he was made a deacon in 1868 and a priest in 1870. He was Curate of Rotherfield, Sussex, 1868-70; Curate of Harrietsham, Kent, 1870-76; and Vicar of Whitchurch, near Aylesbury, from 1876 to his death. Eighteen documents laid down on leaves of a contemporary notebook, bound in black half calf with marbled covers.

[Admiral Sir George Martin] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo Martin') to 'My Dear Julius', i.e. John Julius William Angerstein, grandson of patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein, regarding his desire to see service [in the First Anglo-Ashanti War].

Author: 
Admiral Sir George Martin (1764-1847), distinguished Royal Navy officer [John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), London merchant and art patron]
Publication details: 
Portsmouth. 27 December 1826.
£280.00

The recipient of this letter, John Julius William Angerstein (1800-1866), was son of the MP John Angerstein (c.1774-1858) and grandson of the celebrated patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), whose collection forms the basis of the National Gallery. At the time of writing J. J. W. Angerstein – a noted spendthrift and patron of the turf – was a captain in the Grenadier Guards. Martin was a family friend, and one of the two executors of J. J. Angerstein. 2pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmarks and part of seal in red wax, to 'J. J. W.

['Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer), comedian and actor.] Autograph Signature: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'.

Author: 
'Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer (1908-1990)], comedian and actor in music hall, theatre, film and television
Publication details: 
No place. 1951.
£28.00

On one side of 8 x 13.5 cm leaf of cream paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight creasing to one corner. A good, firm underlined signature. Reads: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'. On the reverse is the autograph of an unknown signatory: 'To Enid | [Sister? Lister?] [J?] Ferguson'.

[George Hamilton Chichester, 3rd Marquess of Donegall.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Donegall') to a 'Friend', regarding his witnessing of a will, and remuneration for his 'moderate account'.

Author: 
George Hamilton Chichester (1797-1883), 3rd Marquess of Donegall [Earl of Belfast, 1799-1844)], Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, Lord Lieutenant of Antrim
Publication details: 
No place. 26 March 1870.
£220.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded once.

[Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime minister to be murdered.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Rev. Dr. George Gaskin, Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, returning one item and ordering four others.

Author: 
Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, assassinated [Rev. Dr. George Gaskin (1751-1829), Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christan Knowledge]
Publication details: 
Lincoln's Inn Fields [London]. 20 December 1800.
£280.00

1p, 4to. On bifolium addressed on verso of second leaf to 'Revd Dr. Gaskin | Bartlett's Buildings', with Perceval's seal in red wax split between the bottom two corners of the same page, which is also endorsed by Gaskin: 'London | Hon. Spencer Percival [sic] | Recd Decr 23. 1800'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'Mr Perceval's Compts. to Dr. Gaskin and returns the 10th. Vol of the Society's Tracts which is marked the 9th and has been sent in the set by mstake instead of the 10th. Mr.

[Leslie Hotson and Norman Holmes Pearson on a George Washington letter.] Autograph Letter Signed from Hotson, and Typed Letter Signed from Pearson, both to Robert Beloe, discussing the proposed sale of his George Washington letter.

Author: 
Leslie Hotson [John Leslie Hotson] (1897-1992), authority on Elizabethan literature; Norman Holmes Pearson (1909-75), Yale academic [Robert Beloe (1905-84), educationalist; George Washington]
Publication details: 
Hotson's letter from Northford, Connecticut (but sent from a museum in Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, Amsterdam), 29 January 1955. Pearson's letter from 233 Hall of Graduate Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1 February 1955.
£120.00

Two Air Mail letters, both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Both letters are addressed to Beloe (author of the 1960 Beloe Report - education at The Hill House, Queen's Road, Richmond, Surrey. The subject of the two letters is a letter from George Washington to Lieutenant Governor Dinwiddie, Belvoir, 7 March 1754, beginning ''Honble. Sir | If the Vessel you Honour hir'd of Colo. Eyre has not left York'. The letter is now at Mount Vernon. ONE: Hotson's letter, signed 'Leslie Hotson'. 29 January 1955. 1p., 12mo.

