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[Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime minister to be murdered.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Rev. Dr. George Gaskin, Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, returning one item and ordering four others.

Author: 
Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, assassinated [Rev. Dr. George Gaskin (1751-1829), Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christan Knowledge]
Publication details: 
Lincoln's Inn Fields [London]. 20 December 1800.
£280.00

1p, 4to. On bifolium addressed on verso of second leaf to 'Revd Dr. Gaskin | Bartlett's Buildings', with Perceval's seal in red wax split between the bottom two corners of the same page, which is also endorsed by Gaskin: 'London | Hon. Spencer Percival [sic] | Recd Decr 23. 1800'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'Mr Perceval's Compts. to Dr. Gaskin and returns the 10th. Vol of the Society's Tracts which is marked the 9th and has been sent in the set by mstake instead of the 10th. Mr.

[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author.] Four Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mrs Cunliffe' [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley, daughter of Lord Crewe], good natured and vivacious.

Author: 
Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley (1780-1850), daughter of Lord Crewe and wife of MP Foster Cunliffe Offley]
Publication details: 
Three letters from London addresses: 3 Weymouth Street [Portland Place], no date [c. 1835]; 33 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, 31 April 1839; 56 Green Street, Grosvenor Square, 18 February 1842. Last letter with no place or date [London, c. 1824].
£450.00

The four items in good condition, lightly aged, with stubs from mounts still adhering. The first three are bifoliums, carrying seals in red wax (that to the third letter broken). The second letter is addressed to her at Grosvenor Square; the third and fourth to her at Upper Brook Street. ONE: No place or date. [London, on paper with watermark of 'J GREEN & SON | 1824'.] 1p, 12mo.

[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author, on losing 'the inestimable advantage of being a Yorkshireman'.] Autograph Letter Signed to Richard Monckton Milnes, the future Lord Houghton, on several topics.]

Author: 
Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885), Lord Houghton, poet, politician and patron of the arts; James Garth Marshall (1802-1873)]
Publication details: 
Combe Florey, Taunton [Somerset]. 14 July 1841.
£200.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'R. M. Milnes Esq | Pall Mall | London'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Folded three times. The earlier part of the letter is reproduced in Smith's daughter Lady Holland's 1855 memoir of him. Smith begins the letter by stating that he is 'very much oblig'd' by Milnes's 'kindness in procuring for me the papier Chimique – pray let me know what I am in your debt it is best to be scrupulous and punctilious in trifles'.

[William Ewart Gladstone, as Prime Minister, to Lord Crewe, following the death of Gordon of Khartoum.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone'), on how he is prevented from 'fulfilling the engagement', due to 'the state of affairs in the Soudan'.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister [Robert Crewe-Milnes (1858-1945), 1st Marquess of Crewe; Charles George Gordon (Gordon of Khartoum)]
Publication details: 
On cancelled letterhead of 10 Downing Street. [Holborn? Holby?] 5 February 1885.
£180.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, folded four times. The Downing Street letterhead has been struck through, and place and date added in manuscript, possibly not by Gladstone himself, the place indistinct ('Holborn' or 'Holby'?). The letter reads: 'My dear Lord Crewe | With the greatest regret I have to inform you that an imperative call to London caused by the state of affairs in the Soudan will prevent us, to our great disappointment, from fulfilling the engagement which you had so kindly accepted. | Yours sincerely | W E Gladstone'. Gordon had died in the fall of Khartoum on 26 January.

[William Ewart Gladstone, as Prime Minister, to the Duchess of Edinburgh (Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia).] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone'), sending her 'specimens of labour performed in a field which is now not much frequented'

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister [Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1874-1900), daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Duchess of Edinburgh as wife of Prince Alfred]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hawarden Castle, Chester. 13 December 1883.
£120.00

2pp, 12mko. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight discoloration along central horizontal fold. Addressed to 'Her Imperial & Royal Highness | The Duchess of Edinburgh'. Reads: 'Madam | At Windsor Your Imperial & Royal Highness was good enough to say I might send these specimens of labour performed in a field which is now not much frequented | Under cover of the permission thus accorded, I take the liberty allowed, and add my request that it may not entail the trouble of any acknowledgment | I have the honour to be | Your I. R. Highness's | most faithful humble servant | W E Gladstone'.

