KAYE

[ Sir John William Kaye, historian of British India. ] Volume of Autograph Drafts of passages from the opening chapters of his 'History of the War in Afghanistan', with transcriptions by him of source material..

Author: 
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), military historian of British India and civil servant [ Afghanistan; Afghan War; the India Office; East India Company ]
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[ Composed before the first publication of the book by Richard Bentley, London, 1851. ]
£1,200.00

The present item presents an opportunity to observe a leading Victorian historian at work, and the evolution of one of his major texts. For information on Kaye see his entry in the Oxford DNB, and his obituary in The Times, 27 July 1876. Educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, he served for some years as an officer in the Bengal Artillery. On the transfer of the government of India from the East India Company to the British Crown, he succeeded John Stuart Mill as Secretary in the Political and Secret Department of the India Office, receiving the Star of India for his services.

[Sir John William Kaye, military historian and civil servant.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Wm. Kaye') [to the editor of 'Once a Week' Samuel Lucas], offering 'a paper on Bootan, the scene of our present "little War" in India' by 'Mr Melville'.

Author: 
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), British soldier, military historian and civil servant [Samuel Lucas (1811-1865), editor of 'Once a Week']
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On India Office letterhead. 10 January 1865.
£60.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With mourning border. The letter begins: 'My dear Sir, | My friend, Mr Melville, of this Office, has drawn up a paper on Bootan, the scene of our present "little War" in India, which I think would be interesting to the readers of "Once a Week" - The subject is likely to attract some attention shortly after the meeting of Parliament.

[Sir John William Kaye, military historian and civil servant.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. W. Kaye') to 'Mr. King'.

Author: 
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), British soldier, military historian and civil servant
Publication details: 
On India Office letterhead. 3 July 1863.
£25.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He has heard that King is 'to preside at the dinner tomorrow' and so is writing to him 'what I wrote to Smith that I am very sorry I can not "support the Chair", as I had a previous inviitation - our friends gave me this time only a few day's notice'. In any case, he has 'such a miserable cold' and is 'so incapable' that he will be 'no loss to your party'. It is with difficulty that he has 'got through my numerous mail duties'.

[Sir John William Kaye, military historian and civil servant.] Autograph Note Signed ('J. W. Kaye') to an unnamed recipient, inviting him to 'have some talk'.

Author: 
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), British soldier, military historian and civil servant
Publication details: 
On India Office letterhead. 22 March 1870.
£25.00

1p., 12mo. In poor condition, aged and worn, with rust marks to margin and corners. 'My dear Sir | If you could conveniently look in upon me tomorrow (Wednesday) about 2 OC'K I should be glad to have some talk with you'.

Autograph Signatures ('Laurence Olivier' and 'Gladys Cooper').

Author: 
Laurence Olivier (1907-1989), English stage and film actor; Gladys Cooper (1888-1971), English actress
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Dates and places not stated.
£48.00

On piece of cream paper, roughly 8.5 x 12 cm, removed from an autograph album. Good, on paper with a few light marks. Bold, firm signatures in pencil, one on each side of the leaf. Two signatures,

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