NICHOLSON

[Facsimiles of the first two Royal Academy catalogues, 'Reprinted at the expense of Sir Thomas Lawrence', circa 1825.] 'The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, MDCCLXIX. The first.' and 'The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, MDCCLXX. The second.'

Author: 
The Royal Academy, London [Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812-1877), Keeper and Secretary of the National Gallery of London; Sir Thomas Lawrence]
Publication details: 
[Both items circa 1825?] First (1769) catalogue: 'Printed by William Bunce, Printer to the Royal Academy.' Second (1770) catalogue: 'Printed by W. Griffin, Printer to the Royal Academy.'
£80.00

Both catalogues disbound from a volume of pamphlets, and bound together with library stitching. Aged and worn, with wear and chipping to extremities. The first (1769) catalogue with library shelfmark in manuscript on reverse of title-leaf. Flyleaf with ownership inscription of 'R. N. Wornum | 1855' and note 'Reprinted at the expense of Sir Thomas Lawrence'. First (1769) catalogue: 15pp., 4to. On laid paper with crown and monogram 'G R' watermark. Second (1770) catalogue: 22pp., 4to. On wove paper with '1825' watermark.

[John Nicholson, 'The Airedale Poet'.] Original unpublished holograph poem, signed 'John Nicholson', and titled 'An acrostic Written for Mr Lupton Esqre'. With engraved portrait by John Rhodes from John Lucas.

Author: 
John Nicholson (1790-1843), known as 'The Airedale Poet' and 'The Yorkshire Poet' [Thomas Goff Lupton (1791-1873), engraver?] [John Rhodes, engraver; John Lucas, artist]
Publication details: 
Letter: No place. Dated 20 September 1828. Engraving: Without place or date.
£120.00

For more on Nicholson, see his entry by James Ogden in the Oxford DNB. LETTER: 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. At foot of page: 'An acrostic Written for Mr Lupton Esqre | Septr 20th 1828 | John Nicholson'. The poem, the first letter of whose lines spell out 'LUPTON' (the engraver Thomas Goff Lupton?), reads: 'Love thy father Love thy God | unto him Give honor who the seas has trod | Pray to him upon thy Knees | To him who form'd the world the seas | Order'd Creation made Eternity | Nature is but a shade compard to Thee'. PORTRAIT: Lithographic engraving.

[Charles Sanderson, Sheffield steel manufacturer.] Autograph Letter Signed from John Purdie to G. P. Nicholson of Wath, criticising Sanderson over his bankruptcy and 'the Sale of the new Steam Engine'. With receipt to Sanderson from Ralph Forster.

Author: 
John Purdie, Edinburgh Merchant [G. P. Nicholson, solicitor and naturalist, Wath-upon-Dearn, Yorkshire; Charles Sanderson (1803-1873) of Sharrow Vale, Sheffield, steel manufacturer]
Publication details: 
Purdie's letter: Edinburgh; 6 August 1845. Forster's receipt: Whitehaven; 17 April 1845.
£56.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Purdie's letter: 4pp., 4to. Closely and neatly written on a bifolium, with the last page cross-written over the third. Addressed, with postmarks and red wax seal, to 'G. P. Nicholson Esqre. | Wath | nr Rotherham'.

Three Typed Letters Signed ('Geoffrey Taylor' and 'G. T.') from the poet Geoffrey Taylor of the Poulk Press to Peter and Felicity [Rhodes], on printing and pricing. With signed copy of his Poulk Press chapbook, 'four poems for christmas 1939. g. t.'

Author: 
Geoffrey Taylor [born Geoffrey Phibbs] (1900-1956), poet, co-proprietor of the Poulk Press with Nancy Nicholson (1899-1977), British painter and textile designer (wife of poet Robert Graves, 1918-49)
Publication details: 
All three letters on Poulk Press letterheads, Sutton Veny, Warminster, Wiltshire. Dated 5 November 1938 and 18 August and 26 September [both also 1938?]. Chapbook without place or date [1939].
£280.00

The three letters are in fair condition, on aged paper. On a total of four letterheads, each with the names 'Nancy Nicholson | Geoffrey Taylor' printed in red ink in the top left-hand corner. Letter One: From 'Geoffrey Taylor' to Peter [Rhodes]. 18 August [1938?]. 1p., landscape 12mo. He is enclosing paper, and reports that the 'envelopes will come to two shillings a hundred, which is more than I said.

Three Typed Letters Signed ('Geoffrey Taylor' and 'G. T.') from the poet Geoffrey Taylor of the Poulk Press to Peter and Felicity [Rhodes], on printing and pricing. With signed copy of his Poulk Press chapbook, 'four poems for christmas 1939. g. t.'

