LAWRENCE

[Lawrence Wilson, brother of the Ulster Irish poet R. N. D. Wilson.] Unpublished Typescript Memoir titled '”There were giants............” | Memories of an Ulster boyhood.' With accounts of W. B. Yeats, Paul Henry and others.

Author: 
Lawrence Wilson, brother of R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster Irish poet, son of Rev. W. A. Wilson of Coleraine [W. B. Yeats; Lennox Robinson; Paul Henry; AE]
Publication details: 
Foreword dated 5 July 1973, from '9 Chemin Calendrini, Conches. près Genève.' On title-page: 'Begun Jan. 17th, 1965.'
£450.00

This unpublished memoir was produced for circulation within Wilson's family. The only other copy found on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC is in the National Library of Scotland. It is well-written, entertaining and conversational, and describes a privileged Ulster upbringing, the author's mother being a member of the Taylor family of Coleraine whiskey distillers, and his great-uncle being the MP Daniel Taylor (1825-1889). Lawrence Wilson's father was Rev.

'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell, Irish nationalist poet and mystic.] Typed Letter Signed ('AE') to Lawrence Wilson, apologising for not being able to publish his poem and referring to 'his friend Wilson in Sligo', i.e. R. N. D. Wilson

Author: 
'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish nationalist poet and mystic [Lawrence Wilson, brother of R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Irish Statesman, 84 Merrion Square, Dublin; 30 January [no year].
£200.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. He explains that he likes Wilson's poem 'very much', and that he would take it with pleasure, but that he has 'got a copy box stuffed with verse, some of it waiting publication for over a year', and that he has 'not the conscience to take more'. He continues, with reference to R. N. D. Wilson: 'I hear from my friend Wilson in Sligo that you are a brother of his. I am interested to know that the talent for poetry exists in two members of the family.'

[William Montgomerie, Scottish poet.] Typed Letter Signed ('Bill Montgomerie') to Lawrence Wilson, on Spain, Gerald Brenan, Shakespeare, with signed typescripts of four poems, and Autograph Note Signed by his wife Norah Montgomerie.

Author: 
William Montgomerie (1904-1994), Scottish poet, folklorist with his wife Norah Montgomerie (1909-1998) [Lawrence Wilson, brother of poet R. N. D. Wilson, poet and vicar]
Publication details: 
11 Castle Terrace, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Angus; 8 July 1972.
£950.00

The typed letter (2pp) and the four typescript poems (5pp) total 7pp, foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. LETTER: TLS to 'Dear Lawrence'. (The recipient Lawrence Wilson is less well-known as a poet than his brother Robert (or Robin) Noble Denison Wilson (1899-1953), known as R. N. D. Wilson.) 2pp, 8vo. A long letter, with seventy-three lines of typewritten text by William Montgomerie, with a long Autograph Note Signed by his wife 'Norah' at the foot and up one margin of the last leaf.

[Sir William Lawrence, President of the Royal College of Surgeons and Serjeant Surgeon to Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wlm. Lawrence') to 'Professor Owen' [Sir Richard Owen], asking him to amend a document.

Author: 
Sir William Lawrence (1783-1867), President of the Royal College of Surgeons of London and Serjeant Surgeon to Queen Victoria [Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892)]
Publication details: 
Whitehall Pla[ce] [London]. 25 July 1848.
£180.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight damage at head repaired with archival tape, and thin strip from stub of mount adhering to one edge. He asks Owen to 'alter or add to the paper sent herewith in any way you please, so that it may harmonize with the report you have drawn up, & represent the meaning you may intend to convey'. He will 'call at the College in the course of the day & affix my signature to the completed document'.

