[ Thomas Gibson Bowles (1841-1922), grandfather of the six Mitford sisters (Diana, Jessica, Unity, Nancy, Deborah and Pamela), daughters of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale ]
Doune, Scotland; One captioned 1907. Another (of Nancy Mitford) c.1904.
Nine original black and white photographs, ranging in size from 8.5 x 13.5 cm to 7 x 4.5 cm. All in good condition, lightly-aged, and each laid down on a piece of card cut from leaves of an album, the card carrying manuscript captions. One of the photographs, captioned 'Father, on the Hoyden', is of a middle-aged Thomas Gibson Bowles in nautical attire, at the wheel of his yacht. The caption gives a clue to the provenance of the album. His daughter Sydney (1880-1963) – the future Lady Redesdale – features in four of the photographs as 'Honble.
Conveyance of Lands at Stapleton in the County of Leicester, Joseph Knight and John Edwards (the other signatories) to Baroness Noel Byron, widow of the poet, and others (family). A vellum deed, 26" x 20", folded, 2 leaves, with a PL:AN including the land (coloured) involved in the agreement, c. 12 x 12", adjacent to Wigstones Farm Stapleton and Kirkby Lordship.. Good condition although front panel of folded item is stained without loss or obscuring.
Chelsea Hospital for Officers, London, founded by Lady Violet Brassey; Sir Edward Marshall Hall (1858-1927), barrister and Conservative MP
[ Chelsea Hospital for Officers, 40 Upper Grosvenor Street, London. ] 'Xmas 1918.'
pp., 8vo. On shiny art paper. Stitched with red, white and blue ribbon into cream card wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The front cover of the wraps has the signature of 'E. Marshall-Hall' at its head, and is illustrated with a spoof coat of arms, featuring three nurses, beneath the heading 'The P.U.O.'s. (Pierrots of Unknown Origin)'. Inside the front cover is a page of spoof advertisements, with in-jokes about the performers, as well as one clearly referring to Marshall Hall: 'I will cure you of the Swearing Habit in 9 days.
Frances Jackson, daughter of Sir John Jackson, civil engineer and engineering contractor, according to description accompanying the letters
Napean Road, Malabar Hill, Bombay, Jan & Feb. 1910.
Total 21pp., 8vo (4) and 4to (17), some marking one hole with loss of two letters, but text clear and complete. A visitor to India, she is writing to her family in England. Her letters reflect the privileged lifestyle of the colonial British with accounts of visits to the races, dances at the yacht club, tennis matches, visit by the Sirdar, debilitating climate, and dinners at the Governor's residence. 'It felt like a play ...
[Costume designs for the 1934 production of 'Josephine' by J. M. Barrie, at His Majesty's Theatre, London] [Lady Helen Beerbohm Tree; George Grossmith Jnr; Lyn Harding; Spencer Trevor; Allan Jeayes]
1934; His Majesty's Theatre, London.
Twelve pages of illustrations, each on a separate leaf. Seven are portrait folio, four are portrait 8vo, and one is landscape 8vo. All clear and complete, on aged and creased paper. All coloured in watercolour. The seven folio portraits are: Napoleon as First Consul; Talma; Eugene; Moustache ('Mr. Lyn Harding [(1867-1952)]'); two 'Flunkies'; and Austrian Ambassador ('Mr Spencer Trevor [(1875-1945)]'). The four portrait 8vo illustrations consist of: two of Larose ('Lady Tree [Lady Helen Beerbohm Tree (1858-1937)]'); Louise ('Miss Lemand') and the overcoat of Talma ('Mr.
Catherine Stepney, Lady Stepney [ born Catherine Pollok; also Catherine Manners ] (1778-1845), 'Silver Fork' novelist [ A. E. Chalon [ Alfred Edward Chalon ] (1780-1860), artist and engraver ]
Letter: 'Friday Night'. [ No date or place. ] Engraving: 'London. Published by Henry Colburn. Decr. 1837.'
The letter is 1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, with light signs of age, placed in a windowpane mount in the remains of a leaf from an album. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr Westmacot [no doubt the sculptor Sir Richard Westmacott or his son] - I have a little reunion - on Monday evening 1st Feby - pray come - I am desired by <?> to present you to her especially - that she may invite you to her next Fete'. The engraving is on a 21.5 x 13.5 cm piece of paper. Similarly-mounted as the letter, above it on the same leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn.
