H.M. Patent Office, London (now the Intellectual Property Office) [ Sir Henry Bessemer; Sir John Coode; Gusttav Overbeck; Crosse & Blackwell; Wedgwood; Bryant & May ]
H.M. Patent Office, 25 Southampton Buildings, London, WC. 13 March 1878 to 19 December 1882.
The Patent Office - now the Intellectual Property Office - was established by the Patent Law Amendment Act of 1852, which simplified the procedure for obtaining patents of invention and reduced costs. In 1883 another Act of Parliament brought into being the office of Comptroller General of Patents, with, according to the National Archives, 'a staff of patent examiners to carry out a limited form of examination; mainly to ensure that the specification described the invention properly, but without any investigation into novelty'.
[Ten printed Schedules of Contract for work for the service of the War Department, in the South-West and Sussex District; W. H. Dudley; Robert Stratton; George Wheeler; Isle of Wight; Hurst Castle]
All ten schedules: 'London: Printed by Harrison & Sons. 1858.'
The collection is of great interest, providing a mass of information regarding the Victorian building trade. The owner of the volume, W. H. Dudley, would appear to be a War Office official, and, as described at the end of this entry, it contains manuscript details of two contracts. The ten printed schedules - totalling [34 + 17 + 14 + 10 + 12 + 13 + 12 + 10 + 16 + 11 =] 149 pp., folio - are uniform in design and format, bound together in a contemporary half-binding, with brown leather spine and corners, and marbled boards. All ten are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn binding.
William Dummer Northend [The Dummer Academy; Governor Dummer Academy; The Governor's Academy]
Massachusetts: Printed at the Salem Gazette Office. 1844.
8vo: 53 pp. In modern green wraps with white paper label. Text clear and complete. On aged, stained paper with slight wear to extremities. Pencil addition of one name. One page 'Advertisement', dated August 1844, by 'W. D. N.' (i.e. William Dummer Northend), and four-page anonymous 'Preface', giving a history of the Academy. 22-line newspaper cutting loosely inserted, headed 'Dummer Academy', and with dates March and April 1845 on reverse. Excessively scarce. According to WorldCat no copy in America, and the only copy on COPAC at the British Library.
No title, but the whole published by the Ordnance Survey Office, Southampton, Colonel Sir Henry James, director, 1861-3.
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.
[ Royal Navy and Post Office Packets, signals of 1812 ]
[ Royal Navy. ] Dating from May 1812, with later notes referring to cancellation in March 1818.
Four items, in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with slight creasing. ONE: Printed form, partially completed in manuscript. On one side of 31.5 x 19.5 cm piece of laid paper with Britannia watermark. Headed: 'PRIVATE SIGNALS for His Majesty's Brigs, Cutters, Luggers, &c. employed in Cruizing on the Coasts of the United Kingdom, Commanded by Lieutenants, viz.' Above the heading, in manuscript: 'Proof | See letter 1st. October 1812.
[ Soviet Poland; the Polish Embassy in London; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
[ The Press Office of the Polish Embassy in London. ] Three numbers: No. 5, 16 July 1946; No. 14, 19 September 1946; No. 51, 28 June 1947. [ Printed by St. Clements Press Ltd., Portugal Street, London, W.C.2.' ]
The three items are each 4pp., 4to, in bifoliums, and uniform in design. Each carrying a number of articles in small print. Each on aged paper and with wear to margin along outer edge, but with text clear and undamaged. No. 5 includes articles titled: 'Referendum Results', 'Poland's National Day', 'Polish-British Relations', 'Poland's Independence and Freedom Secured | M. Bierut speaks to Democratic Party Congress', 'A Polish Economic System'. No. 14 has in it articles on 'Mr. Byrnes v.
John Barker, Deputy Storekeeper General, Storekeeper General's Office, London [ Charles Stuart (1779-1845), 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay; Peninsular War ]
Storekeeper General's Office [ 23 Great George Street ], London. 28 January 1812.
2pp., folio. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. On first leaf of bifolium, the second leaf docketted in pencil. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Detailed letter, filling two whole folio pages, beginning: 'Sir. | In the absence of the Storekeeper General I have the honour to refer you to his letters of the 12th. Novr. 19th. & 31st. Decr.
