W. H. Wells [ Wilfrid Henry Wells ] (b.1878), Reader at the University of Munich, sinologist
The Typescript with authorial inscription: 'W. H. Wells | Reichersbeuern | Germany 13b'.
There is no indication that either of the two papers was ever published. Wells's 1935 book, 'Perspective in early Chinese Painting' is considered the first Western treatment of the subject. The three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Typescript of 'The Auditory Element in some Chinese Landscape Paintings'. 6pp., with three plates (i.e. black and white photographs laid down on three leaves with typed credits). Bound up in a folder of orange card, with title and Wells's details on cover in his hand.
Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant [later Kendall] (1883-1974), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, industrialist, and cousin of Margot Asquith
'November 6th. 1902 to December 29th. 1904 | Fairlieburne | Fairlie | Ayrshire. | Akademie Strasse 73 | München | Bavaria'.
91pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, in aged and worn notebook with cloth spine and brown marbled covers, with label on front cover. Carefully and neatly written, with date, venue, title and musicians and actors names. The volume begins with concerts at St Andrew's Hall, Glasgow, with other performances in London, Cambridge and Liverpool, but 29 September 1904 on p.32, the performances are seen in Munich. Among the artistes are Leonard Borwick, Bernard Stavenhagen, Felix Weingartner, Berthe Marx-Goldschmidt, Theresa Carreno.
Sheena Lilian Grant Kendall (1883-1974), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, and niece of Margot Asquith [Royal Academy of Music, Munich]
München: Königliche Akademie der Tonkunst [Munich: Royal Academy of Music.] Between 20 September 1904 and 2 March 1908.
The present diaries paint a vivid and evocative picture of four 'seasons' of study at the Royal Academy of Music, Munich, by an intelligent, articulate, talented and ambitious female student, from a privileged Scottish background, and present an informative account of the musical milieu in Munich at the turn of the twentieth century, with assessments of various notable musical figures including Edvard Grieg, Ferruccio Busoni, Felix Weingartner, Joseph Joachim, Théophile Ysaÿe, Édouard Risler, Emil von Sauer, Aleksandr Abramovich Pechnikov, George Liebling, Frederic Lamond, Teresa Carreño, Bert
Mary Jane Lonsdale (nee Littledale), wife of Gwalter Borranskill Congreve Lonsdale (1807-1866), Attaché to the British Legation at Munich [Lola Montez; King Ludwig of Bavaria; Revolutions of 1848]
Mainly Munich, Bavaria; but with entries describing trips home to England. The first section with entries dating from 12 June 1847 to 22 July 1852. The second section with entries dating from 1 January 1862 to 29 December 1864.
A total of 36 pp in 8vo. First section (12 June 1847 to 22 July 1852): 16 pp, at around 30 lines per page. Second section (1 January 1862 to 29 December 1864): 20 pp, at around 40 lines per page. All text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper, with minor unobtrusive repair to last two leaves of first section. Both sections unbound, in separate sewn gatherings. The diary is unsigned, but the context establishes the author beyond doubt as Lonsdale's wife Mary Jane, daughter of Mary Littledale (1779-1855), widow of Anthony Littledale of Bolton Hall, Yorkshire.
E. Nesbit [Edith Nesbit; Edith Bland] and 'Caris Brooke' [Saretta Nesbit]
Undated [dated to 1888 by the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature]. 'London Henry J. Drane & Co. Lovells Court Paternoster Row E.C. (Produced in Germany.)'
8vo (dimensions roughly 21 x 16.5 cm): 24 pp. In original coloured illustrated card wraps. The whole bound with black thread. All edges silvered. Aged, worn and lightly spotted, but tight and in reasonable condition overall. Two small wormholes in back wrap, affecting the verso of the last leaf. Fifteen poems, seven of them by Nesbit: 'Song', 'Possibilities', 'Vie Manquees', To a Picture by Giovanni Bellini', 'The Better Part', 'Rondeau' and 'Lovers'. Every page of the volume carries illustrations of nature in black and light green. Similar designs in colour on the covers.
Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794-1868), German botanist and South American explorer [John Murray II (1778-1843); Rudolph Oldenbourg (1811-1903); Johann Georg Cotta, Baron von Cottendorf]
Munich 21. April 1841.'
4to (leaf dimensions roughly 27 x 21.5 cm): 1 p. Fifteen lines of text. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium, with the address on the reverse of the second leaf. Text complete and legible, on aged paper, grubby, worn and creased paper. An unusual and interesting letter of introduction, pointing out the international links in the European booktrade of the early nineteenth century.
James Pollock, war correspondent [Adolf Hitler; Second World War; Rhodesia; Sudetenland; Munich Agreement]
Stamped 'SALISBURY . S. RHODESIA | 28 SEP 38' .
On one side of an 8vo leaf. Worn and creased, but with text clear and entire. Printed in red ink, and headed 'POST OFFICE TELEGRAMS, S. RHODESIA.' Four strips of text, reading 'CHAMBERLAIN POINTS AT BERCHTESGADEN HITLER SAID THE SUDETENS MUST HAVE SELF DETERMINATION AND RETURN TO THE REICH IF THEY DESIRED AND THAT RATHER THAN WAIT HE WAS PREPARED TO RISK A WORLD WAR = END MESSAGE'. From the archive of James Pollock, accredited Correspondent of Argus South African Newspapers Ltd.