Major General Charles Matthew Griffith (1834-1913) of the Bombay Staff Corps, British Indian Army, and subsequently of the Gate House, Rugby, and latterly of Maes Gwyn, Winchester
[ Bombay, India. ] November 1878 to February 1881; and March 1881 to December 1883.
2 uniform 12mo volumes, each of around 200pp. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper In heavily worn black leather bindings. Double-entry accounts, casting valuable light on the everyday expenses of a British Army officer in the heyday of the Raj. Possibly, considering the content, the work of the mistress of the house, rather than her husband. Payments are recorded both in rupees and English currency. Entries include regular payments to such servants as the ayah (including 'Sending Ayah to Bombay'), hamal, masal and chokra.
L. C. Dunsterville [ Major General Lionel Charles Dunsterville ] (1865-1946), British army officer and Rudyard Kipling's 'Stalky'
'The Kipling Society | Founded February 1927.' [ London, undated. ]
Printed in black, grey and red on one side of a piece of 11.5 x 14 cm card. In fair condition, aged and with one corner slightly dogeared. Features illustrations (taken from Kipling or in his style) of Kim, elephants, swastikas, a galleon, and two sides of a globe between a bookcase labelled 'VERSE' and 'PROSE'. Signed in green ink 'L C Dunsterville', and filled in in black ink in another hand for 'Lt. Colonel W. H. Young | D.S.O.' In manuscript on reverse: 'Roll no 989'.
C. W. Parish, Bateman's, Burwash, Sussex [Rudyard Kipling; The Kipling Society; T. O'B. Horsford, photographer]
Printed by The Medici Society Ltd., London. [Introductory note by Parish dated 'Christmas, 1945 | Bateman's | Burwash, Sussex.']
8pp., landscape 12mo. Saddle-stitched into light-brown printed wraps. In good condition, lightly-aged. A tasteful production, with two full-page illustrations by 'T. O'B. Horsford', captioned 'Bateman's' and 'The Hall'. Introductory note by Parish, inside the front cover: 'The following article was written for the Kipling Society's Journal and is here printed by courtesy of its Editor.' The piece begins: 'It was not long after our arrival in 1940 as the tenants of Bateman's that we learnt that Mr.
Louisa Baldwin [née Louisa Macdonald] (1845-1825), wife of industrialist Alfred Baldwin (1841-1908), mother of Stanley Baldwin and aunt of Rudyard Kipling [Rev. Frederic William Macdonald (1842-1928)]
Place not stated. 15 April 1874.
A characteristic letter by one of the celebrated 'Macdonald Sisters'. (Louisa Baldwin was the youngest of the four. Her eldest sister Alice was Rudyard Kipling's mother; the next oldest Georgiana married the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones; and the third Agnes married the president of the Royal Academy Edward Poynter.) 8pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums, both with mourning borders and the Baldwin crest as letterhead. In good condition, lightly-aged.
Rudyard Kipling’s sister ‘Trix’ and the Macdonald family, 1890-1987The archive, which derives from the Macdonald family, is described below in 45 entries, under six headings. It contains of material relating to the Kipling, Burne-Jones, Poynter and Baldwin families.A. Miscellaneous itemsB. Kipling’s sister ‘Trix’: Alice Macdonald Fleming (1868-1948)C. The Kiplings’ cousin Julius Frederick MacdonaldD. Miscellaneous correspondenceE. Miscellaneous ephemeraF. Family ScrapbooksIn good overall condition, lightly aged and worn.A. Miscellaneous items1.
Charles G. Mortimer [Charles Gordon Mortimer, lyricist, Catholic journalist and author [Dulwich College; Brasenose College, Oxford; Stonyhurst College, Lancashire; Rudyard Kipling]
One from Caterham House, Caterham, Oxfordshire, and another on letterhead of Stonyhurst College, near Blackburn, Lancashire Undated [1920s and 1930s], except for one dated 9 March 1921. The letter to his typist dated 2 April 1934.
After leaving Dulwich College Mortimer was a classical scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford. In 1933 he was received into the Roman Catholic Church, after which he became a schoolmaster in Catholic schools, most notably Stonyhurst. According to his profile in the Catholic Herald, 5 August 1938, Mortimer was 'well-known as a composer and lyric writer, and his work has been broadcast from the early days of broadcasting. | Recently he has contributed " uncle-duty " to the [BBC] Children's Hour.
