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Autograph Letter Signed to Daniel George (Bunting), publisher's reader, editor and author, co-discoverer of Ian Fleming.

Author: 
Monk Gibbon.
Publication details: 
24 Sandycove Road, Sandycove, Co. Dublin, 26 May 1954.
£100.00

Poet. Two pages, 8vo, good condition. He gotr the impression from a letter George sent that he and another approved of Monk Gibbon's book. He quotes Flaubert on the idea that an author works hard but cannot expect profit "but to fail to see it even in print would stick in my gizzard." He asks for advice - does he know anybody at Heinemann (he knows someone). "Has Verschoyle money behind him?". He is finding delay and "subsequent disappointments too wearing. And with each one the typescript gets a little more woebegone".

Autograph Note, third person, to Hurst Robinson & Co.

Author: 
Sir John Sinclair.
Publication details: 
178 Piccadilly, 24 June 1824.
£60.00

First president of the board of agriculture (1754-1835). One page, 8vo, sl. chipped and marked, but text clear and complete. "Sir John Sinclair presents his Compliments to Messrs. Hurst Robinson & Co. and shall be glad to have send [sic] him, as soon as possible, 10 Copies of the Prospectus of his analysis of the Statistical Account of Scotland, which he will replace from Edinburgh. He will take an early opportunity of calling upon them respecting the London sale of that Work." The "Analysis" was published in two parts in 1825 - by Hurst?

Printed Receipt with ms. adds ({J.M. Farquhar for Mr Bruce}).

Author: 
Archibald Constable & Co.
Publication details: 
Edinburgh, {4 April }18{15} (bracketed = ms.)
£75.00

One page, from larger sheet, c.8 x 6.5, fold marks, some marking mainly good. "Edinburgh {6 April} 18{15}/{J.M. Farquhar Esq/ for Mr Bruce}/ Bought of Archd. Constable & Co./ { Bewick Birds --£1.4.0/ <?> Saxon and Gaul 17 /6 April 1815'/ Recd / for A. Constable &Co/ }" Verso note: "6 April 1815/ account/ by/ A Constable & Co/ 7/."?>??>?>?>

Autograph Letter Signed "A.S. Valpy", to an unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Abraham John Valpy, Printer, editor, classicist, and publisher,
Publication details: 
Re Lion Court ("RLC"), 3 April 1833.
£85.00

Printer, editor, classicist, and publisher. Three pages, 8vo, minor damage but text clear and complete. "The Virgil [pubd. 1819 re.BLC] was I assure you sent thro Baldwins at the time it was published but the first 10 Nos are not mine & therefore I have no choice in giving away a copy - I forward you a copy of early Poems [?Sanderson, "Poems chiefly sacred original and translated"] - they are mine, & not my Fathers. I know nothing of the prose trans[latio]n of Faust.

Invoice, account of Colonel Bosville with "T. Egerton AND Autograph receipt signed to P.I. Thelluson (Peter Isaac).

Author: 
Thomas Egerton.
Publication details: 
March-May 1791 AND 14 May 1796.
£250.00

Egerton published first Austen novel. The invoice, 8 x 6.5", lists histories, a basic law book, and military books. Colonel [William] Bosville was a celebrated bon vivant, friend of Horne Tooke, Cobbett, etc (see DNB). The recipient of teh receipt, Thelluson, was a merchant (1737-97)(DNB). One page, c.7.5 x 3", embossed receipt, damage at right edge with loss of three letters only: "Received 14 May 1796 of P.I. Thellus[on] Esq. Fifty five Pounds six Shillings for Books bill delivered/ £55.6-0 Thos Egerton". No other Egerton signature found in BL MSS, HMC or NUCMC.

Receipt, text by publishers (Grant & Griffith), signed by Jerrold.

Author: 
W. Blanchard Jerrold.
Publication details: 
London, 2 Dec. 1851.
£45.00

One page, 7.5 x 4.5, fold marks, minor staining, text clear and complete. "London Decr 2nd. 1851/ Received of Messrs Grant & Griffith the sum of five pounds <?> for the second Edition of 'Wonders of Home' and completing the sum of twenty pounds to be paid me as per agreement for the Copyright of that Book./ Received,/ W. Blanchard Jerrold// £5.0.0".

Autograph Note. third person, to "Mr Buckner".

