NINETEENTH-CENTURY

[ The Argentine Great Western Railway (Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino). ] Eighteen printed items relating to the restructuring of the company. Including 'Plan of Reconstruction' ('Strictly Private'), 'Scheme of Arrangement', circulars, accounts.

Author: 
The Argentine Great Western Railway [ Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino ], British-owned Argentinian railway company, founded in 1887 [ Walter Heald, Secretary; J. S. Morgan & Co., merchant bankers ]
Publication details: 
The Argentine Great Western Railway, 4 Finsbury Circus, London E.C. 1893 and 1894.
£400.00

The company, founded in 1887, operated a broad gauge railway network in the Argentine provinces of San Luis, San Juan and Mendoza, and was taken over on a lease by the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway in 1907. It features in three studies: Colin M. Lewis, 'British Railways in Argentina 1857-1914: A Case Study of Foreign Investment' (1983); H. R. Stones, 'British Railways in Argentina 1860-1948' (1993); and Winthrop R. Wright, 'British-Owned Railways in Argentina – Their Effect on Economic Nationalism, 1854-1948' (1974).

[ Domesday; Surrey ] Fascicle from the facsimile Domesday Book for Surrey photozincographed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria's command.

Author: 
Domesday Book: commencement of Surrey
Publication details: 
No title, but the whole published by the Ordnance Survey Office, Southampton, Colonel Sir Henry James, director, 1861-3.
£95.00

Folio. Unbound and in original plain brown wraps. Thirteen plates, each with tissue guard. Foliated 30 recto to 36 verso. Plates clean with very minor spotting, but wraps stained, frayed and dogeared, with head and foot of spine creased and torn. Nevertheless an interesting survival in its original state of part of an important example of Victorian official publishing.

Vagabondlif i Australien.

Author: 
Theodor Fischer
Publication details: 
Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag. 1879.
£180.00

Small octavo. 124 pages. Four illustrations (pages, 9, 11, 76 and 100), including one of kangaroos and another of 'King Okalia with suite'. Good, in worn late 19th/early 20th century binding. Front wrap (with illustration of aborigine throwing spear) bound in. Bookplate of Gunnar von Heideken, and neat initials of 'F. V. Hen' at head of wrap. Apparently an account of a stay in the area of Adelaide. Includes glosses in Swedish of such words as boomerangs, bushrangers, waddies, piccaniny and swag. Intriguing (to non-Swedish speakers) mention of Lord Byron and Dick Turpin.

The Court of Chancery; its inherent defects, as exhibited in its system of procedure and of fees; with suggestions for a remedy. Also an appendix, containing extracts from evidence taken before the select committee on fees.

Author: 
William Challinor
Publication details: 
Second edition. London: Stevens and Norton, 26, Bell Yard. 1849.
£100.00

8vo. 56 pages followed by blank leaf. Unbound: stitched as issued. A good copy, although somewhat grubby and with some wear, sl. chipping and creasing and a few closed tears. No copy of this important item is in the British Library, its absence being supplied by a microfilm of the copy in the library of the London School of Economics.

Autograph Letter Signed to Dr [Albert] Gunther.

Author: 
Arthur Donaldson Smith
Publication details: 
24 January 1895; Barre.
£150.00

American physician and explorer of Africa (1866-1939). The recipient (1830-1914) was Keeper of the Zoological Department at the British Museum, 1875-95, and Vice-President of the Royal Society, 1875-6. Two pages, 12mo. Very good, on slightly discoloured paper with a little light spotting. Traces of previous mount adhering to one edge. He is sending some 'spirit-specimens' from his collection and has written to Sir William Flower 'as to the disposition of the entire collection'.

Autograph Letter Signed to (Charles Edward) Fagan.

Author: 
Arthur Donaldson Smith
Publication details: 
25 January 1895; Barre.
£250.00

American physician and explorer of Africa (1866-1939). The recipient was Assistant Secretary at the Natural History Museum, London. One page, 12mo. Good, on slightly discoloured paper, and with remains of stub still neatly attached to one edge. A significant letter, sent on the eve of Donaldson Smith's most notable expedition. 'Just a line in haste to tell you I & Dodson [a taxidermist engaged for the expedition] are ready to start for Rudolph Gillitt [another taxidermist] having left for England after hearing of his father's death.

Autograph Letter Signed to (Charles Edward) Fagan.

