[Florence Montgomery, Victorian novelist and children's author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Florence Montgomery') to her cousin Lilian Levi (née Yorke), regarding the death and funeral of their relative 'Coutie' [Ormond?].

Florence Montgomery (1843-1923), novelist and children's author
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On letterhead of Cadogan Place, SW [London] 4 January [1921].

Florence Montgomery's 1869 novel 'Misunderstood' was admired by Henry James, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and George Du Maurier, and was childhood reading of Vladimir Nabokov. It has been adapted for cinema twice (in Italy in 1966, in Hollywood in 1984). The present item is 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In envelope addressed to 'Mrs. William Levi | Woughton Hall | Bletchley'. (The recipient Lilian Maud Levi was the granddaughter of Sir Henry Cunningham Montgomery, and the daughter of the Dean of Worcester Grantham Munton Yorke.) The postmark gives the year as 1921.

[ Camilla Urso, 'The great violin virtuoso': pamphlet issued by the United States Lyceum Bureau. ] Drophead title: 'Camilla Urso. | A Tribute.' Title on front wrap: 'A Tribute | Charles Barnard | Camilla Urso'.

Charles Barnard [ Camilla Urso, French violinist and child prodigy who settled in America; Harry St. Ormond, Business Manager; United States Lyceum Bureau ]
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'Compliments of United States Lyceum Bureau, 757 Broadway, New York.' No year, but back cover gives details of 'Transcontinental Tour. | 1885 - Season - 1886.'.

[32]pp., 16mo. Not paginated. Stapled in brown wraps, with text on front and back covers in gold and dark brown, with closed tear at foot of spine. Contains one full-page engraving: 'Testimonial Presentation to Mme. Camilla Urso in the Town Hall, Melbourne.' Cheaply printed on browned high-acidity paper, in aged and worn wraps. The wraps are attractively designed, with the violinist's name printed in large decorative type diagonally across the centre of the front cover. The back cover gives details of Urso's 'Transcontinental Tour.

[Privy Council Medical Research Council.] Printed item: 'Child Life Investigations. Social Conditions and Acute Rheumatism.

G. F. Still, M.D., F.R.C.P. [Privy Council Medical Research Council; The Children's Hospital, Great Ormond Street, London; The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow; St Thomas's Hospital]
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Special Report Series, No. 114. London: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. 1927.

108 + [6]pp., 8vo. Stitched. In green printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Still provides the introduction and 'General Conclusions'.

[Sir George Buchanan, physician and epidemiologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('George Buchanan'), apologising 'To the Secretary of the Social Science Association' for not being able to present a paper.

Sir George Buchanan (1831-1895), epidemiologist and civil servant, assistant physician at the children's Hospital, Great Ormond Street ( N1855-1860), physician (1861–1868) at the London Fever Hospital
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On letterhead of 75 Gower Street, WC [London]. 3 October 1859.

2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. A florid apology, beginning: 'The very kind consideration extended to me by yourself and the other managers of your admirable association appears to demand from me something more than a renewed Confession of incapacity on my part.' He has been 'at work almost all the time that other people have been making holiday, without finding time to leave my more imperative labours for the compilation of the paper which I should have wished to present'. He continues in the same tone, with the reminder that he 'at first expressed to Mr.

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