KENNEDY

Printed Victorian Christmas card with the poem 'Christmas Greeting' by 'S. K. Cowan M.A.' on one side, and a coloured chromolithographic illustration by J. N. Drummond on the other.

Author: 
'S. K. Cowan M.A.' [ Samuel Kennedy Cowan ]; J. N. Drummond
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ England, 1880s? ]
£25.00

On a thick piece of shiny card, with rounded edges, 12.5 x 18cm. Aged, and with two dog eared corners and a 3cm closed tear (not affecting illustration). On one side is the chromolithographic illustration, with 'J. N. Drummond' in the bottom right-hand corner, showing an English rural landscape - more autumnal than winter - with river in the foreground and trees and viillage with church in the background.

[ The South Kensington Debating Society. ] Manuscript minute book, signed by chairmen Sir Charles Petrie, John Terry and Dorothy Saward and others. Topics include National Socialism (Unity Mitford speaking), Palestine Question and Spanish Civil War.

Author: 
The South Kensington Debating Society [of the Conservative Party], London [ Sir Charles Petrie, John Terry, Dorothy Saward, successive chairman ] [ Unity Mitford; Sir Charles Petrie; Ludovic Kennedy ]
Publication details: 
The South Kensington Debating Society, 23 Stratford Rd, W8 [London]. 7 June 1938 to 1 February 1949.
£280.00

H. G. Wells had been a member of an organisation of the same name at the end of the nineteenth century, but the two appear unrelated. The background to the present SKDS is explained in a loosely-inserted cutting from the Observer, 6 February 1938, which states that the Conservative at Kensington 'have a very vigorous Debating Society, of which the chairman is Miss Dorothy Saward. It meets once a month, and Miss Saward has been singularly successful in her choice both of motions and speakers'.

[Ted Kennedy, American Democratic politician.] Colour photograph, signed 'Ted Kennedy' and inscribed to 'Karen'.

Author: 
Edward Moore Kennedy [Ted Kennedy] (1932-2009), American Democratic politician, brother of President John FitzGerald Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy
Publication details: 
Dated by Kennedy to 1983.
£80.00

23 x 20.5 cm colour print of publicity photograph of a smiling formally-dressed Kennedy, arms crossed before him, on 28 x 21.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn at the edges. Inscribed in blue pen, beneath the image: 'To Karen - | My best | Ted Kennedy | '83'. The year is written within the loop of the 'y' of Kennedy's signature.

[Thomas Francis Kennedy, Scottish Whig politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. F Kennedy'), as Chief Commissioner of Her Majesty's Woods and Forests, to Mayow W. Adams, JP, regarding a 'warrant' for the killing of a 'Buck from The New Forest'.

Author: 
Thomas Francis Kennedy (1788-1879), Scottish Whig politician [Mayow W. Adams, JP, of the Old House, Sydenham, Kent]
Publication details: 
Dalquharran Castle, Nr. Maybole [Ayrshire], Scotland. 25 August 1851.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He requests him to have 'a warrant issued, in my favour, for a Buck from The New Forest, as soon after this letter reaches you, as may be convenient - and that you will give the instructions for its disposal'. He gives three numbered instructions regarding the warrant's packing and dispatch, adding 'going by the Luggage train is essential, in order that the expence may not be excessive'. In a postscript he asks that the buck be 'killed & dispatched ' when the weather is 'suitable'.

[Gordon of Khartoum.] Typed Letter Signed from D. J. Kennedy to Gordon's biographer H. E. Wortham, regarding his mother's uncle Samuel Mossman, editor of the North China Herald and author of a scarce book on Gordon.

Author: 
D. J. Kennedy, solicitor, Stafford Clark & Co, London [Hugh Evelyn Wortham (1884-1959), biographer of Major-General Charles George Gordon (1833-1885); Samuel Mossman]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Stafford Clark & Co., 3 Laurence Pountney Hill, Cannon Street, London EC4. 6 February 1933.
£65.00

3pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He has been reading Wortham's biography ('Gordon: An Intimate Portrait', published in the same year) and asks whether he might be interested in 'a book which was published in 1885 by my mother's uncle, a Mr. Samuel Mossman. I believe he died about forty years ago, and lived in Liverpool.

