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[Moral Education League of London (John Stuart Mackenzie, President).] Seventeen pieces of ephemera relating to the MEL, including pamphlets, leaflets, subscription forms, circular letters. With three related documents.

Author: 
Moral Education League of London, founded 1897 [John Stuart Mackenzie (1860-1935), Scottish philosopher; Alexander Farquharson (1864-1951); W. R. Macpherson]
Publication details: 
The Moral Education League, 6, York Buildings, Adelphi, London, W.C. Circa 1914.
£450.00

An interesting archive of material relating to a movement whose influence extended beyond the British Empire. In 1906 the MEL had induced the Board of Education to make provision for moral instruction in the education code for England and Wales, and two years later the first in a series of International Moral Education Congresses was held at the University of London, with Michael Sadler in the chair (the sixth and last would take place in Krakow, Poland, in 1934). The twenty items present here are in good condition, lightly aged and worn.

[John Lindley, eminent botanist.] Autograph Letter in the third person, informing 'Major Abby' that the birds he 'enquires for' are not present in the Garden of the Horticultural Society.

Author: 
John Lindley (1799-1865), eminent botanist, Assistant Secretary of the Horticultural Society of London, Professor of Botany at University College, London
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Horticultural Society of London, 21 Regent Street. 17 April 1841.
£120.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with a two fold lines. Ornamented engraved letterhead. Reads: 'Dr Lindley presents his Compts to Major Abby & begs to inform him that there are no such birds as he enquires for in the Garden of the Horticultural Society, nor has there ever been. There is only a couple of gulls & a duck, which were presented by the Zoological Society'.

[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).

[Luigi Agnesi [Louis Ferdinand Leopold Agniez], Belgian operatic bass-baritone.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Agnesi'), in French, regarding charitable work, and declaring, 'Les malheureux sont mes Amis'.

Author: 
Luigi Agnesi [Louis Ferdinand Leopold Agniez] (1833-1875), Belgian operatic bass-baritone, conductor and composer who performed in London at the Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Publication details: 
London. September 1874.
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, folded twice. An elegantly-expressed sentiment: 'Mademoiselle, | Les malheureux sont mes Amis, et l'oeuvre à la quelle vous vous interressez à [sic] toutes mes sympathies; malheureusement je suis si peu de choses que je ne puis vous témoigner que mon bon vouloir a l'oeuvre à la quelle vous vous interressez [sic]si vivement.'

[Karl Johan Andersson [Charles John Andersson], Swedish explorer in Africa.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chs. J. Andersson'), in English, suggesting that his London publisher 'Mr. Blackett' advertise that the Swedish king has given him a medal.

Author: 
Karl Johan Andersson [Charles John Andersson] (1827-1867), Swedish explorer in Africa, hunter, ornithologist, travel writer [Henry Blackett (1825-1871), London publisher (Hurst & Blackett)]
Publication details: 
14 Cecil Street, Strand [London]. 26 June 1856.
£450.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with fold lines. Annotated up one margin: 'Writer of Travels &c'. Andersson writes: 'Dear Mr. Blackett, - | I enclose a literal translation of a paragraph extracted from one of the best Swedish newspapers, by which you will see that the King has honoured me with a medal. If you think that this paragraph may be of any use to you when advertising the 2d. Edition of “Lake Ngami”, it is quite at your service. Of course you may put it any [sic] language you may think proper. | Yours faithfully | Chs. J. Andersson.' Apparently a scarce autograph.

[Sarah Macready, actress and theatre manager, wife of William Macready and stepmother of William Charles Macready.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sarah M'Cready', asking to be sent a playscript for performance at a benefit at the Theatre Royal, Bristol.

Author: 
Sarah Macready or M'Cready [née Kathleen Desmond] (c.1789-1853), actress and theatre manager, wife of William Macready or M'cready (1755-1829), and stepmother of William Charles Macready (1793-1873)
Publication details: 
Bristol, 22 April 1831.
£90.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn, in worn windowpane mount removed from album, with several folds. The recipient is not named. Begins: 'Sir/ | I received yours of the 19th and should have answered it by return but I having also written on that day was the answer to it – I now ask can you send it down by the Mail either on the Saturday or Sunday the 23 or 24 if not all the play the 2 first Acts. I wish to have the parts written out quick as possible or I shall not be able to get it played on the Monday the 2nd of May'.