[William Shenstone of the Leasowes, poet and landscape gardener.] Autograph Ownership Inscription on flyleaf of book: 'Guillaume Shenstone du College de Pembroke en Oxford'.

Author: 
William Shenstone (1714-1763) of the Leasowes, poet and landscape gardener
Publication details: 
[Pembroke College, Oxford.] 1734.
£200.00

On one side of what is clearly a fly-leaf removed from a book. In fair condition, aged and worn, skilfully placed in a windowpane mount of cream paper, to which a white stub still adheres. Written in a small hand at the head of the recto: 'Guillaume Shenstone | du College de Pembroke | en Oxford. | 1734.'

[Edwin Montagu, Secretary of State for India, to Sir Arthur Cope.] Typed Letter Signed ('Ed Montagu'), explaining what is required should Cope illustrate 'His Majesty's head' on the 'new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India'.

Author: 
Edwin Samuel Montagu (1879-1924), Liberal politician, Secretary of State for India, 1917-1922 [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Bank of England; Royal Academy, London]
Publication details: 
On India Office Letterhead, London S.W.1., 26 October 1920.
£280.00

2pp, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. Thirty-six lines of text. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir Arthur Cope, | The Bank of England are preparing new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India, and we have asked them to arrange if possible that the representation of His Majesty's head which is to appear on these notes should be designed by an artist of the highest eminence.

[Leslie Hotson and Norman Holmes Pearson on a George Washington letter.] Autograph Letter Signed from Hotson, and Typed Letter Signed from Pearson, both to Robert Beloe, discussing the proposed sale of his George Washington letter.

Author: 
Leslie Hotson [John Leslie Hotson] (1897-1992), authority on Elizabethan literature; Norman Holmes Pearson (1909-75), Yale academic [Robert Beloe (1905-84), educationalist; George Washington]
Publication details: 
Hotson's letter from Northford, Connecticut (but sent from a museum in Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, Amsterdam), 29 January 1955. Pearson's letter from 233 Hall of Graduate Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1 February 1955.
£120.00

Two Air Mail letters, both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Both letters are addressed to Beloe (author of the 1960 Beloe Report - education at The Hill House, Queen's Road, Richmond, Surrey. The subject of the two letters is a letter from George Washington to Lieutenant Governor Dinwiddie, Belvoir, 7 March 1754, beginning ''Honble. Sir | If the Vessel you Honour hir'd of Colo. Eyre has not left York'. The letter is now at Mount Vernon. ONE: Hotson's letter, signed 'Leslie Hotson'. 29 January 1955. 1p., 12mo.

[Sir John Lavery, Irish artist, to Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, portraitist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Lavery'), regarding the Artists' General Benevolent Institution and a man who has 'pestered' him 'by his visits and letters'.

Author: 
Sir John Lavery (1856-1941), RA, Irish painter [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Artists' General Benevolent Institution, London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 5 Cromwell Place, S.W.7 [London]. 30 January 1918.
£300.00

2pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to 'My dear Cope'. After thanking him for his letter Lavery writes: 'Our “friend” [Braynard?] when he called to ask for my signature told me many things, amongst others that the A. G. B. I. had already given him a grant some time back and that [Charleton?], Brangwyn and I were his sponsors | I had a hazy recollection of him and made up my mind that I would sign his paper and let the Secretary of the A. G. B. I. know the circumstance, which I did do that same day.

[Chang Yin Hoon, Chinese Special Ambassador to the United Kingdom for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.] Manuscript Letter in English [in the hand of Chang Yin Hoon himself?] to Sir William Colville, regarding presents for Colville and his family.

Author: 
Chang Yin Hoon, Special Ambassador of the Chinese Emperor on the occasion of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee [Sir William James Colville (1827-1903), Master of Ceremonies to Queen Victoria]
Publication details: 
Hotel Cecil [London]. 11 June 1897.
£200.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded once. Embossed circular oriental design as letterhead.

[Edward Gibbon, author of 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'.] Autograph Note of Latin literary reference, written on the back of a playing card.