Author: 
Arthur Donaldson Smith
Publication details: 
25 January 1895; Barre.
£250.00

American physician and explorer of Africa (1866-1939). The recipient was Assistant Secretary at the Natural History Museum, London. One page, 12mo. Good, on slightly discoloured paper, and with remains of stub still neatly attached to one edge. A significant letter, sent on the eve of Donaldson Smith's most notable expedition. 'Just a line in haste to tell you I & Dodson [a taxidermist engaged for the expedition] are ready to start for Rudolph Gillitt [another taxidermist] having left for England after hearing of his father's death.

[Printed item.] The Revised School Law, Part II. Official Regulations and nearly two hundred Decisions of the Supreme Courts, relating to school matters [...].

Author: 
J. George Hodgins, LL.D., Barrister-at-Law, Deputy Minister of Education for Ontario [nineteenth-century Canadian schools]
Publication details: 
Toronto: Copp, Clark & Co., 47 Front Street East. 1878.
£80.00

Full title: 'The Revised School Law, Part II. Official Regulations and nearly two hundred Decisions of the Supreme Courts, relating to school matters affecting Township, County, City, Town and Incorporated Village Municipal Councils; School Section Boundaries; City, Town and Village Public School Boards; Arbitrations and Awards; Public School Inspectors; Boards of Examiners; Also, the Acts relating to Roman Catholic, Protestant and Coloured Separate Schools. With a copious analytical Index to Parts I. and II.' viii + 171pp. (paginated 111-281).

[Dinah Maria Craik, Victorian novelist, author of 'John Halifax, Gentleman'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D M Craik') to 'Mrs Western', regarding the taking-in of 'Isabel' and an outbreak of scarlet fever.

Author: 
Dinah Maria Craik [née Mulock] (1826-1887), novelist, best-known for 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (1856)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Corner House, Shortlands, Kent. 12 September 1882.
£90.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. 57 lines of closely-written text. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. She begins by exclaiming 'I have been so very sorry for you!', before urging her correspondent to 'keep quarantine'. 'But about Isabel? [...] I would gladly take her to stay here as I have done beforetime - but there are some impediments - we must have complete separation between our house & yours - Mr Harris's dread is indescribable - he lost his wife & (I think) two sisters with scarlet fever. I think they wd.

[Mary Cholmondeley.] Autograph Letter Signed to fellow-novelist Frances Mary Peard

Author: 
Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925), English novelist [Frances Mary Peard (1835-1923), English novelist, author of more than forty books]
Publication details: 
Hendon. 29 January [no year].
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with short closed tear at head of second leaf. She begins: 'I was so disturbed and disappointed when I came in on Tuesday to find I had missed you. And I believe you had been kind enough to call when we ought to be, and almost invariably are in - after 4.

Autograph Letter Signed ('L P D'Orléans') from Prince Philippe d'Orléans, Count of Paris, arranging a meeting with 'Mr. Benzon' (the merchant banker Robert Benson).

Author: 
Prince Philippe d'Orléans (1838-1894), Comte de Paris [Louis Philippe d'Orléans], grandson of the French King Louis Philippe I and Union Army officer in the American Civil War
Publication details: 
On letterhead of York House, Twickenham, Middlesex [England]. 'Friday' [no date].
£300.00

3pp., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. The lower part of the second leaf has been cut away, not affecting the text. He begins by stating that he has received the recipient's 'last telegram announcing that you had postponed till to morrow your visit to London'. He has in turn telegraphed 'Mr. Benzon to propose to him to come to the Charing Cross Hotel at 11 or 12. In that case I would offer to yourself & Mr. Benson [sic] a breakfast at the Hotel'.

Album containing 53 original photographs, with captions, by William Nichols, Farm Bailiff at Felix Hall, the country house of Sir Thomas Burch Western.

Author: 
William Nichols, photographer and Farm Bailiff at Felix Hall, Essex, the country house of Sir Thomas Burch Western
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [Felix Hall, Essex; 1860s.]
£2,500.00

An evocative collection of photographs, in which, unusually, a Victorian servant has been allowed to make a record of his masters, their country house, and household. The 53 photographs are laid down on 17 leaves of a contemporary stitched 4to album. In fair condition, lightly-aged, and with the brown marbled wraps of the album detached and separated from one another. Three of the photographs are lacking from the album.

Two eschatological manuscripts by N. B. Stocker: 'The Book of Revelation Made Easy [...] The World's Crisis at the close of God's Great Stream of Time, showing His Eternal Purposes of Grace.' and 'On the Symbolic Visions of the Apocalypse'.