[A nineteen-thirties 'action song' about the British police.] Sheet music (Curwen Edition 1329): 'Our Model Policemen | Humorous Character Sketch for Boys | Words and Music by J. Frise'.

Author: 
J. Frise [Jesse Frise]; J. Curwen & Sons, London publisher
Publication details: 
Curwen Edition 1320. London: J. Curwen and Sons Ltd., 24 Berners Street, W.1. [1930]
£120.00

7 + [1]pp, 4to. On two loose bifoliums. In fair condition, worn and aged. Stamped twice on cover: 'CORRECTION COPY' with date 1 July 1938, and second date, 29 November 1946. On the cover is an attractive stylized children's illustration, Curwen press style, hand-coloured in blue and orange, depicting three policemen walking in a line, truncheon aloft, before a row of houses and a church. The second page is blank; the third carries 'Hints for Performance', including 'Directions for Marching'. The musical score (for voice and piano) and words cover the four pages 4-7.

[Catherine Frances Macready, actress and wife of William Charles Macready, to homeopathist Dr F. F. H. Quin.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C F Macready') inviting Quin to dinner, with signed postscript requesting 'Powders' for her 'Nose & Legs'.

Author: 
Catherine Frances Macready [née Atkins] (1823-1852), actress, first wife of the actor-manager William Charles Macready (1793-1873) [Dr. Frederick Foster Hervey Quin (1799-1878), homeopathic doctor]
Publication details: 
'5 Clarence Terrace [London] | Wedy. Morg.' [No date, on paper with watermarked year 1837.]
£250.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium, with the letter on the recto of the first leaf, and a long postscript on the recto of the second. In good condition, lightly aged, folded twice. A friend of Charles Dickens and his circle, and physician to Queen Victoria's uncle Prince Leopold, Quin founded the London Homeopathic Hospital in 1849. The letter invites Quin to 'dine with us on Tuesday the 23rd. Inst at a quarter before seven o' clock'. The pith is in the two postscripts: 'P.S.

[Catherine Frances Macready, actress and wife of William Charles Macready.] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr. Kenneth', telling him to direct letters to her husband to the Theatre Royal, Birmingham.

Author: 
Catherine Frances Macready [née Atkins] (1823-1852), actress, first wife of the actor-manager William Charles Macready (1793-1873)
Publication details: 
'Pinner Wood. | Saturday 17th. Octr.' [no year, but 1820s]
£45.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount adhering to one edge, folded several times. 'Mrs. Macready' in a contemporary hand at the head of the page. Written in a neat hand the letter reads: 'Mrs. Macready presents her compliments to Mr. Kenneth, - any Letters directed to Mr. Macready Theatre Royal Birmingham will find Mr. Macready until Saturday Morng. 24th Inst.'

[Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, murderer, artist, essayist and dandy.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. G Wainewright') to the wife of 'Mr. P.' [probably Ann Procter, wife of poet Bryan Waller Procter], in florid style, calling himself a 'verbal pauper'.

Author: 
Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1847), murderer, artist, art critic and aesthete [Bryan Waller Procter ('Barry Cornwall'), poet, and his wife, nee Anne Skepper]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. Paper watermarked 1824, and written [probably at Turnham Green] about the same time.
£1,250.00

Only a handful of letters (or less) by the artist, aesthete and murderer Thomas Griffiths Wainewright survive (None yet traced!). He holds the dubious distinction of being the first English murderer to employ strychnine; with his wife's help he first murdered her half-sister and then his uncle. Artist, essayist, connoisseur and dandy, friend of Charles Lamb and patron of William Blake, Wainewright is a fascinating and elusive figure who inspired Oscar Wilde, whose study of Wainewright, the essay 'Pen, Pencil and Poison', first appeared in 1889, cribbed from the introduction to W.

[Robert Henry, Scottish historian and divine.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Henry'), requesting the opinion of his London bookseller Thomas Cadell, regarding his 'History of Great Britain', and complaining of Cadell's neglect.

