Imperialism

[ Charles William Domville-Fife, author and imperialist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles. W. Domville-Fife') to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding 'a big undertaking' and 'kindnesses received'. With copy of prospectus.

Author: 
Charles William Domville-Fife (b.1886), editor of 'The Encyclopaedia of the British Empire' [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the 'Editorial Offices' of 'The Encyclopaedia of the British Empire', Adelphi Terrace, Strand, London. 12 April 1924.
£135.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With the date stamps of the Royal Society of Arts. He thanks him for 'the cuttings, several of which I had not seen', and states that he will be delighted to 'present a copy of my book to your library'. He had been meaning to give one 'at the conclusion of the exhibition'. He is grateful to Menzies for offering to review the book in the Society's journal, and is 'already so much indebted to te Royal Society of Arts for kindness received'.

[Noel Pemberton-Billing, aviator and politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D<?> Pemberton Billing') to 'Mrs. Ross Clyne'.

Author: 
Noel Pemberton-Billing (1880-1948), English aviator and imperialist Member of Parliament ('First Air Member'), originator of the 'Cult of the Clitoris' scandal
Publication details: 
On his letterhead (with 'PEMBERTON-BILLING' in bold), 4, Elm Court, Middle Temple, E.C. [London] 2 May [no year].
£65.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper. In the signature Pemberton Billing's surname (unhyphenated) is preceded by what looks like 'Dot' or 'DA', the significance of which is unclear, but which may be an abbreviation of his RNAS rank. The letter reads: 'Dear Mrs. Ross Clyne, | As I am so very uncertain in my involvements at present - Will you ring me up on your arrival in Town? and I will then fix an appointment with you.'

Printed paper on 'Occupation', giving the position on 'annexation' and 'settlement' of a 'civilised State' in international law, with a section on 'The West African Conference of 1884-1885', and a reference to 'the original uncivilised inhabitants'.

Author: 
[Thomas Joseph Lawrence (1849-1920), Fellow and Tutor of Downing College, Cambridge, and authority on International Law; The West African Conference of 1884-1885]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [Cambridge. 1890.]
£150.00

A significant document, providing a clear exposition of the late-Victorian colonialist position on the two branches of occupation: annexation and settlement. Untraced. T. J. Lawrence of Downing College is the probable author, as the section on 'annexation' also features in his 'Handbook of Public International Law' (1890). 1p., 8vo. Printed in landscape on one side of a piece of unwatermarked laid paper. In fair condition, lightly-aged and creased. The document begins: 'Occupation in International Law applies only to territory not previously held by a civilised State.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Miss Iwar Muller"

Author: 
Alfred Milner, Viscount,
Publication details: 
n.d.
£30.00

Imperialist. 2pp., 8vo. He regrets that he cannot accept her invitation and that he will not be able to meet the "Glazebrooks".

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