Richard Cumberland (1632-1718), Bishop of Peterborough, philosopher associated with the Cambridge Platonists, and friend of Samuel Pepys
Stamford [ Lincolnshire ]. 22 December 1687.
1p., 8vo. In bifolium. Aged and worn, and having received a careful professional repair. Addressed: 'For the Reverend Mr Isaac L at Mris Moor's house in Harborough'. Addressed to 'Deare Cousin'. Eighteen lines of text. He is forwarding another letter (not present), and is adding 'these few lines let you understand that I am safe returned from London and have recovered from that cold and illness that I got in my journey'. He invites him to Stamford for the Christmas period, which he hopes 'to passe more comfortably than I did my last'.
Jean Hyacinthe de Magellan [João Jacinto de Magalhães] (1722-1790), Portuguese natural philosopher, latterly based in London [ David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan; Adair Crawford (1748-1795) ]
London. 21 September 1780.
3pp., 4to. Addressed, with black wax seal, on reverse of second leaf to 'The Earl of Buchan at Kerkhill | by Edinburgh'. In fair condition, lightly aged. He is 'hardly relieved' from 'a very distressing ophthalmy withh great head-ackes [sic]', but thanks the Earl for 'sending the pamphlet of Dr. Homes on the Croup, for my friend Monsr. Le Roy, one of ye. Members of ye. Royal Acady. at Paris'. He is sending him the Philosophical Transactions, 'as regularly as they come out, by the indicated way of Mr. Donalson'. The 'Medal of ye late Captn. Cook [...] has not yet been distributed to ye.
[ Thomas Martin of Allerton ] [ The Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool ]
'Read in the Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool, 20th November, 1818.' Second edition. Liverpool: Printed by G. F. Harris's Widow and Brothers; and sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Co. London. 1821.
64pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly and worn paper, in worn contemporary half calf binding with front cover detached. The cover carries the gilt stamp of the Society of Writers to the Signet, and the front pastedown carries a shelfmark label. There is no other evidence of library provenance. Thomas is not named on the title-page, but he is the author of the dedication to Samuel Shore of Meersbrook, Derbyshire. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and only four on COPAC.
Isaiah Berlin [ James Joll, historian and Soviet spy, Anthony Blunt's Good Samaritan ]
1957; 1959; 1965; .
1. "The Silence in Russian Culture", reprinted from Foreign Affairs (October 1957), pamphlet, printed paper wraps, 24pp., cr. 8vo, edges sunned, good, NOT signed or annotated, but apparently scarce; 2. "John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life", pamphlet (Robert Waley Cohen Memorial Lecture, 1959), buff printed paper wraps, 34pp, 8vo, front cover INSCRIBED J.J. fm I.B. ]JJ = James Joll, historian, notorious for sheltering the Fourth Man, Sir Anthony Blunt, Soviet spy] "Herder and the Enlightenment", (reprinted from Earl R. Wasserman (ed.), "Aspects of the Eighteenth Century", 1965, pp.45 [inc.
Printed by Spottiswoodes and Shaw, London, 1849. 'One hundred Copies printed for Private Distribution. No. '
Pp.[viii].424, "NOT PUBLISHED" at base of spine, brown buckram in blind. top and bottom of spine sl. damaged, corners bumped, one corner (front right) bleached and worn, contents good. Inscribed on half-title "Mrs Somerville No.94" presumably the scientific writer, Mary Somerville). One MS. correction on p.264, "passed" to "past", possibly in Somerville's hand but more likely the person who wrote the inscription "Mrs Somerville". Three copies of this edition listed on COPAC.
Alexander Bain (1818-1903), Scottish philosopher, and friend and biographer of John Stuart Mill [ David Masson [ David Mather Masson ] (1822-1907), Scottish literary critic]
Aberdeen. 10 January 1874.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, with strip of mount adhering to one margin and light smudging to signature. He writes playfully, expressing his gratification at the thought that his 'handiwork' has been so well received, and that she has 'at last conquered the doctrine of "Relativity." This will set you above the "erring crowd" for the remainder of your days.' Her brother David is 'not what we should wish: of all things, I hate debility.' After some personal news he turns to the reasons why he has not written an autobiography.
