Captain Basil Cochrane (d.1788), Deputy Governor of the Isle of Man and Commissioner of Customs in Scotland, brother of Thomas Cochrane, 8th Earl of Dundonald
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 7 June 1788.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. With printed text, headed 'PENSIONS', completed in manuscript. Recording payment to him of £8 6s 8d. Signature at foot of witness 'A Dickie'. Signed within months of Cochrane's death, and a little shaky.
[xxii].166pp., 8vo, original green front board with gilt decorated title, bumped but good condition, rebacked with new brighter green back board, contents sl. foxed and stained, mainly good, advertisement page for another book by Kennish (naval) and the poems of Harriet Jones. Eight page liist of Subscibers, inclkuding many inhabitants of the Isle of Man. Note: Re Preface, an "unlettered Poet", former ploughboy, trouble learning English when joining the Navy, etc. Scarce: copies on COPAC/WorldCat only copyright libraries.
Edward Forbes (1815-1854), Manx naturalist, Professor of Botany at King's College, London
Place and date not stated.
On 3 x 17 cm. slip of paper, cut from longer document. In fair condition, lightly aged and folded. Reads: 'Prof Forbes' compliments to Mr Bowerbank and he cannot they are not ready he will forward them to Mr Ransom himself'.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British Liberal Party politician, four-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Place and date not stated. [ 1859? ]
On 2.5 x 11.5 cm. piece of paper, cut from front panel of envelope. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Lower part of address present, reading 'Gt Grimsby | Grantham'. Circular frank in red ink over this, reading 'FREE | 8 JY 8 | 18<5?>9'. Good firm signature underlined at bottom left: 'W E Gladstone'.
[ Patrick Waldberg (1913-1985), poet and expert on Surrealism; Ernst, Miro, Arp, Malkine, Tanguy, Dali, Giacometti, Magritte, Masson and Man Ray ]
'Dossier 5-306 et 307 Juin-Juillet 1970'. 'Droits de reproduction reserves S. P. A. D. E. M., Syndicat de la Propriete Artistique, et A. D. A. G. P., Association pour la Diffusion des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris.'
In very good condition, in transparent plastic waller. Accompanied by two booklets in French, containing extensive scholarly text on each painting. From the Philip West archive.
John Frederic Gill (d.1899), Second Deemster of the Isle of Man, 1884-1899 [ The Grand Theatre, Douglas ]
The first on letterhead of Anfield Hay, Douglas, Isle of Man; the second from Douglas. 3 and 31 December 1896.
Both letters 2pp., 12mo. Both in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with tape from previous mounting adhering along one edge (and in one case overlapping a few words, including the signature). The two letters concern a concert 'at the Grand Theatre on 7 January', 'entirely of Manx music', in which the recipient has agreed to sing. Having put her down for two songs, he sends her 'our Book, out of which all the items of the concert will be taken', with suggestions of two songs and three encores. The second letter gives details of the rehearsal in Fort Street.
William Harrison (1802-1884), Isle of Man antiquary [ The Manx Society; John Frissel Crellin (1816-1886) of Orrysdale ]
On letterhead of Rock Mount, St John's [amended in autograph to 'Peel'], Isle of Man. 12 December 1851.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, very lightly aged. Harrison begins by answering the unnamed recipient's enqury 'about Manx Coins &c', with reference to 'an old bookseller in Douglas' and 'John F Crellin of Orrysdale'. Crellin has 'a fine Collection of Coins relating to the Island', and is 'in a poor state of health & confined to bed'. Harrison discusses a paper by Crellin on 'the Coinage of 1733' before turning to 'what duplicate' of Manx Society publications he has in his possession, 'chiefly of my own Editing'.
Hall Caine [ Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine ] (1853-1931), Manx author [ John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
On letterhead of Greeba Castle, Isle of Man. 24 August 1928.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by noting that they have not corresponded for a while, and that he has 'been abroad most of my time for several years'. He is sending him 'a set of advance sheets of a little book I am to publish with Cassells at the end of September' ('Recollections of Rossetti'), 'because I have a very grateful memory of all the kind, appreciative and very able articles which you have written about other books of mine'.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), English Liberal prime minister
Neither item with place or date.
