Henry J. Wake of Cockermouth (Lake District), Victorian bookseller and auctioneer
'On Sale by H. J. Wake, 18, Station Street, Cockermouth. Imo. 1877.' [ At foot: 'Henry J. Wake, Bookseller &c. Cockermouth. 10/1/77 [ i.e. 10 October 1877 ]'. ]
1p., folio. An unusual production, containing 78 numbered items in two columns, with illustrations, lithographed to look like a manuscript in tight, neat handwriting. In fair overall condition, on aged paper, with a triangular hole with 5 cm edges and minor damage sympathetically repaired with archival tape. The books range from 'No. 1. Eugene Aram's Trial, Life, Letters, Poems, &c. 12mo. Facsimile Letter. 1/2 cloth, scarce s4/ Richmond, 1832' to '78. The Stowe Catalogue Priced & Annotated by H. R, Forster. Sm. 4to cloth leather back.
Thomas Wilkinson Wallis (1821-1903), wood carver ('the Grinling Gibbons of the 19th century'), sculptor and painter of Louth in Lincolnshire [ The Great Exhibition, 1851 ]
The letter to his daughter dated from Louth [ Lincolnshire ], 18 October 1884. Description of carving from 1851. Fragments from journal dealing with events in 1837, 1851, 1862 and 1866.
Thomas Wilkinson Wallis was the greatest wood carver of Victorian England. Born in impoverished circumstances in Hull, by 1844 he had established his own business in Louth Lincolnshire, and for the 1851 he submitted seven carvings, 'of which ‘Trophy of Spring’ was awarded a medal. It was his most intricate carving, it took him 8 months to complete and was considered to surpass the work of Grinling Gibbons.
William Burges (1827-1881), English architect and designer
7 Dartmouth Row, Blackheath. 29 October 1850.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He is being hired to draw a horn of Islamic origin, and gives his view of it, comparing it with 'the horn of Ulphus in the "Monumenta Vetusta"'. He has 'all the materials details &c. for making a correct drawing of the cradle', and will be happy to write to 'the <?> of Brussels for any information he may possess'. His terms are the same as for 'the others I did for you £1 . 1 .
W. A. Day, printer, of 25 South John Street, Liverpool. [Victorian printing; zincography]
Liverpool: W. A. Day, 25 South John Street. Undated [1880s?].
A scarce piece of Liverpool printing ephemera. Dimensions approximately 63 x 51 cm. Both sides printed in light blue. Text and illustrations complete. In need of expert cleaning and repair: grubby and stained, with chipping to extremities and some closed tears. At the head of the one side is the masthead of 'The Employment Exchange | Edited by Charles H. Megson' ('The only recognized medium for speedy Employment. Absolutely without rival.') with illustrations of figures at work.
James Bryce (1838-1922), Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, Ulster jurist, historian, Liberal politician and mountaineer [ Norway; Scandinavia ]
The book published in Christiana by B. M. Bentzen, 1874 (sixteenth edition).
 + 110 +  + xx pp., 16mo. With fold-out map and main body of 110pp. interleavedf. A frail survival on aged and worn high-acidity paper, with covers, map and some sections detached, spine heavily worn, and slight worming at end. Autograph inscription of 'J. Bryce' in pencil at head of title-page, and the volume is annotated with his pencil observations in a tight difficult hand. A couple of examples give a good impression of the tone.
Princess Helena [ Helena Augusta Victoria; Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein by marriage ] (1846-1923), daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
On letterhead of Clouds, Salisbury. 8 April 1891.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. She agrees to give her 'name as Patroness' to Mrs Lowther's 'theatricals', but 'cannot promise to be present at them as I have so very many engagements in May'. She concludes by noting the weather: 'glorious sunshine & cloudless blue sky'.
Charles Arthur Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen (1832-1900), Lord Chief Justice of England
On embossed letterhead of the Royal Courts of Justice. 'Monday' [ no date ].
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Dear Mr. Williams, | Pray arrange Guests in the correct order whatever that is. I shall have frequent opportunities I hope of meeting the good Bishop.'
Ivan August Turszky (1778-1856), Austrian Governor of Dalmatia, 1841-1847 [ Spalato (Split, Croatia) ]
'Zara [ now Zadar, Croatia ] 3 Settembre 1845.'
