KEW

[ Stephen Demainbray, astrronomer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. Demainbray') to William Crowdy, regarding the purchase of shares in the Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire Canal Company.

Author: 
Stephen Demainbray [ Stephen George Francis Triboudet Demainbray ] (c.1759–1854), astronomer, Superintendent of King George III's Kew Observatory, Richmond [ Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire Canal ]
Publication details: 
Richmond [ Kew Observatory ]. 27 September [1830].
£50.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with broken wax seal and two postmarks (one from Richmond), to 'Wm. Crowdy Esqr. | 43 Upper Gower St | Bedford Square'. In good condition, lightly aged, with a few calculations (presumably by the recipient) at the head of the page. Having received a letter from his son informing him that '50 Shares of the Wilts & Berks Canal are to be sold by Messrs. Wells - Brokers at 5. 5. a share', he expresses a desire 'to take them at that price'.

[ Sir Dietrich Brandis, botanist. ] Four Autograph Letters to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, two signed ('D Brandis') and two in third person, with reference to Sir William Schlich and 'Mr H. Stone of Kew'.

Author: 
Sir Dietrich Brandis (1824-1907), German-British botanist [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts; Sir William Schlich (1840-1925), forester ]
Publication details: 
All from Capel House, Kew. Three from 1901 and the other undated.
£120.00

The four letters total 6pp., 12mo. They are in good condition, lightly-aged. The three 1901 letters carry the Royal Society of Art stamp with note by recipient. The undated letter has neither stamp nor annotation. Two of the letters relate to a lecture by 'Mr H. Stone of Kew', whose lecture Brandis is chairing, and which Schlich wishes to attend. Regarding the lecturer Brandis writes: 'Mr H. Stone of Kew I know well, and I have strongly urged him to undertake the important work on which he is at present engaged.'

[ Sir William Thiselton-Dyer, botanist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W. T. Thiselton-Dyer') to Sir Frank Stockdale, regarding his appointment to a post in Barbados.

Author: 
Sir W. T. Thiselton-Dyer [ Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer ] (1843-1928), botanist and Director of Kew Gardens [ Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist ]
Publication details: 
Both on his letterhead as Director of the Royal Gardens, Kew. 18 May and 15 June 1905.
£56.00

Both 1p., 12mo. Both with damp damage to extremities. From the Stockdale papers. In the first letter he expresses his willingness to 'nominate you for the Barbados post', but explains that he can 'give you no further particulars than are contained in the official papers which I sent Prof. Marshall Ward and which I assumed you would see'. In the second letter, Stockdale having been appointed, he asks him when he would be 'prepared to leave'.

[ Robert Bentley, botanist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed correspondent, regarding 'an order for the Gardens'.

Author: 
Robert Bentley (1821-1893), English botanist, Professor of Botany at King's College London
Publication details: 
King's College, London. 4 February 1873.
£56.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged grey paper, laid down on paper mount, and slighty discoloured by glue used. He apologises for being unable to provide him with the desired order, 'but on any particular day you may require one I shall be glad to assist you as far as I can'. He suggests that they speak 'after lecture'. In a contemporary hand, written at foot of mount: 'Professor Robert Bentley F.L.S. (Professor of Botany) Author | born 1821.'

[Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, first Baron Redesdale.] Autograph humourous 'verses on the Battle of the Sunflower on "The Batsford Nondescript"', in the form of a dialogue between botanists A. H. Wolley-Dod and Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer.

Author: 
Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, first Baron Redesdale (1837-1916), diplomatist and author, grandfather of the celebrated Mitford sisters [Anthony Hurt Wolley-Dod; Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Batsford Park, Moreton-in-Marsh. Dated in another hand 28 September 1896.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip from stub adhering to edge of second leaf. The page is headed 'Private & Confidential', and the poem is preceded by the following note: 'I must send you the verses on the Battle of the Sunflower on "The Batsford Nondescript". A twenty-four line poem, in six four-line stanzas, on the theme of a disagreement over the naming of a specimen, between the botanist Anthony Hurt Wolley-Dod (1861-1948) and the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer (1843-1928).

[Parliamentary paper.] Cape of Good Hope: Botanical Collectors. Extract of a Letter dated 1st September 1814, from Sir Joseph Banks to George Harrison, Esquire, recommending the appointment of two Botanical Collectors at The Cape of Good Hope [...].