United States Postal Service, Washington, D.C. Dating from between 1960 and 1966.
The collection of 37 items (35 publicity items and two cables) is in good condition, in a blue card folder. The following description is divided into seven parts. ONE: 22 issues of the 'Philatelic Release' of the 'information Service | Post Office Department', dating from between 22 October 1965 and 11 June 1966. Totalling 51pp., 8vo. An incomplete run. Giving information relating to the new releases of stamps, including 'the John F.
Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant [ Mauritius; Sir John Middleton (1870-1954); Sir Herbert James Read (1863-1949) ]
Mauritius (including items on letterhead of the Department of Agriculture, Reduit) and London (including from Downing Street). Between 1912 and 1916.
For information on Stockdale, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The collection is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 21 of the 23 items are typed, one is printed and one in autograph. The material consists of professional and departmental correspondence concerning Stockdale's appointment and tenure, with the final items relating to his application for and promotion to a similar post in Ceylon. It includes an eight-page copy, tied with green string, of a communication from J. R.
Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant [ Malta ]
[ Colonial Office, Whitehall. ] Malta. 20 to 25 March 1934.
15pp., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper, with staples rusted away. In government-supplied 'S.O. Book 136' notebook, with brown card printed cover ('G. R. | Supplied for the Public Service'). In autograph on front cover: 'F. A. Stockdale | Colonial Office' and 'Malta | March 1934'. Written in a close and difficult hand.
[ Ralph Hare Griffin (1854-1941), Registrar of Designs and Trade Marks at the Patent Office, London, and Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries ] [ A. E. Housman; St John's College, Cambridge ]
[ The Patent Office, London. ] 31 December 1919.
2pp., on bifolium with leaf dimensions 36.5 x 28 cm. On thick wove paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. The attractive calligraphic testimonial is on the recto of the first leaf, and is laid out in a sort of modified Gothic script, with initial capitals in red and gold. It is headed in large script 'To Ralph Griffin, Esq., F.S.A., | Registrar of Designs and Trade Marks.', with the date at the foot.
Robin Wallace (1897-1952), English landscape artist [ Arnold Nottage Palmer (1886-1973), artist and arts administrator; the Committee on the Employment of Artists in Wartime, Pilgrim Trust Grant ]
Palmer's three letters on letterheads of the Committee on the Employment of Artists in Wartime, Pilgrim Trust Grant, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London. Also items from the War Office and Ministry of Labour.
Wallace, a well-known painter of landscapes and still life subjects in oil and water-colour, was born at Kendal in the Lake District and studied in Kensington at the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1922, and at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters, and with the Lake Artists' Society. He was a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists. The present collection casts an interesting light on the efforts of a good English artist to be of use to the war effort. Ten items.
John Lewis Mallet (1775-1861), Secretary of the Audit Office, Somerset Place, London [ Charles Stuart (1779-1845), 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay; the Peninsular War ]
Audit Office Somerset Place [ London ]. 29 January 1812.
2pp., folio. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. He is directed to 'make up and transmit to this Office an account Current of the receipt & application of the [...] Sum of £277,450, duly attested upon oath & accompanied by the necessary vouchers & authorities in support thereof'. The money is made up of 'various bills of Exchange drawn by you upon their Lordships on 4th. Novr: 1810 payable to M. T. Sempayo [Sampayo]'.
[ Victorian valentine card, engraved and hand-coloured ] [ Royal Mail; Post Office; women's fashion ]
Without date or place. [ London, 1880s? ]
On one side of a piece of 14 x 9 cm paper, with embossed design to the scalloped edges. Hand-coloured in yellow, pink, red, purple, grey and plum. A smiling young girl, blonde-haird and rosy cheeks, in gentleman's hat, muffler, plum velvet jacket, purple shorts and red tights, stands on the pavement, looking smiling at the viewer as she posts a letter with a red wax seal into a box marked 'Post Office' and 'London 12'. The caption at the foot reads: 'A VALENTINE | FOR MY LITTLE FRIEND'.
Major-General Sir Benjamin Charles Stephenson (c.1766-1839), G.C.H., Surveyor-General of the Office of Works
Office of Works [London]. 19 March 1823.
