Christopher Morley (1890-1957), American journalist and man of letters [ Clement Shorter (1857-1926) and H. W. Massingham [ Henry William Massingham ] (1860-1924), English journalists and authors ]
On letterhead of the Evening Ledger, Independence Square, Philadelphia. 'Saturday' [ 1919 ].
1p., 4to. Aged and frayed. He is sending 'some cuttings for you and Mr Massingham'. As he only has one copy of 'the Sarazin essay' they 'will have to battle over it'. He apologises for is sorry that 'the managing editor had to cut down the little interview sadly for reasons of space, which are always embarrassing on a Saturday'. He expresses 'genuine delight' at having been able to show the two men 'some of our forlorn literary shrines', and compliments them on their 'perspicacity in spending four days in Phila.
[ Frederic William Goudy; Lanston Monotype Machine Company, Philadelphia; Bruce Rogers ]
Privately printed. Philadelphia, 1947.
16pp., 4to. Stapled into light brown wraps, with 'GOUDY' nicely printed in dark brown decorative letters on front cover. In fair condition lightly aged and creased. Inscribed in a small calligraphic hand at foot of front cover to 'DE fr. WGT [W G Thomson?] xi.48'. A well-printed item, with two pages carrying photographs of Goudy, a six-page 'Appreciation', two pages of 'Goudy Monotype Faces', and the final page carrying an 'appreciation' of Goudy by Bruce Rogers, ending 'He worked to the last, and he died at the zenith of his powers.
Maxine Elliott (1868-1940), American actress and businesswoman, wife of comedian Nathaniel Carl Goodwin (1857-1919) [ Jackwood House, Shooters Hill, Kent ] (see Wikipedia)
On letterhead of the Stenton, Philadelphia. 26 April 1898.
2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper. She begins by thanking him for his 'altogether charming letter', before explaining that she and her husband 'expect to be in England about the middle of June if we escape capture by the Spaniards in [ Spanish-American War being waged ] and shall hope for the pleasure of welcoming you to "Jackwood" often'. She ends by sending her regards, along with those of 'Nat and the small sister'. The 'small sister' was Gertrude, and Jackwood was the Goodwins' mansion in Kent.?>
Mitchell S. Buck [Mitchell Starrett Buck] (1887-1959), American poet, translator and classical scholar, praised by H. L. Menken [ Franz Felix (1892-1967), American artist of Austrian extraction ]
Typescript without place or date. Letter on letterhead of Vapor Engineering Company, Philadelphia. 10 September 1928.
Both letter and typescript in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. In envelope with three postmarks between 9 and 11 September 1928, addressed 'For: Franz Felix, Esq. | Apt. 3-c | 790 Riverside Drive, | New York City.' LETTER: 1p., 4to. He explains that he is sending the 'MS' [sic] that day by registered mail, and asks Felix to keep it 'strictly confidential for the present', adding that he has 'not even told Mr. Brown [his publisher] what it is about'. If Felix has time to 'make up a sketch' Buck will collect it and take it to Brown.
George William Childs (1829-1894), American publisher and co-owner of the Philadelphia Public Ledger [The F. Gutekunst Co., Philadelphia]
The F. Gutekunst Co., 712 Arch Street, Philadelphia. [1880s.]
14 x 10 cm albumen print, on 16.5 x 11 cm card. In fair condition, lightly-faded. Docketed on reverse: 'G. W. Childs | who erected monument over <?>' From the papers of the Anglo-American astronomer Mary Proctor (1862-1957).
[American Society for the Extension of University Teaching, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
American Society for the Extension of University Teaching, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
All four items unbound. The two annual reports (both 16pp., 12mo) in fair condition, on aged paper; the other two items with wear and damage to outer leaves. The 'Ten Years' Report' is 44pp., 12mo; and the 'Annual Report of the Board of Directors' is 12pp., small 4to. All four items with stamps, shelfmarks and labels of the Education Department Library, London.
[American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf; Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, Mount Airy, Philadelphia; Western New York Institution for Deaf-Mutes, Rochester,]
Rochester, N.Y.: Western New York Institution for Deaf-Mutes. 1896.
275pp., 8vo. With frontispiece and one plate. In poor condition, on aged and worn paper, divided into two parts, with only the loose remains of the printed front cover present, carrying a shelf-mark label. Uncommon: three copies on OCLC WorldCat.