'John Bull', London newspaper founded and edited by Theodore Hook (1788-1841) [ Todmorden Poor Law Riots; Lady Hesther Stanhope (1776-1839); Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) ]
[ London. ] Printed and published at the Office, No. 40, Fleet-street, in the City of London, by JOHN COOPER BUNNEY, Printer, of No. 43, Amwell-street, Pentonville [...].' 2 December 1838 (Vol. XVIII. - No. 938).
12pp., folio, paginated 563-574. Disbound. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with tax stamp at bottom-right of first page. The number contains a report of the 'The Poor Law Riots at Todmorden' (p.566), with a further report on the same subject of almost a whole page (p.570). The number also reproduces a letter from Lord Palmerston to Lady Hester Stanhope (described as 'one of the strongest-minded women in the world'), with her reply, which it describes as 'a slap in the face for the Noble Viscount', the subject being 'a dirty squabble about a pension to a lady'.
[ John Devoy (1842-1928), proprietor and editor of 'The Gaelic American', New York [ J. M. Sygne [ John Millington Synge ]; George Bernard Shaw; W. B. Yeats; Lady Gregory; The Abbey Theatre, Dublin ]
New York. 2 December 1911. [ 'Vol. VIII, No. 48, Whole No. 429'. ]
The front and back covers of the newspaper are present, forming a bifolium. A frail and scarce survival. Heavily-aged newsprint, chipped and worn, with the top and bottom halves of the front page separated along a horizontal fold line. The article on Synge's play covers the first two of the six columns on the front page, with a further quarter-column on the back page.
Anne Rolleston, sister of Robert Robertson, curate at Rydal, Westmoreland [ Ellinor, daughter of Robert Rolleston; William Wordsworth; Edward Quillinan; the Lake District ]
Transcription undated [but circa 1930 ]. Entries dating from between 10 October and 4 November 1850
Typed transcript of 21pp., landscape 8vo, followed by six 9.5 x 12 cm. black and white photographs, captioned in pencil and detachable, with the seventh photograph on the front cover. In card landscape 8vo album with green cloth spine. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, except for the cover photograph which is heavily worn. In pencil at front: '1850 | Notes made by Anne Rolleston on a visit to her brother Robert Rolleston, Curate at Rydal.' The location of the original diary is unclear, and there is no record of its having been published. The first entry sets the tone: 'Thursday, Oct.
Emma Vesey, Viscountess de Vesci [ Emma de Vesci ] (1819-1884), philanthropist, wife of Thomas Vesey, 3rd Viscount de Vesci, and daughter of daughter of George Herbert, 11th Earl of Pembroke
Place and date not stated.
On 3 x 11 cm. slip of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads 'Yrs very sincerely | Emma de Vesci'. Fragment of letter on reverse: '[...] random of all the monies you have sent to Messrs. Puget & Bainbridge. I [...]'. Lady de Vesci founded the Abbeyleix Baby Linen Society, a co-operative supplying affordable children clothes.
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840-1922), poet, author, orientalist and traveller [ Lady Blanche Hozier [ born Henrietta Blanche Ogilvie ] (1852-1925), mother-in-law of Winston Churchill ]
On letterhead of Newbuildings Place, Southwater, Sussex. 7 September 1908.
According to Blunt's entry in the Oxford DNB, he had an affair with Lady Blanche Hozier in the 1890s. Churchill married her daughter Clementine on Saturday 12 September 1908. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. He hopes to be 'able to be present at the wedding on Saturday, if I may come in a wideawake hat (I wd. take it off in church) as I have left off chimney pots'. He hopes to send a wedding present, 'though Miss Kingsford has abandoned her illumination work now she is married & I can't put my hand on aonything of that kind worthy of the occasion'.
Lady Emily Peel [ Emily, Lady Peel ] (1836-1924), wife of Sir Robert Peel, 3rd Baronet, and daughter of daughter of George Hay, 8th Marquis of Tweeddale
Geneva [ Switzerland ]. 7 August 1886.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with small closed tears at edges of folds. She would 'very much like to see Mr letters to me in proof [...] As regards Lord Dallings "Peel" I cannot give you any information as I have certainly never seen the work'.'s?>
Lady Anne Blunt [ Anne Isabella Noel Blunt, née King, suo jure Baroness Wentworth ] (1837-1917), traveller and breeder of Arab horses, granddaughter of Lord Byron and wife of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
On letterhead of 10 James Street, Buckingham Gate. 30 June 1881.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Lady Marjoribanks 'is most welcome to see the horses & the Stud Groom at Crabbet has instructions' to show them to her, but Lady Anne and 'Mr. Blunt' cannot be present, as they are 'at present in town'.
Wilson Barrett [ William Henry Barrett ] (1846-1904), English manager, actor, and playwright, successful in the field of melodrama
On letterhead of the Royal Princess's Theatre, London ('LESSEE & MANAGER, MR. WILSON BARRETT.'). 10 April 1884.
