JESUS

[Edward Seymour, physician and medical writer.] Holograph manuscript of the poem 'Wallace'.

Author: 
Edward Seymour [Edward James Seymour] (1796-1866), physician and medical writer, Metropolitan Commissioner in Lunacy [Chancellor's Medal, University of Cambridge; Jesus College]
Publication details: 
Jesus College, University of Cambridge. March 1815.
£250.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. Signed at end: 'Edward Seymour | Jesus Coll. | March. 1815.' In fair condition, lightly aged. Holograph manuscript of the poem 'Wallace', in 78 lines, Iambic pentameters. Preceded by the following note: 'Lines written for the Chancellor's medal for English Poetry, in the University of Cambridge. In consequence of illness they were never completed.' Apparently unpublished.

[ Sir John Rhys, first Professor of Celtic at Oxford University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Rhys') to 'Morris', regarding his inability to give a paper at his 'excursions', with reference to 'Lloyd' and 'Anwyl'.

Author: 
Sir John Rhys (1840-1915), Welsh scholar, first Professor of Celtic at Oxford University [ Sir Edward Anwyl (1866-1914); Sir John Edward Lloyd (1861-1947) ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of Jesus College, Oxford. 16 July 1903.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining to inner margin. Morris's 'excursions are very tempting' and he will try to go, 'but do not put me down for a paper on Friday evening or any other evening as I cannot produce one'. He suggests that Morris 'press Lloyd and Anwyl both of whom have lots of things to say'. He will 'try to say something as may occur to me but no regular paper'. His wife will not be able to go, but one of his daughters might do so. 'If the weather is favourable it ought to be very enjoyable, but if the contrary alas! what then?'

[ Pamphlet. ] The Socialism of Jesus.

Author: 
M. Gass [ Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936), socialist, traveller and author ]
Publication details: 
Glasgow: The Labour Literature Society, Ltd., 105 London Street. 1893.
£45.00

15pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. On the reverse of the title (p.2) is a dedicatory poem 'To Cunninghame Graham', beginning 'Perfervid Scot! of hero sires, who calmly spurns the sordid scorn | Of ingrates who proclaim thee mad, [...]'. Scarce.

[Peter Levi, poet and Jesuit priest.] Holograph collection of nine poems, titled 'The Element', with signed autograph note from Dom Moraes explaining their background.

Author: 
Peter Levi [Peter Chad Tigar Levi] (1931-2000), Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, 1984-1989, and Jesuit priest [Dom Moraes (1938-2004), Indian poet]
Publication details: 
Dated by Levi to the period November 1957 to January 1958. Moraes' note dated 10 June 1963.
£750.00

14pp., 4to. In exercise book with green printed wraps. Good, on lightly-aged and worn paper. The first page carries the title 'The Element', with the words 'Peter Levi S.J. | Nov. '57-Jan. '58' in the top right-hand corner. With occasional light corrections. The second poem ('Out of shaking') has the directions: 'No title & no commas', and the last but one ('Unfinished Elegy'), which is the longest at 4pp., is annotated: 'There ought to be three parts or possibly four.

Copy of typewritten 'Recollections of the Indian Civil Service: Punjab 1939-1947' by R. H. Belcher, with Autograph Letter Signed ('Ronald') from Belcher to his colleague Frank Mills, copies of two letters from Mills to Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones.

Author: 
R. H. Belcher of the Indian Civil Service [The partition of India; Punjab; Pakistan; Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, historian of the Raj]
Publication details: 
Belcher's letter to Mills on letterhead of Fieldview, Lower Road, Fetcham, Surrey; 24 September [2000]. The copies of Mills's letters dated 30 September and 11 November 2000. Typescript and copy dating from the same time.
£750.00

The four items (copy of typescript of Belcher's memoir; autograph letter from Belcher to Mills; copies of two typed letters from Mills to Rosie Llewellyn-Jones), from the Frank Mills papers, are all in good condition. The copy of the typescript is 47 + [5] pp., 8vo, including title-page, two-page contents, preface and full-page map, on 52 loose leaves; Belcher's letter to Mills is 2pp., 8vo; the copies of Mills's two letters to Llewellyn-Jones are each 1p., 12mo.