Hermann Gutzmann, M.D. Specialist on the Organs of Speech, Berlin [Volta Bureau, for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge relating to the Deaf, Washington City, U.S.A.]
Washington City, U.S.A. Gibson Brothers, Printers. [Circa 1892.]
41pp., 12mo. Stapled, in grey printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rusting to staples and chipping to back wrap. Stamp, shelfmarks and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Uncommon.
J. George Hodgins, LL.D., Deputy Minister [Ontario Educational Exhibit, International Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876]
Toronto: Printed by Hunter, Rose & Co., 25 Wellington St West. 1877.
vii +  + 306pp., 8vo. With sixteen plates (of engraved illustrations and plans) and fold-out frontispiece as called for. In grey printed wraps. Shelfmark and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London.
[Moncure Robinson (1802-1891), American civil engineer; Elihu Chauncey and Richard Fenn Lardner of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company'; Messrs. Thomson Hankey & Co., London bankers]
18 April 1837.
In very good condition, on one side each of two skins of vellum. Robinson's signature and seal in red wax at the foot of the attached skins, and the customary embossed tax stamps on both. Ruled borders in red ink. Docketed on reverse of first skin. The document begins: 'To all to whom these Presents shall come. Moncure Robinson of the City of Philadelphia in the United States of America and now residing in Bond Street in the County of Middlesex in Great Britain Esquire sends Greeting'.
Robert Proud (1728-1813), English-born American loyalist, author of 'The History of Pennsylvania in North America' [Charles West Thomson]
The autograph of 'On Gardens': 'Translation by R. P. Anno. 1802.' Thomson's 'Notices': 'Read before the Council, August 16, 1826.' The 'Autobiography' from the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, January 1890.
ONE: Autograph translations by Proud. 14pp., 12mo. Unbound, stitched into a booklet of laid watermarked paper, with deckled edges. In very good condition, neatly and closely written on lightly-aged paper. Upwards along the inner margin of the first page Proud has written: 'Translation by R. P. Anno. 1802.' The translation of 'On Gardens, | From the Latin of Lord Bacon's Essays &c' covers the first 12pp., paginated 1-12; the 'Laus Mortuli. Translated at Hackney near London from a Lat. Epigram of Virgil, abt. the year 1752. by R. P.' covers the last two pages, and is unpaginated.
William M. Eldridge of Philadelphia, inventor [Valentine Mott (1785-1865), American surgeon]
Paris. 23 May 1836.
3pp., 4to. 60 lines of text. Bifolium. Good, on aged paper. Addressed, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Valentine Mott M.D. | 25 Park Place | New-York'; with three postmarks, one from Havre and another 'Forwarded by Lewis Rogers & Co.' (Mott was in Europe at the time of writing.) An tantalising letter, regarding an intriguing affair about which nothing else appears discoverable. Eldridge is sending 'a hand bill, 5000 of which have been circulated thro Paris and the towns in its vicinity'.
Thomas Francis Gordon (1787-1860), author, lawyer and freemason (Member of the Columbia Lodge No. 91 Philadelphia) [Carey & Hart, Philadelphia publishers]
Place not stated. 2 May 1837.
1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with damage to second leaf, which carries the address to 'Messrs Carey & Hart'. Reads 'Gentln | Will you oblige me by an account Sales on the one hundred copies of the Gazetteer of New York, delivered to you in October last. | Very respectfully &c | [signed] Thos F Gordon | 2 May 1837 | Mess. Carey & Hart.'
Eliza Leslie [Miss Leslie] (1787-1858), American author of popular cookbooks, and of works on etiquette
No place. 14 October 183<4?>.
1p., 4to. On aged paper, in two pieces, lightly-attached to a piece of backing paper. The text of the note and the signature are intact on the upper part of the letter, but the name of the recipient is lacking. The note reads '- May I ask you to advance me fifty dollars on account of the souvenir - Being disappointed in receiving some money that I expected from Boston, I am just now quite at a loss. | Yours | [signed] E. Leslie -'. Leslie's story 'The Souvenir' was first published in 1830 in 'The Pearl', and republished in 1832 in 'Affection's Gift'.