[H. G. Wells, author of 'The War of the Worlds' and 'The Time Machine'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. G. Wells') to 'Mrs. Hind' [wife of Charles Lewis Hind], concerning 'C. C's particular resistance 'to all instructions & recommendations'.

Author: 
H. G. Wells [Herbert George Wells] (1866-1946), celebrated author of 'The War of the Worlds' and 'The Time Machine'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 47 Chiltern Court, Clarence Gate, N.W.1. [London] 3 October 1931.
£280.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and folded twice. The letter reads: 'Dear Mrs. Hind. | I would if I could but I have no power to do so. I know C. C (though our intimacy is much exaggerated) and he is particularly resistant to all instructions & recommendations. | All my good wishes | H. G. Wells'. The identity of 'C. C' is unclear. From the papers of Charles Lewis Hind (1862-1927), author, journalist and art historian.

[Caroline Norton, social reformer, George Meredith's 'Diana of the Crossways'.] Autograph Letter Signed, requesting permission to attend 'some curious experiments of animal magnetism'.

Author: 
Caroline Norton [Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton] (1808-1877), author and social reformer, heroine of the novel 'Diana of hte Crossways' by her friend George Gissing
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£500.00

1p., 16mo. With mourning border. Aged and worn, with tear to one corner and glue stains on reverse. Signed 'Caroline Norton'. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | The Prince Schomberg having told me of some curious experiments in animal magnetism which you would make this evg. I called to ask permission to witness them -'. She will 'retract' her 'petition' if he has 'no other ladies present – or if the persons on whom the experiments are made, only speak German', as she 'will not be able to understand enough of what passes'.

[The last Duchess of Gordon.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E Gordon'), from Elizabeth, Duchess of Gordon to her 'own Pastor' [Stuart?], regarding religious arrangements in Huntly, and 'the extreme destitution of the district of the bread of Life'.

Author: 
Elizabeth Gordon, Duchess of Gordon (née Brodie; 1794-1864), Scottish noblewoman, wife of George Duncan Gordon (1770-1836), 5th Duke of Gordon [Huntly Lodge, Strathgole, Aberdeenshire, Scotland]
Publication details: 
Huntley Lodge [Strathbogie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland], 18 May 1849.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. 78 lines of closely-written text. The Duchess became more fervently pious with the passing of the years, and the present letter bears testimony to her religious preoccupations. It begins: 'My dear Sir, | At the last meeting of the Huntley Presby. it was settled that Mr. King was to present the Petition from the Station [?] that it may be sanctioned as a Charge, if Mr. Mackray did not before the Genl.

[The first census of the British Empire.] Two documents printed for Earl Grey at the Colonial Office: Major Graham's 'Memorandum' of 'suggestions' on how to take a colonial census; and a letter from Grey instructing colonial governors to prepare one.

Author: 
Major George Graham (1801-1888), Registrar General of England and Wales, 1842-1879; Earl Grey [Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey (1802-1894)] [Sir Frederick Peel (1823-1906), Liberal MP]
Publication details: 
[HMSO, London.] The Major Graham document, dated from the General Register Office [Somerset House, London], 7 December 1848. The Grey circular dated from Downing Street, 20 January 1849.
£320.00

Two printed documents: the first carrying Major Graham's 'Memorandum' of 'suggestions respecting the mode of taking a Census in each of our Colonial Posssessions', together with his observations on the making up of 'Statistical Abstracts', a specimen 'Form of Return' and a covering letter; the second a circular letter from Earl Grey, instructing colonial governors 'to cause a Return of the Population of the Colony under your Government to be prepared'. For the background to these two documents, see A. J.

[Earl Grey and the Australian Constitutions Act 1850.] Privately-circulated printed transcript of the dispatch of Earl Grey to Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, Governor of New South Wales, dated 30 August 1850, explaining the details of the act.