Author: 
[Sir Joseph Banks; George Harrison; the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew; the Cape of Good Hope; British Parliamentary paper, 1821; S. R. Lushington; House of Commons]
Publication details: 
'Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 2 April 1821.' [Numbered '374.']
£300.00

3pp., folio, paginated to 3. Bifolium. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper; folded twice into the customary packet, with the title printed lengthwise as usual.

Autograph Letter Signed from the poet Jean Ingelow to 'Mrs Oliver' [Hannah Oliver, wife of Professor Daniel Oliver].

Author: 
Jean Ingelow ['Orris'] (1820-1897), poet and writer [Hannah Oliver (1833-1919), wife of Daniel Oliver (1830-1916), Professor of Botany, University College, London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 8 Holland Villas Road, Kensington, W.; 'Thursday' [no date].
£56.00

4pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Ingelow begins by asking Mrs Oliver to thank 'the Professor' for her. 'I am much interested in his singular reproduction of the curious relics of ornament'. She would like to lunch with the Olivers, but 'We have some cousins coming to stay with us next Monday till the end of the week & I do not see how it can be done as they will like me to go about, with them to the exhibitions &c They live not many miles from Kew [where Professor Oliver was Keeper of the Herbarium and Library] & it would not interest them to go there again'.

Book and pamphlets by or about C.B. Clarke with autograph material, usually economic studies.

Author: 
[Charles Baron Clarke] C.B. Clarke, eminent botanist, former Inspector of Schools in Bengal.
Publication details: 
1881-1906
£250.00

PRINTED: a. Clarke, "On Right-hand and Left-hand Contortion", [offprint], Extracted from the Linnean Society's Journal - Botany, vol.xviii, pp.468-473, wrapsb. Clarke, "Botanic Notes from Darjeeling to Tonglo and Sundukphoo", The Journal of the Linnean Society, xxi, no. 136 (April 14 1885), pp. 384-391, content deriving from a visit in 1884 which covered ground also covered in 1876 (as Diary above).c. [Offprint] "Charles Baron Clarke", From The Journal of Botany, Nov. 1906, pp.[370-377], printed wraps, obituary by D. Prain with an additional biographical note by W.H. Bliss.d.

Post Office Telegraph to Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer.

Author: 
Leopold Rothschild
Publication details: 
Handed in at Mayfair'; 3 June 1904.
£20.00

From the third son (1845-1917) of Baron Lionel de Rothschild to the noted botanist (1843-1928), Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (1885-1905). Stamped, printed Post Office telegraph on discoloured high-acidity paper, roughly twenty-centimeters by thirteen centimeters. Mounted on larger piece of better-quality paper, also discoloured with age. Reads 'TO { Thiselton Dyer | Kew Gardens | Very many thanks Kind congratulations | Leopold Rothschild'. The reason for congratulations is unclear.

Six documents including Signed Articles of Agreement for Johnson ('of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew') to perform Government 'service as Gardener in India'; with two testimonials and letters from Mary, Countess of Minto, and Cecil Allanson.

Author: 
John Thomas Johnson, Assistant Curator of the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta, India [Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Mary, Countess of Minto]
Publication details: 
1904-1935.
£250.00

The collection in good condition, with all but one of the six items carrying ring-binder punch holes. Item One, Articles of Agreement: Foolscap bifolium, 3 pp. Dated 16 September 1904. Printed seventeen-point agreement in the form of a manuscript facsimile. Signed by Johnson, Sir John Edge and Sir Stewart Colvin Bayley, and witnessed by 'W. Watson | R[oyal]. G[ardens] Kew' and 'Frank R. Marten | India Office'. Items Two and Three both with mourning border on letterhead of Minto House, Hawick. Item Two, Mary Countess of Minto ('M Minto') to Johnson. 4to: 1 p. 14 September 1914.