Rudyard Kipling [Joseph Rudyard Kipling] (1865-1936), English writer and poet; J. H. Coulson, Manager, London City and Midland Bank Limited, Newgate Street, London
The London City and Midland Bank Limited, Newgate Branch [London]. Both documents dated 7 December 1910.
The two documents were originally attached along a perforated line, and both bear the serial number 115476. Having been detached, they have been reattached by a strip of light brown paper. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Both are forms, printed in red and black, and both are filled in by Coulson, regarding a deposit by Kipling of '£500 (Five hundred pounds) Grand Trunk Pacific Branch Lines Co. First Mortgage Sterling Bonds' and '$2500 (Two thousand five hundred dollars) Northern New Brunswick & Seaboard Rly Co. 4% Gold Bonds'.
Leonard Raven-Hill (1867-1942), English painter, illustrator, printmaker and Punch cartoonist [Pall Mall Budget; J. Penderel Brodhurst]
20 North Side, Clapham Common, SW [London]. 19 December 1898.
2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper, with small hole through both leaves at top inner corner. Beneath the signature the faint stamp of the St. James's Budget, 15 Dorset Street, EC. Raven-Hill points out that the Pall Mall Budget had only the right to use his drawings 'in that paper', and that he holds 'the entire copyright of all my drawings that appeared' in that magazine. 'If you want any of mine you could of course get the blocks from them & we could come to some arrangement about using them'.
[L.C. Dunsterville] Lionel Charles Dunsterville CB, CSI (1865–1946), British general, who led the so-called Dunsterforce across present-day Iraq and Iran towards Caucasus and oil-rich Baku
[Address partly in relief] 9 Place Leopold, Namur, Belgium, 28 January 1927.
Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, punchhole top left, good condition, text clear and complete. "I have sent to first half of my M.S. to a friend to read & he will forward it on to you very shortly. | Should the book be accepted for publication you will let me have a copy of any proposed agreement, before settling terms. | | Yours truly ..." Note on recto of second leaf, "Book sent to F.P. Rennie Esqre, 58 Queens Gate SW7".
Major William Price Drury (1861-1928), Royal Marines, English author
3 September 1907; East Lavington, Petworth, Sussex.
One page, 12mo. Good, on aged paper with a little paperclip spotting. Laid down on piece of card. 'It is with considerable misgiving that I thrust my autograph upon the distinguished company you cite in your letter. Since, however, it is unthinkable to refuse the request of a lady, I have the honour to subscribe myself, | Yours faithfully, | W. P. Drury.'
i' [iota] (Joseph William Gleeson White, 1851-1898), English writer on art and founder of the 'Studio' magazine [Art Workers Guild; Arts and Crafts Movement]
Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham: Frank Murray, 1892.
Small 8vo. Pages: x + 74. In original cream printed wraps. One of two hundred copies of the 'Small Paper edition'. In the 'Moray Library'. Internally sound and clean. Light spotting and wear to wraps. Minor foxing to endpapers. Trenchant observations on an interesting selection of late-Victorian authors.
Taffrail' (Commander Henry Taprell Dorling,1883-1968), British sailor and author
18 December [no year], on letterhead 'FROM CAPTAIN TAPRELL DORLING, D.S.O., R.N. | MARLINGS, | WOKING. | TEL: 981.'
Two pages, 12mo. Very good on lightly-foxed blue paper. He has sent his correspondent's letter to the naval correspondent of The Times, and hopes 'that some good may come of it.' Would like to receive 'any more snippets you have from time to time. I didn't know, for instance, that the racing whaler had Sussex until the other day, otherwise I should have tried to make a song about it!' Sends seasons greetings, and wishes him the 'Best of luck'.
Harry Furniss (1854-1925), Anglo-Irish Punch illustrator [Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925), English author; Don Quixote]
Without date [but circa 1887?] or place.
On paper roughly four and a quarter inches by three and a quarter wide, with corners snipped to make an irregular octohedron. Good clear illustration on ruckled, aged paper. Tipped onto a larger piece of aged glue-stained paper. An amusing caricature showing Haggard astride Rozinante, in a full suit of armour, with an inkpot and quill pen as hat, holding a lance inscribed 'LITERATURE' in one hand, and a baby wrapped in a large roll of paper inscribed 'SHE M.S.' in the other. Unsigned, and attributed to Furniss in pencil on mount.