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[Lady Louisa Hardy, wife of Sir Thomas Hardy, Captain of HMS Victory at Battle of Trafalgar.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr Lahee' (the auctioneer Samuel Lahee), concerning Hardy's consent to requirements in a new house

Author: 
Lady Louisa Emily Anna Hardy (1788-1877), wife of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839)], Royal Navy officer, Captain of HMS Victory at Battle of Trafalgar [Samuel Lahee]
Publication details: 
9 Queen Street, Mayfair [London]. 15 October [no year].
£250.00

Hardy is immortalised in Nelson's dying request 'Kiss me, Hardy.' Lady Hardy was the daughter of Admiral Sir George Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818). 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with parts of red wax seal and traces of glue from mount on reverse of second leaf, which is addressed 'To | Mr Lahee | 65. New Bond Street'. Folded once.

[Lord Albemarle, Whig politician and racehorse owner.] Autograph Letter in the third person to the Mayor Elect of Yarmouth, declining a dinner invitation.

Author: 
Lord Albemarle [William Charles Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle] (1772-1849), Whig politician and racehorse owner
Publication details: 
Quidenham [Norfolk]. 24 September 1815.
£56.00

1p, 8vo. In good condition. Laid down on part of leaf from album. Reads: 'Lord Albemarle presents His Compliments to the Mayor Elect, and is sorry to find that It is not in his power to have the Honor of dining with him at Yarmouth on Michaelmas Day next.'

[Lord Anson [Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson], Whig politician.] Autograph Note in the third person, apologising for inability to meet 'the Mayor Elect of Yarmouth'.

Author: 
Lord Anson [Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson] (1767-1818), Whig politician
Publication details: 
Shugborough. 6 September 1815.
£120.00

1p, landscape 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on part of leaf from album. Reads: 'Lord Anson presents his Compts. to the Mayor Elect of Yarmouth is extremely sorry it will not be in his power to have the Honor of waiting upon him on the 29th. of this Month'.

[Cuthbert Collingwood, Lord Collingwood, Royal Navy admiral who commanded the British fleet on Nelson's death at Trafalgar.] Autograph Signature ('Collingwood') to letter regarding Prisoners of War at Malta.

Author: 
Lord Collingwood [Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood] (1748-1810), Royal Navy admiral, took command of the British fleet on Nelson's death at Trafalgar
Publication details: 
'Ville de Paris, 14 Feby 1810'. (Written on board HMS Ville de Paris, while sailing for England.)
£300.00

Collingwood's ship the Royal Sovereign was the first to engage with the enemy at Trafalgar, at which Nelson exclaimed, 'see how that noble fellow Collingwood carries his ship into action!' Collingwood's comment, at almost the same moment, was 'What would Nelson give to be here?' 1p, small 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded several times to make a packet. Written within a month of Collingwood's death, on 7 March 1810, on board the Ville de Paris, off Port Mahon, while returning to England. All but the signature written in a secretarial hand.

[ J.H. Shorthouse, novelist ] Autograph Letter Signed "J Henry Shorthouse" to "Fras S.G. Gardner-Brown", about his 'philosophical' novel, John Inglesant.

Author: 
J. H. Shorthouse [Joseph Henry Shorthouse (1834–March 1903), novelist, author of "John Inglesant."
Publication details: 
[Headed ] Lansdowne, Edgbaston ] 16 Feb. 1900.
£220.00

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold mark, vestiges of tipping into album, text clear and complete, good to very good condition. "I am very pleased that you have found anything that I have written a help to you and especially to find that in your opinion a perusal of 'John Inglesant' is calculated to promote 'a better and a purer life'. I am strongly inclined to think that you will find this the case for a past day rather than in those of the present." His correspondent has sent a reference which Shorthouse explains.

[ Jacob Bronowski ] Typed Letter Signed "J Bronowski" to R.L. Ager.

Author: 
Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974), Polish-born British mathematician and historian
Publication details: 
[Headed] The Square House, Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham, 9 July 1952.
£35.00

One page, 8vo, good condition. He thanks his corespondent for inviting him to lecture to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society. "I ma giving a number of illustrated lectures this winter on Leonardo da Vinci as artist and scientist, and I think this subject would have interested your Society. Unhappily there are two obstacles. I am now so heavily committed for the next tqelve months that I really cannot undertake anything else. And I ought to add that my lecture fee is thirty guineas."

[Nelson describes his victory at the Battle of Copenhagen.] 'Extraordinary' number of 'The London Gazette', containing accounts of the engagement by Nelson and his commanding officer Sir Hyde Parker.

