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[Commander Stephen King-Hall's propaganda battle with Joseph Goebbels.] Printed pamphlet, in German, a letter from King-Hall to 'Lieber deutschen Leser', ridiculing Hitler, Goebbels and the Nazis. With contemporary English translation.

Author: 
Stephen King-Hall [William Stephen Richard King-Hall, Baron King-Hall] (1893-1966), writer, politician, naval officer, propagandist
Publication details: 
[London, 1939.] Letter dated from 162 Buckingham Palace Road, London, S.W.1. Slug: 'L.C.P. - 5404'.
£180.00

The present item is part of a propaganda battle between King-Hall and Goebbels. The only other copy of the item located is at the German National Library, King-Hall having 'contrived to infiltrate', as his Oxford DNB entry has it, this 'German version' of his 'King-Hall News Letter' to 'individuals in the Reich, provoking a vehement reaction from Goebbels and Hitler himself'. See also the article in Time magazine, 7 August 1939: 'Last week all Europe was excited about the propaganda battle between England's Commander Stephen King-Hall and Germany's Paul Joseph Goebbels (TIME, July 31).

[ Transjordan; Hussein of Jordan; Arab Legion; Manuscript ] Substantial Holograph Assessment (three autograph manuscripts) of King Husain [sic] in 1959

Author: 
Glubb Pasha [John Bagot Glubb soldier, scholar and author, who led and trained Transjordan's Arab Legion between 1939 and 1956 as its commanding general.]
Publication details: 
[ 1959 ]
£3,000.00

'If he survives he may well be a great man at 40':Glubb Pasha gives his assessment of King Hussein of Jordan in 1959Three autograph documents by 'Glubb Pasha', giving a detailed and perceptive assessment of the character and situation of his erstwhile master King Hussein of Jordan (1935-1999), written to assist John Freeman (1915-2014) in preparing the interview with King Hussein broadcast in the BBC series 'Face to Face' on 1 January 1960. From the papers of the programme's producer Hugh Burnett (1924-2011).

[Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb, Scottish classical scholar.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. C. Jebb'), explaining his reason for declining to give an address to the Dialectic Society of Glasgow.

Author: 
Sir R. C. Jebb [Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb] (1841-1905), Scottish classical scholar [Dialectic Society, Glasgow]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall [London].15 April 1893.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf, otherwise in good condition. The recipient is not named. He should have been pleased to 'deliver the opening address to the Dialectic Society - to which I have owed many pleasant hours in former years', but his engagements in November do not permit it: 'I shall then have lectures & other duties at Cambridge which would not allow of my going to Glasgow for the purpose of delivering the address'. He asks for his thanks for the invitation to be relayed to 'the General Board'.

[ Transjordan; Hussein of Jordan; Arab Legion; Manuscript ] Substantial Holograph Assessment (three autograph manuscripts) of King Husain [sic] in 1959

Author: 
Glubb Pasha [John Bagot Glubb soldier, scholar and author, who led and trained Transjordan's Arab Legion between 1939 and 1956 as its commanding general.]
Publication details: 
[ 1959 ]
£3,000.00

'If he survives he may well be a great man at 40':Glubb Pasha gives his assessment of King Hussein of Jordan in 1959Three autograph documents by 'Glubb Pasha', giving a detailed and perceptive assessment of the character and situation of his erstwhile master King Hussein of Jordan (1935-1999), written to assist John Freeman (1915-2014) in preparing the interview with King Hussein broadcast in the BBC series 'Face to Face' on 1 January 1960. From the papers of the programme's producer Hugh Burnett (1924-2011).

[ John Buchan; Tweedsmuir ] Typed Letter Signed "Susan Tweedsmuir" to E.V. Knox, poet, satirist, editor of 'Punch' responding to a letter of condolence.

Author: 
Susan Tweedsmuir,writer and wife of John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir (d. 1 Feb. 1940), writer, sometime Governor-General of Canada.
Publication details: 
[Printed heading ] Government House, Ottawa, 9 March 1940.
£80.00

One page, 4to, black-bordered, one corner chipped, minor marking, text clear and complete. "Thank you very much for your delightful little letter. My husband always so love your writing, and always quoted and enjoyed your parodies. He was a very careful reader of 'Punch', and had, in his time, contributed some things to it." She hopes he will visit her in Oxfordshire.

[ A.J.A. Symons ] Typed Note Signed "Julian Symons", thanking a "Mr Hill" for letters relating to his brother, A.J. A. Symons, writer and bibliographer..

