The Argentine Great Western Railway [ Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino ], British-owned Argentinian railway company, founded in 1887 [ Walter Heald, Secretary; J. S. Morgan & Co., merchant bankers ]
The Argentine Great Western Railway, 4 Finsbury Circus, London E.C. 1893 and 1894.
The company, founded in 1887, operated a broad gauge railway network in the Argentine provinces of San Luis, San Juan and Mendoza, and was taken over on a lease by the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway in 1907. It features in three studies: Colin M. Lewis, 'British Railways in Argentina 1857-1914: A Case Study of Foreign Investment' (1983); H. R. Stones, 'British Railways in Argentina 1860-1948' (1993); and Winthrop R. Wright, 'British-Owned Railways in Argentina – Their Effect on Economic Nationalism, 1854-1948' (1974).
The Ekman Pulp and Paper Company, Limited. ('Paper Mills at Northfleet, Kent, and Ilford, Essex.') [ Carl Daniel Ekman (1845-1904), Swedish chemist and industrialist ] Sir Richard Harington ]
[ The Ekman Pulp and Paper Company, Limited, London, 1896. ] Ford & Turner Printers, 77, Coleman Street, E.C.
Three items, folded into the customary packet. In very good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Prospectus. 4pp., 8vo. Includes the memorandum of association, in small print. The prospectus, dated 12 May 1896, begins: 'The Company was constituted in 1883. It possesses two Mills, one at Northfleet (freehold) with a complete plant for the manufacture of sulphite wood-pulp and four paper machines, and the other at Ilford (leasehold) with one paper machine. The out-put of these five machines is now 150 tons of paper per week.' Docketed at head of first leaf by Sir Richard Harington.
'Bro. Bernard Quaritch, Librarian of the Sette of Odd Volumes' [ George Clulow, President; Edward Heron-Allen, club secretary; Wyman & Sons, London printers and binders ]
[ The Sette of Odd Volumes, London. ] 'Imprynted by Bror C. W. H. Wyman, Typographer to ye Sette, at hys Printing-house in Great Queene Street, over against Lincoln's Inne Fields, within ye Parish of Saynt Giles in ye Fields London'.1886.
55 + pp., 12mo. Frontispiece engraving of Quaritch, with facsimile of his signature. Bound in card boards covered in pink fake vellum paper printed in gold. In good condition, lightly aged, in lightly worn covers. Limitation leaf completed in manuscript, with this copy no. 134 of 255, with pencil signature of 'Ed. Heron Allen', presenting the book to ' Gottschalk'. Introduction by George Clulow, President. Note at end by 'B.?[ferdinand?]>
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head. New York: John Lane Company. 1919.
 + 288pp., 4to. In original quarter-binding, with blue paper boards and cream buckram spine with gilt lettering. A handsome book, profusely illustrated, with 49 plates (some with guards) and the two signed 'Extra Plates', and numerous illustrations in text. Announcement on reverse of first page: 'THIS edition, with an original etching and an original lithograph by Frank Brangwyn, is limited to 65 copies, of which this is No. 41'. The etching, facing p.1, is titled 'A Back Street, Tours', and the lithograph, facing page 180, is titled 'Newcastle'. Both are signed by Brangwyn in pencil.
Rev. R. H. Barham, Author of 'The Ingoldsby Legends'
[ New York. ] 'Privately Printed | 1896'. [ Limited to 240 copies. ]
viii + 58. Collotype frontispiece reproducing part of manuscript. Nicely printed on good paper. Internally tight, on lightly-aged paper, in discoloured and lightly-worn cream buckram binding, gilt. Tissue guard to frontispiece detached. The conclusion to the four-page preface, which is dated from New York, January 1896, explains that the 'formal publication in England' of the volume 'might possibly be deemed an offence against good taste, although its Author has been deceased for half a century, and hardly a single person referred to by Canon Barham can now be alive.