Author: 
Robert Henry (1718-1790), Scottish historian and divine, Moderator of the Church of Scotland and co-founder of the Royal Society of Edinburgh [Thomas Cadell (1742-1802), London bookseller]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 13 February 1786.
£180.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. T. Cadell', and endorsed by Cadell on same page: 'Jany 12.1786 | Dr Henry | wrote Febry 18.' In good condition, on lightly-aged paper with fold lines and slight damage to second leaf through breaking of wafer. The subject of the letter is Henry's highly-successful 'History of Great Britain […] Written on a New Plan', five volumes of the first edition of which were published by Cadell in 1771, a sixth volume appearing posthumously in 1793.

[ 'A New Work on Evolution.' ] Prospectus for the second edition of 'Fallen Angels, A Disquisition upon Human Existence - An Attempt to Elucidate some of its Mysteries, especially those of Evil and Suffering.' With printed publicity card.

Author: 
'One of Them' [ i.e. Frederick Braby ] [ Gay and Bird, London publishers ]
Publication details: 
London: Gay and Bird, 5 Chandos Street, Strand. [ 1894. ]
£35.00

Four pages, 4to, bifolium, some foxing but mainly good condition.The work was hugely popular, going through numerous editions between 1894 and 1907. The title is (deliberately) misleading. The work is an exploration of theological rather than biological questions, with the author stating that 'The How, Why, and Wherefore have not received the full amount of profound and reverent study that the ineffably intrinsic importance of the subject to ourselves warrants.' Lewis Carroll had a copy in his library.

[Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis.] Proof Copy: 'Arthurian Torso Containing the Posthumous Fragment of The Figure of Arthur by Charles William and a Commentary on the Arthurian Poems of Charles Williams by C. S. Lewis Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford'

Author: 
Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis [The Inklings, Oxford University; J. R. R. Tolkien]
Publication details: 
London: Geoffrey Cumberlege, Oxford University Press. 1948.
£1,500.00

[8] + 200pp, 8vo. In light-brown wraps with title repeated on front cover. Worn, on aged paper, with the upper back few leaves dogeared, and spotting at foot of first few leaves. The present proof must in some regard differ from the published version, whose various listings on COPAC give it 200pp, rather than the 199pp here. Lewis's two-page 'Introductory' concludes with a vivid picture of the Inklings: 'The first two chapters had been read aloud by the author to Professor Tolkien and myself.

[William Moy Thomas, theatre critic, and associate of Charles Dickens.] Autograph Draft, signed with initials ('W M T'), of long 'Letter to Hare [i.e. actor-manager John Hare] about Grundy's Comedy An Old Jew produced at the Garrick Janry 6 1894'.

Author: 
William Moy Thomas (1828–1910), journalist, theatre critic, novelist and associate of Charles Dickens [Sir John Hare (1844-1921), actor-manager; Sydney Grundy (1848-1914)]
Publication details: 
At head of first page: 'Copy | January 16, 1894'.
£320.00

A highly interesting letter from a leading Victorian dramatic critic (Thomas describes himself in the letter as 'For five & twenty years [...] theatrical critic of the Daily news & the Graphic', who has 'served under at least thirteen editors') to a leading actor-manager (Hare was knighted in 1907), on the subject of alleged editorial pressure on Fleet Street's theatre critics. 4pp, 8vo. On four leaves. Aged and worn, but with text complete and clear.

[Ancient Egypt; Leslie H. Fox (as 'Leon Rea' and 'Alan Quatermain').] Typescript, with autograph emendations, of 'The Forgotten Incarnation. A Novel of Romance', an unpublished work on the theme of reincarnation, set in Ancient Egypt and London.

