NINETEENTH

[ Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh. ] Autograph Letter in the third person, informing Sir Sidney Smith that he has no chance of employment 'in the Diplomatic line'.

Author: 
Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh [ Lord Castlereagh; Marquis of Londonderry ], Tory Home Secretary vilified by Byron and Shelley
Publication details: 
Foreign Office [ London ]. 24 April 1816.
£150.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Lord Castlereagh presents his Compliments to Sir Sidney Smith, & in acknowledging his letter of the 11th. Instant has to express his regrets that it is not in his power to hold out to Sir Sidney Smith any propsect of being employed in the Diplomatic line.'

[ Laura Henderson, founder of the Windmill Theatre. ] Autograph Letter Signed to an actress [ Janet Achurch ], praising her performance in 'A Doll's House'

Author: 
Laura Henderson [ born Laura Forster ] (1863-1944), founder of the Windmill Theatre, London [ Janet Achurch, stage name of Janet Sharp (1863-1916), actress ]
Publication details: 
14 Hill Street, Berkeley Square [ London ]. 'Sunday' [ 1889 ].
£320.00

4pp., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Achurch's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the context: 'In 1889, when she was still only twenty-three, she undertook the management of the Novelty Theatre, London, where on 7 June she appeared as Nora in the first English production of Ibsen's A Doll's House.

[ Madeline Wyndham, society hostess and member of 'The Souls'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Canon Mitford', describing the death of her husband Sir Percy Wyndham.

Author: 
Madeline Wyndham [ née Campbell ] (c.1835-1920), wife of Sir Percy Wyndham (1835-1911) of Clouds, Wiltshire, society hostess and member of 'The Souls'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Clouds, East Knoyle, Salisbury. 13 March 1911.
£180.00

2pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. In pencil and evidently written in great distress. Reads: 'Dear Canon Milford | I thank you for your Letters & your Prayers I know how you all will feel for us. But it has all been Blessed He was surrounded by love & at the End, Passed on. so quietly yet so raidently. [sic] that it has left the Glory of God his face and we are “Sorrowful yet rejoicing” | Gods own Peace & Glory is on his face | Yours ever affecately | Madeline Wyndham | My love to all'.

[ Henry Baker Tristram, 'parson-naturalist' supporter of Charles Darwin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B. Tristram') to Francis DuCane Godman, regarding their natural history collections.

Author: 
Henry Baker Tristram (1822-1906), geologist and 'parson-naturalist', a supporter of Charles Darwin [ Frederick DuCane Godman (1834-1919), naturalist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Greatham Vicarage, Stockton upon Tees. 2 October 1865.
£220.00

Four pages, 12mo, good condition. He is pleased that Godman has 'found something new in your Agnean things', among which '[t]he red legged partridge if now will indeed be a treasure'. He also discusses the bullfinch, starling and wren, before moving on to shells and 'Guatamala eggs'. He is 'beginning to arrange my Cabinet for the long evenings employment. I shd. be glad to get together what I can.' The letter concludes: 'My Smithsonians are (the rare ones only) disgracefully broken & must have been packed after they were broken.'

[ Joseph Blanco White (born José María Blanco y Crespo), Spanish author and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Blanco White') to 'Miss Jordan', giving advice regarding her Spanish studies, and revealing his attutude to his native language.

Author: 
Joseph Blanco White [ born José María Blanco y Crespo ] (1775-1841), Spanish author and poet settled in England, associated with the Oxford Movement
Publication details: 
Place not stated [ Oxford ]. 5 July 1829.
£280.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with small strip of mount obscuring part of a couple of words on reverse of second leaf. A good letter of forty-nine lines, revealing White's attitude to his native language. He is answering her queries regarding her Spanish studies, and is sending a 'small parcel' to 'lay the foundation' of her 'Spanish Library'. He explains: 'You need not be shocked at the apparent weight of the obligation. I never read a Spanish book if I can help it. It is too painful for me, and I really wish I could forget the language.

[ Charlotte M. Yonge, novelist. ] Autograph Signature ('C M Yonge') to part of Autograph Letter.

Author: 
Charlotte M. Yonge [ Charlotte Mary Yonge; C. M. Yonge ] (1823-1901), English novelist associated with the Oxford Movement
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On 5.5 x 12.5 cm piece of grey paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Written on both sides. The side with the signature reads: '[...] I will let you know if I have anything farther, but it does not at all depend on me | Yours faithfully | C M Yonge'. The other side reads: '[...] when of course we can accept them or not as we please. | Mr Hughes & some others were unwilling to write under a possible Editor who they thought might [...]'.