HM Airship R100 [ The Airship Guarantee Company Limited, London; The Air Council; Charles Reginald Brigstocke, Director of Contracts Air Ministry; Vickers Ltd]
"50 cop[ie]s" [no other copy traced [ The Airship Guarantee Company Limited, London; the Air Council; the Air Ministry. ] Printed in London by Duiprose, Bateman & Co., Courts Press, Sheffield Street, Kingsway, W.C.2. Dated 22nd October 1924.
The R100 had not been named at the time of this item, and is consequently not referred to by name in it. It was built (as part of a British government programme to develop airships to provide passenger and mail transport within the British Empire) by the Airship Guarantee Company, a specially-created subsidiary of the armaments firm Vickers, led by Commander Dennis Burney, with the design team headed by Barnes Wallis, later famous for his invention of the bouncing bomb, with Neville Shute. 41pp., 8vo.
Eric Gill; The Spoil Bank Association Limited; Ditchling; H. J. Cribb [ Herbert Joseph Cribb ]; Hilary Pepler; Charles L. Waters; Valentine KilBride [ John Valentine Denis KilBride ]; Edgar Holloway
Both items: The Spoil Bank Association Limited, 'Registered Office S. Dominic's Press, Ditchling Common, Hassocks, Sussex.' Both dated 23 February 1922, the first printed and second in manuscript.
The Spoil Bank Association was the limited company which acted on behalf of the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic, the group of Roman Catholic craftworkers centred on Gill and based on Ditchling Common in Sussex. Each of the present two items in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Both bifoliums on good deckled-edge paper, and both 3pp., folio, with the customary covering information on the reverse of the second leaf. Attractive typographic productions, printed in black and red on deckled-edge watermarked laid paper. Both with tax stamps and the Association's seal.
Gerald Bullett (1893-1958), writer and broadcaster; his wife Rosalind Bullett [ Edith Marion Rosalind Barker, née Gould ] (1887-1982) [ James Guthrie, The Pear Tree Press, Bognor Regis ]
'This is one of 75 copies of White Frost a copyright poem by Gerald Bullett printed by James Guthrie at The Pear Tree Press Flansham Bognor Regis December 1936'. [ The Old Farm, East Harting, Sussex. ]
On piece of laid paper folded twice to make a 19 x 14 cm. card. In good condition, with light signs of age. Tiny printer's device on back cover the only illustration. Front cover in black ink reads: 'Christmas Greetings from Rosalind & Gerald Bullett The Old Farm East Harting Sussex'. Colophon in brown ink on left-hand side of opening. Right-hand opening carries the sixteen-line poem, in four four-line stanzas, the first of which reads: 'I went to the window, where the morning was, | And saw innocence scattered on the grass.
Mary Hyde [ Viscountess Eccles (1912-2003), book collector and philanthropist ]; Brooke Crutchley, Printer to the University of Cambridge [ Colonel Ralph Isham; James Boswell; Samuel Johnson ]
Printed in Great Britain at the University Printing House, Cambridge (Brooke Crutchley, University Printer). 1972 [ inscription dated 1971 ].
19 + pp., 4to. Nicely-printed, and saddle-stitched and placed in grey paper wraps with tasteful white label on cover with title printed in red. Inscribed inside front cover 'For Desmond + Dorothy - | with love from | the Playwright | Christmas | 1971'. The playlet is an amusing representation of a single night at the 1946-1949 high point of excitement over the discovery of the Malahide Papers ('During three years the incidents described here were repeated several times a week.'), and features among others Isham himself, his cleaner 'Mrs.
Charles Nodier; Maurice Leloir; F. Noel; R. Vallery-Radot; Mabel Osgood Wright; Theodore Low De Vinne; The De Vinne Press, New York; J. O. Wright & Company
New York: J. O. Wright & Company, 1894. [ No. 122 of 150 copies printed on Japan paper by the De Vinne Press, New York. ]
79pp., 8vo. Tipped-in at front is an engraved plate of a bibliomaniac sitting reading in his crammed library, captioned 'MY DEN.' In good condition, lightly aged, in fake-vellum wraps, with medallion and title in gilt on lightly-worn cover. Inscribed by the book's printer Theodore De Vinne on front free endpaper: 'To David Douglas | With love of D V | Aet 1894'. No copy at the British Library, and none traced on COPAC.