Author: 
Julian Symons, miscellaneous author inc. detective story writer
Publication details: 
26 St George's Square, London, SW1. 26 April 1944.
£80.00

One page, 12mo, sl. chipped and aged but text clear and complete. He thanks Hill for responding to his appeal for letters from his brother "A.J.", and returns them (not present. "They will help me to obtain that complete and rounded picture of my brother which is the object of my biography. | Thank you, too,for your explanatory notes on the letters -- I remember A.J. saying something about the album compiled by A.T. Bartholomew, when he was hot on the quest for Corvo."

[ Georgian pamphlet with parallel text in English and Welsh. ] The Complete Duoglott Letter-Writer; Or, Art of Polite Correspondence: […] Cyfansoddiad Cyflawn O Lythyrau Dwyieithawg'.

Author: 
[ L. E. Jones of Caernarfon [ Carnarvon ] ]
Publication details: 
Caernarfon: Argraphwyd ac ar werth gan L. E. Jones. 1832.
£100.00

96pp., 12mo. Disbound and without wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with light staining to last leaf, and some light manuscript annotation. No copy at the National Library of Wales, and the only copies on COPAC at Bangor and Cardiff Universities.

[ Victorian Fleet Street: rejection letters from 27 periodicals, received by the future Sir Walter Newman Flower of Cassell & Co.

Author: 
Victorian Fleet Street [ Sir Walter Newman Flower (1879-1964), publisher, author and musicologist, proprietor of the London publishers Cassell & Co ]
Publication details: 
Between 1898 and 1903. Various titles, mostly published in Fleet Street, London.
£120.00

The 27 rejection letters and slips - mainly from publications in the area of Fleet Street and the Strand - are laid down on twelve leaves of ruled paper extracted from an exercise book. The collection is in fair overall condition, aged and worn, laid down on ruckled leaves. An interesting collection of literary ephemera, showing how the various periodicals handled the rejection of rejected material.

[ Lord Hawke; Royal Navy ] Autograph Letter Signed "Hawke" to "Captain Locker", Nelson's mentor.

Author: 
Lord Hawke [ Admiral of the Fleet Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, KB, PC (1705–1781), Royal Navy officer
Publication details: 
Sunbury, 28 October 1779
£400.00

Two pages, 4to, window pane mount, one chip not affecting text, one hole caused by his pen[?] with no loss, tear along fold mark, partially repaired.

[ Earl of St Vincent; Royal Navy ] Autograph Letter Signed "St Vincent" to [ Edward Hawke Locker, watercolourist, Governor of Greenwich Hospital (Royal Navy) ]

Author: 
John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent, Admiral, patron of Nelson.
Publication details: 
[Racketts?] 5 May 1811.
£300.00

One page, 4to, window pane mount, good condition. "I am very glad that you incline to be a Fellow of the Royal Society, because I am sure you will contribute largely to it by your researches - and be a much better attendat tha | Your very sincere | nd obedient servant | St Vincent.| [POstscript ] My Protege, Lieut. Dickens, is, I believe in the ship which bears the Flag of Adml Boyles - Lady St Vincent is something better.

[ Thomas George Bonney, geologist after whom Lake Bonney in Antarctica is named. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. G. Bonney') to an unnamed lady, contesting that domestic service is a 'state of slavery'.

Author: 
T. G. Bonney [ Thomas George Bonney ] (1833-1923), geologist after whom Lake Bonney in Antarctica is named, President of the Geological Society of London
Publication details: 
23 Denning Road, N. W. [ London ]. On letterhead of the Athenaeum club, Pall Mall. 13 October 1904.
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. A tantalizing extract from a correspondence. He begins: 'I doubt whether domestic service, as a rule, is quite the state of slavery you depict, but, as I said before, the question which you ask me is less simple than you appear to think and I can only say that every employer is bound to remember that those he (or she) employs has wants, bodily and spiritual, very similar to his own.' He concludes the letter, and the correspondence, by apologising that he 'cannot continue to write on the subject'.

[ Mary Carpenter.reformer ] Autograph Note Signed "Mary Carpenter" to a "MIss Edwards" about a charitable donation.

Author: 
Mary Carpenter (1807-1877), educational and social reformer.
Publication details: 
Red Lodge House , 24 Sept [68?]
£50.00

One page, 12mo, hinges indicating from album, one corner chipped. staining under hinges, text clear and complete. " Many thanks to yourself and Sister for your kind donation of 2-2-0 to my Indian work. - I am very glad to have your sympathy. | Perhaps you may make the enclosed [not present] useful." Note: She became active on Indian issues after a visit in 1866 (see Wikipedia).

