Charles Somers Somers-Cocks, 3rd Earl Somers (1819-1882), English peer and politician [ Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope [ Lord Stanhope ] (1805-1875); the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
33 Princes Gate, Kensington. [ London ] No date. [ 1859 watermark. ]
1p., 12mo. With mourning border. Reads: 'Dear Lord Stanhope | I am most unfortunately compelled to go into the country this evening, or I should not have failed to have attended the meeting of the trustees of the Nat. Portrait Gallery. | Very truly yours | Somers.' It was Stanhope who had been mainly responsible for the foundation of the National Portrait Gallery in 1856.
Cecil King [Cecil Harmsworth King] (1901-1987), chairman of Daily Mirror Newspapers and International Publishing Corporation; Dame Ruth Railton (1915–2001) [Philip Dossé, editor of Books and Bookmen]
All but one of the 115 letters either from The Pavilion, Hampton Court, East Molesey, Surrey, or The Pavilion, Greenfield Park, Dublin. A few of the letters dated from between 1971 and 1979; the others from the same period.
King's letters total 135pp., 12mo; 10pp., 4to. The earlier letters (mainly from East Molesey) all addressed to 'Mr Dossé'; 37 of the later letters (all from Dublin) addressed to 'Dear Philip'. The collection also contains the holograph of King's review of Graham Cleverley's 1976 book 'The Fleet Street Disaster' (6pp, foolscap 8vo), and 11 Autograph Letters Signed and three Autograph Cards Signed to Dossé from King's wife Ruth (neé Railton), dating from between 1971 and 1979. These are written in a chatty style, the letters totalling 25pp., 12mo; 2pp., 4to.
[ Christophe Plantin; Berthold Wolpe; Evelyn Phillip Shirley (1812-1882); Ettington Manuscript Library; William Staunton of Longbridge, Warwickshire ]
Undated manuscript of work from 'Officina Plantiniana excudebat M.DC.LV. [ 1655 ]'
The text of the printed volume is neatly and skilfully copied over 61pp., 4to., and ruled in red. Interspersed with a number of pages carrying only the red ruling. Internally good and tight, in worn brown morocco binding with front hinge nearly detached, with heavily-worn spine with no label and singeing at head and foot. Gilt dentelles, both internal and external, and the following stamped within decorative border at centre of both covers: 'SERIES CHRONOLOGICA | IMPERATORUM | ROMANORUM | 1655'.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with loss from breaking of the red wax seal, part of which still adheres. Addressed, with postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Mrs. Hatton. | Kidwelly. | Carmarthenshire.' The letter begins: 'My dear Ann, | Never allow yourself to feel one moment's anxiety about your remittances. Rely firmly on what I have often told you, that they shall never fail you while I can by any means supply them. - Get well as fast as you can, and thank Mrs.
'No. 89 Great Russell Street | Bloomsbury Square - London | Octr. 3d. 1816.'
1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Previously folded into a plain packet, presumably to enclose a theatre ticket, and attached with a wafer. Reads: 'My dear Ann, let me know that you have received the enclosed safely, and send me word that you are well. Yours affectionately - | J: P: Kemble.'
1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with stub from mount adhering at one edge. Written in high spirits, and beginning: 'My dear Sir, | Othello's occupation's done! - I would not answer your obliging letter, till I had seen my Physician, who did not return to town from his affairs in the country till yesterday.' It is 'impossible' for him to 'venture', but he asks him to accept his 'best thanks, my dear Sir, for all your kindnesses to me, - believe that I shall always rejoice in your prosperity and be most happy to contribute to it'.
Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811), Scottish Tory politician [ Warren Hastings; Sir Philip Francis ]
Duncra [ Lothian ]. 24 November 1806.
3pp., 4to. In good condition, each of the two leaves in neatly-trimmed remains of a windowpane mount. Due to illness and the dissolution of parliament he is only now able to 'return the Manuscript you was so good as to send to me. I have carefully perused it immediately upon my return here. I have no alterations or observations to make upon it; the Narrative is clear and the compilation of facts judicious'.
John Philip Kemble, eminent English actor, manager of the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden [ John Foster senior (1758-1827), Liverpool architect ]
The letter dated 'April 23d. 1802. | No. 89 Great Russel [sic] Street | Bloomsbury Square [ London ].' The copy letter of the same date, without place.
2pp., 4to. The letter takes up one side of the leaf, and the copy letter the other. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Docketted by recipient. In the letter he explains that he is enclosing 'a Letter I have had from Mr. Forster, and on the opposite Page my Answer to it.' (Forster's letter is not present as Kemble asks the recipient to return it.) He concludes: 'we both beg to be remembered to Mr. Currie'. The copy letter, headed '(Answer.)', is thirty lines long.