Richard McKeon [ Richard Peter McKeon ] (1900-1985), American philosopher whose work for UNESCO led to Universal Declaration of Human Rights [ Mark Bonham Carter (1922-1994), Baron Bonham-Carter]
On letterhead of the Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. 21 July 1948.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, creased and lightly aged. Addressed to 'Mr. Mark R. Bonham Carter | c/o The Commonwealth Fund | 41 East 57th Street | New York 22, New York'. He writes having just returned 'from another trip to Paris', and has seen Bonham-Carter's 'note of farewell - with the conspicuous marks of the Wegener influence'. He is glad Bonham-Carter enjoyed his visit to Chicago, and looks forward to a visit to England by 'one or more of the McKeons', which will give him 'an opportunity to retaliate for some of the ragging that constitutes the American conception of hospitality'.
Thomas Case (1844-1925), President of Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford; Waynflete Professor of Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy; Fellow of Magdalen College
'Address during July c/o Mr Trim | 9 Royal Terrace | Weymouth', on cancelled letterhead of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. 25 June 1919.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Largely concerned with examinations from which the candidate appears to consider himself exempt, but which are in fact obligatory. With reference to 'Mr A. E. Jolliffe'.
Professor John Macdonald, M.A., D.Litt., Professor of Philosophy in the University of Alberta [University of London Institute of Education]
[University of London Institute of Education.] Published for the Institute of Education by Oxford University Press. London: Humphrey Milford. 1938.
25 + 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. Five copies on COPAC.
R. Latta, philosopher [Robert Latta] (1865-1932), philosopher
[Stamp] The College, Glasgow, 30 Sept. 1904.
One page, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. "Edinburgh University Free Trade Union | I am much obliged to you and your Committee for your kind invitation to the platform on the occasion of Lord Hugh Cecil's address. I greatly regret that I am unable to be present, as I have promised to address one of the Edinburgh University Societies on the evening of October 21st. | With best wishes for the success of the meeting [...]"
Bartholomew Price (1818-1891), Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, mathematician [Julian Yonge (1830-1892), brother of writer Charlotte Mary Yonge]
Bude, Cornwall. 24 July 1865.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With mourning border. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'My dear Yonge, | I dare say you remember my telling you of the proposed series of educational books to be issued from the Clarendon Press, Oxford, and asking whether your sister would be willing to undertake any English books, if the Delegates of the Press should make an offer to her.
Richard Doane (1805-1848), barrister and amanuensis and editor of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832); Marc-Antoine Jullien (1775-1848), protégé of Robespierre; Pierre Étienne Louis Dumont (1759-1829)]
Queen's Square Place, Westminster; 14 November 1825.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip from mount adhering to margin of verso of second leaf, which is addressed to 'Mr. M. A. Jullien de Paris.' Printed slip from nineteenth-centrury catalogue describing the item laid down on first leaf. Doane begins 'My dear Sir, | Through the medium of M. George (whom I have had the pleasure of seeing since I wrote you last) I send de la part de M. Bentham the following works'. A list of thirteen items follows, from 'Christomathia 2 vols' to 'European Magazine for April 1823'. 'Those which are marked thus * Mr. B. wd.
[Charles Daman, clergyman, tutor in Classics at Oxford University]
Oxford: Printed and Published by J. Vincent, 1836 ["and Published" excised]
34pp., 8vo, disbound, small closed tears on title (= first page), mainly good condition. P. half-title "Two other dialogues touching the nature of man". Ownership inscription, illegible name, "University Coll". Preface signed "B.A." Ascribed to Charles Daman ihn COPAC entry for Bristol and BL copies. Scarce: COPAC also lists the Bodleian copy. WorldCat also lists Yael and Chicago copies. COPAC lists one other title under Daman's name, "Ten letters introductory to college residence" (1848)
Mark Pattison, author, vicar, and sometime Rector of Lincoln.
[Printed] Lincoln College, Oxford, 14 April 1883.
Two pages, 12mo, bifolium (second leaf blank), very good condition. "There is a book of mine 'On Academical Organisation' but it is hardly likely to be interesting to any but university persons. | Also in 'Report on Elementary education in Germany' but I believe out of print. | Editons of portions of Pope's works with notes & Prefaces - and all editions of Milton's sonnets just now on the point of appearing. | I enclose a photo. the only one I have by me - my friends don't like it.