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 ]
All on letterheads of the Fine Cotton Spinners' & Doublers' Association, Limited, St. James's Square, Manchester. Two from 1917 and eight from 1918.
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'.
Tancred Borenius [ Carl Tancred Borenius (1885-1948); Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, London ]
Copy 11 of 199. 'London: Secretly Imprynted for ye Authour by Eyre and Spottiswoode Limited, His Majesty's Printers, and to be had of no Booksellers MCMXXX [ 1930 ]'.
29pp., 16mo. Nicely printed with nine plates. In brown card wraps, with the following on the cover: 'Mediaeval Pilgrims' Badges | Privately printed opuscula issued to members of ye Sette of Odd Volumes | No. XC'. 'Imprimatur' preceding title, signed by 'Frederick Keal' and 'Tancred Borenius', states that this is copy 11 of 199. Good copy, in lightly-worn wraps. Uncommon.
J. Stelfox Gee [ James Stelfox Gee ], philatelist [ H. Verity & Sons Limited, 67 Mosley Street, Manchester ]
On letterhead of H. Verity & Sons Limited, 67 Mosley Street, Manchester. 19 May 1924.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. He is sending 'the two accounts or whatever you like to call them for the Manchester Mail Coach in 1805', but 'cannot make out exactly what they are beyond being a monthly return of the takings and division of profits of the running of the Machester to Derby Coach for August 1805'.
Charles Welsh [ The Sette of Odd Volumes, London bibliographical club ]
[ The Sette of Odd Volumes. ] Imprynted by Bror C. W. H. Wyman, Typographer to ye Sette, at hys Printing-hovse in Great Qveene Street, over against Lincoln's Inne Fields, within ye Parish of Saynt Giles in ye Fields. London, [ 1887 ].
47 +  + pp., 16mo. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in worn grey printed boards with wear to spine.On cover: 'Privated Printed Opuscula issued to the Members of the Sette of Odd Volumes. | No. XIII. | Coloured Books for Children.' No. 167 of a limited edition of 255 copies, signed by 'Charles Welsh', and with recipient's name erased. Hand-coloured frontispiece. Pp.27-47 carry 'A Catalogue of the Coloured Books for Children; Past and Present.' The last eleven pages contain a 'Bibliography of Odd Volumes' and 'List of Members'. Five copies on COPAC.
Thomas Wodehouse, Curate of the Savoy [ Women's Printing Society, Limited, 21B, Great College Street, Westminster; English socialism; radical Anglicanism ]
Second Edition. John Hodges, 13 Soho Square, London, W. 1884.
32pp., landscape 12mo (8.5 x 13.5 cm). Stitched in grey printed wraps. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with front wrap detached and lightly marked. Wodehouse is named as author on front cover, but not on title-page. Laid out in the form of a fourteen-page catechism of 28 points, followed by 'Notes and Illustrations from Various Writers'. Pertinent as ever, in its criticism of 'excessive inequality in the partition of wealth'. COPAC only lists three copies of the first edition of 1878. Of the eight copies of the second 1884 edition on COPAC, six are listed as being printed by 'F.
The Australian Wine Company, Limited, London; John Paterson, Chartered Accountant, Liquidator
John Paterson, Chartered Accountant, 35 Walbrook, London. [ Australian Wine Company, Limited, London ] Notice dated 20 February 1885; receipt dated five days later.
12mo bifolium, with the printed notice on the recto of the first leaf and Paterson's autograph receipt on the reverse of the first leaf. In good condition, lightly aged. The notice states that as liquidator Paterson has 'sold the Goodwill and Stock-in-trade to Mr. C. H. Aylwin' The notice is completed in manuscript, asking 'G. Johnston, Esqre.' to remit the ten shillings owing by him to the company. On the reverse Paterson acknowledges receipt 'from James Johnston, Banker, 61 Irish Sreet, Dumfries, Ten Shillings Stg.
