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[ Henry Huntingford, classical scholar, praises the work of Richard Watts, former Printer to the University of Cambridge. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Huntingford') [ to Richard Watts ], praising the work on his edition of Pindar,.

Author: 
Henry Huntingford (1787-1867), classical scholar [ Richard Watts (d.1844), Printer to the University of Cambridge; Thomas Cadell and William Davies, London booksellers and publishers ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Circa 1814. ]
£56.00

The subject of this letter is Huntingford's 'Pindari Carmina', 'excudit R. Watts sumptibus T. Cadell et W. Davies', published in London in 1814. Watts had been made Printer to the University of Cambridge in 1802, resigning in 1809 because, as Stokes notes in his 'Cambridge Stationers, Printers, Bookbiinders, &c' (1919), 'the Press did not prosper under his rule, although, when he left Cambridge, he did good work as a printer of Oriental volumes'. Between around 1812 and 1815 he was working in Broxbourne. In 1816 he moved to London, where he established the Oriental Type-Foundry, Temple Bar.

[ Gilbert Ainslie, Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Major Macgregor', regarding his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Gilbert Ainslie (1793-1870), Master of Pembroke College, and twice Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Pembroke College, Cambridge. 31 October 1864.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He has just received a copy of Ainslie's 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' from the London booksellers Messrs. Macmillan, together with MacGregor's 'obliging note'. The book will be placed in the College library, and Ainslie begs leave, 'in the name of our Society, to return you many thanks for it'. Macgregor's 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker.

[ Henry Gally Knight, architectural writer and antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Gally Knight')

Author: 
Henry Gally Knight (1786-1846), architectural writer and antiquary [ The Dramatic Authors' Society, London ]
Publication details: 
Lower Grosvenor Street [ London ]. 11 July 1842.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with small glue and paper stain affecting one word of text. He asks the unnamed male recipient to thank 'the Dramatic Authors' Society, for the honor they have done me in noticing my humble efforts in the cuase of the Drama'. It will give Knight pleasure, 'at all times [...] to assist in promoting the objects for which they are ciated'.

[ Field Marshall Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge, army officer and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hardinge') congratulating 'Colonel Abbott' [ Sir Frederick Abbott ] on his knighthood.

Author: 
Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge [ Lord Hardinge ] (1785-1856), Field Marshall in the British Army and Conservative politician [ Major General Sir Frederick Abbott (1805-1892) ]
Publication details: 
Great Stanhope Street [ London ]. 6 June 1854.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. With postmarked frank (again signed 'Hardinge') addressed to 'Colonel Abbott C. B. | Addiscombe'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He is pleased that Abbott is 'to receive a mark of distinction from the Queen, which combines the satisfaction which your Services have given at Addiscombe [Abbott had become lieutenant-governor of Addiscombe Seminary in 1851] with those which you so efficiently & ably performed in the field in India'. He hopes to shake him at the hand 'at the Levée'.

[ Edward Harbord, Lord Suffield. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Suffield') to John Richardson of Heydon, containing a splendid assessment of the character of his friend the Lord Chancellor, Henry Peter Brougham, and reminiscences of Lord Eldon.

Author: 
Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield [ Lord Suffield ] (1781-1835), radical politician and abolitionist [ John Richardson of Heydon; Henry Peter Brougham; John Scott, Lord Eldon; Lord Chancellor ]
Publication details: 
Vernon House [ Park Place, St James's, London ]. 22 September 1831.
£250.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on the blank reverse of the second leaf is a frank (also signed 'Suffield'), addressed to 'Jn. Richardson Esqr. | Heydon | Aylsham | Norfolk' An excellent letter, containing a splendid assessment of Brougham's qualities, and a vivid reminiscence regarding his predecessor as Lord Chancellor, Lord Eldon. The identity of the book that is the subject of the letter is unclear. Suffield begins by reporting that Brougham has promised Suffield that he will 'attentively consider' Richardson's book.