[ Stanley Lees Giffard, editor, journalist ] Autograph Letter Signed "Stanley Lees Giffard" to the Editor of an unnamed periodical, asking for the publication of an article by a Mr Byas on state of Ireland.

Author: 
Stanley Lees Giffard, Editor, St James's Chronicle and the Standard
Publication details: 
St James Chronicle Office, Bridge Street, Blackfriars [London], Saturday [no date 1824?].
£45.00

One page, cr. 8vo, possibly laid down in album previously (residue of glue etc),chipped with minor loss of text, text clear. "I took the liberty to send to you [...] the Revd Mr [Ryan?Byas?] prize Essay upon the State of Ireland for your consideration.

[ Leon Gautier ] Autograph Letter Signed " Leon Gautier" to M. l'abbe Misset, scholar and collector, about the correction of errors for a new edition of his (Gautier's) "Adam de St Victor"

Author: 
Leon Gautier, [Émile Théodore Léon Gautier (1832–1897), French literary historian.]
Publication details: 
8 rue Varin, [Paris], 10 Nov. 1893. In French.
£60.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. In his best hand. He asks for a "petit service". "Je fais une nouvelle edition de mon Adam de St Victor et je viens vous demander de m'indiquer les corrections que vour jugeriez a propos de faire dans mon 2e edition." He holds his corrections in high regard, outlining further what help he is asking for. Note: Gautier thanks the Abbe Mittet in his Preface.

[ Rajah Brooke of Sarawak ] Autograph Letter Signed "J Brooke" to Henry Drummond, M.P., anticipating trip to Siam.

Author: 
James Brooke [ Rajah Brooke ] (1803-1868).
Publication details: 
United Services Club, 16 Sept. 1851.
£280.00

Two pages, 12mo, good condition. "I am very anxious to have the pleasure of seeing Lady Harriet and yourself, before I leave England for Siam where I shall prbably be engaged til May of June of next year. Should it be quite convenient I would propose a visit to Aldbury [Park ] during the next few days or about the 4th or 5th of October as I should much regret leaving the country without wishing you farewell. ..."Notes: Brooke's trip to Siam was presumably cancelled (initially postponed) because the "king of Siam wished to burn his brother" (Letter, 20 Sept. 1851); 2.

[ William Upcott, antiquary and autograph collector. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Dr J. B. Brown

Author: 
William Upcott (1779-1845), antiquary and autograph collector
Publication details: 
'Islington - | 102 Upper Street'. 10 October 1839.
£120.00

H2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with the blank second leaf placed in a windowpane mount. The letter gives a good impression of Upcott's questionable character, well-described in Janet Ing Freeman's entry on him in the Dictionary of National Biography. It reads: 'My friend will not part with his Autograph of O. Cromwell – He purchased it for 5 Guineas – the usual price – To his signature in my possession is attached that of his Secretary Thurloe – by no means a common Autograph – Dr. R.

[ St. Gregory's Monastery, Downside. ] A Catalogue of the Black Letter and other early Printed Books in the Library of St. Gregory's Monastery, Downside.

Author: 
Anon. [ Downside Abbey, Bath ]
Publication details: 
Without printer's details or date. [ Offprint from the Downside Review, 1880. ]
£50.00

24pp., 12mo. Paginated 1-24. Disbound printed item. In fair condition, on aged and spotted paper. Drophead title, followed by: 'This Catalogue consists of three parts. In the first part is given a list of our early printed books in chronological order; in the second, a typographical index, showing at what presses the works were produced; in the third, an alphabetical index of the authors' names.' Originally published in the first issue of the Downside Review, July 1880, pp.72-90. This offprint is scarce: the only copy on OCLC WorldCat at Cambridge, whose catalogue dates it to 1880.

[ Roger Quilter, composer ] Autogrph Letter Signed "Roger Quilter" to "Mrs Finck", recently widowed wife of Herman Finck, composer and conductor .

Author: 
Roger Quilter [ Roger Cuthbert Quilter (1877–1953), composer, known particularly for his songs ]
Publication details: 
[Headed Notepaper] 23 Acacia Road, NW8, 25 April 1939.
£180.00

Two pages, 8vo, fold mark, very good condition. " I feel I must write you & tell you how deeply I sympathise with you and your daughters in your very sad loss. Although I did not know your husband very well, I was a great admirer of his work and I knew him well enough to realise what a really vital and lovable personality he had. | I shall never forget his friendly and generous words when we first met some years ago.

