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[Antoine Alexandre Barbier, librarian to Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis XVIII.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Barbier'), a letter of recommendation for the poet Auguste de Labouïsse-Rochfort to visit a Paris library.

Author: 
Antoine Alexandre Barbier (1765-1825), librarian to Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis XVIII, as to French Directory and Conseil d'Etat, bibliographer, helped found libraries of Louvre and Fontainebleau
Publication details: 
16 February 1825.
£180.00

1p, 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with strip of paper from mount adhering to second leaf, which is blank apart from endorsement. Folded once. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). A letter of recommendation for the poet and man of letters Jean-Pierre-Jacques-Auguste de Labouïsse-Rochefort (1778-1852), so that he may visit one of the libraries on his visit to the capital. Writing to an unnamed recipient in the year of his death, Barbier begins: 'Monsieur | J'ai l'honneur de vous recommander M.

[Paul Lacroix ('P. L. Jacob, bibliophile'), French author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Paul Lacrois | bibliophile Jacob') to Lamartine, calling on him to prevent a 'massacre des monumens', the destruction of ' les châteaux royaux et les Tuileries'.

Author: 
Paul Lacroix [pseudonyms 'P. L. Jacob, bibliophile' and 'Bibliophile Jacob'] (1806-1884), French novelist, historian and journalist, Librarian of the Arsenal Library, Paris [Alphonse de Lamartine]
Publication details: 
No place or date {perhaps after the Revolution of 1848?].
£550.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering to second leaf. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Baron Houghton). The salutation is to 'Monsieur', but Lamartine is named as recipient in the text of the letter (see below). It begins: 'Monsieur, | Permettez moi de faire appel à votre grand coeur de citoyen et de poète.

[National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.] Five items: Programme ('A Short Account of the Library and the Scheme of Buildings') on George V laying foundation stone; invitation card; admission tickets; pamphlet 'A Description of the Permanent Building'

Author: 
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; William Saunders of Llandrundod Wells
Publication details: 
[National Library of Wales.] Aberystwyth: 1911 and 1914.
£220.00

A nice selection of ephemeral material connected with the foundation of one of Britain's six Legal Deposit libraries. The collection in good overall condition, lightly aged and worn (but see description of Item One). The first two items end with signatures in type of: John Williams, President; J. Herbert Lewis, Vice-President; Henry Owen, Treasurer; Evan Davies Jones, Chairman of Building Committee; John Ballinger, Librarian.

[Sir Austen Henry Layard, archaeologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. H. Layard') to the orientalist W. B. Barker, sending a 'specimen' of his 'detestable handwriting', and calling him 'a fortunate man' for being satisfied with his position.

Author: 
Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894), archaeologist who excavated Nimrud and Nineveh, discoverer of library of Assyrian king Ashurbanipal [William Burckhardt Barker] (c.1810-1856), orientalist]
Publication details: 
10 July 1837. Athenaeum Club [London], on club letterhead.
£125.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount unobtrusively adhering at head of reverse. Folded twice. The salutation is to 'My dear Barker', and the name of the recipient is given at the foot of the first page as 'W. B. Barker Esqe'. He thanks him for his 'kind, but too complimentary note'. He is afraid that Barker's friend, who has clearly requested Layard's autograph, 'sets too much value upon a specimen of such detestable handwriting', but in this matter, 'as in anything else', he will be happy to oblige Barker.

[ Charlotte M. Yonge, Victorian novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C M Yonge') to 'Miss Sewell' [Elizabeth Missing Sewell?] regarding books, reviews and Hookham's Lending Library.

Author: 
Charlotte M. Yonge [ Charlotte Mary Yonge; C. M. Yonge ] (1823-1901), English novelist associated with the Oxford Movement
Publication details: 
28 August [no year]. On letterhead of Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
£120.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium of grey paper, with letterhead printed in red. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. The recipient is undoubtedly Elizabeth Missing Sewell or a member of her family, and the letter begins: 'My dear Miss Sewell, | I wish you could have accomplished giving us a day, hoping you might have found me in more lively and sensible trim than when you were here, when I had a headache just enough to make me stupid.' She is going to post her Roscoe's 'William I', which she got 'from the L[ending] Library'.

[Loeb Classical Library prospectus.] Machines or Mind? An Introduction to the Loeb Classical Library | By W. H. D. Rouse, Litt.D.

