NINETEENTH

[ George Grossmith, Victorian humourist. ] Dictated Letter, Signed ('Geo: Grossmith') with autograph postscript, to 'George R, &c.' [George R. Sims], describing their first meeting, and commenting warmly on their thirty-eight years of friendship.

Author: 
George Grossmith (1847-1912), humourist, author, actor and singer [ George R. Sims (1847-1922), journalist and bon vivant ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 55 Russell Square, W.C. [ London ] 22 June 1908.
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and stained, with creasing along one edge. A wonderful letter, linking two notable figures in late-Victorian society, beginning: 'Do I remember it? how can I ever forget it, considering that we introduced ourselves to each other, without any introduction; & that casual acquaintanceship has developed into a friendship (without a discordant note) which has lasted for about 38 years.' Regarding their first meeting he writes: 'I was not subpoenaed as a short hand writer, as no such functionary was engaged at Bow St.

[ Dame Marie Tempest, actress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mary') to 'My dear Cyril', discussing his 'amusing and witty play' and the one in which she is acting.

Author: 
Dame Marie Tempest [ Mary Susan Etherington ] (1864-1942), English singer and actress ('the queen of her profession')
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Miss Marie Tempest'. 'Monday' [ no date ].
£35.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight loss to one corner and creasing to another. Strengthened on reverse with a small piece of tape. Letterhead in red, with Tempest writing in green ink. She writes warmly: 'I've read your Play, and I think it charming up to the point of the two people who are crooks! It suffers from the same thing that our present Play suffers from. Too sudden a jump!' She invites him to go and see the play, 'and you will gather what I mean'. She ends by describing his play as 'amusing and witty'.

[ Sir Frederick Bramwell, engineer. ] Six Typed Letters Signed and four Typed Notes Signed (all ten 'Frederick Bramwell') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, regarding matters relating to the Royal Society of Arts, including a royal visit.

Author: 
Sir Frederick Bramwell [ Sir Frederick Joseph Bramwell ] (1818-1903), British locomotive and civil engineer [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; Royal Society of Arts; Stockton and Darlington Railway ]
Publication details: 
All ten on letterheads of Bramwell & Harris, 5 Great George Street, Westminster, SW [ London ]. All ten dating from 1901.
£150.00

Each item 1p., 4to. The collection in good condition, on lightly aged paper. The correspondence shows the eighty-three-year-old Bramwell as an active member of the Society's Council. One letter relates a paper by 'Mr. Madgen' on 'the dwelling accommodation in London', another refers to the death of a 'charming colleague' named Cobb.

[ Sir Morell Mackenzie, Victorian physician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Morell Mackenzie') to Sir Robert Herbert

Author: 
Sir Morell Mackenzie (1837-1892), Victorian physician and pioneer of laryngology [ Sir Robert Herbert [ Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert ] (1831-1905), colonial administrator and civil servant ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, 19 Harley Street, Cavendish Square, W. [ London ]. 11 June 1889.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Expressing great interest in a 'colonial matter', and asking to be spared 'a few minutes for an interview', followed by suggestions for an arrangement.

[ Chagford parish, Dartmoor, Devon. ] Manuscript 'Highway Rate Book of the Parish of Chagford', divided into 'Town Quarter', 'South Teign Quarter', 'Meldon Quarter' and 'Teigncombe Quarter'.

Author: 
Chagford parish, Devon [ Dartmoor; Victorian rate book ]
Publication details: 
[ Chagford, Devon. ] 'Lady day [i.e. 25 March] 1884 to Lady day 1885.'
£180.00

58pp., small 4to, 1/4 lea., marbled bds. In fair condition, aged and worn, in shaken binding with front cover coming away and one loose leaf. The volume contains 28 double-page spreads (the first eighteen 'Town Quarter'; the next three 'South Teign Quarter'; then four 'Meldon Quarter'; and the last three 'Teigncombe Quarter'), each divided into nine columns as follows, with the details of the first entry given as an example: ''[No.

