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[ Sir Basil Thomson, head of the Metropolitan Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID). ] Typed Note Signed ('Basil Thomson'), as Assistant Commissioner, Special Branch, to 'Mrs. Vickers', giving instructions for her arrival at Folkestone.

Author: 
Sir Basil Thomson [ Sir Basil Home Thomson ] (1861-1939), head of the Metropolitan Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), intelligence officer (working with MI6), prison governor, colonial ad
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Metropolitan Police, Special Branch ('Letters should be addressed to the Assistant Commissioner.'), Scotland House, Westminster, S.W.1. [ London ] 14 October 1919.
£35.00

For information regarding Thomson's eventful career (he interrogated Mata Hari) see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p., landscape 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. Typed onto the letterhead is the reference 'A. L. K.' The note reads: 'Dear Mrs. Vickers, | Certainly I will. If you will ask for Sergeant Tansley when you arrive at Folkestone he will see you through. I will warn him of your coming.'

[ Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps, Equerry to Queen Victoria. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. B. Phipps') to '<Newland?>' [ the photograph J. W. Newland or his wife? ], explaining why the Queen must decline 'the Daguerrotypes'.

Author: 
Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps (1801-1866), Equerry to Queen Victoria and Private Secretary to Prince Albert [ J. W. Newland, English daguerrotype photographer ]
Publication details: 
Windsor Castle. 18 November 1854.
£50.00

The recipient's name, given at the foot of the last page, appears to read 'Mr. L. Newland' or 'Newlaw'. This may be J. W. Newland, was an English daguerreotypist and magic lanternist who travelled from New Orleans, through Central and South America, to the Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, England, and finally to Calcutta between 1845 and 1857. 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He has submitted the recipient's letter to the Queen, 'together with the Daguerrotypes that accompanied it'.

[ Sir Henry Jones, baritone singer of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Henry A. Jones') to 'Miss Randall'.

Author: 
Sir Henry Lytton [ Sir Henry A. Lytton; born Henry Alfred Jones ] (1865-1936), actor and baritone singer of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Grand Hotel Ltd, Birmingham. 4 February 1920.
£28.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Miss Randall | I am pleased to sign myself | Yrs. sincerely | Henry A. Lytton'

[ Chiswick Press book: presentation copy in original wraps. ] Day Dreams, To which are added some Translations from the Italian. By Sir John Kingston James, Baronet, M.A. Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy Della Crusca.

Author: 
Sir John Kingston James, Baronet, M.A. [ Charles Whittingham, Chiswick Press, London; Royal Academy Della Crusca ]
Publication details: 
'London: Printed for Private Circulation. 1879.' [ Printed in London: 'Chiswick Press: - C. Whittingham, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.' ]
£150.00

xii + 187pp., 8vo. A handsome example of Whittingham's handiwork, printed on good thick laid paper, with title page in black and red. In original grey paper wraps. Small vignette of a tree within a decorative circular border printed in brown on the front cover and in black on title page. Uncut edges. Internally in good condition, loose in frayed and worn wraps. Author's presentation inscription on flyleaf: 'Sophia Cunliffe Rodger | Given at Nice | to her by | Sir John Kingston James'. Printed 8vo presentation leaf loosely inserted, reading: Château Denis, | Hyères, Var, | France.

[ Margaret Forster reviews Germaine Greer's book on the menopause for the Guardian. ] Autograph fair copy of Forster's Guardian review of Greer's 'The Change', with earlier draft, rough notes, and the marked-up review copy.

Author: 
Margaret Forster (1938-2016), English novelist and biographer
Publication details: 
The book published by Hamish Hamilton, London, 1991. Autograph material undated, but Forster's review appeared in The Guardian, 24 September 1991.
£220.00

Forster's review (welcoming, but with reservations) was published in the Guardian, 24 September 1991, under the title 'Menopause: mid-life crisis or cause for celebration?', with a subtitle providing a neat summary: 'Is the menopause really, as Germaine Greer argues, “the beginning of the long, gradual change from body into soul”, a woman's reversion to an earlier, happier condition? Margaret Forster assesses her analysis'. The present collection of four items is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: Autograph fair copy of Forster's review. 4pp., 8vo. On four leaves.