Both items are laid down on a leaf removed from an autograph album. Both in good condition, with light signs of age. The photographic print of Gladstone measures 9 x 5.5, with the head and shoulders image in an oval 7.5 cm high by 5 cm wide, and showing a middle-aged Gladstone with dark bow tie and frock coat, staring to the right.
Tighe Hopkins (1856-1919), novelist, journalist and authority on prison life and penal reform
On letterhead of Frayn, Herne Bay [Kent]. 7 August 1902.
2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He asks him to accept a copy of the Tauchnitz edition of his 'Iron Mask', 'the only one I happen to have by me'. He continues: 'As you are kind enough to express an interest in work of mine, I may say that I expect to be in the West of Ireland next month in the interests of the Daily Chronicle - if you ever happen to see that paper - for which I am to write a special series of letters describing the present condition of that district.' For more on Hopkins see his obituary in The Times, 17 February 1919.
[Council of Education for the Isle of Man and (from 1947) the Isle of Man Board of Education; Buchan School, Castletown, Malew]
All 56 items printed at Douglas, Isle of Man [Brown & Sons, Limited, "Times" Buildings; S. K. Broadbent & Sons, Limited; Norris Modern Press, Ltd.]. 1911 to 1967.
56 items, comprising an unbroken run of 53 issues from 1911 to 1963, together with the issues for 1967 and 1969, and a copy of the 'Report of the Buchan School Commission | July, 1951'. In two sturdy green cloth boxes ('Supplied for the Public Service'). All 56 items with stamps, shelfmarks and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library. The first eleven issues (ending in 1921) are more substantial than the rest, and are housed in the first box.
John Reade (1837-1919), Irish-born Canadian journalist, essayist and poet, 'the grand old man of Canadian letters', literary editor of the Montreal Gazette
270 Laval Avenue, Montreal [Canada]. 9 and 18 October 1897.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, with a couple of short closed tears along creases. The body of the letter, written on 9 October 1897, reads: 'Dear Sir, | I have published only one small volume of verse which has long been out of print ['The Prophecy of Merlin and other Poems', published in 1870]. I will see if from some friend I can borrow a copy to send you. | I have written some occasional and other verse besides that of the little book, but for some years have done little expect writing for the press.' In a postscript of 18 October 1897, signed 'J.
Four pages, 12mo, closely written, good condition. "Your approval of my criticism on the '[?] of Hector' has greatly gratified me. Gladstone is twenty fold a better Grecian than S.C.M., but he is crochetty, and a crochetty man sees what no one else sees, and refuses to see the palpable. I have not seen his colour blindness paper: but ifd he says there is no 'blue' in the Iliad he is distinctly wrong.
Daniel French, probably a missionary in Demerara, West Indies, for some time
[Printed heading] New Orphan Houses, Ashley Down, Bristol, 30 April 1868.
Six pages, 12mo, closely written, fold marks, good condition. "[...] on Obeah as practised in Demerara, I have exceedingly little information to give, having had but little personal contact with it and only knowing it as a thing much talked about and I believe, largely made use of by the black people. It is no uncommon thing for a person bearing ill will towards another to resort to an Obeah man in order that he may work them some harm.
Sir John Reeves Ellerman, 2nd Baronet (1910-1973), business tycoon said to be 'Britain's richest man; his wife Lady Esther Leopolda Ellerman (d.1985) [née De Sola, later Borwick] [Cyril Rollins]
Ellerman's letters from Cape Town, South Africa, and the Dorchester Hotel, London between 1960 and 1971; his wife's letters from 1960 and 1973. The thirteen Christmas cards all undated.
35 items, in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Ellerman's fifteen letters, all signed 'John Ellerman.', total: 10pp., 4to; 1p., 8vo; 7pp., 12mo. Rollins was co-author with R. John Witts of 'The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Gilbert and Sullivan Operas' (1962), and Ellerman's good-natured correspondence is entirely devoted to the same subject, with references to singers, current productions, historical information and Rollins's 'great book'. Two examples will indicate the tone. On 5 January 1968 he writes: 'I am indeed glad to get a little news of the G. & S. front; Mr.