Author: 
Leslie H. Fox ('Leon Rea', 'Alan Quatermain'), English author [The Alliance Press, London; Ancient Egypt; reincarnation]
Publication details: 
Apex Literary Agency, 293 Grays Inn Road, W.C.1. [London]. Fox's addresses: 30 Cedar Road, Cricklewood; 8 Avenue Mansions, Finchley Road. No date [circa 1943 or 1944].
£250.00

[3] + 222pp. With additional page carrying two figures to be inserted in the text (the first a 'Bezel', the second two cartouches). Each page on the recto of a separate leaf. Autograph emendations throughout, including additional text on reverse of one leaf. Housed in grey-card punch-hold binder. The typescript and leaf of illustrations are in good condition, on lightly aged thick paper, the three pages of prelims are on creased and worn thin paper; the binding is heavily worn. Typed label on cover (pasted over other labels) from 'Apex Literary Agency, 293 Grays Inn Road, W.C.1.

[Pembroke College Mission (now Pembroke House), Walworth, South London.] Eleven printed volumes of annual reports: 'Pembroke College (Cambridge) Mission. Fifth [to Fifteenth] Annual Report.'

Author: 
Pembroke College Mission (now Pembroke House), Walworth, South London [Elephant and Castle; Borough; Cambridge University missions and settlements; Rev. R. J. Milward; Rev. W. A. Hunter]
Publication details: 
[Pembroke College, Cambridge.] Eleven numbers: Fifth (November 1890) to Fifteenth (December 1900). [All printed by J. Hall & Son, Printers, Cambridge.]
£400.00

Eleven volumes, 1890-1900, each of around 50pp, 16mo. Uniform (but for a few decorative features) in grey printed wraps. The sixth annual report (November 1891) has an attractive frontispiece illustration of 'Proposed New Buildings, when completed'; the seventh (December 1892) has two plates showing the interior of the mission building 'when used as church' and 'when used as hall'. The other volumes each have frontispiece maps of the environs of the 'Mission Hall' and 'Missioners' House'.

[Arthur Cowper Ranyard, astrophysicist and mathematician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Cowper Ranyard') to 'Mr. Herbert', regarding 'the card with Shelley's philosophic verse', 'the loss of friends', and 'pleasure in useful work'.

Author: 
A. Cowper Ranyard [Arthur Cowper Ranyard] (1845-1894), astrophysicist and mathematician
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 25 Old Square, Lincoln's Inn, W.C. [London] 22 December 1883.
£56.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Folded twice. After thanking him for sending 'the card with Shelley's philosophic verse', he continues: 'I am sorry that you have so sad a memory connected with 1883 - the year gets with me sadder for the loss of friends and with hopes dashed too'. Nevertheless he looks forward, and hopes 'for pleasure in useful work for both of us'.

[Agnes Zimmermann, German concert pianist and reputed lover of Lady Louisa Goldsmid.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Agnes Zimmermann') to 'Miss Glover', asking to reschedule a lesson due to 'a Rehearsal at the Albert Hall'.

Author: 
Agnes Zimmermann (1847-1925), German concert pianist and composer who lived in England with her reputed lover Lady Louisa Goldsmid (1819-1908), pioneer of women's education
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 13 Dorchester Place, Blandford Square, N.W. [London] 10 November 1894.
£56.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Begins:'I am very sorry to be obliged to ask you not to come to me on Monday, as I have just heard that a Rehearsal at the Albert Hall (wh. I must attend) takes place that day at 12 -'. She gives two alternative times. Zimmermann's relationship with Goldsmid was rumoured to be a lesbian one.

['Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer), comedian and actor.] Autograph Signature: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'.

Author: 
'Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer (1908-1990)], comedian and actor in music hall, theatre, film and television
Publication details: 
No place. 1951.
£28.00

On one side of 8 x 13.5 cm leaf of cream paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight creasing to one corner. A good, firm underlined signature. Reads: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'. On the reverse is the autograph of an unknown signatory: 'To Enid | [Sister? Lister?] [J?] Ferguson'.

[Joseph Fesch, Prince of France, French cardinal, diplomat, art collector, and uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte.] Autograph Letter in the third person, welcoming 'Monsieur Payne', i.e. bookseller John Payne of Payne and Foss, and his wife, back to Rome.