Thomas Colley Grattan (1792-1864), Irish journalist and novelist, British consul in Massachusetts, 1839-1846 [Edward Duncan Ingraham (1793-1854) of Philadelphia, author]
Boston; 1 May 1842.
1p., 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf. Good, on aged paper. Replying to a letter of Ingraham's, he states that 'the only paper I have written on the subject you mention was an article ['The Irish in America'] in the North American Review, which appeared in the January number of last year, as well as I recollect.'
John Seely Hart (1810-1877), American author and educator, Professor of Languages at Princeton, Principal of Central High School, Philadelphia [G. Henry Davis, Secretary, Irving Literary Institute]
On letterhead of the Central High School, Philadelphia; 15 May 1856.
1p., 12mo. Fair, on aged paper. The letterhead features a steel engraving of the monolithic Central High School. Hart has received Davis' letter informing him that he has been 'elected an Honorary Member of the "Irving Literary Institute".' He asks Davis to 'communicate to the members of the Institute my thanks for the honor conferred, & say that I accept it with sincere pleasure.' Hart writes 'Mr. G. Harry Davis, | Secretary &c -', but the middle name is given as 'Henry' in printed texts.
Catharine Cecil, writer, daughter of Rev. Richard Cecil (1748-1810), member with William Wilberforce of the Clapham Sect and founding member of the Eclectic Society [Joseph Whetham of Philadelphia]
5 Little James Street, Bedford Row, Holborn; March 1837.
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of previous mounting on reverse of second leaf. She writes 'as a stranger' to the recipient: 'the person who now addresses you is a Daughter of the late Revd. Richd. Cecil, whose works you are probably well acquainted with'. She is about to publish a book which she is 'induced to think would have a very good sale in America' and has been recommended to apply to the recipient 'as a Person likely to be willing to enter into negociation with me on the subject'.
Matthew Clarkson (1733-1800), Mayor of Philadelphia, 1792-1796; Joseph Redman; William Smith.
No. 3056. Printed by Hall and Sellers. 1775.
Printed on both sides of a piece of 7 x 9 cm paper. Worn and aged, with damage along edges on both sides, affecting a few words of text, but not the signatures. Both sides with ornate decorative borders. On one side with printing details and decorative pattern of foliage; the other with the number filled in in manuscript, engraving of Royal Crest, and printed declaration, dated 'in the sixteenth Year of the Reign of His Majesty GEO. the Third. Dated at Philadelphia, the 8th Day of December, 1775. Signed at foot 'Jos Redman', 'Wm. Smith' and 'M Clarkson' (the second signature faded).
Adam Crooks, Minister of Education, Education Department, Ontario, Canada.
Toronto: Printed by Hunter, Rose & Company. 1876.
8vo, 23 pp. In original yellow printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper; wraps worn and with slight loss to a couple of corners. Red label on rear cover: 'Education Department. Reference Department.' Library stamp and shelf marks on front cover and title page. Signed in type at end: 'ADAM CROOKS, | Minister of Education.
Joel Barlow Sutherland (1792-1861), Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania [James Nelson Barker (1784-1858), soldier, playwright and politician]
16 April 1833; Philadelphia.
4to, 2 pp. Fourteen lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper neatly repaired with archival tape. Addressed to Barker as 'Collector &c'. Recommending the appointment of 'Colonel Freeman' as 'an Inspector of the Customs for the City of Philadelphia'. Freeman is 'a very active Democrat' and 'a very estimable man'. Should Barker appoint him, he will be 'gratifying the Democrats of the City of Philadelphia & will also oblige - | Yours truly | [signed] J B Sutherland'. In 1844 Sutherland himself received a similar letter from Edgar Allan Poe, recommending Robert Travers.
James Coleman, Genealogical & Topographical Bookseller, of High Holborn and Tottenham
22, High Street, Bloomsbury, London, W.C.: 1867, 1873 (2), 1874; 9, Tottenham Terrace, White Hart Lane, Tottenham, N.: 1881, 1882 (4), 1883 (4), 1884 (2), 1885 (2), 1886 (4), 1887. S. and J. Brawn, printers.