Author: 
Admiral Lord Nelson [Horatio Nelson] (1758-1805); Sir Hyde Parker (1739-1807), Royal Navy admiral, Nelson's superior at the Battle of Copenhagen, 1801
Publication details: 
Number 15454. 'Printed by ANDREW STRAHAN, Printers Street, Gough Square. [London]' 15 April 1801.
£450.00

4pp, 8vo, paginated 401-404. Originally a bifolium, but with the leaves separated. In fair condition, lightly aged, with each leaf carrying in a margin a strip of paper from the mount. Several fold lines. Page one carries the half-penny tax stamp. In small print and double column. The entire number concerns the battle. Begins: 'Admiralty-Office, April 15, 1801.

[Christopher Fry, playwright.] Fry's own copy of his book 'Can You Find Me: A Family History', with autograph notes, containing correspondence from relatives, photographs, and a typed transcript of a radio interview, with autograph additions by Fry.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright [Oxford University Press]
Publication details: 
Book: Oxford University Press, 1978. Correspondence between 1982 and 1987. Interview [1979].
£750.00

The book is 272pp, 8vo. A good copy, lightly aged, with binding sunned along top, in worn dustwrapper. The volume contains – along with autograph corrections of incidentals – a couple of autograph notes in pencil, one of a minor nature and the other reading: 'Daisy & Charles attended the funeral – March 26 – as recorded in Archibald Marshall's diary'; also one minor emendation in ink. The material inserted in the volume is described below. Accompanying the volume is a long typewritten radio script of an interview between Fry and 'Leslie', with autograph additions in pencil by Fry.

[Christopher Fry, playwright.] Typescript of a cinematic 'Story Treatment' of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens: 'A 90 Minute Animated Color Version', 'Adapted by Christopher Fry'.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright; Charles Dickens
Publication details: 
With address of Fry's agent: ACTAC (Theatrical & Cinematic) Limited, 16, Cadogan Lane, London S.W.1'. Without date [1970s or 1980s?].
£400.00

In addition to his distinguished career as a playwright, Fry had some success in Hollywood. He completely rewrote (uncredited) the screenplay of 'Ben-Hur' (1959), and was responsible for the screenplay of the Dino De Laurentiis epic 'The Bible: In the Beginning' (1966), directed by John Houston. The present item is a treatment for a film that did not make it into production. It is [1] + 71pp, 8vo. Each page on a separate loose leaf. With thin card covers, also loose, the front cover carrying a duplication of the title-page, and the back cover blank. In good condition, lightly aged.

[George Arbuthnot, civil servant, as Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Charles Wood.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Arbuthnot') to unnamed editor, sending for publication a corrected copy of speech in reply to motion by Disraeli.

Author: 
George Arbuthnot (1802-1865), senior civil servant [Charles Wood (1800-1885), 1st Viscount Halifax, Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer]
Publication details: 
Downing Street [London]. 7 April 1849.
£50.00

According to his entry in the Oxford DNB, Arbuthnot 'served as private secretary successively to seven patronage secretaries; to the permanent head of the department, Sir Charles Spearman, and his successor, Sir Charles Trevelyan; to the prime minister, Sir Robert Peel; and to Sir Charles Wood, chancellor of the exchequer in Russell's administration'. The present item was written by Arbuthnot while holding the last position. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on part of a leaf from an album.

[George Edward Anson, Private Secretary to Prince Albert.] Autograph Letter Signed in the third person, reporting Queen Victoria's decision not to comply with 'Mr. D'Orsey's request'.

Author: 
George Edward Anson (1812-1849), Keeper of Queen Victoria's Privy Purse, and private secretary to Prince Albert
Publication details: 
Buckingham Palace [London]. 12 September 1847.
£120.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on a part of a leaf from an album. Reads: 'Mr. Anson begs to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. D'Orsey's Letter of the 6th. instant and to acquaint him in reply that he has submitted his appeal to Her Majesty The Queen who regrets that the great pressure of claims upon Her Majesty's private Bounty prevents a compliance with Mr. Dorsey's request.'

[Lord Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet.] Manuscript designs of heraldic achievements (coats of arms), made by a signwriter for display at his funeral.

Author: 
[Admiral Lord Gambier [James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier (1756-1833), Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy officer in American Revolutionary War and French Revolutionary Wars and Glorious First of June]
Publication details: 
'April 22nd.' [1832].
£400.00

An interesting and unusual survival, casting light on funerary practice in Georgian London. In black ink on 37 x 15 cm piece of watermarked laid paper, clearly cut from the working ledger of the signwriter responsible for the display at Gambier's funeral. Two excellent drawings, marked up with notes for colours, as a guide for the painting process.