[Mimeographs or similar] Rusk News Conference Statement. | Following is text of introductory remarks by Mr. Dean Rusk, Secretary of State,[...] Nov. 17, at his Press conference in Washington. With: text of Adlai Stevenson address (described below)

Author: 
[Press Releases (x 2) in Kennedy Era]
Publication details: 
Both Washington, Monday, 20 November 1961
£120.00

a. Dean Rusk, 3pp., folio, unbound as issued. Subjects: taking up Kennedy's remarks in Seattle; Afghanistan; Korea; the Philippines; Berlin; NATO meeting; the Congo; Dominicn Republic/OAS; Cuba, Peru and Columbia; Vietnam (US policy to preserve the Republic Vietnam, the means are being considered). It concludes with the ref. A-17266-AC. B. (attached by staple) Stevenson Address at Fordham University (A Relesase from the UNited States Information Service, American Embassy, London).

[William John Robert Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington] Autograph Letter Signed and two Typed Letters Signed (all three 'Hartington') to L. W. Hodson, discussing Mussolini, Lloyd George, League of Nations, Anglo-Catholics, countryside abuses.

Author: 
William John Robert Cavendish (1917-1944), Marquess of Hartington, son of Duke of Devonshire and husband of J. F. Kennedy's sister [Laurence W. Hodson of Bradbourne Hall, Derbyshire
Publication details: 
First letter on Chatsworth letterhead, 31 January 1922; second on letterhead of 24th Derbyshire Yeomanry, Armoured Car Company, Lubenham Camp, nr Market Harborough, 14 May 1923; third without place, 6 December 1928.
£120.00

All three items in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Third letter in its envelope, addressed to Hodson at Bradbourne Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. ONE: Despite the letterhead written from Italy, as the text shows. 4pp., 12mo. Typed. The 'stress of the election' has delayed his response. 'I am writing now in the train from Naples to Rome and everything I have seen since has helped to convince me that you are right. Mussoline [sic] in this country would be a man after your own heart.

[Anglo-Jewish Association] Three Typed Letters Signed "Phineas L. May", Administration Officer, Anglo-Jewish Association, to George Bilainkin, "the editor of 'Illustrated'" "famous diplomatic correspondent"

Author: 
[The Jewish Monthly] Phineas. L. May, Administration Officer, Anglo-Jewish Association.
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Anglo-Jewish Association, Woburn House, Upper Woburn PLace, WC1 [London], January and February 1946.
£300.00

Total 4pp., 12mo, good condition. Letter 1 (25 Jan. 1946) He gives brief biographical detail, showing prior acquaintance, and praises an article of Bilainkin on Yugoslavia in the magazine 'Illustrated'. He says the Anglo-Jewish Asociation is "considering the publication in the near future of a National Jewish Monthly Magazine [...] and the Publicity Committee have asked me to approach you to become a co-opted member". He suggests lunch.

Autograph Signed Receipt, on engraved letterhead, from William Wood ('Successor to Mr. Floyer'), bookseller in the Strand, London, to '- Aylmer Esqr:', 'for Sir R. Kennedy'.

Author: 
William Wood (successor to Richard Floyer), bookseller, 428 Strand, London [Sir Robert Kennedy; Aylmer]
Publication details: 
William Wood, 428 Strand, London. 5 November 1816.
£28.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight traces of mount on reverse. Copperplate letterhead reading: 'Bought of Willm. Wood, | (Successor to Mr. Floyer.) | Bookseller, 428, Strand.' The receipt is headed by Wood '- Aylmer Esqr:' and reads: '1816 | Novr: 5 Turtons Linnaeus 7 Vol: £5 - - | Packing Case 0 3s 0 | [total] £5 3s 0d | Settled Novr: 4. W. Wood'. On reverse, in another hand: 'Paid for Sir R. Kennedy | £5 ..0 .. 0'. BBTI has no record of a William Wood at this address, but does list one later in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden.

[Mimeographed pamphlet alleging that Aristotle Onassis was behind the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.] A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File. Credit will go where credit is due after the mess has been cleaned up.

Author: 
[Stephanie Caruana?; Bruce Roberts; The Jesse James Press; assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1963; Aristotle Onassis; conspiracy theories]
Publication details: 
'Printed by the Jesse James Press - London & New York. December 1976.'
£120.00

16pp., foolscap 8vo. Stapled into white printed covers, with 'ransom note' design on front and facsimile on back of letter from the Warren Commission members to the President of the United States, 24 September 1964. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The document ends, under the publication details on the last page: 'Meanwhile back at the peanut farm: A PRESIDENT FOR AMERICA | The difference between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter is one of style and personality. Theirs [sic] policies are remarkably similar. | The Economist Oct.

Autograph Signature of the British novelist Margaret Kennedy [Margaret Davies, Lady Davies].