[Sir Thomas Lawrence, President of the Royal Academy.] Four manuscript documents from his sister's descendants the Aston family: a pedigree, tracing Lawrence's mother back to William the Conqueror, and three inventories of engravings and books.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), President of the Royal Academy and distinguished portrait painter
Publication details: 
Without place or date. (English, nineteenth century.)
£500.00

ONE: Manuscript pedigree. On one side of a 49 x 38 cm piece of thick laid paper, with no watermark. Folded three times. Discoloured and with light damp staining. The greater part of the pedigree is written in ink in a loose hand, and traces the descent of Sir Thomas Lawrence's mother Lucy (née Read) to William the Conqueror.

[ Rev. Augustus William Atkinson, Principal of the Lawrence Asylum, Lovedale, Ootacamund. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Aug. Wm. Atkinson.'), congratulating 'Mr. Rees' [ Sir John David Rees ] on his appointment to the Supreme Legislative Council.

Author: 
Rev. Augustus William Atkinson (1841-1907), Principal and Secretary of the Lawrence Asylum, Lovedale, Ootacamund, India [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
Lawrence Asylum, [ Lovedale ] Ootacamund [ India ]. 12 October 1895 ( 'Saturday night.').
£75.00

The four Lawrence Asylums were founded at the desire of Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence as boarding schools for the sons of British Army officers in India. What is now the Lawrence School, Lovedale, is now one of the most exclusive schools in India. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.

[ Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. ] Printed Certiicate of Enrollment of Frederick Lewis Clementson, signed by President, John Goldwyer Andrews, Vice-Presidents Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie and Samuel Cooper and the seven members of the C

Author: 
Royal College of Surgeons of England, London [ Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie; Sir William Lawrence; Honoratus Leigh Thomas; Samuel Cooper; John Goldwyer Andrews; George James Guthrie ]
Publication details: 
The Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. Certificate dated 6 May 1844.
£250.00

The certificate is grandly printed in grey and black on one side of a 54 x 37.5 cm piece of thick wove paper, with the College's engraved coat of arms at the head. It is in fair condition, aged and worn, with some discolouration to the blank reverse. It carries two embossed stamps and the statutory government tax stamp.

[ Paul Robeson, singer and actor. ] Autograph Signature and inscription, with the signature of his accompanist the composer Lawrence Brown.

Author: 
Paul Robeson [ Paul Leroy Robeson ] (1898-1976), black American actor and singer involved in the Civil Rights Movement [ Lawrence Brown [ Lawrence Benjamin Brown ] (1893-1972), composer ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1920s? ].
£100.00

On one side of 17 x 11 cm leaf extracted from an autograph album. The page is orientated in portrait shape, with Robeson's inscription in dark-blue ink, slanting downwards in a strong and attractive style. It reads: 'Best wishes | Paul Robeson | My mother bore me in the Southern wild | And I am black, but O, my Soul, is white. | P. R.' (The quotation is from William Blake.) Beneath this, also slanting downwards, and written in green ink, is the signature 'Lawrence Brown'.

[ R. Jayaraja Row. ] Printed poem titled 'Govinda and Padma. A Ballad. (In Imitation of Sanskrit Poetry.)'

Author: 
'R. Jayaraja Row, B.A., Huzur Sheristadar, Collector's Office, Ootacamund' [ Lawrence Asylum Press, Ooty Branch; British India ]
Publication details: 
'Lawrence Asylum Press - Ooty Branch - 1895.' [ Ootacamund, India. ]
£220.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Excessively scarce: no copy of this item (nor of anything else by Row) on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. The poem is a capable effort, two hundred numbered lines long, arranged in fifty quatrains.

[ The Alipore Bomb Case, 1908 to 1909; Indian Nationalism ] Three printed documents annotated by appeal judge Sir Richard Harington: Jenkins's 'Judgment. | Alipore appeal.'; Carnduff's dissenting judgment; Harington's final judgment.

