MAJESTY'S

[ Henry Ferne, Receiver General; Secret Service ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Ferne') on manuscript receipt of payment from fund 'for Secrett Service'.

Author: 
Henry Ferne, Receiver General, and Cashier of His Majesty's Customs [ Richard Porter; English secret service; Stuart spying; espionage ]
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Customs, London. ] 24 December 1701.
£220.00

1p., on 24 x 16cm. piece of paper. The first part of the document reads: 'Recorded 24 Decembr 1701 | Received of the Lord ffitcharding three hundred pounds part of an Order of ten thousand two hundred pounds out of the 4½ P Cents for Secrett Service'. Below this, in the right-hand margin, Ferne has written: 'Three Hundred Pounds | Hen: Ferne | ple of 10200 | Pr Secret Service | 22 Decr. 1701'. At the foot of the page, in another hand: 'Witness. | Rd: Porter'.

[ John Poulett, 2nd Earl Poulett. ] Autograph Signature ('Poulett') on reverse of an Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
John, Earl Poulett [ John Poulett, 2nd Earl Poulett ] (1708-1764)
Publication details: 
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 9 May 1761.
£50.00

On 23.5 x 12cm. piece of paper. On aged and worn paper, with loss in from one edge towards head, but with good bold signature and surrounding writing unaffected. On the reverse of the document Poulett has written: '9. May 1761 | Recvd | Poulett'. Beside this is part of the signature of the witness, 'ary Creed'. On the front of the document is the usual printed text, completed in manuscript, directing the repayment of a loan of £1000, with interest at 4%.

[ George, Lord Carpenter. ] Autograph Signature ('Carpenter.') to an Exchequer receipt, witnessed by 'J Boucher'.

Author: 
George, Lord Carpenter [ Lieutenant-General George Carpenter, 1st Baron Carpenter ] (1657-1731), Governor of Minorca and Commander-in-chief of Army in Scotland who took surrender of 1715 Jacobites
Publication details: 
Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. 11 April 1752.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. On brittle, aged paper, with chipping to edges and loss to one corner and closed tear (not affecting signature. The usual printed text, with manuscript additions. Begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): '[11th] Day of [Aprill] 175[2] | Received by me [George Lord Carpenter] | Of the Honourable Thomas Townshend, Esq; One of the Four Tellers of His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, the Sum of [Seven Pounds] | in full of all former Directions and for [6 -] Months Annuity, due at [lady day] last past, of [14] Pounds per Annum'.

[ George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, Admiral of the Fleet. ] Autograph Signature ('Torrington.') on Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
George, Viscount Torrington [ George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington ] (1663-1733), Admiral of the Fleet [ Royal Navy ]
Publication details: 
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 3 March 1724.
£150.00

On 15 x 17 cm. piece of paper. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. On the otherwise-blank reverse is the following in manuscript, with Torrington's signature: '3d March 1724 | Recd. ye full Consols | Torrington.' The other side of the paper carries the usual printed text, regarding a payment to 'Rt. Honourable George Viscount Torrington, in Repayment of Loan on the Eighth 2s. Aid, Anno 1724.'

[ Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, actor-manager. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Herbt. Beerbohm Tree'), thanking 'Mr. Fredericks' for his 'kind remembrance' on a first night.

Author: 
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1852-1917), English actor and theatre manager (the Haymarket and Her Majesty's, both in London)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Her Majesty's Theatre [ London ]. 1 May [ no year ].
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He thanks him for his 'kind remembrance of me on the first night', adding 'All went brilliantly on that occasion.' He concludes: 'When will you come & see the Theatre?'