[ Sir Dietrich Brandis, botanist. ] Four Autograph Letters to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, two signed ('D Brandis') and two in third person, with reference to Sir William Schlich and 'Mr H. Stone of Kew'.

Author: 
Sir Dietrich Brandis (1824-1907), German-British botanist [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts; Sir William Schlich (1840-1925), forester ]
Publication details: 
All from Capel House, Kew. Three from 1901 and the other undated.
£120.00

The four letters total 6pp., 12mo. They are in good condition, lightly-aged. The three 1901 letters carry the Royal Society of Art stamp with note by recipient. The undated letter has neither stamp nor annotation. Two of the letters relate to a lecture by 'Mr H. Stone of Kew', whose lecture Brandis is chairing, and which Schlich wishes to attend. Regarding the lecturer Brandis writes: 'Mr H. Stone of Kew I know well, and I have strongly urged him to undertake the important work on which he is at present engaged.'

[ St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth, London. ] Printed document, headed 'The New St. Thomas's Hospital', addressed to its 'Grand Committee', being an 'explanatory statement of the design for the proposed New Hospital' by its architect Henry Currey.

Author: 
St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth, London; Henry Currey (1820-1900), architect
Publication details: 
4 Lancaster Place, Strand, W.C. [ London ] 13 June 1865.
£120.00

4pp., folio. Bifolium. Text clear and complete on aged and spotted paper. Addressed 'To the Grand Committee, | St. Thomas's Hospital.' An interesting document, in small print, describing in great detail Currey's principles behind the design of the design of the hospital, from 'Water Closets, Lavatories, and Bath Rooms' to 'Administration Block'.

[ Nineteenth-century Swiss architecture. ] Volume of 'Skizzen & Notizen' by 'G. Samuel Senn', containing numerous original architectural tracings, diagrams, illustrations, calculations, and manuscript text 'Bauvertrage, Akkörde und Akkordbedingungen'

Author: 
G. Samuel Senn, architectural student [ Zofingen, Switzerland ]
Swiss architect
Swiss architect
Publication details: 
[ Zofingen, Switzerland? ] Between 1846 and 1850.
£750.00
Swiss architect
Swiss architect

Around 280pp., small 4to (20.5 x 16 cm). In bulky notebook with marbled boards and label on front cover: 'Skizzen & Notizen | von | Samuel Senn. | 1848.' Internally in fair condition, shaken, on aged and worn paper. In heavily-worn binding with spine almost rubbed away and front cover coming loose. An attractive and impressive volume, crammed with detailed tracings, diagrams, illustrations and plans of architectural features, projections, patterns and ornaments, most in fine pen and a few in colour. Most of the tracings have been laid down, with a few folding out.

[ Le Sel; Mesquer, commune of Loire-Atlantique department of France. ] Anonymous MS. document on 'oeillets de marais' and salt preparation, comprising fifteen 'Questions faites par monsieur le Sous prefet au maire de mesquer', each with answer.

Author: 
Mesquer, commune of the Loire-Atlantique department of France [ salt production; production de sel; 'oeillet de marais' ]
Publication details: 
[ Mesquer, Loire-Atlantique, France. ] Undated [ circa 1835 ].
£180.00

1p., landscape folio (30.5 x 39.5 cm). On watermarked laid paper. Divided into two columns: 'Questions faites par monsieur le Sous prefet au maire de mesquer' and 'Solution en Response a Monsieur Le Sous prefet Par Le Maire de Mesquer'. The first answer provides a definition of 'oeillet de marais', and is followed by facts regarding salt producers, their salaries, and other related matter. The reply to a question about the price of salt gives prices for the years 1833, 1834 and 1835.

[Rolleston family, Rydal, Westmoreland. ] Typed transcription of 'Notes made by Anne Rolleston on a visit to her brother Robert Rolleston, Curate at Rydal', with seven 'Photographs, taken 80 years later. By Ellinor, daughter of Robert Rolleston'.

