George Kruger Gray (1880-1943), English artist, designer of coinage and stained glass windows [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
40 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8. 2 December 1921.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with strip of sunning at foot. Docketed with stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. Having 'had time to consider the question of a lecture on Heraldry' he has decided to decline Menzies's invitation, as he 'simply cannot spare the time such a lecture would require for its preparation'.
Sir John Murray V (1884-1967), London publisher [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
On letterhead of John Murray, 50 Albemarle Street, London W.1. 20 February 1939.
1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for the invitation to the Society's 'discussion on extended copyrights'. He must decline, not only because of a prior invitation, 'but also because I am unfortunately too deaf to take any satisfactory part in debate or discussion, as I miss so much that is said & get some of the rest wrong!' His infirmity is 'a bar to my pleasure on such occasions'.
Charles William Domville-Fife (b.1886), editor of 'The Encyclopaedia of the British Empire' [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
On letterhead of the 'Editorial Offices' of 'The Encyclopaedia of the British Empire', Adelphi Terrace, Strand, London. 12 April 1924.
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With the date stamps of the Royal Society of Arts. He thanks him for 'the cuttings, several of which I had not seen', and states that he will be delighted to 'present a copy of my book to your library'. He had been meaning to give one 'at the conclusion of the exhibition'. He is grateful to Menzies for offering to review the book in the Society's journal, and is 'already so much indebted to te Royal Society of Arts for kindness received'.
Thomas Fisher Unwin (1848-1935), London publisher, as T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., 1 Adelphi Terrace [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts; Thomas Wright of Olney; John Payne ]
Letter: on letterhead of T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., 1 Adelphi Terrace, London, WC2. 6 February 1920. Press release: on firm's letterhead. 20 November 1919.
Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Letter: 1p., 4to. With RSA stamp and manuscript note. He would like 'a list of the plaques you have placed in London', and would like to hear from Menzies, if he has 'anything to say on the subject, or have any article in your Journal'. Press release. 2pp., 8vo. Headed 'Literary Notes', it deals with E. T. Raymond's 'All and Sundry', Thomas Wright's 'The John Payne Society', Arthur Hayden's 'Bye-Paths in Curio Collecting' and H. C. Dowdall's 'Local Development Law'. Of the second book Unwin writes: 'Mr.
Arthur Beresford Pite (1861-1934), English architect, Professor of Architecture, Royal College of Art, 1900-1923 [Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts]
Eleven of the items on his letterhead, Royal College of Art, South Kensington, London, SW7. The other two items from 21 Willow Road, Hampstead, NW. One from 1915, four from 1916 and eight from 1917.
The thirteen items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. All but one bear the purple oval stamp of the Royal Society of Arts, and most are docketted. Totalling 10pp., 4to; 3pp., 12mo. The earlier letters are addressed to Wood and the later ones to Menzies. The first letter (14 August 1915), in which Pite proposes becoming a member of the Society, is the only one not to concern the course of lectures.
[T. G. Flowers; John Gellatly (1803-1856); G. Grierson, John Johnstone, engravers; T. and W. McDowall and John Menzies, publishers; Victorian views of Edinburgh; Scotland; Scottish engraving]
Edinburgh: T. and W. McDowall, 14 North Bridge; and J. Menzies, 61 Princes Street. [1840s?]
The twelve McDowall engravings each on separate cards of shiny art paper, each 90 x 130 cm, and all but the card with the image of the Scott Memorial (see below) in landscape. The Menzies engraving of Loch Ness, in similar style to the others on shiny art paper, but slightly larger, at 90 x 140 cm and landscape. Delicate items, in fair condition, with browning to edges, but images clear and complete. The engravings on the McDowall cards are as follows. By T. G. Flowers: Heriot's Hospital (founded 1628); and 'Assembly Hall, Heriots Hospital and Castle'. By G.
J. Wilson Taylor, Honorary Secretary [1919 to 1943], The Pilgrims Society of Great Britain
31 December 1926; on letterhead of The Pilgrims [The Pilgrims Society of Great Britain], Hotel Victoria, London.
4to, 1 p. Thirteen lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged and lightly-creased paper. The letterhead features an engraving of Chaucer with a lion and eagle. Stating that 'the Pilgrims Society has no funds available' to pay for the sending of 'a representative to the Conference that you are holding with the object of preserving the Old Cottages of England', although 'individual Pilgrims might be willing to subscribe' and the Society is 'in full sympathy with your object'.
Frederick Vango Burridge [Frederick Burridge; Fred Burridge; Fred. V. Burridge] (1869-1945), Principal, Central School of Arts and Crafts, London [G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.]
1917 (1), 1918 (4) and 1919 (2). All on letterhead of London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts, Southampton Row, W.C. [London]
All seven items 4to, 1 p. Each docketed and bearing the stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. All good, on lightly-aged paper. The first is in a secretarial hand, with the other six all typed. Item One: 4 December 1917. He doesn't 'quite understand' from Menzies' letter what it is that he wants him to do. 'From what Mr.
Sir Charles Allom [Sir Charles Carrick Allom] (1865-1947), British architect and decorator, knighted for his work on Buckingham Palace
1914, 1916, 1918 and 1921; all on letterhead of 15, George Street, Hanover Square, London W.
