Ambrose Dickins (d.1747), Sergeant Surgeon to King George II
[ London. ] 2 October 1745.
The debenture is on a 12 x 18.5 cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with slight loss to one edge causing loss of a few words of text. On the recto are the details in Latin of the debenture, which is paid 'Out of Seizures', beginning: 'Franco Dickins Juris Civilis Doctor et Lector ejusdem in Academ Cantabrig [...]'. On the reverse: 'Amrbose Dickins Atto. J Dawson | Recd the contents of this Debentur | p Ambr. Dickins | Record 2 Octobr 1745'.
J. L. H. Batt [Jack Lynden Batt] (b.1922), of 155th Battery, 172nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery [POWs; Prisoners of War; Second World War]
Undated [written in the 1960s?]. Covering events from June 1941 to April 1945.
i + 207pp., 8vo. Perfect bound in green card wraps, with green cloth spine. In good condition: lightly-aged and a little dogeared, in lightly-creased wraps with slight wear to spine. Tipped in onto the last page is an original 'Army Form B. 104-83', signed and stamped with date 16 March 1943, informing Batt's father that he was posted as missing on 27 February 1943 in North Africa. Nine chapters: 'The Western Desert'; 'Italy'; 'Gaschwyz'; 'Leipzig', 'Gaschwyz Again'; 'Boehlen, Leuna, Wiederitsch'; 'Lager Waldfrieden'; 'Russians'; 'Latvians'.
John Heath and J. L. H. Batt [Jack Lynden Batt], both of 155th Battery, 172nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery [Lager 31, Stalag IV-G; POWs; Prisoners of War; Second World War]
Modern transcript. Account of events between 5 January 1943 and 12 May 1945.
ii + 177pp., 8vo. Each page on a separate leaf. Original typescript, not a carbon. In very good condition, in green card folder. The first paragraph of Batt's two-page preface reads: 'This transcript has been copied from original personal diaries of JOHN HEATH with whom I served in 155 Battery, 172 Field Regiment R.A.; an artillery unit of 25 pounder guns stationed at Mersham, Nr. Ashford in Kent. John and I were together through most of the happenings in North Africa, Italy and Germany described in these diaries until May 1945 when we got split up as the war in Europe was coming to an end.
Commander Geoffrey Scott Stavert (d.2002), of 155th Battery, 172nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery [J. L. H. Batt [Jack Lynden Batt] (b.1922],
Place and date not stated. [Southsea, 1970s?]
298pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper in blue ring binder. From the collection of J. L. H. Batt, who writes the following autograph note: 'Lt. Geoff. Stavert was E. Troop Commander of 155 Battery at Sidi Nsir Feb. 1943, & was my Troop Commander. On 26. 2. 43 I was up at the O.P as a Signaller on Hill 609.
Five lines, 4to, some foxing not affecting clarity of text, as follows: "Jerome addresse cette despesche pour Mr des [?] fougeraire[?] que je vous prie de luy faire tenir en tout diligence Louis de Bourbon"
[ Edwardian British and European Royalty, postcards ] [ King Edward VIII; Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia ]
Publishers include Rotary Photos, London, and Beagles Postcards. A few with postmarked dates between 1906 and 1911.
The eighty postcards are housed in two uniform 4to albums, each of ten leaves, with decorative red card covers. All postcards in good condition, in worn album. Most of the postcards are unused, but a few have been sent to a child named Eleanor M. Lampard (i.e. Eleanor Mary Lampard, born Richmond, Surrey, 1903), at a variety of addresses, from family members helping her to build up the collection. All photographs are in black and white except for one 'Portrait Bas-Relief Card' of Edward VII by W. S.
King Ferdinand II of Naples [ Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies ] (1810-1859), Bourbon monarch
Place not stated. With docketed date 1850.
2pp., 12mo. Fifteen lines of text. In fair condition, on aged paper. The second leaf of the bifolium is docketed, and has a small burn hole to it, but the leaf with the king's autograph on it is undamaged. Written during his exile following the revolution of 1848. Contains a reference to 'la Cujina Luisa' [María Luisa Fernanda de Borbón].
Laurence Hyde (1642-1711), 1st Earl of Rochester, statesman, Lord High Treasurer and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [ Sir John Ernle (1620-1697), Chancellor off the Exchequer, 1676-1689 ]
Date and place not stated.