All items octavo, stitched and unbound. Page range between 16 and 32. Each catalogue carrying an illustration on the front cover. The condition of the collection is variable. All items on aged paper: some dogeared or with closed tears, and a handful with damp and other staining. Several catalogues annotated in a contemporary hand, and one with an entry cut out. Coleman's speciality was 'Heraldry, Genealogy, Topography', and the first three catalogues are headed 'Pedigrees!
The Presbyterian Board of Publication, Philadelphia [Joseph P. Engles, Publishing Agent; trade catalogues]
Undated [circa 1860]. Philadelphia: Joseph P. Engles, Publishing Agent, No. 821 Chestnut Street.
12mo: xxvi + 64 + [i] pp. Unbound. Stitched as issued. Last leaf blank. Text clear and complete. On aged paper, with heavy wear to outer leaves, and staining to first and last half-dozen leaves. Ownership inscription of Charles Ira Gordon Skeen of Covington, Virginia, along outer margin of title. Two vignettes: the first on the title (three boys entering an library and being handed books by an adult) and the second at the head of the Descriptive Catalogue (family at the dining table). The main body of volume (pp.1-61) consists of the Descriptive Catalogue, in small type, of 553 items.
A. E. Foote, editor (natural history bookseller of Philadelphia [geological reports]
October 1884, July 1887 and March 1888. 1223 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa.
Each catalogue 8vo, 32 pp. Stapled and unbound. The text of all three items clear and complete. On aged and spotted paper. Each issue carries an editorial introduction, with that of October 1884 (no. 85) eight pages long, and boasting that it is 'the most complete catalogue of American Official Geological Reports ever published. The previous lists of Prime and Marsh have been consulted, but very many have been added during the period covered by Prime'.
Davis & Harvey, auctioneers [Stanislaus Vincent Henkels, compiler of catalogue and auctioneer] [GEORGE WASHINGTON; WASHINGTONIANA]
[Catalogue No. 817.] To be sold on Monday, December 5th, 1898; at the book auction rooms of Davis & Harvey, 1112 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. [E. J. Bicking, Printer, Tenth and Market Sts, Philadelphia.]
Octavo, 111 pages. 1098 lots. Six plates. Stitched and unbound. Addendum slip. In remains of original green printer wraps, with both covers loose and heavily chipped. On aged paper, with chipping to a handful of leaves. Partially unopened, and with damage to the last two leaves through clumsy attempt at opening. A scarce item valuable for the Washingtoniana that it contains. A frail survival that would benefit from sympathetic binding. No copy on COPAC.
Philadelphia: Published by Harrison Hall, 130, Chesnut Street. 1832. [Philadelphia: James Kay, Jun. & Co., Printers, No. 4, Minor Street.]
8vo: [viii] + 265 + [ii] pp. Printers slug on page following 265, followed by a full-page advertisement by Harrison Hall, Philadelphia, and Collins & Co., New York, for 'Wilson's Ornithology', dated 'Philadelphia, July 1832'. In original brown paper boards, with brown cloth spine carrying white printed label. Tight, but in poor condition, with light spotting and damp-staining. Unobtrusive repair to closed tear on reverse of title-leaf. Ownership inscription of Joseph Malcomson (mill owner of Portlaw, County Waterford) to rectos of first four leaves, including title.
M[atthew]. Carey, American bookseller and publisher
121 Chesnut Street, Philadelphia, May 1816.
pp., 12mo, unbound (formerly bound into a book?), crude repair to spine, partly detached leaves, foxing, text clear and complete. Subjects; Voyages, Travels, Geography, and Topography; Miscellaneous; Divinity; Medicine, Surgery and Chemistry; Novels, Romances, etc.; Education (most substantial section); Books to be published. Note: I have yet to trace another copy but the major American libraries have microform copies, as does CUL, the only holding library listed on COPAC.
And others. Philad[elphia] manuscript 1829. Single leaf 7.75 x 6.25 inches, variously signed, recto only, in ink and pencil. Folded twice, edgeworn with tears that long ago were reinforced verso with several strange tape-products, none of which have bled through. The designated recipients of any donations include: Stephen H. Tyng [pencil], G.C. Potts, Robt. Ralston, Jackson Kemper , G. T. Bedell [pencil, with flourish],Matthew S. Bevan, James San-- [?], Matthew Carey, Ezra Stiles Ely, G. W.Ridgely, E.