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[Lascelles Abercrombie, Georgian poet and Oxford literary critic.] Autograph Letter Signed to the pre-eminent historian of drama Allardyce Nicoll

Author: 
Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1838), Georgian poet and literary critic at Oxford University, one of the 'Dymock poets' [Allardyce Nicoll [John RamsayAllardyce Nicoll] (1894-1976), historian of drama]
Publication details: 
2 May 1932. On letterhead of 7A, Stanley Gardens, W.11. [London]
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Dear Allardyce | May I present you with this as a (somewhat belated) Easter egg? - At least I meant to get it off at Easter, but various alarums and excursions got in the way.' Persisting with the conceit, he explains that 'there is no more obligation on you to eat it, than there is to eat any other Easter egg'. He gives a list of three theatrical topics for his 'Malvern lectures', beginning with 'Play of the Wether [sic] & R. Roister Doister & their respective authors'.

[1864 Oxford Diary of George Tate Medd.] Autograph Diary describing his stay with his brother C. S. Medd of University College, with reference to Wilberforce, Jowett, 'Athletic sports' against Cambridge.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [Charles Septimus Medd, Fellow of University College, Oxford]
Publication details: 
Oxford, 31 December 1863 to 31 December 1864. Diary written out in 'Pawsey's Pocket Diary, and Almanack, for 1864' (London: Peacock, Mansfield, & Co.).
£320.00

Medd's autograph diary and memoranda fill the 144pp and prelims of the printed 16mo almanack and diary, which is in a 10.5 x 6.5 cm brown leather flapped binding. Ownership inscription: 'George Tate Medd | 4. Magdalen Terrace | Iffley Road | Oxford'. Medd was not a student at the University, but having been invalided out of the army (see below), he was staying with his brother Charles Septimus Medd (for whom see Alum. Oxon.) whose election as a Fellow of University College he records at the beginning of the volume with a 'Hurrah'.

[British Army Regimental Colonels during the reigns of William and Mary and Queen Anne.] Contemporary Manuscript of Regimental Colonels in Britain, South Britain, North Britain [Scotland], Ireland, Gibraltar and Port Mahon (Minorca), with emendations

Author: 
British Army Regimental Colonels during the reigns of William and Mary and Queen Anne
Publication details: 
No date but circa 1715, and amended until the mid-1720s. No place [War Office, London?]
£280.00

The present early eighteenth-century document lists the heads of British Army regiments from the period of the Glorious Revolution to the accession of George I. Internal evidence suggests that it was compiled around 1715, and that it was amended until the mid-1720s. The care with which it was compiled, over a decade and in a number of hands, would appear to suggest some sort of official standing. It is on nineteen 18 x 7.5 cm leaves of laid paper, formed in ten bifoliums, now loose but originally bound together, and with traces of thread still present.

[General Sir William Napier, Irish soldier, historian of the Peninsular War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W N') to 'Macdonald', declining to ask for rank of Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, with resentment towards Admiral Sir William Parker.

Author: 
Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier] (1785-1860), Irish soldier in British Army and military historian of the Peninsular War [Admiral Sir William Parker]
Publication details: 
'Rotterdam Dec 13' [on paper with watermark date 1830].
£100.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of tape from mount adhering along one edge. Endorsed 'Genl. Wm. Napier'. On wove paper with watermark 'CANSELL | 1830'. The letter - written with energy and some resentment - refers to Admiral Sir William Parker (1781-1866), who was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1815.

[Sir Francis Palgrave [born Francis Ephraim Cohen], archivist and historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Palgrave'), regarding a statement which the recipient may wish to make to 'the Speaker' [of the House of Commons].

Author: 
Sir Francis Palgrave [born Francis Ephraim Cohen] (1788-1861), archivist and historian, Deputy Keeper of the Public Record Office from its foundation in 1838 to his death
Publication details: 
[Commission for Historic Manuscripts, London.] No date [on paper with watermarked date 1832].
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). The recipient is not named. Reads: 'My dear Sir/ | I have no doubt but that any statement which you may make to the Speaker will be in strict accordance with the facts; and I shall be always ready to bear testimony to your services during your connection with me - but for that very reason, I should not wish to impute [last word underlined three times] any document which you may have to present to him. Yrs ever faithfully | Francis Palgrave'.

[Thomas Henry Huxley's first defence of Darwinism.] Printed article titled: 'Time and Life: Mr. Darwin's "Origin of Species." | By Professor Huxley, F.R.S.'