The El Dorado Bookstore, San Francisco, California [ props Roskie & Wallace of Oakland; Philip M. Roskie (1921-93) ] [ Jack London, Thorne Smith, Erskine Caldwell, William Saroyan, John Steinbeck ]
Catalogue No. 1, 1948. The El Dorado Bookstore, 309 Kearny Street, San Francisco 8, California.
32pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. A previous owner has thought well enough of this item to have it put in a sturdy binding of black cloth, with title in gilt on spine. The binding is in very good condition, but a bookplate has been removed from the front pastedown. An interesting catalogue (especially when compared with the staid British book catalogues of the period), with each of the 108 items presented, four to a page, each with accompanying photograph of the covers of the book. The most expensive item, at $100, is a 1902 first edition of 'The Cruise of the Dazzler'.
Vice-Admiral Philip Howard Colomb (1831-1899), Royal Navy officer and inventor
18 Edith Villas | Fulham S.W. [ London ]. 12 February [ 1867? ].
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The identity of the recipient is unknown. Reads: 'My dear Sir | You will be glad I am sure to learn that the Admiralty have finally adopted my signals for the service of the Fleet. | Yrs. try | P H Colomb'. A note in pencil on the reverse of the second leaf states that Colomb 'Devised night System known as "Colomb's Flashing Signals"'. Colomb's contributions to naval warfare and signalling were considerable. His evolutionary signal-book forms the basis of the current system of tactical evolutions at sea.
Sir Philip Grey Egerton [ Sir Philip Reginald le Belward Grey Egerton, 14th Baronet ] (1885-1962), British Army officer
On his letterheada, Oulton Park, Tarporley. 21 June 1949.
Stamped and postmarked, and addressed to 'Colonel Barker | Bourchins Lodge | Tolleshunt D'Arcy | Essex'. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'I am trying to get some of the old firm together for a table at the Sudan dinner. I have got Kennedy Cook & wife, Griselda Maurice & myself. Would you & your wife join us | Yrs ever | Philip'. Egerton was with the Sudan Civil Service; and with the 3rd battalion of Shropshire Light Infantry won a 4th clasp of the Order of the Nile.
G. A. Beale [ George Alexander Beale ], proprietor of the Cadenza Press, and inventor of the 'Advanced English Orthography' [ Philip Howard (1933-2014), journalist at The Times ]
Booklet ('Items . Publication Number . E35 | Printed & Published by Gilbert Beale at his Cadenza Press | 19 Wellington Road, London W5', and consisting of 'About 100 copies'. The two letters from the same address. All three items dating from 1989.
The three items in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Booklet:  + iv + 29 + pp., 8vo. With fold-out table at front. Nicely printed in green paper wraps with white label printed in red and black. According to the colophon 'The type is 14 point Monotype Bembo 270 augmented by 7 newly designd characters engraved by Ludlow Ltd Hertford | About 100 copies impressed on Archive Text paper in September 1989'.
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain
Zaragoza [ Saragossa, Spain ]. 8 March 1977.
1p., 8vo. Signed in blue felt-tip pen. Letterhead illustration of drawing by West, picked out in blue and red felt-tip. A jokey letter beginning: 'ta very much for the dress - it didn't fit me so now Sandra wears it. We have called her Sandra Mercedes. Sandra, though perhaps not very evocative, is easily pronounced in both English and Spanish.
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain; Juan Calzadilla (b.1931), Venezuelan poet [ Arturo Schwarz (b.1924), Italian art historian; Surrealism ]
Exhibition Catalogue for show at El Centro de Arte Euroamericano, Caracas, Venezuela. 1982. Autograph card with message undated.
According to Benezit, West 'saw his representational painting as relating to that of Magritte, a sort of poetic communication beyond words, using association and analogy'. AUTOGRAPH CARD: Bifolium (15.5 x 22 cm.) on blue card. In good condition, lightly aged. The illustration on the front cover, in black ink shaded in white, is signed 'West.', and depicts a sardine can in the shape of a human hand, half-opened to show the skeleton of the hand within. The recto of the second leaf carries the letter to 'Dear John', in red ink, ten lines long.
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain, a disciple of René Magritte
From Spain and Venezuela. Between 1969 and 1982.
According to Benezit, West 'saw his representational painting as relating to that of Magritte, a sort of poetic communication beyond words, using association and analogy'. The present collection, from the artist's own archives, shows his distinctive style, with its mixture of eroticism, natural history, archaeology, everyday objects, and primal myth. The collection is in good condition, with light aging and wear. ONE: 20 original drawings in black ink, each on a separate piece of paper or card, ranging in size from 30 x 21 cm to 7.5 x 13 cm.
