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[ French nineteenth-century provincial general bookseller's catalogue. ] Catalogue des Livres Anciens et Modernes, Français et Étrangers.

Author: 
J. Frère, l'ainé, Rouen bookseller
Publication details: 
Qui se trouvent chez J. Frère, Libraire, sur le Port, No. 45, près le Pont, à Rouen. [ Paris, Imprimerie de Fain, Place de l'Odéon. ] Undated.
£45.00

60pp., 12mo. Disbound and without wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Businesslike alphabetical catalogue of unnumbered priced general items, in double column. Short notes at the beginning and end, the former boasting that books will be sold 'aux prix de Paris', the latter offering for sale a 'nouvelle et très-belle édition' of Plato by Firmin Didot. The author was presumably Jacques-Christophe Frère, father of Édouard Frère (1797-1874), archivist, biographer, and historian specialized in the Normandy area. No copy in the Bibliotheque Nationale, nor on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.

[ Regency pamphlet. ] A Short Account of the Cause of the Disease in Corn, Called by Farmers The Blight, the Mildew, and the Rust. By Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. Third Edition, with Additions: And A Letter to Sir J. Banks, On the Origin of the Blight.

Author: 
Sir Joseph Banks; T. A. Knight [ A. J. Valpy ]
Publication details: 
[ Extracted from Valpy's 'The Pamphleteer', vol.6 (London, 1815). ]
£120.00

Title-page reads, in full: 'A Short Account of the Cause of the Disease in Corn, Called by Farmers The Blight, the Mildew, and the Rust. By Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. Third Edition, with Additions: | And | A Letter to Sir J. Banks, On the Origin of the Blight, and on the Means of Raising Late Crops of Garden Pease. By T. A. Knight, Esq. | 1815.' [19]pp., 8vo. Paginated [401]-419. Banks's paper on pp.402-414; Knight's on pp.415-419. Disbound with loose leaves. In good condition, lightly aged.

[ Victorian Welsh Christmas carols ] Y Cantor, Yn Cynwys Detholion Barddonol, Sef Carolau Ac Emynau Newyddion, Englynion Coffadwriaethol Am Amrai Anwyllion Ymadawedig, Can Ar Ostegiad Y Dymhestl Ar Y Mor, Yn Nghyda Chyfieithiadau O Linellau Saesonig,

Author: 
Evan Breece. (Ieuan Cadfan.) [ Evan Breece (1798-1855), also Evan Brees, Evan Breeze ]
Publication details: 
Llanidloes: Argraffwyd Gan J. Jones, Albion-Wasg, Dros Yr Awdwr. [ 1846 ]
£50.00

A collection of carols for 'Plygain' services at Christmas, plus memorial 'Englynion' by Breece, who was also a local preacher with the Wesleyans. 36pp., 12mo. Disbound pamphlet without wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Beneath the 'Rhagymadrodd' in Welsh by 'E. B. | Llangadfan, | Hydref 28ain, 1846.' is the following note in English: 'The author of this little book of Welsh POEMS begs to return his sincere thanks to his esteemed Friends, who afforded him their kind assistance to publish his humble Compositions.' Two-page table of contents at rear.

[ Leadenhall Press publication, with ownership inscriptions of Charles Sarolea and J. Laurie Coulson. ] The dear Neighbours! By the Author of "John Bull and his Island" &c., &c.

Author: 
'Max O'Rell' [ i.e. Leon Paul Blouet (1848-1903) ] [ The Leadenhall Press, London; Professor Charles Sarolea [ Charles Louis-Camille Sarolea ] (1870-1953); J. Laurie Coulson; Blackie and Son, binders]
Publication details: 
[ The Leadenhall Press. ] London: Field & Tuer; Simpkin, Marshall & Co.; Hamilton, Adams & Co. [ 1885 ]
£50.00

vi + 268pp., 12mo. In sturdy red morocco half-binding, with brownish-black boards in ribbed patterned cloth, and gilt tooling, marbled endpapers. Binders' ticket at rear: 'Bound by Blackie and Son'. On browned high-acidity paper, with slight damage to title-leaf. On the front free endpaper is the ownership inscription of 'Chas Sarolea', i.e. Professor Charles Sarolea [ Charles Louis-Camille Sarolea ] (1870-1953), noted Belgian philologist and author who settled in Scotland. Facing this, on a flyleaf, is the ownership inscription of 'J.