Author: 
Sir Lawrence Hugh Jenkins, Chief Justice, and H. W. C. Carnduff, of the High Court, Fort William, Bengal; Sir Richard Harington [ Alipore Bomb Case; Muraripukur or Manicktolla Bomb Conspiracy ]
Publication details: 
Jenkins's judgment: In the High Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal. The 23rd November 1909. Carnduff's dissenting judgment dated 23 November 1909. Harington's final judgment, 18 February 1910. The last two printed in Calcutta.
£1,500.00

The Alipore Bomb Case was the trial of a number of revolutionaries of the Anushilan Samiti in Calcutta (their object, according to Harington, being 'to deprive the King of the Sovereignty of British India by force'), held at Alipore Sessions Court, Calcutta, between May 1908 and May 1909. The trial followed in the wake of the attempt on the life of Presidency Magistrate Douglas Kingsford in Muzaffarpur by Bengali nationalists Khudiram Bose and Prafulla Chaki in April 1908, as a result of which two ladies (Mrs and Miss Kennedy) died.

[ Leslie Cope Cornford, architect and journalist. ] Original monograms, designs and sketches, including several items for WImbledon House School, Brighton (the future Roedean), founded by the sisters of his future wife Christabel Lawrence.

Author: 
Leslie Cope Cornford (1867-1927), architect and journalist; his wife Christabel Lawrence (1869-1952), sister of three Lawrence sisters, founders of Roedean School, Sussex [ Wimbledon House S
Publication details: 
Two items from his addresses: 47 Norfolk Road and 46 Sutherland Road, Brighton, East Sussex. [ Wimbledon House, 36 Sussex Square, Hove, Sussex. ] Between 1889 and 1908.
£850.00

65 items of varying size, on pieces of card and paper. The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. As his obituary in The Times (5 August 1927) describes, before embarking on his journalistic career, Cornford trained as an architect. He was articled for three years from 1884 to Sir John William Simpson (1858-1933), and then studied at the Royal Academy in 1888. He then served briefly as assistant, first to Thomas Verity (1837-1891), and then to F. S. Waller and F. W. Waller, before qualifying as an architect in 1889, and ARIBA the following year.

Manuscript minute book of meetings of the directors of Huntley & Company, Lawrence Hill Railway Wharf, coal factors and builders merchants, with each entry signed by the chairman.

Author: 
H. A. Burnell, Secretary, Huntley & Company of Lawrence Hill Railway Wharf, coal factors and builders merchants, also 'Hauling & Furniture Removal', 'House Furnishing & Drapery' and 'Estate Agency'
Publication details: 
[Huntley & Company, Coal Factors and Merchants, Lawrence Hill Railway Wharf, Bristol.] Entries dating from 1 July 1904 to 7 October 1930.
£350.00

293pp., 4to. In brown leather half-binding, with black cloth boards and marbled endpapers. Three-page form relating to the firm's dealings with National Provincial Bank of England, filled-in and signed on behalf of the company by the secretary Henry A Burnell, dated July 1904. The minutes are in a number of different hands (beginning with Burnell's) and signed by a number of different chairmen.

[ Dulcie Gray, actress. ] Copy of typescript of 1991 autobiography 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'; corrected typescript of first part of unpublished book 'Four Years'; prompt copies for her and her husband of their autobiographical play 'Curtain Up'

Author: 
'Dulcie Gray' [ Dulcie Winifred Catherine Savage Bailey ] (1915-2011), actress, wife of actor Michael Denison [ (John) Michael Terence Wellesley Denison ] (1915-1998)
Publication details: 
None of the three items with place or date. 'Looking Forward, Looking Back' published in 1991. 'Four Years', 1940s or 1950s. The prompt copies for production of 'Curtain Up' at the Guildford Theatre, 1998.
£650.00

Gray - who in addition to her acting career was a crime novelist and lepidopterist - has an excellent entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which also carries details of Denison. ONE: Typescript of 'Four Years | By | Dulcie Gray'. [2] + 63pp., 4to. Stapled. With front brown-paper cover with red label bearing title, with stamp of typewriting agency Ethel Christian, 36-38 Southampton Street, Strand. Signature of 'Michael Denison' at head of title-page. On aged and worn paper, and lacking the last couple of leaves and back cover.

[ Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, British soldier in India. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H M Lawrence') to 'Sir Thomas', regarding a payment to 'Mr Hodgson', with mention of his place of birth, Ceylon.

Author: 
Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence (1806-1857), British soldier and statesman in India, who died during the Siege of Lucknow in the Indian Mutiny
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1844 ].
£56.00

2pp., 4to. On bifolium. Dated in another hand in pencil '1844'. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. The letter begins: 'My dear Sir Thomas | I have at last ascertained from the Civil Auditor that Mr Hodgson drew the four hundred & fifty Rupees (450) on the 1st Feby nine days before he sailed, and that the bill was made out in his own hand writing'. He is forwarding the recipient's 'note of hand' to his agents, and assumes that 'Mr H, [...] in the hurry of departure doubtless forgot to write' to him. He concludes: 'I hope that your Ceylon trip has been of use to you.

[ William Lawrence Balls, botanist. ] Ten Typed Letters Signed (all 'W Lawrence Balls') to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts

Author: 
William Lawrence Balls (1882-1960), FRS, botanist who specialised in cotton technology [ the Fine Cotton Spinners' and Doublers' Association, Limited, Manchester; Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
All on letterheads of the Fine Cotton Spinners' & Doublers' Association, Limited, St. James's Square, Manchester. Two from 1917 and eight from 1918.
£150.00

The ten letters total 4pp., landscape 8vo, and 6pp., 4to. The collection in good condition, lightly aged and worn. With stamps and annotations of the Royal Society of Arts. The correspondence relates to a lecture given by him by invitation, and its subsequent publication in the Society's journal. He originally suggests that it be titled 'The Application of Science to economic purposes, with illustrations from the Cotton Trade', thinking that it would 'attract people outside cotton circles', but is persuaded to alter this to 'Examples of Applied Science in the Cotton Industry'.

[ Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, artist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('L Alma Tadema')

Author: 
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), English artist, born in Friesland, Holland
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 34 Grove End Road, St John's Wood, London NW. 3 December 1910.
£45.00

On letterhead cut down to 7.5 x 9.5 cm, laid down on small piece of grey paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. Reads: 'An autograph for Miss Phoebe Tull's collection | L Alma Tadema'. Caption on mount: 'Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. R.A. (His pictures for the most part classical subjects.)'

[ L. P. Williams, English art director. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bill') and Typed Letter Signed ('Bill | Bloody Williams') to 'Edward Carrick' (Edward Craig), giving personal news and 'a little professional dirt' from Hollywood.

Author: 
L. P. Williams [ Lawrence Paul Williams ] (1905-1996), English art director in England and Hollywood 'Edward Carrick' [ pseudonym of Edward Anthony Craig ] (1905-1998), film and stage designer ]
Publication details: 
ALS: 138 Mabery Road, Santa Monica, California, USA. 12 December 1940. TLS: 1914 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. 21 June 1941.
£80.00

Both items in fair condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper., the typed letter having a few autograph notes by Craig at end. ONE: ALS. 4pp., 8vo. He begins by telling Craig that he has been worrying about 'how to get your dope for you'. He is going to get in touch with 'Say & Drier', but does not know how the latter will react, 'being pro German you know - in the Guard Cuirasiers of the Prussian Guard in the last war'.

[ Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, artist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('L Alma Tadema') to 'Mr. Sparks', declining an invitation.

Author: 
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema [ Lourens Alma Tadema ] (1836-1912), Anglo-Dutch artist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Park Street, Windsor. 15 July 1885.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The note reads: 'Dear Mr. Sparks | I am so sorry to be unable to comply with your request, being previously engaged for the 23d. inst | yours sincerely | L Alma Tadema'.