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with a short closed tear along a crease and slight loss to one corner. He regrets that 'it is not in my power to afford any Official Assistance, in promoting the use of your very Ingenious, & Valuable Invention; as the Business of this Department is exclusively confined to the Building, & <?>, belonging either to His Majesty, or the Public, such as Palaces, Public Offices &c.' He suggests a number of organisations to which Lawrence should apply., 'as the Departments most likely to encourage your useful Undertaking'.
Envelope intact, but very stained, 9 x 21cm, with both manuscript (mainly Palmerston's hand) and printed words. As follows, manuscript in square brackets: "On Her Britannick Majesty's Service | [Palmerston] | To [Louis Fraser Esq] Her Britannick Majesty's [Vice] Consul | at [Whydah] || Secretary of State's Office." Also docketed in a different hand (not Palmerston's) "Foreign Office Dec. 4 1850". Note: one could speculate that the contentrs related either to Fraser's appointment or the blockade on the [slave] port Palmertston had ordered from 4 April 1850.
Sir Francis Palgrave (1788-1861; né Francis Ephraim Cohen), archivist and historian
'Rolls [The Rolls Office, London] | Wedy'. No date.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged. 'Sir F Palgrave' in another hand at the head. Reads: 'My dear Sir | I enclose a note for Hooker but not knowing your particular object it is rather vague | Yrs truly | F. Palgrave'.
Jacob Bosanquet (1755-1828), Chairman of the East India Company,1798, 1803 and 1811, and for 46 years a Director
Without place or date. On laid paper with watermark 'W M | 1816'.
6pp., folio. On two bifoliums. In good condition, on aged paper. All four leaves with a central vertical fold as guide for each page to be laid out in two columns, with the body of the text in one column and emendations in the neighbouring one. The document begins: 'My Dear Sir, | I had yesterday a conversation with Mr. - respecting the present condition of our E.
[ Engineer's Plan Office, Great Western Railway, Paddington, London; Cookham Station, Berkshire ]
[ Engineer's Plan Office, Great Western Railway, Paddington, London. ] July 1867.
Original map in black ink, coloured in blue, grey, brown, cream, yellow, red. Titled: 'COOKHAM STATION | Scale, 40 Feet to an Inch | July 1867'. With stamp in red ink: 'TO BE RETURNED TO | ENGINEER'S PLAN OFFICE | G.W.R. PADDINGTON'. In ink on reverse: 'COOKHAM STATION'. Aged and worn.
[United Kingdom Parliament: Gold and Silver Commission, 1887 and 1888; Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the Recent Changes in the relative Values of the Precious Metals]
First Report, 1887; Second Report, 1888; Final Report, 1888. All three volumes by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London.
The three volumes in folio, in their original printed blue wraps. First Report: viii + 364pp. With fold-out table. Second Report: viii + 276pp. Final Report: x + 157pp. All three aged and worn, with the final signature and back cover of the First Report detached, and the Final Report lacking its back cover, and with front cover detached and damage to last few leaves. Second Report with withdrawn label of Owen College, Manchester. The three volumes all 'With Minutes of Evidence and Appendices'. Containing an enormous quantity of information within the minutes and supporting material.
Richard Wharton (c.1765-1828), Tory Member of Parliament for Durham, and Secretary to the Treasury [Sir Francis Freeling (1764-1836), Secretary of the General Post Office]
Treasury Chambers [Whitehall, London]. 14 March 1811.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage to one corner. Wharton writes that 'Dodds, whom on my request you some time ago put on your list to be made a Gaurd [sic]', writes me word that he will be 30 years old on the 23d inst. and is told that he cannot be made a Gaurd after he has attained that age.' He asks to be informed 'how that stands, as I shrink at the idea of having him again on my hands'.
H. H. Asquith [Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith] (1852-1928), British Liberal Prime Minister, 1908-1916.
Home Office, Whitehall. Envelope with London and Brighton postmarks, 10 March 1893.
10 x 13 cm envelope. In fair condition, aged and worn, with damage and loss to back flap.. Asquith has written out the address as follows: 'Quintin Hogg Esq | 5 Cavendish Square | W'. The last two lines have been crossed out, and the address amended in another hand to '56 Westbourne St | West Brighton'. The front of the envelope has a square London postmark in black ink, and circular frank in red; the rear has two more postmarks (one London and the other Brighton. The flap has 'Home Office | Whitehall' printed on it.