[ J. Edward Jenkins, novelist and Liberal Party politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Jenkins') to Wilhelmina Maria Green, wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green, explaining why he cannot undertake any more work at present.

Author: 
Edward Jenkins [ John Edward Jenkins; J. Edward Jenkins ] (1838-1910), novelist, satirist, and Liberal Party politician, and Agent-General of Canada
Publication details: 
On lettehead of the House of Commons Library. 19 June 1898.
£30.00

From the papers of the family of the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed at bottom left to 'Mrs Wilhelmina Armstrong'. The letter opens: 'Dear Madam | I heartily wish I could see my way – but the clouds of work are growing so thick I cannot see each of them - & my elasticity is failing.' He does not dare undertake anything at the present time, but feels 'grateful & flattered by the invitation'.

[ J. W. Hales, Professor of English literature at King's College London. ] Two Autograph Cards Signed (both 'John W. Hales') to 'Plarr' [ Victor Gustave Plarr ], on his leaving King's College for other employment, and an application to Lincoln's Inn.

Author: 
J. W. Hales [ John Wesley Hales ] (1836-1914), Professor of English Literature at King's College London [ Victor Gustave Plarr (1863-1929), poet and editor of 'Men and Women of the Time' ]
Publication details: 
One: 1 Oppidans Road, N.W. [ London ] 6 August [ no year ]. Two: 'O R'. 11 October [ no year ].
£40.00

Both cards around 9 x 12 cm. The first written on one side and the second on both sides. In fair condition, lightly aged. ONE: Begins: 'My dear Plarr, | We were delighted – for your sake – to see the announcement in the Times of your election to the <?> district, which we hope is well worth your acceptance'. He sure that 'we shall all be very sorry to lose you at King's. However I trust we shall sometimes see you.' Postscript: 'We are off to the Borders & the Roman Wall next week.

[ Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps, Equerry to Queen Victoria. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. B. Phipps') to '<Newland?>' [ the photograph J. W. Newland or his wife? ], explaining why the Queen must decline 'the Daguerrotypes'.

Author: 
Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps (1801-1866), Equerry to Queen Victoria and Private Secretary to Prince Albert [ J. W. Newland, English daguerrotype photographer ]
Publication details: 
Windsor Castle. 18 November 1854.
£50.00

The recipient's name, given at the foot of the last page, appears to read 'Mr. L. Newland' or 'Newlaw'. This may be J. W. Newland, was an English daguerreotypist and magic lanternist who travelled from New Orleans, through Central and South America, to the Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, England, and finally to Calcutta between 1845 and 1857. 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He has submitted the recipient's letter to the Queen, 'together with the Daguerrotypes that accompanied it'.

[ The Indian Budget of 1897: Sir John David Rees and James Fairbairn Finlay discuss the 'intimation that public indignation meetings are contemplated'. ] An exchange of two ALsS from Rees and two ALsS from Finlay, discussing action to be taken.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author; James Fairbairn Finlay (1852-1930), Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department), 1891-1903
Publication details: 
Finlay letter on letterhead of the Financial Secretary, Calcutta. [ Rees writing from Madras, India. ] 27 and 29 January 1897.
£180.00

At the time of writing Finlay was Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department, and Rees was Additional Member of Governor-General of India’s Council.In January 1897 the Madras region was in the grip of famine, and there was widespread disquiet in the province on rumours of an announcement in the forthcoming budget of the Government of India of the lowering of a financial subsidy.