Author: 
W. H. D. Rouse, Litt.D. [William Henry Denham Rouse (1864-1950), founding editor with T. E. Page of the Loeb Classical Library; William Heinemann, London publisher]
Publication details: 
London: William Heinemann, 21 Bedford Street. New York: The Macmillan Company, 64-66 Fifth Avenue. Advertising volumes 'ready in September' and 'ready in November' [1911].
£180.00

16pp, 8vo. Stapled pamphlet. In fair condition, lightly aged, covers dusty and spotted, staples slightly rusted. P.2 carries an announcement of the joint publication by 'Mr. Heinemann' and the Macmillan Company of New York 'of a new series of Greek and Latin texts with English translations on the opposite page and brief biographical prefaces. The series takes its name from Mr. James Loeb, originator of the idea, […]'. The page gives details of the plan, and p.15 carries a 'List of the First Twenty Volumes, 'Ready in September' and 'Ready in November'.

[Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward, Royal Librarian at Windsor Castle.] Autograph Letter Signed ('B. B. Woodward') [to 'Morrison'?], regarding treatment at Queen Victoria's request by Sir William Jenner, 'Leonardo's MSS' and other matters.

Author: 
B. B. Woodward [Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward] (1816-1869), Royal Librarian at Windsor Castle [Sir William Jenner (1815-1898), physician; Queen Victoria; Sir Thomas Myddelton Biddulph (1809-1878)]
Publication details: 
On Windsor Castle letterhead; 1 December 1868.
£50.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. The male recipient is not named, but the letter ends with respects to 'Mrs Morrison', presumably the recipient's wife. The letter begins: 'When your last note arrived, I was in Paris, for a short quasi-holiday; & on my return I had so severe an attack of illness, that the Queen put Sir Wm Jenner to take it in hand. Thanks to his skill & attention, I find myself recovering at a more rapid rate than my fall even.

[Andrew Lang, Scottish poet, author and collector of folk tales.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Lang') to 'Miss Roberts', regarding illness, 'Mudie's little game', an author's lack of remuneration, Sir Francis Bacon.

Author: 
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish poet, author, anthropologist and collector of folk and fairy tales
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Alleyne House, St Andrews, Scotland. 6 January [no year].
£35.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded once. Wretched handwriting, resulting in the following tentative transcription. He begins by saying that he is sorry she has been ill, adding, 'I have no advantage over you in that matter. The [?] and [?] got hold upon me.' Regarding the celebrated circulating library, he writes that 'Mudie's little game is 'not to [buy?] another little [me?], knowing that he can weary out the public. | I have therefore to circulate my own copy among students, but it is out at present.

[T. S. Eliot's widow Valerie Eliot, and British Library architect Sir Colin St John Wilson, to playwright Christopher Fry.] Six Typed Letters Signed (all 'Valerie') from Valerie Eliot, and Autograph Card Signed ('Sandy Wilson') from Wilson.

Author: 
Valerie Eliot (1926-2012), wife of T. S. Eliot [Thomas Stearns Eliot] (1888-1965) [Christopher Fry (1907-2005); Sir Colin St John Wilson (1922-2007, British Library architect; Jacob Epstein]
Publication details: 
Valerie Eliot's six letters all on letterheads of 3 Kensington Court Gardens, Kensington Court Place, London. Between 1 September 1994 and 30 July 1996. Wilson's card from the British Library, Euston, London. 11 May 1995.
£1,200.00

Valerie Eliot's six letters are intimate and energetic, two of them casting an entertaining sidelight on Sir Colin St John Wilson's efforts to acquire Jacob Epstein's bust of 'Tom' for the new British Library, with a case of 'sabotage' as Wilson takes her on a tour of its new premises at Euston. The collection is in good condition. All of Valerie Eliot's letters are addressed to 'Dearest Christopher', the last in autograph. ONE: 1 September 1994. 1p, 12mo.

[Sir James Clark, Physician-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ja Clark MD'), 'To the Curators of the library of the College of Surgeons', a reference for 'Mr. Fergus' who wants to read in the library.

Author: 
Sir James Clark (1788-1870), Physician-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria, and to St George's Infirmary
Publication details: 
George Street [London]; 10 October 1832.
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse. Folded several times. Addressed at bottom left 'To the Curators of the library of the College of Surgeons'. Reads: 'Gentlemen, | Mr. Fergus, who is desirous of obtaining the advantage of reading in the library of the College of Surgeons, is known to me as a most respectable young man, and the permission to carry on his researches in your library will be bestowed on a very deserving person.'

