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[ Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877), architect and writer on art. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. Digby Wyatt') to the herald and playwright J. R. Planché, regarding C. R. Cockerell's theory on 'the Wells & other sculptures' at the Crystal Palace.

Author: 
Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877), architect and writer on art [ James Robinson Planché [ J. R. Planché ] (1796-1880), playwright and herald; John Burley Waring; Charles Robert Cockerell ]
Publication details: 
54 Guildford Street [ London ]. 9 May 1857.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The name of the addressee has been amended from 'J. B. Waring' to 'J. R. Planché Eqr.' In 1854 Wyatt and Waring had collaborated on four architectural guidebooks to the courts of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, and the present item relates to sculptures present there. The letter beings iwth Wyatt thanking Planché for 'a copy of your interesting comments on Professor Cockerell's views with respect to the Wells & other sculptures', which he has read 'with care and interest'.

[ Inscribed by author to Thomas Crofton Croker. ] Regal Records: Or, A Chronicle of the Coronations of the Queens Regnant of England.

Author: 
J. R. Planché [ James Robinson Planche ], F.S.A. Author of the "History of British Costume," &c. [ Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1854), Irish antiquary ]
Publication details: 
London: Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand. 1838. [ Bradbury and Evans, Printers Extraordinary to the Queen, Whitefriars. ]
£120.00

xiv + 170pp., 12mo. Engravings ('cuts') in text. In publisher's brown ribbed cloth binding, with design of sceptre and crown in gilt on spine. Tight copy, on dusty and aged paper, in binding worn at head of the spine. Autograph inscription on reverse of frontispiece: 'T. Crofton Croker Esqr. | from his sincere friend | The Author'.

[ J. R. Planché, English dramatist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J: R: Planche') to William Jerdan, editor of the Literary Gazette, thanking him for a notice of his wife's death.

Author: 
J. R. Planche [ James Robinson Planché ] (1796-1880), English dramatist [ his wife Elizabeth Planché (1796-1846) born Elizabeth St George; William Jerdan (1782-1869), editor of the Literary Gazette ]
Publication details: 
'Garrick Club | Tuesday' [ 1846 ].
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly-creased. The letter begins: 'Four thousand thanks for the very kind manner in which you have given the notice of my dearest wife in your last number.' The notice will be extremely gratifying 'to her family and any of the many who loved her'. Mrs Planché was also a playwright, and is thought to have collaborated with her husband on a number of works.

[John Russell Lowell, American poet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. R. Lowell'), while American ambassador in London, to Lady Elphinstone, declining an invitation and attempting to arrange a meeting to renew their acquaintance.

Author: 
J. R. Lowell [John Russell Lowell] (1819-1891), American poet, author and diplomat [Lady Elphinstone]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 40 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, W. [London] 2 July 1886.
£60.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, and with the margins cut down. The letter reads: 'Dear Lady Elphinstone, | I am very sorry that an engagement here will prevent my having the pleasure of coming to you this afternoon. But I hope to be able to go out to Richmond next Friday & if so shall do myself the honour of renewing so agreeable an acquaintance.'

[Presentation copy from the author to his daughter.] A Vision of England and other Poems.

Author: 
John Rickards Mozley [J. R. Mozley] of King's College, Cambridge, nephew of John Henry Newman
Publication details: 
London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen. 1898.
£120.00

[9] + 142 pp., 8vo. In original green cloth, gilt. A good copy, on aged paper, in lightly-worn binding. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: 'E. Mozley | from her father J. R. Mozley | Feb 19. 1898'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. R. Clynes') from the Labour Party politician John Robert Clynes to his colleague the future spin-doctor Walton, announcing his appointment by Lloyd George as Minister of Food Control.

Author: 
J. R. Clynes [John Robert Clynes] (1869-1949), leader of British Labour Party, 1921-2; Home Secretary, 1929-31; Manchester Member of Parliament [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), journalist and publicist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Ministry of Food, Palace Chambers, Westminster, SW1. 9 July 1918.
£56.00

2pp., 4to. 20 lines. Good, on lightly-aged paper. At the time of writing Walton is recovering from a serious illness, and Clynes urges him not to 'hurry back at any risk to your health', and to 'take note of some of the advice you have given me not to over-work & break down'. Clynes reports that he has 'just come away from the P. M. [Lloyd George]', and that he has 'agreed to take on the full work [as Minister of Food Control].

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