MANSEL

[ Sir Courtenay Mansel contests the University of Wales for the Conservatives in the 1929 General Election. ] Two printed items: an address 'To the Electors of the Welsh University' by Mansel, and an endorsement by D. Geraint Evans.

Author: 
Sir Courtenay Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh barrister and Liberal (later Conservative) politician [ D. Geraint Evans; University of Wales, Swansea ]
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Both items dating from 1929 and printed by the Alexandra Printing Co., 19 Alexandra Road, Swansea'. Mansel's address 'Published by the Candidate.'
£80.00

Having briefly (1923-1924) served as Liberal Member if Parliament for Penryn and Falmouth, and stood unsuccessfully in 1924 (again as a Liberal) and 1928 (as a Conservative) Mansel made a final effort to re-enter the House of Common in the 1929 general election, contesting the University of Wales seat, again as a Conservative. Mansel came third in a three-way contest which was won comfortably for the Liberals by Ernest Evans. No copies of either item have been traced, either on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. The two are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ George Saintsbury, literary historian and critic. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Courtney Mansel, regarding the receipt of a book and his 'fixed rule' on giving his opinion of unsolicited poetry.

Author: 
George Saintsbury [ George Edward Bateman Saintsbury ] (1845-1933), literary historian and critic [ Sir Courtenay Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh Liberal (later Conservative) politician and poet ]
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One: on letterhead of 2 Eton Terrace, Edinburgh. 15 January 1911. Two: 11 Pulling Street, Bath. 17 March 1912. Three: 1 Royal Crescent, Bath. Postmarked 23 April 1928.
£75.00

The three items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Postage stamp and paper beneath torn from third letter,, resulting in loss of full date All three signed 'George Saintsbury'. Saintsbury's handwriting is difficult to decipher and the following description only gives a phrase from each of the letters. Mansel had pretentions as a poet, and the first two items at least appear to concern volumes which he had sent Saintsbury. ONE (15 January 1911): 2pp., 12mo. Explaining that he has been compelled to 'make it a fixed rule to decline giving <?> opinion on poetry'.

[ Philip Snowden, as sitting Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, explains his conception of Socialism to 'undeserving sinner' Sir Courtenay Mansel. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Snowden') from Snowden to Mansel, describing his conception of Socialism.

Author: 
Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden (1864-1937), first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924 and 1929-1931) [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
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72 Carlisle Mansions, S.W.1. [ London ], on letterhead of 11 Downing Street. 4 December 1931.
£150.00

3pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged and spotted. A significant letter, in which Snowden, as the sitting Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, gives a detailed explanation of his conception of Socialism, and his views on state ownership versus private enterprise. He begins by explaining that the delay in replying is due to 'the busy and anxious time I have had lately'.

[ Isaac Foot, Liberal Party politician, on the Liberal collapse at the 1924 General Election: 'I don't know how it all happened.'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to neighbouring MP Sir Courtenay Mansel, discussing the loss of both their seats.

Author: 
Isaac Foot (1880-1960), Liberal Party politician, barrister, father of Michael Foot, leader of the Labour Party [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
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1 Lipson Terrace, Plymouth. 18 November 1924.
£180.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. An interesting and characteristically good-humoured letter, written in the aftermath of the General Election of 1924, at which the Liberal Party was decimated, with both Foot and Mansel losing their seats. (Foot had been MP for Bodmin since 1922, and Mansel had been elected MP for nearby Penryn and Falmouth at the general election of 1923.) The election (the third in two years) had been held little more than a week before, on 29 October 1924, as a result of a Common's defeat of Ramsay MacDonald's Labour minority government.

[ Llewelyn Williams, radical Liberal politician, calls Sir Courtenay Mansel a 'proud Welshman' and styles himself 'a Welshman of a thousand generations'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Llewelyn Williams') [ to Mansel ], after a visit to Maesycrugiau.

Author: 
Llewelyn Williams [ W. Llewelyn Williams; William Llewelyn Williams ] (1867-1922), Welsh journalist, lawyer and radical Liberal politician [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
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On letterhead of 111 Ashley Gardens, Westminster, S.W. [ London ] 22 February 1921. ]
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with the slightest smudging at the foot of the first page. Mansel is not named, but the letter comes from his papers, and contains references to the family estate at Maesycrugiau, and Mansel's ancestor Maurice de Londres. The first paragraph reads: 'My dear “Proud Welshman,” | For so I like to think of you, & not as a descendant of Maurice de Londres!

[ David Davies, editor and proprietor of the South Wales Daily Post, Swansea ] Typed Letter Signed ('Dd. Davies'), with long autograph postscript, to Sir Courtenay Mansel, regarding Mansel's palmistry reading and Davies's subsequent health problems.