[ Elizabeth, Lady Eastlake, art critic and wife of Sir Charles Eastlake, Director of the National Gallery. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Eliz: Eastlake')

Author: 
Elizabeth, Lady Eastlake [ nee Rigby ] (1809-1893), art critic and art historian, the first woman to write regularly for the Quarterly Review, wife of Sir Charles Eastlake, Director, National Galery
Publication details: 
7 Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 11 June 1836.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small glue stain and thin strip of stub adhering to one edge. Reads: 'Dear Lady Stanhope | If you & Lord Stanhope could honor us with your company on Thursday evng the 19th. Sir Chas. & Dr. Waagen & I wd. be much gratified | Believe me yr's truly | Eliz: Eastlake'. 'Dr. Waagen' is the German art historian Gustav Friedrich Waagen (1794-1868).

[ F. J. Furnivall, philologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. J. F.') to 'Mr. Ebsworth' [ the scholar Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth ], regarding topics including the state of 'the Soc[iet]y' and his 'last landlady Mrs. Achurch' and her daughter.

Author: 
F. J. Furnivall [ Frederick James Furnivall ] (1825-1910), philologist, Shakespeare scholar, co-creator of what became the Oxford English Dictionary [ Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth (1824-1908) scholar ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, 3 St. George's Square, Primrose Hill, London, N.W. 28 July 1879.
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. The first sentence concerns an indecipherable subject. 'He continues: 'When you come to town, we must have a chat about ways & means. The Soc[iet]y. has no money in hand, & I don't see myself how to raise it. Your last Part was a too generous one for one year.' If Ebsworth has 'an hour to spare any evening', Furnivall asks him to 'call on my last landlady Mrs. Achurch, 10 Park Place, St. Giles's Rd. - past Martyr's Memorial on the right - & have a comforting chat with her & her daughter of 21, who's recovering from an attack that affected her brain.

[ Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Liberal politician and social reformer. ] Autograph Letter in the third person, as 'Lord Ashley', thanking the editor of The Globe [ John Wilson ] for his support [ to the Mines Act ].

Author: 
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury [ Lord Ashley, 1811-1861 ] (1801-1885), Liberal politician and social reformer [ John Wilson, editor of the Globe newspaper, London, and Benthamite ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 9 June 1842.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. The subject of the letter is the Mines Act, passed 10 August 1842, which barred women and girls and boys under ten from working down the mines. The letter, which is headed 'private & confidential', reads: 'Lord Ashley cannot refrain from thanking the Editor of the Globe for the friendly & able support to the measure now before Parliament, which he gave in his Paper of last Evening.

[ Arthur Joseph Munby, diarist and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. J. Munby') to the bookseller Bertram Dobell, regarding two lost postal orders.

Author: 
A. J. Munby [ Arthur Joseph Munby ] (1828-1910), diarist, poet and barrister obsessed with women in service [ Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), bookseller and literary scholar ]
Publication details: 
Ripley, Sussex. 23 September 1894.
£65.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter concerns two missing postal orders, regarding which Munby reports that he has made enquiries with 'the Ripley postmaster'. He discusses the question, giving the numbers of the postal orders, and writes: 'The postmaster tells me that, as the Orders were crossed, the G. P. O. will (unless by any chance the Orders have been cashed) repay the £1. 4.

[ William Halse Rivers Rivers, pioneering anthropologist and psychiatrist who treated Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart. ] Autograph Note Signed ('W. H. R. Rivers') to 'Marshall', regarding students and a lecture.

Author: 
William Halse Rivers Rivers ] (1864-1922), pioneering anthropologist and psychiatrist who treated Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart, fictionalised in Pat Barker, Regeneration Trilogy
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Physiological Laboratory, Cambridge. 'Thursday' [ no date ].
£320.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Dear Marshall. | I hear that it would suit you to being on Saturday so I have told the class that you wish to do so & I will give my concluding lecture on Saturday week,'

[ William Vizard, solicitor to Queen Caroline. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Wm. Vizard') to 'Wright', sent during the Trial of Queen Caroline, asking for copies of speeches. With an engraving of Vizard by Thomas Wright, from a drawing by Abraham Wivell.