Author: 
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), author of 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£400.00

An unusual relic of one of the world's greatest historians. Written on the back of a lightly-waxed 5.5 x 8.5 cm playing card (three of hearts). In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight oil stain to one edge, and stub from mount adhering. Written in Gibbon's elegant hand over three lines: 'Theocritus. - Bucolica in Analect. Graec. Poet. Brunck. Tom i'. Beneath this, in a nineteenth-century hand: 'Gibbons hand-writing'.

[Edward Gordon, Lord Penrhyn, Scottish politician and industrialist in Wales.] Autograph Signature ('Penrhyn'), as Lord Lieutenant of Carnarvon, to Manuscript Commission appointing D. G. Griffiths a lieutenant in the Royal Carnarvon Rifle Militia.

Author: 
Edward Gordon, Lord Penrhyn [Edward Gordon Douglas-Pennant, 1st Baron Penrhyn] (1800-1886), Scottish politician and Welsh industrialist [Captain David Glynne Griffith, Royal Carnarvon Rifle Militia]
Publication details: 
14 June 1869.
£120.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. On bifolium, folded twice into the customary packet, which is endorsed on the reverse of the second leaf: 'Dated 14th. June 1869. | The Right Honorable Lord Penrhyn | to | David Glynne Griffith Gentn | Commission as Lieutenant in the Royal Carnarvon Militia'. Added in another hand at foot: 'Gazetted 18th. June 1869.' . The twenty-three line commission of 'David Glynne Grifffith Gentleman (late Lieutenant 3rd. Regiment' is in a secretarial hand, signed at the foot by Penrhyn as 'Her Majesty's Lieutenant of the County of Carnarvon'.

[Sir William Orpen, Irish artist.] Autograph Signature ('William Orpen') to circular, in facsimile of his autograph, 'begging' for money, as steward of the Arts Club, with printed humorous self-portrait of Orpen sitting on the pavement begging.

Author: 
Sir William Orpen [Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen] (1878-1931), RA, Irish artist based in London [The Arts Club; The Artists' General Benevolent Institution]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 8 South Bolton Gardens, S.W. [London] Undated [circa 1928].
£300.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, folded twice. A printed facsimile letter by Orpen, including a reproduction of a humorous self-portrait, depicting him sitting on the pavement, with legs splayed and hat in right hand, begging in front of a floral portrait leaning on the wall behind him. Orpen's actual signature is appended, and he words 'Dear Sir' are also in his hand. The text of the circular reads: 'Please forgive me, I am writing for money. I am begging! I know it, and I don't like it!

[William Makepeace Thackeray, Victorian novelist.] Autograph Note Signed ('W M Thackeray') [to the travel writer Richard Ford], humorously addressed to 'One Two Three Park Street Esqr', inviting him to 'a masculine dinner'.

Author: 
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), celebrated Victorian novelist [Richard Ford (1796-1858), writer on Spain]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£200.00

On one side of 7 x 11 cm slip of paper, possibly cut down. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Reads: 'Have you any engagement on Tuesday 9th. (7/30) and will you come to a masculine dinner with | Yours always | W M Thackeray'. Addressed at bottom left to 'One Two Three Park Street Esqr.' The celebrated travel writer Richard Ford, best-known for his 'Handbook for Travellers in Spain' (1845), lived at 123 Park Street, Grosvenor Square, from 1849 to his death in 1858.

[Baden-Powell writes to Rudyard Kipling about his poem 'The Scout's Patrol Song'.] Typed Letter Signed ('R S S Baden Powell') to Kipling, regarding 'publishing the Patrol song with music'.

Author: 
Robert Baden-Powell [Lieutenant-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell] (1857-1941), founder of the Boy Scouts Association and Girl Guides
Publication details: 
The Castle, Richmond, Yorkshire. 1 October 1909.
£650.00

The Kipling Society explains the background to this letter, which relates to a poem which Kipling had published a fortnight before (16 September 1909) in the London Standard as 'A Patrol Song', reprinting it two days later in The Scout as 'The Scout's Patrol Song'. The letter is 1p, 4to. In fair condition, folded four times, with patches of small holes at the head. The letter begins: 'My dear Rudyard Kipling, | Thank you so much for your letter. You did not enclose the two letters to which you refer, but I guess that they are from people desirous of publishing the Patrol song with music.

