Nicholas Carlisle (1771-1847), Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Somerset Place [ London ]. 2 January 1847.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Mrs. Smyth.' Addressed at head of letter to 'My dear friend.' He begins by thanking her for 'a huge slice of Cumberland pie', which he is certain 'will prove excellent'. The letter continues with references to 'Mr. Archer' and 'Mrs Grainger', the latter being 'at present in sorrow, for the death of her eldest sister at Sheffield'. In a contemporary hand beneath the signature: 'From Nicholas Carlisle Esq. | Sec. for many years of the Soc.
Thomas Elliott, perfumer in Regency London [ Temple of Fashion, No. 32, Rathbone Place ]
Elliott's Temple of Fashion, No. 32, Rathbone Place, London. [ Around the period between 1814 and 1823. ]
Printed in black on one side of a piece of 11 x 7 cm card. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Text in a mixture of fonts and types characteristic of the period, with royal patent coat of arms. Text reads: 'Elliott's Long-Established Repository, and Temple of Fashion, No. 32, Rathbone Place, London, For Ladies' and Gentlemen's inimitable Head Dresses and Perruques, Patent Exact Imitation of Nature, The Hair appearing as if growing on the Skin, such as will deceive the eye of every Observer; and Ornamental Hair in all its Devices, of the First Fashion.
London, Printed for J. Debrett, opposite Burlington House, Piccadilly. 1794.
Presumably First Edition. Pp. Title-45, final 3pp., list of books printed for J. Debrett, disbound, foxed, minor damage and staining, fair condition. It appears to be an investigation of the possibly seditious activities of The Society for Constitutional Information and The London Corresponding Society (and related). Note: A. "The Society for Constitutional Information was a British activist group founded in 1780 by Major John Cartwright, to promote parliamentary reform. The Society flourished until 1783, but thereafter made little headway.
George, Prince of Sparta [afterwards King George II of Greece] (1890-1947) [E. A. Tovey of Blatchington Place School, Seaford]
One: Seaford, St Malo. 5 August 1905. Two: Tatoi, Greece. 27 September 1906.
Both letters in good condition, on aged paper. ONE: 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In envelope addressed by the Prince to 'E. A. Tovey Esqr. B.A. | Moorhurst | Parkstone | Dorset'. He thanks him for his letter and photographs, a set of which he would like sent to his mother. 'Yes, of course, I will sign withe [sic] the greatest pleasure the photographs you took of me. Please send it to me together with the birthday book.' He thanks him for his 'kindness to us during our pleasend [sic] stay at Seaford', and hopes to see him the following year.
Richard Llwyd (1752-1835), Welsh poet and antiquary, known as 'The Bard of Chester' [Sir Foster Cunliffe (1755-1834) of Acton Park, near Wrexham; John Blackburne (1754-1833), of Hale Hall]
Bank Place, Chester. 27 April [1821?].
1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf to 'Sir Foster Cunliffe Bar - | Acton | Wrexham'. Chester postmark dated 27 April [1821?]. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He is enclosing 'the Blackburnian poem which arrived this morning by the Carrier -' (the poem is not present). The second paragraph reads: 'Classical Rats are voracious - they read with a vengeance - yet I hope that the breach is not beyond the powers of reparation'. From the papers of John Blackburne, through the antiquary Dr James Kendrick.
Issued by Mullard Educational Service. Mullard Limited, Mullard House, Torrington Place, London WC1. [Circa 1976.]
4pp., foolscap 8vo. With four photographic illustrations and a diagram. Bifolium on art paper. Printed in black, with cover illustration in half-tone over light-green background. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Sections titled 'A new revolution in electronics', 'The construction', 'The "bread-board" circuit', 'The production process', 'Types of IC' and 'Even smaller still!' From the Pat Hawker archive.
Moncure D. Conway [Moncure Daniel Conway] (1832-1907), American-born Minister at South Place Chapel, Finsbury, London; Unitarian, abolitionist, supporter of women's suffrage, freethinker
Letter: Inglewood, on letterhead of 'The Club, Bedford Park, Chiswick'. 3 July . Programme: South Place Chapel, Finsbury, London. July 1882.
