GOTHIC

[ Charles Robert Maturin, author of 'Melmoth the Wanderer'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles R. Maturin'), asking a 'dearest friend' to spend time 'en famille'.

Author: 
Charles Robert Maturin [ C. R. Maturin ], Irish writer of gothic novels and plays, best-known for 'Melmoth the Wanderer'
Publication details: 
No place. 'Monday Eveng' [ no date ].
£350.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with top part of second leaf torn away. Reads: 'My dearest friend | I attempted to see you to day but was not able to reach your house – Will you come in charity and sit with us two hours on Thursday evening | En famille | We will give you a well aired room, a little <?>, and your sons shall have a quadrille | Ever yours | Charles R. Maturin', Maturin was the great-uncle of Oscar Wilde, who adopted the name 'Sebastian Melmoth' during his self-exile on the continent.

[ Charles Robert Maturin, author of 'Melmoth the Wanderer'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. R. Maturin') to William Spooner, writh reference to a 'friendly letter' by Sir Walter Scott, and his family's 'romantic' history.

Author: 
Charles Robert Maturin [ C. R. Maturin ], Irish writer of gothic novels and plays, best-known for 'Melmoth the Wanderer'
Publication details: 
No place [ Dublin, Ireland ]. 15 August [ no year ].
£600.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn. The breaking open of the wafer has resulted in slight loss at the beginning of Maturin's signature. Addressed on reverse to 'William Spooner Esqre | at Mr Millikin's | Grafton Street'. (His not writing of 'Dublin' implies that he is writing from the same place.) Maturin was the great-uncle of Oscar Wilde, who adopted the name 'Sebastian Melmoth' during his self-exile on the continent.

[ Sir Charles Barry, architect who worked on the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. ] Autograph Signature ('Charles Barry').

Author: 
Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860), English architect who worked on the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On 3 x 11 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Cut from the end of a letter. Good firm signature. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | Charles Barry'.

[ Alfred Waterhouse ] Autograph Note Signed "A Waterhouse" to "Lucas" [John Seymour Lucas?]

Author: 
Alfred Waterhouse, architect and artist.
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] 20 New Cavendish Street, Portland Place, W., 8 April 1896.
£65.00

One page, 12mo, bifolium, fold mark, good condition. £I have obtained a photograph of my Academy drawing before I coloured it, & beg to send you a copy." Postscript written at an angle, "I shall be very glad to go out with the working drawings of the first wing, when you say the word." Note: further enlightenment welcome.

[ Emilio Marolda, ] Elegant engraved ticket of invitation, illustrated with six cherubs, inviting 'Mr. George Bodleys' [ Gothic Revival architect George Frederick Bodley ] to the 'Fête d'Ouverture' of his 'nouvel [sic] atelier' in London.

Author: 
Emilio Marolda, Sicilian interior designer, artist and decorator [ George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907), Gothic revival architect ]
Publication details: 
74a Margaret Street, Cavendish Square [London]. Thursday 1 July [c.1881?].
£100.00

Printed in black on one side of 13.5 x 18.5 cm card. Plate dimensions 11.5 x 16 cm. Aged and spotted. An attractive and elegant production with both illustration and text engraved. The illustration, with engraved signature of 'E Marolda' shows six putti playing with a string of foliage, with one in the bottom left-hand corner swathed in ribbon and standing beside an architectural feature. The text reads: 'Les Muses réunies prient ['Mr. George Bodleys' inserted in mansucript] de vouloir bien honorer de ['sa' inserted] presence le nouvel atelier de Sigr.

[Sir Charles Barry, architect.] Typescript of unpublished 'R.I.B.A. Essay [by A. E. Bullock?] on the "Biography of a British Architect (deceased) practising in the nineteenth century". Sir Charles Barry 1795-1860 Motto. "Shingales"'.

Author: 
[Sir Charles Barry, R.A., Gothic revival architect, designer of the Palace of Westminster] [Albert Edward Bullock, ARIBA?; Royal Institute of British Architects, London]
Publication details: 
Without date or place [Royal Institute of British Architects, London. [Circa 1905.]
£320.00

[2] + 34 + [8]pp., 8vo. Each page on the recto of a leaf, and all 44 leaves held together by a brass stud. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Ownership or authorship inscription at foot of title page: 'Albert E. Bullock | 45 Fairlawn Av: | Chiswick.' With occasional manuscript emendations, apparently in the same hand.

[Printed translation into Portuguese of the first Gothic novel, Horace Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto'.] Livraria Amena | O Castello de Otranto. Conto Gothico por W. Marshall. Esq. Vertido do Inglez.

