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[ Letters in Welsh from Jerusalem, 1865: Victorian pamphlet, printed in Liverpool. ] Llythyrau Cymraes O Wlad Canaan: Gan Margaret Jones.

Author: 
Margaret Jones [ Tyst Cymreig, Liverpool ]
Publication details: 
Liverpool: Argraffwyd Yn Swyddfa'r "Tyst Cymreig," Dros Y Cyhoeddydd. 1869.
£60.00

56pp., 12mo. Disbound pamphlet without wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A series of seventeen letters, written from Jerusalem in 1865. The author was the daughter of Owen Jones, and these letters are edited with a preface by Owen Jones. The book went to at least seven editions. No copy of this first edition at the National Library of Wales, and no other copy on COPAC either. Now scarce.

Autograph Letter Signed ('John F. Dillon') from Sir John Fox Dillon of Lismullen to 'My dear Mary', criticising the 'queer state' of Irish politics, First World War 'shirkers', and describing what he claims as the first tractor in Ireland.

Author: 
Sir John Fox Dillon (1843-1925) of Lismullen, Navan, County Meath, Baron of the Holy Roman Empire
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Lismullen, Navan, County Meath [Ireland; Eire]. 20 December 1917.
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. 61 lines, closely written in a crabbed, difficult hand. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He begins by thanking her for a book, before commenting: 'Things are in such a queer state in this country that it is hard to know what will happen. This Government is enough to drive one mad. They are afraid to do a thing until the Convention has come to some sort of compromise (which no party will accept). The Sin [sic] Feins will do their best to upset any recommendation the Convention may come to. You must remember there are the Ulster men (Royalists) Royalists [sic] from all parts.

Autograph Letter Signed ('C. V. A. Van Dyck') from the American missionary Cornelius Van Alen Van Dyck to the orientalist William Wright, Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge, discussing the Syrica Bible and Lane's Arabic Lexicon.

Author: 
Cornelius Van Alen Van Dyck (1818-1895), American physician, missionary and translator of the Bible into Arabic [William Wright (1830-1889), Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge]-
Publication details: 
Beirut. 21 January 1885.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. 34 lines. Fair, on lightly-aged and creased paper. It has 'just flashed across' his mind that he neglected to answer the question in Wright's letter about the Syriac bible. 'We have no use for the Mod. Syr. Bib. in these parts & so do not keep it at hand.' He gives names of individuals to contact on the question, and discusses how copies could be procured. A postscript reads: 'What is the prospect for the completion of Lanes Lex. I have to the end of S - but since Lane died [Edward William Lane died in 1876] it seems as if most words were put off to the Supplement!!'

Autograph Letter Signed ('S. Lane-Poole') to Miss Hollingworth.

Author: 
Stanley Lane-Poole (1854-1931), British orientalist and archaeologist, Professor of Arabic Studies, Dublin University
Publication details: 
16 June 1896; 3 Newnham Road, Bedford.
£38.00

12mo, 2 pp. 20 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with slight creasing to corners. He is glad to have the autographs she has sent him. He is sending '28 of my duplicates'. His wife is 'very fairly well, but the heat tries her a good deal'. He himself enjoys the heat. 'The temperature here in the sun to-day was only 110 degrees - just the same as it was in the shade in Cairo when I was there last June!'

Autograph Letter Signed to his sister 'Dearest Mai'.

Author: 
Stanley Lane-Poole (1854-1931), British orientalist and archaeologist, Professor of Arabic Studies, Dublin University
Publication details: 
8 October 1895; on letterhead of 3 Newnham Road, Bedford.
£45.00

12mo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of stub from mount adhering to an edge. He is enclosing, for his sister's friend, a 'baker's dozen' of autographs, 'all holographs except one envelope'. He refers to a list of the items on the reverse (not present), before concluding 'The letters of Frances Lady Waldegrave & Louisa Marchioness of Waterford are characteristic'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W Ebor') to Stratford Canning, by whom it is docketed with a draft of his reply.

Author: 
William Thomson (1819-1890, Archbishop of York [Stratford Canning (1786-1880), 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe]
Publication details: 
17 May 1865; on letterhead of 41 Portman Square, W. [London]
£56.00

12mo, 1 p. On bifolium, with Stratford Canning's docketing on the reverse of the second leaf. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of stub from mounting adhering to one edge. A 'strong wish is entertained' that Stratford Canning's name 'be added to the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund'. He is enclosing a paper 'which will show its nature'. Canning notes that the letter was 'Ansd. 18 | No objection to be a member of the Committee provided I incur no responsibility beyond that of throwing an occasional mite into the subscription fund.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('Jacob Wolff') to his solicitor Richard Combes, transcribing a letter to him from his brother-in-law Charles Weston.

Author: 
Sir Jacob Wolff (c.1739-1809), Bart, of Chumleigh in Devon, and Baron of the Holy Roman Empire [Richard Combes; Charles Weston; Rt Hon. Edward Weston (1703-1770) of Somerby Hall, Lincolnshire]
Publication details: 
Down's 9th Octr. 1778.'
£56.00

4to bifolium: 4 pages. Closely written. Very good, on aged paper. Address on the reverse of the second leaf, which carries two postmarks and a strong impression of his red wax seal. Wolff's letter to Combes covers the whole of the recto of the second leaf. His father-in-law Edward Weston having died eight years before, he desires 'the Business touching Mr Westons Legacy to my Children to be finally concluded on'.

Typed Letter Signed ('Juliette') to 'Dick' [Frank Richard Cowell, b.1897], together with carbon of typed reply.

Author: 
Juliette Huxley [Lady Marie Juliette Baillot] (1896-1994), wife of the English scientist Julian Huxley (1887-1975) [Frank Richard Cowell]
Publication details: 
Letter, 27 January 1966; on letterhead 31, Pond Street, Hampstead, N.W.3. Reply, 29 January 1966.
£125.00

Juliette Huxley's letter is 4to: 2 pp. Good, though lightly creased and attached to the other items by a paperclip. The correspondence mainly concerns a book by Cowell's eventually published under the title 'The garden as a fine art: from antiquity to modern times' (1978). She begins by describing Mary Wellesley: 'quite a character [...] lives in a small house off St. James's Palace, and entertains by candlelight.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Ford'.

Author: 
Emily Anne Smythe, Viscountess Strangford
Publication details: 
25 November [no year, but presumably before 1869, the date of her husband's death]; on letterhead '58, Great Cumberland Place, | W'.
£45.00

English writer (died 1887), traveller in the Middle East, and philanthropist. Four pages, 16mo. Good, but with traces of grey-paper mount adhering to verso of second leaf of bifoliate, to which adheres a cutting relating to the circumstances of Lady Strangford's marriage. She has been in bed for ten days, and although 'still in a state of great weakness - and non-writingness', writes to apologise for Lord Strangford's mistake: 'as he was expecting to be accosted by a lady much of your size he answered accordingly with an enquiry for her husband.

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