Author: 
N. B. Stocker, artist and author [the Book of Revelation; the Apocalypse; Christian eschatology]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [England, 1880s?]
£650.00

Unpublished: no works by N. B. Stocker are listed on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. The author would however appear to be the N. B. Stocker who was active in England as an artist from at least 1853 (when he published a lithograph in 1853 titled 'The Emigrants' Return - Lord be praised!') to 1889 (when his drawing 'The Majesty of Woman' appeared). The printed title to Volume One, and references in both works to accompanying charts, suggest that both volumes were intended for publication. Both items in fair condition, on aged paper, in worn and shaken bindings.

Mid-Victorian manuscript list, headed 'Weight of Appointments', giving the weights of a British Army cavalryman's equipment.

Author: 
[British Army Cavalryman's list of 'Weights of Appointments', circa 1850]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [Circa 1850.]
£125.00

On one side of a piece of 15.5 x 11 cm laid paper. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper. The list gives the weights of nine items (Saddle; Horse Shoes & Nails; Velisse; Sword & Belts; Carbine; Ammunition 20 rounds; Cloak; Sheep Skin & Shabracque; Wallets), ranging in weight from 27 lbs to 4 1/2 lbs, and totalling 7 st 3 lbs. Apparently very scarce. No record found.

Autograph Letter Signed "Saml Romilly" to unnamed correspondent [Hans Francis Hastings. See note below, re. claim to peerage].

Author: 
Sir Samuel Romilly, law reformer and advocate (1757-1818).
Publication details: 
Tanhurst nr Dorking, 5 Oct. 1817.
£225.00

Three pages, 12mo. Good only: some staining but text clear and complete. He's been away and so has only just received his correspondent's letter. He continues: "It is impossible for me to give you any information as to the probable amount of the Expence of presenting your claim to the Earldom of Huntingdon before the House of Lords. As however the pedigree is a very long one & the attendance of many witnesses with the original parish Registers will be necessary I apprehend that it must be very considerable.

[Printed pamphlet satirising the 1879 Royal Academy exhibition.] The Piccadilly Peep-Show; or, Round the R.A. in 15 minutes. By Wallis Mackay. [Preceded by 'The Piccadilly Peep-Showman's Song. By Walter Pelham.']

Author: 
Wallis Mackay [Walter Pelham; The Royal Academy of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
Published by Richardson and Best, 5, Queen's Head Passage, Paternoster Row. [1879.] [London: The Artistic Colour Printing Company, Limited, Playhouse Yard, Barbican.]
£120.00

44 + [i] + [iii], 8vo. In original grey printed wraps. Fair: on aged paper, in worn wraps separating at spine (as is the bifolium carrying the first and last leaves). Ownership inscription at head of front wrap: 'C. L. F.' Numerous amusing illustrations in text, which is followed by a spoof 'Blank Page for School Boys and others to Sketch upon.' and three pages of advertisements. Further advertisements on inside of front wrap, and on both sides of back wrap. Scarce: the only copy of this undated first edition on COPAC at the V&A.

Autograph Letter Signed ('S Smiles') from Samuel Smiles, author of 'Self-Help', to John T. Bacon of Blackburn , concerning a photograph of him by S. A. Walker of Regent Street, and his book 'Physical Education'.

Author: 
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904), Scottish writer and reformer, author of 'Self-Help' (1859) [John T. Bacon of Blackburn, Lancashire, autograph hunter; S. A. Walker of Regent's Street, London, photographer]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 8 Pembroke Gardens, Kensington W. 18 July 1882.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In original stamped and postmarked envelope, addressed by Smiles. The 'last photographic likeness' of Smiles 'was taken by Mr S. A. Walker, 230 Regent Street W'. Smiles has 'no doubt' that Walker will let Bacon 'have a copy' (i.e. Bacon will not be getting a free copy from Smiles). Smiles's book 'Physical Education' was 'published by me no less than 44 years ago. It had a small sale, and is now quite out of print. Though pretty good at the time, there are now far better works on the subject.'

Autograph Letter Signed from 'Fanny Goode' [Frances Goode], sister of the composer Sir Henry Bishop, regarding her brother's final days and death.

Author: 
Fanny Goode [Frances Goode], sister of Sir Henry Bishop (1786-1855), English composer, best known for writing the tune to 'Home Sweet Home']
Fanny Goode [Frances Goode], sister of Sir Henry Bishop
Publication details: 
Undated. 13 Cambridge Street, Hyde Park.
£75.00
Fanny Goode [Frances Goode], sister of Sir Henry Bishop

4 pp, 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The unnamed recipient appears to have been named as executor in a prvevious will of Sir Henry Bishop. Opens in dramatic style: 'I was very greatly surprised to receive a letter from you this morning, dated from Brighton, as my poor Brother, Sir Henry Bishop, had not the slightest idea that you were still an inhabitant of this world, having heard of your death some time since, in consequence of which, he made another will similar to the one in your possession, but changing the executors'.