[ George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, Admiral of the Fleet. ] Autograph Signature ('Torrington.') on Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
George, Viscount Torrington [ George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington ] (1663-1733), Admiral of the Fleet [ Royal Navy ]
Publication details: 
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 3 March 1724.
£50.00

On 15 x 17 cm. piece of paper, cut from an Exchequer ledger. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. On the otherwise-blank reverse is the following in manuscript, with Torrington's signature: '3d March 1724 | Recd. ye full Consols | Torrington.' The other side of the paper carries the usual printed text, regarding a payment to 'Rt. Honourable George Viscount Torrington, in Repayment of Loan on the Eighth 2s. Aid, Anno 1724.'

[ Henry Ferne, Receiver General; Secret Service ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Ferne') on manuscript receipt of payment from fund 'for Secrett Service'.

Author: 
Henry Ferne, Receiver General, and Cashier of His Majesty's Customs [ Richard Porter; English secret service; Stuart spying; espionage ]
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Customs, London. ] 24 December 1701.
£80.00

1p., on 24 x 16cm. piece of paper cut from Customs' ledger. The first part of the document reads: 'Recorded 24 Decembr 1701 | Received of the Lord ffitcharding three hundred pounds part of an Order of ten thousand two hundred pounds out of the 4½ P Cents for Secrett Service'. Below this, in the right-hand margin, Ferne has written: 'Three Hundred Pounds | Hen: Ferne | ple of 10200 | Pr Secret Service | 22 Decr. 1701'. At the foot of the page, in another hand: 'Witness. | Rd: Porter'.

[ Sir John Werden, 2nd Baronet. ] Printed Exchequer receipt, completed in manuscript, signed by 'John Werden.' and witnessed by 'R: Thornycroft'.

Author: 
Sir John Werden (1683-1758), 2nd Baronet, son of Sir John Werden [ Worden ] (1640-1715), judge, politician and diplomat [ R. Thornycroft;
Publication details: 
[ The Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 5 September 1739.
£150.00

Customary printed Exchequer receipt, completed in manuscript, headed (manuscript text in square brackets): Record' [the 20th August 1739] | The [th5] Day of [Septr] 173[9] | Received by me Sr John Werden Assignee of Sir. John Werden]'. Calculations in right-hand margin and clerical sign and docketing on reverse. Recording the receipt of £9 13s 4d, from Thomas Townshend. The printed text states that the money was raised 'upon an Act of Parliament, (Entituled, An Act for granting to Their Majestes certain Rates and Duties of Excise upon Beer, Ale, &c.

[Printed parliamentary reports of the 'Gold and Silver Commission'.] The three reports (First, Second, Final) of 'The Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the recent Changes in the relative Values of the Precious Metals'.

Author: 
[United Kingdom Parliament: Gold and Silver Commission, 1887 and 1888; Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the Recent Changes in the relative Values of the Precious Metals]
Publication details: 
First Report, 1887; Second Report, 1888; Final Report, 1888. All three volumes by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London.
£450.00

The three volumes in folio, in their original printed blue wraps. First Report: viii + 364pp. With fold-out table. Second Report: viii + 276pp. Final Report: x + 157pp. All three aged and worn, with the final signature and back cover of the First Report detached, and the Final Report lacking its back cover, and with front cover detached and damage to last few leaves. Second Report with withdrawn label of Owen College, Manchester. The three volumes all 'With Minutes of Evidence and Appendices'. Containing an enormous quantity of information within the minutes and supporting material.

[Herbert Beerbohm Tree, actor-manager.] Contract for His Majesty's Theatre, London, signed on his behalf by Henry Dana, engaging 'Miss Sylvia Dryhurst' [ the Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd ] to act in a production of 'The Merchant of Venice'.

Author: 
Henry Dana (1855-1921), general manager of Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1852-1917), actor-manager [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Theatre [Haymarket, London]. 14 March 1908.
£150.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Contract, signed on Tree's behalf by Henry Dana. A printed form, completed in a second hand, headed 'HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE', and dated 14 March 1908. Signed by Dana: 'pp H Beerbohm Tree | Henry Dana'. Engaging 'Miss Sylvia Dryhurst' for 'The run of "The Merchant of Venice", at the salary of one guinea per week of six performances. 'This engagement is terminable by two weeks' notice on either side'. Not signed by SL. The second page carries the fifteen 'Rules and Regulations' of 'His Majesty's Theatre. | Proprietor and Manager - Mr. TREE.'