Author: 
Earl Grey [Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey (1802-1894)] [Sir Frederick Peel (1823-1906), Liberal Liberal MP]
Publication details: 
No printer or date. [London: HMSO, circa 1850.] Letter dated 'Downing Street, | August 30, 1850.'
£1,750.00

No other copy of the present document, which was privately printed by Her Majesty's Stationery Office for Grey, as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, has been discovered. It certainly pre-dates the first publication of the dispatch in 1851. The dispatch is of high significance, being Grey's own explanation of the 'details' of a highly-significant 'measure' in the history of the Australian constitution. [12]pp, foolscap 8vo.

Thomas Trotter's engraving of 'Dr Johnson in his Travelling Dress as described in Boswell's Tour'. Lord Houghton's copy, with an Autograph Letter Signed to him from George Daniel, discussing the engraving.

Author: 
Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784); George Daniel (1789-1864); Thomas Trotter (1750-1803); George Kearsley (c.1739-1790); Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809-1885)
Publication details: 
Trotter's engraving 'Published as the Act directs Janry. 18Th 1786 by Geo. Kearsley No 46 Fleet Street [London]'. Daniel's letter from No. 18 Canonbury Square, Islington, 20 March 1854.
£500.00

Both engraving and letter are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: Engraving captioned: 'Dr JOHNSON in his Travelling Dress as described in BOSWELLS. TOUR. | The Drs. reply to Mr. B- on the loss of his Oak Stick in the Hebrides. | “No, no, my friend, it is not to be expected that any Man in Mull who has got it will part with it. Consider, Sir, the value of such a piece of Timber Here!” At top right: 'Drawn from the Life, and engrav'd by T Trotter.' Price given in print as 1s 6d. Dimensions of paper: 27 x 18.5 cm. Dimensions of image: 25 x 17.5 cm.

[George Cruikshank, celebrated caricaturist, on Sir Charles Wheatstone and the 'Submarine Telegraph'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geoe Cruikshank') to C. Le Motte, describing Wheatstone's attempts to 'lay a wire across the Thames' and in Swansea.

Author: 
George Cruikshank (1792-1878), celebrated caricaturist, friend and illustrator of Charles Dickens [Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), inventor, pioneer of the submarine telegraph]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 263 Hampstead Road, N.W. [London] 17 October 1866.
£220.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. With Cruikshank's splendid sprawling signature. Addressed to 'C. Le Motte Esq' and beginning: 'Sir, | Professor Wheatstone did not lay the wire across the Thames as he proposed to do, on account of the “Trawling” in that River and also finding some trouble in obtaining permission from the Lord Mayor – as “Conservator of the Thames” - In 1840 he had all the plans and apparatus ready – and in 1844 he in company with the Member for Swansea [i.e.

[George Dyer, poet and English Jacobin, writes to the Earl of Buchan following a visit to his seat, Dryburgh Abbey, Berwickshire.] Substantial Autograph Letter Signed ('G Dyer'), discussing the preparation of his volume of poems and other topics.

Author: 
George Dyer (1755-1841), poet and radical, leading English Jacobin, in circle of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Godwin, Lamb; David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan (1742-1829), Scottish antiquarian
Publication details: 
Cambridge. Undated, but written shortly before the publication of his poems in 1801.
£2,000.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin stub from mount neatly adhering. A long, closely written letter of 116 lines, including eight-line postscript at head of first page. Addressed by Dyer on reverse of second leaf: 'To Lord Buchan | Dryburgh Abbey | Berwickshire | Scotland.' Buchan has annotated the reverse of the second leaf: 'George Dyer | Characteristic | while I reasoned with George Dyer in my Library at Dryburgh Abbey on the Economy of Nature and the Providence of God, I said Heaven itself will one day bear witness to my Words.