On rectangle of laid paper, roughly 4 x 7 cm. In good condition, lightly-aged paper with one vertical fold. Good firm signatures, wih Rochester's above Ernle's. Writing on reverse relates to Sir Thomas Vernon and the payment of an order.
Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, Moorfields, London publishers known for their postcards [ Gustave Tuck; Sir Reginald Tuck; Marcus Adams (1875-1959), royal photographer; Bertram Park (1883-1972) ]
All nine on letterhead of 'Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ld., Raphael House, Moorfields, London, E.C.2. Dating from between 1928 and 1935.
11pp., 4to. Five are signed by Gustave Tuck, three by Desmond A. Tuck and one by Sir Reginald Tuck (the three men being named on the letterhead, together with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as the company's directors). Four are addressed to Adams personally, four to his firm (with one for the attention of 'Miss Dorothy Clarke'), and one to Bertram Adams, another royal photographer, with whom Adams shared premises at 43 Dover Street, Mayfair. The ornate letterhead, printed in brown, carries royal warrants and an engraving of Raphael House. On aged and worn paper, with slight damp staining.
Bertram Park [ Bertram Charles Percival Park ] (1883-1972), British photographer, author and horticulturalist [ Marcus Adams (1875-1959), royal photographer; his son Gilbert Adams (1906-1996) ]
Either on letterheads of 43 Dover Street, Mayfair ('Studios: Bertram Park, Marcus Adams Ltd., Yvonne Gregory, James Vintner.'), or the Old Shooting Box, Eastcote High Road, Pinner, Middlesex. One dated 1950, the rest from between 1954 and 1962.
Thirteen Typed Letters Signed: seven to Marcus Adams, four to Gilbert Adams, and one apiece to 'Miss Farr' and 'Mr Murray'. Totalling 16pp., and with eight on Dover Street letterheads, and five on Park's personal Pinner letterheads. Five signed 'Bertram', one 'B.P.'', the other seven 'Bertram Park'. The thirteen items in good condition, with light signs of age and wear.
Keith Douglas Young (b.1916), Australian-born United States intelligence officer, with the 15th Air Force, author of memoir 'Born to Adventure' (1945) [ Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), military historian ]
All three on his letterhead, Coronado, California. The first two dating from 1977, and the last from 1989.
Three long letters, closely typed. Each 3pp., 4to. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Topics include: his military career; unreliability of field intelligence; the impossibility of 'training future POWs'; his career at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. ONE: 20 September 1977. On the subject of 'intelligence garnered in the field.
Antony Brett-James (1920-1984), 5th Indian Division Royal Signals, military historian and Sandhurst lecturer
Typescript undated. Signed copy of book: Hennel Locke Limited, London & Sydney, 1948. Marked-up copy of book: Hennel Locke and George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd, London, 1948.
'Report My Signals' (hereafter RMS) was well received on its publication in 1948, a second impression appearing in the same year. The book's dustwrapper blurb describes the contents as 'the war memoirs of a Signals officer who served for three years with the Fifth Indian Division. He was with this illustrious formation from August 1942 (near El Alamein) until the recapture of Rangoon. | The author writes frankly and sincerely of his experiences with Indian soldiers, for whom he expresses affection and admiration.
[ Postwar Australia: English 'Old Fogies' in Brisbane, 1949. ]
"Nydon", Rees Avenue, Clayfield [ Brisbane, Queensland, Australia]. 18 and 25 May 1949.
3pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. And interesting and informative letter from a long-established couple of English settlers in Australia, to their kin in England. They have been prompted to write after viewing 'a Fox Short showing Bathing at Southend, Eastbourne, Bognor, Brighton and Blackpool taken during the Easter Holidays when you had a remarkable warm spell. To make it even we had a vicious little cold spell descend at the beginning of April [...]'.
[ King George II (1683-1760), as George, Prince of Wales ] [ Hanoverian wines and spirits ]
[London? Circa 1717 or 1718.]
1p., folio. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with traces of buff card mount adhering to reverse, which is docketed: 'Wines To be sent for | To France for the Year | 1718.' Written in a fair bold hand, employing the long s, and amended in second looser hand. Reads: 'Wines To be sent for to France, For His Royall Highness.s service for the Year 1718. | 2 Tunn Pontac. | 3 Tunn Castle Margoux [sic] [amended to 'La '] | 4 Tunn La Fite or La Tour. | 15 Tunn Dessenam, Chateau Dassan & Obrian. [amended to 'High Mar<?>'] | 24 Tunn Claret | 1 Tunn ['Graves' added] White Pontac.?>
Sir Cyril Wich [Wych; Wyche], diplomat (c.1695-c.1755), Envoy Extraordinary at Hamburg.