[ Margaret Forster responds to 'The New Historical Fiction'. ] Autograph Draft of Forster's New York Times review of Frances Sherwood's 'Vindication', with photocopy of the fair copy, page of autograph notes, uncorrected proof, press release, slip.

Author: 
Margaret Forster (1938-2016), English novelist and biographer [ Frances Sherwood (b.1940), American author, Professor of English at Indiana University; 'The New Historical Fiction'; New York Times ]
Publication details: 
[ London and New York. ] 1993.
£750.00

The present collection provides an interesting view of the response of a traditional novelist and biographer to the work of a proponent of 'The New Historical Fiction'. Margaret Forster was a noted British author, in addition to her many novels she published a number of biographies, including ones of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1988) and Daphne du Maurier (1993). On its publication in 1993 Sherwood's first novel 'Vindication' was both successful and controversial.

[ Margot Asquith, socialite and author, wife of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Margot Oxford') acknowledging receipt of a letter and a book.

Author: 
Margot Asquith [ Emma Alice Margaret Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith; née Tennant ] (1864-1945), Scottish socialite and author, wife of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 44 Bedford Square, WC1 [ London ]. 13 February 1936.
£28.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Thank you very much for yr. letter & the book | Yrs | Margot Asquith | 13 Feb 36'.

[ Nancy R. E. Bell, author and wife of artist Arthur George Bell. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nancy Bell') to unnamed 'Gentlemen', praising a book on Japan which (as the publishers) they have sent her, and expressing desire to review it.

Author: 
Nancy Bell { Nancy R. E. Bell, born Nancy Regina Emily Meugen ] (1844-1933), American art critic and travel writer, wife of Arthur George Bell (1849-1916), English genre and landscape painter
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Restgarth, Southbourne, Christchurch. 8 December [ no year ].
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The 'Gentlemen' are clearly the publishers of a book which they wish Bell to review. She writes that she is greatly obliged to them for offering her 'a copy of your beautiful book on Japan', and has written 'to 4 editors to ask for space for early notices of it'. The book is 'indeed a marvel of technical skill in reproduction & it would be a pleasure to me to speak as highly of it as it deserves'.

[ Eugène Bersier, pastor and founder of the Evangelical Church of l'Etoile, Paris. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Eug Bersier.'), in French [ to the wife of Robert Holland of Stanmore Hall? ], about a trip to England to raise money for his new church.

Author: 
Eugène Bersier (1831-1889), Swiss-born French Protestant pastor, founder of tthe Evangelical Church of l'Etoile, Paris
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 216 Boulevard Péreire, Paris.
£130.00

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The recipient is addressed as 'Chère Madame' and is not otherwise identified, although the conclusion connects her with 'Monsieur Hollard', i.e. he maried Marie Hollard. He writes that he will be in London in six days, and that he will only have 'douze ou quinze jours à passer en Angleterre', and that he wishes to spend his time 'de la manière le plus profitable au succès de mon oeuvre. Il s'agit de collecter pour ma nouvelle église'.

[ Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges, South African explorer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. A. Mitchell-Hedges') to J. H. Roberts, describing the 'strange country' of Honduras.

Author: 
F. A. Mitchell-Hedges [ Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges ] (1882-1959), English adventurer, traveler and writer, best known for the Crystal Skull hoax
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Hotel Prats ('Montado al estilo Americano'), Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 28 July 1926.
£200.00

1p., 8vo. Aged and worn, with chipping along one edge, and tape repairs at head. The recipient, J. H. Roberts, was an autograph hunter: it is doubtful that Mitchell-Hedges would have written in such a style had he been aware of this fact. He states that the letter Roberts sent him 'apparently never reached the boat', and that his secretary sent it out to British Honduras: 'it has become mutilated in the post & there was nothing within except an addressed envelope'.