Philip Sassoon [ Sir Philip Sassoon (1888-1939), politician, art collector and social host ]
[ 25 Park Lane, London. ] March 1930. [ At foot of back cover: 'M. W. D. N.' ]
36pp., 4to. Stapled pamphlet. Aged and worn. Pencil annotations throughout. Four-page 'Foreword' by 'Philip Sassoon', followed by four-page 'Short Biography of Painters and Index Numbers'. The twenty-three page catalogue (with marginal pencil annotations) features 152 items, and is followed by a three-page 'Index to Exhibitors'. Loosely inserted is a duplicated typescript (1p., 12mo), giving the address, opening times, and prices. John Zoffany is well represented.
[ Philip Snowden (1864-1937), 1st Viscount Snowden; The Labour Leader, London ]
'Reprinted from The Labour Leader'. 
2pp., 4to. Single leaf of newspaper stock. In fair condition, aged and worn. In small print, three columns to the page. Headline quote: '"The ablest onslaught upon the Bill that has been made in the House." - The Times.' At head of first page: 'Reprinted fr[om THE LABO]UR LEADER.' At foot of second page: 'READ THE LABOUR LEADER FOR ALL ANTI-CONSCRIPTION NEWS. EVERY THURSDAY. ONE PENNY.' Begins: 'In the House of Commons on Wednesday, January 12, Mr.
PhIlip Ridgeway (1891-1954), theatrical producer, broadcaster, radio entertainment producer [ Theodore Komisarjevsky; Thomas Hardy; Charles Laughton ]
Without place or date. Written after the Second World War.
6pp (the first three in folio, the last three in 4to), with an additional slip of paper from a seventh page. Each page on a separate leaf, all of them stapled together. In fair condition, aged and with slight ruckling and damp spotting to first leaf. Minor autograph emendations and additions throughout. It is puzzling that more information is not available concerning Ridgeway's eventful career, for which see his obituary in The Times, 28 October 1954. The present document is unsigned and untitled, and is clearly a draft synopsis of a proposal for an autobiography.
Philip Yorke (1757-1834), 3rd Earl of Hardwicke, whig politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1801-1805
'Wimpole near Arrington' [ Cambridgeshire ]. 17 January 1810.
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with small stain at head of first page. Docketed on reverse of second leaf. The letter concerns Hardwicke's direction that Harry Court Amiel, son of 'Captain Amiel, Hounslow Barracks, Hounslow', be nominated 'for a Cavalry Cadetship in Bengal'. Amiel has been 'a Cornet in the 7th Regt of Dragoons, (or Hussars as they are called)' for a year, and 'bears a very good character from his Commanding Officer'.
Nigel Playfair; Philip Carr; Walter Rubens [ Struwwelpeter; Shock-headed Peter; Edith Craig ]
[ London, circa 1900. ] With label and stamp of Samuel French, Ltd, 26, Southampton Street, Strand, London, W.C.2.
106pp., 4to. In good condition internally, on lightly-aged paper, in worn grey-cloth binding, with large and wordy French label on front cover. Rubens's score is not present. The text is preceded by twelve pages carrying: a 'List of Scenery and Properties', 'a 'Scene Plot', 'Light Plots', 'Property Plot', 'Hand Properties', 'Prompter's Cues' and 'Costumes and Wigs'. Possibly a prompt copy, with a number of passages deleted, and a few minor emendations made, in pencil, as well as call notes typed on the versos of some leaves, opposite the relevant text.
John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), American composer, known for his marches including 'Stars and Stripes Forever'
No place. 1911.
Carefully signed along the horizon line of a 3 x 9.5 black and white photograph of the Atlantic City Steel Pier, the location of a "residency" of Sousa's. Laid down on 13.5 x 16.5 cm piece of light-pink paper removed from autograph album. In very good condition. Reads: 'John Philip Sousa | 1911'.
William Buckland (1784-1856), FRS, Dean of Westminster, and geologist [ Bulkeley Bandinel (1781-1861), Bodley's Librarian; Philip Bliss (1787-1857), Registrar of the University of Oxford ]
No place [ Oxford ]. 2 May [ no year ].
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with one short closed tear along a fold. Mounted on piece of grey paper. On opening a letter, which he is forwarding, he finds that it was 'addressed at the Bottom to Dr Bliss & on the Cover directed to Dr Bandinel'.
