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[ Katharine Ada Esdaile, art historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Katharine A. Esdaile') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, requesting access to James Barry's paintings in the Adelphi and explaining the nature of the work.

Author: 
Katharine Ada Esdaile [ née McDowall ] (1881-1950), art historian, wife of Arundell Esdaile (1880-1956), Secretary of the British Museum [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Royal Society of Arts; James Barry ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Keynes, Austenway, Gerrard's Cross. 22 January 1913.
£180.00

5pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. With the Society's oval Adelphi date stamp. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rust-staining from paperclip. She begins by asking if 'there would be any difficulty in my examining Barry's paintings at the Adelphi, & taking a few notes on them. | My old friend & my husband's colleague at the British Museum, Mr.

[ Dame C. V. Wedgwood, historian. ] Volume containing autograph 'List of Written Works since 1930', with notes and comments, and record of payments.

Author: 
Dame C. V. Wedgwood [ Cicely Veronica Wedgwood ] (1910-1997), English historian
Publication details: 
'Cicely Veronica Wedgwood. Her Book. presented to me in March 1933 by A. H. P.' [ List of books dating from between 1929 and 1947. ]
£500.00

39pp., 8vo. On good thick Whatman paper, dated 1874, in luxurious black embossed leather binding by J. Y. Knight & Co. of Leeds and London, with brass lock by Bramah (lacking key). In very good condition, in worn binding. Stamped in gilt on front cover is 'PRIVATE MEMA. | A. H. PAWSON'. On the first page Wedgwood has written: 'Cicely Veronica Wedgwood. | Her Book. | presented to me in March 1933 | by | A. H. P. | born 20th. July 1910 | educated | Norland Place School. 1915-1926. | Lady Margaret Hall. 1928-1931 | London School of Economics. 1932-5'.

[ William Roscoe of Liverpool. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Roscoe') to a picture and print seller, regarding payment for prints and an exchange of two paintings for a small Cranach.

Author: 
William Roscoe (1753-1831) of Liverpool, historian, art collector and abolitionist
Publication details: 
'Saty. Morning' [ no date or place ].
£50.00

2pp., 4to. On aged and worn paper. An interesting letter, casting light on Roscoe's collecting activities. He begins by settling the account for 'the lists of the last Prints', before remarking: 'I observe there are only 3 circles by Domenichino - the set consists of 4, all of which you have, besides the odd print by Bartolozzi, but you have probably packed them up & cannot get at the print wanting. I have sent you the 3 prints back & deducted 16/6d.

[ Thomas Carte, historian. ] Autograph Signature ('Tho: Carte') on an Autograph Receipt for the loan of four named manuscripts.

Author: 
Thomas Carte (1686-1754), historian whose collection of English manuscripts now forms part of the Bodleian Library [ The Carte Papers ]
Publication details: 
17 January 1744 / 1745. Place not stated.
£450.00

On one side of 11 x 15 cm slip of paper. On aged paper, heavily worn at head and at one edge, with some loss of text. The damage has been skilfully repaired. Reads: 'Jan. 17. 1744/5 eived then of <...>ackin Nilliam <...>ynn Bannet the following MS viz. Dares Phrygius & Tyssillons History of the Britions in Welsh, Chronica Britonum in Welsh, & the chartulary of the Abbey de Bello in Latin | which I promise to restore on demand. Witness my hand | Tho: Carte'.

[ James Bryce, Viscount Bryce, Ulster jurist, historian and mountaineer; SIGNED & annotations by Bryce ] Copy of 'Bennett's Handbook for Norway for 1874'

Author: 
James Bryce (1838-1922), Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, Ulster jurist, historian, Liberal politician and mountaineer [ Norway; Scandinavia ]
Publication details: 
The book published in Christiana by B. M. Bentzen, 1874 (sixteenth edition).
£280.00

[10] + 110 + [33] + xx pp., 16mo. With fold-out map and main body of 110pp. interleavedf. A frail survival on aged and worn high-acidity paper, with covers, map and some sections detached, spine heavily worn, and slight worming at end. Autograph inscription of 'J. Bryce' in pencil at head of title-page, and the volume is annotated with his pencil observations in a tight difficult hand. A couple of examples give a good impression of the tone.

[ Goldwin Smith, Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Patterson' (his butler?), describing - following an incident involving his slippers - the dismissal of several of his servants.