[ George Harris Healy, Professor of English and curator of Rare Books at Cornell University. ] Typed Letter Signed to 'Mr. Duff', discussing the content of two letters by Daniel Defoe, their monetary value, auction houses, Dr. Rosenbach of New York.

Author: 
George Harris Healy (1908-1971), Professor of English and curator of Rare Books at Cornell University
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Department of English, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 22 February 1949.
£50.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with some wear to extremities. Healy begins by thanking Duff for his letter, and 'for your generosity in sending me copies of the two letters of Daniel Defoe'. He explains that he has 'searched for their whereabouts for about ten years', and had finally become convinced 'that unless they were in your family they were lost'.

[ Giulia Ravogli and Sofia Ravogli, Italian opera singers. ] Autograph Note [ in the hand of Giulia Ravogli ] Signed 'Giulia and Sofia Ravogli', to 'Mr Neil Forsyth' of the Royal Opera House, requesting a box for 'Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons'.

Author: 
Giulia Ravogli (1866-1941), contralto, wife of Harrison Cripps; her sister Sofia Ravogli (1865-1910), soprano, Italian opera singers [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Bentinck Mansions, Bentinck Street, Manchester Square, W. [ London ] 28 June 1906.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The note- which is signed 'Giulia and Sofia | Ravogli' - is in the hand of Giulia Ravogli. It reads: 'We send to you our kind remembrances and we should be very pleased if you could spare a box for us for Monday evening next. "Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons -', In his 2012 biography of Dame Clara Butt, Maurice Leonard writes that Giulia was 'an unusually tall contralto', who formed 'a sort of operatic double act' with her sister the soprano Sofia Ravogli, the two women 'appearing in Norma, Aida and many other works together.

[ The Duchess of Abercorn (sister of Prime Minister Lord John Russell) writes to her childrens' nanny. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'L Abercorn') to 'Emery', giving family news, and reminiscing about her friendship with Queen Victoria.

Author: 
Louisa Jane Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn [ born Lady Louisa Jane Russell ] (1812-1905), sister of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell
Publication details: 
On letterheads of: Coates Castle, Pulborough (1891 and 1896); Fenton, Wooler, Northumberland (1895); Coates Castle, Fittleworth (1901).
£180.00

From the context of the letters (especially Item Three below) it is clear that 'Emery' had been nanny to the Duchess's two sons (and the youngest of her fourteen children) Frederic (1856-1928) and Ernest (1858-1939). The four letters total 14pp., 12mo. The letter from Fenton is the only one without a mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted. ONE (11 September 1891): Sbe writes that she does not have a photograph of her son Ernest to give him, but that she will ask him for one when she sees him, 'as he has not forgotten “Emery”, and we often talk of you'.

[ Edith Sandford, author of the 'equestrian drama' 'The Firefly'. ] Autograph Signature ('Edith Sandford | "Firefly"') beneath printed text concerning her 'fearful accident' in Dublin, the Princess of Wales and Earl Spencer.

Author: 
Edith Sandford, Victorian performer and horserider, author of the 'equestrian drama' 'The Firefly'
Publication details: 
[ Text refers to the accident in Dublin, Ireland, in August 1871. ]
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, but with loss to two corners caused by removeal from an album. Sandford's large, bold signature is across the centre of the page, beneath the printed text. The page is headed by a large monogram of Sandford's initials, beneath which is printed: 'HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS OF WALES AND MISS EDITH SANDFORD. | MISS EDITH SANDFORD received from H.R.H.

[ 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 ]
Publication details: 
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'.

[ Abraham Hayward, author and barrister. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A. Hayward') to 'Seymour', asking for an 'early copy' of a book to be sent to Lady Herbert.

Author: 
Abraham Hayward (1801-1884), English author and barrister
Publication details: 
8 St. James' Street [ London ]. 29 January [ no year ].
£35.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. With neat central vertical and horizontal folds. Reads: 'My dear Seymour | Will you direct an early copy to be sent to Lady Herbert. | Ever truly yours | A. Hayward'.

