George, Viscount Torrington [ George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington ] (1663-1733), Admiral of the Fleet [ Royal Navy ]
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 3 March 1724.
On 15 x 17 cm. piece of paper, cut from an Exchequer ledger. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. On the otherwise-blank reverse is the following in manuscript, with Torrington's signature: '3d March 1724 | Recd. ye full Consols | Torrington.' The other side of the paper carries the usual printed text, regarding a payment to 'Rt. Honourable George Viscount Torrington, in Repayment of Loan on the Eighth 2s. Aid, Anno 1724.'
Henry Ferne, Receiver General, and Cashier of His Majesty's Customs [ Richard Porter; English secret service; Stuart spying; espionage ]
[ His Majesty's Customs, London. ] 24 December 1701.
1p., on 24 x 16cm. piece of paper cut from Customs' ledger. The first part of the document reads: 'Recorded 24 Decembr 1701 | Received of the Lord ffitcharding three hundred pounds part of an Order of ten thousand two hundred pounds out of the 4½ P Cents for Secrett Service'. Below this, in the right-hand margin, Ferne has written: 'Three Hundred Pounds | Hen: Ferne | ple of 10200 | Pr Secret Service | 22 Decr. 1701'. At the foot of the page, in another hand: 'Witness. | Rd: Porter'.
Sir John Werden (1683-1758), 2nd Baronet, son of Sir John Werden [ Worden ] (1640-1715), judge, politician and diplomat [ R. Thornycroft;
[ The Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 5 September 1739.
Customary printed Exchequer receipt, completed in manuscript, headed (manuscript text in square brackets): Record' [the 20th August 1739] | The [th5] Day of [Septr] 173 | Received by me Sr John Werden Assignee of Sir. John Werden]'. Calculations in right-hand margin and clerical sign and docketing on reverse. Recording the receipt of £9 13s 4d, from Thomas Townshend. The printed text states that the money was raised 'upon an Act of Parliament, (Entituled, An Act for granting to Their Majestes certain Rates and Duties of Excise upon Beer, Ale, &c.
Henry Dana (1855-1921), general manager of Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1852-1917), actor-manager [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
His Majesty's Theatre [Haymarket, London]. 14 March 1908.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Contract, signed on Tree's behalf by Henry Dana. A printed form, completed in a second hand, headed 'HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE', and dated 14 March 1908. Signed by Dana: 'pp H Beerbohm Tree | Henry Dana'. Engaging 'Miss Sylvia Dryhurst' for 'The run of "The Merchant of Venice", at the salary of one guinea per week of six performances. 'This engagement is terminable by two weeks' notice on either side'. Not signed by SL. The second page carries the fifteen 'Rules and Regulations' of 'His Majesty's Theatre. | Proprietor and Manager - Mr. TREE.'
[British Army regulations for the Medical Services]
London: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1943. ['Notified in Army Orders for July, 1938'.] 'Printed [...] by William Clowes & Sons, Ltd., London and Beccles.'
xiii + 457pp., 12mo. In green printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Divided into 14 sections (from 'Composition and General Organization of the Medical Services of the Army' to 'Regulations affecting the Royal Air Force'), with 56 appendices ('Sanitary Reports' to 'Contents of Case of Tracheotomy Instruments'). Scarce: no copy of this 1943 issue traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat (and only four of the 1938 version). From a small archive of material belonging to Daphne Kayton of the Royal Army Medical Corps.
12mo (dimensions of leaf 18 x 8 cm): [iii] + 16 + 34 pp. No title leaf and publisher not stated. Printed on the versos only of 53 leaves. Unbound. In contemporary marbled-paper and cloth-spine wraps. Text clear and entire, on aged and lightly stained paper. Loss and staining to rear wrap. A few annotations in pen and pencil in contemporary hands (for example 'Horatio Nelson' is marked out as 'Lord Nelson'). Ownership inscription of Jane Hume. From the papers of her relative, Charles William Paterson, Admiral of the White.
[Board of Education, London; His Majesty's Stationery Office; W. R. Ainsworth]
Printed for official use only. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, By Eyre and Spottiswoode, Ltd., Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty. 1909.