Both items good, on lightly-aged paper. LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In envelope, with stamp and postmarks, addressed to Baron at 48 Griffin Street, Wilton, Blackburn. He writes that he has 'been trying in vain to find the Nineteenth Century containing my essay - The Pound of Flesh'. He is 'pretty sure - but not absolutely - that it was in the number for May 1880'. The 'paper' is 'much more completely given' in his book 'The Wandering Jew', and he is enclosing a copy of a programme with an advertisement for the latter and another of his books, 'Demonology'.
John Rushout (1770-1859), 2nd Baron Northwick, English peer and connoisseur
Connaught Place; 29 June 1832.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Having received the unnamed recipient's letter of the previous day, Northwick will be 'most happy to give effect to your wishes by granting free access to my Pictures to you, & your Daughter, whenever it may be convenient to you to call at Connaught Place'. If the recipient calls before noon Northwick will probably 'have the pleasure of shewing them to you', if he comes after noon, or Northwich 'shd. happen to be from home, my Servants shall receive directions to admit you to see the Paintings'.
New Place Manor, Hornchurch, Havering, Essex; Sir James Esdaile; Joseph Mayor]
1732 and 1785.
A 4to volume, consisting of 224 pp, with the 1732 rentals occupying 89 pp (including a six-page thumb index) at one end, and the 1785 rentals in another hand on 24 pp at the other. Text clear and complete. On aged paper in worn vellum binding, with 'Hornchurch Rental 1732' and 'Hornchurch Rental 1785' in the two hands on cover. The 1732 rentals give details of the quarter-day payments and allowances of 51 tenants.
August Lafontaine (1759-1831), author; James Powell of the Custom House (and Newington Place, Surrey), translator
Circa 1804 (date of watermark). London?
4to, 134 pp. In original loose grey wraps, with 'Moral Tales | Vol III' in manuscript on front. Texts clear and complete, with numerous manuscript emendations. Fair, on aged paper, with slight creasing to corners of a few leaves. Wraps worn. Comprising 34 bifoliums (watermarked 'RW | KENT'), with a single leaf (watermarked 'TW | 1804') carrying the title 'Moral Tales. | from | the Original German of Augustus Lafontaine | translated | by | J Powell | Vol III | Contents of Vol III | The noblest Man. | The Intrigue | The Power of Conscience'.
Andrew Reed (1787-1862), Congregational minister [Francis Barnett (b.1785)]
[1823?] London: Printed by H. Teape, Tower-hill: Sold by Francis Westley, Stationers' Court, and the other booksellers.
Excessively scarce, with no copy in the British Library and the only copy on COPAC at Cambridge, where it is tentatively dated to 1823. 8vo: 80 pp. Followed by five leaves (pp.373-382) from 'The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle' for 1839, in which an anonymous review of Reed's two books features on pp.378-382. Interleaved (all blank). In simple contemporary blue-grey half-binding with cloth spine and corners and marbled boards. Tight copy on aged paper in worn binding. Neat contemporary repair to blank reverse of title. The circumstances of this publication are as follows.
Sir Thomas Smith Clouston (1840-1915), physician-superintendant of the Royal Edinburgh Asylum, and editor of the 'Journal of Mental Science'
17 October 1904; on letterhead of Tipperlinn House, Morningside Place, Edinburgh [Scotland].
12mo: 1 p. On lightly spotted and creased paper. Quintessential doctor's handwriting. He is sorry he cannot be present 'to hear Dr 's paper', and that he cannot find time to write a paper himself. 'The subject is an interesting & important one, & is part of a still larger one <...?> physiologically considered'.
S. & J. Fuller, Temple of Fancy, 34, Rathbone Place, London (nineteenth-century art suppliers) [Samuel Williams Fuller; Joseph Carr Fuller]
[Circa 1817.] 'S & J. Fuller, Temple of Fancy, 34, Rathbone Place.'
Bifolium (leaf dimensions 24.5 x 18 cm), 3 pp, on paper watermarked 1817. Text and image clear and complete on grubby and lightly-creased paper. The two leaves have been gummed to one another along a thin vertical strip, and it may be that they were originally separate. An unusual and scarce piece of ephemera. At the head of the first page is a characteristic neo-classical engraving (roughly 7.5 x 11.5 cm) showing a group of five cherub-artists, holding portolio, palette and bust, appealing to a winged goddess on a cloud, with a temple in the background.
