HORSES

[ George Denholm Armour, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Denholm Armour'), a letter of condolemce to the widow of composer Herman Finck.

Author: 
George Denholm Armour (1864-1949), English artist associated with Phil May and Joseph Crawhall, and horse breeder [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Old Court House, Tetminster, Dorset. 22 April 1939.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition. He is writing 'as an old brother savage' (i.e. a member like Finck of the Savage Club), and asks her to accept his 'most sincere sympathy in the loss' of her husband, and his regret that he cannot be present at his funeral. Headed by Mrs Finck 'Answered'. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last songs played as RMS Titanic went down.

[ Sir William Craven of Winwick. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wil Craven') to the Earl of Craven, describing his efforts 'both in Leicestershire and Darbyshire' to acquire horses 'fitt for your Lords[hi]ps: coach'.

Author: 
Sir William Craven (1634-1707) of Winwick, Northamptonshire [ William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1608-1697), one of its Lord Proprietors of the Colony of Carolina ]
Publication details: 
'Winwick [ in Northamptonshire ] ye 16th: of May 1679'.
£320.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper with the bottom outer corner of both leaves worn (and professionally repaired with paper backing) with consequent loss of text around Craven's signature. The name of the recipient 'Craven' has been partly cut away in the address in Craven's hand on the reverse of the second leaf: 'For the Right Honoble: William Earle of C one of the Lords of His Majtyes: most Honoble: Privy Councel at his house in Drury Lane | London'.

[ Carriages, coaches, etc. ] Large collection of items relating to carriages, coaches, coaching and coach building

Author: 
Silk & Sons of Long Acre, London, Victorian Coach Builders
Publication details: 
c.1750-1893.
£1,500.00

Silk & Sons were one of the leading coach builders of Victorian London, Robert Silk (born c.1797, fl.1871) already being established in Long Acre by 1851. Robert Silk was succeeded by his son William (born 1824), who in his turn took his sons William junior (1853-1911) and Robert John (1858-1934) into the business. The firm continued to trade at least until 1907, when the Long Acre premises were sold.The present collection, mainly compiled by the elder William Silk, contains around 350 items relating to carriages, coaches, coaching and coach building, dating from between 1750 and 1893.

[Polo in Kenya; mimeograph or similar] The Rules of Polo revised to date with Regulations for Governing Handicap as adopted by the Hurlingham Club. || Price - one shilling. WITH: manuscript discussion of polo strokes

Author: 
[Polo; G.B. Rimington, District Commissioner, Kenya]
Publication details: 
No place or date [1930s?]
£280.00

Ten pages, sm. folio, green paper covers, with title label as above, stapled (sl. rusty), covers slightly marked. contents foxed but clear. From the regulation height of ponies to handicapping. WITH: Manuscript, 5pp., 8vo, stapled to inside cover of the Rules, printed heading "MEMO || From Capt. G.B. Rimington, M.C. | Box 1884, NAIROBI", commencing "If No. 1 gets ball at roll[?] in No 2 to Back | If No 2 or 3 get ball No 1 goes to back [..., concluding] No. 3|| Must be well mounted. He is half back assisiting his forward in attack & helping his back in defence".

[Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.] Autograph Note, initialed 'W', to his groom 'Henry', instructing him to 'send off the Old Northampton Mare; and Young Copenhagen'.

Author: 
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington
Publication details: 
Walmer Castle. 8 September 1839.
£280.00

1p., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: Walmer Castle | Septr. 8 1839 | Henry | I beg that on receipt of this you will send off the Old Northampton Mare; and Young Copenhagen or any other that is in condition to travel & send as according to the Note, on the other side

&c W | Let them have Knee Caps'. 'Young Copenhagen' was named after Wellington's celebrated stallion Copenhagen (1808-1836), on whom he rode at the Battle of Waterloo.

[William Silk, of London coachmakers Silk & Sons.] Eleven items relating to carriages commissioned by Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, including five Design Drawings (two with notes), two drawings of details, two coloured engravings and a press cutting.