Author: 
William Vizard (1774-1859), solicitor to Queen Caroline during her trial in 1820 [ Thomas Wright (1792-1849), engraver;Abraham Wivell (1786-1849), London publisher ]
Publication details: 
Note from Lincoln's Inn, dated 16 September 1820. Engraving published by A. Wivell, 40 Castle Street, East, Marylebone, and T. Kelly, 17 Paternoster Row. Undated.
£320.00

ONE: ANS. 1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The second leaf bears the address, part of which has been cut away: '<...> Wright Esq | <...> Panton Square | <...> Coventry Street'. Reads: 'Sir | I am much in want of the copies of V. <?> & the other speeches & I hope you can let me have my own or other copies | I am | Your most | Obt. Servant | Wm. Vizard'. TWO: Engraving of 'Willm. Vizard Esqr. | Her Majesty's Solicitor. | Engraved by T. Wright from a Drawing by A. Wivell.' At bottom right-hand corner 'P 2/6'. Dimensions of image 9.5 x 8 cm. On 17 x 12 cm paper.

[ William Gilpin, art critic and educationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Gilpin') to his son William Gilpin the younger, Headmaster of Cheam School, with reference to Thomas Gisborne and William Farish.

Author: 
William Gilpin (1724-1804), writer on art and headmaster of Cheam School, Surrey [ Thomas Gisborne (1758-1846), religious writer; William Farish (1759-1837), chemist ]
Publication details: 
No place. 22 May 1795.
£600.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with slight damage on removal from album. Addressed to 'Revd. Mr. Gilpin | Cheam'. (In 1777, on becoming vicar of Boldre in the New Forest, Gilpin handed over the headmastership of Cheam School to his second son William Gilpin the younger (1757-1848).) Written with a freshness reflecting 'the particular interest' Gilpin paid to 'the theory and practice of epistolary writing', noted by Alain Kerhervé in his edition of Gilpin's letters to his grandson ('William writes to William', 2014).

[ St. George Jackson Mivart, eventually anti-Darwinian biologist. ] Autograph Note Signed about a ticket.

Author: 
St. George Jackson Mivart (1827-1900), biologist who promoted Darwin's theories, then repudiated them
Publication details: 
No place. 29 June [ no year ].
£250.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and norn paper. Written in a difficult hand. Appears to read: 'Dear Mr Woodrow | I send you the enclosed (my ticket) till the end of July. Please let me <?> it at 71 Seymour St on the evening of July 31st.' A Catholic convert, Mivart was increasingly disenchanted with his friend Thomas Henry Huxley's anti-papist stance, and repudiated his initial support for the theory of evolution. This did not, however, endear him the the Roman Catholic authorities.

[ The Russian Revolution: Sir John Pollock and the Fund to Provide Comforts for British Refugees from Bolshevist Russia.] Notebook with miscellaneous entries, many of them relating to the Fund, including a draft appeal, details of individual cases/

Author: 
Sir John Pollock [ Sir Frederick John Pollock, 4th Baronet ] (1878-1963), author and journalist [ Fund to Provide Comforts for British Refugees from Bolshevist Russia; Russian Revolution ]
Publication details: 
[ 95 Bedford Court Mansions, London. ] 1920 and 1921.
£950.00

The author is not named, but this item is from the papers of Sir John Pollock, and is in his autograph. Sir (Frederick) John Pollock (1872-1963), 4th Baronet of Hatton (Eton; Trinity College, Cambridge; Harvard Law School) is a strangely-neglected figure. His brief obituary in The Times (23 July 1963) is headed 'Playwright and Author', but the best account of his career is the one he himself contributed to Who's Who. Pollock took great interest in Russian affairs, his numerous works including 'War and Revolution in Russia' in 1918, and 'The Bolshevik Adventure' the following year.

[ Sir Monier Monier- Williams, orientalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Monier Williams') to 'The Revd Dr. Donaldson', requesting a testimonial for use in his campaign to become Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford

Author: 
Sir Monier Monier- Williams (1819-1899), orientalist, Boden Professor of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford [ John William Donaldson (1811-1861), philologist ]
Publication details: 
Cheltenham. 12 May [ 1860 ].
£180.00

The context is explained in Monier-Williams's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'After spending a few years at Cheltenham, where he held an appointment at the college, he was elected Boden professor of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford in December 1860. The election to the professorship was at this time still made by all MAs of the university, after a campaign by the contestants: Williams's rival, in a long and somewhat acrimonious struggle, was Professor F. Max Müller.' 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with printed slip from catalogue laid down at head.