[ Adah Menken, American actress and poet. ] Copy of her book 'Infelicia by Adah Isaacs Menken', illus. Alfred Concanen, dedicated to Charles Dickens, with facsimile letter of his. With bookplate and inscription of Lady Alda Hoare of Stourhead.

Author: 
Adah Isaacs Menken [ Adah Menken ]; Alfred Concanen; Lady Alda Hoare [ born Weston ], wife of Sir Henry Hoare of Stourhead [ Charles Dickens ]
Publication details: 
'1868. London. Paris. New York.'
£25.00

The present collection of 31 poems, Menken's only book, was published a few days after her death. Menken was heavily influenced by Walt Whitman, and has been claimed to be the first poet and the only woman to be his follower (although at the time the New York Times reported that Whitman had disassociated himself from her work). The present copy is [8] + 142pp., 12mo. (Prelims numbered to v.) Frontispiece portrait of Menken, and reduced facsimile of a letter to her from Charles Dickens on the reverse of the dedication leaf.

[ A. E. Watson & Co. of London, civil engineers (steel). ] Typewritten account by Tamkin, titled 'The Way We Came', describing the progress of the firm over three decades, with much work for London Underground, and on the Home Front in World War Two.

Author: 
A. E. Watson & Co. of London, consulting, civil and constructional engineers specialising in steel (C. Tamkin, director) [ London Transport; the Home Front, World War Two ]
Publication details: 
The time of writing dated in the text to September 1957.
£650.00

157pp., 4to. Carbon typescript, with a few manuscript corrections. Each page paginated in type, and on a separate leaf. The leaves punch-holed and attached in a buff folder. Aged and worn, with the first few leaves a little ragged, but intact and legible. The author is not named, but is referred to in the text as 'Tam', and is therefore clearly the 'C. Tamkin' who is named in 1946 as one of the directors of A. E. Watson & Co, 21 Tothill Street, London, 'Consulting, civil and constructional engineers, etc.'. Title at head of first page: 'THE WAY WE CAME'.

[ Sir Henry Morton Stanley, African explorer associated with Dr David Livingstone. ] Magazine article titled 'Captain Salusbury's Congo "Revelations."'

Author: 
Sir Henry Morton Stanley [ born John Rowlands ] (1841-1904), Welsh journalist and African explorer associated with Dr David Livingstone [ Captain Philip H. B. Salusbury ]
Publication details: 
Extracted from 'The United Service Magazine', London, September 1896. Reproducing a letter dated from 'Grayshott, Hants. | August 15th, 1896.'
£65.00

8pp., 8vo. Paginated 645-652. In good condition, lightly aged. Extracted from the magazine and with traces of stitching. Reproducing a letter dated from 'Grayshott, Hants. | August 15th, 1896.' Stanley takes offence to 'the many ridiculous calumnies found in amost every sentence of [Salusbury's] article in your magazine'. He begins: 'I greatly regret being compelled to reply to an article in the June number of your magazine called "The Congo State: a Revelation;" but I am sure Captain Salusbury, the writer of it, must have expected me to do so.'

[ Sir Henry Newbolt, poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Newbolt') to 'Simpson' [ Dr Henry Simpson ], giving his reasons for resigning the presidentship of the Poets' Club.

Author: 
Sir Henry Newbolt [ Sir Henry John Newbolt ] (1862-1938), poet [ Henry Simpson (d.1939), founder and president of the Poets' Club, London ]
Publication details: 
No place. 12 October 1919.
£65.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He begins by stating his great appreciation of 'the kindness of the Committee – I have had a long and sympathetic experience of the Club and the relationship has been to me a happy one from first to last'. Were he able to 'fulfil the duties of the President's office' he would be 'strongly tempted to accept their generous inviation and stand for re-election.

[ British Red Cross in Serbia in the First World War. ] Autograph diary (largely unpublished) of nurse Elsie Corbett, describing twelve months based at Yelak, including 'Christmas and social events'. With unpublished poem by William Noel Pharazyn.