[ John Payne Collier, Shakespearian critic and forger. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Payne Collier') to James Orchard Halliwell [ J. O. Halliwell-Philipps ], clearing up a misunderstanding regarding payment for his [ Shakespeare Society ] 'Reprints'

Author: 
John Payne Collier (1789-1883), Shakespearian critic and forger [ James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps [ born James Orchard Halliwell ] (1820-1889), antiquary; Shakespeare Society ]
Publication details: 
Maidenhead [ Berkshire ]. No date.
£105.00

1p., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, slghtly aged, with small smudge to signature. Collier produced his first Shakespeare Society reprint in 1841. On the reverse of the second leaf Halliwell-Phillipps has written, presumably to an autograph collector: 'Is this any use to you?' Addressing himself to 'Dear Halliwell', Collier begins by informing him that he is returning his 'P[ostage]. Stamp'. He asks him not to be 'affronted', explaining: 'What I meant by any printed note was, that each recipient of my Reprints, who wished to continue, should send me another P[ost]. O[ffice].

[ S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore. ] Autograph Letter Signed, in English, urging Sir J. D. Rees to use his appointment to the Legislative Council to further 'Indian well being and stability'.

Author: 
S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
'Sevin Coil street, | Karamanai, | Trivandram.' [ Sivan Kovil Street, Karamana, Trivandrum, India ] 22 October 1895
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed 'To | The Honourable J. D. Rees C.I.E.'. He begins by tendering his 'sincerest congratulations' on Rees's 'election to His Excellency the Viceroy's legislative Council'. Rees has 'already given ample proof' of his 'innate love, wisdom and vigor [...] in the way of Indian progress and prosperity', and his 'well-merited elevation has thrown open […] more abundant opportunities to initiate measures of reform for Indian well being and stability'.

[ Lord Connemara, on resigning as Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Connemara') to Sir J. D. Rees, fulsomely praising his services to him during his governorship.

Author: 
Lord Connemara [ Robert Bourke, 1st Baron Connemara (1827-1902), British Conservative politician, twice Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Governor of Madras ] [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
'at Sea near Ceylon' (on letterhead of 'Government House'). 10 December 1890.
£150.00

On Lord Connemara's resignation on 8 November 1890 after four years as Governor of Madras, the Madras Mail commented (4 December 1890) that his administration was 'a bright epoch in the annals of Madras'. The present letter, written a month after his resignation, is addressed to 'J D Rees Esq C.I.E.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf.

[ Aldred James Caldicott, composer. ] Autograph Signature ('Alfred J. Caldicott | Mus. Bac Cantab') with a few bars of sheet music in autograph, with words 'Unless you can think when the Song is done'.

Author: 
Alfred J. Caldicott [ Alfred James Caldicott ] (1842-1897), English composer of operas, cantatas, children's songs, humorous songs and glees
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£56.00

On 22.5 x 6.5 cm slip of paper, ruled in red and blue. In good condition, lightly aged. Beneath the line of sheet music and the accompanying words 'Unless you can think when the Song is done,' is the good firm signature: 'Alfred J. Caldicott | Mus. Bac Cantab'.

[ Bessie MacArthur, Scottish poet. ] Fourteen letters and three cards, all in autograph, to Brian Lambie of the Biggar Museum, with one typed poem in Scots ('Folk'), one holograph poem ('"Bits and Pieces"'), and three other autograph items.

Author: 
Bessie J. B. MacArthur [ Bessie Jane Bird MacArthur, née Bisset ] (1889-1983), poet and dramatist of the Scottish Renaissance [ Brian Lambie (1930-2014) of the Biggar Museum, Lanark ]
Publication details: 
Thirteen letters and one card from 4 Glencairn Crescent, Edinburgh 12 (the first with the address on a letterhead); the other letter without place. Thirteen of the letters written between 13 July 1975 and 6 January 1978. The other items undated.
£680.00

MacArthur's work features and is discussed by Byrne and McMillan in 'Modern Scottish Women Poets' (2003). Lambie is the subject of a long obituary in The Scotsman, 21 January 2015. Twenty-two items. The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. The following description is divided into six parts. ONE: 14 Autograph Letters Signed and 3 Autograph Cards Signed to Lambie. The 17 items of correspondence are variously signed 'Bessie MacArthur' (7), 'Bessie J. B. MacArthur' (6), 'B. J. N. McA.' (4). The letters total 32pp., in various formats.