2pp., 12mo. On first leaf of a bifolium, the blank second leaf of which is laid down on a leaf of yellow paper removed from an album. In good condition, lightly-aged. He thanks her for her letter, '& the good opinion you express upon the performance'. He hopes to accept her invitation when he no longer labours under 'the heavy pressure of work, now rather weighing me down'.
Rosa Mulholland [ Rosa Gilbert, Lady Gilbert ] (1841-1921), Irish novelist, poet and playwright [ Grant Richards (1872-1948), London publisher ]
On letterhead of 6 Hyde Park Gate, S.W. [ London ]. 28 February 1903.
2pp., 12mo. With mourning border. In good condtion, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount in one margin. A while before Richards informed her that her story 'Onora' was out of print, and she asks him to inform her whether he means to reissue it in any form. 'In case you do not may I not conclude that I am at liberty to re-produce it through some other medium?'
[ Sir George Cornewall Lewis (1806-1863), Liberal politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer. ] [ Marianne, Lady Monteagle, wife of Thomas Spring Rice (1790-1866), 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon ]
Grove Mill, Watford, Hertfordshire. No date.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Ends abruptly at the end of the fourth page, and without signature. For the period an unusually frank expression of distress, apparently over the death of his wife's elder daughter He thanks her for calling on him with books - 'when you so kindly came to that House though I had intended so very much to see you I felt all my courage fail - & that I s[houl]d. only distress you & do myself harm if I saw you'.
Charles Richard Fox (1796-1873), soldier/politician etc., illegitimate son of Henry Richard, 3rd Bar.Holland and Lady Elizabeth Vassall, later Lady Webster and even later later Lady Holland.
"A.Rd" [ Addison Road ], [27 July 1857?]
Three pages, 8vo, sl. crumpled but text clear and complete, though something of a scrawl. He apologises for hasty writing, and asks of "the Exhibition at Manchester [Art Treasures Exhibition?] is open or to be seen on Sundays [Underlined]. The D[uc] de Richelieu is going to Scotland & can only go there on Sunday. To save time perhaps you would be so good as to answer him yes [underlined] or no [underlined][.] [H]e knows English thouroughly well". He gives the full Holland House address for where the Duc is staying.
Sir Thomas Brassey [ Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey, ] (1836-1918) British Liberal politician, Governor of Victoria [ his wife Anna "Annie" Brassey (née Allnutt), Baroness Brassey (1839-1887) ]
Marseilles; 12 March 1883. On letterhead of the Sunbeam, Royal Yacht Squadron.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Illustrated letterhead, printed in gold, red, blue and purple. Writing on behalf of his wife as well as himself, he explains that 'absence from England will prevent them accepting the kind invitation of Ms. Harrison Blair for Easter Sunday'.
Emilia, Lady Dilke [ born Emily Francis Strong ] (1840-1904), feminist and trades unionist, wife, first of Oxford academic Mark Pattison (1813-84), and then of Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke (1843-1911)
On letterhead of Dockett Eddy, by Shepperton, Middlesex. 26 June 1890.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. She begins with criticism of an article 'which has also appeared in the "World", which she is sure 'will vex Mr Whitmore'. She assures Mrs Lewis that no-one will suspect her of involvement, and thanks her for having 'secured the valuable services of Mrs Jay for Park Walk [...] Her playing has been invaluable to us [...] I want to ask her to come on our sub-committee'. She would like Mrs Lewis and her daughter to 'come down & dine & sleep on our island!', the Thames running under the house's verandah.
Florence, Lady Baker [ Florence Barbara Maria Baker, Lady Baker, née von Sass ] (1841-1916), traveller in Africa,
On letterhead of Sandford Orleigh, Newton Abbot. 21 February [ no year ].
2pp., 12mo. On worn and aged paper, with loss at head (not affecting text). She hopes he will accept the luncheon invitation, after which he can take possession of his book. She adds: 'What an interesting collection of photos you have.'
James Spedding (1808-1881), editor of Sir Francis Bacon, literary critic and Cambridge Apostle [ Lady Juliet Pollock [ née Creed ] (1819-1899), wife of Sir William Frederick Pollock (1815-1888) ]
Both letters from '60 L. I. F.' [ i.e. 60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London ]. 3 June 1847 and 24 April 1854.