[Sir Henry Ellis, Principal Secretary at the British Museum.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Ellis') to the numismatist John Yonge Akerman, regarding the 'Certificate' of 'M. Meryon du Marsan' [i.e.Théophile Marion Dumersan].

Author: 
Sir Henry Ellis (1777-1869), Principal Librarian at the British Museum, 1827-1856 [John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873), numismatist and antiquary; Théophile Marion Dumersan (1780-1849), French author]
Publication details: 
79 Great Russell Street [London]. 2 March 1845.
£35.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. He states that the 'Certificate' of 'M. Meryon [sic] du Mersan' has been 'signed by Lord Aberdeen', and that he wishes to 'get the signatures of Mr. Gurney and Mr. Hamilton to it'. If he does not – 'or rather cannot' – send it to Akerman beforehand, he asks him if 'you can add your signature before it is read on Thursday Evening'. In addition to his literary works, Dumersan was a numismatist and Curator attached to the Cabinet des Médailles et Antiques of the Bibliothèque Royale.

[Thomas Pell Platt, orientalist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T P Platt'), as Librarian to the British and Foreign Bible Society, to Rev. Charles Sumner [later Bishop of Winchester], Librarian to George IV at Carlton House, presenting a set of volumes.

Author: 
Thomas Pell Platt (1798-1852), English orientalist, Librarian of the British and Foreign Bible Society [Charles Sumner (1790-1874), Bishop of Winchester, librarian to King George IV at Carlton House]
Publication details: 
Bible Society's House | Earl Street, Blackfriars | March 30. 1825'.
£75.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn, with creasing and heavy wear at head. Folded three times. Addressed to 'The Rev. C. R. Sumner'. Reads: 'Rev. Sir | As Librarian of the British & Foreign Bible Society, I have the honor to state to you that a Resolution has been passed by the Committee of that Society, requesting permission to offer to His Majesty as a mark of their dutiful homage a set of Copies of the Versions of Holy Scripture executed or reprinted at their expence.

[Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, and Michael Ayrton.] Duplicated Typescript of 'Minutes of the Sixth Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art', London, including four-page list of art library of David Leder.

Author: 
Friends of the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, London [Michael Ayrton (1921-1975), artist and author; David Leder, German textile manufacturer, and his wife Lola Leder, art patrons; Haim Gamzu (1910-1982)]
Publication details: 
'held on the 13th April 1948 at the House of Commons.' [London]
£280.00

An interesting document, produced on the eve of the establishment of the State of Israel. Full heading on first page: 'Minutes of the Sixth Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art held on the 13th April 1948 at the House of Commons.' 5pp, foolscap 8vo, on five stapled leaves. Paginated and complete. In fair condition, aged and worn, with first leaf detached. Recorded as present are: 'Mrs Barbara Ayrton-Gould [Michael Ayrton's mother and a Member of Parliament] (Sitting-in for the Chairman) | Mr. J. Isaacs | Mr. Michael Ayrton | Mr.

[Thomas Pell Platt, orientalist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T P Platt'), as Librarian to the British and Foreign Bible Society, to Rev. Charles Sumner [later Bishop of Winchester], on presenting a set of volumes to 'His Majesty's library'.

Author: 
Thomas Pell Platt (1798-1852), English orientalist, Librarian of the British and Foreign Bible Society [Charles Sumner (1790-1874), Bishop of Winchester]
Publication details: 
Bible Society's House | Earl St. London. | Octr. 11. 1824.'
£200.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with dogeared corners. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'The Rev. C. Sumner'. Begins: 'Rev. Sir | I have been encouraged by the advice of friends to propose to you confidentially a question, to which you would much oblige me by returning a reply. The Committee of the British & Foreign Bible Society have occasionally transmitted to different quarters, as presents, a set of Copies of the version of the Holy Scripture executed by their aid, and the new edition, which they have published.

