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[ Eugène Bersier, pastor and founder of the Evangelical Church of l'Etoile, Paris. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Eug Bersier.'), in French [ to the wife of Robert Holland of Stanmore Hall? ], about a trip to England to raise money for his new church.

Author: 
Eugène Bersier (1831-1889), Swiss-born French Protestant pastor, founder of tthe Evangelical Church of l'Etoile, Paris
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 216 Boulevard Péreire, Paris.
£130.00

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The recipient is addressed as 'Chère Madame' and is not otherwise identified, although the conclusion connects her with 'Monsieur Hollard', i.e. he maried Marie Hollard. He writes that he will be in London in six days, and that he will only have 'douze ou quinze jours à passer en Angleterre', and that he wishes to spend his time 'de la manière le plus profitable au succès de mon oeuvre. Il s'agit de collecter pour ma nouvelle église'.

[Printed pamphlet.] Report of the First Conference of the National Federation of Ratepayers (Incorporated). (Non-political and Unsectarian.) Subject: "The Cost of Education."

Author: 
[The National Federation of Ratepayers (Incorporated), London]
Publication details: 
[The National Federation of Ratepayers, London.] Offices: 9 Bedford Mansions, Bedford Square, W.C. 1909. [Printed by C. F. Hodgson & Son, 2 Newton Street, Kingsway, W.C.]
£60.00

32pp., 8vo. In grey printed wraps. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and aged wraps with front cover crossed through in red ink and hole to back cover. Shelfmarks, stamp and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Scarce: no copies on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[American Society for the Extension of University Teaching, Philadelphia.] Four printed items: 'Annual Report of the Secretary' for academic years 1898-9 and 1899-1900; 'Annual Report of the Board of Directors 1900'; 'Ten Years' Report', 1890-1900.

Author: 
[American Society for the Extension of University Teaching, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
Publication details: 
American Society for the Extension of University Teaching, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
£120.00

All four items unbound. The two annual reports (both 16pp., 12mo) in fair condition, on aged paper; the other two items with wear and damage to outer leaves. The 'Ten Years' Report' is 44pp., 12mo; and the 'Annual Report of the Board of Directors' is 12pp., small 4to. All four items with stamps, shelfmarks and labels of the Education Department Library, London.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Coulson Kernahan') from the English novelist John Coulson Kernahan, responding in a jocular fashion to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
John Coulson Kernahan (1858-1943), English novelist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of "Thrums", Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.10 November 1900.
£38.00

1p., 16mo. 13 lines. In fair condition, lightly-faded on grey paper. 'You are quite welcome to my autograph - as long as you don't ask for it at the front of a cheque.' He apologises for not replying to the 'first letter': 'Let me make amends by sending this by return of post.' Signed 'Autographically Yours, | [signed] Coulson Kernahan'

[Printed offprint of poem by J. H. Nightingale.] The "Four Liverpool Merchants" and their Letter to the Hempror Napoleon.

Author: 
J. H. Nightingale ['Joe Nightingale'] [Liverpool Daily Post, 1859]
The "Four Liverpool Merchants" and their Letter to the Hempror Napoleon.
Publication details: 
From the Liverpool Daily Post of Dec. 6, 1859.
£125.00
The "Four Liverpool Merchants" and their Letter to the Hempror Napoleon.

On one side of a piece of paper 27.5 x 11.5 cm. Text, in small type, clear and complete. Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper.

Printed Receipt, completed in manuscript and signed, for five works by Williamson legally deposited in the Library of the British Museum.

Author: 
Department of Printed Books, British Museum, London [George Charles Williamson (1858-1942), writer on art and historian of Guildford; George Bell & Sons]
Publication details: 
6 October 1904; Department of Printed Books, British Museum, London.
£25.00

On one side of piece of paper 23.5 x 16 cm. With perforated edge. Good, on aged paper, with traces with strip of glue from previous mount on reverse. Printed in copperplate. The deposited works are 'Notes on the Maces, Insignia of Office, and Town Plate of the Town of Guildford', 'Progress of Catholic Work', 'Token Pamphlet', 'Guildford Shakespeare' and 'County Town'. Ostensibly signed by the 'Keeper', but the signature is not decipherable (''). In his obituary in The Times, 6 July 1942, Williamson was praised as 'a highly industrious and versatile writer on art'.

Signature ('William P. Lennox') on frank to the Hon. Cecil Lawless.

Author: 
Lord William Pitt Lennox (1799-1881), English Member of Parliament and novelist
Publication details: 
9 December 1833; London. With red ink postmark.
£25.00

The front of a wove-paper envelope, 8 x 12.5 cm. Good. Reads 'London December | Ninth 1833 | Honble. Cecil Lawless | The Wick | Brighton | [signed in bottom left-hand corner] William P. Lennox'. The postmark, in red ink in the top right-hand corner, is circular, topped with a crown, and reads '9 DE 9 | 1833'.

Autograph Card Signed ('J. Ashby-Sterry') to 'My dear Harmsworth' [Alfred Harmsworth, Viscount Northcliffe (1865-1922), newspaper publisher].

Author: 
Joseph Ashby-Sterry (1836-1917), English novelist, poet, journalist and painter [Lord Harmsworth]
Publication details: 
Saint Martin's Chambers, Trafalgar Square [London]; 26 June 1894.
£28.00

One page, 12 x 9 cms. Rust stain from paperclip and strip of offset discolouration. In purple ink. A recent letter to Harmsworth was sent to the wrong address. He has 'another letter of Yates's [Edmund Yates (1831-1894), journalist and writer?], better than the one of which you had a copy'. Wonders whether Harmsworth wishes 'to make use of it'. Would also like to know whether 'shares in "Answers" [Harmsworth's magazine 'Answers to Correspondents']' can 'be got through a broker in the ordinary way'.

Autograph Signature, address and seal on fragment of envelope.

Author: 
John Robert Townshend, 3rd Viscount Sydney
Publication details: 
Postmark 'FOOTSCRAY | DE 14 | 1840'.
£35.00

Sydney (1805-1890) became 1st Earl Sydney in 1874. The front part of an envelope, dimensions roughly 3 inches by 8 inches. In good condition, but with traces of previous mounting on otherwise-blank reverse. Circular crested seal in red wax, roughly 1/2 inch in diameter. Reads 'H M S. | The Secretary to the Board of Ordnance | Pall Mall | London | Sydney'.

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