Author: 
Anne Rolleston, sister of Robert Robertson, curate at Rydal, Westmoreland [ Ellinor, daughter of Robert Rolleston; William Wordsworth; Edward Quillinan; the Lake District ]
Publication details: 
Transcription undated [but circa 1930 ]. Entries dating from between 10 October and 4 November 1850
£200.00

Typed transcript of 21pp., landscape 8vo, followed by six 9.5 x 12 cm. black and white photographs, captioned in pencil and detachable, with the seventh photograph on the front cover. In card landscape 8vo album with green cloth spine. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, except for the cover photograph which is heavily worn. In pencil at front: '1850 | Notes made by Anne Rolleston on a visit to her brother Robert Rolleston, Curate at Rydal.' The location of the original diary is unclear, and there is no record of its having been published. The first entry sets the tone: 'Thursday, Oct.

[ St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. ] Detailed manuscript 'weekly account of the receipt and consumption of provisions', giving a detailed daily breakdown of food and drink consumed over a five-year period, in substantial ledger printed for the purpose

Author: 
St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London (City of Westminster), founded in 1845
Publication details: 
[ St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London (City of Westminster). In account book by London stationers Waterlow & Sons. ]From week ending 22 October 1898 to week ending 17 October 1903.
£1,250.00

A substantial and heavy leather-bound volume, 49 x 37 x 7 cm, by the London stationers Waterlow & Sons, containing in excess of 250 double-page weekly entries, meticulously and neatly completed in manuscript, giving a daily itemised breakdown of the consumption of a wide range of provisions. A valuable social document, casting light on Victorian hospital administration and dietary habits. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in heavily-worn brown blind-stamped leather binding with damaged spine, with marbled endpapers and edges.

[ Frank Howard, English artist and engraver. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frank Howard') to the connoisseur Thomas Wilson, regarding work he is doing on Wilson's 'Catalogue Raisonne of the Select Collection of Engravings of an Amateur'.

Author: 
Frank Howard (c.1805-1866), artist and engraver, son of Henry Howard (1769-1847), RA [ Thomas Wilson, solicitor, agent to Lord Portman ]
Publication details: 
'Blue Hayes near Honiton Clyst [ Devon ]'. Undated [ circa 1828 ].
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium, addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'T. Wilson Esqre. | 168. Regent St.' In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes that he is enclosing 'the remainder of the drawings and six of the engravings. The latter I hope are equal to if not improvements upon the drawings - I hope I shall not delay the publication of your catalogue.' He asks him to return the drawings to Newman Street, 'with any remarks you may wish to make, and which I will pay the greatest attention to and engrave them immediately upon the receipt of them'.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Early History of the Property of Married Women, as collected from Roman and Hindoo Law. A Lecture, Delivered at Birmingham, March 25, 1873.

Author: 
Sir Henry Sumner Maine, K.C.S.I., D.C.L., Member of the Council of India and Corpus Professor of Jurisprudence in the University of Oxford [Married Women's Property Committee; A. Ireland, Manchester]
Publication details: 
[Married Women's Property Committee.] Manchester: A. Ireland and Co., Printers, Pall Mall. [1873.]
£150.00

21pp., 8vo. On title-page: 'This Lecture, the substance of which forms part of an unpublished work, is reprinted for the Married Women's Property Committee, with the permission of the author.' In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Two addresses written in pencil on reverse of last leaf, and a name in ink.

[ The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund. ] Five Autograph Volumes by Honorary Secretary Charles Dibdin, including minutes, accounts, lists of offices and addresses, and corrected printed lists of Civil Service employees.

Author: 
The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund, London, British charity founded in 1866, now named the Lifeboat Fund [ Charles Dibdin (1849-1910), Honorary Secretary ]
Publication details: 
[ The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund, London. ] The first three from Dibdin's address 14 John Street, Adelphi, London; the last two from his address 20 Charing Cross Road, London. Volumes for 1884, 1892, 1897, 1904 and 1905.
£1,000.00

The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund (now the Lifeboat Fund) was founded by a group of civil servants wishing to donate a single lifeboat to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. In 1866 they issued an appeal for £300 to government offices and raised the sum within a year. Since then the charity has supplied the RNLI with more than fifty lifeboats, which have saved nearly five thousand lives. The five volumes present here are uniform in heavily-worn halfbindings with black cloth spines (in two cases almost lacking) and marbled boards.