[Edwardian paediatric dentistry.] Four pamphlets: Rev. J. O. Bevan, 'Dental Hygiene'; G. Cunningham, 'What the Dentist can do for the State'; C. Edward Wallis, 'The Care of Teeth in Public Elementary Schools'; British Dental Association, 'Memorandum'

Author: 
[Edwardian paediatric dentistry] Rev. J. O. Bevan; British Dental Association; G. Cunningham; C. Edward Wallis; London County Council; Board of Education
Publication details: 
All London, two by John Bale & Sons (one for British Dental Association), London1896, 1906, 1908 and undated.
£320.00

Four pamphlets. Three with red labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London, and all four bearing its stamps and shelfmarks. All in good condition, lightly aged and worn. All now scarce. ONE: Rev. J. O. Bevan, M.A., F.S.A. - Dental Hygiene, Especially in Relation to Children and Schools. ('To be obtained from the author, 55, Gunterstone Road, West Kensington, London, W.' No date.) 8pp, 12mo. Stapled into grey printed wraps. No copy on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[John Evelyn of Wotton House, Surrey, seventeenth-century diarist, writer and gardener.] Autograph ownership inscription of book, with shelfmarks, reading: 'Catalogo Evelyni inscriptus. | Meliora Retinete.'

Author: 
John Evelyn (1620-1706) of Wotton House, Surrey, diarist, writer and gardener
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£250.00

On one side of 14 x 2 cm slip of paper, cut from the flyleaf of a book. Aged and with contemporary blotting to one corner. The slip is neatly placed in a paper windowpane mount. Reads: 'Catalogo Evelyni inscriptus. | Meliora Retinete' Two shelfmarks deleted: 'N. 16' and 'J: 231'. A good brief description of Evelyn's book collecting is given in his entry in the Oxford DNB. As there are four catalogues of his books, identifying the work to which the two present shelfmarks are assigned should not present any difficulty.

[Richard Garnett, biographer and poet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Garnett') to 'Mrs. Epps', regarding the forthcoming visit of her party to the British Museum.

Author: 
Richard Garnett (1835-1906), biographer and poet, Assistant Keeper of Printed Books in the British Museum
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the British Museum [London]. 'Saturday' [no date].
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and spotted. Reads: 'Dear Mrs. Epps, | I shall be very glad to see you and your party this afternoon; or, if I am not able to be with you, an assistant shall meet you in the hall at 3.'

[George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer, politician and bibliophile.] Document in a secretarial hand, signed 'Spencer', to a peer, regarding 'the pay and allowances to the Lamerton and Milton Abbott Corps'.

Author: 
George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), politician and bibliophile, first President of the Roxburghe Club, owner of the Althorp Library (now at the John Rylands Library in Manchester)
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 15 April 1806.
£65.00

1p., 8vo. Slight damp damage along left-hand margin, otherwise in fair condition. Reads: 'My Lord, | I have been honoured with your Lordship's Letter of this day's date; and I will lose no time in giving fresh authority to the Secretary at War to issue the pay and allowances to the Lamerton and Milton Abbott Corps, according to the amended return now transmitted to me by your Lordship.' Docketed on reverse.

[Philip Hofer, book collector and curator at the Houghton Library, Harvard University.] Autograph Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed to Stephen Harrison, regarding his collection of drawings by Edward Lear

Author: 
Philip Hofer (1898-1984), book collector and founder of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library of Harvard University [Stephen Harrison; Edward Lear]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of The Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Autograph letter dated 19 October 1966. Typed note dated 28 November 1966.
£100.00

See Hofer's obituary in the New York Times, 12 October 1984, in which it is stated that 'Mr. Hofer, who was secretary of the Fogg Museum at Harvard for 12 years, was a recognized book collector focusing on 18th-century German, Iberian and Italian publications. Mr. Hofer put together an Italian book collection considered the finest outside Italy. | Konrad Oberhuber, professor of fine arts at Harvard, said of Mr. Hofer: ''He was one of the most farsighted collectors that Harvard ever had. [...]”'. Two airmail letters, both in good condition.

[Thomas Guille,co-founder of the Guille-Allès Library, Guernsey.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to a 'Doctor [Chepmell]' and "Doctor Chepmell", homoeopathist, thanking him for donations of books & 'two interesting historical documents' to the library.