Author: 
Elsie Corbett [ Elsie Cameron Corbett ] (1896-1977), First World War Red Cross nurse in Serbia [ Kathleen Dillon [ Kathleen Nora Dillon ] (1877-1958) of Spelsbury House, Oxfordshire; W. N. Pharazyn ]
Publication details: 
Mainly written in Yelak, Serbia. Entries dating from between July 1917 and September 1918.
£1,800.00

Elsie Corbett was the daughter of Archibald Corbett, 1st Baron Rowallan (1856-1933), and sister of a Governor of Tasmania. She joined the Red Cross during the First World War, and met Kathleen Dillon, a member of the notable Dillon family of Ditchley, while seabound for Serbia. Kathleen Dillon owned Spelsbury House in Oxfordshire, together with a large part of Spelsbury village, and the two women lived together at Spelsbury until Dillon's death. The diary is written on 171pp., 4to, in a burgundy morocco binding, marbled endpapers.

[ Frederick Tayler, President of the Royal Watercolour Society. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Fredk. Tayler.') to 'Hills' [ Robert Hills, Secretary, Society of Painters in Water Colours ], commenting on his 'rustication' and the death of 'Worley'.

Author: 
Frederick Tayler [ John Frederick Tayler ] (1802-1889), painter, President of the Royal Watercolour Society, London [ Robert Hills (1769-1844), Secretary, Society of Painters in Water Colours ]
Publication details: 
Brockham Green, Dorking Surrey. 30 September [ 1841 ].
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The year of writing is supplied in a contemporary hand. Beside his address at the head if the ketter Tayler writes: 'This will sound tarnation rural in the catalogue.' He begins the letter by explaining that he is 'dating from my little Cottage here', and that he has let his house in town, 'reducing my Rent to less than half and I can paint to more purpose and without interruption of idle Callers here'. The delay in replying has been occasioned by 'so much of bustle and packing'.

[ Samuel Carter Hall, editor of the Arts Monthly, while literary secretary to Ugo Foscolo. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Carter Hall') to Thomas Crofton Croker, regarding the whereabouts of his books, with reference to John Noblett and 'Mr. Ebbs'.

Author: 
Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889), Irish-born journalist and editor of the Art Monthly [ Ugo Foscolo (1778-1827), Italian poet and revolutionary; Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1854; John Noblett ]
Publication details: 
Cappa Cottage, South Bank [ St John's Wood, London ]. 15 September 1822.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair lightly aged and worn, with slight damage to second leaf caused by the breaking open of the wafer, and slight wear at the foot. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'T. C. Croker Esqre 31 Bedford Street | Covent Garden'. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight damage to second leaf caused by the breaking open of the wafer, and wear at the foot. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'T. C. Croker Esqre 31 Bedford Street | Covent Garden'.

[ Count and Comtess Magri, dwarf entertainers ] Autographs of Count Primo Magri and the Comtesse M.L. Magri (Mrs General Tom Thumb

Author: 
Count Primo Magri, Italian dwarf entertainer AND "Mrs Genl Tom Thumb", later married to Magri.
Publication details: 
no date (verso unrelated autographs dated 1890-1), Bologna, Italy.
£600.00

Page from an autograph album, 16.5 x 12cm, containing autographs as follows: "Compliments of | Count Primo Magri | from Bologna | Italy || Comtess [sic] M L Magri (Mrs Genl Tom Thumb)", filling the page. Overleaf signatures of C. W. Couldock, American Shakespearian Actor; Theodore Thomas, American conductor; M.W. Whitney and another ("W.. Fort"[?]).

[ Presentation copy. ] Red Cross in Serbia 1915-1919. A personal diary of experiences by Elsie Corbett.

Author: 
Elsie Corbett [ British Red Cross in Serbia in the First World War ]
Publication details: 
Cheney & Sons Ltd, Banbury, Oxon. 1964.
£120.00

xiii + 186pp., 8vo. With map and 13 plates, several of them printed on both sides. In green cloth binding. No dustwrapper. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in worn and spotted binding. The inscription, on the front free endpaper, is in Corbett's autograph, and reads 'To Nurse and Arthur | From Elsie Corbett'. Elsie Cameron Corbett (1896-1977) was the daughter of Archibald Corbett, 1st Baron Rowallan (1856-1933), and sister of a Governor of Tasmania.