Moncure D. Conway; J. Allanson Picton; W. C. Coupland; T. W. Freckelton; Rev. Philip H. Wicksteed [South Place Ethical Society]
Undated title to collection 'Published at the Chapel, South Place, Finsbury, London, E.C.' [Waterlow and Sons, Printers, Great Winchester Street, E.C.; Waterlow and Sons Limited, Printers, London Wall, London.] [1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879.]
12mo. In original brown-cloth binding, with 'South Place Discourses' blind-stamped on spine. Internally tight, on aged and spotted paper. In worn, discoloured binding. Preceded by title and contents leaves to the collection. Waterlow and Sons are named as printers in six items: Item One at their premises in Great Winchester Street; Items Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven at London Wall. The first six items are by Conway. ONE: 'Intellectual Suicide', 16 pp. TWO: 'The First Love Again. A Discourse Delivered in the Church of the Redeemer, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov.
R. L. S. Bruce-Mitford [Rupert Leo Scott Bruce-Mitford] (1914-1994), archaeologist and art historian [T. D. Kendrick [Sir Thomas Downing Kendrick]; the British Museum]
14 October 1947; on letterhead of the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities, British Museum, London.
4to: 1 p. 22 lines. Text clear and entire on lightly aged and creased paper, with one 1.5 cm closed tear (not affecting text). Congratulating Place on her 'Assistant Principalship'. He considers she was 'very wise to take the opportunity'. He has discussed 'the house-key question with the Keeper [T. D. Kendrick]', who regards Saturday afternoons 'as a sacred time reserved for peaceful work, undisturbed by ones colleagues'. Consequently 'it would be rather difficult to accommodate you as a helper on Saturdays and after your week's work at the ministry'.
12mo, 2 pp, 18 lines. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. 'Mr. Westmacott presents his Compts and has to acknowledge Mr Twinings polite letter'. Its delivery has been delayed 'owing to its incorrect address', 'Mr W. having left Wilton <& Co.?>. (and quitted the practice of his profession) for some years'. As for 'Engravings and Photographs' of Westmacott's works, 'very few were made'. Most of these were 'ill done', although he does name one with which he was satisfied. Consequently Westmacott cannot 'assist Mr. Twining in his object'.
John Seymour Lucas (1849-1923), R.A., English artist and costume designer
17 April 1906; on letterhead of Priory Place, Blythburgh, Suffolk.
Two pages, 12mo. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. 'In the rush of finishing [his] Academy work' he finds Wright's letter 'among numerous others unanswered'. He will be returning to London in a fortnight 'and shall have great pleasure in sending you the bookplate together with an early one. Also my autograph &c.'
W. Pearce; Frederick Walpole Keppel (1797-1858) of Lexham Hall near Swaffham, Norfolk; Tallemach; Windsor Park and Castle
29 December 1837; 10 Whitehall Place [London].
Three pages, octavo. On aged, dampstained paper with a few nicks, but with text entirely legible. Addressed on verso of second leaf of bifolium to 'F. W. Keppel Esqre | Lexham Hall near | Swaffham | Norfolk', with two postmarks ('Swaffham | Morning Post' in black and maltese cross containing date in red) and red wax seal. An unusually intimate agent's letter, of significance to Windsor local history. Keppel's letters 'are always most acceptable to us "Old folks"'. Despite some 'little Relapses', Mrs Pearce's health continues 'tolerably well'.
English sculptor (1799-1872), Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy and son of Sir Richard Westmacott. Two pages, 12mo. Good, but on grubby, foxed paper, and with remains of stubs from previous mounting still adhering. A formal letter in the third person. Reads 'Mr Westmacott presents his Compliments, and thanks Mrs Morgan very much for her kind proposal for Friday - Malheureusement Mr. W. is engaged that day - & must therefore give up the pleasure that Mr & Mrs. <?>'s kindness offers him.'
Gadshill was purchased by Dickens for £1770 in 1857, and remained his home for the rest of his life. Dimensions of photograph approximately six inches by four. Sepia. In good condition, with one tiny closed tear and minor creasing to two corners. Shot from the front lawn and showing the front of house, with extension and part of conservatory to its right.