[ Charlotte Riddell ('Mrs. J. H. Riddell'), Irish author, writer of ghost stories, co-editor of the St James's Magazine. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charlotte E L Riddell') to 'C. J. <Skeat?>'

Author: 
Charlotte Riddell [ Mrs J. H. Riddell; born Charlotte Eliza Lawson Cowan ] (1832-1906), prolific Irish author, part-owner and editor of the St. James's Magazine
Publication details: 
'<...> Lambeth Road | S.W' [ London ]. 5 November 1882.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Mourning border. With wear at head, causing loss to address, and small hole at foot. She thanks him for his 'kind consideration': 'I will try to get over to King William St. one day this week & we can then come to some decision on the matter.' She concludes: 'Isn't the weather trying'.

[ John H. Innes, historian and topographer of New York. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. H. Innes') to the editor of 'Notes and Queries', giving synopses of points of interest to English readers in his book 'New Amsterdam and its People'.

Author: 
John H. Innes [ J. H. Innes ], New York historian and topographer [ Notes and Queries, London ]
Publication details: 
76 Highland Avenue, Ossining, New York. 14 November 1903.
£150.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He is sending 'a copy of a work by me on Early New York [i.e. 'New Amsterdam and its People: Studies, Social and Topographical, of the Town under Dutch and Early English Rule' (1902)], published by Chas Scribners Sons, about a year ago'. He begins by describing the book, 'through its general plan', as 'a systematic survey and description of New Amsterdam or New York as it was in 1655, a few years before its capture from the Dutch'.

[ Charles Frohman and 'Peter Pan' ('Approaching 300th Performance in London.'). ] Printed programme, with photographs (including 'Pauline Chase as Peter Pan') and illustrations: 'Charles Frohman presents Peter Pan, or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up' .

Author: 
[ 'Peter Pan' and Charles Frohman (1856-1915), American theatrical producer [ Pauline Chase; Sir J. M. Barrie; Duke of York's Theatre, London ]
Publication details: 
Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane. Lessee and Manager - Charles Frohman. [ 1906. ]
£50.00

Printed in black on both sides of a 14 x 30 cm piece of shiny art paper, folded twice to make six 14 x 10 cm numbered pages. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The cover carries a photograph of 'Pauline Chase as Peter Pan', and two of the pages carry photographs of the production, while the other three pages carry photographs of illustrations of the piece. The text, on pp.2-6, begins: 'Mr.

[ John Harmon Charles Bonté, Professor of Legal Ethics at the Hastings College of the Law. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J H C Bonté') to Alexander Ramsay, praising his periodical 'The Scientific Roll', and offering to contribute to it.

Author: 
J. H. C. Bonté [ John Harmon Charles Bonté ] (1831-1896), Professor of Legal Ethics at the Hastings College of the Law, Secretary of the Board of Regents of the University of California
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the University of California, Berkeley. 12 November 1882.
£65.00

1p., 4to. Aged and worn, with tear along fold line repaired on reverse with archival tape. He lists the numbers of the Scientific Roll he has just received through the Smithsonian Institution, and has spent the last hour looking them over. 'The idea of the work is superb. - Just what is needed. The execution is fine, and I shall enjoy and profit by your work.' Ramsay has done him 'a great favor which will be reciprocated as soon as possible'. He is 'making original researches' which he believes 'will be of value', and will write to Ramsay again.