[ Lords of the Admiralty ] Part printed, part MS. Document instructing the Governor of the Royal Hospital of Greenwich, Sir Charles Hardy, to receive and entertain five named men.

Author: 
[ 4th Earl of Sandwich; Ist Viscount Palmerston; Admiral Hugh Palliser; Philip Stephens ]
Publication details: 
[ Admiralty ] 22 July 1777.
£500.00

Document, folio, fold marks, tipped onto card of similar size, good condition, printed form instructing acceptance of men into the Greenwich Hospital with details added in MS, including the names of the men to be admitted, the signatures of Lords of the Admiralty (Sandwich, Palmerston, and Hugh Palliser) and by Philip Stephens, Secretary (see Oxford DNB)

[The West; Chilton's 'musical drama of the West': the BBC radio serial Riders of the Range'.] Chilton's own complete set of scripts of the 92 episodes, with revisions. With caricature of Chilton by Tony Speer, 'Eagle' correspondence, press cuttings.

Author: 
Charles Chilton (1917-2013), British radio producer, director and writer [BBC Light Entertainment; Clifford Makins, editor, 'Eagle' magazine, London; Max Kester Dodgson (1901-1991)]
Publication details: 
BBC Light Entertainment, London: 1949 to 1953. 'Eagle' magazine: 1960.
£2,500.00

On his eightieth birthday Charles Chilton (1917-2013) was described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'the one genius' the BBC 'ever had on its staff'. Chilton worked for the Corporation for a period of almost half a century, writing and producing a succession of innovative and exciting radio programmes and serials, notably the trilogy 'Journey into Space', the last UK radio programme to attract a bigger evening audience than television, which has been cited by the astronomers Stephen Hawkins and Colin Pillinger as an inspiration.

[ Oscar Beringer ] Autograph NOte Signed "Oscar Beringer" to an unnamed woman about an invitation to a prize giving.

Author: 
Oscar Beringer, pianist
Publication details: 
[Headed] 40 Wigmore Street, W., 26 Nov. [no year].
£28.00

One page, 12mo, faint spotting, good condition. "Many thanks for your kind invitation to your prize giving. Unfortunately it is impossible for me to come in the afternoon.

[W.L. George, novelist ] Autograph Letter Signed "W L George" to "[Mr?] Clifford", mentioning 'shirkers' and discussing the Battle of Verdun and possible consequences,.

Author: 
W.L. George [Walter Lionel George (1882, Paris, France–1926) chiefly known for his popular fiction, which included feminist, pacifist, and pro-labour themes]
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Ministry of Munitions of War, Whitehill Place, SW, 4 June 1916.
£320.00

One page, 4to, good condition. "Two little acts of Justice: one yto John Palmer who I am told has twice tried to enlist and was turned down for eyes, but the other 'shirkers' stand; one to one: I thought and thought about my fatal phrase, which did not sound quite right on the phone, and yet was familiar: : what I said was 'I'd rather be cut than shot for a cause I don't believe in',- " He imagines how good it would be when the fighting is over ("dividon and pain").

[ Augustus Jessopp; Landor ] Autograph Letter Signed "A Jessopp" to [ Stephen Wheeler ] about Walter Savage Landor.

Author: 
Augustus Jessop (1823–1914), cleric and writer
Publication details: 
[headed] Scarning Rectory, East Dereham, 19 July 1902.
£120.00

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. "Yes! I am y[our] man or whatever of y[our] who while still [?] jolly twenties sent almost my earliest printed brochure to Landpor & was surprised enough [& pleased as Punch!] to see his reply to in Frazer's [sic] Magazine [..]." He no longer has copies of the Magazine or the privately printed item he send ("piece of presumption") which concerned spelling in C17th writers - "everyone spelt as he pleased" so it should be modernised.

[ Dewitt Miller ] Autograph Note Signed "Dewitt Miller" to Stephen Wheeler, Foreign Office, England, Editor of Landor's Letters, asking about Landor-related books.

Author: 
Dewitt Miller (1857–1911), American educator, librarian, journalist, minister, orator, and book collector
Publication details: 
[Embossed heading] The Players, Sixteen Gramercy Park [NY], 27 Oct. [no year].
£56.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, very large handwriting, good condition. With envelope. "I should be glad to know if you have a copy of a book entitled Landor - a Critical Estimate [underlined) | Evans. | G.P. Putnam's Sons. | Also | Selections from Landor, made by Geo. Hillard (circa) 1850. | Sincerely : | Dewitt Miller | P.O. Box drawer 1351 | Philadelphia".