Author: 
Geoffrey Taylor [born Geoffrey Phibbs] (1900-1956), poet, co-proprietor of the Poulk Press with Nancy Nicholson (1899-1977), British painter and textile designer (wife of poet Robert Graves, 1918-49)
Publication details: 
All three letters on Poulk Press letterheads, Sutton Veny, Warminster, Wiltshire. Dated 5 November 1938 and 18 August and 26 September [both also 1938?]. Chapbook without place or date [1939].
£280.00

The three letters are in fair condition, on aged paper. On a total of four letterheads, each with the names 'Nancy Nicholson | Geoffrey Taylor' printed in red ink in the top left-hand corner. Letter One: From 'Geoffrey Taylor' to Peter [Rhodes]. 18 August [1938?]. 1p., landscape 12mo. He is enclosing paper, and reports that the 'envelopes will come to two shillings a hundred, which is more than I said.

Typed Letter Signed ('David') from Sir David Russell to his cousin Frank Carr Nicholson, discussing Rodney Collins's book on Ouspensky, Alexis Aladin, and 'books we have read'. With copy of his anonymous pamphlet 'Iona. A Short Chronological Table'.

Author: 
Sir David Russell (1872-1956) of Silverburn, Leven, Fife [Frank Carr Nicholson (1875-1962), Librarian, Edinburgh University Library; Alexis Aladin (d.1927); Rodney Collins; Gurdieff; Ouspensky]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Silverburn, Leven, Fife; 4 April 1956. Pamphlet printed by McLagan & Cumming, Edinburgh;1932.
£220.00

Both letter and pamphlet in very good condition. Letter: 8pp., 4to. Written a few days before Russell's death on 12 March 1956. On the first page he describes how the London esoteric bookseller J. M.

Presentation of a Great Mace to the City of Manchester.

Author: 
[The Manchester Corporation Insignia Committee; Albert Nicholson; George Falkner & Sons, printers; Elkington & Co., Ltd, electroplaters, Birmingham]
Publication details: 
Manchester & London: Geo: Falkner & Sons. 1895. [Limited to 250 copies, 'Printed for Private Circulation.]
£250.00

Two copies: one a revised proof, the other out-of-series, with manuscript additions to the list of subscribers. Both copies 8vo, 25 pp, in original grey printed wraps. Both copies internally tight and clean, in grubby wraps. Attractively printed on thick laid paper, with the wraps printed in red and black. Pp.7-9 of the proof have been deleted, with the manuscript instruction, p.7: 'Take out this & the passages marked on next two pages & insert MS. sent'.

Autograph Letter Signed to autograph collector 'Miss <Lull?>'.

Author: 
General Sir Francis Thomas Lloyd (1838-1912), British soldier
Publication details: 
9 October 1907; on letterhead of The Lawn, Walmer.
£40.00

Two pages, 12mo. Very good, on lightly creased paper. He is sending five autographs to add to her collection and is 'sorry not to have those of distinguished men of later dates but I am quite out of the service now'. Wonders if she knows his 'very dear friend General Nicholson who is living now at St. Andrews. He and his wife are among our dearest friends.' He 'saw the Godfreys last week - both well.'

An account of the life and writings of Richard Dawes, A.M. late master of the Royal Grammar School, and of the Hospital of St. Mary the Virgin, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Author: 
[PROVINCIAL PRINTING, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE] Rev. John Hodgson
Publication details: 
Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed by T. and J. Hodgson, Union Street. 1828.
£125.00

4to. Pages: [4] + 30. Uncut and in large part unopened, in original plain grey wraps. Stabbed as issued, but with thread worn away and signatures loose within wraps. Grubby and with some offsetting, but overall a very good survival of a scarce and fragile item. A handsome production which does great credit to its place of origin. Half-title, with vignette of castellated building. Title-page with circular medal of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne (before whom the work was read). Engraving on page one by Isaac Nicholson ('I. NICHOLSON, DEL.

Loss of The Centaur Man-of-War, In the year 1782. (Written by Capt. Inglefield.)

Author: 
[John Nicholson Inglefield] [Shipwrecks; The Centaur; Naval; Maritime; The Royal Navy]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated [c.1818?].
£100.00

Eight 16mo leaves ['A4' at foot of recto of first leaf]. Sixteen unpaginated pages. Unbound, in contemporary marble wraps. Aged and slightly stained, but good overall. Dramatic fold-out handcoloured engraving of distressed men in rowboat in turbulent sea, roughly four and a half inches by five wide, captioned 'CENTAU. | Situation of part of the Crew who are leaveing [sic] the Wreck in a Boat.' Closed tear in engraving unobtrusively repaired on reverse with archival tape. Small stamp of the Webster Collection, with manuscript date 1924, on reverse of print.

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