[ Nicholas Vansittart, Lord Bexley. ] Autograph Note in the third person, in French, to 'Mr: le Comte d'Autraignes'

Author: 
Nicholas Vansittart, 1st Baron Bexley [ Lord Bexley ] (1766-1851), Tory politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1812-1823
Publication details: 
Treasury Chambers [ Whitehall, London ]. 23 October 1806.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with creasing to one corner. Reads 'Mr. Vansittart presente ses Complimens a Mr: le Comte d'Autraignes et le prie de passer demain à la Tresoir a une heure apres midi.'

[ Sir Francis Seymour Haden, surgeon and etcher. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mons <Jules Saignait?>, sending payment from the South Kensington Museum, through 'Mr. Chapman', for 'two splendid etchings (the large groups of flowers').

Author: 
Seymour Haden [ Sir Francis Seymour Haden ] (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 62 Sloane Streety, S.W. [ London ] 10 April 1863..
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.. Addressed at start to 'Cher Monsieur', with indistinct name of recipient following Haden's signature. He is sending him, 'by the hands of Mr. Chapman the sum of 50 francs wh. I have received on yr. behalf from the authorities of South Kensington Museum – and have obtained the promise of this office that yr. Two splendid etchings (the large group of flowers) that he suspended among the Chefs D'Oeuvres of the Establishment.' He concludes: 'Mr. Chapman will explain the hurry in wh. I write'.

[ Shelford Bidwell, physicist and inventor whose 'telephotography' was a precursor to the modern fax. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Henslow', requesting a 'distant room' for a demonstration of 'an experimental telephone'.

Author: 
Shelford Bidwell (1848-1909, English physicist and inventor whose 'telephotography' was a precursor to the modern fax
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Riverside Lodge, Wandsworth. 27 November 1883.
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his note, adding: 'I think perhaps it will be better to clear the platform as the apparatus will then be more easily seen. I should be glad if possible to have the use of a distant room in the building to which I could run an experimental telephone wire. The room may of course be a very small one.'

[ Sir Frank Watson Dyson (1868-1939), Astronomer Royal. ] Autograph Note Signed ('F. W. Dyson') to 'Prof. Adams'

Author: 
Sir Frank Watson Dyson (1868-1939), Astronomer Royal who introduced Greenwich time signals ('pips') and helped prove Einstein's theory of general relativity
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. 1 July 1919.
£200.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition. Reads: 'Dear Prof. Adams, | Will you give us the pleasure of your company at lunch at the Royal Observatory on July 8 at 1 o'clock?'

[ Henry Carvill Lewis, geologist and mineralogist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Carvill Lewis') to 'Prof. A. Ramsay' [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ]

Author: 
Henry Carvill Lewis (1853-1888), American geologist and mineralogist, debunker of paranormal claims
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 7 November 1884.
£180.00

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He is sending 'the first two volumes of the Proceedings of the Mineralogical Section of the Acad - as also some papers of my own'. He has heard of Ramsay's 'Scientific Roll', and desires to 'heartily endorse it', in the 'hope that it may be continued – It will be of very great service to scientific men'. He will be glad to receive it, and in return to send 'from time to time both the Proceedings of the Section and other original material'.

[ Mona Caird, Scottish novelist and suffragist. ] Two Auograph Letters, one Signed 'Mona Caird', discussing her inability to provide financial assistance to the causes she supports.

Author: 
Mona Caird [ Alice Mona Caird; née Alice Mona Alison; married name Alice Mona Henryson-Caird] (1854-1932), Scottish novelistt, proponent of women's suffrage, and theosophist
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of 'Cassencary, Creetown, N.B. [i.e. Scotland ]' One dated 'May 6th.' and the other '19th. Dec.' Years not stated.
£300.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed, dated '19th. Dec.' 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. As 'the public is not apparently able to rise to the occasion', the recipient's appeal should be helped, but she is 'unable to help anything just now. I have been most seriously involved in the Australian

[ [Royal Navy wife in 1920s Malta. ] Autograph Diary of Muriel Margaret Medd, wife of Paymaster-Commander Walter Hall Medd, OBE, RN