[ Hugh Chisholm; Encyclopaedia Britannica ] Autograph Letter Signed 'Hugh Chisholm' to [Stephen] Wheeler, editor of Landor's Letters etc., about his current work on the Encyclopaedia and the past.

Author: 
Hugh Chisholm (1866–1924) journalist, and editor of the 10th, 11th and 12th editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica.
Publication details: 
(E.B. office | 125 High Holborn) 3 Ellerdale Road, NW3, 22 Nov. [no year, but ref. to War suggests 1914)
£300.00

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, smallish hand, tightly written, good condition. "If I had been doing a complete new edition of the E.B. [Encyclopaedia Britannica] I should have certainly resorted to you in regard to Landor. But I am only doing some supplementary volumes, covering the later developments in 1910-1920, to add to those of the 11th Ed..; and I can't touch such things in themselves.

[ John Thomas Blight ] Autograph Note Signed "John Thomas Blight" to unnamed correspondent about his pictures on sale.

Author: 
John Thomas Bligh, Cornish Artist
Publication details: 
16 Morrah Place, Penzance, 6 May 1870.
£180.00

One page, 12mo, fold mark, very good condition. Text: "Four of my water colour paintings are on sale with Mr R.J. [Curtis?], 190, Brompton Road, London, S.W.". Note: Some sources say that he was confined in a lunatic asylum from 1871.

[ Royal Gifts Scotland, 1761 ] MS docketed: "Memorandum of Gifts Tacks of Lands &c Granted by the Crown in consequence of a Search made through the Records of the Privy Seall and Chancery or Great Seall and from the year 1716 and downwards"

Author: 
[ Royal Gifts in Scotland, 1761 ]
Publication details: 
March 1761
£320.00

Three pages, folio, fold marks, closed tears, minor damage, text clear and complete. List giving Date of the Gift and then a brief description. For example, "1716 Febrry 27 Gift of the Chamberlaincy of Fyfe.

[ Baron Dinorben ] Autograph Letter Signed "Dinorben" to the Mayor of Denbigh about a visit by H.R.H. The Duke of Sussex

Author: 
(Baron) Dinorben [William Lewis Hughes, 1st Baron Dinorben] (1767–1852), copper mine owner, philanthropist and Whig politician.
Publication details: 
Kinmel Park, 17 Sept. 1836
£100.00

One page, cr.8vo, bifolium, edges dusted, small closed tears, second leaf black-bordered, mainly good condition. "Mr Mayor, | I am deserv'd by H.R.H.The Duke of Sussex to express His thanks to youy & to the Members of the Town Council of the borough of Denbighg for the attention accorded to him & to say that H.R.H. will receive the Address on Thursday next ye 22d at Four in the Evening - | On ,my own part I request that you & the Gentlemen who may accompnay you will do me the honour to dine with me on that day [subscription and signature, followed by Postscript] P.S.

[Christopher Fry makes directorial suggestions.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Christopher') to 'Dear George', giving detailed comments on a production of Congreve's 'Way of the World', with reference to Joan Plowright and John Moffatt.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright [Joan Plowright; John Moffatt; William Gaskill; Chichester Festival]
Publication details: 
[From the 1984 Chichester Festival?]
£250.00

The item would appear to relate to William Gaskill's 1984 Chichester Festival production of Congreve's 'Way of the World', in which Joan Plowright played Lady Wishford, and John Moffatt played Witwoud, although it is not clear why Fry should have been making directorial suggestions in this case. 2pp, 8vo. Written in pencil. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. From the Fry papers, and so possibly either a draft or not sent. The identity of the recipient is not clear.

[ George Taubman Goldie ] Autograph Note Signed "George Taubman Goldie" to [Stephen Wheeler] of the Foreign Office, referring to a "memorandum".

Author: 
George Taubman Goldie [Sir George Dashwood Taubman Goldie (1846–1925), administrator who played a major role in the founding of Nigeria. ]
Publication details: 
[Headed; embossed] Naval & Military Club, Piccadilly, W., 6 May [no year]
£56.00

One page, 16mo, bifolium, sl.spotted, mainly goodcondition. "Dear Sir, | II return your memorandum filled in. | Yours faithfully | George Taubman Goldie \ Stephen Wheeler Esq, | Oriental Club."