Signed Autograph legal opinion of Sir Alexander Cockburn ('A. E. Cockburn'), regarding an action between H. D. Kingdon and a 'Mr. Newman' in 1841.

Author: 
Sir Alexander James Edmund Cockburn (1802-1880), Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench and Liberal Solicitor-General (1850) and Attorney General (1851-1852) [H. D. Kingdon, author]
Publication details: 
'A. E. Cockburn | Temple | Decr. 16. 1841.'
£250.00

On both sides of a piece of paper 25.5 x 41 cm. 44 lines. Fair, on aged paper. The upper part of the first page laid down on card, resulting in loss of text. Begins 'I am of opinion that no partnership was created between Mr. H. D. Kingdon & Mr. Newman by the Indenture of 1838 sufficient to bar the former on an action upon that deed.' The document dates from the year in which Cockburn took silk. H. D. Kingdon was author of 'The Old English Mastiff' (London, 1873).

Public Record Office manuscript copy of the Census Schedules for the whole of England (excluding London) in 1841.

Author: 
[1841 Census; Public Record Office]
Publication details: 
[Early twentieth-century?]
£225.00

Folio, 65 pp. In a number of hands. Clear and complete. Heavily aged, in worn binding with front board and flyleaf detached. Many of the leaves are blindstamped at the head with the royal crest. With stamps of the Public Record Office Library, and withdrawal stamp from 'TNA Library' (The National Archives Library) dated 28 July 2007. At head of flyleaf: 'This volume is a manuscript copy of C 1 3 on the search room shelves'. A finding aid, numerating the census returns for the districts of the various counties from Bedford to Yorkshire, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Autograph Letter Signed from W. R. Arrowsmith ['W R Arrowsmith'], containing a list of books he is selling. Priced by the recipient.

Author: 
W. R. Arrowsmith [William Robson Arrowsmith] (1813-1887), Victorian Shakespeare commentator
Autograph Letter Signed from W. R. Arrowsmith
Publication details: 
30 March 1858. Kinsham Court, Presteigne.
£65.00
Autograph Letter Signed from W. R. Arrowsmith

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. On aged paper, with a spike-hole with closed tear from hole to edge of both leaves. No loss to text. He is sending 'a list of the books that I wish to part with in order that upon the exchange for a Dyce's Shakspeare, one settlement of our account might suffice.' There follows a list of the books over around 40 lines, beginning with 'Tyndewood's Procinciale Fol. calf. neat. Best edition' and ending with 'Kennet's Impropriations 1 vol calf'. Includes 'Solomon & Perseda 1599'. The recipient has written '£6 .

Printed prospectus, with separate leaves of testimonials and illustration, for shares in 'The Universal Railway & Carriage Spring Company, Limited

Author: 
The Universal Railway & Carriage Spring Company, Limited [the Perry Green Gardiner Patent Elliptic and Sprial Spring; Victorian locomotives; nineteenth-century railways]
The Universal Railway & Carriage Spring Company, Limited [
Publication details: 
London: 1876.
£75.00
The Universal Railway & Carriage Spring Company, Limited [

The prospectus is folio, 3 pp, in a bifolium. Loosely inserted is a folio leaf, with the testimonials printed on one side, and a quarto leaf with four engraved illustrations: two of wheels under carriages, and two showing details of the springs on those wheels. The three items are on aged paper, with the illustrated leaf in good condition, and the other two items with chipping and closed tears. The texts and illustrations of all three items are clear and complete, apart from some loss to a footnote to the testimonials, caused by the page being printed too low on the leaf..

The Cosaque Times. [a humorous pastiche of the London Times and other British Newspapers of the period]

Author: 
[The Cosaque Times [The Times of London; British nineteenth-century newspapers; Victorian periodical publications]
The Cosaque Times. [a humorous pastiche of the London Times]
Publication details: 
Dated 'No. 1.] MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 1872. [New Series.' Name of printer not stated.
£125.00
The Cosaque Times. [a humorous pastiche of the London Times]

16mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. On aged and creased paper, lightly discoloured. A typographical curiosity, and interesting social document, the background to which is not easily discoverable. Three columns to a page, with the text divided into short sections including Marriages, Deaths, Shipping and Railways. The first section, 'BIRTHS', reads 'Jan. 1, at the residence of the Proprietor, The First Number of the Cosaque Times. Friends will please accept this intimation.' Spoof advertisements.