[ Allan Cunningham, Scottish poet. ] Autograph Note Signed to an unnamed woman ("Madam").

Author: 
Allan Cunningham (1784-1842), Scottish poet and author
Publication details: 
27 Lower Belgrave Place [ London ]. 'Tuesday one oClock'.
£35.00

On one side of an 11.5 x 12.5 cm piece of paper, cut down from a larger leaf. In good condition, lightly aged; laid down on a 15.5 x 15 cm piece of card to which a typed biographical slip is attached. Reads: 'Dear Madam | I have just received your note and write in haste to say that I shall do myself the pleasure of waiting upon you tomorrow (Wednesday) about ten oclock. | I remain Dear Madam | Your very respectful Servt. | Allan Cunningham'.'

[ 'Hesba Stretton' (Sarah Smith), Victorian children's author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hesba Stretton') to 'Mrs. Picton', regarding her disabled nephew.

Author: 
'Hesba Stretton', pen name of Sarah Smith (1832-1911), Victorian children's author
Publication details: 
70 Lansdowne Road, W. [ London ] 4 October 1881.
£90.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Forty-five lines, closely written. Her recent affairs have been so 'unsettled' that she has not been able to make arrangements to see Mrs Picton.

[ Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Lawson') to 'Canon Farrar' [ Frederic William Farrar ] on matters including the Temperance Alliance and the Reform Bill.

Author: 
Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd Baronet (1829-1906), radical Liberal politician, President of the United Kingdom Temperance Alliance [ Frederic William Farrar (1831-1903) ]
Publication details: 
From Brayton, Carlisle, on cancelled letterhead of the County Club, Carlisle. 19 December 1884.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair conditoin, aged and with central horizontal and vertical folds.The letter begins: 'What queer things people do write to you about.' On an unspecified question, Lawson doubts that Farrar 'can do anything in the matter', and thinks that 'the “Mrs. referred to in the plan is the Lady who gave £500 to the Alliance last October [...] she is worth conciliating if it can be done'. He thinks 'the Reform Bill ought to help an alliance crusade and feel – Hardly any publicans will be enfranchised by it, but numbers of their victims & their opponents'.?>

[ Sir William Smith, lexicographer. ]

Author: 
Sir William Smith (1813-1893), lexicographer and editor of the Quarterly Review
Publication details: 
On his 'Biblical Dictionary' letterhead, 31 Regent's Villas, Avenue Road, N.W.. [ London]. 21 January 1858.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He asks to be informed if the recipient has 'commenced any of your articles in C', as he 'may be able to restore some of the articles to you which have gone astray'. Clearly referring to an entry in the Dictionary, he offers to 'take Canticles off your hands'.

[ Sir Roderick Murchison, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Signature ('Rodck Murchison') on part of letter.

Author: 
Sir Roderick Murchison (1792-1871), Scottish geologist, discoverer of the Silurian system
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00

On 2.5 x 8 cm piece of paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Yours sincerely | Rodck Murchison'. On reverse: 'terest, Japanese i<...>'.

[ Canon Barnett, social reformer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. A. Barnett')

Author: 
Samuel Augustus Barnett [ Canon Barnett ] (1844-1913), Vicar of St Jude's Whitechapel, Anglican cleric and social reformer associated with the Toynbee Hall university settlement
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St. John's Vicarage, Commercial Street, Whitechapel, E. [ London ] 22 April 1885.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Barnett and his wife will be 'up at Oxford on Saturday, May 2nd' and he gives their itinerary: 'We shall be Engaged on the Evening of Saturday: & on Sunday I preach in Balliol Chapel: & attend a meeting in Balliol Hall in the Evening.' If Wells could 'slip a meeting in, at any time, which would leave these times free', Barnett would be 'very glad to come to it'.

[ Graziado Isaia Ascoli, politician and linguist. ] Page of Autograph Corrected Manuscript, with presentation inscription signed 'Graziado Ascoli'.

Author: 
Graziadio Ascoli [ Graziadio Isaia Ascoli ] (1829-1907), politician and linguist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£350.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and with central vertical crease. Consisting of a page bearing eleven lines of corrected manuscript, laid down onto an 8vo leaf, with the following presentation inscription at the foot: 'Vogliate sempre bene | al divotisso. vostro | Graziado Ascoli'. The manuscript begins: '[...] essi mettono in opera per chiarire diversamente il loro nazionalismo, [...]' and ends '[...] consequenti presenzoni delle cancellerie europee.' Ascoli was the first linguist to first to classify systematically the Italian dialects.