A Catalogue of an Unique Collection of Ancient English Broadside Ballads printed entirely in the Black Letter.

Author: 
'Black-letter Ballads' [ John Russell Smith, London bookseller; Charles Whittingham, Chiswick Press ]
Publication details: 
On Sale by John Russell Smith, No. 36, Soho Square, London. 1856. [ Chiswick Press: - C. Whittingham, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane. ]
£100.00

vii + 141 + [1]pp., 8vo. Final leaf with Chiswick Press device of dolphin and anchor and lion. In sturdy nineteenth-century black leather half-binding, with marbled boards and 'Russell's Catalogue 1856' in gilt on spine. Ownership stamp of 'Alfred H Maurais' on fly-leaf. A characteristically-elegant Chiswick Press item, with 408 items listed, the titles in black letter. Three-page anonymous preface, dated 'May, 1856.' Tight copy, but aged and lightly damp-stained, in worn binding.

[ David Roberts et al) Signatures of David Roberts, Charles Eastlake and Henry Moseley (with their current addresses) clipped from document

Author: 
David Roberts, C.L. Eastlake and Henry Moseley, artists
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£65.00

18.5 x 8.5cm, sl. chipped and stained, but text clear. Signatures of Roberts, C.L. Eastlake and Henry Moseley, adding their addresses in holograph (Eastlake and Roberts both at 7 Fitzroy Square, and Moseley at 52 Upper Charlotte Street), probably clipped from an appeal to the Artists' Benevolent Fund.

Signature clipped from document, "David Roberts, R.A." with signature of Thomas McLean, presumably the publisher

Author: 
David Roberts, Scottish artist
Publication details: 
n.d.
£28.00

Cut irregularly from document, 10 x 4cm, good condition. Signatures of Roberts and McLean from an appeal to the Artists' Benevolent Fund. Note on reverse reveals a claim on behalf of "Mrs Anne Turner", claim no. 1495.

[ Sir Francis Seymour Haden, etcher. ] Autograph Note Signed ('F. S. H'), thanking an unnamed recipient in warm terms.

Author: 
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), etcher and surgeon
Publication details: 
Place not stated. Dated '9th.', with 'January 1906' added in another hand.
£35.00

1p., landscape 12mo. On aged, worn and creased paper. Written in a shaky hand. Reads: '9th. | This was just going out as your Letter came in yesterday. So thought it better too keep back till I had mastered the contents of yours which was most satisfactory and told me all I wanted to know - | A thousand thanks for all you have done | F. S. H.'

[ Herman Finck, composer and conductor. ] Copy of Typed Letter to Henry Chance Newton ('My dear Harry'), theatre critic of the Referee newspaper, containing 'biographical facts' to prove that he is 'not a Jew', and his 'Hebrew musical collaborators'.

Author: 
Herman Finck [ Herman [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), British composer and conductor of Dutch extraction [ Henry Chance Newton (1854-1931), theatre critic of the Referee newspaper ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne. 8 October 1925.
£150.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged. Unsigned copy of typed letter., with one autograph emendation. Addressed to 'My dear Harry'. He begins by explaining that he is in Eastbourne recuperating from the flu. 'As I did not rise until Monday last I missed the Sunday papers including alas, the Referee. [ amended in autograph from 'the Rat' ] | A cutting, however (from the Ref) reached me here today containing an article of yours, wherein you place me among your Hebrew musical collaborators.

[Smirke] Autograph Note Signed to "T.L. Donaldson", 'a pioneer in architectural education, as a co-founder and President of the Royal Institute of British Architects'.

Author: 
Sydney Smirke, architect (1798-1877).
Publication details: 
Grosvenor Street, [London], 24 Feb. 1864.
£56.00

One page, 12mo, fold marks, tipped on to album sheet, good condition. "Now that porr Cockerell has gone, may we not hope that you will permit us to regard you as Trustee of the Architects' Benevolent Soc[iet]y in conjunction with Hardwick and Scott? Do say yes." Note: C.R. Cockerell died in 1863 after years of poor health.

[Lawyer's letter] Autograph Letter Signed "Richard Curelys", lawyer or Chancery official, to "the worshipful John Sothwell [Southwell], esquyr".