[ Kenneth Macrae Moir; The Sette of Odd Volumes; the Fanfare Press, London ]
'This edition consists of 177 copies and is printed for private circulation only. This is No. '. Privately printed Opuscula issued to members of the Sette of Odd Volumes. XCIX. London: Made and printed at the Fanfare Press, 1939.
43pp., 16mo. Well printed, in grey printed wraps. In good condition, lightly-aged. Facing title-page is Moir's signature in presentation to Frederick Keel, with his numbering of the copy 12 of 177. Hand-coloured title-page and vignettes. Foreword by Moir dated November 1938. Doublepage plate between pp. 22 and 23: 'Bird's-Eye View of Sebastopol'. No copy at the British Library, and only three copies on COPAC.
H. M. Hyndman [ Henry Mayers Hyndman (1842-1921) [ The Twentieth Century Press, Limitted, London ]
London: Published by The Twentieth Century Press, Limited, 44, Gray's Inn Road, W.C.
16pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. Hyndman is described on the title-page as 'Author of "The Historical Basis of Socialism," "The Bankruptcy of India," "England for All," "Commercial Crises of the Nineteenth Century," "Booth's Book Refuted," &c.' Concludes: 'Thus the growing agitation for an Eight Hours Law may soon develop into a demand for the collective control of the whole industrial sysytem by the workers.' Scarce.
Will Day [ Wilfred Ernest Lytton Day ] (1873-1936), cinema historian, showman and dealer in film equipment [ Marcus Adams (1875-1959), royal photographer ]
On letterhead of Will Day, Ltd, Wireless Apparatus, 19 Lisle Street, Wardour Street, W.C., London. 22 May 1928.
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Ornate letterhead printed in red and black, with engraving of a rising sun ('The Mark of Excellence'). Addressed to 'Messrs. Marcus Adams Ltd. | Child Photographers, | 43, Dover Street, | W.1.' The letter begins: 'I have in hand the production of a film somewhat of a national character, including all the episodes in the reigns of our Royal Family, from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee onwards, and I thought it would be a very nice idea to finish the film with a short length of little Princess Elizabeth.
[ Pear Tree Press; Percy J. Smith, calligrapher; James Guthrie, artist, typographer, and printer ]
Pear Tree Press, Harting, Petersfield, Hampshire, Spring. MDCCCCV .
Not paginated, 12mo, covers buff, linen spine, leaves of main text opened, others unopened, covers sl. grubby, corners sl. bumped, contents good++ No. 44 of 200 Limited Edition. Text by Percy J. Smith, drawings by James Guthrie.
Cedric Chivers, editor [ The Scholastic Trading Co., Limited, Bristol and Cardiff ]
The Scholastic Trading Co., Limited, Bridge Street, Bristol, and St. John's Square, Cardiff. Between March 1896 and October 1897.
A short-lived periodical, of interest as a forerunner of the ISBN system: the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature states that it ran from September 1895 to August 1898, and gives Armistead Cay as joint-editor. The eight numbers are as follows: Vol. 1 No. 2 (March 1896); Vol. 1 No. 7 (August 1896); Vol. 1 No. 8 (September 1896); Vol. 1 No. 9 (October 1896); Vol. 1 No. 11 (December 1896); Vol.1 No. 12 (January 1897); Vol. 2 No. 4 (May 1897); Vol. 2 No. 9 (October 1897). The eight 8vo pamphlets are stapled into printed wraps, and are uniform in design.
Stanley Gibbons, Ltd., 391 Strand, London, WC. December 1907.
60pp., 12mo. Stitched pamphlet. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight staining to back cover. Illustrated catalogue, with titles including 'Fifty Years of Philately' , 'Postage and Telegraph Stamps of British India' and 'The Stamp King'. No copy of this edition found on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.
Great Wheal Busy Limited (Chacewater Mine), Gwennap, Cornwall; St Blazey Consols Engine; Penhalls, St Agnes; Trevaunance Coombe; Henderson & Son, Civil & Mining Engineers, Truro; W. Tregoning Hooper
Two items with stamp of Henderson & Son, Civil Engineers, Truro, Cornwall; one of them dated 31 March 1885. Another item from around 1910, and another from 1941.