Author: 
Margaret Kennedy [Margaret Davies, Lady Davies] (1896-1967), English novelist and playwright
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On one side of a piece of 11 x 11 cm paper, cut from the bottom of a letter. In good condition, lightly-aged. Reads, all in Kennedy's hand: 'Yours sincerely | Margaret Kennedy'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('F Jeffrey') from Francis Jeffrey, editor of the Edinburgh Review, to Thomas Francis Kennedy, MP for Ayr, discussing sundry matters including 'Littleton's Irish tythe scheme'.

Author: 
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850), Lord Jeffrey, Scottish judge and author, editor of the Edinburgh Review [Thomas Francis Kennedy (1788-1879) of Dunure and Dalquharran Castle, Whig MP for Ayr (1818-1834)]
Publication details: 
18 Berkeley Square, London; 21 February 1834.
£120.00

7pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Written in a difficult, hurried hand. Jeffrey begins his letter: 'It grieves me to annoy you, in your retreat - especially with dull Scotch matters But they tell me at the Treasury that you are still the person to settle such things as this'. The first part of the letter apparently concerns the Edinburgh solicitors Robertson and Sands, who are to lose salaries of

[coloured comic book] JOHN F. KENNEDY. NEW U.S. PRESIDENT.

Author: 
[John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America]
Coloured comic book. JOHN F. KENNEDY
Publication details: 
[1961, United States Information Service.] Publisher not stated, but item stamped on cover 'With the Compliments of the AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER | 217, avenue Louise | BRUXELLES 5'.
£450.00
Coloured comic book. JOHN F. KENNEDY

4to (25 x 17.5 cm), 16 pages. Stapled. Colour throughout. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting piece of Kennedy ephemera, using the comic-book medium in a serious manner at the beginning of the 'Pop Art' era. Attractively and professionally drawn, and laid out in panels like a Marvel or DC Comic. Giving a positive account of Kennedy's background and political activities (for example his 'forward looking stand on U.S. domestic issues'). Caption to last panel reads 'On January 20, 1961 Kennedy and Johnson were inaugurated President and Vice President for a four year term.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Your Excellency' [Murray?].

Author: 
Sir Thomas Kennedy (d.1775) of Culzean, 9th Earl of Cassillis [General James Murray (1721-1794), Governor of the Province of Quebec, Canada]
Publication details: 
18 March 1764; St James Street, London.
£75.00

4to, 3 pp. 55 lines of text. Bifolium. Clear and complete. Fair, on aged, grubby paper. Begins with salutation to 'My Dear Sir'. He has received the two letters, the first sent 'from Clide by a gentleman to whom Mr McKingie (the gentleman you recommended to me) delivered it'. Cassillis is willing to 'use all my interest with the directors of the forfeited estates in order that he might get what he wanted', but not having heard from McKingie he assumes 'that he has got his Business done to his mind'.

Signed Manuscript 'Precept of Clare Constat by the Commissioner for The Duke of Portland in favor of Joseph Kennedy'.

Author: 
William John Cavendish Bentinck Scott, 5th Duke of Portland; Joseph Kennedy, carpet weaver of Lasswade, Kilmarnoch; James Moncrieff Melville; James Lindesay; William Bett
Publication details: 
Edinburgh; 7 April 1857.
£45.00

Three pages. On vellum bifolium made from skin roughly fourteen inches by twenty wide. Three official stamps. Signed twice by 'Jas M Melville', Writer to the Signet, and his partner James Lindesay ('Jas. Lindesay'), and witnessed by their clerk William Bett ('W. Bett').

Memorial keepsake obituary of 'Jane Bissell Grabhorn 1911-1973' by David Magee.

Author: 
David Magee (1905-1977), San Francisco bookseller of English extraction [Jane Bissell Grabhorn; Grabhorn Press; Book Club of California; Andrew Hoyem; Frederic W. Goudy; Lawton & Alfred Kennedy]
Publication details: 
November 1973. [California.]
£38.00

8vo bifolium on good wove paper. Leaf dimensions roughly 22.5 x 14.5 cm. Good, on lightly creased paper. Illustration of horse, 7.5 x 9 cm, on recto of first leaf, with 'JANE BISSELL GRABHORN | 1911-1973'. Memorial, with same title, across inner pages, signed in type by Magee. The following on reverse of second leaf: 'This memorial is presented to the members of the Book Club of California by Andrew Hoyem, who composed the text in Friar, a type given to Jane by its designer, Frederic W. Goudy, and by Lawton & Alfred Kennedy, who did the press work, Nov. 1973.'

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