Author: 
Goldwin Smith (1823-1910), Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, opponent of American slavery
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Parks End, Oxford. 6 February [ no year ].
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. A bracing insight into the realities of Victorian domestic service. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr. Patterson, | Having found my slippers where they ought not to have been, I have dismissed the housemaid on the spot and seriously reprimanded the Cook. Tomorrow I shall turn off the Baker. That is what I call a well regulated household. | Yours sincerely | Goldwin Smith.' (Note that the literal meaning of 'turning off' was the pushing of a condemned person off the scaffold during execution by hanging.)

[ Sir George Otto Trevelyan, historian. ] Autograph Note Signed ('G O Trevelyan') to 'Herbert' [ Sir Robert Herbert ], describing his canvassing activities in the 1892 General Election, and his longing for 'society'.

Author: 
Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1838-1928), historian and liberal politician [ Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), Premier of Queensland ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Central Station Hotel, Glasgow. 5 July 1892.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-ruckled paper. The letter begins: 'Dear Herbert, | My address will show you why I cannot have the pleasure of breakfasting with you. My poll is tomorrow [Trevelyan was MP for Glasgow Bridgeton], and the evening of the 7th. I am to speak in Inverness, and then have to come South to take part in our two South Northern Ireland contests'. He will be 'from 3 to 600 miles from London for some time to come', and will 'miss the sort of society of which the breakfast club is the quintessence'. From the papers of Sir Robert Herbert.

[ Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, architectural historian. ] Typed Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed (both 'Nikolaus Pevsner') to C. F. Stell of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, discussing 'the great snag about my second editions'.

Author: 
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner [ Sir Nikolaus Bernhard Leon Pevsner ] (1902-1983), architectural historian, editor of Penguin Books series 'The Buildings of England' [ Christopher Stell (1929-2014) ]
Publication details: 
Both on Penguin Book 'Buildings of England' letterheads. 7 and 14 May 1968.
£80.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter (7 May 1968) is an eloquent expression of concern: 'Dear Mr. Stell, | You put your finger on the great snag about my second editions. Such a sentence as the one which you are dealing with in your letter sounds perfectly harmless if it is suggested to me. Of course I should have put it into brackets, but would that have helped? I simply cannot retravel counties because I must still go on travelling new ones. I cannot ask Mrs. Radcliffe to travel the county because she would not have the time, and I would not have the money.

[ Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian. ] Autograph Signature, with Scottish poem in another hand, and contemporary note stating that it was 'Sent by Thomas Carlyle in answer to an application for an autograph'.

Author: 
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish historian
Publication details: 
Carlyle's signature cut from letter dated 'Scotsbrig, 30 Decr, 1853 -'. The poem without place or date.
£150.00

The two items are both laid down on an 11.5 x 21 cm piece of paper, cut from an autograph album. In fair condition, with light signs of age. Carlyle's signature on 3.5 x 14 cm piece of paper, reading 'T. Carlyle | Scotsbrig, 30 Decr, 1853 -'.

[ Barry Pitt, military historian. ] Typescript, with autograph emendations, of article on 'Orde Wingate'.

Author: 
Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), military historian [ Orde Wingate [ Major-General Orde Charles Wingate ] (1903-1944), British Army officer, tactical innovator during the Burma Campaign of World War Two
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£150.00

3pp., 4to. On three leaves of yellow paper. In good condition, with slight staining from paper clip. Emendations in black and red ink. No evidence of publication of the text has been discovered. It begins: 'On 25th July, 1943, Mr. Churchill wrote "I consider Wingate should command the army against Burma. [...]"'.

[ Barrie Pitt, military historian, on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. ] Two Typewritten drafts of an article titled 'Kashmir - the Pawn', both with autograph emendations, and separate autograph notes.

Author: 
Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), military historian and editor, 'Purnell's History of the Second World War' [ The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 ]
Publication details: 
Neither item with place or date, but with covering letter to Malcolm Armstrong of the Reading Evening Post, dated from Roadside, High Street, Wargrave, on 13 September 1965.
£180.00

In good condition, with light signs of age. ONE: Later draft, titled 'Kashmir - the Pawn'. 4pp., 4to. Two copies. Both with emendations in ink (one copy red, the other blue). The opening paragraph is arresting and , unfortunately, somewhat apposite: 'It is a great pity that wars are not fought for money, property or trade, for a cash settlement would be infinitely cheaper than the final price which mankind has to pay whenever armies begin to march.