Author: 
Muriel Margaret Medd [ née Beattie ] (b.1889), wife of Paymaster-Commander Walter Hall Medd, OBE, RN (1886-1952), son of Rev. George Tate Medd, Vicar of Whitchurch [ Malta; Maltese ]
Publication details: 
Entries between 1 January and 13 August 1920. In 'Collins Handy Diary for 1920.' [ London and Glasgow: Collins' Clear-Type Press. ]
£400.00

230pp., in 12mo 'Collins' Handy Diary for 1920.' In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight damage to fore-edges of front endpaper and first two leaves. Ownership inscription on front pastedown: 'Muriel M Medd, | 123, . St. Torri, | Shema, | MALTA.' The work of a well-educated practical woman, casting interesting light on the day to day life of a Royal Navy officer's wife in 1920s Malta. Her husband is more often than not referred to as 'W.', and the couple have a daughter Anne; and 'Peter' (family dog?). Among their circle are 'the Wildishes', 'Echwarri', 'the Swanns', 'Dr.?>

[ David Pearce Penhallow, botanist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to A[lexander]. Ramsay, regarding his 'Scientific Roll', and Penhallow's 'Paper on Peach Yellows'.

Author: 
David Pearce Penhallow (1854-1910), Canadian-American botanist and paleobotanist, holder of the Macdonald Chair of Botany at McGill University [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
73 Mansfield Street, Montreal, Canada. 12 September 1883.
£220.00

2pp., 8vo. He will send copies of his reports to 'Dr. Henslow at an early date'. He continues: 'I very much regret that your most admirable work is meeting with so little encouragement and will do what I can by giving you my name for your publication under the titles of "Plants generally" & "Plants in Classifying Groups'. He concludes by discussing his 'Paper on Peach yellows', which 'seems to have been quite opportune here as our edition of 1000 is nearly exhausted.?>

[ Edward Bocquet, historical engraver. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('E Bocquet') to the London booksellers Messrs. Lackington & Co.', regarding his engraving for them of a portrait of the Earl of Southampton.

Author: 
Edward Bocquet, historical engraver [ Lackington & Co., London booksellers; Joseph Harding ]
Publication details: 
Without place. 11 January 1816.
£250.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and rather dusty, with small closed tear at head. He begins by explaining that he has been 'prevented by ill health from finishing the plate confided to my care, & of waiting upon you to make you acquainted with the cause of the delay. The engraving is 'in a state of forwardness', and he is willing to let 'Mr Satchwell' give his opinion of it before he sends it to them. 'I shall prove the plate again next week, after which I shall be enabled to state the time of its completion'.

[ Charles Manners, singer with D'Oyly Carte and the Moody-Manners Opera Company. ] Autograph letter Signed ('C Manners') to 'Mr. Streatfield'

Author: 
Charles Manners (1867-1935), English opera singer, first with D'Oyly Carte, then with his own Moody-Manners Opera Company, run with his wife Fanny Moody [ Gilbert and Sullivan ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Moody-Manners Opera Company, Limited. 19 January 1901.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Elaborate letterhead headed 'Third Year', with 'Repertoire' (beginning with 'Tristan & Isolda') down left-hand margin. Two printed notices as part of letterhead. First: 'At present the largest English Oper Company that has ever travelled Great Britain | Being played for the first time in the Provinces to the Pitch that the Composers intended their Operas should be Played, viz.; - NORMAL PITCH.' Second, 'The above Company are offering two Prizes of £250 each, and 10% on all profits for two Operas, selected by public competition.

[ Charles Robert Maturin, author of 'Melmoth the Wanderer'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles R. Maturin'), asking a 'dearest friend' to spend time 'en famille'.

Author: 
Charles Robert Maturin [ C. R. Maturin ], Irish writer of gothic novels and plays, best-known for 'Melmoth the Wanderer'
Publication details: 
No place. 'Monday Eveng' [ no date ].
£350.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with top part of second leaf torn away. Reads: 'My dearest friend | I attempted to see you to day but was not able to reach your house – Will you come in charity and sit with us two hours on Thursday evening | En famille | We will give you a well aired room, a little <?>, and your sons shall have a quadrille | Ever yours | Charles R. Maturin', Maturin was the great-uncle of Oscar Wilde, who adopted the name 'Sebastian Melmoth' during his self-exile on the continent.