J. J. Williamson [John Jacob Williamson], Founder-President, the Society of Metaphysicians Ltd, Hastings, Sussex [Nuclear proliferation; Cold War; Atomic Bomb]
Pamphlet: 1955. The Society of Metaphysicians Ltd. Letter: 19 February 1955; on letterhead of the Society of Metaphysicians Ltd, Archers' Court, Stonestile Lane, Hastings, Sussex.]
4to, vii + 21 pp. Stapled pamphlet, on two different paper stocks (white and grey), front cover detached Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper, with crease to one corner of title-leaf. Title leaf printed, the rest mimeographed. Pp. v-vii consist of an appendix at the rear of the volume. Occult pseudo-science (the Society's logo is a pentacle), presaging the hippie 'retreat from reason' in the face of Cold War realities. Begins 'For ten years the Society of Metaphysicians has worked in the interests of human unity at all levels.
B. R.' [Professor Benjamin H. Rand (1827-1883); James Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864)]
Without date or place, but with ownership inscription dated 1881.
8vo, 20pp. Stitched. Disbound. In original grey printed wraps (with 'VOL. II.' deleted in blue pencil at foot of title). Fair, on aged paper, with wear and loss to grubby wraps. Ownership inscription on front wrap: 'Henry Norman, April 26. 1881. G.18.' Signed in type 'B. R.' at foot of last page. Providing a detailed synopsis of Ferrier's teachings, with a fifteen-line 'Introductory Notice' of his life. Scarce. No copy at the British Library or on COPAC, and the only copy on WorldCat at Harvard.
The Rev. W. Sewell [William Sewell (1804-1874)], M.A. Sub-Rector of Exeter College, and Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Oxford
Oxford: D. A. Talboys. 1837.
8vo: 66 pp. Stitched pamphlet. In original grey printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Tight copy on lightly-aged and foxed paper, with light staining at foot of wraps and first and last few leaves. List of 'Publications by the same Author' on the reverse. Worn inscription at head of title, to 'The Revd Vaughan Thomas | With the Authors best comptss & regards'. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at Bristol, Lambeth Palace and Oxford.
Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Scottish scientist, inventor of the Kaleidoscope [Bank of England; optics; optical; physics]
Morrisons Hotel | Monday Morning' [no date].
12mo, 2 pp. Good, on aged paper, with light offsetting from another letter. Slight loss to one margin through removal from autograph album, slightly trimming a couple of words of text. He is 'much indebted' to the recipient 'for the trouble you have so kindly taken in obtaining for me sight of the Machinery in the Bank'. He will call 'to know if you have been able to make any arrangement'. The words 'inventor of the Kaleidescope [sic]' are neatly added in manuscript beneath Brewster's signature in imitation of type.
Arthur Koestler, author of "Darkness at Noon" and other works..
8 Montpelier Square, London, SW7, 15 November 1975
One page, 8vo, good condition. He is responding to news that Drucker has found the thtree books he requested. One of the books [Louis Fisscer's] "Men and Politics" "was intended for a mutual friend of the late Louis Fischer amd myself: Mrs Agnes Walker (she was once Agnes Knickerbocker, if you remember the famous journalist who died in an aircrash in India)." He gives an address in NY for the book to be sent to her and asks for the other books to be sent to the above address with an invoice for all three with airmail postage added.
Abbé Louis Bautain [Louis Eugène Marie Bautain] (1796-1867), Professor of Philosophy at Strasbourg and of Theology at the Sorbonne, founder of the Order of the Sisters of St Louis
9 April 1864, 'rue Pigalle 2', on letterhead of the Archevêché de Paris.
12mo, 2 pp. Good, on lightly aged paper. In French. Difficult hand. Regarding 'la société musicale et littéraire de Meaux', of which he approves. 'Malheureusement plusieurs obstacles s'opposent à ma bonne volonté.' As a gesture of good will, he asks the Society to accept 'quelques ouvrages'.
21 June 1900; on letterhead of Trinity College, Dublin.
Irish churchman and philosopher (1860-1927). Four pages, 12mo. Good, though grubby and a tad spotted, and with remains of previous mount adhering to lower-half of verso of second leaf of bifoliate (not affecting text). Begins 'My dear Brougham | I have read over the article in the Gazette on SPG, and have ascertained that Mr. White had nothing, directly or indirectly, to say to it. I think that the scope of the article precluded any mention of individual workers of recent years, as it was meant to give a general view.