Author: 
'W. Marshall. Esq.' [Horace Walpole] [J. J. A. Silva, Lisbon publisher]
Publication details: 
Lisboa [Lisbon]: Typographia de J. J. A. Silva, 1854.
£350.00

[1] + 111pp., 16mo. Unbound or lacking wraps (?). Aged and worn, with slight ink staining to title-page. The text is preceded by a full-page 'Prologo' from the publishers. No other copy traced on either Worldcat, COPAC, or PORBASE, and does not feature in the list of 'Later Editions' of the novel on pp.66-67 of A. T. Hazen's 1948 Walpole bibliography.

54 of John Carter's original engravings, from his own drawings, for his 'Views of Ancient Buildings in England' (1786-1793).

Author: 
John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and draughtsman
John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and draughtsman
Publication details: 
All 54 captioned as 'Engrav'd & Pub'd' by John Carter between January 1786 and January 1791, successively at Wood Street and College Street, Westminster; and Hamilton Street, Hyde Park Corner; from drawings made by him between 1766 and 1785.
£450.00
John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and draughtsman

All 54 are printed on paper 12 x 9 cm. Each is captioned and numbered in roman numerals, with the first as III and the last as XCVII. Carter published his 'Views of Ancient Buildings in England' between 1786 and 1793, and the six volumes contained a total of 120 views. Those LACKING from this collection, in arabic numerals, are 1, 2, 6-10, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 26, 36-38, 43, 48, 53, 57-59, 63-66, 69-71, 73, 75, 76, 78, 81-84, 90-94, 96, and 97-120.

English manuscript translations of three 'Moral Tales from the Original German of Augustus Lafontaine translated by J Powell [James Powell of the Custom House)] Vol III', titled 'The noblest Man', 'The Intrigue' and 'The Power of Conscience'.

Author: 
August Lafontaine (1759-1831), author; James Powell of the Custom House (and Newington Place, Surrey), translator
Moral Tales from the Original German of Augustus Lafontaine
Publication details: 
Circa 1804 (date of watermark). London?
£1,250.00
Moral Tales from the Original German of Augustus Lafontaine

4to, 134 pp. In original loose grey wraps, with 'Moral Tales | Vol III' in manuscript on front. Texts clear and complete, with numerous manuscript emendations. Fair, on aged paper, with slight creasing to corners of a few leaves. Wraps worn. Comprising 34 bifoliums (watermarked 'RW | KENT'), with a single leaf (watermarked 'TW | 1804') carrying the title 'Moral Tales. | from | the Original German of Augustus Lafontaine | translated | by | J Powell | Vol III | Contents of Vol III | The noblest Man. | The Intrigue | The Power of Conscience'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E Herbert') to Wyatt, on the subject of 'the lighting of the Wilton Chapel'.

Author: 
Edward Herbert (d.1870?) [Thomas Henry Wyatt (1807-1880); Wilton House]
Publication details: 
Cairo. Feby. 18. 1864.'
£45.00

12mo, 2 pp. With mourning border. 42 lines. Text clear and complete. On aged and worn paper, with slight chipping to extremities. Herbert has not yet received Wyatt's 'promised letter', but wants 'to say one word [...] about the lighting of the Wilton Chapel. The Gap must be brought to the centre of the Ceiling before the works are completed, as Mr. Olivier wishes to give Eveng. Lectures to the Servants on different occasions & I thought a Corona in the centre would light the whole [...] I can quite trust to yr. Taste to choose one.

Autograph Card Signed to the Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Francis Bond
Publication details: 
1 May 1901; on embossed letterhead 'FERRIBY, | WOODSIDE GREEN, | SOUTH NORWOOD. S.E.'
£45.00

English author (died 1918), and authority on church architecture. Three pages, on two 16mo cards (both embossed). Docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. 'May I offer a lecture of architectural character for next session? I have lectured to the R.I.B.A. on "Cathedral Chronology" and on "Continental Romanesque" and to the Architectural Association the London Institution &c If you will refer to the Secretary of the last or of the other institutions, you would obtain information as to the reception of my lectures.

[TRAVELLER'S SAMPLE] An essay on the history of English church architecture prior to the separation of England from the Roman obedience.

Author: 
George Gilbert Scott
Publication details: 
London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co. 1881.
£100.00

4to. In good condition, in original stamped patterned cloth and with attractive red leather label (somewhat worn) stamped with gilt on front board. Boards with bevelled edges worn and frayed at corners. Marbled endpapers, with front hinge cracked. Contains ten leaves comprising: frontispiece ('PLATE II. | TINTERN ABBEY. | EXTERIOR VIEW OF THE EAST END.'); title-leaf (title-page in red and black, with vignette and ruled with red lines); leaf with 'TABLE OF CONTENTS'; first two leaves of 'PREFACE' (pp.i-iv); and five leaves of text (pp.103-112).

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