[ Paul Robeson, African-American singer and actor. ] Autograph Signature, with that of his accompanist Lawrence Brown, on a photographic reproduction of a drawing of Robeson.

Author: 
Paul Robeson [ Paul Leroy Robeson ] (1898-1976), African-American singer and actor associated with the Civil Rights Movement; Lawrence Benjamin Brown (1893-1972), African-American pianist and arranger
Publication details: 
[ On Robeson's concert tour of the British Isles with Lawrence, 1934. ]
£56.00

The two signatures are on a reproduction of a drawing of Robeson, on a 15 x 11 cm piece of shiny art paper, cut from a programme from Robeson's 1934 tour of Britain. In good condition, lightly-aged. The head and shoulders portrait shows a moody Robeson in collar and tie. The two signature are at the foot of the image, with Robeson's, in blue ink, slanting downwards, and Brown's, in green ink, slanting upwards, around the line of Robeson's lapels.

[ George Arnald and Sir Thomas Lawrence, painters. ] Autograph Letter Signed from 'G. Arnald' 'To the President and Council of the Royal Academy', requesting relief for the widow of artist Thomas Whitcombe. With Autograph Note by Lawrence in reply.

Author: 
George Arnald (1763-1841), English landscape painter; Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), President of the Royal Academy and portrait painter [ Thomas Whitcombe (1763-c.1824), English artist ]
Publication details: 
18 June 1829.
£150.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. Arnald's appeal begins: Appealing to the 'known humanity' of Lawrence and the Council, Arnald writes on behalf of 'Mrs. Abigail Whitcombe, widow of Mr. Thos. Whitcombe late of Clarendon Square, marine painter, and for 40. Years an annual contributor to the Exhibition of the Royal Academy', who has previously received assistance, but is now 'almost totally deprived of sight, and otherwise afflicted', and is dependent on 'the assistance afforded by friends on whom she has no Claim'.

[ Lawrence of Arabia and Eric Kennington. ] Typed Letter Signed from Lionel Curtis to R. R. Francis, a circular regarding Kennington's 'ghost portrait' of Lawrence, with TLS from John Johnson to Francis, regarding the collotype print of it.

Author: 
Lionel Curtis [ Lionel George Curtis ] (1872-1955), writer; John Johnson [ John de Monins Johnson ] (1882-1956), Printer to University of Oxford [ T. E. Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia; Eric Kennington ]
Publication details: 
Curtis's letter from Hales Croft, Kidlington, Oxford. 20 November 1935. Johnson's letter on letterhead of the University Press, Oxford. 15 July 1936.
£180.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: TLS from Curtis to Francis. 1p., folio. Signed 'L. Curtis'. A circular letter, with signature, date and name of recipient added. Curtis begins the letter: 'I am writing to ask whether you would care to acquire a replica of a portrait of Lawrence which has now come to be known as "the ghost portrait." Its history is as follows: In 1923 Eric Kennington made a portrait in pastel of Lawrence, who was then a fellow in residence at All Souls.

Autograph list by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, naming pictures he has contributed to thirteen international exhibitions between 1862 and 1898, proposed in autograph queries by the art historian William Roberts.

Author: 
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Dutch-born English painter of the 'Victorian Olympus' period [William Roberts (1862-1940), art historian]
Publication details: 
Address in bottom left-hand corner of 'W. Roberts 47, Lansdowne Gardens, Clapham, S.W.' [Circa 1898.]
£500.00

1p., folio. Good, on a lightly-aged piece of ruled paper. In two columns, with the left-hand column, written out by Roberts with his address at the foot, headed 'Name of Exhibition', and listing twelve international exhibitions between 1862 (Amsterdam) and 1898 (Brussels). The right-hand column, headed 'Picture Exhibition', carries Alma-Tadema's responses, some of which are written in darker ink than others, indicating that they were added at more than one point. Alongside 'Paris (EU) 1867' he writes '13 pictures amongst them.