[Rudyard Kipling to his secretary Janet Coates.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rudyard Kipling'), from Switzerland, giving instructions regarding his home Bateman's, and describing his wife's indisposition.

Author: 
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), English author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hotels Cattani, Engelberg [Switzerland]. 5 January 1910.
£375.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, and folded twice. Small blot affecting two words on second page. Unpublished. According to Pinney, Coates had started work as Kipling's secretary in June 1909. Written in a hurried hand, in parts difficult to decipher. The letter begins 'Dear Miss Coates | I enclose herewith a note for Moore [the Kipling's chaffeur] which will you please forward to his address.' Kipling suggests that if Moore should 'care to come down & vote at Burwash' he will 'pay his travelling expenses'.

[H. G. Wells, author of 'The War of the Worlds' and 'The Time Machine'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. G. Wells') to 'Mrs. Hind' [wife of Charles Lewis Hind], concerning 'C. C's particular resistance 'to all instructions & recommendations'.

Author: 
H. G. Wells [Herbert George Wells] (1866-1946), celebrated author of 'The War of the Worlds' and 'The Time Machine'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 47 Chiltern Court, Clarence Gate, N.W.1. [London] 3 October 1931.
£280.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and folded twice. The letter reads: 'Dear Mrs. Hind. | I would if I could but I have no power to do so. I know C. C (though our intimacy is much exaggerated) and he is particularly resistant to all instructions & recommendations. | All my good wishes | H. G. Wells'. The identity of 'C. C' is unclear. From the papers of Charles Lewis Hind (1862-1927), author, journalist and art historian.

[Rider Haggard writes to Rudyard Kipling's wife.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H . Rider Haggard') to 'Mrs. Kipling', discussing in detail the flowers he has sent her.

Author: 
H. Rider Haggard [Sir Henry Rider Haggard] (1856-1925), author of adventure novels including 'King Solomon's Mines' and 'She' [Caroline Starr Balestier Kipling (1862-1939), wife of Rudyard Kipling]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Ditchingham House, Norfolk. 13 December 1909.
£320.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, with one central vertical fold, and patch of small holes at head of second leaf. Interesting letterhead, with image of Egyptian hieroglyphics. Someone (probably Mrs Kipling) has written 'orchid' on the first page. The letter begins: 'Mr dear Mrs. Kipling, | I sent you a few flowers today by post, also (by rail to Etchingham) a Cypripedium Insigne, a Blush Rambler & a Lady Gay rose. The Cyp: Insig: is very fairly hardy but I should not stand it in too violent a draught.

[John Singer Sargent, American artist.] Autograph Note Signed ('John S. Sargent') to 'Cope', presumably Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, who is the recipient of other letters in the source collection, accepting his 'last invitation'.

Author: 
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), American artist who settled in Britain, the leading portraitist of the Edwardian period
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 31 Tite Street, Chelsea, S.W. [London] 'Friday' [no date].
£120.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with one fold. Written in a hurried painterly hand. Reads 'My dear Cope | Many thanks for your last invitation which I accept with pleasure – for Jan 21st at 8.15 | With best regards | Yours sincerely | John S. Sargent'.

[Caroline Norton, social reformer, George Meredith's 'Diana of the Crossways'.] Autograph Letter Signed, requesting permission to attend 'some curious experiments of animal magnetism'.

Author: 
Caroline Norton [Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton] (1808-1877), author and social reformer, heroine of the novel 'Diana of hte Crossways' by her friend George Gissing
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£500.00

1p., 16mo. With mourning border. Aged and worn, with tear to one corner and glue stains on reverse. Signed 'Caroline Norton'. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | The Prince Schomberg having told me of some curious experiments in animal magnetism which you would make this evg. I called to ask permission to witness them -'. She will 'retract' her 'petition' if he has 'no other ladies present – or if the persons on whom the experiments are made, only speak German', as she 'will not be able to understand enough of what passes'.

[Pierre Daru [Pierre Antoine Noël Bruno, Comte Daru], French soldier and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Cte Daru') to printer Firmin Didot, concerning the printing of 'la Copie des vers que j'ai lus à l'institut', with reference to 'M Raynouard'.