Alfred Fouillée [Alfred Jules Emile Fouillée] (1838-1912), French sociologist and philosopher [solidarism; solidarist; André Beaumier]
13 March 1902; 'Menton, villa Fouillée'.
12mo, 2 pp, 13 lines. Good, on lightly aged paper. He is sending his reply (not present) to an article by André Beaumier 'qui me concerne (Figaro du 11 mars)'. The question of university reform is important and 'à l'ordre du jour', consequently he asks his correspondent to make use of his reply. Fouillee was, according to J. A. Scott, 'the founder of French solidarist philosophy'. Loosely inserted in blue paper folder with catalogue entry for the previous sale of the item laid down on front.
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), English writer and journalist
26 December [no year]; Ambleside.
Irregularly-shaped (like an 'L') piece of paper, cut from the head of a letter with a mourning border. Dimensions (very roughly) 4 and 3 cm high and 7 cm wide. Good, with minor traces of two tissue mounts adhering to reverse. The following written vertically across three lines of writing: 'to all your family, & I am, dear Sir, truly yours | [signed] H. Martineau'. The remains of the three lines acoss which the above is written read: '<...> dear Sir | <...> I am | <....> ur sister <...>'.
Frederic Harrison (1831-1923), English positivist and author
2 November 1917; on card with letterhead of 10 Royal Crescent, Bath.
Dimensions of card roughly 9 x 11.5 cm. Mounted on rectangle of paper, 12 x 21.5 cm, part of leaf from autograph album. 9 lines of text. Since their meeting he has 'been kept in the house, even in my room, with a cold, and as the cough continues, I am not allowed to go out'. Wishes her 'Many happy returns' for 3 November, which he conjectures is her fortieth birthday. 'The heart of Shelley really lies in the Souls of all who love Poetry, Beauty, & the Free Life.'
Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889), English poet [P. T. Barnum; John Leech; Thomas Brettell; Henry William Pickersgill]
Undated, but docketed 'Jan. 31 1851'.
12mo: 2 pp. 28 lines. Good, on lightly aged paper, with unobtrusive small spike hole and traces of mounts adhering to four corners. Interesting animated letter between a Victorian author and his printer. Relates to Tupper's 'A hymn for All Nations; translated into thirty languages; nearly fifty versions; the music composed expressly by S. Sebastian Wesley.' (1851). Asks his printer to 'Attend to Hymn as within' (not present). 'We cannot help all this trouble'. Tupper has written to Dr Gavassi, but has had no answer: 'get Rossetti's as soon as you can.
[Henry Longueville Mansel, Dean of St Pauls; University of Oxford; J. Vincent, publisher]
Oxford: Printed and published by J. Vincent, and G. Bell, Fleet Street, London. Fourth edition, 1852.
English philosopher (1820-71). 24 pages, 12mo. Very good, neatly bound in brown cloth binding. Bound in are the original grey printed wraps, affected with foxing, and with very slight damage from glue to front wrap. The rear wrap carries an advertisement of 'BOOKS LATELY PUBLISHED | BY J. VINCENT OXFORD.', including 'NINEVEH: the Best Newdigate for Years; therefore not recited in the Theatre, Oxford, July 3, 1851. 12mo. 1s.' A brilliant satire on academic reformers and German philosphers. Copac only lists copies of the third, fourth and fifth editions.
Lawrence Hyde (b.1894, fl. 1954), English journalist and spiritual philospher [Herbert George Wood; Quaker; Society of Friends; Selly Oak College; Fircroft; Woodbrooke]
Between 1930 and 1931; all four on letterhead Rosedean Cottage, Shipley, Sussex.
All items very good, on lightly aged paper. Four closely written and interesting communications on his writings and philosophy. LETTER ONE (16 June 1930, 2 pages, 12mo): On the question of 'that misunderstanding regarding our last visit', the rest of the month is 'booked up', but 'perhaps the postponement - I hope it is no more than that! - of our coming may not be a bad thing'. Since their last meeting he has been 'passing through a phase of extensive internal adjustment, the physical aspect of which has taken the form of very bad health'.