Seven Typed Letters Signed (all 'R. W. Dana', and one of the signatures cyclostyled) to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Robert Washington Dana (1868-1956), British naval architect, assistant to Barry on the construction of Tower Bridge, London, and 'Resident Engineer for reconstruction of Kew Bridge'
Publication details: 
1911 (3 letters) and 1913 (4 letters); all on letterhead of the Institution of Naval Architects (of which Dana was the Secretary).
£100.00

Six of the letters are 4to, 1 p; the other is 12mo, 1 p. All good, on lightly aged paper. All bearing the Society's stamp and most docketed. On a variety of subjects: a proposed paper by 'Herr Frahm', the use by the Institution of the Royal Society's library for a council meeting, the delivery to the Society of a 'model tank that is coming from Germany' ('the reader of the paper is sending his representative over from Germany to superintend matters'), and a 'Proposed Memorial to the late Sir William White' ('with reference to Mr. Bailey Saunders and Mr. C. R. Graves.

A Letter to the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone upon a Land Scheme for Ireland.

Author: 
Charles Baron Clarke (1832-1906), British botanist [William Ewart Gladstone]
Publication details: 
London: Macmillan and Co. 1881.
£56.00

Octavo: twenty pages. Unbound and stitched. Good, but with outer leaves a little grubby and creased. The word 'rack-rent' on page six has been underlined and three exclamation marks placed beside it in ink. As well as important botanical works, Clarke numbered political economy and education among his interests.

Printed invitation to the 'opening of the Cosmo Melvill Herbarium'.

Author: 
Sir James Cosmo Melvill [THE MANCHESTER MUSEUM, OWENS COLLEGE]
Publication details: 
31 October 1904; printed by Cuthbertson & Black of Manchester.
£35.00

Melvill was a noted English botanist (1845-1929). 8vo bifoliate. Four unpaginated pages. In very good condition, with some discolouration from age and remains of stub from previous mounting adhering to verso of second leaf. Decorative vignettes on all four sides. Engraving of Museum on recto of first leaf. 'PROGRAMME' (reception; tea and coffee; address by Sir William Turner Thiselton Dyer; inspection) on verso of first leaf. Description of 'AN EXHIBITION | of | A SERIES OF SPECIMENS | from the Herbarium' on both sides of second leaf.

Nine Autograph Letters Signed to him (eight in stamped envelopes), two Testimonials Signed, twenty printed competition certificates, and three loose envelopes.

Author: 
Papers relating to John Dale, nineteenth-century English gardener
Publication details: 
1874 to 1893; from various places in England.
£250.00

Some of the envelopes are grubby, creased, and stained, but the collection is in good condition overall. Most items are 16mo. The first testimonial (1 page, 16mo), by 'H Smith | Gardener & Bailiff', is dated August 1874. It reads 'John Dale lived under me in the Gardens at The Dale nr Manchester for two years, during which time I found him very steady & industrious & attentive to his duties'. The second testimonial (1 page, 4to, in official envelope addressed to Dale at Petworth Park) is from J. Smith, Curator, Royal Gardens, Kew, and is dated 28 April 1877.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir William [Turner Thiselton-Dyer].

Author: 
Sir John Bretland Farmer
Publication details: 
5 December [1904]; on letterhead Claremont House, Wimbledon Common.
£25.00

Botanist and mountaineer (1865-1944). 1 page, 16mo. Grubby and discoloured, with crease in top right-hand corner, and remains of stub adhering to otherwise-blank reverse. The recipient, Sir W. T. Thiselton-Dyer (1843-1928; DNB), was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, 1885-1905, and the letter is stamped 'ROYAL GARDENS | KEW | 6 - DEC. 1904'. Letter reads: 'The Dinner is now definitely fixed for 7.30 at the Monico. It is with very great pleasure that we look forward to welcoming you.' Signed 'J. B. Farmer'.

Autograph Letter Signed to [?] Mellersh.

Author: 
W. T. Thiselton-Dyer
Publication details: 
The Ferns, Witcombe, Gloucester, 8 August 1928.
£45.00

English professor of botany, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (DNB). One page, 8vo, creased, slightly discoloured and with a few closed tears. 'I failed, as I think I told you, to get any light on the Chancellors Eulogium from Oxford! I thought it only fair to send to Sir Herbert Warren, the President, Magdalen, what Cheltenham yielded as solicitor. | You may like to see the enclosed as an interesting aspect of Curzons many-sidedness. | I should like to have it again. | I am writing this with some difficulty as the house is full of work people'.

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