Author: 
T. H. Huxley [Thomas Henry Huxley]; Charles Darwin; Darwinism; Darwinian controversy; Origin of Species
Publication details: 
[Seven-page article (pp.142-148), extracted from Macmillan's Magazine, London, December 1859 (vol. 1).]
£150.00

A highly influential article, in which the man who would be nicknamed 'Darwin's Bulldog' fires his opening salvo in the Darwinian controversy. (The article would be followed by a letter to The Times, 26 December 1859.) The seven page article (pp.142-148) is on four leaves, 8vo, extracted from a copy of the December 1859 number of 'Macmillan's Magazine'. Disbound and loose. In good condition, on lightly aged and stained paper.

[Samuel Goodenough, Bishop of Carlisle, botanist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. Carlisle') to Rev. Gilbert Ford of Ormskirk, regarding the 'Grey Pill' of his father, the Chester physician John Ford.

Author: 
Samuel Goodenough (1743-1827), Bishop of Carlisle, botanist [Rev. Gilbert Ford of Ormskirk; Dr John Ford of Chester]
Publication details: 
22 April 1808. Berners Street [London].
£56.00

See Goodenough's entry in the Oxford DNB. At the time of writing he had not been long in place: he had been consecrated in the Chapel Royal, Whitehall on 13 February 1808, having been nominated by the Prime Minister the Duke of Portland. The recipient is Rev. Gilbert Ford (1768-1835) of Ormskirk, son of the eminent Chester physician and botanist John Ford (1731-1807). (Ford was possibly related to Goodenough by marriage: the latter's wife was a daughter of Dr James Ford, sometime physician to Middlesex Hospital and to Queen Charlotte.) 2pp, 4to. On bifolium.

[Richard Kearton, pioneer wildlife photographer; plus ANS] Printed advertisement w. list of works and fourteen photographs, carrying Autograph Note Signed ('R. Kearton'), directing the admittance of 'bearer and friend' to 'my lecture | Muswell Hill'.

Author: 
Richard Kearton (1862-1928), naturalist and pioneer wildlife photographer with his brother Cherry Kearton (1871-1940)
Publication details: 
Advertisement undated. Kearton's note dated 15 January 1906.
£120.00

Printed in black ink on both sides of a 26 x 30 cm piece of thick shiny art paper. Worn and folded twice. One side carries a priced list of eleven 'Natural History Works by R. KEARTON, F.Z.S.

[John Philip Kemble, actor and manager of the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden.] Autograph Memorandum, signed 'J. Kemble.', regarding the 'Caducean Trident' of Albion, with an ink drawing of the same (a dragon with intertwining serpents).

Author: 
John Philip Kemble (1757-1823), distinguished actor and manager of the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, brother of Sarah Siddons and Charles Kemble
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£320.00

The text is on one side of a 13 x 16 cm piece of laid watermarked paper. The signature 'J. Kemble' is at bottom left, in slightly-darker ink than the fifteen lines of text. Lightly aged and with short closed tears at edges of two folds. Slight traces of brown-paper mount at top corners on reverse, which carries a capable ink drawing of 'the Caducean Trident' mentioned in the text: a dragon with two sets of wings, body stiff as a rod, encircled by two snakes.

[George Fowler, historian.] Autograph Letter Signed to the publisher William Shoberl, threatening him with legal action if he does not publish the last three volumes of his 'Lives of the Sovereigns of Russia'.

Author: 
George Fowler (d.1858), historian [Henry Shoberl (1801-1863), London publisher]
Publication details: 
1 October 1852. On letterhead of 9 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
£56.00

The recipient William Shoberl was the son and successor of Frederic Shoberl (1775-1853), for whom see the Oxford DNB. Having served as an assistant to Henry Colburn, William Shoberl set up on his own in Great Marlborough Street. In 1852 he published the first of the projected four volumes of Fowler's 'Lives of the Sovereigns of Russia, from Rurik to Nicholas; including a History of that Empire, from its Foundation to the Present Time'.

[General Sir James Simpson, Commander of British troops in Crimea after Lord Raglan's death.] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Simpson') to Lady Ann Cullum, making plans for dinner party, with reference to 'two Miss Lockharts', other guests, his dogs.