Autograph Note Signed "E. Lynn Linton", novelist, to "Mr Wright".

Author: 
Eliza Lynn Linton, novelist
Autograph Note Signed "E. Lynn Linton", novelist
Publication details: 
6 Fitzroy Street, [London] W., no date.
£36.00
Autograph Note Signed "E. Lynn Linton", novelist

One page, 12mo, edge trimmed with minor loss of text. She is working too hard to find time for "social duties or politenesses" She will be at a certain place the following day. She has a cold "who has not?") abnd asks whether he will be in his "place" the following day.

Autograph Letter Signed to Holden.

Author: 
Edward Stanley (1792-1862), FRS, English surgeon [Luther Holden (1815-1905), surgeon and anatomist]
Publication details: 
5 December [1855]; Brook Street, London.
£125.00

12mo, 3 pp. Bifolium with mourning border. Fair, on aged paper, with one dog-eared corner. Is concerned that, considering the labour and cost of Holden's 'very handsome volume on the Bones' (presumably his 'Human Osteology', 1855), he should have 'deemed it necessary' to present him with a copy. He cherishes Holden's friendship, and hopes he will be 'richly rewarded for all you have bestowed on the work'.

An Act to empower the Legislature of Canada to alter the Constitution of the Legislative Council for that Province, and for other Purposes. [11th August 1854.]

Author: 
British Act of Parliament, 1854, regarding the Canadian Legislature [Canada]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty. 1854.
£195.00

8vo, 3 pp. Paginated [1233] to 1235. Disbound bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with small hole in gutter. Headed with the royal crest and 'ANNO DECIMO SEPTIMO & DECIMO OCTAVO VICTORIAE REGINAE.' and 'CAP. CXVIII.]

An Act to empower the Legislature of Canada to make Laws regulating the Appointment of a Speaker of the Legislative Council. [8th August 1859.]

Author: 
British Act of Parliament, 1859, appointing a speaker to the Canadian legislature [Canada]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty. 1859.
£95.00

8vo, 2 pp. On first leaf of a bifolium, with the second leaf blank. Paginated [37]-38. Headed with the royal crest and words 'ANNO VICESIMO SECUNDO & VICESIMO TERIO VICTORIAE REGINAE.' and 'CAP. X.'

[38 & 39 Vict.] Canada Copyright. [Ch. 53.] An Act to give effect to an Act of the Parliament of the Dominion of Canada respecting Copyright. [2d August 1875.]

Author: 
Canada Copyright Act, 1875 [British Act of Parliament, 1875, respecting Canadian copyright]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty. 1875.
£75.00

8vo, 9 pp. Disbound. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Headed with the royal crest. The last seven pages carry the 'Schedule'. The British legislature had refused to ratify the 1872 Dominion of Canada bill that enshrined a fixed-royalty principle for Canadian publishers to re-print British copyrighted works. This act only allowed Canadian republishing of books that had gone out of print.

Unpublished manuscript poem, titled 'The lament of a gyp', humourously recounting the 'troubles of a Cambridge man, a careful hardworked gyp' on the disappearance of Bushell on a mountaineering trip.

Author: 
[William Done Bushell (1838-1917) of St John's College, Cambridge University; later assistant master and honorary chaplain at Harrow School; Victorian mountaineering
Publication details: 
Undated (around 1861).
£65.00

From Bushell's own collection, and possibly in his hand. On both sides of a piece of light-blue paper, 27 x 22 cm. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with four labels from previous mounting (one with small closed tear) on the reverse. A delightful item, casting light on the social history of Victorian Cambridge. Thirty-six lines in couplets. Written from the point of view of Bushell's 'gyp' (college servant). Begins 'Oh! listen to me now all ye who give anyone the slip.

On new tables of the moon's parallax, to be substituted for those of Burckhardt.

Author: 
John Couch Adams
Publication details: 
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode. Without date, but docketed in pencil as an offprint 'From Nautical Almanac 1856'.
£105.00

English astronomer (1819-92) whose mathematical prediction of the existence of Neptune anticipated Le Verrier's discovery of that planet. Octavo. Unbound. Ten leaves and one blank. Paginated [35]-53. Very good. Five pages of text (35-9), four tables (pp.40-3) and a set of 'Tables containing the corrections to be applied to the values of the moon's equatorial horizontal parallax given in the nautical almanacs 1840-1855, in order to make them agree with those calculated from Mr. Adams' tables.' (pp.46-53). One small closed tear to antepenultimate leaf.

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