Printed on one side of a 30 x 20 cm. piece of deckled-edge laid watermarked paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Hapsburg double-eagle at head, with 'N. 18205 | 2042' at top left. Fifteen lines of text, followed by 'Zara 3 Settembre 1845. | CAVALIERE DI TURSZKY GOVERNATORE. | NOB. de FLUCK | I. R. Consigliere di Governo.' The governor orders that in future the city of Split will be regarded as an open city rather than a walled one. 'Delle esistenti fortificazioni saranno soltanto da conservarsi il Forte Grippe e le due batterie di S.
'Habana 28 de Octubre de 1856'. [ Havana, Cuba. 28 October 1856.]
1p., folio. On aged and worn paper. In top right-hand corner: 'N. 4.' Twelve lines of text, followed by signatures 'Domingo Rodrigz.', 'Conception de Velasco de la Forre' and 'Pose Ma. de la Forre'. Begins: 'D. Domingo Rodriguez vende a la Sra. Da. Conception de Velasco de la Forre, un negro nombrado Andres de oficio calesero y cocinero [ by trade a coachman and cook ], sano y sin tachas [ healthy and without blemishes ]'.
Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland [ Special Constables ]
'At Campbeltown the Twenty first day of April Eighteen Hundred & Twenty three years' [ Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland. 21 April 1823. ]
2pp., folio. A 41.5 x 33 cm. piece of wove paper folded three times to make a 20.5 x 8cm. packet. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Headed: 'At Campbeltown the Twenty first day of April Eighteen Hundred & Twenty three years'. Reads: 'The Magistrates of the Burgh of Campbeltown having this day Nominated and Appointed, the persons hereto subscribing, Special Constables in the Burgh of Campbeltown, They are hereby Constituted and Ordained Constables within the said Burgh accordingly, And in terms of Law have taken, and hereby take, and subscribe the following Oath Vizt.
'John Bull', London newspaper founded and edited by Theodore Hook (1788-1841) [ Todmorden Poor Law Riots; Lady Hesther Stanhope (1776-1839); Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) ]
[ London. ] Printed and published at the Office, No. 40, Fleet-street, in the City of London, by JOHN COOPER BUNNEY, Printer, of No. 43, Amwell-street, Pentonville [...].' 2 December 1838 (Vol. XVIII. - No. 938).
12pp., folio, paginated 563-574. Disbound. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with tax stamp at bottom-right of first page. The number contains a report of the 'The Poor Law Riots at Todmorden' (p.566), with a further report on the same subject of almost a whole page (p.570). The number also reproduces a letter from Lord Palmerston to Lady Hester Stanhope (described as 'one of the strongest-minded women in the world'), with her reply, which it describes as 'a slap in the face for the Noble Viscount', the subject being 'a dirty squabble about a pension to a lady'.
Goldwin Smith (1823-1910), Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, opponent of American slavery
On letterhead of Parks End, Oxford. 6 February [ no year ].
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. A bracing insight into the realities of Victorian domestic service. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr. Patterson, | Having found my slippers where they ought not to have been, I have dismissed the housemaid on the spot and seriously reprimanded the Cook. Tomorrow I shall turn off the Baker. That is what I call a well regulated household. | Yours sincerely | Goldwin Smith.' (Note that the literal meaning of 'turning off' was the pushing of a condemned person off the scaffold during execution by hanging.)
George Hudson (1800-1871), 'The Railway King', railway promoter and fraudster
Kirkham Station [ Yorkshire ]. 9 October 1871.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, tipped in onto part of a leaf from an album. The main body of the letter reads: 'I am sorry to say the portmanteau has not arrived - will you enquire about it - I hope you addressed it to the Kirkahm Station on the North Eastern railway.' In a postscript he gives the full address as 'Mr Hudson Kirkham Station on the North Eastern railway York', adding that he will pick it up 'in a few Days when we return'. The letter may result from a mix-up with Kirkham Station in Lancashire.
Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1838-1928), historian and liberal politician [ Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), Premier of Queensland ]
On letterhead of the Central Station Hotel, Glasgow. 5 July 1892.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-ruckled paper. The letter begins: 'Dear Herbert, | My address will show you why I cannot have the pleasure of breakfasting with you. My poll is tomorrow [Trevelyan was MP for Glasgow Bridgeton], and the evening of the 7th. I am to speak in Inverness, and then have to come South to take part in our two South Northern Ireland contests'. He will be 'from 3 to 600 miles from London for some time to come', and will 'miss the sort of society of which the breakfast club is the quintessence'. From the papers of Sir Robert Herbert.
Marquis of Salisbury, British prime minister [ Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) ]
On letterhead of Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. 31 December 1886.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with light traces of mount adhering at head of second page. In returning documents to MacColl, he makes observations regarding 'The landlord's right to have his land back if the conditions on which it is leased are not performed', with relation to the 'Act of 1861' and 'the old law' which it 'only modified in specified matters'. He concludes with the observation that 'It is a curious piece of casuistry.'
Florence Warden [ 'Mrs. G. E. James', née Florence Alice Price ](1857-1929), novelist
On letterhead of 21 Addison Road North, Kensington, W. [ London. ] 26 March 1889.
On one side of a 9 x 11 cm piece of grey paper. In a minuscule hand, with the recipient's name has been scored through: 'Dear Mr. <?>, | Will you come to supper on Thursday? | Yours sincerely, | Florence James'.
On his embossed letterhead, 2 Frederick Place, Old Jewry. 27 June 1869.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The note reads: 'This is to certify that Mr. Turner has been under my care; and will be unable to return to business for the next ten days. | Walter J Coulson | Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.' For more on Coulson, see his obituary in the British Medical Journal, 14 September 1889.
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), English judge and author, friend of Charles Dickens [ Alexander Baillie Richmond ('Richmond the Spy'); Tait's Edinburgh Magazine; Simpkin and Marshall ]
[ Court of Exchequer, London. December 1834. ]
The background to this document is ably explained in an article in the Spectator, 27 December 1834, 'The Spy System: Richmond versus Marshall and Miles', which begins: 'The Court of Exchequer was occupied the whole of Saturday and Monday last with the trial of an action of libel, brought by Alexander Baillie Richmond, the individual for many years known in Scotland by the title of "Richmond the Spy," against Messrs. Simpkin and Marshall, the London publishers of Tait's Edinburgh Magazine.
Sir G. W. Dasent [ Sir George Webbe Dasent ] (1817-1896), folklorist, professor at King's College London, and contributor to The Times [ Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), Premier of Queensland ]
On embossed letterhead of the Civil Service Commission, Westminster. 31 July 1889.
3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Some friends of mine, & special friends of my daughter, have taken Chesterford Hall for a term their name is Tomkinson, & both husband & wife come from old Cheshire families'. As Chesterford Hall is close to Herbert's 'abode at Ickleton', he asks him to 'take notice of the new comers who are both very agreeable people'. He is writing to him at the Colonial Office, 'because I know that Meade is going off to the Dolomite Country, & I conclude that you will not both be away together'.
Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), eminent Victorian actor-manager
On letterhead of 15A, Grafton Street, Bond Street, W. [ London ] 15 February [ no year ].
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In a difficult hand. He hopes there is 'no misunderstanding about the box for tonight', which is reserved in the recipient's name at the theatre: '& you have only to ask for your box'. He ends: 'We shall meet tonight I hope after the play.'
Robert Scott Moncrieff (1793-1869) of Fossaway, Perth, advocate, illustrator and caricaturist, grandfather of General John Archibald Ballard (1829-1880)
'Dalkeith | Saty Morning 27 July [ 1833 ].
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage to second leaf from breaking of wafer. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mrs. Scott Moncrieff | 7 Fores Stt. | Edinb.' Docketted on same page: '27 July 1833 | R S M | announcing Joanna's birth'. The letter begins: 'My dearest Mother | I beg that you wd.
Renn Dickson Hampden (1793-1868), Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford and Bishop of Hereford, subject of the Hampden Controversy of 1836 [ Sir Travers Twiss (1809-1897), jurist ]
The first from 'The Palace' [ Hereford ], 3 November 1856. The second from Eaton Place [ London ], 15 March 1865.