Author: 
David Davies, editor and proprietor of the South Wales Daily Post, Swansea [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
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On elaborate engraved letterhead of the South Wales Daily Post, 211 High Street, Swansea. 12 May 1921.
£45.00

3pp., 8vo. Autograph postscript of nine lines on otherwise-blank reverse of second leaf. On aged and worn paper, with holing to one corner from stud which attached the leaves together. He was pleased to hear from Mansel, and understands from his letter that 'notwithstanding your disabilities you manage to put in a deal of work'. He continues: 'I shall be particularly interested in your plays, which are more in my line than music. He quotes Mansel's 'notes on the print of my hand', which he finds 'particularly interesting, in view of the fact that they were made more than 11 years ago'.

[ Artemus Jones, Welsh judge and nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Artemus Jones') to Sir Courtenay Mansel, attacking Lloyd George, and discussing the future of the Liberal Party.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Artemus Jones (1871-1943), Welsh judge, nationalist and Liberal Party politician [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh barrister and Liberal (later Conservative) politician ]
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On letterhead of the Reform Club, Pall Mall, S.W.1. [ London ] 18 October 1925.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Lightly aged and worn. Written in a close, difficult hand, with the following readings tentative as a consequence. Addressed to 'My dear Mansel'. He begins by informing him that he is going to Swansea on a professional matter the following day, and that while there he will 'talk over' with 'Davie' the matter Mansel has mentioned, informing him of the result on his return. He next turns to Mansel's resignation from the Reform Club, which Jones regrets, while appreciating the reasons. 'I am afraid that things are going from bad to worse with the Liberal Party.

[Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford; Thomas Mansel, Baron Mansel; Henry Paget, Earl of Uxbridge.] Autograph Signatures, as Lords of the Treasury, on part of warrant, with that of James Moody, Deputy Auditor.

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Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer (1661-1724); Thomas Mansel [Mansell], 1st Baron Mansel (1667-1723); Henry Paget [Pagett],1st Earl of Uxbridge (c.1663-1743) [Lords of the Treasury]
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Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, 24 November 1710.
£65.00

On one side of a leaf of foolscap paper. Aged and worn, with closed tears. Reads: 'Let the aforegoing Warrant be Executed. Whitehall | Treasury Chambers the 24th . day of November 1710. | Ro: Harley | Pagett | T: Mansel | Intrat in Offic Edvardi Harley Arm | Auditoris xxixno. Die Junii 1711. | Jas Moody Dep Audt.' Irrelevantly (and tantalisingly) docketed on the reverse: 'An Acc[oun]t. of the Tithes, and other Parish dutys formerly paid by ye Housekeep[e]rs of Kensington for the 2 Grounds lately made into a Wilderness & ye kitchen Garden / to the Parish of Paddington & Kensington'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo: Moorsom') from George Moorsom to C. R. M. Talbot, MP, presenting his 'A Mode Proposed for Determining the Register Tonnage of Merchant Shipping, by Means of a System of Internal Measurements', with the copy of the book.

Author: 
George Moorsom (1796-1866), Member of the School of Naval Architecture, and Member of, and Secretary to, the late Commission for the Revision of the Law of Tonnage [Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot, MP]
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Letter: Stoke's & Dalton's Offices, 5 Tokenhouse yard [London]. 1 January 1851. Book: London: Printed by William Rock, Elephant and Castle, Newington. [1850].
£280.00

There is an obituary of Moorsom (who was not, as sometimes stated, an admiral) in The 'Moorsom System' of calculating tonnage became law in 1854, and remained in effect until 1982. Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Volume 8 (1867). Letter: 4pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. He explains that he has been 'a member of, as well as Secretary to the late Tonnage Commission', and that he is 'aware, from your correspondence with Mr.

Scenes from an unfinished drama, entitled Phrontisterion, or, Oxford in the 19th century.

Author: 
[Henry Longueville Mansel, Dean of St Pauls; University of Oxford; J. Vincent, publisher]
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Oxford: Printed and published by J. Vincent, and G. Bell, Fleet Street, London. Fourth edition, 1852.
£100.00

English philosopher (1820-71). 24 pages, 12mo. Very good, neatly bound in brown cloth binding. Bound in are the original grey printed wraps, affected with foxing, and with very slight damage from glue to front wrap. The rear wrap carries an advertisement of 'BOOKS LATELY PUBLISHED | BY J. VINCENT OXFORD.', including 'NINEVEH: the Best Newdigate for Years; therefore not recited in the Theatre, Oxford, July 3, 1851. 12mo. 1s.' A brilliant satire on academic reformers and German philosphers. Copac only lists copies of the third, fourth and fifth editions.

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