LANCELOT

[ Lancelot Spicer and Radical Action. ] Two Typed Letters Signed to Mark Bonham Carter, discussing the aims of the group, the resignation of Wilfrid Roberts and a dinner for Sir William Beveridge. With copies of two letters from Bonham Carter.

Author: 
Lancelot Spicer [ Lancelot Dykes Spicer ] (1893-1979); Mark Bonham Carter, Baron Bonham-Carter (1922-1994) [ Radical Action; The Liberal Action Group ]
Publication details: 
Spicer's first letter: On letterhead of 16 Pelham Place, Kensington. 31 December 1943. Spicer's second letter: On Radical Action letterhead, 346 Abbey House, Victoria Street, London. 17 November 1944.
£120.00

The four items in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE: TLS by Spicer, 31 December 1943. 4pp., 12mo. With a couple of minor autograph emendations. A long and wide-ranging letter, discussing the aims of the group (in response to Item Three below). Topics include: 'intellectuals in the Group', whether it is 'disuniting the Party', 'the future of the Party', 'going into opposition', 'the position of the Liberal Party at the next General Election, or at the conclusion of the European War', and whether Radical Action is 'pin-pricking the Parliamentary Party'.

[Book auction catalogue- annotated] Lowther Castle Near Penrith. The Major part of the Earl of Lonsdale's Collection To be Sold by Public Auction in a Series of Sales at the Castle during April, May and June 1947. [With some prices and names.]

Author: 
Lancelot Edward Lowther, 6th Earl of Lonsdale (1867-1953) [Lowther Castle Sale, 1947]
Publication details: 
Fourth Series. 6 to 9 May 1947. Solicitors, Messrs Ellis & Ellis, Westminster. Joint Auctioneers: Maple & Co., Ltd, and Thomas Wyatt, F.V.A., London.
£280.00

116pp., 4to. Lots 2401 to 4510. In brown printed wraps with design including small illustration of Lowther Castle laid down on front cover. Aged and worn in like wraps. Clearly made out by a substantial bookseller (perhaps Quaritch, since the name does not appear in references). Inside the rear cover the following in pencil: 'Hotel Expenses £18/12/0 | Tips Hotel £2/15/- | Total Spent at Sale £2677/-/-', last figure being an enormous sum for the time. On the front cover a note has been made of three cash sums totalling '582 [pounds]'.

[Printed pamphlet.] The Training of the Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Spotter. By Major L. E. C. M. Perowne, R.E. (Revised Edition.)

Author: 
Major L. E. C. M. Perowne, R.E. [Major-General Lancelot Edgar Connop Mervyn Perowne (1902-1982), Royal Engineers, Commander, 17th Gurkha Division]
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated. [A revised reprint from The Royal Engineers Journal, September 1938.]
£120.00

24pp., 8vo, with one extra plate on art paper, and five full pages of diagrams in text. Stapled, in blue printed wraps. With two ownership inscriptions on the wraps, both of Royal Artillery personnel: the first of S. M. Dawes, and the second of '483 S/L Batt RA', i.e. Jack Lynden Batt (b.1922), of 155th Battery, 172nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. This offprint is excessively scare, with no copies listed on COPAC or WorldCat.

Autograph Letter Signed to Paul Quinton of Blackwell's; with pamphlet called 'The Ostrakon; being the final revision of part of a paper read to the Virgil Society on 19th January 1952, under the title Learning's Crumbs and Unconsidered Trifles'.

Author: 
Lancelot Ambrose Scudamore Jermyn, headmaster of Malay College, Kuala Kangsar
Publication details: 
Pamphlet printed for The Virgil Society by Sydney Lee (Exeter) Ltd. [1952]
£25.00

LETTER (9 December 1954; 71 Carter Avenue, Exmouth, Devon; one page, 12mo, good in stamped, addressed envelope): Discusses accompanying eight-line errata slip correcting 'a stupid mistake' in 'The Ostrakon': 'I was so wrapped up in the related problem that I failed to see the point you were making [...] Luckily The Ostrakon has not yet been generally distributed, so the correction is in time.' Signed 'L. A. S. Jermyn'. PAMPHLET: fifteen pages, small octavo. Unbound, in original printed wraps. Good, though slightly aged and creased. Unobtrusive ink marks at foot of front wrap.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent (Edward Frederick Lecks, Secretary, the Royal Asylum of St Ann's Society).

Author: 
Sir Lancelot Shadwell
Publication details: 
27 March 1837; no place.
£34.00

Last Vice-Chancellor of England (1779-1850). Two pages, 12mo. Good, but lightly spotted, and with the lower third ruckled by attachment of verso to piece of brown paper. He says he will have great pleasure in 'being a Steward at the Anniversary Festival of the Saint Ann's Society Schools'. He would have answered the note before, 'but it came at a time when I was much occupied & I put it by with the accompanying Papers till the Vacation arrived'. Signed 'Lancelot Shadwell'.

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