[ Charles Deemer, American playwright. ] Typescript of unpublished play titled 'Champoeg: The Story of Old Oregon'. With typescript of review of five books on the Oregon Trail.

Author: 
Charles Deemer, American playwright, director and editor, known for his 'Oregon Plays' and adoption of 'Hyperdrama'
Publication details: 
[ Oregon, United States of America. ] Both items undated, but play from 1989, and review c.1992.
£450.00

PLAY: 81pp., 8vo. On one side each of 81 leaves of yellow paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with the first leaf a little dogeared. No cast list or other prelims, but the complete play, and with each page paginated from 1-81. First page headed: 'CHAMPOEG: THE STORY OF OLD OREGON | by Charles Deemer'. An unpublished two-act historical drama, in 35 scenes, covering a thirty-year period, with the first scene titled 'The Return of the Brigade (1829)', and the last 'Statehood (1859)'.

[Standish]The Antient Usage In Bearing of such Ensigns of Honour ... commonly call'd Arms. With A Catalogue of the present Nobility and Baronets of England. ['Catalogue of Books Printed ... Theatre in Oxford [...] sold in London, by Moses Pitt' at end.]

Author: 
[ Myles Standish; Miles Standish ] Sir William Dugdale, Garter Principal King of Arms [Catalogue of Books Printed at the Theater in Oxford; Moses Pitt, bookseller of St Paul's]
Publication details: 
The Second Edition Corrected, 1682. Oxford: Printed at the Theater for Moses Pitt, and sold by Samuel Smith at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-Yard, London.
£650.00

12mo, [viii] + 210 pp, together with four unpaginated pages before p. 79 and two unpaginated pages before p. 165. With fold-out list of Knights of the Garter. Includes a "Catalogue of the Nobility of Ireland". On aged paper, in worn eighteenth-century binding, modern rebacking. Ownership inscription, at head of p.1, 'Mary Standish of Standish - Her Book' (suggesting a relationship with Myles Standish, pioneer American); and a couple of ownership initials on title-page.

[ James Kenney, Irish dramatist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Kenney') [ to John Black, editor of the 'Morning Chronicle'?], defending himself and explaining his views on theatre critics and the press, in response to an article.

Author: 
James Kenney (1780-1849), Irish dramatist [ John Black (1783-1855), editor of the Morning Chronicle ]
Publication details: 
21 October 1826. No place.
£90.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with unobtrusive spike hole. In a close, difficult hand. The letter begins: 'It is with surprize that I observe in the regard of the Morning Chronicle on my new piece (Comedy or farce) of the Green room, that I am charged with allusions derogatory to those Gentlemen whose duty it is to report upon the state of our Theatres.

[ 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 ]
Publication details: 
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.

[ James Currie, Scottish physician in Liverpool. ] Autograph Signature ('Ja Currie') to manuscript minute of meeting of 'Church-Wardens Sides-men & physicians of the two Charities held at the Dispensary', regarding plans for a fever hospital.

Author: 
James Currie (1756-1805): Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns [ The Dispensary, Temple Bar, Liverpool; The Royal Free Hospital, Liverpool ]
Publication details: 
On paper watermarked 1799. Minutes dated from the Dispensary [Temple Bar ], Liverpool, 24 April 1801.
£400.00

This document is of particular interest as it concerns the foundation of the institution that would become the Royal Free Hospital, Liverpool. As a result of the meeting described in the present document, the Institution for the Care and Prevention of Contagious Fevers opened in 1802 at 2 Constitution Row, Grays Inn Lane. It was the first voluntary fever hospital and had 15 beds. 2pp., 8vo. On a leaf which appears to have been extracted from a minute book. On laid paper with watermark 'JOSEPH COLES | 1799'.

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