[ T. J. Wise: Proof of what would be the first volume of his Tennyson bibliography, with Signed Autograph Inscription to W. M. Rossetti. ] A Bibliography of the Writings of Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Author: 
'T. J. W.' [ Thomas James Wise; T. J. Wise ] (1859-1937), book collector, forger and thief [ William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919); Rose Esther Dorothea Sketchley (1875-1949) ]
Publication details: 
'Of this Book One Hundred Copies Only have been Printed.' London: Printed for Private Circulation. 1907. [ Printer not named, but with date stamp of Richard Clay and Sons, Bread Street Hill, E.C. [ London ], and Bungay, Suffollk, 1 November 1907. ]
£950.00

Alan Bell, in his entry on Wise in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, characterizes him as 'both a careless and a dishonest bibliographer' (see also Simon Nowell-Smith, 'T. J. Wise as Bibliographer' in the Library, 1969). One of Wise's aims was clearly to legitimize his forgeries, and as John Collins states in 'The Two Forgers' (1992), his bibliographies are all 'more or less tarred with Wise's own publications'.

[ Rev. John Allen Giles, Anglo-Saxon scholar. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. A. Giles'), defending his testimonial for 'Draper' and describing his 'literary labors'.

Author: 
J. A. Giles [ Rev. John Allen Giles ] (1808-1884), Anglo-Saxon scholar and historian, curate of Bampton, Oxfordshire, and Fellow of Corpus Christi
Publication details: 
Bampton, Oxfordshire. 17 December 1846.
£45.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'I am proud to be honored by any communication from you whatever may be the subject. With respect to Mr. Draper, when I gave him a testimonial two years ago, I considered him entitled to every word of commendation that I used in his favor.' He admits that he had barely seen Draper over the previous two years, but he had learnt from others that he had 'merited their approbation'.

[ The Society of Oxford Home-Students, Association for the Education of Women, Oxford. ] 'Second Annual Report, 1896-7' and 'Annual Report, 1903-4'.

Author: 
[ B. J. Johnson, Principal, and E. Caird, Chairman, Society of Oxford Home-Students, Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford, founded in 1878 ]
Publication details: 
[ [ The Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford. ] [ 1897 and 1904. ] The second printed in Oxford by Horace Hart, Printer to the University.
£250.00

Both items stitched and unbound 16mo pamphlets. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, both from the Board of Education Library, and with the former carrying a shelfmark label and the latter the Library's stamp. ONE: 'Association for the Education of Women | Oxford | Home Students | Second Annual Report, 1896-7'. 14pp., 16mo. Containing a list of officers, 'Regulations for Home Students', three-page Report - by 'B. J. Johnson, Principal' - of Home Students' Committee, 1896-7', lists of honours and appointments. Scarce: the only other copies traced at Oxford.

[ Sir Alan J. Cobham, English aviation pioneer. ] Circular printed letter in the form of a facsimile of a signed letter by him, thanking the recipient for making 'our Air Display a success'.

Author: 
Sir Alan John Cobham (1894-1973), English aviation pioneer, proprietor of the National Aviation Day Disply ('Cobham's Flying Circus')
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the National Aviation Day Display, National Aviation Displays Ltd. Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square, London, W.C.2. Undated but with '1932 - 1933 - 1934 - 1935' across the head.
£35.00

Cobham started his National Aviation Day displays (known as "Cobham's Flying Circus") in 1932. These displays were a combination of barnstorming and joyriding by a team of skilled pilots in up to fourteen aircraft, ranging from single-seaters to modern airliners. The show toured the country, calling at hundreds of sites from regular airfields to fields cleared for the occasion. 1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, worn and ruckled. Nicely printed in black over a halftone red map of Great Britain and Ireland.

[ St John Adcock, journalist, novelist and poet. ] Typed Letter Signed ('St. John Adcock') to J. Cuming Walters, on his health (a year before his death), work as editor of 'The Bookman', 'Collected Poems', and Cuming Walters's 'Charm of Lancashire'.

Author: 
St John Adcock [ Arthur St. John Adcock ] (1864-1930), poet, novelist and editor of 'The Bookman' [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 55 Queens Road, Richmond, Surrey. 3 November 1929.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The first paragraph reads: 'Dear Cuming Walters, | Forgive me for not writing sooner. The fact is I have been down with influenza and pneumonia for the last three weeks. The worst time of the year for me! After the first week I contrived with difficulty to carry on with things, lying on my back dictating letters to my daughter, who has helped me enormously. But I am up again, and though not allowed out of doors have for the last four days been working in my room here, so shall manage all right and get my Christmas No.