171pp., 8vo. In original blue printed wraps. In good condition, on aged high-acidity paper, with chipping and wear to the wraps and first and last leaves. Ainsworth's ownership inscription at head of title-page. From the Board of Education Reference Library. Scarce: no copies on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.
[The Army Bureau of Current Affairs; ABCA; HMSO; His Majesty's Stationery Office; the Red Army]
Compiled by the Army Bureau of Current Affairs. Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Fosh & Cross, Ltd. 1943
Printed on both sides of a piece of paper., 75 x 102cm. In very good condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper. Designed to be placed on a barrack wall, but with no evidence of having been put up. A striking piece of graphic design, with a boldly-coloured map beneath a thick green curving masthead on the front, and another black and white map in the bottom left-hand corner. Headings to the text read: 'Churchill's Return', 'The Russian Tide', 'The Nazi Line', 'After Tunisia . .
Sir William Bowles (d.1681) and Robert Child, Masters of His Majesty's Tents [Lawrence Squibb; King Charles II]
23 June 1663.
On one side of a piece of 12mo laid paper. Fourteen lines of text, beneath the date, with the two signatures in the right-hand margin. On aged and worn paper, with bottom right-hand corner worn away, slightly affecting both signatures, but with no apparent loss of text.
John Brown (1810-1882), M.D., Scottish author, best-known for 'Rab and His Friends.'
Eighth edition. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1883. [Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable, Printers to the Queen, and to the University.]
12mo, 32 pp. In original pink printed wraps. Text clear and complete. A fair, tight copy, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped wraps. Taking as his text a well-known anecdote about the painter Opie, Brown discusses the nature of 'genius' (in something approaching the modern sense of the word). The final page carries a list of 'Books referred to.' Uncommon in any edition: the only copies of this edition on COPAC are at Edinburgh and St Andrews.
Scottish essayist (1810-82). Two pages, 12mo. With mourning border. Good, but on discoloured paper, and with some glue staining to blank second leaf of bifoliate. Concerns the work for which Brown is remembered, 'Rab and his friends' (1859). If he is ever at Crewe he will 'certainly avail myself of Mrs. Blunt's & your very gratifying invitation. His wife is 'more delighted, I think, with your letter about "Rab" than by any other - & she has kept it - being like all good wives greedy of her husband's praise.' Signed 'J. Brown'.
Lieutenant J. Longshaw, of His Majesty's Brig Tyrian [Ireland; Irish; textile; textiles; weaving]
Tyrian July 3d. 1813 Spithead.'
8vo: 1 p. Sixteen lines of text. The Tyrian arrived in Spithead the previous night 'with a Convoy', and the postal delay prevented him 'from fulfilling Mrs. P's Commission'. They 'remained three days in Ireland' and 'had a good passage there and Back': 'but as we may frequently have the trip, I shall keep it in Memory, I have bought over Two pieces. Enclosed are Patterns of Eight Yards each We call them Poplins, but these are Manufactured only at Dublin and by the Natives called '. States what he paid and sends respects. Docketed on reverse in a contemporary hand.
1916 to 1925; on letterhead '80, Boundary Road, | St. John's Wood, | London, N.W.'
British sculptor (1882-1962) and 'MEDALLIST AND ENGRAVER | TO | HIS MAJESTY THE KING' (as per letterhead). All six items one page, quarto. All six signed 'Allan G. Wyon'. Five bearing the R.S.A. stamp and two docketed. All six very good though dusty (but see secretarial item below). ITEMS ONE (19 October 1916, typed) and TWO (21 October 1916, typed) discuss the practicalities and cost of repairing the R.S.A. 'broken Seal Press'.
William Devayne [the Committee of the General United Society for supplying His Majesty's Sea and Land Forces with Extra Cloathing]
Dover Street | the 8th. Feb[ruar]y. 1794.'
One page, 4to. Very good, though on discoloured paper, and with traces of grey-paper mount adhering to blank reverse and minor damage at foot affecting one word. Reads 'I am favored with your Letter of the 1st. instant, enclosing One Guinea subscribed by Rudston Calverley Rudston Esqr.