[ Henry Mortimer Durand ] Autograph Letter Signed "H.M. Durand" to [Stephen] Wheeler, Foreign Office (India)

Author: 
H. M. Durand [ Sir Henry Mortimer Durand (1850–1924), diplomat and civil servant of colonial British India]
Publication details: 
[Headed] Hesketh Villa, Torquay, 7 January 1890.
£65.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold marks, good condition. He reveals that he nearly died of pleurisy and pneumonai recently "and am still a cripple from the after effects thereof but mending. | shall be very glad to tell you anything I can about Indian affairs - but what do you want to know about in particular? If you will send me a set of questions I will answer to the best of my ability. | I expect to be down here until the Spring [...]" Wheeler has added some faint notes on the otherwise blank fourth page.

[Henry Yule; Younghusband ] Autograph Note Signed "H Yule" to Stephen Wheeler, orientalist, about "Lieut. Younghusband" and his youthful expedition (Asia) with part of notes, presumably in Wheeler's hand, on Carey's "expedition" to Tibet (1885-1887).

Author: 
Henry Yule, orientalist (1820-1889)
Publication details: 
3 Pen-y-wern Road, SW, 30 Nov.1887 [Embossed address excised - India Office]. With docket giving names of Yule and Younghusband.
£320.00

Letter, one, page, 12mo; notes on verso one page. Letter by Yule: "The young officer to whom I referred in Lieut. Younghusband of (I think) the Ist dragoon guards, the son of an officer formerly well known in the Punjab. | He is I believe now on his way home through Russia, after a remarkable journey in Mongolia & Chinese Turkestan."; Notes by Wheeler (?), Foreighn Office, orientalist (starting mid-sentence, crossings out in square brackets: "traveller must encounter are formidable enough to rank Mr Careys expedition - described the other [day] even[in]g to the Royal Geographical Society.

[ Mary Davies; mezzo-soprano ] Autograph Note Signed "Mary Davis" to "Madame Frickenhaus", pianist

Author: 
Mary Davies [(1855–1930), Welsh mezzo-soprano
Publication details: 
[Headed] 208 Euston Road, NW, 19 Dec. 1881.
£50.00

Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold mark, good condion, large handwriting. "Your song has come to hand. I am sory to say that it does not suit me. The words are beautiful but there is no story in it and that is almost necessary for a Ballad. [..."

[Rolando Pieraccini, Italian sculptor, author and publisher ('Eurographica').] 43 Typed Letters Signed to playwright Christopher Fry, regarding the publication of signed limited editions of his works.

Author: 
Rolando Pieraccini [Roland Pieraccini], Italian sculptor and publisher ('Eurographica'), settled in Finland [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
Earlier letters on letterheads of his Helsinki publishing house Eurographica; later letters on his personal Helsinki letterhead. Between 1984 and 1996.
£2,000.00

43 letters in 8vo and 12mo, making a total of 44 pp. Signed 'Rolando Pieraccini' and (latterly) 'Rolando'. Thirteen of the letters (1984-1986; all 8vo) on 'Eurographica' letterhead, the others (1986-1996; 27 in 12mo and 3 in 8vo) on Pieraccini's personal letterhead. Also present is a carbon copy of a two-page letter from Pieraccini to Penny Eckley of Oxford University Press, regarding copyright matters. The collection in good condition, lightly-aged.

[Christopher Fry; Dino De Laurentiis; John Houston.] Photostat pages of the first part of Fry's screenplay of the 1966 American-Italian religious epic film 'The Bible: In the Beginning...', produced by De Laurentiis and directed by Huston

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005) [Dino De Laurentiis; John Houston; 20th Century Fox]
Publication details: 
On p.2: 'Property of: | DINO DE LAURENTIIS CINEMATOGRAFICA S. p. A. | Via Pontina Km. 23-270 | ROMA'.
£200.00

Photostat pages of the first part of Christopher Fry's screenplay of the lavish 1966 American-Italian 20th Century Fox religious epic film 'The Bible: In the Beginning...', produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Huston. [2] + 7pp, 4to. Photostats of a typescript, on seven leaves.

[Admiral Saumarez ] Autograph Note in the third person describing the gratitude of Emperors/Kings (Russian, Austrian, Prussian and Swedish).

Author: 
Admiral Sir James Saumarez [1st Baron de Saumarez (or Sausmarez), GCB (1757–1836)].
Publication details: 
No date or place. Docketed [ 1827 ]
£120.00

Two pages, obl.12mo, fold mark, good condition. "Previous to leaving the Baltic, Sir James Saumarez was presented with a magnificent Sword [sett?] in Diamonds by His Majesty The King of Sweden for the Services he rendered to thjat country and upon the arrival of the Emperor of Russia and the King of Prussia in England he was honored with their Majesties persoanl thanks for the benefit derived to the Common Cause of Europe, which were also communicated to him from the Emperor of Austria by his Excellency Prince Metternich.

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