Major George Webb De Renzy, of the 82nd Regiment, and Barrack-Master, Dundee [The Duke of Wellington]
Castletown, Isle of Man. 1 January 1847.
1p., 4to. Thirteen lines of text, daintily printed in small type. On lightly-aged and creased paper, with a number of short closed tears. Dated in print at the foot 'Castletown, Isle of Man, | 1847.' Beneath this De Renzy has written, in manuscript, '1st January, | [signed] George Webb De Renzy, Major | and Barrack-Master'.
Harold Pyott ['Tiny Tim'] (1887-1937) of Stockport, 'The English Midget' and 'Britain's smallest man'
4pp., 16mo (11 x 16.5 cm). Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Appropriately brief and dimutive biography (35 lines), describing Piyott (erroneously) as 'undoubtedly the smallest adult human being ever known to live'. Followed by 'Copy of Birth Certificate of the Smallest Man on Earth' in type. The latest dated event in the biography is a tour by Pyott 'through the whole of South Africa during 1903-4'. Pyott stood 23ins and weighed 24lbs, and is said to have been carried around Edgeley Park during Stockport County home matches in the palm of a man's hand.
Tom Taylor (1817-1880), playwright and comic writer, author of 'The Ticket of Leave Man' (1863) and editor of 'Punch' [Francis Mewburn (c.1785-1867) of Larch Field, Darlington, 'railway solicitor']
near Thirsk; 23 March .
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on aged paper, with remains of stub along one edge. Written in a difficult hand. Taylor begins: 'Dear Mr Mewburn, I shall not be at Sessions [as a barrister on the northern circuit] any more. I have just accepted an appointment as legal Assistant Secretary to the Board of Health, and I enter on the duties of the place on Monday. The salary is £500 per: an: to begin with, with the prospect of increase.
Tom Taylor (1817-1880), playwright and comic writer, author of 'The Ticket of Leave Man' (1863) and editor of 'Punch' [John & Charles Watkins, London photographers]
On letterhead of the Local Government Act Office, 8 Richmond Terrace, Whitehall; 30 January [1864?].
3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with remains of stub along one edge. Second leaf inserted into a paper windowpane mount. Written in a hurried and difficult hand. Taylor writes that he wishes to have a portrait put into a case 'by the workman you employ for such work'. He gives instructions, concluding 'The portrait I think the most satisfactory that has yet been taken of me.' The National Portrait Gallery possesses an albumen carte-de-visite of Taylor ('1864 or before') by John & Charles Watkins.
Charles Coborn [Charles Whitton McCallum] (1852-1945), Anglo-Scottish musical hall star
Dated by Coborn 28 May 1929. Photo by Laird of Aberdeen.
Black and white studio photograph, postcard format (13 x 8.5 cm). On leaf removed from autograph album. Good, on shiny photographic paper, with margin making dimensions of image 12 x 8 cm, captioned in bottom right-hand corner 'PHOTO | LAIRD | ABERDEEN'. Showing a kindly-looking Coborn seated in country tweeds, with spectacles in hand and paper on his knees. In addition to a facsimile in the bottom-left, the picture has Coborn's genuine dated signature across his chest: 'Charles Coborn | 28/5/29'.
[Sir Frederick Treves, Ernest Cassel, R.J. Strutt (Lord Rayleigh), Lord Iveagh, J.J. Thomson et al]
20 March 1914.
Vellum Deed, 11pp., 4to, sewn with green ribbon, formal and elaborate deed, fold mark, some staining, but text clear and complete. Lord Iveagh and Sir Ernest Cassel to The Honourable Walter Edward Guinness Felix Cassel Esq. K.C., M.P., Sir Frederick Treves, and Others re. trust premises, patronage of the King, investments, funds, brief, staff, appointments, administration, other clauses (total 14). With: Schedules giviing Particulars of the Leasehold Hereditaments, and the said Building Agreement above referred to ... Part II.
Sir Arthur Keith (1866-1955), Scottish anatomist and anthropologist [Lionel Norbury (1882-1967)]
Between 1948 and 1954. Six on his letterhead at Homefield, Downe, Farnborough, Kent; two on letterheads of Buckston Browne Research Farm.