[ Edmond Warre, Head Master of Eton College. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear Hugh' (a former pupil?), sending 'the usual Certificate', discussing his father's ill health, and with mention of 'Cyril' and the Hampton Court Tapestry.

Author: 
Edmond Warre (1837-1920), successively Provost and Head Master of Eton College, and outstanding rower
Publication details: 
Eton (on his monogrammed letterhead); 8 October 1882.
£60.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He is sending 'the usual Certificate', and is sorry to hear of the recipient's father's accident. 'How did he do it? I hope he will have no ill effects from it.' He asks to be remembered to his mother. 'Cyril is staying out with a Cold to day but not much the matter.' He concludes: 'I hope you will get through the Exam all right at Balliol. Come & see us on yr way down'. A postscript refers to 'the Hampton Court Tapestry "The Fates" 3 pieces', and ends with a Latin quotation.

[ George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('George J Goschen') to an unnamed recipient [presumably Frank May, Chief Cashier, Bank of England], responding to congratulations, and recalling his association with the Bank.

Author: 
George Joachim Goschen (1831-1907), 1st Viscount Goschen, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 69 Portland Place, W. [ London ] 6 January [ no year ].
£65.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his 'kind letter & good wishes. It is very satisfactory to me to see that I am held in such friendly remembrance by officers of the Bank, with which I was connected a good many years ago.' The item derives from the Frank May papers.

[ Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Lawson') to 'Canon Farrar' [ Frederic William Farrar ] on matters including the Temperance Alliance and the Reform Bill.

Author: 
Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd Baronet (1829-1906), radical Liberal politician, President of the United Kingdom Temperance Alliance [ Frederic William Farrar (1831-1903) ]
Publication details: 
From Brayton, Carlisle, on cancelled letterhead of the County Club, Carlisle. 19 December 1884.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair conditoin, aged and with central horizontal and vertical folds.The letter begins: 'What queer things people do write to you about.' On an unspecified question, Lawson doubts that Farrar 'can do anything in the matter', and thinks that 'the “Mrs. referred to in the plan is the Lady who gave £500 to the Alliance last October [...] she is worth conciliating if it can be done'. He thinks 'the Reform Bill ought to help an alliance crusade and feel – Hardly any publicans will be enfranchised by it, but numbers of their victims & their opponents'.?>

[ Victorian penology. ] The Punishment of Crime. Paper. Read at Sion College, 19th November, 1895, by Sir Richard Harington, Bart., Chairman of the Herefordshire Quarter Sessions.

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington, Bart., Chairman of the Herefordshire Quarter Sessions [ Transportation ]
Publication details: 
Worcester: Printed by J. S. Cook, Reliance Work, Foregate Street. [ 1896. ]
£80.00

32pp., 8vo. Stitched pamphlet. In fair condition, aged and spotted. In small print, with footnotes. One minor manuscript emendation.

Programme for the Savoy Theatre production of 'The Emerald Isle or, The Caves of Carric-Cleena' ('New and Original Comic Opera, in Two Acts'), 'Written by Basil Hood. Composed by Arthur Sullivan and Edward German.'

Author: 
Sir Arthur Sullivan; Edward German; Basil Hood; François Arsène Cellier; Richard Barker; the Savoy Theatre, London [ Gilbert and Sullivan ]
Publication details: 
The Savoy Theatre, London. [ 1901 ] Printed by J. Miles & Co., Ltd., Wardour Street, W. [ London ]
£120.00

Printed on both sides of a 21.5 x 28.5 cm piece of thick paper, folded into a 21.5 x 9.5 cm packet, with three panels on the outside and a single page of text within. A nice piece of Savoy Theatre ephemera. Text in purple, with gilt borders, except on the front cover, and with 'The Ancient Arms of the Savoy' in gilt, black, green and orange. In fair condition, lightly aged and ruckled. Two panels of advertisements on the outside, with the programme on the inside also flanked by advertisements.

[ Rev. Robert Whiston, inspiration for Trollope's 'The Warden'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Whiston') to the Mayor and Corporation of the City of Rochester, regarding an application to make a dock and use a creek in the River Medway.

Author: 
Robert Whiston (1808-1895), Headmaster of Rochester Cathedral Grammar School [ King's School ], 1842 -1877, inspiration for Anthony Trollope's 'The Warden'
Publication details: 
Rochester [ Kent ]; 16 June 1854.
£180.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Docketed: 'Application of the Revd. Robt. Whiston to make Dock & use Creek'. Written in a hurried hand.