Alfred Legoyt (1812-1885), French statistician who organised the census of France in 1856, 1861 and 1866 [J. M. Mackie, photographer; the Registrar General's Office, London]
Photograph by J. M. Mackie, taken at the 'International Statistical Congress, London, 1860'. Printed handbill from the Registrar General's Office, Somerset House, W.C. [London] March 1871.
Both items in good condition, on lightly worn and aged paper. ONE: Photograph. Roughly 12 x 9 cm, with upper corners rounded. Laid down on piece of 22 x 16.5 cm brown paper with printed caption 'INTERNATIONAL STATISTICAL CONGRESS, | LONDON, 1860'. The paper backing is in turn laid down on a piece of white 23.5 x 17 cm paper. The photograph depicts a keen-eyed and bewhiskered Legoyt, seated uncompromisingly on a chair, with arms folded. TWO: Printed Appeal. 1p., 12mo. On bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'F Hendricks Esqre. | 1 King William Street | E6'.
L. Jenkinson of the War Office [Regular Army Reserve of Officers (RARO); Royal Army Medical Corps; Royal Army Dental Corps]
The circular and appendix without details or date. Jenkinson's letter from the War Office [Whitehall], London, S.W.1. 3 November 1950.
The three items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, pinned together. ONE: Duplicated typescript titled 'Appointment of Women Officers as voluntary Members of the Regular Army Reserve of Officers'. 3pp., two of them foolscap 8vo, the other landscape 12mo. Divided into 18 sections under the headings: General; Purpose of the Reserve and Liability for Service; Eligibility for Appointment; Age Limits; Rank on Appointment; Training; Uniform; Change of Address and Change of Name by Marriage; Permanent Residence Abroad; Removal on Account of Age from the RARO; How to Join.
[The War Office, Whitehall] [The Royal Army Medical Corps; government publications; British Army; Second World War]
No. 1: 'The War Office [Whitehall], 9th June, 1943.' No. 2: 'The War Office, 21st July, 1943.' [Both 'Notified in A.C.Is.']
Both items in fair condition, lightly aged and creased, and each with three punch holes to spine. No. 1: 27pp., 12mo. With illustrations and diagrams in text. In two parts: 'Progressive Field Training for Stretcher-bearers' and 'Purposeful Physical Training for Stretcher-bearers'. No.2: ii + 65pp., 12mo. With three 'figures' in text. Divided into six chapters (including 'The Army Dental Corps in the field' and 'Evacuation and methods of estimation of casualties') and appendix. Scarce: the only copy traced, either on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat, in the Imperial War Museum collection.
[The War Office, Whitehall; Royal Army Medical Corps; British government publications; World War Two]
'The War Office [Whitehall], October, 1943.'
6pp., 12mo. Pamphlet. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper with vertical fold. Headings: Pay [with table giving 'rates of pay [...] applicable to medical officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps']; Issue of Pay and Allowances; Rations, Accommodation, etc.; Allowances in respect of family. Marginal headings: Banking facilities; Disposal of pay; Advance of pay; Issue of allowances; Instructions to agents and paymasters; Joining certificate; Outfit allowance. Scarce: no copy in the Wellcome Library, or on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.
[The War Office, Whitehall] [British government publications; Second World War]
'The War Office [Whitehall], April, 1940.'
Full title: 'Memorandum for the Guidance of Officers commanding Units and of Officers in medical charge of effective Troops in areas or units, regarding the procedure to be followed in connection with admission to Hospitals, etc., and the care of Sick treated under unit arrangements.' 22pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper.
[Director of Hygiene, War Office, Whitehall; British government publications; Second World War]
'Issued under the authority of the Director of Hygiene, War Office [Whitehall]'.
iii + 109pp., 12mo. In green printed wraps. In good condition, lightly-aged. Stapled addendum titled 'Amendment No. 3.' (5pp., 12mo) loosely inserted. Main headings: Amounts; Sources; Metal Solvency in Water; Hardness of Water; Brackish Waters; Bitter Aperient Waters; Examination of Water Supplies; Purification of Water; Water Vehicles, Water Points and Distribution; Poisoning of Water by the Enemy; Water Supplies Contaminated with Schistosome Cercariae.