ISRAELITES

[ Walton Adams, pioneering photographer and British Israelite racist. ] Collection relating to the Second Coming of Christ and the Great War, including typescripts and drafts of 21 articles, autograph notes, cloth map, model of the Great Pyramid.

Author: 
Walton Adams [ Arthur Walton Adams ] (1842-1931), pioneering British photographer, co-inventor of the dry-plate process [ British Israelites; Knights of Tara; millenarianism ]
Publication details: 
Dolwyn, Kidmore Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, and Delamore, Parkstone Avenue, Lower Parkstone, Dorset. One article dated 20 August 1917, and the others from around the time of the Great War.
£950.00

The collection consists of 21 typewritten articles, with some drafts of the same; two folders of miscellaneous typed and autograph texts, a cloth map, a folding card model of 'The Pyramid' and a diagram of the 'City & Temple to scale'. BACKGROUND: Walton Adams, the founder of a family of notable British photographers and artists, including his son Marcus (1875-1959) and grandson Gilbert (1906-1996), was at his death 'believed to be the oldest professional photographer in the country' and 'the first photographer to use dry plates' (see his obituary, Times, 15 June 1934).

Autograph Letter Signed W Cantuar, with original envelope, with substantial copy letter from Alfred Wigan, curate, Trotterscliffe [sic], concerning the issues and events surrounding the burial of a child of followers of Joannna Southcott.

Author: 
William Howley, Archbishop of Canterbury [Rev. Arthur Wigan, Trottiscliffe [Trotterscliffe]]
Autograph Letter Signed W Cantuar with another
Publication details: 
[?] Hall, 12 August 1846 AND Trotterscliffe, Maidstone, 11 August 1846
£225.00
Autograph Letter Signed W Cantuar with another

Letter One (Archbishop of Canterbury] 3pp., 12mo, approving Wigan's actions in the burial of the child whose baptism was irregular and defective. He was right to toll the bell, and depositing the body of the child in the churchyard. He wants time to consider the right steps in such an important matter for 'similar cases which perhaps may be brought forward .... Letter Two: This copy letter, a rough draft in Alfred Wigan's hand, explains the situation with the dead child of followers of Joanna Southcott. They were said to have no intention of asking for Burial ...

[Booklet by the Society surnamed Israelites, Gravesend.] Commandment of the Law and Testimony.

Author: 
[The Society surnamed Israelites, Gravesend; British Israelism; Anglo-Israelism; John Wroe (1782-1863)]
The Society surnamed Israelites,
Publication details: 
Gravesend: Printed for the Society surnamed Israelites. 1858. [William Deane, Printer, Stone Street, Gravesend.]
£280.00
The Society surnamed Israelites,

8vo, 52 + ii pp. In original blue printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Worn and aged, with recent cloth spine. Scarce: no copy of this edition on COPAC, and only three other copies of nineteenth-century editions, those of 1854, 1855 and 1879, the unique copies of all three being at the British Library. By the 1879 edition the organisation was renamed the Society of Christian Israelites, and based at Ashton-under-Lyme.

[Printed book.] The Second Book of the Sealed Prophecies. An Address to the Public Written in 1796. Taken from the Sealed Writings of Joanna Southcott, February 20, the Fast Day, 1805. [With Autograph Card Signed to J. M. Stitt, Clock House Press.]

Author: 
Joanna Southcott [J. M. Stitt, the Clock House Press, Ashford, Middlesex.]
The Second Book of the Sealed Prophecies.
Publication details: 
'The SECOND EDITION, printed in September, 1812, from the First Edition printed in March, 1805.' Marchant and Galabin, Printers, Ingram-Court, London. Sold by W. Tozer, Southwark, et al. [In wraps of the Clock House Press, Ashford, Middlesex, 1920.]
£185.00
The Second Book of the Sealed Prophecies.

8vo, 136 pp. The original sheets of the second edition of 1812, in purple wraps printed in 1920. Text clear and complete. Grubby, on aged paper, with top edge badly trimmed; wraps creased. Excessively scarce: the only copy of this 1812 second edition on COPAC at University College London (like this copy with 'Caption [sic] title'). The accompanying card, with London postmark of 9 March 1938, is addressed to the printer of the wraps, 'Mr J. M. Stitt | Clock House Lane | Ashford | Mddx | "Clock House Press". It consists of 25 lines written with the postcard turned to portrait shape.

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