Sanskrit Luke

Author: 
[St Luke's Gospel]
Sanskrit Luke
Publication details: 
Calcutta: Printed by J.W. Thomas, at the Baptist Mission Press, and published by the Bible Society, 23, Chowringhee Road, C.A.B.S. 1884
£125.00
Sanskrit Luke

[114]pp., obl.8vo, printed blue wraps, worn at spine, loss of strip at edge, some damage to back wrap, contents good. See image on my website, richardfordmanuscripts.com (or request it). COPAC lists only one copy, at BL (who have the Mark and John as well).

[The Writings of Leo Tolstoy. Edited by V. Tchertkoff. No. 2.] The Spirit of Christ's Teaching.

Author: 
Leo Tolstoy [V. Tchertkoff (Vladimir Grigorevich Chertkov), 1854-1936]
Publication details: 
Purleigh, Essex: Free Speech Publishing House. 1899.
£56.00

12mo: [iv] + 35 pp. In original green cloth printed wraps. Text clear and complete. On aged high-acidity paper, and with four staple holes throughout. Creasing to front wrap and slight loss at head of title (not affecting text). In the 'Editor's Preface' (p.iii, dated 'V. TCHERTKOFF.

Autograph Sentiment Signed "J Montgomery" entitled "Motto for the Bible", to "Miss Marshall".

Author: 
James Montgomery
Publication details: 
Fulneck (Leeds), 3 April 1835.
£150.00

Poet and editor (see DNB). One page, 4to, traces of blue paper on which item formerly laid down, condition mainly good, text clear and complete as follows: "Motto for the Bible/ Behold the Book, whose leaves display / Jesus the life, the truth, the way; / Read it with diligence [in the prayer?]; / Search it.- and You shall find Him there."

3 Autograph Letters Signed to William Matthews.

Author: 
Bernard Boedder, S.J.
Publication details: 
20 May 1896; 28 March 1897; 18 January 1900; all with blind-stamped letterhead 'ST MARY'S HALL, | STONYHURST, | BLACKBURN'; with 1 envelope addressed in Boedder's hand.
£200.00

Catholic theologian, author of 'Natural Theology' (1891). All three letters are on 16mo bifoliates. The first two are 3 pages, and the last is 2 pages. All in good condition, but all with some discolouration and closed tears, and with pin marks in one corner. All three letters concern James Martineau's 'Study of Religion' (1888). In the first letter he praises 'Dr. Martineau's great work', from which he has taken notes. 'I admire the loftiness of his mind and the elegance of his style.' He apologises for the fact that there is no reference to him in his book.

BABYLON BRUIS'D AND MOUNT MORIAH MENDED; being a compendiouse & authentick Narracioun of ye Proceedinges of ye WILLIAM DOWSING SOCIETIE

Author: 
F[rederick]. Brittain & Bern[ar]d [Lord] Manning, Fellows of Jesus College, Cambridge
Publication details: 
CAMBRIDGE: printed & publish'd by Will. Heffer & Sons, & are to be hadde of divers booksellers. 1940. Price six-pence.
£45.00

While Dowsing was a sixteenth-century Puritan iconoclast who kept a journal of his various depredations, this 'account of a similar visitation at some later date' which the editors claim 'has recently come into our hands', would appear to be a spoof, a suspicion perhaps strengthened by the dedication (p.3) to Ronald Knox's brother Wilfred Laurence Knox. In printed green wraps. With pseudo-sixteenth-century title and with the long s used throughout: both features being signal warnings against similar attempts at such whimsy. 12 pages, 8vo.

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