[ Thomas Gibson Bowles (1841-1922), grandfather of the six Mitford sisters (Diana, Jessica, Unity, Nancy, Deborah and Pamela), daughters of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale ]
Doune, Scotland; One captioned 1907. Another (of Nancy Mitford) c.1904.
Nine original black and white photographs, ranging in size from 8.5 x 13.5 cm to 7 x 4.5 cm. All in good condition, lightly-aged, and each laid down on a piece of card cut from leaves of an album, the card carrying manuscript captions. One of the photographs, captioned 'Father, on the Hoyden', is of a middle-aged Thomas Gibson Bowles in nautical attire, at the wheel of his yacht. The caption gives a clue to the provenance of the album. His daughter Sydney (1880-1963) – the future Lady Redesdale – features in four of the photographs as 'Honble.
J. G. Cazenove [ John Gibson Cazenove ] (1821-1896), Scottish theologian, Provost of Cumbrae Theological College, and Chancellor of Edinburgh Cathedral [ Rev. Robert Hutchison of Exeter College ]
All three letters from 66 Great King Street, Edinburgh [ Scotland ]. 7 and 14 November, and 29 October, 1868.
Three interesting and informative letters regarding a forgotten Scottish institution. Cumbrae Theological College (the College of the Holy Spirit), founded by George Boyle, 6th Earl of Glasgow in 1849 (and later affiliated to the University of Durham), was a seminary for ordination training. It closed in 1888. The recipient of the letter was Rev. Robert Hutchison, later of Exeter College, Oxford, and Winchester College. The three letters total 9pp. They are in good condition, lightly-aged. The letters are in response to an application by Hutchison for the position of assistant tutor.
James Gibson [ afterwards Sir James Gibson Craig (1765-1850) of Riccarton; Dr John Mitchell, M.D., Freemason, Master of the Caledonian Lodge of Edinburgh, Scotland ]
Edinburgh, 5th March 1808. Neill & Co. Printers.
12pp., 4to. Unbound. In fair condition, aged, worn, and with light damp-staining. An interesting document in the context of Whig politics and Freemasonry in Scotland. One of a number of acrimonious pamphlets exchanged between the two men. On 22 February 1808, a few days before the writing of the present pamphlet, Mitchell had distributed a handbill stating: 'I hereby declare to the world, that, Mr James Gibson, Writer to the Signet, of York Place, is a dastardly ruffian and infamous coward'.
William Hamilton Gibson (1850-1896), American illustrator and naturalist
On letterhead of 132 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn. 6 March 1894.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for a notice of his lecture which is 'sympathetic and in every way adequate and helpful'. He is accustomed to reviews 'which however kindly and appreciative have nevertheless so woefully manipulated my facts'. He gives as an example his 'good friend Baker of the Union', who 'in the kindliest & most cordial spirit put words in my mouth, statements of scientific fact [...] But it is as you have so often told me. The only way to establish a truth is to pound away at it, iteration and reiteration.'
[ Charles Dana Gibson, American illustrator, known for his illustrations of 'Gibson Girls' ] James Henderson & Sons, Victorian publishers
James Henderson & Sons, Red Lion House, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, E.C. Undated [ Edwardian ].
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium on shiny paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. The front cover carries a reproduction of the print 'Wireless Telegraphy.' Pp.3-4 carry reproductions of the 'Gibson Heads': 'NOW READY. - A Series of Sixteen Gibson Heads, of which the accompanying illustrations are miniatures. | Each subject is Hand-Printed on Japanese Hand-Made Tissue Paper, mounted ready for framing. Price 5s. 6d. each, post free.' Scarce: no copies on WorldCat, or on COPAC.
Julius Parnell Gibson [J. P. Gibson] (1868-1929), Keeper of Manuscripts, British Museum, London
All three on letterhead of the Department of Manuscripts, British Museum, London, WC. 4, 14 and 17 December 1912.
Casting an interesting sidelight on the purchasing practices of the British Museum Manuscripts Department. All three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Totalling 6pp., 12mo. On three bifoliums. ONE: ALS. 4 December 1912. 3pp., 12mo. As it is 'difficult to advise without further information as to the nature of the old papers' he invites her to 'send them up' so that he can 'report whether there is any probability of their purchase by the Trustees of the British Museum'. If they are 'bulky' he suggests sending 'specimens'.
'By the Superintendent of Schools for Upper Canada [Adolphus Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882)]'
'Printed by order of the Legislative Assembly.' Montreal: Printed by Lovell and Gibson, Saint Nicholas Street. 1847.
72pp., 12mo. With four fold-out tables. Stitched. No covers. With labels and shelfmark of the Education Department Reference Library, London (one of which, on the title-page, covers the words 'Printed by order of the Legislative Assembly.'). On aged and worn paper. The report proper covers pp.4-20, and is signed in type 'EGER. RYERSON.' Four copies found on OCLC WorldCat.