[Letter from William Hayley ('Blake's Hayley') to Miss Harriet Poole of Chichester, franked by the Earl of Egremont.] Unsigned Autograph letter from Hayley to 'Miss Poole' regarding 'the Sheffield Travellers'. Franked 'Egremont'.

Author: 
William Hayley (1745-1820), English author, friend of William Cowper and William Blake; George Wyndham (1751-1837), 3rd Earl of Egremont [Miss Harriet Poole of Chichester]
Publication details: 
London. 3 February 1795.
£60.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. Franked on the other side, with broken seal in red wax and postmark: 'London Feby: the 3 1795 | Miss Poole | Chichester | Egremont'. Unsigned, and in Hayley's untidy hand. Reads: 'Tuesday | 5 oclock | I have not been able to call on the Sheffield Travellers today but having caught a Frank from my noble Friend of Petworth I will dispatch my Servant without losing another post | adio'. Hayley later introduced his friend Miss Harriet Poole (‘the Lady of Lavant’) to William Blake, who would join him on visits to her villa in Lavant.

[George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer, politician and bibliophile.] Document in a secretarial hand, signed 'Spencer', to a peer, regarding 'the pay and allowances to the Lamerton and Milton Abbott Corps'.

Author: 
George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), politician and bibliophile, first President of the Roxburghe Club, owner of the Althorp Library (now at the John Rylands Library in Manchester)
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 15 April 1806.
£65.00

1p., 8vo. Slight damp damage along left-hand margin, otherwise in fair condition. Reads: 'My Lord, | I have been honoured with your Lordship's Letter of this day's date; and I will lose no time in giving fresh authority to the Secretary at War to issue the pay and allowances to the Lamerton and Milton Abbott Corps, according to the amended return now transmitted to me by your Lordship.' Docketed on reverse.

[Margaret Ashton, Manchester suffragist and local politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Margaret Ashton') to 'Mr Armstrong' [the journalist George Gilbert Armstrong], regarding 'suffrage work' and 'the N[orth] W[est] Manchester Bye Election'

Author: 
Margaret Ashton (1856-1937), suffragist, local politician, pacifist and philanthropist, the first woman City Councillor for Manchester [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945), radical journalist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 8 Kinnaird Road, Withington, Manchester. 25 July 1912.
£75.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. She asks if he is 'able to give us any time for speaking open air during the N W Manchester Bye Election. It looks as if our Suffrage work would be propaganda only but we mustn't lose the chance. We shall open a C[ommi]ttee room on Monday'. She asks him to 'drop me a line' at 'the office 16 Deansgate – giving possible dates'. Ashton was the first woman to run for election to Manchester City Council, being elected in 1908 the first female City Councillor at Manchester Withington. From the Armstrong papers.]

[William Walrond Jackson, Rector of Exeter College, Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed [to Professor George Frederick Armstrong], explaining the reasons for declining his application for a 'Professorial Fellowship' at Exeter College.

Author: 
W. W. Jackson [William Walrond Jackson] (1838-1931), Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, 1887-1913 [George Frederick Armstrong (1842-1900), Regius Professor of Engineering at Edinburgh University]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Exeter College, Oxford. 24 October 1895.
£35.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.

[Hanns Bruno Geinitz, German geologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dr. H. B. Geinitz'), in English, regarding his dealings in Dresden with 'Mr. Pilkington'.

Author: 
Hanns Bruno Geinitz (1814-1900), German geologist, Professor of Geology and Mineralogy in the Royal Polytechnic School at Dresden, and director of the Royal Mineralogical and Geological Museum
Publication details: 
'Dresden the 18. Jan. 1896.'
£150.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, somewhat aged and worn. The recipient is not named, but is presumably George Frederick Armstrong (1842-1900), Professor of Engineering, Ediinburgh, from whose family papers the item derives. Geinitz writes: 'With many thanks for your kind letter to introduce Mr. Pilkington. I only regret, that snow and other effects of Winter-time did not allow any trip in the neighborhood [sic] for Geological purposes: we could only spend some days for studies in our Geological Museum, which Mr.