Author: 
General Sir James Simpson (1792-1868), commander of British forces in Crimea after Lord Raglan's death [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
27 April [no year]; on letterhead of Horringer, Bury St Edmunds.
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. From the Cullum papers, Simpson being a neighbour of the family. Having 'just come in from a longish walk', he is sorry to have missed Lady Cullum.

[ David Powel, Welsh historian and Church of England divine, or his editor William Wynne? ] Manuscript fragment from 'The Historie of Cambria, now called Wales', exhibiting variations from the published text., suggesting authorial or edtiorial origin

Author: 
[ David Powel [ David Powell ] (c.1549-1598), Church of England divine and historian; William Wynne (c.1671-1704) of Jesus College, Oxford; Caradoc of Lhancarvan ]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [c. 1584 or c. 1697?]
£120.00

2pp., on two strips of aged and worn watermaked laid paper, one strip 6 x 17 cm. and the other 3.5 x 17 cm. The reverses of both strips carry manuscript calculations. The extract is written with a clerkly (backwards) 'e', but not with a long 's', the first line of text of the second strip being slightly trimmed at the head. There are a number of variations from the printed version suggesting authorial or editorial origin.

[Sir John Cullum, antiquary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. C.') to his brother Thomas Gery Cullum, describing a visit to Bulstrode, with references to the Duchess of Portland, Rev. John Lightfoot, and a long description of Mrs. Delaney.

Author: 
Sir John Cullum (1733-1785) of Hawstead Place, antiquary [his brother Sir Thomas Gery Cullum; Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland; John Lightfoot; 'Mrs Delaney', Mary Delany ; Bulstrode]
Publication details: 
'W. Ham [i.e. West Ham, Essex] | 10 June 1777.'
£850.00

See the entries for both brothers in the Oxford DNB, as also those of individuals mentioned in the letter: Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (1715-1785), the fabulously-wealthy Duchess of Portland, owner at Bulstrode of the finest natural history collection in the land (her herbarium is now at Kew); her librarian the botanist Rev. John Lightfoot (1735-1788); and her companion the celebrated 'Mrs Delaney', Mary Delany (1700-1788). 3pp, 4to. On bifolium. Addressed, with postmarks, to 'T. G. Cullum Esqr | Bury St. Edmunds | Suffolk'.

[Francis Wharton, American educationalist and professor of criminal law.] Autograph Letter Signed to John N. Purviance, Auditor General, Harrisburg,

Author: 
Francis Wharton (1820-1889) of Philadelphia, American legal writer, historian, educationalist and professor of criminal law [General John Nelson Purviance (1810-1885), Auditor General, Harrisburg]
Publication details: 
[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.] 11 July 1850.
£120.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with fold lines and small hole made by breaking of the wafer. Addressed by Wharton on reverse to 'Hon. Jno. N. Purviance | Auditor Gen. | Harrisburg.' Endorsed: 'Francis Whatron, Esq. | Phila. | Ansd. 12 July 1850.' Wharton writes in a neat hand: 'Dear Sir | I enclose a note I have just received from Messrs Thomas and Rumsey - which please return. | Truly yrs | Francis Wharton'. Postscript reads: 'Let us know from you at your early convenience, as we are unable to advance a step till we know your views'.

[Thomas Moore Musgrave, Postmaster of Bath.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T M Musgrave | Comptroller'), as Comptroller, London Twopenny Post, to Sir Francis Freeling, Secretary, General Post Office, on postal rate of 'News Papers for ye. Colonies'.

Author: 
Thomas Moore Musgrave (1774-1854), postmaster and translator from Portuguese, Comptroller of London Twopenny Post, Postmaster of Bath [Sir Francis Freeling (1764-1836), Secretary, General Post Office]
Publication details: 
'Twopenny Post Office [London] | 12 January 1829'.
£350.00

Musgrave is celebrated, as Postmaster of Bath, for the mailing of the first postage stamp of all: the “2nd May” Penny Black. 1p, folio. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper with closed tears and chipping to edges, folded twice. Endorsed by Freeling on reverse: '12 Jay 1829 | Twopenny Post Office | T Musgrave Esq', with the following in another hand: 'News Papers | for ye. | Colonies'.