[ The Russian Revolution: the Assistant Minister of War addresses the Council of Peasants' Delegates. ] Account, in English, of a report by 'Colonel Iakubovitch' on the state of the Russian Army, in a speech to the Council of Peasants' Delegates.

Author: 
Colonel G. A. Iakubovich [ G. A. Yakubovich; G. A. Iakubovitch ], Assistant Minister of War under Kerensky in the Provisional Russian Government of 1917 [ Russian Revolution ]
Publication details: 
'Council of Peasants' Delegates [ Moscow ]. 24 May 1917.
£650.00

After the February Revolution and abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, Kerensky, as Minister of War, was the dominant figure in the provisional government that held power until overthrown by the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution. According to Semion Lyandres, 'The Fall of Tsarism', along with Lev Stepanovich Tugan-Baranovskii and G. N. Tumanov, Captain G. A. Iakubovich 'belonged to the troika of Kerenskii's most trusted military aides during his tenure in the Provisional Government'. 4pp., foolscap 8vo. First page headed: 'Council of Peasants' Delegates. | 24th. May 1917.

[ Captain William Pryce Cumby, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Wm: Pryce Cumby') to the London solicitor Thomas Wiglesworth, the first regarding a repaired chronometer, the second a power of attorney.

Author: 
Captain William Pryce Cumby (1771-1837), Royal Navy, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar while commanding HMS Bellerophon [ Thomas Wiglesworth, London solicitor ]
Publication details: 
Both letters from East Hall, Middleton Tyas [ Yorkshire ]. 23 February and 1 July 1819.
£350.00

Early on during the Battle of Trafalgar, Lieutenant Cumby's captain John Cooke was mortally wounded, leaving Cumby in command of HMS Bellerophon during 'the most glorious battle ever fought at sea'. According to John Marshall's 'Royal Naval Biography' (1823): 'At this early period of the battle, the Bellerophon was closely engaged with the Monarca, as well as l’Aigle, and exposed to a distant cannonade from three other of the enemy’s ships.

[ Aubrey de Vere, Irish poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Aubrey de Vere') [ to Samuel Waddington ], giving permission to publish sonnets by him in an anthology, and commenting on Hartley Coleridge, William Wordsworth and Sir Aubrey de Vere.

Author: 
Aubrey de Vere [ Aubrey Thomas Hunt de Vere ] (1814-1902), Irish poet annd critic [ Samuel Waddington ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall [ London ]. 2 July 1880.
£110.00

3pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of stub adhering to blank reverse of sevond leaf. He is 'very much flattered' at Waddington's 'wishing to include sonnets of mine in your proposed selection. You are quite welcome to those you have named, or any others of mine.' He hopes he will 'include some of Hartley Coleridge's beautiful sonnets', and asks him to accept 'a vol. of sonnets by my Father, the late Sir Aubrey de Vere. Wordsworth spoke of his sonnets (my Father's) as the best modern sonnets he was acquainted with'.

[ Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, artist and sculptor. ] Handbill by F. K. J. Shenton, 'By Order of the Committee', advertising a 'course of five lectures' by Hawkins on 'The Gorilla' for Crystal Palace Company's School of Art, Science, and Literature.

Author: 
Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807-1894), anti-Darwinian natural history artist and sculptor[ F. K. J. Shenton; Crystal Palace Company's School of Art, Science, & Literature ]
Publication details: 
Crystal Palace Company's School of Art, Science, & Literature. No printer's details. Undated [ 1850s ]
£220.00

According to Hawkins' entry in the Oxford DNB: 'In September 1852 Hawkins was appointed director of the fossil department of the Crystal Palace, under reconstruction at Sydenham, south London, and in collaboration with Richard Owen began to construct the first major public display of the progression of life on earth, comprising life-sized iron and stone models of fourteen genera of extinct animals, together with reconstructions of fossil plants and geological strata. He held a dinner party on 31 December 1853 in the mould of the largest model, of the dinosaur Iguanodon.

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