[Lady Beatrice Rochdale and 'the Suffrage Cause'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Beatrice Rochdale') to 'Mr Armstrong' [radical journalist G. G. Armstrong] regarding the arrangements for a meeting he is giving on the question.

Author: 
Lady Beatrice Rochdale [Lady Beatrice Mary Kemp, Baroness Rochdale, née Egerton] (1871-1966), children's author and suffragist [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945), radical journalist and politician]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Beechwood, Rochdale. 25 February [circa 1912].
£65.00

The wife of a Liberal MP and author of children's books, Lady Beatrice Rochdale 'spoke, helped at suffrage stalls, etc.; took part in processions' (see J. Vellacott, 'From Liberal to Labour with Women's Suffrage', 1993). 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. She notes that Armstrong has 'kindly promised to speak at a meeting here on the 6th. of March for the Suffrage Cause', and invites him to 'a meal here either before or after meeting'. She wonders whether it might 'be a help if I sent you back in the Motor'. The letter ends: 'I am afraid we shall not have a very large meeting'.

[Alys Pearsall Smith, first wife of Bertrand Russell.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alys Russell') to 'Mr Armstrong' [radical journalist George Gilbert Armstrong], regarding his 'valuable little pamphlet'.

Author: 
Alys Russell [born Alyssa Whitall Pearsall Smith] (1867-1951), American Quaker activist, sister of critic Logan Pearsall Smith, first wife of Bertrand Russell [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 11 St Leonard's Terrace, Chelsea, S.W. [London] 29 June 1917.
£220.00

She thanks him for sending his 'most interesting & valuable little pamphlet', which she will give to her friends to read, hoping that it will 'really help at this most difficult time'. She is struck by his 'footnote about “The Freedom of the Seas”', and wishes she 'could really understand that subject'. She ends by asking (disingenuously?) if anything has been written which 'puts your point of view at more length & simply enough for an ordinary mortal to take it in'. The pamphlet referred to is presumably Armstrong's 'Peace with Security' (1917).

[Admiral Sir George Back, explorer of the Canadian Arctic.; his Arctic Mission; Ross] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Back') to 'Captain Maconochie' [Alexander Maconochie], regarding packing for a journey.

Author: 
Admiral Sir George Back (1796-1878), explorer of the Canadian Arctic, naturalist and artist [Alexander Maconochie (1787-1860), Scottish naval officer, Governor of Norfolk Island, penal reformer]
Publication details: 
8 February 1833. No place.
£500.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on blank reverse of second leaf to 'Captain Maconochie'. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'My dear Maconochie | I have not yet done packing - Have they sent the Books &c from the Ad[miralt]y.?' He next refers to 'the Almanack for 34', and his plans for the following day's 'Journey' [to Arctic - see NOte below]. From 1830 Maconochie was the first secretary of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1833 he became the first professor of Geography at the University College London.

[Punch history; C. L. Graves and Punch editor E. V. Knox.] Autograph Letter Signed from 'C L. G.' to 'Evoe', discussing in detail questions relating to his planned history of Punch, with long autograph 'Notes on your Memorandum'.

Author: 
C. L. Graves [Charles Larcom Graves (1856-1944), assistant-editor of Punch and the Spectator, uncle of poet Robert Graves [E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971, 'Evoe'), editor of Punch]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Kent Lodge, Westgate-on-Sea, Thanet. 30 May 1938. Memorandum undated.
£750.00

For information on Graves see his generous obituary in The Times, 18 April 1944. Both items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with minor staining from paperclip to first leaf of letter. The work was not published, and although Graves states in Item One that the greater part of the text is 'in the hands of my typist', there is no record of its survival, or of the thousand related documents he states were sent to him by M. H. Spielmann. ONE: ALS from 'C L. G.' to 'Dear Evoe'. 4pp., landscape 8vo.

