4to, 71 pp, with one 12mo page at end. In poor condition, damp damaged and detached from green cloth covers, but with texts legible and complete. Manuscript table of contents on recto of first leaf describes nine tales in German, told by Ascher Horowitz and T.
Sir John Woodhead [ Sir John Ackroyd Woodhead ] (1881-1973), Indian Civil Servant, Governor of Bengal, chairman of the Woodhead Commission on the partition of Palestine
From Chevremont, Hockering Road, Woking, Surrey. 1948, 1949 (2) and 1951.
The four letters totalling 6pp., 12mo, in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With carbons of replies, one stapled to its mate. The correspondence relates to the Society's business, with two letters relating to a 'Tea lecture' by Gervas Huxley, another to a meeting chaired by Sir James Jones, and the last (22 June 1951) 'on the subject of Silver Medals' and other matters.
Sir John Robert Chancellor (1870-1952), British colonial administrator, 20th Governor of Mauritius, 1911-1916; Trinidad and Tobago, 1916-1921 [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale (1883-1949), agriculturist ]
On letterhead of Government House, Trinidad. 28 January 1917.
For information on Chancellor and Stockdale, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. 7pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, with holes from binding in margins. He congratulates Stockdale, who had been Director of Agriculture on Mauritius from 1912 to 1916, on his 'well earned promotion to Ceylon', adding that he understands his regret at 'leaving Mauritius in the middle of all your schemes'. He 'also had the same feeling when my orders came to go here, & I still think a great deal about the place and our friends'.
Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant [ British Mandate of Palestine; Transjordan ]
[ Colonial Office, Whitehall. ] British Mandate of Palestine, and Transjordan. 18 March to 29 April [ between 1935 and 1937 ].
97pp., 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'). Ownership signature on front cover: 'F. A. Stockdale | Colonial Office'. Year not stated, but can be dated from an accompanying leaf of pencil notes (2pp., 12mo), dated 25 April 1935. Written in a close and difficult hand. Ends abruptly, suggesting a subsequent volume.
The South Kensington Debating Society [of the Conservative Party], London [ Sir Charles Petrie, John Terry, Dorothy Saward, successive chairman ] [ Unity Mitford; Sir Charles Petrie; Ludovic Kennedy ]
The South Kensington Debating Society, 23 Stratford Rd, W8 [London]. 7 June 1938 to 1 February 1949.
H. G. Wells had been a member of an organisation of the same name at the end of the nineteenth century, but the two appear unrelated. The background to the present SKDS is explained in a loosely-inserted cutting from the Observer, 6 February 1938, which states that the Conservative at Kensington 'have a very vigorous Debating Society, of which the chairman is Miss Dorothy Saward. It meets once a month, and Miss Saward has been singularly successful in her choice both of motions and speakers'.
Published by the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, [London], 1882.
Pamphlet, 19pp., 8vo, disbound, library marks on title page. "Read before the Geographical Section of the British Association at York in 1881." The survey included the territory of modern-day Israel. No copy on the market currently (except PODs). Seven copies recorded on COPAC/WorldCat: Glasgow, Aberdeen, NL Israel, NSW, 2 USA.
[Rechabite Hall, Tan Bank, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire; E. Barratt; E. L. Brewer; H. G. Saxby; Mandatory Palestine; Israel; Zionism]
The Rechabite Hall, Tan Bank, Wellington [Telford, Shropshire]. February 1938.
2pp., on 16mo, bifoliate card. In good condition, lightly-aged. One panel advertises 'a series of bible lectures to be delivered (God willing) by the Ecclesia in Wellington': 'SEATS FREE. NO COLLECTION. BRING BIBLES FOR REFERENCE.' The text explains that 'Palestine is very much in the public eye at this time as men watch the developments in the Land concerning which the Bible says so much: yet few realise that current events there are fulfilment of Bible prophecy, and that the future of the Land is also foretold in no uncertain way.
British Philatelic Association, Ltd., London [Pakistan; Palestine; Israel; postage stamps]
'B. P. A. [British Philatelic Association] | 3, Berners Street, | [London] W.1. | 4/3/48 [i.e. 4 March 1948].
2pp., foolscap 8vo. Typed and duplicated on one leaf. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with fold lines. The Pakistan had been established on 14 August 1947, and Israel would be established from part of the British Mandate of Palestine on 14 May 1948. The present document is an interesting artefact of the changes in postal arrangements regarding these two regions at the time. The top half of the first page is headed 'Palestine', and the lower half 'Imports from the United Kingdom into Pakistan'. The reverse carries sections on 'Exports' and 'Imports'.
Alec Clifton-Taylor, architectural historian [John Dugdale (1905-1963), Labour politician, Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty under Clement Attlee, 1945-1950; Royal Navy]
Undated, but with covering signed page, on British Government letterhead, with alternate title: 'Mediterannean Tour | January, 1946'.