Christina Foyle (1911-1999), proprietor of London bookshop, Foyle's of Charing Cross Road; her husband Ronald Batty (d.1994) [ Philip Dosse (d.1980) of Hansom Books, publisher of 'Books and Bookmen' ]
The letters of Foyle and Batty on two letterheads: 'From the Director's Office | W. & G. Foyle Ltd. | Booksellers | 119-125, Charing Cross Road, | London, W.C.2.' and Beeleigh Abbey, Maldon, Essex. Between 1968 and 1980.
The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Of Foyle's 77 letters, 63 are signed 'Christina Foyle' and 14 'Christina'. Almost all 1p., 4to. Foyle's character shines through, an extraordinary mixture of steely determination, frankness and snobbish hauteur (for a good assessment, see her obituary in The Independent, 10 June 1999). Topics include: literary luncheons for Diana Mosley, Dirk Bogarde ('He is so very appealing. My friend Vivian Ellis thinks he is greater than Shakespeare.
Philip Henry Stanhope (1805-1875), 5th Earl Stanhope [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), art critic, illustrator and Director of the National Portrait Gallery; Thomas Babington Macaulay, Lord Macaulay ]
From: Windsor Castle; Chevening; Grosvenor Place [London]; the British Museum; 'The Lord Warden', Dover. 1859 and 1860.
The five letters total 10pp., 12mo. On five bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged. An interesting correspondence, from one of the trustees of the new National Portrait Gallery to its (as yet unknighted) secretary. ONE: 'Brit. Mus. | Saturday afternoon' . 1p., 12mo. Begins: 'Lord Macaulay [another trustee] tells me that he intends to visit the Portrait Gallery with some friends at 3 on Monday.' TWO: Chevening. 2 November 1859. 2pp., 12mo. After thanking him for 'the drawings for Lady Stanhope' he exclaims: 'Another terrible storm yesterday!
Emily Harriet Stanhope [née Kerrison] (1815-1873), Countess Stanhope, wife of Philip Henry Stanhope (1805-75), 5th Earl Stanhope [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Director, National Portrait Gallery ]
Two from Chevening. One dated 5 October , another dated 24 December 1861, and the other two undated.
Totalling 14pp., 12mo. On four bifoliums. In good condition, lightly-aged. The correspondence indicates the closeness between Scharf and the family of the man responsible for his appointment as Secretary to the National Portrait Gallery. Topics include: the obtaining by her son [Edward Stanhope (1840-1893)] of 'a first Class in Mathematics the first in that branch at Ch[rist]. Ch[urch, Oxford].
Philip Augustus Hanrott (1776-1856), English book collector
Great Ormond Street [London]. 29 August 1829.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Hanrott writes that he has received the recipient's letter on his 'return to Town', and that he will be pleased to subscribe 'to the work mentioned in the Prospectus you inclosed to me, & should wish to have a large Paper Copy'. He hopes that 'it may meet with that liberal encouragement, which it's [sic] importance & usefullness [sic] deserves'. He concludes in the hope that 'it is to be conducted under your auspices'.
Lady Bridget Egerton; Sir Philip de Malpas Grey Egerton, Bart., M.P.; Chetham Society, Manchester
Printed for the Chetham Society. 1871.
Beneath title on title-page: 'From the original MS. in the possession of Sir Philip de Malpas Grey Egerton, Bart., M.P.'  + 31pp., 4to. With frontispiece facsimile in black and red. On aged and worn paper, in damaged binding, with front hinge split and spine held together with tape. Bookplate label of M. A. E. Cotton on front pastedown. In dark-green cloth binding, with gilt design on front board incorporating the words of 'BRIDGETS BELIEFE' within a ruled border. Inscribed by the editor on the front free endpaper: 'Marianne | from her affectionate brother | P. M.
Sir Philip Hartog (Sometime Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dacca and Chairman of the Auxiliary Committee on Education of the Indian Statutory Commission)
[University of London Institute of Education.] Published for the Insitute of Education by Oxford University Press. London: Humphrey Milford. 1939.
109 + pp., 4to. In grey printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps. Stamps, shelfmarks and label of the Ministry of Education Reference Library, London. The 'Memoranda' cover pp.69-106, and are followed by an 'Index of Names', pp.107-109. Ten copies on COPAC.
[Thomas Phillipps; the Phillipps Manuscripts; Robinson Brothers]
[4 July 1972]
Forty-Four (44) Autograph and Typed Letters Signed (and a telegram) from (partially) distinguished people who attended the Phillipps Centenary Dinner at Stationers' Hall in 1972, usually saying more than a bald thank you. They are addressed, except in one instance - Wolfenden, mentioned below) to one or both of the Robinson Brothers (Lionel and Philip) who had made the significant and bold purchase, and presumably organised the celebration.