[Leopold Lowenstam, English-based Dutch etcher.] Business letterbook, containing copies of several hundreds of his letters, over a twenty year period, to 72 individuals and institutions, including patrons and artists at home and abroad.

Author: 
Leopold Lowenstam [Leopold Henry Lowenstam] (1842-1898), Dutch etcher working in England [Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema; Rosa Bonheur; Jozef Israels; Robert Dowling]
Publication details: 
Most earlier letters from 9 Titchfield Terrace, Regents Park [London]; most later letters from Woodcroft, Three Bridges [Sussex]. Dating from between 1877 and 1897.
£1,500.00

380pp., 4to. Carbon copies on rectos of numbered leaves. Preceded by an eleven-leaf thumb index (not complete). In original brown leather half-binding, marbled boards and endpapers. Internally sound and tight, in heavily-worn binding lacking spine. At the heart of the correspondence are eight letters to the artist with whom Lowenstam is most of all associated, Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema. These date from the 1890s, and are all addressed to 'My dear Tadema'.

[ Printed volume with 234 pages of lithographed facsimiles. ] The Autographic Album. A Collection of Four Hundred and Seventy Fac-Similes of Holograph Writings of Royal, Noble, and Distinguished Men and Women, of various Nations.

Author: 
Lawrence B. Phillips, F.R.A.S. Lithographed by F. G. Netherclift.
Publication details: 
London: Robert Hardwicke, 192, Piccadilly. 1866. [ Letterpress printed by W. J. Perry, 22, Cursitor Street, London. ]
£180.00

iv + 37 + [1] + 234pp., 4to. In grey cloth binding, gilt. All edges gilt. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in worn binding with rear spine shoulder splitting. The title continues: 'Designed for the use of Librarians, Autograph Collectors, Literary Men, and as a Work of General Interest. With Biographical Notices, and Occasional Translations.' The letterpress consists of a title leaf; and a two-page preface followed by a 'Biographical Index' of 37pp., and a page of errata and addenda.

[ Major-General Sir Benjamin Charles Stephenson, Surveyor-General of the Board of Works. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('B C Stephenson') to 'Lieutt: Lawrence R:N:' about an invention.

Author: 
Major-General Sir Benjamin Charles Stephenson (c.1766-1839), G.C.H., Surveyor-General of the Office of Works
Publication details: 
Office of Works [London]. 19 March 1823.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with a short closed tear along a crease and slight loss to one corner. He regrets that 'it is not in my power to afford any Official Assistance, in promoting the use of your very Ingenious, & Valuable Invention; as the Business of this Department is exclusively confined to the Building, & <?>, belonging either to His Majesty, or the Public, such as Palaces, Public Offices &c.' He suggests a number of organisations to which Lawrence should apply., 'as the Departments most likely to encourage your useful Undertaking'.

[ Walter Jerrold, English writer. ] Humorous manuscript address to him, signed by nine authors including Arthur St John Adcock, Alfred George Gardiner ('Alpha of the Plough'), William Archer, George Sampson and Keighley Snowden, on reverse of menu.

Author: 
[ Walter Jerrold [Walter Copeland Jerrold] (1865-1929), English author and journalist] Alfred George Gardiner ('Alpha of the Plough'); William Archer; A..St John Adcock; George Sampson; C. E. Lawrence
Publication details: 
On letterhead menu of the Wayside Inn, 2 & 3 Bishops Court, Chancery Lane, WC [London]. Dated 4 June 1919.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The menu is written out in faint pencil on one side, beneath the letterhead. On the other side, and headed with the date 4 June 1919 is the following playful address: 'Dear Jerrold, | "Carry on"! | This has no reference to the food we have just eaten. | You Walter [pun on 'ought to'] be here because you're a Jerrold [pun on 'dear old'] fellow. | And so say all of us.' Beneath this are nine signatures, two of which are undeciphered.