[ Sir Austen Henry Layard, English archaeologist, excavator of Nimrud and Nineveh. ] Autograph Signature ('A. H. Layard').

Author: 
Sir Austen Henry Layard [ Sir A. H. Layard ] (1817-1894), English archaeologist, excavator of Nimrud and Nineveh, and discoverer of the library of Ashurbanipal
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

On 5 x 9.5 cm. piece of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, slightly smudged, with traces of glue from mount on reverse. Reads: 'Lateran. We shall be there to meet you. | Yours very truly | A. H. Layard'.

Printed list of 'Past Students of the Cambridge University Training College for Schoolmasters, with the Schools in which they are now serving.'

Author: 
W. Durnford, Principal; S. S. F. Fletcher, Vice-Principal; The Cambridge University Training College for Schoolmasters
Publication details: 
[ The Cambridge University Training College for Schoolmasters. ] Warkworth House, Cambridge, March, 1912.
£90.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, aged, and with wear and closed tears to extremities. With label, stamp and shelfmarks of the Board of Education Reference Library. Long list in small print, dating from between 1898 and 1911, and with entries listed under five columns: 'Name of Student', 'College', 'Year of leaving College', 'Degree' and 'Present School'. First entry reads: 'Bernays, A. E. | Trinity 1898 | 1st Class Div. 1, Classical Tripos, Part I. 1895. 2nd Class, Part II. 1897. | Educational Editor to Mr. Edward Arnold.' Last entry reads: 'Wood, F. J. | Jesus | 1911 | B.A.

[ Lord Napier of Magdala, British Indian army officer. ] Autograph Signature ('Napier of Magdala').

Author: 
Lord Napier of Magdala [ Field Marshal Robert Cornelius Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala ] (1810-1890), British soldier, Indian army officer
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

On 8.5 x 11 cm. piece of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: '[...] Wishing you a happy new Year | Believe me | Yours sincerely | Napier of Magdala'. Fragment of text on reverse reads: 'Gibraltar as I am not very confident as to the posting of my letters here sometimes otherwise I should have taken it for granted.'

[ Fencing in the French army during the July Monarchy; escrime francaise ] Manuscript 'Brévet de Maitre d'Armes' presented to Marius Chaix of 2e Regiment, 16e. Division Militaire at Arras, signed by eighteen 'Maîtres d'Armes'.

Author: 
Marius Chaix, 2e Régiment, 16e Division Militaire (Arras) [ Fencing in the French army during the July Monarchy ]
Publication details: 
Arras. 6 December 1840.
£450.00

Headed, with the first line in gold: 'Corps Royal du Genie. | 2e. Regiment. | Academie d'Escrime. | Brévet de Maitre d'Armes.' The commission reads: 'Nous soussigné Maîtres d'Armes, Composant la garrison d'Arras, après avoir reconnu les capacités du Sieur Chaix, (Marius) Maître Ouvrier à la Ce. Compagnie du 2e. Bataillon, du dit Regiment. On one side of a 28 x 36 cm piece of cream paper. In fair condition, aged, creased and worn, with central vertical fold.

[ Felix Stone Moscheles, English painter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Felix Moscheles') to 'Mrs Lewis', acknowledging receipt of a cheque.

Author: 
Felix Moscheles [ Felix Stone Moscheles ] (1833-1917), English painter of Jewish origin, peace activist and advocate of Esperanto
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Cadogan Gardens, Sloane Street, S.W. [ London ] Undated.
£30.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly-aged and worn, with small hole affecting one word of text. He acknowledges receipt of her cheque for three guineas.

[ Frederick Cope Whitehouse, American Egyptologist. ] Autograph Signature ('Cope Whitehouse').