Strickland Gibson (1877-1958), librarian, bibliographer, and Keeper of the Archives at the University of Oxford [Stephen John Aldrich; Bodleian Library; bibliography; typography]
On letterhead of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. 27 October 1922.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper, unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Signed 'S. Gibson | (Secretary)'. He explains that as the 'beginning of the Michaelmas Term is an unusually busy time' he has 'only been able just recently to find time to study your very interesting contribution to the history of the R-printer'. He is going to insert Aldrich's article 'in our copy of the Speculum Doctrinale'.
Thomas Gibson Bowles (1841-1922), editor of the London society magazine 'Vanity Fair', founded by him in 1868 [Masson & Lewis, Accountants, 27 Leadenhall Street, London]
Bowles's report dated 10 November 1880. 'Balance Sheet' and 'Comparative Statement' both by Masson & Lewis, Accountants, 27 Leadenhall Street, London, and both for the half-year ending 30 September 1880.
The three items, all in manuscript, are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. All three are folded into the usual packets, with the two items by the accountants each titled in manuscript on the outside. Item One (Gibson's report): 'Report to accompany the Accounts of "Vanity Fair" for the six months ending 30th. Septr. 1880'. In Bowles's autograph, and signed by him at the foot, 'Thos. G. Bowles | 10 Novr 1880'. 1p., foolscap 8vo.
Alexander J. Murray, solicitor, 1 Clement's Inn, London [Hanbury; Thomas Gibson Bowles (1841-1922), editor of the London society magazine 'Vanity Fair', founded by him in 1868]
Entries dating from 1 November 1881 to 1 July 1882. Document carrying tax stamp postmarked 14 March 1883.
5pp., foolscap 8vo. Attached with green ribbon. The sale was a protracted affair, and the detailed nature of these accounts may be due to Murray's desire to justify his charges of £22 1s 6d. The first entry reads: '1881 | Novr. 1st. Attending Mr. Bowles on his calling and receiving his instructions to act for all parties in the Sale of 1/18th. Share in "Vanity Fair" and General Roberts Executors would call and hand me the necessary papers [6s 8d]'. Other entries include 'Novr. 28th  Writing Mr. Bowles that the Deed would be ready for his signature tomorrow morning [5s]', 'Jany.
Edmund Evans (1826-1905), wood engraver and printer who worked with Greenaway, Crane, Caldecott and others [George Clulow, President of Ye Sette of Odd Volumes; William Home Lizars, Scottish engraver]
Letter: On letterhead of Raquet Court, Fleet Street, E.C., London. 23 December 1885.
Plate: Portrait of 'Peter Morris, M.D. | Printed at the Ballantyne Press'. 'Painted by John Watson. Engraved in alto relievo by W. Lizars.' Dimensions of plate 10.5 x 9.5cm., on 12mo leaf. The frontispiece to the first volume of the 1819 Ballantyne edition of Lockhart's 'Peter's Letters to his Kinsfolk'. In fair condition, on foxed paper. Letter: 4pp., 12mo. On bifolium. Fair, on aged paper, with remains of stub adhering to margin.
William Hamilton Gibson (1850-1896), American illustrator, author and naturalist
On letterhead of the Authors Club, 19 West 24th Street, New York; 27 January 1887.
2pp., 8vo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with two unobtrusive pinholes to second leaf (not affecting text). He is sending the 'matter' to Bramief 'as an earnest of my good nature, for I think I am somewhat justified under the circumstances in the impression that you have been a trifle <?> and exacting.' He still considers the form of is second letter 'was all that you could reasonably have asked for and that the request for so called "copy" was especially needless in the facce of the fact that it was in any event to be trusted turned, cut and otherwise subdued to suit your requirements'.
Rowland Gibson Hazard (1801-1845) , American industrialist, founder of the Peace Dale Manufacturing Company, Rhode Island, politician, and abolitionist [Fireman's Mutual Insurance Company]
Letter: Peace Dale, Rhode Island; 16 December 1838. Receipt: Providence; 7 August 1862.
Letter: 1p., 12mo. Fair, on lighty-aged paper. Hazard does not 'hold the bonds you allude to', but still has some other interests in relation to a named party. He will be in New York 'ere long'. Docketed on the reverse: 'Does not hold La C Bond | Wil be in N Y before long'. The receipt is attractively printed on one side of a piece of 16 x 6.5 cm paper. In good condition. Hazard acknowledges receipt from the company of $56.87, the dividend on inusrance policy 1931. Signed by him 'Peace Dale Mg Co | [signed] R G Hazard Jnor'. The two items appear unconnected.
Captain Charles Edgar Gibson, of the 49th Regiment of Foot [Crimean War; Sebastopol]
Letter One: 'Camp Sebastopol. January 24th. 1856.' Letter Two: 'Camp 49 Regt Sebastopol. March 31st.'