Author: 
Joseph Fesch, Prince of France (1763-1839), French cardinal, diplomat and art collector, uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte [John Payne, bookseller of London firm Payne and Foss; his wife, born Sarah Burney]
Publication details: 
[Rome.] 7 August 1833.
£280.00

1p, 12mo. On bifolium, addressed on the reverse of the second leaf, with the cardinal's seal in red wax to one corner, 'A Monsieur Payne'. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering to inner edge. Folded twice. In a close, neat hand, the letter reads: 'Le Cardinal Fesch fait ces compliments à Monsieur et à Madame Payne et les Félicites de leurs heureux Retour a Rome. | Le Cardinal est tourjours visible vers midi mais il tachera de visiter les aimables voyageurs, à leurs auberge avant leur depart.

[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author.] Four Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mrs Cunliffe' [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley, daughter of Lord Crewe], good natured and vivacious.

Author: 
Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley (1780-1850), daughter of Lord Crewe and wife of MP Foster Cunliffe Offley]
Publication details: 
Three letters from London addresses: 3 Weymouth Street [Portland Place], no date [c. 1835]; 33 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, 31 April 1839; 56 Green Street, Grosvenor Square, 18 February 1842. Last letter with no place or date [London, c. 1824].
£450.00

The four items in good condition, lightly aged, with stubs from mounts still adhering. The first three are bifoliums, carrying seals in red wax (that to the third letter broken). The second letter is addressed to her at Grosvenor Square; the third and fourth to her at Upper Brook Street. ONE: No place or date. [London, on paper with watermark of 'J GREEN & SON | 1824'.] 1p, 12mo.

[Edwin Montagu, Secretary of State for India, to Sir Arthur Cope.] Typed Letter Signed ('Ed Montagu'), explaining what is required should Cope illustrate 'His Majesty's head' on the 'new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India'.

Author: 
Edwin Samuel Montagu (1879-1924), Liberal politician, Secretary of State for India, 1917-1922 [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Bank of England; Royal Academy, London]
Publication details: 
On India Office Letterhead, London S.W.1., 26 October 1920.
£280.00

2pp, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. Thirty-six lines of text. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir Arthur Cope, | The Bank of England are preparing new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India, and we have asked them to arrange if possible that the representation of His Majesty's head which is to appear on these notes should be designed by an artist of the highest eminence.

[Sir John Lavery, Irish artist, to Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, portraitist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Lavery'), regarding the Artists' General Benevolent Institution and a man who has 'pestered' him 'by his visits and letters'.

Author: 
Sir John Lavery (1856-1941), RA, Irish painter [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Artists' General Benevolent Institution, London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 5 Cromwell Place, S.W.7 [London]. 30 January 1918.
£300.00

2pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to 'My dear Cope'. After thanking him for his letter Lavery writes: 'Our “friend” [Braynard?] when he called to ask for my signature told me many things, amongst others that the A. G. B. I. had already given him a grant some time back and that [Charleton?], Brangwyn and I were his sponsors | I had a hazy recollection of him and made up my mind that I would sign his paper and let the Secretary of the A. G. B. I. know the circumstance, which I did do that same day.

[Chang Yin Hoon, Chinese Special Ambassador to the United Kingdom for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.] Manuscript Letter in English [in the hand of Chang Yin Hoon himself?] to Sir William Colville, regarding presents for Colville and his family.

Author: 
Chang Yin Hoon, Special Ambassador of the Chinese Emperor on the occasion of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee [Sir William James Colville (1827-1903), Master of Ceremonies to Queen Victoria]
Publication details: 
Hotel Cecil [London]. 11 June 1897.
£200.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded once. Embossed circular oriental design as letterhead.

[Sir William Orpen, Irish artist.] Autograph Signature ('William Orpen') to circular, in facsimile of his autograph, 'begging' for money, as steward of the Arts Club, with printed humorous self-portrait of Orpen sitting on the pavement begging.

Author: 
Sir William Orpen [Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen] (1878-1931), RA, Irish artist based in London [The Arts Club; The Artists' General Benevolent Institution]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 8 South Bolton Gardens, S.W. [London] Undated [circa 1928].
£300.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, folded twice. A printed facsimile letter by Orpen, including a reproduction of a humorous self-portrait, depicting him sitting on the pavement, with legs splayed and hat in right hand, begging in front of a floral portrait leaning on the wall behind him. Orpen's actual signature is appended, and he words 'Dear Sir' are also in his hand. The text of the circular reads: 'Please forgive me, I am writing for money. I am begging! I know it, and I don't like it!