[ Orlando Greenwood, Lancashire artist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Greenwood') to J. Cuming Walters, describing his background (having been born 'between Pendle and Boulsworth'), reminiscing on his childhood, and commenting on dialect.

Author: 
Orlando Greenwood (1892-1989), Lancashire artist and creator of London Underground posters [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of 9 Hillmarton Road, Camden Road, N.7. 8 December 1929 and 31 October 1930.
£200.00

Both items in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE: 8 December 1929. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by stating that he has read Walters' 'Charm of Lancashire' with great enjoyment, and considers it one 'of which every Lancashire family and lover of the county should possess a copy'. He continues: 'I myself was born between Pendle and Boulsworth. My Father's stock farmed around Trawden and the Boulsworth side, and my mother's around Blacko and the Pendle slopes, so your section devoted to this locality has an especial attraction for me.

[ John James Whitley of Warrington, brewer, and 'Lewis Carroll'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John J. Whitley.') to J. Cuming Walters, regarding Whitley's father the Vicar of Daresbury and the family of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Author: 
John James Whitley (1868-1942) of Warrington, managing director of brewers Greenall, Whitley & Co. [ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 'Lewis Carroll'; J. Cuming Walters (1863-1933) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hatton Cottage, Warrington. 7 December 1930.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to Walters at his London publishers Hodder & Stoughton. In good condition, lightly aged. On reading Walters' 'Romantic Cheshire' he notes that he refers to '"Lewis Carroll" as "whilom Vicar of Daresbury"'. He points out that this is not the case, and that '"Lewis Carroll" was the son of the once Vicar of Daresbury. | My father was Vicar of Daresbury from 1884 to 1896 and I remember the old Vicarage where Mr. Dodgson resided very well. It was demolished about the time my father was appointed Vicar.' The family firm of J. J.

[ J. Cuming Walters, editor of the Manchester City News. ] Correspondence (17 TLsS; 53 ALsS; 2 ACsS) from 63 individuals (mainly Lancastrians), regarding Walters' 'The Charm of Lancashire' and 'The Romance of Cheshire'.

Author: 
J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News [ Lancashire; Cheshire ]
Publication details: 
Most letters from Manchester, and other places in Lancashire. A few from London, Bristol, Leeds, Northampton. 67 items from 1929 and 1930; and one apiece from 1924, 1931 and 1932.
£500.00

The 72 items (17 TLsS; 53 ALsS; 2 ACsS) are in good overall condition; with only three items exhibiting slight damage. In buff card folder with note in pencil on cover: 'LETTERS ON JCW's “The Charm of Cheshire [sic]”, “The Charm of Lancashire” etc'. By far the larger part of the correspondence concerns Walters' 'The Charm of Lancashire' (London: A. & C. Black, 1929) rather than his 'Romantic Cheshire' (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1930). There are two anomalies: a 1924 letter from F. W. D. Mottershead regarding a talk by Walters for 'the B.B.C.

[ 'Official Opening of the Central Public Library', County Borough of Burnley, 1930. ] Autograph Card Signed to J. Cuming Walters from the curator of the Towneley Museum, John Mackay, enclosing a copy of the printed programme to the opening.

Author: 
[ The Central Public Library, Burnley ] John Mackay, first curator (from 1930), of Towneley Hall, Burnley [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
Mackay's card from Towneley Hall, Burnley, 30 June 1930. The programme for the official opening of the Central Public Library on 3 July 1930.
£35.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Accompanied by the remains of the envelope in which they were enclosed, addressed by Mackay to Walters at the Manchester Evening News. A very nice piece of ephemera, from an age when British libraries were cherished. (It is impossible to believe that the opening of a library today would be broadcast on the BBC.) The Library is still in service. ONE: Autograph Card Signed ('John Mackay'). A plain Post Card. Mackay, who had been the butler at Towneley Hall before becoming the first curator in 1903, writes exclusively in capitals.