[George du Maurier, Punch artist and cartoonist.] Autograph Signature ('Yours faithfully | George du Maurier') in response to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
George du Maurier [George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurie] (1834-1896), Punch cartoonist and novelist
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00

On 5 x 10 cm slip of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | George du Maurier'. The first line lightly inked, the signature itself bold and strong. Nothing else on the card, except for the number '92' in a contemporary hand at top left above the signature.

[ The Imperial Visit to India, 1911 to 1912. ] Four numbers of 'Society Illustrated' ('The Foremost Social Paper in India'), one of them containing 'a full pictorial/descriptive Record of the Imperial Visit to Calcutta'., another The Delhi Durbar.

Author: 
[ The Imperial Visit to India, 1911 to 1912 ] [ 'Society Illustrated', Calcutta; the Delhi Durbar ]
Publication details: 
'Society Illustrated', Calcutta. Vol.1, nos.15-18inc., Dec.1911-Jan.1912. All three published by E. G. Cole & Co., Calcutta, and printed by D. L. Monro at The Calcutta General Printing Co.
£500.00

The four items are uniform in layout, the magazine being subtitled 'A Journal of Social, General and Sporting Events'. All folio, the first two (15 and 16) each consisting of 44pp. within twelve pages of advertisements; the third (17) 72pp, the last (18) consisting of 40pp. within 12pp. of advertisements. The four in fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Produced in the style of the Illustrated London News, and profusely illustrated throughout. The three items are from the papers of Sir Richard Harington, Judge of the High Court, Calcuta.

[Richard Curzon, 4th Earl Howe, to marine artist W. L. Wyllie.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Howe.'), regarding a luncheon in Portsmouth by 'the Admiral' in celebration of the anniversary of the Glorious First of June, and restoration of HMS Victory..

Author: 
Earl Howe [Richard George Penn Curzon, 4th Earl Howe] (1861-1929), Conservative politician [William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931), distinguished English marine artist; the Glorious First of June]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 34 Curzon Street, W. [London] 24 May 1923.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with pinhole to one corner. Addressed to 'Dear Mr.

[George Augustus Sala: 1881 Christmas Day menu by 'Sala & Co | Refreshment Contractors'.] Hand-written menu on decorative card.

Author: 
George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), journalist, author and bon viveur, associated with the Illustrated London News (as G. A. S.) and the Daily Telegraph, founder of the Savage Club,
Publication details: 
'Sala & Co | Refreshment Contractors | 46 Mecklenburgh Sq. | W.C.' 1881.
£160.00

An attractive item, neatly written out in black ink on one side of a 13 x 8.5 cm piece of shiny card, with printed decorative border of flowers in gold and blue. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of mount adhering to reverse. As a joke, at the foot, in block capitals, the menu is attributed to 'Sala & Co | Refreshment Contractors', at Sala's address. An interesting artefact of the Victorian Christmas. The menu reads:'[fleuron] Menu. | CHRISTMAS DAY | 1881 | oysters on the half shell.

[Gordon of Khartoum climbs Mount Ararat.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. A. Gordon') from General Gordon's sister Mary Augusta Gordon to 'Mr. Robson', regarding the latter's meeting with 'one of the sappers' who took part in the expedition.

Author: 
Mary Augusta Gordon [latterly Mary Augusta Blunt] (1822-1893), sister of General Gordon [Charles George Gordon (1833-1885); Gordon of Khartoum; Chinese Gordon; Royal Engineers]
Publication details: 
5 Rockstone Place, Southampton. 16 November 1889.
£180.00

The ascent of Mount Ararat took place in 1857, while Gordon was leading a mission of the Royal Engineers ('sappers') to delineate the border between Russian and Ottoman Armenia. While he did not himself reach the summit of Mount Ararat, he did toboggan down it. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. She thanks him for 'the interesting account of your meeting one of the sappers who attempted the ascent of Mount Ararat with my brother'.

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