Hamburg 25 April 1732
One page, 8vo, two small closed tears on fold marks, mainly good condition. "I have received your favour of the 4th Instant, with the Queen's Letters to the Duke of Holstein, and the Bishop of Lubeck, which I will take care to transmit to Their Highnesses in the usual manner. | You was formerly pleased, Sir, to send me copies of Her Majesty's Letters for my own information, and as this is constantly pratctised by the Secretary of State's Offices, I must beg the Favour of you, to let me have the copies of the abovementioned Letters when it best suits your conveniency."
A. H. Bullen [Arthur Henry Bullen] (1857-1920), English publisher and literary editor [Charles Lavers Lavers-Smith and his son Hamilton Lavers-Smith; Nell Gwynne]
Both items on letterhead of 'A. H. Bullen, | Publisher, | 47, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, W.C.' 21 April and 4 May 1903.
The two items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. ONE: To 'C. Lavers Smith, Esq'. 21 April 1903. 2pp., landscape 8vo. He asks 'whether prints are to be had of Nell Gwynne's reputed birthplace at Hereford'. He made enquiries about the house in Hereford on the previous Saturday. 'It was pulled down in 1861; but in 1858 two photographs of it were taken, and I found an old photographer who had negatives which he promised to lend to me for a small consideration.
Colonel Sir Henry Charles Legge (1852-1924), Equerry in Waiting to King Edward VII [Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), German Emperor]
On letterhead of Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch, Hampshire. 27 November 1907.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightlhy-aged paper. In reply to a letter from the anonymous male recipient Legge writes: 'Mr. Russell was commanded to attend at Windsor Castle by the German Emperor with the approval of the King and though permission was afterwards given to publish the photograph you will readily see that no such statement as appeared should have been published without authority - incorrect as it was'.
Sir Robert Howard (1626-1698), English playwright and politician and Secretary to the Treasury
Without date or place.
On one side of slip of 6 x 18 cm paper. In fair condition, aged, and with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Apparently concerning an enormous sum of money, the receipt reads: 'Registered upon the Register appointed to be kept by the Act within mentioned & payable there upon of
Colonel Ernest Astley Edmund Lethbridge (1864-1943) of The Firs, Headington Hill, Oxford, and his brother Sir Wroth Lethbridge (1863-1950), 5th Baronet, of Westaway House and Winkley Court, Somerset
The fourteen letters written between April and August 1940. All from Headington Hill, Oxford (ten on letterheads).
Colonel Lethbridge commanded the 1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and was mentioned in despatches twice, and decorated several times, during service in the Great War. For more information about the two brothers, see their entries in 'Who Was Who'. Totalling 8pp., 4to; 30pp., 12mo. The ten 12mo letters are in good condition, lightly-aged, while the four 4to letters are aged and worn, with chipping to extremities.
George, Prince of Sparta [afterwards King George II of Greece] (1890-1947) [E. A. Tovey of Blatchington Place School, Seaford]
One: Seaford, St Malo. 5 August 1905. Two: Tatoi, Greece. 27 September 1906.
Both letters in good condition, on aged paper. ONE: 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In envelope addressed by the Prince to 'E. A. Tovey Esqr. B.A. | Moorhurst | Parkstone | Dorset'. He thanks him for his letter and photographs, a set of which he would like sent to his mother. 'Yes, of course, I will sign withe [sic] the greatest pleasure the photographs you took of me. Please send it to me together with the birthday book.' He thanks him for his 'kindness to us during our pleasend [sic] stay at Seaford', and hopes to see him the following year.
Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue (1931-2013), Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art, 1972-1996 [Queen Mary's Dolls' House]
On letterhead of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, St James's Palace. 31 August 1973.
2pp., 4to. 20 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Signed 'Geoffrey de Bellaigue'. He writes that he has had a reply to a letter (he has written to the Queen) 'concerning the miniature book entitled "Statesmen" which you purchased at the sale at Sothebys on 17 July 1972 (Lot 636)'.
Raja Krishnaji Rao II Pawar ["Baba Sahib"] (1844-1898), Raja of Dhar State, 1857-1858 and 1860-1898
On monogrammed letterhead. Dhar, 19 February 1884.