[ Panapakkam Anandacharlu, founder-member of the Indian National Congress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('P. Anunda Charlu') to 'Mr Rees' [ later Sir J. D. Rees ]. congratulating him on his elevation to the Viceregal Legislative Council.

Author: 
Panapakkam Anandacharlu [ P. Anunda Charlu; P. Ananda Charlu ] (1843-1908), advocate, founder-member of the Indian National Congress [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Lakeside, Egmore [ Madras, India ]. 16 October 1895.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight glue staining on blank reverse of first leaf. The letter begins: 'My dear Mr Rees. | I beg to congratulate you & myself on your elevation to a membership of the Viceregal Legislative Council – you on your well-earned elevation – myself on the pleasure of your companionship while at Calcuttah. [sic]' He is pleased to note that Rees's 'youth & the fact of your being comparatively a junior have not been regarded insuperable obstacles or unpardonable crimes'.

[ Fanny Davies, concert pianist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed party, sending a lithograph on the recommendation of the critic J. A. Fuller Maitland, who is singing in her 'little choir'.

Author: 
Fanny Davies (1861-1934), English pianist, dedicatee of Edward Elgar's 'Concert Allegro' [ J. A. Fuller Maitland [ John Alexander Fuller Maitland ] (1856-1936), music critic ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 52 Wellington Road, St. John's Wood N.W. [ London ]. 13 February 1910.
£50.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. Begins: 'Dear Sir | Mr. J. A. Fuller Maitland, who is singing in my little choir is also most kindly helping me by suggesting the right people to sing! & has told me to use his name & send you one of the enclosed lithographed letters which will speak for itself.' She concludes in the hope that he will 'help by singing'.

[ George Julian Harney, Chartist and journalist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('G. J. Harney' and 'G. Julian Harney') to the bookseller Bertram Dobell, assessing the character of George Augustus Sala, and bemoaning the state of his health.

Author: 
G. J. Harney [ George Julian Harney ] (1817-1897), Chartist and journalist [ Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), London bookseller and literary scholar; George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), journalist ]
Publication details: 
The first from 27 St Mary's Grove, Richmond-on-Thames, Surrey.,21 August 1895. The second with placve not stated, 12 September 1895.
£500.00

Dobell is not named, but the second letter contains a reference to the recipient's wife 'Mrs. Dobell'. Both letters 2pp., 12mo, and both in good condition, on lightly aged paper. ONE: 21 August 1895. Signed 'G. J. Harney.' He makes an order of books from the library of George Augustus Sala, of whom he 'cannot profess to be an admirer': 'clever, versatile, a typical journalist; but not of the stuff of Cobbett, Wooler, Hone (before he became a melancholy mad religious crank) or Hetherington – or Hunt (John).

[ The Indian Famine, 1896-1897. ] Programme for 'Famine Relief Meeting by the Dalhousie Institute, Calcutta, with printed sheet list of executive committee; ALS from Lord MacDonnell to Sir J. D. Rees; newspaper cuttings on the famine gathered by Rees

Author: 
[ The Indian Famine, 1896-1897 ] Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1st Baron MacDonnell of Swinford (1844-1925), Lieut-Gov. of the N. W. Provinces; Sir John David Rees (1854-1922); Dalhousie Institute
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[ Dalhousie Institute, Calcutta, India. ] All items from 1897.
£400.00

The Indian Famine of 1896-1897 began in Bundelkhand early in 1896, and quickly spread to other areas including the United and Central Provinces, and the Bombay and Madras Presidencies. Over two years the famine affected an area of 307,000 square miles, and the mortality, both from starvation and accompanying epidemics, was very high, with around one million people dying as a result. The eighteen items in the present collection are from the papers of the Indian civil servant and author J. D. Rees, and are tipped-in and laid down on leaves from one of his albums.

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