[Akhileshwar Jha, Indian novelist.] Doctoral Thesis titled 'The Development of Christopher Fry's Dramatic Art', with Autograph Letter Signed ('A Jha') to Fry, asking for comments, and covering note by R. K. Sinha of Patna University.

Akhileshwar Jha, Indian novelist, cultural critic and 'anti-colonial intellectual' [Christopher Fry, English playwright and poet; Professor R. K. Sinha, Patna Unversity, India ]
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Thesis: Patna, November 1965. Jha's letter from Patna, 26 May 1966. Sinha's note from Patna University, 20 November 1965.

THESIS: 350pp, 4to, with additional 12pp of prelims and 15pp of appendix and bibliography. Reproduction of typescript, with printed title-page, and each page on a recto. In hardback binding covered in brown pseudo-leather plastic; with yellow printed dustwrapper. Title printed on front cover of volume and on front of dustwrapper. Volume good and tight, with minor damp staining at head, in worn and stained dustwrapper.

[ H.M. Patent Office, London. ] Manuscript document containing 'Searches' into the 'Novelty' and 'Validity' of around 150 patent applications, with diagrams and index.

H.M. Patent Office, London (now the Intellectual Property Office) [ Sir Henry Bessemer; Sir John Coode; Gusttav Overbeck; Crosse & Blackwell; Wedgwood; Bryant & May ]
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H.M. Patent Office, 25 Southampton Buildings, London, WC. 13 March 1878 to 19 December 1882.

The Patent Office - now the Intellectual Property Office - was established by the Patent Law Amendment Act of 1852, which simplified the procedure for obtaining patents of invention and reduced costs. In 1883 another Act of Parliament brought into being the office of Comptroller General of Patents, with, according to the National Archives, 'a staff of patent examiners to carry out a limited form of examination; mainly to ensure that the specification described the invention properly, but without any investigation into novelty'.

[38 & 39 Vict.] Canada Copyright. [Ch. 53.] An Act to give effect to an Act of the Parliament of the Dominion of Canada respecting Copyright. [2d August 1875.]

Canada Copyright Act, 1875 [British Act of Parliament, 1875, respecting Canadian copyright]
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London: Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty. 1875.

8vo, 9 pp. Disbound. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Headed with the royal crest. The last seven pages carry the 'Schedule'. The British legislature had refused to ratify the 1872 Dominion of Canada bill that enshrined a fixed-royalty principle for Canadian publishers to re-print British copyrighted works. This act only allowed Canadian republishing of books that had gone out of print.

Typed Letter Signed ('Gilbert Murray') to K. W. Luckhurst, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Gilbert Murray [George Gilbert Aimé Murray] (1866-1957), English classical scholar and intellectual, the 'Adolphus Cusins' of Shaw's 'Major Barbara'
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13 February 1941; on embossed letterhead of Vatscombe, Boars Hill, Oxford.

Landscape 12mo (12.5 x 20.5 cm), 2 pp. Good, on lightly-aged and creased paper, with pinhole to one top corner. Concerning a meeting at the Society, Murray is 'so glad to hear that His Excellency, the Greek Minister has consented to take the Chair'. 'My lecture on Hellenism will be practically the same as that which I gave on January 21st to the Royal Institution, [...] I hardly think you will wish to print it again, [...] I did not know when accepting your invitation that you proposed to publish the lecture afterwards.

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