[ Booklet celebrating 150th anniversary of the celebrated Birmingham cartridge makers.] The Eley Story 1828-1978.

Author: 
Dorothy Thomas [Eley, Witton, Birmingham cartridge makers] [ C. Harry Lawrence (c.1900-1984), managing director, James Purdey & Sons Ltd, London gunsmiths ]
Publication details: 
Eley, P.O. Box 216, Witton, Birmingham. [Kynoch Graphic Design, Printed at IMI Kynoch Press, Birmingham.] 1978.
£100.00

[36]pp., 8vo. Stapled in red card wraps with circular cartridge design in silver. An attractive and glossy production, profusely illustrated. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with dink to spine. Section titles read: '"Who is this C. Eley?"'; 'The Brothers'; 'Together now for 40 years'; 'New Century, new problems'; 'Crisis and congratulations'; 'Pastures new'; 'War and Peace'; '"A policiy of enlightened self-interest"'; 'Eley at 150 years old'. From the papers of the noted gunsmith C.

[ Edwardian police. ] Original black and white photograph showing 22 policemen posing in four rows in uniform.

Author: 
[ Edwardian police (in Kent?) ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [Kent? 1900s?]
£80.00

15 x 21 cm print laid down on 17.5 x 23.5 cm piece of card. Faded and aged, with wear to extremities of card (not print) and staining to reverse. The men are posing in four rows, in front of a large window in a brick wall. They are hatless, and wear single-breasted jackets with seven gilt buttons at the front, with black belt and metal buckle. Four numbers embroidered on either side of collars. In the centre of the group is a sergeant. Most of the men sport moustaches, and many pomaded hair and centre partings. From the papers of the gunsmith C.

[ James Purdey & Sons, Ltd. ] Papers of Managing Director C. Harry Lawrence, inc. revreport on American trip, correspondence (mainly Buckingham Palace officials), report to board, speech to W'ful Company of Gunmakers, photographs, press articles.

Author: 
[ James Purdey & Sons Ltd, London gunsmiths; C. Harry Lawrence (c.1900-1984); Worshipful Company of Gunmakers; Angus Ogilvy; Sir William Fellowes; Christopher Bonham-Carter; Sir Frederick Browning ]
Publication details: 
From various locations in England and the United States, including Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, and the firm's headquarters, Audley House, 57-58 South Audley Street, London. Dating from between around 1914 to 1987.
£1,500.00

Charles Harry Lawrence (hereafter CHL) was perhaps the finest gunmaker of the twentieth century. At the age of 14 he joined James Purdey & Sons as an actioner's apprentice, and he remained with the firm for the rest of his life. For fifteen years, ending in 1970, he was the firm's managing director. He was twice (1954 and 1962) Master of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers, and was Chairman of the Proof House Committee for 27 years from 1954. Having previously received an MBE for his war work, he was awarded an OBE in 1978.

[Charles Elkin Mathews, London publisher.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Elkin Mathews') to Lawrence W. Hodson, quoting an account by Richard Aldington of '10 years [...] of almost unrelieved opposition'. With a copy of Aldington's 'Images of Desire'.

Author: 
Charles Elkin Mathews (1851-1921), London publisher; Richard Aldington [Edward Godfree Aldington] (1892-1962), poet [Lawrence W. Hodson (1864-1933), Midlands brewer and Arts and Crafts patron]
Publication details: 
Letter: 4a Cork Street, Mayfair, W.C. [London] 26 March 1920. Book: London: Elkin Mathews, Cork Street. 1919.
£180.00

Letter: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Closely-written with 40 lines of text. In very good condition, lightly-aged, and attached to the book by a thin strip of gummed paper. Mathews writes that it gave him great pleasure to receive Hodson's letter 'a month or two ago', and that he has only delayed replying because it has 'taken some time to get into touch with Rd. Aldington'. He gives a quotation of 24 lines from a letter he has received from Aldington after passing on Hodson's 'kind appreciation'.

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