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[ Eric Forbes-Robertson, artist. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Eric') to his daughter Ida ('Idzie'), written while serving with the Royal Artillery during the First World War.

Author: 
Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and brother of the Shakespearian actor Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson [ his daughter Ida ('Idzie') Forbes-Robertson ] [ Royal Artillery ]
Publication details: 
The first two on Royal Artillery letterheads of the 'R. A. MESS, | SHOEBURYNESS.' 19 October and 19 November 1916. The third on letterhead of the Prince of Wales' Hospital for Convalescent Officers, Marylebone [ London ]. 7 March 1917.
£220.00

The three items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: 19 October 1916. 2pp., 8vo. In envelope with postmark and stamp, addressed by him to his daughter at 48 Hogarth Road, South Kensington. Referring to his wife the Polish artist Janina Flamm, he regrets that he cannot 'come home for dear Janias birthday' as he cannot get leave. He is enclosing 2s 6d each for her and her brother 'Phip' [Philippe Forbes-Robertson] and sister 'Cecilia' to get presents for their mother. He sends best wishes to his brothers Leonard and Johnston.

[ Chelsea Hospital for Officers. ] Programme for an entertainment, signed by 25 performers ('The P.U.O.'s. (Pierrots of Unknown Origin)') and Sir Edward Marshall Hall

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Chelsea Hospital for Officers, London, founded by Lady Violet Brassey; Sir Edward Marshall Hall (1858-1927), barrister and Conservative MP
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[ Chelsea Hospital for Officers, 40 Upper Grosvenor Street, London. ] 'Xmas 1918.'
£120.00

[4]pp., 8vo. On shiny art paper. Stitched with red, white and blue ribbon into cream card wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The front cover of the wraps has the signature of 'E. Marshall-Hall' at its head, and is illustrated with a spoof coat of arms, featuring three nurses, beneath the heading 'The P.U.O.'s. (Pierrots of Unknown Origin)'. Inside the front cover is a page of spoof advertisements, with in-jokes about the performers, as well as one clearly referring to Marshall Hall: 'I will cure you of the Swearing Habit in 9 days.

[ Printed pamphlet on 'the sin of self-abuse'. ] In Confidence: To Boys. By H. Bisseker, M.A., Formerly a Public School House-Master. Revised by The Council of the Medical Officers of Schools Association.

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H. Bisseker, M.A., Formerly a Public School House-Master [ The Alliance of Honour, London; The Medical Officers of Schools Association; masturbation; onanism; self-abuse ]
Publication details: 
'Copies of this Edition are to be obtained from The Alliance of Honour, 112, City Road, London, E.C.' London: Adlard and Son, Batholomew Close. 1904.
£120.00

[2] + 31 + [3]pp., 16mo. Stapled in plain green wraps. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with rusting staples, and light staining (of an indeterminate nature) to front cover. The first two pages give details regarding the Alliance of Honour, including a list of the organisation's officers (including thirteen bishops) and a statement of 'The Object' ('to impress upon men the necessity of leading pure lives', and so on).

[British Army printed circular.] Appointment of Women Officers as Voluntary Members of the Regular Army Reserve of Officers. [With application form and covering Typed Letter Signed to Dr D. M. E. Kayton from L. Jenkinson of the War Office.]

Author: 
L. Jenkinson of the War Office [Regular Army Reserve of Officers (RARO); Royal Army Medical Corps; Royal Army Dental Corps]
Publication details: 
The circular and appendix without details or date. Jenkinson's letter from the War Office [Whitehall], London, S.W.1. 3 November 1950.
£120.00

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.

[War Office publication.] Memorandum for Medical Officers on Acute Ulcerative Gingivitis and Stomatitis. 1941. ['(Synonyms Vincent's Infection, Ulcero-Membranous Stomatitis, Fuso-Spirochaetal Stomatitis, Trench Mouth, etc.)']

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['By Command of the Army Council'] [The War Office, Whitehall; Second World War; British government publications]
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'The War Office [Whitehall], 7th May, 1941.' ['Notified in A.C.Is.']
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Headings: General Description; Diagnosis; Symptoms; Treatment; Preventive Methods. Scarce: no copy in the Wellcome Library or on COPAC, and only two copies on OCLC WorldCat. From a small archive of material belonging to Daphne Kayton of the Royal Army Medical Corps. From a small archive of material belonging to Daphne Kayton of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

[War Office publication.] Self-training for Medical Officers. 1941.

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'By Command of the Army Council' [The War Office, Whitehall; British government publications; Second World War]
Publication details: 
'The War Office [Whitehall], 24th December, 1941.' ['Notified in A.C.Is.']
£65.00

10pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. The preface states that the pamphlet 'is issued so that medical officers may examine themselves and judge how successful or otherwise their training has been'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Charles Gilpin, Liberal MP for Northampton, to James Wyld, MP for Bodmin, putting the position of the Poor Board in the case of 'Mr Mayall', Relieving Officer.

Author: 
Charles Gilpin (1815-1874), Liberal MP for Northampton and Quaker [James Wyld (1812-1887), MP for Bodmin and cartographer; Poor Board, Whitehall]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Poor Board, Whitehall. 31 October 1860.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. 25 lines. Fair, on aged paper, with a few ink spots caused by clumsy blotting. He has 'gone through the papers referring to the case' in which Wyld is 'kindly interested', and finds 'that the decision of the Board is in accordance with its uniform rule in similiar cases. | Mr. Mayall received his appointment as Relieving Officer on the express stipulation that he should reside in Bodmin'. Mayall's 'removal would have been objected to by this Board without any adverse representation from Guardians of the District'.

Original manuscript, in a variety of eighteenth-century hands, containing twelve army lists. Giving ranks of regiments, names of officers, dates of commission, pay, expenses, and other information.

Author: 
Twelve manuscript eighteenth-century British Army Lists [Hanoverian; military history]
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Apparently written between c.1718 and c.1756.
£850.00

Stitched 4to notebook, in original brown calf half-binding, with grey paper boards. 71 pp of text, with a further 19 pp blank, across 45 leaves of watermarked laid paper. Leaf dimensions roughly 19 x 15 cm. In good condition: internally clean and tight, on lightly aged paper. In worn boards. Ruled with red lines. Neatly written and entirely legible.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Rob Wynn'), 'To ye Honble: ye Principle Officers & Comiss of ye Navy' [the Principal Officers and Commissioners of the Navy].

Author: 
Robert Wynn, captain of Their Majesties' Ship Pembroke [Naval and Maritime; Stuart Navy; 1694; William and Mary]
Publication details: 
From on board of their Majies: Ship Pembroke | 9ber: ye 27th. 94' [27 September 1694].
£100.00

Foolscap bifolium (leaf dimensions 30.5 x 19), 1 p. On aged and slightly damp-stained paper, with slight wear to extremities. Text clear and entire. The body of the letter (4 lines) reads: 'Honoble: Prs | This is to humbly to [sic] request of you yt ye Master of ye his name is Charles may be removed to be my Master.' Adressed on reverse of second leaf. The Pembroke (the third ship in the Royal Navy to bear the name) was a fourth rate of 60 guns built in 1694. She was captured by the French in 1709, was recaptured, and foundered in 1711.

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