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[Kostaki Musurus Pasha, for thirty-five years Ottoman ambassador to Great Britain.] Autograph Envelope Signed ('Musurus'), with his seal in red wax, addressed by him to 'The Right Honble. Benjamin Disraeli M.P.'

Kostaki Musurus Pasha [Konstantinos Mousouros] (1807-1891), Ottoman ambassador to Great Britain for thirty-five years, 1850-1885 [Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), Conservative Prime Minister]
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Without date or place [London, between 1850 and 1872.] Envelope supplied by the stationer Acton Griffith, 8 Baker Street, London.

Only the envelope is present, with the address written out in Musurus's elegant hand (he was a learned man and translated Dante into Ancient Greek), and with Musurus's seal, bearing an inscription in Arabic, in red wax on the reverse. The contents are lacking. The envelope is 8 x 13.5 cm. It is in fair condition, aged and worn, lacking the flap, and with a tear at the head of the front panel. The entire text is in Musurus's autograph. The word 'Private' is underlined at top left; the signature 'Musurus', with loose under- and overlining is at bottom left.

[Rustem Pasha [born Chimelli de Marini], Ottoman Ambassador to the Court of St. James.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rustem') to 'Colonel Colville', regarding his absence from the 'Court Ball'.

Rustem Pasha [born Chimelli de Marini] (1810-1895), for ten years Ottoman Ambassador to the Court of St. James [Turkish ambassador to Great Britain]
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On letterhead of 1 Bryanston Square, W. [London] 'Thursday evening' [no date].

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with one fold. The letter reads: 'Just as I was going to get ready to go to the Court Ball this evening I felt suddenly so unwell and so weak that I am, to my great regret, obliged to abstain. | Will you kindly inform their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princesse [sic] of Wales, of the motif of my absence, present them my humble excuses'. Elegant signature. Rustem Pasha is buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery, Kensal Rise, London. He has an obituary in the Annual Register.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] A Sermon on the Death of General Gordon, Preached in the Chapel Royal, St. James's, and the Chapel of Harrow School, on Quinqugesima Sunday, February 15, 1885.

Henry Montagu Butler, D.D., Head Master of Harrow School, and Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen [ General Gordon [ Charles George Gordon ] (1833-1885), 'Chinese Gordon', 'Gordon of Khartoum' ]
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Printed by Request. London: Macmillan and Co. 1885.

16pp., 8vo. Disbound and without wraps. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. In a eulogy that would have amused Lytton Strachey Butler numbers Gordon among such 'saintly heroes' as Bayard, Gustavus Adolphus, and Nelson. No copy traced on COPAC.

Autograph Letter Signed from Lieut. George Thorp to his brother Robert, written while serving on board HMS Aigle off Smyrna, describing two visits by 'Captain Pacha' [presumably Cenaze Hasan Pasha, sometime Grand Vizier]

Lieutenant George Thorp (1777-1797) of HMS Aigle or L'Aigle, son of Robert Thorp, Archdeacon of Northumberland [Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha (1713-1790) of Algiers, Grand Admiral of the Ottoman Empire]
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'L'Aigle Smyrna Sept 5th [1795]'.

3pp., 4to. 59 lines of text. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with two postmarks and a manuscript note by forwarding agents the Frères Smitmer of Vienna, to 'Robert Thorp Esqr | Alnwick | Northumberland | England'. Addressing his letter to 'My Dear Brother', Thorp begins by congratulating him on his wedding: 'Sailors are bad hands at Complements [sic] but I cannot avoid expressing the satisfaction I had in hearing who my new Sister was'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Russell') from the journalist W. H. Russell to 'dear Spencer', mainly concerning the Urabi Revolt against Ismail Pasha, Khedive of Egypt.

W. H. Russell [William Howard Russell] (1820-1907), Irish journalist, war correspondent for The Times [Isma'il Pasha [Ismail the Magnificent] (1830-1895), Khedive of Egypt; Urabi Revolt]
Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Russell') from the journalist W. H. Russell
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4 June 1882; on letterhead of the Empire Club, 4 Grafton Street, Piccadilly, London.
Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Russell') from the journalist W. H. Russell

2 pp, 12mo. 18 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Begins 'Its Alberta <(Songfeld)?> who is at 2 Lowndes Street not the undersigned - Are these cards en rêgle? [sic]' A pencil note by the recipient at the head of the first page reads 'Sent 2 June to Sumner Pl: card returned - answer does not live there.' Refers to 'Sumner Place' and 'the Coming Ball'. He wishes 'the Powers - which they aren't by the by - had let our fat friend Ismail alone just tightening the bit a little'.

Print of pencil drawing of Sharif Muhammad Amin, son of H.H. Amir 'Ali Haidar Pasha (1866-1935), Grand Sharif and Amir of Mecca.

W. B. Jemmett (d.1925), British miniature-painter and dandy [Sharif Muhammad Amin; H.H. Amir 'Ali Haidar Pasha, Grand Sharif and Amir of Mecca; Biarritz; Saudi Arabia; Arabic; Arabian; Arab]
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On a piece of grey paper roughly 25 x 22 cm, with card backing. The backing is rough-edged, the picture having been removed from its mount, but the edges of the print itself are undamaged. A little grubby, and with minor spotting and staining. Depicts the moustachioed sitter's head in profile, looking to his right, wearing a white guthra with decorative igaal. The image includes a reproduction of Jemmett's signature in the bottom right-hand corner, with the sitter's signature, in Arabic script, reproduced in the bottom left-hand corner.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Spencer"

W.H. Russell.
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Irish war correspondent. 2pp., 8vo. He produces some badinage about an invitation card, then comments on the situation in Egypt: "I wish the Powers - which they aren't by the by - had let our fat friend Ismail [Pasha] alone just tightening the bit a little & and then there would be none of this darkness over the land of Egypt . . . ", concluding with jocular mis-spellings of "poetical".

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