Author: 
Thomas Guille (1817-1896), founder with Frederick Mansell Allès, of the Guille-Allès Library, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Publication details: 
Guille-Allès Library [Guernsey, Channel Islands]. 23 April 1890 and 15 July 1890
£150.00

In 1882 Guille and Allès, childhood friends who had worked in New York as carpenters, bought the Assembly Rooms in Market Street, opening the building in 1888 as an extensive subscription library, with reading and meeting rooms. The library is still in operation, and is a much-loved local institution. The present items dates from two years later, both 1p., 16mo. On bifolium. In good condition, with remains of stub adhering to one edge. Written in a small, neat and dainty hand, the first letter reads: 'Guille-Allès Library, | April 23, 1890.

[ Julius Harrison, English composer, inscribes a work to Sir Courtenay Mansel. ] Copy of the printed sheet music of 'To Chloe | Song for Voice and Pianoforte | Poem by Thomas Moore | Music by Julius Harrison'.

Author: 
Julius Harrison [ Julius Allan Greenway Harrison ] (1885-1963), English composer [ Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Irish poet ]
Publication details: 
Printed score published by Enoch & Sons (in 'The Enoch Art Song Library'), London. Dated 'June 1920' Harrison's autograph inscription dated 26 October 1920.
£45.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. Aged and creased, with chipping and closed tears to edges. Engraved title-page states that the work is 'Copyright 2/- net | No. 1 Low Voice | No. 2 Medium Voice'. Inscribed at top left-hand corner of title-page: 'To my friend Sir Courtenay Mansel with kindest regards from | Julius Harrison | Oct. 26th. 1920'. Moore's poem is printed on the reverse of the first leaf, and facing it, on the recto of the second leaf, is the score. On the reverse of the second leaf is a 'Revised List' of 'The Enoch Art Song Library', with the date of issue ('June, 1920.') at bottom left.

[ George Harris Healy, Professor of English and curator of Rare Books at Cornell University. ] Typed Letter Signed to 'Mr. Duff', discussing the content of two letters by Daniel Defoe, their monetary value, auction houses, Dr. Rosenbach of New York.

Author: 
George Harris Healy (1908-1971), Professor of English and curator of Rare Books at Cornell University
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Department of English, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 22 February 1949.
£50.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with some wear to extremities. Healy begins by thanking Duff for his letter, and 'for your generosity in sending me copies of the two letters of Daniel Defoe'. He explains that he has 'searched for their whereabouts for about ten years', and had finally become convinced 'that unless they were in your family they were lost'.

[ Henry Wellesley, Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, and art connoisseur. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'H Wellesley') to Major R. Guthrie Macgregor, praising in fulsome terms his translations from the Greek Anthology.

Author: 
Henry Wellesley (1794-1866), Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, curator of Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Taylor Institute and art connoisseur [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor ]
Publication details: 
Both from New Inn Hall, Oxford. 19 September 1855 and 27 October 1864.
£50.00

Each letter 3pp., 12mo, and each on a bifolium. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE (19 September 1855): This first letter relates to the copy of Macgregor's 'Specimens of the Greek Anthology' (privately printed, [1855]) now in the British Library, 'With an autograph letter from the Translator to Dr. Wellesley; and a Critique upon the work, by the latter, also in MS.' In the present letter Wellesley writes that he has 'read them with the greatest pleasure.

[ Dr. Williams's Library, London. ] Two birth certificates: first (1798), signed by J. L. Towers, Registrar, for daughter of Thomas Cooper of Hoxton; second (1816), signed by Thomas Morgan, Registrar, for son of Benjamin Seaton of Chatham.

Author: 
Dr. Williams's Library, London (Thomas Morgan and J. L. Towers, Registrars) [ Thomas Cooper of Homerton; Rev. Israel Lewis; Benjamin Seaton of Chatham; Jacob George Bryant; Dissenters; Unitarians ]
Publication details: 
Dr. Williams's Library, Redcross-street, near Cripplegate, London. The second (1816): 'Printed by S. Couchman, Throgmorton-street, London.'
£150.00

The two documents are printed forms, completed in manuscript. Both are tipped-in onto a leaf removed from an album. Both in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. ONE: 'C No 1429'. Dated 12 October 1798 and signed by 'J L Towers', 'Register.' Recording the birth of Sarah Cooper, daughter of Thomas Cooper and Jane Cooper (daughter of the Rev. Israel Lewis', born in Homerton, in the Parish of Saint John Hackney, on 17 June 1783. Witnessed by 'E. S. Cooper' and 'Sarah Mackaness'. TWO: 'E No 3478'. Dated 30 January 1816.