Author: 
William Silk (b.1824), coachbuilder of the firm Silk & Sons, Long Acre, London [Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy [Jeejeebhoy; Jeejebhoy] (1783-1859), Parsee merchant]
Publication details: 
Cutting from the Carriage Builders' and Harness Makers' Art Journal, vol.III (London, 1861-1862). Other eight items by Silk & Sons, Long Acre, London; undated, but after the award of Jejeebhoy's knighthood in 1857.
£1,850.00

Silk & Sons of Long Acre were one of the leading Victorian coach builders, Robert Silk (born c.1797, fl.1871) already being established in Long Acre by 1851. In due course Robert was succeeded by his son William (born 1824), who in his turn took his sons William junior (1853-1911) and Robert John (1858-1934) into the business. The firm continued to trade at least until 1907, when the Long Acre premises were sold. The present collection of eleven items derives from the firm's archive.

Large collection of items relating to carriages, coaches, coaching and coach building

Author: 
Silk & Sons of Long Acre, London, Victorian Coach Builders
Publication details: 
c.1750-1893.
£4,000.00

Silk & Sons were one of the leading coach builders of Victorian London, Robert Silk (born c.1797, fl.1871) already being established in Long Acre by 1851. Robert Silk was succeeded by his son William (born 1824), who in his turn took his sons William junior (1853-1911) and Robert John (1858-1934) into the business. The firm continued to trade at least until 1907, when the Long Acre premises were sold.The present collection, mainly compiled by the elder William Silk, contains around 350 items relating to carriages, coaches, coaching and coach building, dating from between 1750 and 1893.

[Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.] Autograph note, giving directions to a groom for a journey with horses, carriages and 'poneys', containing itinerary from Shooter's Hill to Walmer Castle. With Autograph Signature attached.

Author: 
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£500.00

The note is 1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. It reads 'The C

and the Poneys and Poney Carriage and the Saddle Horses are to be in readiness & go tomorrow afternoon to Shooter's Hill | Dartford Halt 17th. | Rochester | Sittingborne Halt 18th. | Canterbury Halt 19 | Walmer Castle Halt 20th.' Pinned in the bottom right-hand corner, on a piece of 2.5 x 5.5 cm paper, is the autograph signature 'Wellington' cut from a letter.

Autograph Letter Signed from the equestrian painter Harry Hall [to the London printseller Dominic Colnaghi], regarding his work on a portrait of Sam Darling, and 'a picture of a hanimal' for the [Royal Academy] Exhibition.

Author: 
Harry Hall (1816-1882), English equestrian painter, chief artist of The Field [Dominic Colnaghi (1790-1879), London printseller; Sam Darling; Rudolph Ackermann]
Publication details: 
'Newmarket Sunday Morning [no year]'.
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The last page docketed in pencil: 'Animal Painter | To D. Colnaghi'. He apologises for the fact that 'the portrait of Sam Darling that I have begun with a view of sending it up to you is but scarcely indicated and I amsure would rather lead you wrong than otherwise. He gave me but a short squint at his mug and went away with a promise to return but did not do so.

The Traveller's Oracle; Or, Maxims for Locomotion: Containing Precepts for Promoting the Pleasures and Hints for Preserving the Health of Travellers. [Part II: 'By John Jervis, An Old Coachman.] [Including sheet music of eight songs by Kitchiner.]

Author: 
William Kitchiner ['John Jervis, An Old Coachman.']
Publication details: 
London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street. Second Edition, 1827. [London: Printed by J. Moyes, Took's Court, Chancery Lane.] [Sheet music engraved by Sidney Hall, Bury Street, Bloomsbury.]
£300.00

2 vols, 12mo. Vol.1: viii + 264 pp. Vol.2: viii + 336 pp. Complete, with all the engravings of sheet music listed in the contents (vol.1: five two-page plates and one four-page plate, with one more piece of music 'printed with the letterpress'; vol.2: one two-page plate). Both volumes good and tight, on lightly-aged and spotted paper. In worn contemporary half-calf binding, marbled boards, with the first volume rebacked. Each volume with bookplate of Frederic Perkins, Chipstead Place, Kent.

Catalogue of the well-known and very valuable library formed at the Durdans, Epsom, by the late Rt. Honble. the Earl of Rosebery, K.G., K.T. Sold by order of his daughter Lady Sybil Grant. The first and second portions.

