[ Hugh Cecil (1857-1944), 5th Earl of Lonsdale; Library of Lowther Castle, Penrith; Ham House Library, Surrey; William Tollemache (1859-1935), 9th Earl of Dysart; Sotheby's, London auctioneers ]
Sotheby & Co.,34 & 35 New Bond Street, London.
All four catalogues are 4to, and in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in their original uniform green printed wraps. The four have been bound together in lightly-worn sturdy green buckram, with the following in gilt on spine: 'Sale Catalogues 1937-38 | Lowther Castle Library with Psalter | Ham House Library'. All four are priced in light pencil. ONE: 'Catalogue of a Selected Portion of the Valuable Library at Lowther Castle, Penrith. Sold by Order of the Rt. Honourable Hugh Cecil Earl of Lonsdale K.G., G. C.V.O.
John Lingard (1771-1851), Roman Catholic priest and historian
Without place or date.
On both sides of a 9 x 11cm piece of paper, tipped in onto a strip of paper cut from an autograph album. In fair condition, on aged paper with closed tear along vertical fold unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Lingard's texts, extracted from a letter, reads: 'I had forgotten the engraving. The real publishers of the print from Lonsdale's painting were Zanetti and some one else at Manchester. I think the name was Zanetti, but I make so many mistakes about names that I may be wrong. But one of the partners was an Italian.
Lancelot Edward Lowther, 6th Earl of Lonsdale (1867-1953) [Lowther Castle Sale, 1947]
Fourth Series. 6 to 9 May 1947. Solicitors, Messrs Ellis & Ellis, Westminster. Joint Auctioneers: Maple & Co., Ltd, and Thomas Wyatt, F.V.A., London.
116pp., 4to. Lots 2401 to 4510. In brown printed wraps with design including small illustration of Lowther Castle laid down on front cover. Aged and worn in like wraps. Clearly made out by a substantial bookseller (perhaps Quaritch, since the name does not appear in references). Inside the rear cover the following in pencil: 'Hotel Expenses £18/12/0 | Tips Hotel £2/15/- | Total Spent at Sale £2677/-/-', last figure being an enormous sum for the time. On the front cover a note has been made of three cash sums totalling '582 [pounds]'.
Mary Anne [Fanny] Stirling [née Hehl] [Mrs Stirling] (1813-1895), English actress [Christopher Lonsdale, music publisher, Old Bond Street, London]
Docketed with date 31 May 1869.
2pp., 12mo. In envelope addressed by Stirling to 'C Lonsdale Esqre. | Bond Street'. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. 'Mrs. Stirling does not know how to thank Mr. Londsdale for his great kindness - not only now but always shewn to her by him. Mrs. Stirling remembers that she has the full store of the Midsummer Nights' [sic] Dream belonging to Mr. Lonsdale but she is warned by Mr. Lonsdale's Messenger that she must not now stop to thank Mr. Lonsdale fully, as she would wish.'
Mary Jane Lonsdale (nee Littledale), wife of Gwalter Borranskill Congreve Lonsdale (1807-1866), Attaché to the British Legation at Munich [Lola Montez; King Ludwig of Bavaria; Revolutions of 1848]
Mainly Munich, Bavaria; but with entries describing trips home to England. The first section with entries dating from 12 June 1847 to 22 July 1852. The second section with entries dating from 1 January 1862 to 29 December 1864.
A total of 36 pp in 8vo. First section (12 June 1847 to 22 July 1852): 16 pp, at around 30 lines per page. Second section (1 January 1862 to 29 December 1864): 20 pp, at around 40 lines per page. All text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper, with minor unobtrusive repair to last two leaves of first section. Both sections unbound, in separate sewn gatherings. The diary is unsigned, but the context establishes the author beyond doubt as Lonsdale's wife Mary Jane, daughter of Mary Littledale (1779-1855), widow of Anthony Littledale of Bolton Hall, Yorkshire.
Philip Henry Howard (1801-1883), M.P. for Carlisle [William Blamire (1790-1862) of Thackwood Nook, Whig M.P. for Cumberland; Blamire Memorial; Cleveland; Devonshire; Feversham; Lonsdale; Spencer]
All six items dating from 1862.
An interesting collection, with some revealing comments within the correspondence. All six items are laid down on a folio leaf of pink paper removed from an autograph album. All clear and complete, in good condition on aged paper, with the Feversham letter somewhat grubby. The handbill (12mo, 1 p), on behalf of the Committee for the Blamire Memorial, and in the names of Henry Londsdale and Henry Dobinson, is headed 'BLAMIRE MEMORIAL', and dated 'Carlisle, Oct. 7th, 1862.' It reports the resolutions of a meeting held on 4 October 1862.
Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey, William Frederick Witherington, John Jackson, James Lonsdale, Thomas Christopher Hofland, Robert Balmanno
Without place or date (but before 1831).
Four noted British artists of the earlier part of the nineteenth-century: Witherington (1785-1865), Jackson (1778-1831), Lonsdale (1777-1839), and Hofland (1777-1843), together with the sculptor Chantrey (1781-1841), and the art critic and connoisseur Balmanno (1780-1861), who left England for America in the early 1830s. Paper dimensions roughly three inches by four. Creased, and on paper discoloured with age, with show-through from remains of seal under Chantrey's signature. Reads 'J Chantrey | W. F. Witherington | John Jackson | James Lonsdale. | T. C. Hofland | Robert Balmanno'.