[ Dr. Williams's Library, London. ] Printed Circular concerning the 'general Register of Births of Dissenters' Children', comprising a letter from John Webster, Secretary, and two notices.

Author: 
Committee of Deputies, appointed to protect the Civil Rights of the Three Denominations of Protestant Dissenters (John Webster, Secretary) [ Dr. Williams's Library, London; Dissenters; Unitarians]
Publication details: 
Webster's letter from Queen-street, Cheapside, London, 11 December 1808 [ amended in manuscript from 13 June 1806 ]. Printed by C. and W. Galabin, Ingram Court, London.
£280.00

2pp., folio. On a bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper repaired with archival tape. The printer's slug is at the foot of both pages of text. At the head of the recto of the first leaf is Webster's printed letter, reading: 'Reverend Sir, | I am directed by the Committee of Deputies to send you the enclosed Notices.

[ Rev. Dr Bulkeley Bandinel, Bodley's Librarian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('B Bandinel | Bodleys Librarian') [ to Major R. G. Macgregor ], regarding a presentation to the Bodleian of two copies of 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'. ]

Author: 
Bulkeley Bandinel (1781-1861), Bodley's Librarian [ The Bodleian Library, Oxford; Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Bodleian Library, Oxford. 30 July 1857.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with faint stain to first page. The letter is of interest for Bandinel's reference to his education, with the recipient, under Richard Valpy (1754-1836) at Reading School.) The recipient is not named, but the letter is addressed to Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869), and concerns his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology', which was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker.

[ 'Official Opening of the Central Public Library', County Borough of Burnley, 1930. ] Autograph Card Signed to J. Cuming Walters from the curator of the Towneley Museum, John Mackay, enclosing a copy of the printed programme to the opening.

Author: 
[ The Central Public Library, Burnley ] John Mackay, first curator (from 1930), of Towneley Hall, Burnley [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
Mackay's card from Towneley Hall, Burnley, 30 June 1930. The programme for the official opening of the Central Public Library on 3 July 1930.
£35.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Accompanied by the remains of the envelope in which they were enclosed, addressed by Mackay to Walters at the Manchester Evening News. A very nice piece of ephemera, from an age when British libraries were cherished. (It is impossible to believe that the opening of a library today would be broadcast on the BBC.) The Library is still in service. ONE: Autograph Card Signed ('John Mackay'). A plain Post Card. Mackay, who had been the butler at Towneley Hall before becoming the first curator in 1903, writes exclusively in capitals.

[ H. Montagu Butler, ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Montagu Butler') [ to Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor ], regarding the gift to Harrow of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Henry Montagu Butler (1833-1918), Headmaster of Harrow School, and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Harrow. 28 October 1864.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He thanks him for his 'very kind present to our School Library': 'The "Greek Anthology" will, I need not say, be a most acceptable addition to our treasures.' Guthrie's 'name will duly appear in our annual list of those friends who during the last twelve months have provevd themselves Benfactors to the Library'.

[ John Winter Jones, Principal Librarian of the British Museum. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Winter Jones.') to 'Mr. Jefferies', regarding his 'New Testament of 1538'.

Author: 
John Winter Jones (1805-1881), Principal Librarian of the British Museum, 1866–1873, and first President of the Library Association
Publication details: 
British Museum [ London ]. 11 March 1864.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged, but with central spike hole through both leaves, from which a horizontal closed tear has been made through the fore-edges (not affecting signature or its immediate surrounds). The note is hurried, and reads: 'I find that we have the New Testament of 1538. I will therefore return your copies at once if you will be so good as to say by what mode they shall be forwarded to you.'

[ Edward Byron Nicholson, Bodley's Librarian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. B. Nicholson') to an unnamed party [ Alexander Ramsay ], regarding non-payment for a periodical [ 'The Scientific Roll' ]..

Author: 
E. B. Nicholson [ Edward Williams Byron Nicholson ] (1849-1912), Bodley's Librarian, 1882-1912 [ Bodleian Library, University of Oxford ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the London Institution, Finsbury Circus, E.C. 18 August 1881.
£56.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | I got your last no. all right. I meant one particular day to pay you, and at the end of the day forgot whether I had or had not written to do so - coming to the erroneous conclusion that I had.' Postscript: 'No. 4 received and paid for also'. From the Ramsay papers.

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