All five items rolled up. ONE: Cloth-backed map. Title in large coloured fancy letters at head: 'PLAN OF TREVAUNANCE COOMBE'. Dimensions: 99 x 353 cm (3 1/4 feet x 11 1/2 feet). 'Scale | 4 FATHOMS TO 1 INCH'. Oval stamp of Henderson & Son, Civil Engineers, Truro, in bottom right-hand corner, with manuscript date 31 March 1885. Drawn in black ink, and coloured in blue, grey, brown and red. In fair condition, aged and worn. Striking and attractive, with neat lettering, fancy compass (with projected line marked 'MAGNETIC | 1881'), and ruled border with decorative corners.
The Liverpool Victoria Insurance Corporation, Limited, London [women's economic history in Britain]
The Liverpool Victoria Insurance Corporation, Limited. Head Office: 45-49 Holborn Viaduct, London, E.C. 'November 1st, 1910.'
20pp., 12mo. Stapled, in grey wraps, printed in purple and green. An interesting artifact indicative of women's growing economic power in Britain at the beginning of the nineteenth century. An elegant little production, including six full-page tables, 'Press Notices' (two pages, on inside covers) and a section of 'Other Features attaching to "The Business Woman's" Investment Policy', including 'Advances on House Property' and 'Temperance Section'. Scarce: no copies traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.
 + 8pp., 8vo., with an additional 6pp of illustrations. Aged and creased, with rusted staples. Typeset with something akin to an IBM golfball. Introductory note: 'This small collection of children's toys and games was formed in the early years of this century and had remained undisturbed in a packing case until purchased by us some months ago. Some of the toys show signs of use but in general the condition is very good. Adequate description is difficult and we have endeavoured to illustrate as many of the toys as possible.
[Western Electric Company Limited, Bush House, Aldwych, London; talking pictures; talkies; cinema; movies]
Western Electric Company Limited, Bush House, Aldwych, London, WC2. [1920s.]
Both the 9 x 15 cm envelope and its contents in good condition. Printed on the front of the envelope: 'With the compliments of | Western Electric Company Limited | BUSH HOUSE, | ALDWYCH, LONDON, W.C. 2 | NOTE: The enclosed strip of film shows quite plainly the sound record on the edge of the film, the lines varying in frequency and density according to the pitch and volume of the sound.' The envelope contains three frames of 8 mm 'SAFETY FILM', showing spectators at a football match.
W. S. Cowell Limited, Ipswich printers [Beatrice Warde; Ruari McLean; Francis Meynell; Sebastian Carter (Rampant Lions Press); Charles Batey; Brooke Crutchley; Hans Schmoller; Ralph Steadman]
W. S. Cowell Limited, 8 Butter Market, Ipswich, Suffolk, England; 23 Percy Street, London, W.1. Dating from between 7 June 1952 to 20 March 1991.
Founded in 1818, the Ipswich firm of W. S. Cowell Ltd ('The Press in the Butter Market') grew into one of the leading British printers, known for its high-quality catalogue work. The firm's papers are in the Suffolk Record Office at Ipswich, whose catalogue entry provides a good summary of its history.
Printed on one side of a 25 x 20 cm piece of pink paper. In very good condition, lightly aged. With 6.5 x 15 cm engraved illustration of the trolley, carrying a sign for the 'WIMBLEDON LOCAL BOARD', followed by: 'Fitted with wood naves, Drabble's patent arms and boxes, with brass oil caps, springs, and cross check spring, oak frame-work, and strong elm boards in bottom.' Beneath this the prices and dimensions, and capacity of five sizes of the trolley, with 'Extras, if required' below. The firm's address is at the foot, with the printers' slug centred beneath this outside the border.
Printed in black on a 25 x 20 cm piece of grey paper. In very good condition, lightly aged. Beneath the title is a 5 x 11 cm engraving of the cart, followed by a seven-line description, and the prices for five sizes of the cart, with the capacity of each in gallons. The firm's address is at the foot, with the slug centred below it outside the border. From the archive of Cheney & Sons, 'General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury'.