[Sir Richard Owen, palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Cullum, enclosing a long translation by Samuel Birch of inscriptions on an Egyptian statue in the British Museum, annotated by Owen and with transcription of letter to him by Birch.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist, first Director of Natural History Museum, opponent of the theory of evolution [Samuel Birch (1813-1885), Egyptologist; Lady Ann Cullum of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
Owen's letter to Lady Cullum dated from Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park, 5 May 1867. Transcription of Birch's letter to Owen dated from British Museum [London], 9 July 1860.
£850.00

An interesting item in the field of Victorian Egyptology. The subject is what Owen describes here as 'one of the oldest Statues of an Egyptian Notable in the British Museum'. Its current Museum Number is EA103, and it has been in the Museum since 1835, but the details of its acquisition are unclear. In his translation Birch calls the sitter 'the Royal Scribe, Amenhelp', but the current BM description begins: 'Scribal statue of Amenhotep son of Hapu: of black grano-diorite. Hieroglyphic texts are inscribed on the papyrus unrolled on his lap and on the statue plinth.

[A late-Victorian mock-heroic poem set in Staines, Middlesex.] Printed pamphlet: 'The Battle of Black Boy Lane. A Panegyrical, Satirical, Serio-Comical, Dramatical Poem. By John Hall'.

Author: 
John Hall, author of a mock-heroic poem set in Staines, Middlesex [C. Oswald, Staines printer]
Publication details: 
No date [late Victorian]. 'Oswald, Typ., Staines.'
£120.00

This unusual item is scarce: no copy has been located on OCLC WorldCat, and no reference to the poem has been discovered. Not dated, but the printer was active at the end of the nineteenth century: two other items at least were printed by 'C. Oswald' in Staines, one in 1887 and the other in 1898. Its subject is now obscure, but perhaps may be illuminated by the local historian. 8pp, 12mo. Stapled. Aged, worn and creased, with closed tear at foot of fold to outer bifolium.

[Filippo Marchetti, composer, and Pasquale Villari, historian.] Marchetti's Autograph Signature ('F Marchetti') with a few bars in autograph from the prelude of 'Ruy Blas'. On same leaf as an Autograph quotation, signed 'Pasquale Villari'.

Author: 
Filippo Marchetti (1831-1902), Italian composer of the opera 'Ruy Blas'; Pasquale Villari (1827-1917), Italian historian, politician and Dante scholar
Publication details: 
Marchetti's autograph on letterhead of the R. Accademia di S. Cecilia ('Liceo Musicale'). Rome, 14 September 1892. Villari's autograph on reverse of leaf, dated from Florence, 2 November 1892.
£350.00

1p, 12mo. Leaf of lightly-browned and creased aged paper, with closed tears to one edge. The two men are clearly writing in response to requests for autographs. Marchetti has written out four bars – slightly affected at end by closed tear – from what he states is 'Ruy Blas Preludio'. Beneath this he signs, in a firm attractive hand, 'F Marchetti'. At the head he dates: 'Roma 14 9bre 92'.

[Charles Waterton, naturalist.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Lady Cullum, regarding: his approach to natural history, shipwreck, indisposition, temperance campaigner Father Mathew in Wakefield, lions and lion cubs, 'little roman owls'.

Author: 
Charles Waterton (1782-1865), naturalist and explorer [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855), 8th Baronet of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
12 July 1842; 17 July 1843; 17 April 1853. All three addressed from Walton Hall [Wakefield, Yorkshire].
£1,200.00

Three excellent and characteristic long letters, neatly and closely written, in the first of which he describes 'the little tide of misfortune' which has befallen him, including shipwreck and indisposition; in the second he gives a vivid account of a visit to Wakefield by the temperance campaigner Father Mathew; and in the last he explains is reluctance to dissect the body of a bird she has sent him, exclaiming: 'I never do things by halves in Natural History'. Along the way there are references to 'my little roman owls' and 'my lions and my lion cubs'.

[Edmund Thomas Parris, Victorian history and panorama painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. T.. Parris'), informing 'J: [Duffane?] Esqre', that he is sending an account of his 'apparatus' for restoring Thornhill's paintings in St Paul's Cathedral.

Author: 
Edmund Thomas Parris (1793-1873), history and panorama painter, History Painter to Queen Adelaide [St Paul's Cathedral; Thornhill; Samuel Carter Hall (S. C. Hall), editor of Art Journal]
Publication details: 
12 April 1853. 5 Aubrey Villas, Notting Hill [London].
£280.00

See Parris's entry in the Oxford DNB. The subject of the letter is his work 'restoring' James Thornhill's paintings inside the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Beginning in 1853 and ending three years later, Parris worked on scaffolding he had designed for the purpose thirty years before. His efforts were not well received: he was accused of completely repainting Thornhill's work, to its detriment. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and creased, with minor traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse. Folded twice.

[Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Carlyle') [to Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick?] written from 'among the Sunny hayfields' of Croydon, asking the recipient and 'Mr Stirling' to call on the Carlyles' return to town.

Author: 
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish historian and controversial social historian [Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
Addiscombe Farm, Croydon. 26 July 1847.
£350.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly ruckled and with traces of glue from mount adhering. Addiscombe Farm belonged to Jane Welsh's bugbear Lady Harriet Ashburton. The recipient is not named, but the item is from an album compiled by Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House, and the letter may well be addressed to her husband Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855), 8th Baronet. It reads: 'My dear Sir, | We are out here, among the Sunny hayfields, since Saturday last, - probably till Saturday next.

[Dominican and Franciscan Friars in England during the reign of Henry III.] Unpublished historical study in typescript, titled 'The Friars in England. An Essay'.

Author: 
Elizabeth E. Smith, B.A. [Dominican and Franciscan Friars in England during the reign of Henry III.]
Publication details: 
Birmingham, 1908.
£320.00

Title-page: 'The Friars in England. | An Essay | by | Elizabeth E. Smith, B.A. | Birmingham – 1908.' Duplicated typescript, printed on versos only. [1] + x + [1] + 209pp, 4to. With hand-drawn plans on two leaves at rear (the first, 'Site of the Blackfriars of Leicester'; the second, 'Carmelite Friary at Hulne' and 'Dominican Friary at Norwich'. In half binding of black leather spine and corners, with purple cloth boards, title in gilt on front cover, floral printed endpapers. Tightly copy, in good condition, on lightly aged paper, in lightly worn binding with slight discoloration to cloth.

[William Buckler, painter and entomologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Buckler') informing 'Miss C. Fox' that the girl model he intended for her has not arrived.

Author: 
William Buckler (1814-1884), painter and entomologist
Publication details: 
'Wednesday afternoon' [no place or date].
£56.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Miss C. Fox'. In fair condition, on aged paper. Folded twice. From the context it would seem that Buckler was acting as the recipient's painting master. Begins: 'Madam | The little Girl which I intended as a Model for you this afternoon has not arrived (on account of the weather no doubt).' As a consequence he asks her to 'excuse my attendance today'. He will 'call and fix another day as soon as I have seen her'.

[Sir Ralph Abercromby, Scottish soldier.] Autograph Signature ('Ra: Abercromby M:Gnl | Commanding 2d Brigade') to manuscript 'Return of Pay due to the Working Parties furnished by the 2d. Brigade of British Infantry' [fighting the French in Holland].

Author: 
Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801) of Tullibody, distinguished Scottish soldier and politician; Governor of Trinidad; Commander-in-Chief, Ireland; MP for Clackmannanshire [French Revolutionary Wars]
Publication details: 
'from the 21st. To 25th. June 1793. both days inclusive'
£250.00

Abercromby's entry in the Oxford DNB, explains the context: 'As a brigade commander in the ill-fated Flanders campaign of Frederick, duke of York, he played a prominent part in the fighting, notably in July 1793 at Valenciennes, where he directed the storming parties, and in September 1794 at Boxtel, where a young lieutenant-colonel, Arthur Wellesley, later duke of Wellington, underwent his baptism of fire while covering the withdrawal of Abercromby's forces.' 1p, 4to. On bifolium, the reverse of the second leaf of which is endorsed. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice.

[Sir William Birdwood, Field Marshal and Commander in Chief, India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. R. Birdwood.'), thanking a 'dear Old Colonel' and 'old Sandhurst Instructor' for congratulations, discussing his career, praising 'real good comrades'.

Author: 
Sir William Birdwood [William Riddell Birdwood] (1865-1951), Field Marshal in the British Army and Commander in Chief, India]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Thurlby Hall, Newark-on-Trent. 7 June 1925.
£75.00

2pp, 4to. Aged and worn. Possibly relating to Birdwood's elevation, in January 1923, to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. The letter begins: 'My dear Old Colonel, | I have only today received your kind congratulations – via India!' He thanks him, adding that he appreciates his best wishes 'very much indeed, coming as they do from my old Sandhurst Instructor & therefore are of my very oldest service friends'.

