MATTHEWS

[ First number of short-lived printed periodical. ] The Hobby Horse. No.1

Author: 
[ Herbert Percy Horne (1864-1916), editor. Elkin Matthews and John Lane, London booksellers and publishers ] [ G. F. Watts; Ernest Dowson; Selwyn Image; A. J. Hipkins; Laurence Binyon ]
Publication details: 
London: 'Published for the Proprietor' by Elkin Matthews and John Lane. Boston: Copeland and Day. 1893. Printed by Folkard and Son, Devonshire Street, Queen Square, London.
£100.00

40 + [2]pp., 4to. With collotype frontispiece of painting by G. F. Watts, and another plate ('From a design by Selwyn Image') facing p.8. Two pages of advertisements for Matthews and Lane at rear. In grey printed wraps with elaborate Arts and Crafts style illustration of an adult 'knight' in a hobby horse. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight staining to the fore-edges of the preliminary leaves, and in worn wraps.

[ First edition inscribed by the author to Graham Pollard, with Pollard's label and the bookplate of Frank Spicer. ] Minding My Own Business. An Autobiography.

Author: 
Percy Muir [ Percy Horace Muir (1894-1979), antiquarian bookseller with firm Elkin Mathews Ltd and author; Graham Pollard (1903-1976), bookseller and bibliographer; Frank Spicer ]
Publication details: 
London: Chatto & Windus, 1956.
£100.00

[8] + 224pp., 8vo. Seven plates. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in blue cloth binding, in worn and nicked dustwrapper. Inscribed on front free endpaper: 'For Graham | part author of these pages | R. H. M. June '56.' Pollard's partner in the unmasking of the Wise forgeriers is the book's dedicatee, and the pair's efforts are described in Chapter 8, 'Sherry and Shibboleths'. Pollard's small label ('From the Library of | GRAHAM | POLLARD') is at the head of the front pastedown, which also carries Spicer's owl and moon bookplate.

[ First edition inscribed by the author to dedicatee John Carter. ] Minding My Own Business. An Autobiography.

Author: 
Percy Muir [ Percy Horace Muir (1894-1979), antiquarian bookseller with firm Elkin Mathews Ltd and author; John Carter [ John Waynflete Carter ] (1905-1975), author, bibliographer and book collector ]
Publication details: 
London: Chatto & Windus, 1956.
£100.00

[8] + 224pp., 8vo. Seven plates. A good tight copy, on lightly-aged paper, in blue cloth binding and worn and aged dustwapper with nick at head of cover. Inscribed on front free endpaper: 'For John | affectionately | from the Author.' The book is dedicated 'To J. W. C. affectionately', and it contains numerous references to him. Loosely inserted is a cutting of Michael Sadleir's warm review of the book in the Sunday Times, 24 June 1956.

[Colin R. Coote, Managing Editor, The Daily Telegraph and Morning Post.] Typed Letter Signed to H. L. Matthews, defending his 'Churchill anthology', discussing 'the old man', and recounting an anecdote about him which 'cannot be publicly quoted'.

Author: 
Sir Colin Reith Coote (1893-1979), Managing Editor, The Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, and Liberal politician [Herbert Lionel Matthews (1900-1977), American journalist; Winston Churchill]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, Fleet Street, London. 24 November 1954.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'Sombody', he explains, has passed on a cutting of Matthews's 'very kind review about my Churchill anthology' ('Sir Winston Churchill, a Self-Portrait; constructed from his own Sayings and Writings and framed with an Introduction', 1954). He refers to a luncheon to which he was invited by 'Mr.

[Simplified Spelling Board, New York.] Twenty-five printed circulars, numbered 1-21, 23-25 (including two versions of 16), promoting English spelling reform.