[ Cecil Lawson, landscape painter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Cecil Lawson') to London art dealer C. W. Deschamps, regarding the Melbourne International Exhibition.

Author: 
Cecil Lawson [ Cecil Gordon Lawson ] (1849-1882), English landscape painter [ Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), London art dealer ]
Publication details: 
Bolton Bridge, Skipton, Yorkshire. 21 July 1880.
£45.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Reads: 'Dear Sir | Will you kindly let me know the latest date for sending pictures to the Melbourne International Exhibition and Oblige | Yours very sincerely | Cecil Lawson.'

[ George Whyte-Melville, Scottish novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Whyte Melville') to 'Lady Violet' [ Lady Violet Greville ], declining a dinner invitation.

Author: 
George Whyte-Melville [ Major George John Whyte Melville ] (1821-1878), Scottish novelist and writer on field sports [ Lady Violet Greville (1842-1932) ]
Publication details: 
On his armorial letterhead, 22 Onslow Gardens, South Kensington, S.W. [ London ]
£35.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, aged and with bands of glue at head and tail on reverse. He thanks her for her note, but he cannot join her party. 'I wish I could!' Postscript: 'I hope you are quite well again!'

[ Victorian women and the legal profession. ] Illustrated humorous manuscript valentine poem, in the form of a 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington', on what would happen if the 'ladies' appeared 'in wig and gown', with '”chambers” up in town.'

Author: 
[ Victorian women and the legal profession ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, judge ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Dated at head 'February 13th. A.D. 1890'.
£120.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Folded in customary fashion, with 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington' on the outside of the packet, beneath which, in another hand: 'Feby 14th. 1890 | Richard Harington Esq'. The author's hand is clearly disguised, as is usual with valentines, the writing being markedly ornate. There are various crude drawings in the margins, ranging from images of a barrister and a woman, faces of two women (one smoking a pipe), to small representations of cigar boxes, briefs and books.

[ Thames and Medway Canal Company, London. ] Twelve items, printed and manuscript, including reports by Thomas Telford and William Tierney Clark, an engraved map, items about 'commuting and clearing the whole incumbrance of debt on the undertaking'.

Author: 
Thames and Medway Canal Company, London [ Thomas Telford; William Tierney Clark; John Moxon; William Scudamore; Edmund Collier; Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
[ Thames & Medway Canal Office, No. 35, Great Winchester Street, London. ] Moxon's letter from 69 Old Broad Street, 19 May 1831. The other ten items from between 1821 and 1831.
£750.00

Eleven of the twelve items in good condition, lightly aged; the twelfth (Item Two below) with several long closed tears. ONE: Printed circular headed 'Thames & Medway Company'. 3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. 'Committee's Report' by 'Wm. Scudamore, | Clerk', following 'the Annual General Assembly of the Company of Proprietors', 6 June 1821. Including 'Engineer's Report' of the same date by 'Wm. Tierney Clerk'. Docketed by Harington. TWO: Printed circular headed 'Thames and Medway Canal.' 3pp., folio. Bifolium.

[ Edward Morris Erskine, diplomat. ] 'Private' Autograph Letter Signed ('E. M. Erskine') to the Hon. George Elliot, regarding the death of his father the Earl of Minto, his 'grievance' against Lord John Russell, and the Risorgimento.

Author: 
Edward Morris Erskine (1817-1883), diplomat [ George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901), son of Gilbert Elliot (1782-1859), 2nd Earl of Minto ]
Publication details: 
Stockholm; 3 September 1859.
£150.00

7pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, on aged paper. First page headed 'Private'. Docketed by Elliot 'My Father's death'. An excellent letter casting interesting light on the machinations of the Liberal government. Erskine is attempting something requiring all of his diplomatic tact: sending appropriate condolences to Elliot on his father's death before turning to his 'own concerns': the putting of his case to Elliot as the brother-in-law of the Foreign Secretary Lord John Russell, on the question of his 'grievance' against Russell and the Foreign Office.

[ James Ingram, President of Trinity College, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Ingram') to Rev. W. M. Kinsey , regarding a dispute over a new church to be built with 'subscriptions from the inhabitants of Henley and Peppard'.

Author: 
James Ingram (1774-1850), President of Trinity College, Oxford, antiquary and Anglo-Saxon scholar [ William Morgan Kinsey (1788-1851), Rector of Rotherfield Greys, Welsh cleric and traveller ]
Publication details: 
Trinity College [ Oxford ]. 17 May 1846.
£50.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, aged and creased. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'The Revd. Wm: Kinsey | Rectory, | Rotherfield Greys, | Henley on Thames.', with broken seal in black wax. The letter concerns a new church to be built with 'subscriptions from the inhabitants of Henley and Peppard', with doubt whether 'the new edifice is to be a chapel of ease, or a district church'.