Author: 
Pierre Daru [Pierre Antoine Noël Bruno, Comte Daru] (1767-1829), French soldier, statesman, historian, poet [Firmin Didot, printer; François Just Marie Raynouard (1761-1836), dramatist and linguist]
Publication details: 
26 April 1829. No place.
£350.00

1p, 4to. On recto of first leaf of bifolium, the verso of the last leaf of which is addressed by Daru 'à monsieur | F. Didot père & fils | rue jacob No 24 | Paris'. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Sixteen lines of text. The text is in French, and concerns 'la Copie des vers que j'ai lus à l'institut pour imprimés avec les autres pièces lues a cette place', which he discussed with 'M Raynouard' (François Just Marie Raynouard) the night before.

[Pigault-Lebrun [Charles-Antoine-Guillaume Pigault de l'Espinoy], French novelist and playwright.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Pigault'), a warm letter to 'Monsieur Mathias', with an engraved portrait of 'Pigault le Brun'.

Author: 
Pigault-Lebrun [Charles-Antoine-Guillaume Pigault de l'Espinoy] (1753-1835), French novelist and playwright
Publication details: 
Letter: Saint Quentin [Aisne, Upper Picardy]. 21 January 1816. Engraving without place or date.
£350.00

LETTER: 3pp, 4to. Bifolium addressed on reverse of second leaf, with Saint Quentin postmark, 'A Monsieur | Monsieur Mathias | pour inspecteur des Douanes.' in good condition, neatly written, with repair to corner cut off in breaking of the wafer, and with stub from mount adhering. 43 lines of closely-written text. A warm letter of good length, addressed to 'mon cher Camarade'. The handwriting is difficult.

[Joseph Jekyll, lawyer, politician and wit.] Autograph jeu d'esprit, signed 'J Jekyll.', addressed to 'Mr Erskine' [i.e. Thomas Erskine, future Lord Chancellor], short poem regarding 'Mrs. Crewe' and Jekyll sitting 'on Lunacy'.

Author: 
Joseph Jekyll (1754-1837), Scottish lawyer, politician and wit [Lord Erskine [Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine] (1750-1823), Lord Chancellor]
Publication details: 
No place. Dated 30 June 1800.
£220.00

1p, 8vo. On bifolium addressed on verso of second leaf to 'Mr. Erskine'. In good condition, lightly aged. Autograph jeu d'esprit, signed at foot 'J. Jekyll. | June 30th. 1800'. A short poem reading: 'Tell Mrs. Crewe | I envy You. | But sit on Lu- | nacy. || Yet Mrs. Crewe | will think I'm stu | pid in my lu | -cid Intervals.' Jekyll's entry in the Oxford DNB concludes, perhaps unkindly: 'If he is remembered by later generations, it is chiefly as a wit. It has to be said, however, that his wit, which consisted in large measure of excruciating puns, has not lasted well.'

[Lord Rochester (John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester), poet and libertine.] Seventeenth-century manuscript of poem titled 'The Earle of Rochester on Sr Car Scroope', an apocryphal piece with first line: 'Half man half Brute, for foole is both between'

Author: 
Lord Rochester [John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester] (1647-1680), Restoration poet and libertine [Sir Carr Scroope]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. (Seventeenth century.)
£400.00

1p, 12mo. On unwatermarked laid paper. In fair condition, aged and spotted, with stub from mount adhering. In a seventeenth-century hand, and simply consisting of the poem and its title 'The Earle of Rochester on Sr Car Scroope'.

[Philippe de Courcillon, Marquis de Dangeau.] Vellum Certificate, Signed as Grand Master, admitting Jacques Giraud de Moucy into the Ordre de Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel et de St. Lazare de Jerusalem. With Signed Note by Louis-Marie Pidou de Saint-Olon

Author: 
Philippe de Courcillon, Marquis de Dangeau (1638-1720) [Louis-Marie Pidou de Saint-Olon (1637-1717), Bishop of Baghdad; Jacques Giraud de Moucy; Ordre de Notre-Dame de Mont-Carmel; Louis XIV]
Publication details: 
[Ordre de Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel et de Saint Lazare de Jérusalem.] Paris, 16 July 1700.
£650.00

See A. de Marcy's 'Liste des Chevaliers' (1875), which reproduces from the registers the notice of the admission into the order on 16 July 1700 of 'Jacques Giraud de Moucy, cy-devant mousquetaire, commandant des gardes de S. A. R. Madame la duchesse d'Orléans'. On a 37 x 51 cm piece of vellum, folded three times into a 30 x 12.5 cm packet. In good condition, clean and crisp.