Author: 
Archibald Philip Primrose (1847-1929) , 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister [Lady Sybil Grant; the Durdans, Epsom; Sotheby & Co.]
Publication details: 
Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35, New Bond Street, W.(1). On Monday, the 26th day of June, 1933, and four following days.
£100.00

TWO COPIES, both octavo: iv + 158 pages. Several collotype plates, several in red and gold. In original green printed Sotheby wraps. Both items sound internally, with some wear to the wraps. One item has extensive pencil annotations to the front wraps, and the other has a few ink marks to the reverse, with minor wear to the last couple of leaves. Both catalogues partially priced with some names by the London booksellers Myers & Co. of New Bond Street, one on the second day of the sale and the other on the fifth.

Souvenir handbill, with photographs of the nine riders and facsimiles of their signatures.

Author: 
The Don Cossack Riders [Russia; the Soviet Union; 'A. Boulanoff'; 'N. Golouboff']
Publication details: 
Date and place of printing not stated [England?]. Docketed in pencil 'Don Cossack Riders - Sept. 1950'.
£23.00

Bifolium (dimensions of the two leaves 14.5 x 22.5 cm), 4 pp. Printed on light-green paper. Lightly worn and creased with one short closed tear. Contains 14 photographs of riders engaged in impressive stunts, including riding through flame, riding upside down and in a pyramid formation. No trace of existence of the troupe appears to have survived. Although in costume, to the ignorant eye they do not look particularly Cossack, and their signatures are not written in Cyrillic. The names, which do not yield any clues either, include 'A Boulanoff' and 'N. Golouboff'.

Autograph Note Signed ('M. E. Kennard') to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Mrs. Edward Kennard' (M. E. Kennard), Edwardian novelist
Publication details: 
Undated. 'The Barn | Mkt Harboro' [Market Harborough]'.
£25.00

One page. On piece of paper four inches by three and a half wide. Good, on lightly creased and aged paper. Docketed in pencil at head. 'Dear Sir | I have pleasure in enclosing my autograph. | Yrs. truly | M. E. Kennard'. Scarce autograph of the woman described as 'Harborough's forgotten novelist' (J. D. Bennett, in 'The Harborough Historian', 2001).

Autograph Letter Signed to Richard Wilson

Author: 
Henry Cline [J.H. Shorthouse and John Porter].
Publication details: 
Lincolns Inn Fields, 22 Nov. 1821.
£150.00

Surgeon, Astley Cooper's mentor (DNB), author of medical works. Three pages, 8vo, crude repairs to tears on folds, laid down, text clear and complete. He writes, "That disorder in a horse which constitutes a Roarer, is caused by a membranous projection in a part of the wind pipe (technically called the larynx). It is a consequence . . . [he continues ] . . . "A Roarer is not therefore a diseased horse . . . When a horse is in strong action, his breathing becomes proportionatley quickened . . . and thus the roaring noise is produced.

Autograph Letter Signed by Frederick H Post to the editor of Polo Monthly, and catalogue of 'AUCTION SALE | Argentine Polo Ponies | PROPERTY | of | MR. J. D. NELSON | MR. C. N. LAND MR. LOUIS LACEY | MR. MANUEL ANDRA MR. ALFREDO PENA'.

Author: 
George A. Bain, Auctioneer ('Under Management of WILLIAM POST & SON') [AUCTION CATALOGUE; EQUESTRIAN; POLO]
Publication details: 
LETTER: 20 November 1926, on letterhead of William Post and Son; CATALOGUE: Post's Polo Field, East Williston, Long Island, N. Y.; 6 October 1926.
£120.00

CATALOGUE: Six unpaginated leaves, 8vo. Diagonal blue stripe printed on front and back covers. Unbound. In very good condition despite slight rust staining from staples and paper clip. The prices fetched and purchasers of the thirty-five lots are given in pencil. LETTER: one page, 4to, in very good condition with crease to one corner. Encloses marked copy of catalogue, asks to subscribe to Polo Monthly, and commends article in latest issue. Signed 'William Post & Son | pr Fred H Post'.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
John Boultbee
Publication details: 
Loughbro. ye 9th. March 1786'.
£85.00

English equestrian artist (1753-1812). 1 page, 8vo. In poor condition: creased, frayed and torn. He has that morning received from his correspondent's servant 'the sum of sixteen Pounds nine shillings payment for your Pictures'. He will send them 'by the first conveyance' and hopes they will please. 'If any alteration should be necessary should be glad to make it at any time'. Signed 'J. Boultbee'. A postscript states that he has returned 'by your servant the Ballance from the Bill of twenty Pounds'. Docketed on reverse with date of receipt, sum paid to 'J.

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