2pp., 12mo. On leaf of speckled paper, with monogrammed letterhead in red. The letter reads 'My dear Friend, | Your letter off the 12th Instant was duly to hand this morning & I thank you for it. | The photograph you mentioned in your letter is not received & I believe it has not been enclosed inn the letter trhough oversight. | Kindly send the picture & oblige, | With best wishes, | Your sincere Friend | [signature] A. R. P. S. D. | Anand Roa Powar [sic] | Maharajah of Dhar'.
Poultney Bigelow, American journalist and author, school friend of Prince Wilhelm (Wilhelm II).
[Headed] Reform Club, no date.
Two pages, 12mo, good condition. "Since our talk I have been in America; returned - have been to Berlin on a diplomtic mission & only just touched at my club before sailing once more for New York on Wednesday - All my books, &c. are in storage at this moment & I must therefore wait until I onc emore return here for settlement - which will be soon I hope. | I hope you will not be angry at me because of what must have been strange silence on the part of [...]"
Gérard de Lairesse (1640-1711), 'The Dutch Poussin', painter, engraver and art theorist; Nicolaes Visscher II (1649-1702), Amsterdam printer, publisher and cartographer; Gerard Valck (1651/2-1726)
[Amsterdam: Nicolaes Visscher II? Gerard Valck? Late seventeenth century or early eighteenth century.]
Most of de Lairesse's plates were, as the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings notes, 'originally published by Nicolaes Visscher, who published a collected edition under the title "Opus Elegantissimum" in c.1675. The BM holds an album bound in vellum containing the Gerard Valck edition of 'Opus Elegantissimum', a selection of numbered etchings by Lairesse and 13 unnumbered etchings and mezzotints by other printmakers (Valck, van den Berghe and Blooteling) after Lairesse'.
Sir Eric de la Rue [Sir Eric Vincent de la Rue] (1906-1989), 3rd Baronet, son of Sir Evelyn Andros de la Rue (1879-1950) [Notts Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry; British Army, Middle East Forces]
Letter to his father: 17 March ; 'H.Q. 215 Town Mayor M.E.F.' Letters to his sister: 4 May  and 4 October . Both addressed from the MEF.
All three are air mail letter cards. Each with 'Field Post Office' postmark and censor's stamp. The three in fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Letter One: To his father, 17 March . Addressed to 'My dear Father', with the envelope addressed to 'Sir E. de la Rue Bart. | The Sol | Cookham | Berkshire | England.' 1p, 4to, and 1p., 12mo. A light-hearted letter, in which he jokes about his father's inability to read the word 'Aviv' ('I suppose a series of "i"s and "v"s is rather difficult even if printed') and find the place on the map ('it is much larger than Bournemouth').
Mrs Hope Robinson, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, wife of Major P. M. Robinson, 1/5th Sherwood Foresters [Number 4 Camp (Bam Pong), Thailand; Japan; Japanese Prisoner of War]
Dated 29 November 1944.
3pp., folio, on three leaves stapled together. Fair, on aged paper. All in all a curiously positive account, with the possible explanation that Mrs Robinson's two informants chose to hide the worst from her. It is also pointed out at the foot of the first page that 'owing to the size of the Camp and the way it was divided up, it is not easy for the escaped men to give details of all the members of the Camp.
Major L. E. C. M. Perowne, R.E. [Major-General Lancelot Edgar Connop Mervyn Perowne (1902-1982), Royal Engineers, Commander, 17th Gurkha Division]
Date and place not stated. [A revised reprint from The Royal Engineers Journal, September 1938.]
24pp., 8vo, with one extra plate on art paper, and five full pages of diagrams in text. Stapled, in blue printed wraps. With two ownership inscriptions on the wraps, both of Royal Artillery personnel: the first of S. M. Dawes, and the second of '483 S/L Batt RA', i.e. Jack Lynden Batt (b.1922), of 155th Battery, 172nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. This offprint is excessively scare, with no copies listed on COPAC or WorldCat.
[British Prisoners of War Funds (Miss Christine Knowles, 'Founder and Hon. Director'); Japanese Prisoners of War; the Far East]
Carrington House, Hertford Street, London W1.
11pp., 12mo. Fair, on aged and creased paper. 'Please return' in manuscript at head of first page. Newspaper cutting titled 'Prisoners in Japanese Hands' loosely inserted. Begins with a section of 'Parliamentary News concerning Prisoners of War in the Far East.'; then 'Report from U.S.A.'; and a final 'Extract from copy of broadcast by Major Gourlay from Thailand', with a couple of manuscript interpolations. Scarce: no copies on COPAC or WorldCat.