A total of twelve 12mo pages and two 4to pages. All texts clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The first letter addressed to 'Mrs Norbury', and the others to 'Grace'. After a first letter of 1948, in which he complains that he is 'becoming more & more a home dweller', the correspondence continues in 1951, with Keith thanking Mrs Norbury for a gift of sugar ('Its arrival made my housekeeper Miss Holman quite elated'), and sending Lionel Norbury encouragement on his Hunterian Oration ('My heart goes out to the Orator & to his Better Half').
John Wolcot (1738-1819), English satirical author under the pseudonym 'Peter Pindar' [Thomas 'Clio' Rickman (1760-1834), quaker, radical author and friend of Thomas Paine]
Signature dated by Rickman to 3 July 1809.
12mo, 2 pp, the autograph being on one side and Rickman's on the other. Fair, on aged paper, with traces of previous mounting on one side. Large bold signature 'J: Wolcot' with biographical note on one side, and the note, signed 'Clio Rickman', on the other: Written by the celebrated Peter Pindar, when entirely blind, on my calling on him the 3d of July 1809 my boy with me'.
Printed by Harriet Curphey, "Sun" Office, Douglas [Isle of Man], no date
Pp.-12, sewn as issued, loose enclosure folder containing (loose) photographi of the image of Christ)( see COPAC for 24pp. pamphlet published by the Manx Society in 1872 - relationship with this unknown), some foxing and sunning of exterior, other marking, fair. With occasional annotation/correction in unknown hand.
John Stuart Blackie (1809-1895), Scottish man of letters
Oban; 8 August [no year].
12mo, 4 pp, in a bifolium, with postscript on reverse of a Commercial Bank of Scotland 'Paid-in Slip'. Text clear and complete on aged and worn paper. Difficult hand. A fluent and energetic letter. Regarding the queries concerning 'Strasburg, and other words', 'the German Authorities which I fancy you consulted [...] are in my Edinburgh house'. He suggests writing to the London booksellers Williams & Norgate. He is glad to learn that 'Lockhart is turned a golfer.
George Bernard Shaw [Alec Clunes; Arts Theatre Club, London; May Hemery Ltd]
[London: May Hemery Ltd for the Arts Theatre Club, 1946.]
From the collection of Alec Clunes, who performed as Don Juan in this excerpt from 'Man and Superman' ('Don Juan in Hell') at the Arts Theatre Club in 1946. Carbon copy of typescript by May Hemery Ltd, paginated 1 to 60, on the rectos of sixty leaves, preceded by title leaf ('Excerpt from Act Three | "MAN AND SUPERMAN" | By | BERNARD SHAW'. In original blue paper wraps, with yellow tape spine and label on front wrap. Grubby and worn, and with light staining to wraps, but tight, complete and clear. Numerous manuscript stage directions, mostly on the facing versos.
[John Nicholson Inglefield] [Shipwrecks; The Centaur; Naval; Maritime; The Royal Navy]
Place and date not stated [c.1818?].
Eight 16mo leaves ['A4' at foot of recto of first leaf]. Sixteen unpaginated pages. Unbound, in contemporary marble wraps. Aged and slightly stained, but good overall. Dramatic fold-out handcoloured engraving of distressed men in rowboat in turbulent sea, roughly four and a half inches by five wide, captioned 'CENTAU. | Situation of part of the Crew who are leaveing [sic] the Wreck in a Boat.' Closed tear in engraving unobtrusively repaired on reverse with archival tape. Small stamp of the Webster Collection, with manuscript date 1924, on reverse of print.
Two without date or place; the third dated 'Gower Place | Euston Sq[uar]e | Wedn[esda]y.'
English wit and man of letters (1774-1850). All three letters in octavo and skilfully mounted onto quarto paper. Two letters of three pages and one of two pages. All three in very good condition. Playful, witty communications to an intimate friend, characteristic of a droll, caustic wit, 'capital at the dinner table', who 'loved a joke, even in court' (Dictionary of National Biography). LETTER ONE (2 pages): Declines an invitation.