Author: 
Frederick Cope Whitehouse (1842-1911), American Egyptologist, discoverer in 1882 of the Wadi Elrayan
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On 7.5 x 11 cm piece of paper, cut from letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with spots of glue at corners from mount. Reads: '[...] pleasure to come next week. | Sincerely yours | Cope Whitehouse'. Fragment of letter on reverse: '[...] your London - for it is not intended for ladies. If I do not come tomorrow it will [...]'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Special Collections of Local Books in Provincial Libraries.

Author: 
W. H. K. Wright, F. R. Hist. Soc. Public Librarian, Plymouth [ Charles Whittingham, Chiswick Press, London; the Library Association ]
Publication details: 
A paper read at the First Annual Meeting of the Library Association, Oxford, October 1878. Printed for the Author: Chiswick Press [ London ], 1879. [ Chiswick Press: C. Whittingham, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane. ]
£100.00

32pp., 16mo. In grey printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in aged and worn wraps. Nicely printed. The only copies on COPAC at the British Library and Oxford.

[ King William IV, as Lord High Admiral. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William') to Sir James Cockburn, Inspector General of the Royal Marines, regarding 'the proper mode of depositing the various Colours' used by the different divisions.

Author: 
King William IV (1765-1837) of the United Kingdom, King of Hanover [ Sir James Cockburn (1771-1852), 9th Baronet, Inspector General of the Royal Marines ]
Publication details: 
Admiralty [ London ]. 16 August 1828.
£250.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Cockburn is not named as the recipient, but the item is from his papers. There has been some difficulty regarding 'the proper mode of depositing the various Colours that have been in use with the different Divisions of the Royal Marines', but William (who was at the time the Duke of Clarence) knows 'that these Colours belong to His Majesty and not as in Departments to the Colonels'. He gives instructions, 'so that they may be placed in the Chapel of the Royal Hospital' at Greenwich, and gives his reason for doing so.

[ King William IV, as Lord High Admiral. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William') to Sir James Cockburn, Inspector General of the Royal Marines, concerning officer's examinations, divisional reports, and the preparation of a portrait.

Author: 
King William IV (1765-1837) of the United Kingdom, King of Hanover [ Sir James Cockburn (1771-1852), 9th Baronet, Inspector General of the Royal Marines ]
Publication details: 
Bushy House. 14 November 1829.
£250.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Cockburn is not named as the recipient, but the item comes from his papers. William (at the time the Duke of Clarence) writes: 'I rejoice exceedingly at the favourable account you are enabled to give me concerning the late examination for Adjutants amongs the Royal Marine Officers'. He is anxious to have Cockburn's 'various reports from the different Divisions'.

[ Printed pamphlet, inscribed by the author. ] The Destruction of Libraries by Fire considered practically and historically.

Author: 
Cornelius Walford, F.I.A. F.S.S. F.R.H.S. Barrister-at-Law [ Charles Whittingham, Chiswick Press, London; Conference of Librarians, Manchester ]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from the Transactions and Proceedings of the Conference of Librarians, Manchester, 1879.' London: Printed at the Chiswick Press, 1880. [ Chiswick Press: - C. Whittingham and Co. Took's Court, Chancery Lane. ]
£125.00

36pp., 16mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in aged and worn grey printed wraps. Inscribed at head of title-page: 'Charles Welford Esqre. &c &c | with best comps of Author.' Ownership inscription of 'Charles Welford Esq' in light pencil at head of front cover. Nicely printed in small type. The author ranges from ancient times to 1865, ending with an appeal that public documents be preserved as they were in the 'Assyrian Empire': 'May we not wisely take a hint [...] and record the great charters of our liberties and other important documents in a like imperishable form?

[ Printed bookseller's catalogue. ] Shakespeare. A Catalogue of Books, Pamphlets, Etc. Wholly Relating to Shakespeare. [ On back cover: 'J. W. Jarvis & Son's Special Shakespeare Catalogue.' ]

Author: 
J. W. Jarvis & Son, London booksellers [ William Shakespeare ]
Publication details: 
'No. 89. 1892.' On sale by J. W. Jarvis & Son, 28, King William Street, Charing Cross, London, W.C. 1892.
£65.00

32pp., 8vo. Unbound and stitched. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with small nick at head of second leaf unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Contains 983 items under ten headings:'Collected Works', 'Separate Plays', 'Poems', 'Biography', 'Bibliography', 'Jubilee', 'Portraits', 'Ireland Forgeries', 'Topographical' and 'Shakesperiana (a very large and interesting collection)'.