[ Mary Cholmondeley, English novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Harington', a dinner invitation with a reference to copies of a book.

Author: 
Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925), English novelist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 62 Albert Gate Mansions, Hyde Park, S.W. [ London ] 7 March [ 1899 ].
£40.00

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper. She has pinned a short newspaper cutting regarding Major Matthew Nathan at the head, and drawn a hand pointing to it. A dinner invitation, concluding 'You had better begin to look out for second hand copies of ""' From the papers of the Harington baronets of Ridlington.

[Female suffrage; printed French pamphlet, inscribed to Lord Houghton.] Question proposée par la Classe des Belles-Lettres et Arts. ['concernant la condition économique des femmes, leur éducation, leurs salaires, [...]']

Author: 
[Louis Guillard, Président; Charles Fraisse et E. Faivre, Secrétaires généraux] Académie Impériale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Lyon, France] [women's suffrage; nineteenth-century feminism]
Publication details: 
[Lyons, France.] 'Association typographique lyonnaise. - Regard, rue Tupin, 31.' Undated [1870 or later].
£80.00

2pp., 8vo. Handbill with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly-aged, unbound, with slight loss to one corner (not affecting text). Inscribed at head of first page: 'Lord Houghton | de la part d'Arlès-Dufour'. Lord Houghton is better known as Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885); Jean Barthelemy Arlès Dufour (Barthelemy Francois Arlès Dufour) (1797-1872) was a leading Lyons silk manufacturer.

[ Worcester Quarter Sessions, 1895. ] Printed item signed and annotated by Sir Richard Harington: 'A Calendar of Prisoners, for trial at the Easter Quarter Sessions of the Peace'.

Author: 
Worcester Quarter Sessions, 1895; Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet [ John William Willis Bund; Richard Holmden Amphlett; Oxford Circuit; Victorian assizes ]
Publication details: 
'To be held At the County Hall, Worcester, on Monday, the 8th day of April, 1895.' Printed by Deighton and Co., High Street, Worcester.
£80.00

[12]pp., 4to. Aged and worn pamphlet, with rusted staples. The title-page states that the cases are heard 'Before John William Willis Bund, Esq., Chairman, and Richard Holmden Amphlett, Esq., Vice-Chairman.' The calendar consists of a table of fifteen prisioners, over four double-pages, with entries divided into fifteen columns, giving name of prisoner, age, trade, 'Degree of Instruction', details of committing magistrate, date of warrant, date of receipt into custody, details of 'Offence as charged in the Commitment'.

[ Regent's Canal Company, London. ] Seven items, comprising five printed circulars, an Autograph Letters Signed from secretary Edmund Leonard Snee to Sir John Edward Harington, and the autograph draft of Harington's letter..

Author: 
Regent's Canal Company, London; Edmund L.eonard Snee (1793-1864), Secretary [ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Regent's Canal Company. ] Regent's Canal Office, 98, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury. [ London ] Between 1827 and 1831.
£400.00

First proposed by Thomas Horner in 1802, the Regent's Canal was incorporated by John Nash in 1811 in his plans for the development of Regent's Park. Hugely-successful in the nineteenth century despite the rise of the railways, it fell into decline in the early twentieth, but is now firmly established as an amenity of London. The seven items in the present collection are in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Items ONE to FOUR are printed circulars from Snee, transmitting copies 'of the Resolutions this day passed at the General Assembly of Proprietors of the Regent's Canal'.

[ Kennet and Avon Canal Company. ] Two printed circulars, by Dundas and Page respectively, each including reports of the committee of management and statements of accounts; second featuring lithographed map by Cartwright and notice of Lord Amesbury.

Author: 
Kennet and Avon Canal Company [ Charles Dundas and Frederick Page, Chairmen; Lord Amesbury; R. Cartwright, London lithographer; Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Kennet and Avon Canal Company. ] Marlborough: 20 July 1830 and 17 July 1832.
£300.00

The 57-mile canal section of the two rivers was constructed between 1794 and 1810. In the face of competition by the Great Western Railway it fell into disuse in the latter nineteenth century. A process of restoration began a hundred years later, and the canal is now a popular amenity. Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Both headed on first page 'Report of the Committee of Management, of the Kennet and Avon Canal Navigation.' Both are 3pp., 8vo, on bifoliums.

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