Letter One: 12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. 75 lines of text. Clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Expresses regret at 'Morten Edens melancholy death, so young & so clever as he was'. 'There is great talk of Peace. We hardly know if to believe it - few will be sorry should the news prove to be true, as I think most of us have had enough fighting. Apparently refers to his sweetheart under a cypher. She has not written to him, but 'London gaieties have little time for correspondence'. 'The weather here is something awful - cold & wet, fogs & sleet.
William Conyngham Plunket (1828-1897), 4th Baron Plunket, Archbishop of Dublin and Dean of Christ Church Cathedral [Edward Gibson (1837-1913), 1st Baron Ashbourne, Lord Chancellor of Ireland]
23 October 1888; Old Connaught House, Bray.
12mo, 2 pp. On his monogrammed letterhead (letter P with coronet). Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'My dear Lord Chancellor'. He cannot accept the 'kind invitation' as he has friends staying with him, 'whom I cannot well leave'.
Stephen Gwynn, Edward Dowden, George Moore, F. Hugh O'Donnell, John Eglinton, Hon. W. Gibson, contributors [Irish literature; Ireland]
No.3. July 1904. Publishers: Hodges, Figgis & Co., Ltd. Grafton Street, Dublin; David Nutt, 57-59 Long Acre, London, W.C.
12mo, 32 pp (paginated 65-96). Stapled. In original grey printed wraps. On aged and foxed paper, in worn wraps. Closed tears to last leaf and back wrap, which carries tape from postage. Contains 'The Policy of the Irish Party' by Stephen Gwynn, 'A Sunday in July (Poem)' by 'Professor Dowden', 'Moods and Memories, IV' by George Moore, 'The Facts of the Churchbuilding Question in Ireland' by F. Hugh O'Donnell, 'On Going to Church' by John Eglinton, 'On the Possibility of a Thought Revival in Ireland' and 'Hon. W. Gibson'.
Charles Stewart Vane-Tempest-Stewart (1852-1915), 6th Marquess of Londonderry, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1886-1889 [Edward Gibson, 1st Baron Ashbourne; his wife Frances Marie Adelaide Gibson]
15 May (to Lady Ashbourne)and 11 August (to Lord Ashbourne) [years not stated, but between 1886 and 1889]; on letterheads of the Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin.
Both items good, on lightly-aged paper. Letter One (15 May, to Lady Ashbourne): 16mo, 2 pp. Nine lines. Accepting an invitation to a garden-party. 'I have two Cricket Matches [...] I have promised to go for an hour to the Unionists Cricket Match, but could come on to you after that, if that day suited you.' Letter Two (11 August, to Lord Ashbourne): 12mo, 2 pp. Fourteen lines. He thanks him for the 'Letters & enclosed Draft'. 'I had to send my Letter off before it arrived, as the takes place to-day, but fortunately it was drawn on almost identical lines as yours, so it is all right.
William Parkinson [JUDY; PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI]
5 August 1900; ' "Deerhurst" | Streatham | London. S.W.'
Parkinson received the degree of Master of Arts from Oriel College, Oxford, but took up art and drew the cartoons for Judy magazine, 1890-96. One page, 12mo. Very good if a tad grubby. Folded once. Attractive illustration, roughly two inches square, in top left-hand corner, showing the head and shoulders of a 'Gibson girl' type beauty, in dress with leg o'mutton sleeves, looking over her left shoulder. Clearly responding to request for autograph, the text reads 'Most willingly | Yours faithfully | Wm Parkinson. | Aug 5. 1900. | "Dearhurst" | Streatham | London. S.W.'
THE LEAGUE OF REMEMBRANCE [Mrs E. H. Gibson (Myra Macindoe Gibson)]
Gibson's letter, 31 May 1957, on League of Remembrance letterhead; carbon of reply, 3 June 1957. Report printed by 'THE GARDEN CITY PRESS LTD., LETCHWORTH, HERTS.'
Mrs Gibson, whose husband was Vice-Chairman of the League, died in 1966. Her letter (one page, quarto, very good apart from rust stain from paperclip) explains that the League is 'at present in temporary premises' and 'without accommodation for its Annual General Meeting' in November ('Her Grace the Duchess of Beaufort is to preside.'), and asks if 'your Society of its kindness, could find it possible to lend a room for the Meeting'. Points out that 'this organisation is over 40 years old', and asks for details of hiring fee. Signed 'Myra Gibson'.
5 October 1915; '8, Granville Park | Blackheath, S.E.'
British linguist (1871-1942), Professor of German in the University of London. One page, 12mo. Very good. Docketed and bearing R.S.A. stamp. 'In answer to your letter of October 2nd., I have pleasure in sending a Report on the Viva Voce German Examinations held in 1915.' Signed 'H. G. Atkins'.