Author: 
John Taylor.
Publication details: 
Sun Office, 19 Feb. 1818.
£50.00

Miscellaneous writer and editor (1757-1832). One page, 8vo, spike-holes, ow good. "Mr. Taylor's compts to Mr. Buckner and begs he will copy for him the full title of the new novel Rob Roy, including the [na]mes of the publishers. - If Mr Buckner will send it in the course of the afternoon as early as he can, Mr. Taylor will be the more obliged.- Mr. Taylor has another article on Shakespeare and his times." Note: (DNB) lastly became in 1813 proprietor of the ‘Sun,’ a violent tory paper.

Autograph letter signed to an [W.H. Harrison, poet, editor of "Friendship's Offering", literary advisor to Ruskin]

Author: 
Thomas Miller.:
Publication details: 
31 Elliott's Row, St George's Road, Southwark, 22 May 1837
£250.00

Poet and novelist, basketmaker and bookseller (1807-1874). One page, 4to, one nick not affecting text, fold marks and signs of having been laid down, mainly good. He has made "few alterations in the Poem, which if you think an improvement, may be adopted. I am afraid that so much practise in writing prose is creeping into and tinging my poetry. I do not truly like this 'Desolate Hall' and yet I can do nothing better at present". He has had no review in the "Literary Gazette" as yet, and comments on the "mass of new books that every corner of the columns have been crowded . . . Mr.

Autograph Note Signed to J.G. Wilson, Chairman of Bumpus's.

Author: 
Bernard Watson (of Ivor Nicholson & Watson Ltd).:
Publication details: 
44 Essex Street, London, WC2, 11 Nov. 1931.
£75.00

Publisher. One page, 8vo, bery good condition. "Dear Mr Wilson, / You were indeed kind to give me so much of your valuable Time today, and to take so much Trouble over our projected list. I learnt a great deal on how to write 'copy' for books, and advice from you with your store of experience is immensely valuable to a young beginner like myself, I am indeed grateful . . ." This must have been in the publishing company's early days. They later learned enough to reject "Animal Farm"(!) Frank Mumby describes Wilson as "one of the outstanding booksellers of the day" (1956 ed., p.235).

Autograph Letter Signed to J.G. Wilson, Chairman of Bumpus's.

Author: 
Eveleigh Nash.
Publication details: 
64 Curzon Street, W1, 3 July 1929.
£75.00

Publisher (see Mumby, 1956 ed., p.305). Two pages, 8vo, bifoliate, good condition. Nash recalls their first meeting ("at Mc Geachy's in Glasgow") - "and I felt then that you would get to the top of your calling, because you were obviously a born bookseller wit a knowledge of literature and a splendid memory. / I am delighted to have your good wishes, and will think over your suggestion that I should write some reminiscences of the book trade".( Nash's autobiography was published in 1941.) Frank Mumby describes Wilson as "one of the outstanding booksellers of the day" (1956 ed., p.235).

Autograph Note initialled, and Typed Note, initialled, to J.G. Wilson, Chairman, J & E. Bumpus's.

Author: 
John Murray V.
Publication details: 
7 July 1931 (TNS) and 26 May 1932 (ANS).
£150.00

Publisher. Both letters one page, 4to, good condition. (1931) He asks if an American scholar whose stay in London and studies of Coleridge have been affected by illness can have a look at a relevant book belonging to Murrays, but in a Bumpus Exhibition. He thinks the Exhibition successful and adds in ms. "The Times gives us a nice notice today".

Autograph letter signed to Henry Blackett of Hurst & Blackett, publishers.

Author: 
Martin F. Tupper.
Publication details: 
Lord Chamberlain's Office, St James's Palace, 10 Nov. 185[7?watermarked 1856].
£50.00

Miscellaneous writer and inventor (1810-1889). Three pages, 8vo, good condition. He asks for his authorial allowance of copies to be sent to his brother's at the Palace. He nominates other people he wants copies sent to, and adds "(The United States ought to take a few copies, as I have thousands of friends there, - & the 1/4 dollar reprints wont satisfy them: a good English book is a luxury well appreciated in the land of cottonpaper & indifferent print.)" He asks for a copy to be sent to Edward Walford of "The Times" - "possibly he may give it a [worldwide?] notice.