Author: 
Simplified Spelling Board, New York [Thomas R. Lounsbury; Mark Twain; Calvin Thomas; Brander Matthews; Henry Holt; Burt G. Wilder; William Hayes Ward, Editor of The Independent; William H. Maxwell]
Publication details: 
The twenty-five items printed by the Simplified Spelling Board, 1 Madison Avenue, New York, between 30 April 1907 and 30 September 1911.
£950.00

The Simplified Spelling Board was founded in 1906, funded by Andrew Carnegie, and counted Mark Twain and President Theodore Roosevelt, and the English lexicographers James A. H. Murray, Walter W. Skeat and Joseph Wright among its members. The present collection of the Board's Circulars consists of 25 uniform items, all unbound and stapled. The collection is in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with occasional wear. Stamps, shelfmarks and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London.

[Sir Evelyn John Ruggles-Brise, Principal Private Secretary to Home Secretary Henry Matthews.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Ruggles Brise') to [Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty] regarding an application for his brother to be appointed a stipendiary magistrate.

Author: 
Sir Evelyn John Ruggles-Brise (1857-1935), Principal Private Secretary to four British Home Secretaries, prison reformer [Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty; Henry Matthews, 1st Viscount Llandaff; Borstal]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Secretary of State for the Home Department. 13 December 1915.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'A. S. Gatty'. Matthews has asked Ruggles Brise to acknowledge Gatty's letter, and to say 'that he will be happy to bear your brother's name in mind: but Bradford have not applied for the appointment of a fresh Stipendiary'. Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty was one of the sons of Rev. Alfred Gatty (1813-1903); another son was Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty (1849-1922), later Chief Justice of Gibraltar, who is the subject of this letter. The author Juliana Horatia Ewing (1841-1885) was a daughter.

Autograph Letter Signed ('C J Mathews') to Hollingshead.

Author: 
C. J. Mathews [Charles James Mathews] (1803-1878), son of Charles Mathews, English actor and playwright [John Hollingshead (1827-1904), English journalist and theatre manager]
Publication details: 
23 November 1865; 25 Pelham Crescent, London.
£38.00

12mo, 1 p. Fair, on aged paper, with traces of previous mount adhering to the corners of the blank reverse. Of course Hollingshead should 'wait till the last night of "used up" ' before writing to Mathews, who has 'hunted up Buckstone - hunted up Turpin - but in vain. Not a box to be had'. He has sent 'the best I could get': '3 Dress Circle to Mrs Smiles with "Mr Hollingshead's best compliments." '. In a postscript states that if Hollingshead wants 'a box for the "Overland Route" before the last night' he will be 'too happy'. 'There is always a run on last nights.'

Manuscript headed 'The Informacon of William Rylands Purser of the Neptune galley merchant man' and docketed 'Informacone of William Rylands a Joseph Matthews & John Wyatt'. Signed by Rylands and by Robert Constable of the Middle Temple.

Author: 
Robert Constable; William Rylands; Joseph Matthews; John Wyatt; the galley 'Neptune' [naval and maritime; stuart; sixteenth and seventeenth century; the Inns of Court]
Publication details: 
taken on Oath before me this 17th day of October Anno. Dom 1706.'
£100.00

On one side of a piece of watermarked laid paper roughly 31 x 19 cm. Docketed on reverse. Good, on lightly aged paper, with slight chipping to right-hand edge and short closed tear neatly repaired on reverse with archival tape. The words 'Middle in top left-hand cornerr. Rylands says that the Neptune was 'lying in the Downes' three weeks before, when Matthews and Wyatt, 'being marriners on board', did 'with five other person's Run away with the long boat or yaul belonging to the Said gally'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Jas: Stanley:Little') to S[eymour C.] J. Freeman-Matthews [of Cape Town].

Author: 
James Stanley Little (1856-1940), British novelist
Publication details: 
28 September 1900; on letterhead 18 Drakenfield Road, Tooting Common, S.W.
£30.00

One page, quarto. On aged and lightly creased paper. He is sending the signature with 'one or two others'. 'Possibly the work I have done for South Africa (I have been upholding the Imperial cause for a quarter of a century) is your reason for paying me the compliment.' Thinks he recognises from Freeman-Matthews' crest that he is 'a descendant of the Llandaff Mathews family'.

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