 + 26pp., foolscap 8vo. On twenty-seven leaves held together with a brass stud. In good condition, on aged and worn paper. The covering page is headed with the embossed government letterhead (lion and unicorn in oval) and has the words 'Mediterannean Tour | January, 1946' in the centre, with the signature 'Alec Clifton-Taylor' in blue ink in the bottom right-hand corner. The twenty-six pages of text, carrying a few minor autograph corrections by Clifton-Taylor, are headed with the full title.
Claude Reignier Conder (1848-1910), soldier, explorer and antiquarian.
12 Alva Street, Edinburgh, 22 April 1901.
One page, 12mo, with backing page, faint staining, text clear and complete. He says how long the letter took to reach him (on leave) and, "I remember your father when I was a Cadet at Woolwich. | Lord Kitchener with me for a year & with Prof Hull for some months. | I attach an autograph [not present]". NOte: "In 1874, at age 24, Kitchener was assigned by the Palestine Exploration Fund to a mapping-survey of the Holy Land, replacing Charles Tyrwhitt-Drake, who had died of malaria. Kitchener, then an officer in the Royal Engineers, joined fellow Royal Engineer Claude R.
2pp., foolscap 8vo. On two leaves stapled together. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. This item is discussed in M. F. Snape's 'God and the British Soldier: Religion and the British Soldier in the First and Second World Wars' (London: Routledge, 2005). Montgomery described Hughes as 'the ideal of what an Army padre should be', and according to Snape: 'A major theme which seemed to emerge from the collaboration of Montgomery and Hughes in 1942 was the notion of the consecration of British arms to a higher purpose.
Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), Secretary, Palestine Exploration Fund, 1868-1885
1 August 1870; 9 Pall Mall East, on letterhead of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
4 pp, 12mo. Bifolium. 51 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. The General Committe have asked Besant to thank the recipient for his 'kind assistance during the last year, and to express their hopes that your sympathy with the objects which they have at heart will still continue'.
William Thomson (1819-1890, Archbishop of York [Stratford Canning (1786-1880), 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe]
17 May 1865; on letterhead of 41 Portman Square, W. [London]
12mo, 1 p. On bifolium, with Stratford Canning's docketing on the reverse of the second leaf. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of stub from mounting adhering to one edge. A 'strong wish is entertained' that Stratford Canning's name 'be added to the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund'. He is enclosing a paper 'which will show its nature'. Canning notes that the letter was 'Ansd. 18 | No objection to be a member of the Committee provided I incur no responsibility beyond that of throwing an occasional mite into the subscription fund.'
Islamic News [Second Year of publication] Nos. 3, 19-24 inc., 28-38 inc.; as The Musliim Standard Nos.1-5 [39-43] inc., total 22 issues. A little staining, some edges dusty, some minor damage, mainly good. Subjects: "Strangling of Palestine, Muslim persecuted in India; letters; Palestine; Jews; Turkey; Turkey and Greece at War; Afghanistan; British attitudes; Khyber Railway; Anatolia; assassinations; India; Curzon v. Tchitcherin. WITH: "Muslim Outlook" no. 51 ONLY, London, 7 Oct. 1920, published by the Islamic Information Bureau (perhaps more hardline that the former, eg.
Jewish Agency for Palestine (British Section) [Harry Gosling; Mrs I. M. Sieff; Morris Myer; Zionism; Israel; the Rivoli Cinema, Whitechapel, London E1; British Mandate of Palestine; riots of 1929]
Sunday 23 February .
On one side of a piece of green card, 9 x 11 cm. Perforated section at left, for name and address, 9 x 2.5 cm. Very good. Reads 'JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE | (British Section) | EAST LONDON COMMITTEES. | You are cordially invited to attend a presentation of NEW LIFE IN PALESTINE (A Film showing Palestine before and after the Riots) at the RIVOLI CINEMA, WHITECHAPEL, E.1 on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, AT 2.30 P.M. Speakers: HARRY GOSLING, Esq., M.P., Mrs. I. M. SIEFF, (President, Federation of Women Zionists) Mr. MORRIS MYER will preside. Doors open, 2 p.m. ADMIT TWO. M.
Juliette Huxley [Lady Marie Juliette Baillot] (1896-1994), wife of the English scientist Julian Huxley (1887-1975) [Frank Richard Cowell]
Letter, 27 January 1966; on letterhead 31, Pond Street, Hampstead, N.W.3. Reply, 29 January 1966.
Juliette Huxley's letter is 4to: 2 pp. Good, though lightly creased and attached to the other items by a paperclip. The correspondence mainly concerns a book by Cowell's eventually published under the title 'The garden as a fine art: from antiquity to modern times' (1978). She begins by describing Mary Wellesley: 'quite a character [...] lives in a small house off St. James's Palace, and entertains by candlelight.
Herbert Louis Samuel (1870-1963), 1st Viscount Samuel [GOLF; GOLFING]
15 July 1898; High Cliff, Felixstowe [on cancelled letterhead 49 Palace Court. W.].
Two pages, 12mo. On aged and somewhat grubby paper, with a few closed tears to extremities. Text clear and entire. The recipients 'account for clubs' supplied to Samuel in June 1896 'has not been presented between that date and now'. Samuel thinks he paid the amount at the time'. '[O]n my return to town I will look through my receipts and communicate with you further.'