[John Singer Sargent, American artist.] Autograph Note Signed ('John S. Sargent') to 'Cope', presumably Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, who is the recipient of other letters in the source collection, accepting his 'last invitation'.

Author: 
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), American artist who settled in Britain, the leading portraitist of the Edwardian period
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 31 Tite Street, Chelsea, S.W. [London] 'Friday' [no date].
£120.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with one fold. Written in a hurried painterly hand. Reads 'My dear Cope | Many thanks for your last invitation which I accept with pleasure – for Jan 21st at 8.15 | With best regards | Yours sincerely | John S. Sargent'.

[Joseph Jekyll, lawyer, politician and wit.] Autograph jeu d'esprit, signed 'J Jekyll.', addressed to 'Mr Erskine' [i.e. Thomas Erskine, future Lord Chancellor], short poem regarding 'Mrs. Crewe' and Jekyll sitting 'on Lunacy'.

Author: 
Joseph Jekyll (1754-1837), Scottish lawyer, politician and wit [Lord Erskine [Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine] (1750-1823), Lord Chancellor]
Publication details: 
No place. Dated 30 June 1800.
£220.00

1p, 8vo. On bifolium addressed on verso of second leaf to 'Mr. Erskine'. In good condition, lightly aged. Autograph jeu d'esprit, signed at foot 'J. Jekyll. | June 30th. 1800'. A short poem reading: 'Tell Mrs. Crewe | I envy You. | But sit on Lu- | nacy. || Yet Mrs. Crewe | will think I'm stu | pid in my lu | -cid Intervals.' Jekyll's entry in the Oxford DNB concludes, perhaps unkindly: 'If he is remembered by later generations, it is chiefly as a wit. It has to be said, however, that his wit, which consisted in large measure of excruciating puns, has not lasted well.'

[Coventry Patmore, poet.] Autograph Signature ('Coventry Patmore') beneath Autograph quotation of four lines from his own poem, 'The Angel in the House'.

Author: 
Coventry Patmore [Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore] (1823-1896), poet
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£250.00

1p, 12mo. Folded twice. In good condition. Presumably in response to a request for an autograph, the central third of the page carries Patmore's signature ('Coventry Patmore.') beneath a four-line quotation from Patmore's best-remembered poem, 'The Angel in the House': 'Spirit of Knowledge, grant me this: | A simple heart and subtle wit | To praise the thing whose praise it is | That all which can be praised is it!'

['The notorious Lady Craven', i.e. Lady Elizabeth Craven, Margravine of Anspach.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Elizabeth'), explaining (to her publisher Henry Colburn?) a passage from her 'Memoirs' regarding the 'Pye […] Calld Paté de Peregeux'.

Author: 
Elizabeth Craven, Lady Craven, Margravine of Anspach [Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth; born Lady Elizabeth Berkeley] (1750-1828), courtesan [Henry Colburn, London publisher]
Publication details: 
No place. 'Saturday | 5 Mar 14 [i.e. 1814]
£280.00

1p, 8vo. On laid paper with watermarked date 1811. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. In a contemporary hand at head: '0 15', and at foot '5 Mar 14' and 'Margravin Anspach'.

[Rustem Pasha [born Chimelli de Marini], Ottoman Ambassador to the Court of St. James.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rustem') to 'Colonel Colville', regarding his absence from the 'Court Ball'.

Author: 
Rustem Pasha [born Chimelli de Marini] (1810-1895), for ten years Ottoman Ambassador to the Court of St. James [Turkish ambassador to Great Britain]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 1 Bryanston Square, W. [London] 'Thursday evening' [no date].
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with one fold. The letter reads: 'Just as I was going to get ready to go to the Court Ball this evening I felt suddenly so unwell and so weak that I am, to my great regret, obliged to abstain. | Will you kindly inform their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princesse [sic] of Wales, of the motif of my absence, present them my humble excuses'. Elegant signature. Rustem Pasha is buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery, Kensal Rise, London. He has an obituary in the Annual Register.

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