[Sir William Jardine, Scottish naturalist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm Jardine'), regarding his need to travel to Edinburgh because of 'the Dangerous illness of Mr Maule'.

Author: 
Sir William Jardine, 7th Baronet of Applegarth (1800-1874), Scottish naturalist, editor of 'The Naturalist's Library' [Maule, Edinburgh]
Publication details: 
Jardine Hall [near Lockerbie, Scotland]. 27 March 1845.
£65.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Endorsed by the unnamed recipient on the reverse of the second leaf. The subject of the letter, 'Mr Maule', was presumably a relation of Jardine's, whose mother's maiden name was Maule. Begins: 'Dear Sir, I received your parcel this morning & was prepared to start Tomorrow (Friday) when the Evening Mail brought me the intelligence of the Dangerous illness of Mr.

[Florence Montgomery, Victorian novelist and children's author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Florence Montgomery') to her cousin Lilian Levi (née Yorke), regarding the death and funeral of their relative 'Coutie' [Ormond?].

Author: 
Florence Montgomery (1843-1923), novelist and children's author
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Cadogan Place, SW [London] 4 January [1921].
£35.00

Florence Montgomery's 1869 novel 'Misunderstood' was admired by Henry James, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and George Du Maurier, and was childhood reading of Vladimir Nabokov. It has been adapted for cinema twice (in Italy in 1966, in Hollywood in 1984). The present item is 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In envelope addressed to 'Mrs. William Levi | Woughton Hall | Bletchley'. (The recipient Lilian Maud Levi was the granddaughter of Sir Henry Cunningham Montgomery, and the daughter of the Dean of Worcester Grantham Munton Yorke.) The postmark gives the year as 1921.

[Elie Halevy, French historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Elie Halévy'), in English, responding to 'objections' of 'professor Davis', giving his assessment of 'the Edwardian years', and contrasting his 'spirit' with that of Lytton Strachey.

Author: 
Élie Halévy [Elie Halevy] (1870-1937), French historian, author of an influential history of nineteenth-century Britain
Publication details: 
On letterhead of La Maison Blanche, Sucy-en-Brie; 13 November 1927.
£220.00

8pp, 12mo. On two attached bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight damage to margin of first leaf. Folded once. A long letter, closely and neatly written in English, responding to 'objections' to his 'Épilogue 1. Les impérialistes au pouvoir: 1895-1914' (1926), giving his evaluation of 'the Edwardian years' in English history, and contrasting his 'spirit' in the study Victorian England with that of Lytton Strachey.

[Christopher Fry, playwright.] Fry's own copy of his book 'Can You Find Me: A Family History', with autograph notes, containing correspondence from relatives, photographs, and a typed transcript of a radio interview, with autograph additions by Fry.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright [Oxford University Press]
Publication details: 
Book: Oxford University Press, 1978. Correspondence between 1982 and 1987. Interview [1979].
£750.00

The book is 272pp, 8vo. A good copy, lightly aged, with binding sunned along top, in worn dustwrapper. The volume contains – along with autograph corrections of incidentals – a couple of autograph notes in pencil, one of a minor nature and the other reading: 'Daisy & Charles attended the funeral – March 26 – as recorded in Archibald Marshall's diary'; also one minor emendation in ink. The material inserted in the volume is described below. Accompanying the volume is a long typewritten radio script of an interview between Fry and 'Leslie', with autograph additions in pencil by Fry.

[ Jamestow; inc. French text ] Exposition de Jamestown a Hampton Roads pres Norfolk (Virginia)

Author: 
[ Jamestown Foundation Celebrations ]
Publication details: 
Ouverture le 26 Avril 1907 | Cloture le 30 Novembre 1907, Printing Offices (Imprimerie Nouvelle) 16 Lisle Street London W C
£100.00

Pamphlet, 15pp., 12mo, illustrated wraps (inc. "Bird's Eye View of the Exposition"). Contents include a "Proclamation du President des Etats-Unis d'Amerique" (Theodore Roosevelt; presumably he didn't say it in French as here); Programme de l'Exposition; etc. With: [English text} Pamphlet "The Jamestown Exposition", 12pp., 16mo, printed wraps, sl dusted, anticipating the Exposition of 1907, with the same biird's eye view as above, printed by Iredale-Brown & Sons, 48 Frith Street, London, W. No other copy traced.

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