Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ipswich, Suffolk, established 1399, now Ipswich School [ S. H. Cowell, Ipswich printer and bookseller ]
Ipswich: Printed and Sold by S. H. Cowell, Old Butter Market. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., Stationers' Hall Court. Twenty-two issues bound together with new title page. 21 February 1852 to 3 December 1853.
The 22 issues (originals, not a resetting of the text) are continuously paginated, each being 16pp. long, and totalling 352pp., 8vo. Preceded by a title-leaf for 'Vol. I.' and two-page index. Frontispiece engraving of 'Queen Elizabeth's New Grammar School and Chapel, Ipswich.' A differently-inked variant of the same illustration faces the first page of No. 6. In brown morocco half-binding, title in gilt on spine, marbled boards. Internally sound and tight, in worn binding with damage to marbling on back board, and the first leaf of the first issue somewhat grubby.
W. A. Day, printer, of 25 South John Street, Liverpool. [Victorian printing; zincography]
Liverpool: W. A. Day, 25 South John Street. Undated [1880s?].
A scarce piece of Liverpool printing ephemera. Dimensions approximately 63 x 51 cm. Both sides printed in light blue. Text and illustrations complete. In need of expert cleaning and repair: grubby and stained, with chipping to extremities and some closed tears. At the head of the one side is the masthead of 'The Employment Exchange | Edited by Charles H. Megson' ('The only recognized medium for speedy Employment. Absolutely without rival.') with illustrations of figures at work.
[ Bodleian Library, Oxford; Bodley's Librarian; Horace Hart, Printer to the University ]
Both items: Oxford: Horace Hart, Printer to the University. [ 1907. ]
16mo volume. In printed card covers with green cloth spine. The 'Staff-Kalendar' proper unpaginated (circa 200pp.). Title on cover. The supplement, 111pp., printed upside-down at the back of the volume, with its own cover bearing the title. Internally in good condition on aged paper; binding somewhat worn and aged. In small type. Gives a charming insight into the running of a historic institution. As an example, the entry for 1 July commences: 'Dusting begins. | Accession-register for June to be made up. | Fire-buckets to be refilled. | To be cleaned out: - | 1. Hot water channels in Bodley.
Edwin Sandys (d.1708), Irish engraver and Dublin printer [ The Act of Union, 1707 ]
'London Printed, and Re-Printed in Dublin by Edwin Sandys, at the Custom-House Printing-House in Crane-Lane, 1707.'
12pp, small 4to. Disbound. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. In small type and double column. An item of surprising rarity considering its historical importance: no other copy traced, either on ESTC, WorldCat, COPAC or at the National Library of Ireland. Sandys, who has been described as 'the earliest engraver of any importance in Ireland', was also notable as the printer from 1705 of the 'Dublin Gazette'. The previous year he had published 'Articles of the Treaty of Union, agreed on by the Commissioners of both Kingdoms, on the 22d of July, 1706' (ESTC N471342).
William Bowyer (1699-1777), eminent London printer [ James Basire (c.1730-1802), engraver ]
Letter dated 1 September 1758. [ Engraving published in London in 1812. ]
Both items are in fair condition, lightly aged, with the letter inserted in a windowpane mount, and the engraving laid down on the recto of the second leaf of the bifolium of which the mount forms the first leaf. The letter is 1p., 4to., and addressed on the reverse 'To Mr. Redknap'. Written in a difficult hand, it concerns a threatening letter Bowyer has received, stating that the sender (whose name is indecipherable) 'will hardly stay so long without Money', considering that 'Mr. Miller is going to Bath, & will not return probably within a Month'. Bowyer 'wd.
'R. B.' [ Richard Bentley (1854-1936), grandson of the London publisher of the same name (1794-1871) ]
Privately printed in 1896.
viii + 184pp., 8vo. With three plates and eight illustrations in text. In sturdy red-cloth binding, with bevelled edges, the Bentley monogram blindstamped on cover, and 'BENTLEY | FAMILY NOTES' in gilt on spine. The volume contains genealogical and biographical information regarding a number of Bentleys, from Admiral Sir John Bentley to Rev. Peter George Bentley, of Ffelton [sic] Grange, near Oswestry to publishers, Richard I and George. In an introductory note (by 'R. B.
François Guizot [ François Pierre Guillaume Guizot ] (1787-1874), French politician and historian [ Richard Bentley (1794-1871), London printer and publisher ]
With three postmarks, one from Paris, 13 February 1852
Covering leaf of letter, 18 x 22.5 cm, folding into 7 x 15.5 cm packet. In fair condition, aged and worn. Addressed by Guizot to 'Mr. Bentley bookseller | 8 New Burlington Street | London | England.' Seal in black wax (without impression) and three postmarks, two circular French ones, including one from Paris, and an English one in red ink. Perhaps the cover of a communication relating to his book 'Corneille and his Times', published by Bentley in 1852.
Antonio Maragnon (c.1778-1826) [ 'le Trappiste' ], French soldier-priest, commander of a division of 'l'Armée de la foi' [ Louis Antoine of France, Duke of Angoulême (1775-1844), last Dauphin ]
'Toulouse, 10 février. [ 1825? ]' [ 'Imprimerie de madame Jeunehomme-Crémières, rue des Noyers, n. 46.' ]
2pp., 4to. On laid paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Armorial engraving as heading, with crown, clouds and halo. Addressed to 'Sérénissime seigneur', and fulsome in his praise: 'C'est vous qui avez touché le coeur des potentats de l'Europe, et qui les avez rendus fovorables [sic] à notre cause; [...]'. Concludes by looking to the day when 'notre restauration sera accomplie, quand vous aurez assuré, ô prince magnanime, le triômphe de l'autel et du trone et le repos de mon pays'. Presumably written on the death of Louis XVIII.