Autograph note signed to Henry Blackett of Hurst & Blackett, publishers

Author: 
Mayne Reid.
Publication details: 
No place, 21[?] Nov. 1861.
£65.00

Irish-American writer of boys' stories (1818-1883). Two pages, 8vo, in a bold though smudged hand, text just legible. "My dear Mr Blackett / May I beg you will let me have one more copy of The Hero in spite of himself -- s[?] I only had two [underlined], and six [underlined] is the allowance usually given me. I have like all authors one or two friends who will not buy, and yet who expect to read my books."

Autograph letter signed to J.H. Burn, Bookseller, King Street, Covent Garden, London.

Author: 
Daniel Terry.
Publication details: 
T[heatre] R[oyal], Cheltenham, 3 June 1827.
£150.00

One page, 4to, fold marks, text clear and complete.

(Printed circular) Autograph Note Signed.

Author: 
J. Cooke.
Publication details: 
Paternoster Row, London, 22 January 1780.
£50.00

(1731-1810 - Maxted). Maxted says he was an "Extensive publisher of works in weekly numbers", and refers to DNB, Plomer, Nichols, iii.719, and Timperley. One page, c.7.5 x 4", minor damage, text clear and complete, printed in italic. "Paternoster Row London/ I hereby promise if this Work shall exceed Eighty Numbers, to deliver the Bearer all above that quantity Gratis, on producing this Note/ J. Cooke/ January 22nd. 1780."

Autograph Letter Signed to J.H. Burn, bookseller and ephemerist.

Author: 
John Thomas Hope.
Publication details: 
37 Upper Seymour Street, 25 June 1829.
£150.00

"Mr Burne/ 20 King Street/ Covent Garden".Two pages, c.10 x 7", chipped, part torn off, small hole, text clear.

Christmas Greetings from Andrew Block

Author: 
Edward Anthony Craig
Publication details: 
1931
£30.00

Theatre historian, wood engraver, etc. four pages, 8vo, (250 copies, numbered in pencil)with a poem by John Gawsworth and a device including Block's name on the front cover by "Edward Carrick" (pseud. for Edward Anthony Craig). Three copies, EACH,

Autograph Letter Signed to W[illiam] Shackell, onetime owner, printer of "John Bull".

Author: 
Samuel Phillips.
Publication details: 
18 Sept. 1852.
£45.00

Glass manufacturer (1814-1854). 2pp., 8vo, good, admitting that he isinvolved with the Crystal Palace Company, but is not the secretary. He says that he has the interests of “Mr Woodfall” [the printer?] at heart, and his family is well. Phillips became literary diretor of the Crystal Palace Co. in 1853. He wrote Guide to the Crystal Palace and Park (1854).

Autograph Letter Signed to “Yates”.

Author: 
Algernon Borthwick
Publication details: 
3 July (n.y.).
£30.00

Ist Baron Glenesk, newspaper proprietor (1830-1908), 4pp., 8vo, stained but not obscuring text, giving his reason for not seeing Yates’s “representation”, and planning a pre-luncheon conversation about Napoleon, Palmerston and the like. He is pleased to be given a place in Yates’s “Gallery”.

Autograph Letters Signed (x3 )and one Typed Letter Signed to C.H. Grinling, labour activist

Author: 
Edward R. Pease
Publication details: 
1891-1903.
£150.00

Founder-member of the Fabian Society (1857-1955). 12pp. total, 8vo (3) & 4to (1), (1891) He asks Grinling to work with Henry Snell (M.P. for Woolwich) on preparing a Fabian Tract, suggesting a draft could be shown to the S.E. Committee, outlining what they should say. He also wants a leaflet for "the Guardians Elections", and announces that Sidney Webb on Poor Law will be Tract 17. (1901) His opinion on the "Housing Loan question", a meeting on Boards of Guardians, and the disordered office.

Typed Note Signed, to "Mr. Archer" of Sanderson's Wallpaper Museum.

Author: 
Gerald Kelly
Publication details: 
23/08/63
£35.00

Artist (1879-1972). One page, 8vo. He had discussed with "Mr Entwhistle" (wallpaper historian) a little collection of wallpapers he had purchased. Entwhistle had retired but suggested he write to Archer. He thought he did, and found a copy of his letter. "If you are not interested it will be quite easy for you to let me know". photocopy of a page from Derek Stanford's biography of Kelly tells the story of his pruchase of "a trunk-full of Second Empire wall-papers" which he gave to the V & A at the end of his life.

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