Author: 
Richard Curlys, lawyer or Chancery official
Publication details: 
No place, 16 Jan. [ny; First half of C16th?]. See below.
£150.00

One page, sm. Folio, bifolium, staining but text clear and complete. It is a letter from a lawyer or Chancery official by the name of Richard Curelys, addressed to 'the worshipful John Sothwell, esquyr'. Richard informs John that he has sought writs of Supersedeas and Dedimus potestatem from the Lord Chancellor, but that these will not be granted unless John's attorney and the plaintiff's attorney both make declaration of the truth of the (unspecified) matter. Richard provides legal advice. He tells John to cause Mr.

[Caslon Letter Foundry, London.] Printed covering letter to accompany a specimen book and history of the Caslon Foundry, signed and dated by Thomas W. Smith.

Author: 
Thomas W. Smith, proprietor, Caslon Letter Foundry, London
Publication details: 
Caslon Letter Foundry, 22 Chiswell Street, EC. [London] July 1896.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. Attractively printed within a decorative border, on the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | The Specimen Book sent you herewith, of which I have much pleasure in asking your acceptance, contains a history of the Caslon Foundry printed with the justly celebrated types engraved by its founder in the early part of last Century.

[The Bath Gas Company Bill, 1837.] Autograph Letter Signed from George Olive to H. J. Mant of Bath, discussing the testimony to a Parliamentary committee of 'Witnesses produced by the Promoters'. With signed autograph receipt from C. H. Capper.

Author: 
George Olive of Messrs Mant & Bruce, attorneys, Bath [The Bath Gas Company Bill, House of Commons, 1837; C. H. Capper; H. J. Mant of Bath]
Publication details: 
Olive's letter: Without place [London] or date [docketted 7 July 1837]. Capper's receipt: Birmingham. 19 February 1838.
£120.00

Olive's Letter: 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf to 'H. J. Mant Esq | 2 Wood St | Queen Square | Bath'. The letter is without place or date. Olive has written the letter on behalf of the Bath attorneys Mant & Bruce (he states at the conclusion that 'Mr Bruce requested me to write to save him the trouble'), who are acting for an interested party (Capper?).

[Sir Hubert Gough, as head of Inter-Allied Mission, Finland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H P Gough') to Daily Express editor R. D. Blumenfeld, describing 'situation' and complaining of failure of War Office to send munitions for White Russian forces.

Author: 
Sir Hubert Gough [Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough] (1870-1963) [Ralph David Blumenfeld ('R. D. B.') (1864-1948), Daily Express editor, 1902-1932; Inter-Allied Mission, Finland; White Russians; Bolsheviks]
Publication details: 
'Helsingfors. | British Mission. | 3rd July [1918].'
£400.00

2pp., 12mo. In very good condition: lightly-aged and creased. Writing to 'My dear Blumenfeld', Gough begins with a few lines on 'your correspondent, Muir' (with reference to Blumenfeld's 'Yankee' origins -which also included strong anti-Communist sentiment), before giving a general analysis. 'This is a most complex situation out here, as there are so many interests pulling different ways - it is not always easy to see one's way clear.

[Maurice F. Strong of the United Nations Environment Programme.] Two Typed Letters Signed to the English environmentalist Arthur Bourne, with typed copies of five letters from Bourne to Strong.

Author: 
Maurice F. Strong (b.1929), Canadian entrepreneur, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development ['Earth Summit'], 1992 [Arthur G. Bourne; Oil For Food Programme]
Publication details: 
Strong's letters both from Geneva, on letterheads of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, 29 August 1972, and the United Nations Environment Programme, 26 July 1973. Four of Bourne's drafts from Flitwick, Bedfordshire, 1972-1975.
£450.00

The seven items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Strong's two letters are each 1p., 8vo, and are both on thin paper with slight wear to the edges; the second letter is docketed on the reverse by Bourne. In his first letter Strong congratulates Bourne on 'the new journal "The Environment This Month"'. He was 'favourably impressed with the first issue' and congratulates Bourne 'on the initiative you have taken in filling in such a promising way the need which existed for a high quality international journal on environmental affairs'.

Typed Letter Signed from Arnold Wesker to Renee Hellman of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, regarding his 'favourite recipe'.

Author: 
Arnold Wesker (b.1932), English playwright of the 'kitchen sink' school [Renee Hellman; Imperial Cancer Research Fund; Alan Bates]
Publication details: 
27 Bishops Road, London N6. 11 October 1965.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He asks her whether she means by 'a favourite recipe' one 'which I know of that others are likely not to know of? Or just one that I like but might well be familiar?' He ends by suggesting that she try asking Alan Bates, 'who I think has a secret recipe'. He gives an address for the actor.

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