[ Barrie Pitt, military historian. ] Typed account, titled 'Monty', of meetings with Field Marshal Montgomery of Alamein, first in Egypt in 1942, and then 'some time in the 1970s'.

Author: 
Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), British military historian [ Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887-1976); Basil Liddell-Hart; the Savage Club, London ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1980s? ].
£180.00

4pp., 8vo. In good condition, with light signs of age. A lively and vivid account, as the opening indicates: '"Ah!

[ Barrie Pitt, military historian. ] Two Typed Drafts of a biographical account of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. One with autograph emendations.

Author: 
Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), British military historian and editor, 'Purnell's History of the Second World War' [ Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States of America ]
Publication details: 
Neither with place or date stated.
£220.00

Both items in good condition, on yellow paper. Apparently written as an entry in a work of reference, but no evidence of publication discovered. ONE: Later draft. 10pp., 4to. Single spaced. Begins: 'ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO was born on January 30th 1882, the only son of James and Sara Delano Roosevelt.

[ John Mitchell Kemble, Anglo-Saxon scholar. ] Autograph Signature ('John M. Kemble').

Author: 
John Mitchell Kemble [ John M. Kemble; J. M. Kemble ] (1807-1857), Anglo-Saxon scholar and historian, son of the actor Charles Kemble
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£15.00

On 1 x 5 cm. slip of paper. In good conditoin, with light signs of age. Presumably cut from a letter in response to a request for an autograph.

Typed Letter Signed to Sir Henry Wood, [Secretary,] Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Basil Williams [Arthur Frederic Basil Williams; War Refugees Committee, Folkestone]
Publication details: 
7 October 1914; Old Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, headed 'WAR REFUGEES COMMITTEE, FOLKESTONE'.
£45.00

Historian (1867-1950), who 'organised reception of Belgian Refugees at Folkestone for L.G.B., 1914 (Med. du Roi Albert)' (Who's who). One page, quarto. Good. Folded three times. Docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. Signed 'Basil Williams'. In answer to Wood's telegram Williams replies 'I am to say that I am afraid we cannot sent [sic] people from here to Aldeburgh.

[ George Bancroft, American historian. ] Autograph signature ('G Bancroft').

Author: 
George Bancroft (1800-1891), American historian and Democratic Party statesman, 17th United States Secretary of the Navy
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£30.00

On 4.5 x 13 cm piece of paper, cut from a letter. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight damage (not affecting signature) at outer edges caused by removal from album. Reads: 'Yrs truly | G Bancroft'.

Typed Letter Signed to Sir Henry Wood, [Secretary,] Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Basil Williams [Arthur Frederic Basil Williams; War Refugees Committee, Folkestone]
Publication details: 
7 October 1914; Old Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, headed 'WAR REFUGEES COMMITTEE, FOLKESTONE'.
£45.00

Historian (1867-1950), who 'organised reception of Belgian Refugees at Folkestone for L.G.B., 1914 (Med. du Roi Albert)' (Who's who). One page, quarto. Good. Folded three times. Docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. Signed 'Basil Williams'. In answer to Wood's telegram Williams replies 'I am to say that I am afraid we cannot sent [sic] people from here to Aldeburgh.

[David Diringer, book historian ] Autograph Letter Signed "David (DIRINGER)" ro "Mr [Marcus prob.] Adams, Royal and children's photographers.

Author: 
David Diringer, book historian, linguist, "alphabetologist", palaeographer and writer, wartime "enemy alien".
Publication details: 
[Headed Notepaper, heading with line through it] University Combination Room, The Old Schools, Cambridge {added] "as from 50 St Barnabas's Road, Cambridge, Dec. 1957.
£180.00

Two pages, 8vo, fold mark (stained), mainly good, text clear and complete. "My dear Mr. Adams, | Once more I hoped to be able to present to you as my Christmas present my forthcoming book (The Illuminated Book [underlined]). Unfortunately, its pubication has been postponed till Febr. 1958. | Hence, I cannot but send to you my warmest greeetings & my best wishes of A MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY 1958. | I do hope to be able to meet you somewhere in London. I am aware that you have given up active studio-work, but I do not know whether you still have connections with your fromer studio in London.