The first letter 4pp., 12mo, with cross writing on frist page, and the second 3pp., 12mo. Both bifoliums. The second letter with its envelope, with penny red and postmarks, addressed by Dickson to 'Travers Twiss Esq D. C. L. | No. 19 Park Lane | London'. Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The first letter concerns Dr Edward Thompson, Vicar of Kington, who has been complained about by his curate 'Mr. Clelan', resulting in a report in a newspaper. Dickson writes: 'Kington, you may remember, rejoices in the notorious Dr.
John Caley (1760-1834), Secretary to the Record Commission, antiquary and archivist [ Joseph Planta (1744-1827), Principal Librarian at the British Museum ]
'Folkstone. | 5 Septr. 1802.'
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with slight damage to corners from removal from mount. 20 lines of text. Regarding 'a Dr[af]t. on Snow & Co for twenty five pounds', he would 'willingly have put down the little trouble I had to the account of our mutual friendship in which I stand considerably your debtor but as you will have it otherwise I beg you will accept my sincere thanks for the inclosure, assuring you I consider it far beyond what I ought to have had'.
James Spencer Northcote, Roman Catholic convert, President of Oscott College [ Richard Simpson (1820-1876); Daniel William Cahill (1796-1864); Oxford Movement ]
The Oratory, Edgbaston, Birmingham. Undated [ 1854 ].
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. The Rambler was hugely unpopular with the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England for its liberal attitude and satirical emphasis. According to his entry in the ODNB, Northcote edited the journal between June 1852 and September 1854. Simpson (whose ODNB entry also see), under co-proprietor Sir John Dalberg Acton, would take over the editorship before turning it over to John Henry Newman, who would resign after a few months due to pressure from the hierarchy, and the magazine would be discontinued in 1864.
Henry Larkin (1820-1899), friend and biographer of Thomas Carlyle [ Frederick Chapman of Chapman and Hall, London publishers ]
Both items from 6 Farriano Cottages, Leighton Road, NW. [ London. ] 23 January and 1 February 1865.
Both letters are 3pp., 12mo, and both bifoliums. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. An interesting couple of letters, with Larkin advising the engraver on how to extract payment from the publishers, while stressing in both letters that he does not wish his own name mentioned. The first letter begins: 'The Printer has had the Woodcut and printed it, so you can go ahead!
Edwin Chadwick, Secretary, Poor Law Commission [ London ]
Poor Law Commission Office, Somerset House [ London ]. 1840. [ 'By Authority: - J. Hartnell, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street.' ]
7pp., folio. An unbound and unopened half-sheet. Facsimile of Chadwick's signature at end. An interesting document, in twenty-six numbered sections, laying out the duties of the parish officers with regard auditing of the quarterly Poor Rates accounts.
George Isaac Huntingford (1748-1832), Warden of Winchester College, and successively Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Hereford
Winchester College. 6 January 1830.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He is 'greatly obliged [...] for the purpose' with which he has been 'favour'd [...] with intimation', but it 'never was in my thoughts to be an Annual Subscriber to the Pension Fund'. He will pay any expense 'the Conductors of the Institution have incurred in expectation of his being a subscriber.
David Roberts (1796-1864), RA, Scottish artist [ Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867), artist ]
Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 16 January 1856.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, laid down on leaf removed from album. The recipient's name is unclear. The letter begins: 'I wrote to Henry yesterday, that I should have a Fly here Tomorrow, Thursday, at 4 OClock to take & bring you back from Stanfields - and last night I recd yours stating - you would take a Fly to bring you here'. He discusses the alternatives, commenting 'Had it not better remain as arranged?'
Captain J. Thompson, 'late Capt. 4th East York L[ocal]. M[ilitia].' [ John Crossley of Scaitcliffe, near Rochdale, Lancashire; Napoleon Bonaparte ]
Manchester. 12 December 1822.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The reverse of the second leaf, with seal in black wax, is addressed to 'Capt Crossley | &c &c &c | O L M', and the foot of the letter to 'John Crossley Esqre | Capt: Oldham L: M:' (Crossley, the commanding officer of the Oldham Regiment of Local Militia, built up a notable collection of military memorabilia, which was dispersed after his death.) The letter begins: 'With this you will receive the interesting little "Bijou" - Bonaparte's Star of the Legion of Honour for which I beg a place in your curious Collection.