[ Offprint. ] Library Association of the United Kingdom, 1891. Report on Library Appliances.

Author: 
James D. Brown [ James Duff Brown; Library Association of the United Kingdom ]
Publication details: 
Dated 'August 19th, 1891.' [ John Bale & Sons, Steam Printers, 87-89, Great Titchfield Street, London. ]
£100.00

17pp., 8vo. Unbound. In fair condition, on aged paper with slight rusting to staple. Addressed 'To the Council of the Library Association of the United Kingdom'. The author explains that for the purposes of his report 'the definition of library appliances is mechanical contrivances designed to carry on or facilitate the work of a library, but excluding such as are connected with structural arrangements'. The only copy on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC at the British Library and University of Bristol.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] The Official Programme of The Tercentenary Festival of the Birth of Shakespeare, To be held at Stratford-upon-Avon, Commencing on Saturday, April 23, 1864. Also, An Account of what is known of the Poet's Life; [...].

Author: 
[ By order of the Committee, The Tercentenary Festival of the Birth of Shakespeare, 1864 ]
Publication details: 
At London: Imprinted for Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, at the Belle Sauvage, in Ludgate-hill, near Paules Church-yard. 1864.
£80.00

The full subtitle reads: 'Also, An Account of what is known of the Poet's Life: a Guide to the Town and Neighbourhood of Stratford-upon-Avon And sundrie other matters just now of publicke interest relating thereto.' 96pp., 8vo. In red printed wraps. Pp.79-96 carry advertisements, as do the wraps, and there is also a leaf of advertisements on red paper inserted at rear. Aged and spotted, in brittle and worn wraps with slight loss to extremities. Illustrations in text. At head of front cover: 'Published under the Authority of the Committee.' Several copies on COPAC, but now uncommon.

[ Sir Charles Barry, architect who worked on the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. ] Autograph Signature ('Charles Barry').

Author: 
Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860), English architect who worked on the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On 3 x 11 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Cut from the end of a letter. Good firm signature. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | Charles Barry'.

[ Emma Vesey, Viscountess de Vesci, philanthropist. ] Autograph Signature ('Emma de Vesci').

Author: 
Emma Vesey, Viscountess de Vesci [ Emma de Vesci ] (1819-1884), philanthropist, wife of Thomas Vesey, 3rd Viscount de Vesci, and daughter of daughter of George Herbert, 11th Earl of Pembroke
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On 3 x 11 cm. slip of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads 'Yrs very sincerely | Emma de Vesci'. Fragment of letter on reverse: '[...] random of all the monies you have sent to Messrs. Puget & Bainbridge. I [...]'. Lady de Vesci founded the Abbeyleix Baby Linen Society, a co-operative supplying affordable children clothes.

[ Vice-Admiral Philip Howard Colomb, inventor. ] Autograph Note Signed ('P H Colomb'), regarding the adoption by the Admiralty of his system of 'signals for the service of the Fleet'.

Author: 
Vice-Admiral Philip Howard Colomb (1831-1899), Royal Navy officer and inventor
Publication details: 
18 Edith Villas | Fulham S.W. [ London ]. 12 February [ 1867? ].
£220.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The identity of the recipient is unknown. Reads: 'My dear Sir | You will be glad I am sure to learn that the Admiralty have finally adopted my signals for the service of the Fleet. | Yrs. try | P H Colomb'. A note in pencil on the reverse of the second leaf states that Colomb 'Devised night System known as "Colomb's Flashing Signals"'. Colomb's contributions to naval warfare and signalling were considerable. His evolutionary signal-book forms the basis of the current system of tactical evolutions at sea.

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