[ P. G. Wodehouse, humorist. ] Two typewritten drafts, each with autograph emendations, of 'The Day I met the Master', Barrie Pitt's account of his encounter with Wodehouse in Tost internment camp. With printed version the article, and other material

Author: 
[ P. G. Wodehouse [ Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse ] (1881-1975), English humorist ] Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), military historian, editor of 'Purnell's History of the Second World War'
Publication details: 
1992 and 1993.
£180.00

All items in good condition, with minor signs of age. The drafts are both printed on yellow paper. Each is 4pp., 4to. The two appear the same textually, but one has two slips of paper with amended text attached, and the autograph emendations to the two are different from one another. Also present is a leaf from 'Lifewise' magazine, November 1993, with one page carrying Pitt's memoir, accompanied by a photograph of Wodehouse being interviewed at Tost by Angus Thuermer. The piece begins: 'I first saw P. G.

[ Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné, Swiss historian of the Reformation.] Autograph Letter Signed, in French, regarding a prospectus by 'La Commission de la Bibliothèque'. With contemporary original photograph of d'Aubigné.

Author: 
Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné (1794-1872), Swiss Protestant minister and historian of the Reformation
Publication details: 
7 February 1869.
£250.00

2pp., 8vo. On bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Written in a difficult hand. Dated 'M<?> 7 Fevr 69'. Addressed to 'Monsieur & Mes colleguès'. He writes regarding the 'Commission de la Bibliothèque', and their direction that he send copies of their prospectus to 'M le <?> Hofman à Berlin', with reference to 'Mr B'. The sepia portrait photograph of d'Aubigné is 9 x 5.5 cm and appears to have been cut down, but is otherwise in good condition.?>

[ Geoffrey Household, thriller writer. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed and one Autograph Letter Signed to military historian Barrie Pitt

Author: 
Geoffrey Household [ Geoffrey Edward West Household ] (1900-1988), English thriller writer [ Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), military historian ]
Publication details: 
All four letters on letterheads of Church Headland, Whitchurch, Aylesbury. Three dating from 1974 and one from 1980.
£450.00

The four letters in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Also present are carbons of four letters from Pitt to Household (three from 1974 and one from 1981). ONE: ALS. 11 April 1974. 2pp., 4to. He is delighted 'to be appreciated by a fellow craftsman' and is sending a copy of his 'Time to Kill', which he asks him to accept, as he has 'a number of them taking up useful shelf room'. TWO: TLS. 24 April 1974. 2pp., 4to.

Autograph list by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, naming pictures he has contributed to thirteen international exhibitions between 1862 and 1898, proposed in autograph queries by the art historian William Roberts.

Author: 
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Dutch-born English painter of the 'Victorian Olympus' period [William Roberts (1862-1940), art historian]
Publication details: 
Address in bottom left-hand corner of 'W. Roberts 47, Lansdowne Gardens, Clapham, S.W.' [Circa 1898.]
£500.00

1p., folio. Good, on a lightly-aged piece of ruled paper. In two columns, with the left-hand column, written out by Roberts with his address at the foot, headed 'Name of Exhibition', and listing twelve international exhibitions between 1862 (Amsterdam) and 1898 (Brussels). The right-hand column, headed 'Picture Exhibition', carries Alma-Tadema's responses, some of which are written in darker ink than others, indicating that they were added at more than one point. Alongside 'Paris (EU) 1867' he writes '13 pictures amongst them.

[Sir James Mackintosh, Scottish author and Whig politician.] Fragment of Autograph Letter, with signature ('J Mackintosh')

Author: 
Sir James Mackintosh (1765-1832) of Kyllachy, Scottish author and Whig politician
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£35.00

On both sides of a 9 x 11 cm piece of paper. Very good, with a piece of mount adhering to one corner. Recto reads: 'Neither Fanny nor I can resist the great kindness of your note. If what you write be so consolatory it is natural to expect still more gratification from seeing you. I cannot go till Monday after Lectures. But unless I should be prevented by a relapse which I hope is not probable [...]'. Verso reads: '[...] Afftly | J Mackintosh'.

[Sir George Otto Trevelyan, Liberal politician and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G O Trevelyan') to 'Dear George' [George Harvey], declining to contribute a piece to the North American Review, as he must concentrate on 'writing a history'.