[Anthony Hamilton [Antoine Hamilton], Count Hamilton, Jacobite memoirist.] Autograph Signature ('Anthoine [sic] Hamilton') and Note to vellum receipt for sum spent 'pour mes appointements de cappitaine au Regimant D'Hamilton' during 1675 campaign.

Author: 
Anthony Hamilton [Antoine Hamilton] (c.1644-1719), Count Hamilton in the French nobility, Irish Jacobite courtier in France, author of the celebrated 'Memoirs of the Count de Grammont'
Publication details: 
[France. 1675.]
£650.00

The context is explained in Hamilton's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'Anthony Hamilton joined his brother George in France in 1667, and was given a captain's commission in the French army. In 1671 he and his younger brother Richard joined a regiment of foot which George raised in Ireland for the service of Louis XIV. They served in the Franco-Dutch War of 1672–8.' On 12 x 19 cm piece of vellum. In good condition, with spike hole and bottom corners snipped. Entire document in French.

[Coventry Patmore, poet.] Autograph Signature ('Coventry Patmore') beneath Autograph quotation of four lines from his own poem, 'The Angel in the House'.

Author: 
Coventry Patmore [Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore] (1823-1896), poet
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£250.00

1p, 12mo. Folded twice. In good condition. Presumably in response to a request for an autograph, the central third of the page carries Patmore's signature ('Coventry Patmore.') beneath a four-line quotation from Patmore's best-remembered poem, 'The Angel in the House': 'Spirit of Knowledge, grant me this: | A simple heart and subtle wit | To praise the thing whose praise it is | That all which can be praised is it!'

['The notorious Lady Craven', i.e. Lady Elizabeth Craven, Margravine of Anspach.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Elizabeth'), explaining (to her publisher Henry Colburn?) a passage from her 'Memoirs' regarding the 'Pye […] Calld Paté de Peregeux'.

Author: 
Elizabeth Craven, Lady Craven, Margravine of Anspach [Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth; born Lady Elizabeth Berkeley] (1750-1828), courtesan [Henry Colburn, London publisher]
Publication details: 
No place. 'Saturday | 5 Mar 14 [i.e. 1814]
£280.00

1p, 8vo. On laid paper with watermarked date 1811. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. In a contemporary hand at head: '0 15', and at foot '5 Mar 14' and 'Margravin Anspach'.

[ Humphry Davy; Romantic Poets ] Holograph of two poems written by Humphry Davy, "The Tempest" (signed "D [1796?]") and "[On] Mount's Bay" (signed "HD")

Author: 
Humphry Davy, "first rank" chemist and poet
Publication details: 
[1796] and [1798 watermark respectively]
£4,500.00

A. "The Tempest", 2pp. cr.8vo, apparently formerly in an album, with numbers in a different hand ("(136)" and "60" ("On Mounts Bay" below numbered "(137) and "59") and "5" adjacent to ascription to "Sir H. Davy"), trimmed with minor loss of text. A footnote in the volume of the Collected Works in which the poem is printed, reveals that the MS poem was found among the papers of a Dr Cardew who had added a note concerning Davy's authorship (as described above).

[John Evelyn of Wotton House, Surrey, seventeenth-century diarist, writer and gardener.] Autograph ownership inscription of book, with shelfmarks, reading: 'Catalogo Evelyni inscriptus. | Meliora Retinete.'

Author: 
John Evelyn (1620-1706) of Wotton House, Surrey, diarist, writer and gardener
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£250.00

On one side of 14 x 2 cm slip of paper, cut from the flyleaf of a book. Aged and with contemporary blotting to one corner. The slip is neatly placed in a paper windowpane mount. Reads: 'Catalogo Evelyni inscriptus. | Meliora Retinete' Two shelfmarks deleted: 'N. 16' and 'J: 231'. A good brief description of Evelyn's book collecting is given in his entry in the Oxford DNB. As there are four catalogues of his books, identifying the work to which the two present shelfmarks are assigned should not present any difficulty.

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