All seven items 4to, 1 p. Each good, on lightly-aged paper. All bearing the Society's stamp, and six docketed. Letter Two to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Three to Six to G. K. Menzies, and Seven to W. Perry. Letter One: 9 July 1914. Querying whether members of the Society can describe themselves as 'Fellows'. Letter Two: 22 March 1916. Being 'unable to get an earlier passage [to America] owing to cancellation of boats', he will be delighted to preside over a meeting.
Allan Menzies (1845-1916), Professor of Biblical Criticism, St Andrews University
4 and 6 February 1906; both on letterheads of 58 South Street, St. Andrews, Fifeshire.
Both items good on lightly-aged paper. Letter One (12mo, 2 pp): Having considered the question of the fee for a piece of writing, he does 'not know very well what to say. Perhaps you might give me what the Hibbert Journal pays its contributors.' (Docketed in pencil in the margin: 'What is that?') He 'could do the work when the College Session is over - at the end of March'. Asks to be informed 'what is necessary of the arrangements', and to be sent 'the sheets of the book.
Anon. [James Ballantine] [Sir James Ranken Fergusson (1835-1924)]
Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Prince's Street; Tilt & Bogue; and R. Tyas, London. 1843. [Edinburgh: Printed by McPherson & Syme, 31 East Rose Lane.]
INSCRIBED to 'James R. Fergusson Esq with the kind regards of James Ballantine | Edin[burg]h 16th May 1870'. With Fergusson's armorial bookplate on front pastedown. 8vo: 311 pp. Plates throughout (not listed) and numerous illustrations in text. In original printed grey boards with grotesque illustration on front and blue cloth spine (New Edition" - only on cover). Stabbed as issued (bound up by the publisher from parts?). Tight, but on aged paper with occasional light staining, and wear to extremities. Boards heavily worn, with 3 cm closed tear at head of rear.
Butterworth & Son, Edinburgh; John Menzies, engraver [Sir John Moore; the Battle of Corunna, 1809]
[circa 1809?] Edinburgh, 'Published as the Act directs.', 'for Butterworth & Son'.
Landscape. On one side of a piece of paper roughly 25 x 41 cm. In poor condition: aged and damp stained, with loss to top-right and bottom-right hand corners (in neither case affecting text or design). Laid down on a piece of white paper. Title and small portrait head of Moore surrounded by an ornate calligraphic embellishment. The poem, of nine heroic couplets arranged in two columns, is engraved in copperplate, and begins 'Lamented Moore!
Murray Adams-Acton (1886-1971), English historian of art and architecture
5 October 1927 to 14 August 1933; most on letterhead of Acton Surgey Ltd., 'London, Paris & Crews Hill'.
Sizes range from quarto (nine items) to 12mo (two items). Very good. Subjects include a request for 'a photograph of the winning design for the petrol filling station', the award of a Hyde Travelling Scholarship ('Mr. Mitchell appears to have so greatly distinguished himself'), 'Mr. Bossom's suggestions for the wording and particulars for the Proscenium opening for Cinema', the drafting of a reply to Morley Horder's comments ('he errs when he declares the screen is not of the period as I think only a small section of it was added by Mr.
Fabian George Trollope (1872-1960) of Trollope & Sons, 'Artists in Decoration since A.D. 1778. Branch of Trollope & Colls Ltd.' [London Architecture]
20 March 1923, 4 November and 14 December 1927, and two of 18 June 1931; letter 1 on letterhead of Trollope & Colls, Ltd., letters 2 to 5 on letterhead of Trollope & Sons'.
All items one page, quarto, and all very good. Two docketed and one bearing the Society's stamp. Letter 1: He will be pleased to attend a committee meeting. Letter 2: He has 'a long-standing engagement' and will be unable to attend 'the Architectural Decoration Committee'. Along with Godfrey Giles he has 'had a long discussion' with Mr. Grigsby 'with reference to the conditions of the Lewis Berger Scholarship'. Letter 3: He knows 'Professor Richardson very well, and this is just the information which I am requiring. I will send my man on to see the secretary as you suggest'.
British railway magnate and industrialist in India (1862-1949). The collection is very good. The five autograph letters are 12mo, and printed on letterheads. All items signed 'C H Armstrong'. Several items docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. Mainly concerned with Society committee matters, but two letters of interest. The first (autograph, 15 February 1928, 2 pages, 12mo): 'You will no doubt have seen the remarks of the Lord Chief Justice in the Mitchell Hedges case - Times of 14 inst page 5 column 2 - on "learned societies . . . .
1917-18; seven on 'Imperial College [...] (Royal School of Mines)' letterhead; one on letterhead, High Wykehurst, Ewhurst, Guildford.
Professor of Mine Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, South Kensington (died 1940). Collection is very good, though somewhat grubby. Four items, 4to; three, 12mo; one, 16mo. All items docketed, and several carrying the Society's stamp. All signed 'Wm. Frecheville'. Mainly concerned with the delivery of a course of lectures 'on the mineral resources of the Empire' and a lecture on the 'Development of mineral resources'.
12 February 1918; 14 June [mistakenly given as July] 1918; 18 June 1918; all on letterhead '5 WESTERN TERRACE, | BRIGHTON.'
Dilke, the 2nd Baronet (1843-1911), was a disgraced politician and author. All items 12mo and very good. All three docketed, bearing the Society's stamp, and signed 'C. Wentworth Dilke'. The first item is addressed to Menzies personally and the other two to 'The Secty.' ITEM ONE: one page. He has received the letter of 9 February and is 'pleased to send you a subscription though not much in town'. ITEM TWO: two pages. Would like to know 'whether ladies are admitted as guests and how often'.