Author: 
Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1838-1928), Liberal politician and historian, nephew of Thomas Babington Macaulay [George Harvey (1864-1928), proprietor and editor of the North American Review]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland. 15 December 1899.
£56.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'Dear George, | The idea contained in your letter is very interesting, and I am honoured to be thought of in connection with it. I am now reading Stevenson's letters, (admirable they are,) and I know from his dealings with American magazines and publishers that the terms offered by the Review are extremely handsome. But I am very late in the day, - in my day, - to be a writing a history; [i.e.

[Sir John William Kaye, military historian and civil servant.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. W. Kaye') to 'Mr. King'.

Author: 
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), British soldier, military historian and civil servant
Publication details: 
On India Office letterhead. 3 July 1863.
£25.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He has heard that King is 'to preside at the dinner tomorrow' and so is writing to him 'what I wrote to Smith that I am very sorry I can not "support the Chair", as I had a previous inviitation - our friends gave me this time only a few day's notice'. In any case, he has 'such a miserable cold' and is 'so incapable' that he will be 'no loss to your party'. It is with difficulty that he has 'got through my numerous mail duties'.

[Sir John William Kaye, military historian and civil servant.] Autograph Note Signed ('J. W. Kaye') to an unnamed recipient, inviting him to 'have some talk'.

Author: 
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), British soldier, military historian and civil servant
Publication details: 
On India Office letterhead. 22 March 1870.
£25.00

1p., 12mo. In poor condition, aged and worn, with rust marks to margin and corners. 'My dear Sir | If you could conveniently look in upon me tomorrow (Wednesday) about 2 OC'K I should be glad to have some talk with you'.

[Charles Duke Yonge, classical scholar and historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C D Yonge') to J. Wylie, regarding a circular he has been sent on the subject of his lectures and Oxford and Cambridge scholarships.

Author: 
Charles Duke Yonge (1812-1891), Regius Professor of Modern History at Queen's College, Belfast, classical scholar, historian and cricketer for Oxford University
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Queen's College, Belfast. 1 June [no year].
£40.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In a difficult hand. The letter reads: 'In reference to the last paragraph of your circular of May 27 I have to say that I have no "notable successes" of any of my students to report, since neither in any of the scholarships at Oxford or Cambridge for which our students compete do the subjects of my Lectures form any part of the examinations.'

[Sir Arthur Bryant.] Typed Note Signed ('Arthur Bryant') to Philip Dossé, editor of Books and Bookmen, regarding a review of 'two Seymour books'.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Bryant [Sir Arthur Wynne Morgan Bryant] (1899-1985), English historian and biographer of Samuel Pepys [Philip Dossé (d.1980), editor of Books and Bookmen]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Myles Place, The Close, Salisbury. 26 April 1976.
£35.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for his letter. 'The two Seymour books have no arrived and I will let you have the review as soon as I can get round to it.'

[John Lingard, Roman Catholic historian.] Autograph Manuscript regarding a 'print from Lonsdale's painting'.

Author: 
John Lingard (1771-1851), Roman Catholic priest and historian
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£60.00

On both sides of a 9 x 11cm piece of paper, tipped in onto a strip of paper cut from an autograph album. In fair condition, on aged paper with closed tear along vertical fold unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Lingard's texts, extracted from a letter, reads: 'I had forgotten the engraving. The real publishers of the print from Lonsdale's painting were Zanetti and some one else at Manchester. I think the name was Zanetti, but I make so many mistakes about names that I may be wrong. But one of the partners was an Italian.

[Adolphe Thiers, French statesman.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Thiers'), in French, to a general [Dembinski?], regarding the plight of Polish exiles (including Lelewel and Ostrowski) following the November 1830 Uprising against the Russians.

Author: 
Adolphe Thiers [Marie Joseph Louis Adolphe Thiers] (1797-1877), French statesman and historian [General Henryk Dembinski; Joachim Lelewel; Leon Chodsko; J. B. Ostrowski; Poland; Polish]
Adolphe Thiers
Publication details: 
[Paris.] 24 October 1832.
£550.00
Adolphe Thiers

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. Accompanying the document is an undated and unsigned twentieth-century English translation, on letterhead of Lincoln House, Beauchamp Road, East Molesey, Surrey, headed 'A very free translation - guessing at illegible words'. At the time of writing Thiers was in government, in the Ministry of the Interior.

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