Learned and witty, Spedding was a popular figure within the literary scene of Victorian London. As he lay dying following an accident, Tennyson rushed to the hospital and begged admission to his bedside. When approached by Delia Bacon, he dismissed the Baconian theory with contempt, and was the first to realise that the play 'Henry VIII' was a collaboration between Shakespeare and John Fletcher. Both of the present letters are signed 'Jas Spedding' and addressed to 'My dear Mrs. Pollock', and both in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with minor traces of glue from mount.
Elizabeth Butler, Lady Butler [née Elizabeth Southerden Thompson] (1846-1933), English painter of military themes
On letterhead of Government House, Devonport. 16 May [ no year ].
2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, with light signs of age, and minor traces of glue from mount. Having contributed a 'little book' which 'helped the funds of the Bazaar', she thanks him for sending her 'the Holy Father's beautiful gift'. She had 'read about this Cameo in the papers before the Bazaar was opened', but 'never could have dreamt it would come into my possession'. Her husband (Lieut-General Sir William Butler) will be 'very much touched by your thus remembering us both', when she shows it to him on his return to London.
Helen Faucit [ Helena Saville Faucit, latterly Lady Martin ] (1817-1898), English actress
42 Albany Street, Edinburgh. 20 February [no year].
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Her engagements will keep her in Scotland for three weeks, after which she intends to 'return direct to London'. Sheffield is too far out of her way, and would 'prove tiresome & expensive'. Should she visit Manchester 'at Easter or Whitsuntide' she would have no objection to performing in Sheffield for a couple of nights.
Helen Faucit [ Helena Saville Faucit, latterly Lady Martin ] (1817-1898), English actress
55 Brompton Square [ London ]. 15 November [ 1847 ].
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. She asks for a 'Private Box at your Theatre on Wednesday evening if your new play of "John Saville" [sic] is acted.' Rev. James White's 'John Savile of Haysted' was performed in London in November 1847.
Helen Faucit [ Helena Saville Faucit, latterly Lady Martin ] (1817-1898), English actress
31 Onslow Square [ London ]. No date.
On 6 x 11 cm piece of paper., torn from the foot of a leaf. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Mr Martin sends kind wishes with Yours | Very affectionately | Helena Martin. | 31 Onslow Square.' The reverse reads: '[...] attend to <?> William's little ones are all laid up with scarlet fever, so there is no [...]'.
F. Britten Austin [ Frederick Britten Austin ] (1885-1941) [ Percy Burton, theatrical agent and motion picture pioneer; Arthur Bourchier; Helen Maud Holt (1863-1937) [ Mrs Beerbohm Tree; Lady Tree ] ]
F. Britten Austin, Northgate House, Bishops Stortford, Herts. Undated [ circa 1921 ].
126pp., 4to. (Act 1 has 55pp. and Act 3 has 71pp.) Each act bound in grey card covers. Worn and aged, with the remains of the purple ribbon used to bind the leaves into their covers. A heavily reworked typescript. As is customary, the typed text of the play is on the rectos only, but leaves with additional typed and manuscript (presumably autograph) text have been inserted. Numerous manuscript additions and deletions to the text on the rectos, with additional typed passages on pieces of paper laid down onto the facing versos, which also carry further manuscript changes.
[ Jersey, Channel Islands; the Jersey Archery Club ]
[ Jersey, Channel Islands. ] Entries dated from 1866.
75pp., 12mo. Internally in good condition, on lightly aged paper with 1860 watermark, and some leaves torn out. In worn red leather half-binding, marbled boards, with damage and loss to spine and front free endpaper torn away. The illustrations cover 19pp in the middle of the volume. Those on 15pp are in black ink, with the rest in pencil, one of them coloured. The butt of many of the jokes is music teacher 'Mr [Jack] Hardie'.
Leonard Borwick (1868-1925), English concert pianist; Nina Balfour [ Lady Helena Balfour ] (1865-1948)
Without place or date.
On a 4to leaf extracted from a diary, at the page for the entries for 25 and 26 February.; with printed sheet music on reverse. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The signature 'Leonard Borwick' is written above that of 'Nina Balfour'. Balfour does not appear to have performed music in public, but she is listed as 'Reader' in a concert of 1919.
Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall [ Radclyffe Hall (1880-1943), lesbian novelist, author of 'The Well of Loneliness' ]
London: Chapman and Hall, 1910.
xii + 125pp., 8vo, with a further three-page advertisement for the author's ''Twixt Earth and Stars' at rear. Errata slip. In green cloth gilt, with top edge gilt and green ribbon bookmark. A good copy, with light signs of age and wear, and discoloration to two pages and the errata slip from five newspaper cuttings placed between them, dating from between 1945 and 1984, and relating to the author and her circle. Six copies on COPAC, but now uncommon.