['Official Copy' of British Army publication.] Regulations for the Medical Services of the Army. 1938.

Author: 
[British Army regulations for the Medical Services]
Publication details: 
London: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1943. ['Notified in Army Orders for July, 1938'.] 'Printed [...] by William Clowes & Sons, Ltd., London and Beccles.'
£180.00

xiii + 457pp., 12mo. In green printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Divided into 14 sections (from 'Composition and General Organization of the Medical Services of the Army' to 'Regulations affecting the Royal Air Force'), with 56 appendices ('Sanitary Reports' to 'Contents of Case of Tracheotomy Instruments'). Scarce: no copy of this 1943 issue traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat (and only four of the 1938 version). From a small archive of material belonging to Daphne Kayton of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

A List of the Flag-Officers of His Majesty's Fleet.

Author: 
[Royal Navy List, 1779; naval and maritime]
Publication details: 
January 1, 1779.
£300.00

12mo (dimensions of leaf 18 x 8 cm): [iii] + 16 + 34 pp. No title leaf and publisher not stated. Printed on the versos only of 53 leaves. Unbound. In contemporary marbled-paper and cloth-spine wraps. Text clear and entire, on aged and lightly stained paper. Loss and staining to rear wrap. A few annotations in pen and pencil in contemporary hands (for example 'Horatio Nelson' is marked out as 'Lord Nelson'). Ownership inscription of Jane Hume. From the papers of her relative, Charles William Paterson, Admiral of the White.

[Printed HMSO pamphlet.] Barometer Card and Storm-Warning Signals.

Author: 
Her Majesty's Stationery Office [HMSO; Victorian meteorology]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. For Her Majesty's Stationery Office. And sold by J. D. Potter, 31, Poultry, and 11, King Street, Tower Hill. 1861.
£135.00

5pp., 8vo. On two bifoliums, with four of the eight sides blank, with the reason for the arrangement stated at the head of the title: 'N.B. - The four pages following this Title may be separated, and pasted on a board.' In fair condition, on aged paper, with remains of the paper on which the two bifoliums were mounted on the blank reverses of the second leaves of both. Contemporary ownership inscription at head of title of William Dole Bushell of Taff Vale Railway.

[Printed parliamentary document.] Confidential. Board of Education. Special Statutes relating to Land held on Charitable Trusts in England Wales.

Author: 
[Board of Education, London; His Majesty's Stationery Office; W. R. Ainsworth]
Publication details: 
Printed for official use only. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, By Eyre and Spottiswoode, Ltd., Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty. 1909.
£200.00

171pp., 8vo. In original blue printed wraps. In good condition, on aged high-acidity paper, with chipping and wear to the wraps and first and last leaves. Ainsworth's ownership inscription at head of title-page. From the Board of Education Reference Library. Scarce: no copies on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Large printed HMSO double-sided propaganda poster.] ABCA Map Review. No. 7: The Period from February 1st to February 14th 1943. [With coloured map and numerous photographic illustrations.]

Author: 
[The Army Bureau of Current Affairs; ABCA; HMSO; His Majesty's Stationery Office; the Red Army]
Publication details: 
Compiled by the Army Bureau of Current Affairs. Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Fosh & Cross, Ltd. 1943
£180.00

Printed on both sides of a piece of paper., 75 x 102cm. In very good condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper. Designed to be placed on a barrack wall, but with no evidence of having been put up. A striking piece of graphic design, with a boldly-coloured map beneath a thick green curving masthead on the front, and another black and white map in the bottom left-hand corner. Headings to the text read: 'Churchill's Return', 'The Russian Tide', 'The Nazi Line', 'After Tunisia . .

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