W. J. Hardy [ Charles John Shoppee (1823-1897), 'Citizen and Armourer of London' ]
Book published by The Religious Tract Society, 56 Paternoster Row and 65, St. Paul's Churchyard, 1893. [ Printed in Oxford by Horace Hart, Printer to the University. ]
176pp., 4to. With four photogravure plates and numerous excellent facsimiles in text. A splendid production in red cloth gilt, with tissue guards to the plates and all edges gilt. In good very good condition, lightly aged and worn.
Marius Chaix, 2e Régiment, 16e Division Militaire (Arras) [ Fencing in the French army during the July Monarchy ]
Arras. 6 December 1840.
Headed, with the first line in gold: 'Corps Royal du Genie. | 2e. Regiment. | Academie d'Escrime. | Brévet de Maitre d'Armes.' The commission reads: 'Nous soussigné Maîtres d'Armes, Composant la garrison d'Arras, après avoir reconnu les capacités du Sieur Chaix, (Marius) Maître Ouvrier à la Ce. Compagnie du 2e. Bataillon, du dit Regiment. On one side of a 28 x 36 cm piece of cream paper. In fair condition, aged, creased and worn, with central vertical fold.
Antonio Maragnon (c.1778-1826) [ 'le Trappiste' ], French soldier-priest, commander of a division of 'l'Armée de la foi' [ Louis Antoine of France, Duke of Angoulême (1775-1844), last Dauphin ]
'Toulouse, 10 février. [ 1825? ]' [ 'Imprimerie de madame Jeunehomme-Crémières, rue des Noyers, n. 46.' ]
2pp., 4to. On laid paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Armorial engraving as heading, with crown, clouds and halo. Addressed to 'Sérénissime seigneur', and fulsome in his praise: 'C'est vous qui avez touché le coeur des potentats de l'Europe, et qui les avez rendus fovorables [sic] à notre cause; [...]'. Concludes by looking to the day when 'notre restauration sera accomplie, quand vous aurez assuré, ô prince magnanime, le triômphe de l'autel et du trone et le repos de mon pays'. Presumably written on the death of Louis XVIII.
London: Printed for Edward Husband, Printer to the Honorable House of Commons, and are to be sold at his Shop in Fleetstreet, at the Sign of the Golden-Dragon, near the Inner-Temple, March 22. 1648.
Pp.[3 title]-27[1 blank], 8vo, disbound, presumably missing hf-title, title and final blank dingy, small hole on p.27 with loss of part of page number and a couple of letters. ESTC R205565. Multiple copies in British and US libraries. No copy currently on the market.
Queen Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925), consort of King Edward VII (1841-1910); her Private Secretary Col. Sir Henry Streatfeild (1857-1938) [Mrs Macdougall-Rawson of Halifax
Queen Alexandra's card: With Buckingham Palace letterhead, 20 May 1910. Streatfeild's letter: On Buckingham Palace letterhead [London]. 27 June 1910.
ONE: (Queen Alexandra's card): With Buckingham Palace letterhead and mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The card reads: 'I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all the kind Donars, [sic] of the beautiful wreaths & flowers which were sent as tokens of affection in memory of our beloved King'. TWO (Streatfeild's letter): Signed 'Henry Streatfeild | <?> | Equerry'. 2pp., 12mo. On the first leaf of a bifolium with mourning border. In envelope with printed crown and mourning border, addressed by Streatfeild to 'Mrs. Macdougall-Rawson | Millhouse | Halifax'.
Aldo Castellani (1877-1971), Italian pathologist and bacteriologist [Umberto II, King of Italy (1904-1983); George Bilainkin (c.1903-1981), journalist; Queen Marie José (1906-2001)]
Cascais, Portugal; on letterhead of the 'Casa di S. M. il Re'. 7 October 1954.
2pp., folio. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Castellani, who had accompanied the Italian royal family into exile in Portugal in 1946, is responding to two letters from Bilainkin, loyally attempting to conceal the unhappy state of relations between the royal couple ('We were never happy', the Queen declared after her husband's death; and there were rumours of homosexual affairs on the King's part).
The Countess de Maudet [La Comtesse de Maudet], wife of the Count de Maudet [Le Comte de Maudet], Governor of Corsica, who surrended Toulon to Admiral Hood in 1793 [Samuel Hood, Viscount Hood]
Docketed 'Comtesse De Maudet | Apl. 11th. 1795.'
4to: 1 p. Twenty-four lines of text. On a bifolium of laid paper, and docketed on the reverse of the second leaf. Good, in faded ink on lightly-aged paper. Begins 'La france republicainne [sic] me fait perdre des renttes [sic] viageres'. She complains of the attack on her 'legitimes droits a mes biens de Corses que le roy de france garrante par un Contract', and speaks of 'droits inalterables et inprescriptible'. She asks for a 'paquet' to be passed to 'Milord Hood'.
King (1841-1910) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the British dominions beyond the seas, and emperor of India. The dimensions of the envelope are roughly 5 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Rather grubby and with damage to the flap, which is attached to a larger piece of paper. Carries a stamped one penny Inland Revenue stamp. Reads 'General The Rt. Honble. | Sir Henry Ponsonby K.C.B. | &c &c | Buckingham Palace | London | S.W. | A E', with the 'A E' (standing for 'Albert Edward', Edward VII's name before accession) between two lines.
Francis Paul Charles Louis Alexander Württemberg, Duke of Teck
1874 (postmark '<...> ANGFORD | NO 1 | 74').
Anglo-German aristocrat (1837-1900), father of Queen Mary. Dimensions roughly 4 1/2 inches by 4 inches. In good condition, though somewhat grubby. Remains of glue and paper from previous mount on reverse. Addressed to his wife (1833-97) 'Her Royal Highness | the Princess Mary | Duchess of Teck | Richmond Park | East Sheen | Surrey | Teck'. Envelope carries stamped Penny Red in poor condition.