Charles Grignion the elder (1721-1810), Huguenot engraver [ William Caxton, English printer; Horace Walpole; the Strawberry Hill Press ]
Frontispiece to Horace Walpole's 'Royal and Noble Authors', published by the Strawberry Hill Press, 1758 [ 1759 ].
Printed in black ink on one side of a piece of 18 x 11 cm piece of laid paper. Dimensions of image 15.5 x 10 cm. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The image forms the upper part of the engraving, within a decorative border, with the caption, covering eleven lines, as the lower part, within its own lapidary border. The image is, as the caption explains, from 'a curious M.S. in the Archbishop's Library at Lambeth'.
'O Felley Fro Rachde' (i.e. 'A Fellow from Rochdale') [ Frederick Holding (1817-1874), artist; Lancashire dialect; E. Wrigley and Son, Rochdale printers ]
'Rachde: Printed by Wrigley un Son; sowd be Hamilton, Adums and Co., Lundun; Abel Heywood un John Heywood, Manchester; un o th' Booksellers e' th' Kuntrey Besoide. 1864.' [ E. Wrigley and Son, Printers by Steam Power, Rochdale.' ]
viii + 108pp., 12mo. In pink paper wraps, with fancy front wrap with ornate border engraved with scenes from the book, and price given as 'NOBBUT A SHILLIN.' Aged and worn, in heavily-worn wraps, with front wrap detached. Frontispiece and 'Pratty Pikters' by Frederick Holding (for whom see the DNB entry of his brother Henry James Holding), engraved by Lancton. The volume ends with an eight-page 'Glossary of Lancashire Words and Phrases'. Uncommon: the only two copies on OCLC WorldCat and COPAC at the British Library and Rylands in Manchester.
[ Karl Friedrich Nebenius (1784-1857), Baden minister and author of the 1818 constitution ] [ F. G. Levrault, Strasburg printer ]
Paris, Chez les marchands de nouveautés. 1822. [ Strasbourg, De l'imprimerie de F. G. Levrault.]
viii + 69 + pp., 8vo. In original grey wraps, uncut. A good copy, lightly aged and foxed. Accompanied by a slip carrying an entry for this item from a printed catalogue, including: 'Not in Goldsmiths; Kress C.930 recording the German edition only.' No copy on COPAC, WorldCat or Bibliotheque Nationale.
[ Jacques-Philippe Voïart [ Voiart ] or his wife Élise Voïart (1786-1866) ] Firmin Didot, Paris printer [ Pierre-Paul Prud'hon [ Prudhon ] (1758-1823), French painter ]
A Paris, chez Firmin Didot, Rue Jacob, No 24; Chez Boulland et Ce, Libraire, Rue du Battoir, No 12. 1824.
46pp., 8vo. Stitched and in original plain grey wraps. Aged and worn, in fraying wraps. The pamphlet is anonymous, but carries the following inscription in pencil on the half-title: 'hommage | a Mademoiselle Bergeret | Artiste, de la part de l'Auteur. | Voïart'. The only copies on COPAC at the V & A, and the British Library. This copy lacks the lithographed frontispiece portrait of Prud'hon, by Voïart, present in the copy in the Bibliothèque Nationale, which is ascribed to the wife, whereas other authorities ascribe the work to the husband.
Alfred Capel Shaw [ (1847-1918), Chief Librarian of Birmingham ] [ John Bright (1811-1889), Quaker and Radical, prominent member of the Anti-Corn Law League, Corn Law, MP for Birmingham ]
Hudson & Son, Printers, Edmund Street, Birmingham. [ 1883. ]
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on pink paper. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with minor evidence of removal from stub. A poem of 13 irregular stanzas. Begins: 'When some great warrior returns | Triumphant to his native land, | The heart of all the nation burns | To welcome him.
Raphael Tuck & Sons, Moorfields, London publishers known for their postcards; Samuel K. Cowan (d.1918), Irish lyricist
Raphael Tuck & Sons [ London ]. 'RTS Artistic Series' and 'Series 430.' Undated [ late nineteenth century? ]
On a gilt-edged piece of card, 13 x 11.5 cm., with rounded edges. In good condition, lightly aged. The illustration by 'E M W' on one side is printed in silver, yellow, light blue, grey and brown, and shows a snowy country scene with two tiny figures beneath a shining sun on a stone bridge over a stream. Captioned 'The Joy of Christmas be in your heart.' Cowan's eight-line poem, on the other side, is printed in grey, in variety of gothic fonts. It begins: 'Only its best and brightest history | May Memory relate you!
61 + pp., 16mo. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged paper. The last three pages carry advertisements of works by Waugh and Benjamin Brierley. Waugh's investigations in 'a quiet tract of country on the eastern border of Lancashire, lying in a corner, formed by the junction of the rivers Mersey and Irwell', involves him in meetings with ordinary folk, whose speech in the local dialect is recorded. Uncommon: five copies on COPAC, variously dated to 1867 and 1868.
Lionel Curtis [ Lionel George Curtis ] (1872-1955), writer; John Johnson [ John de Monins Johnson ] (1882-1956), Printer to University of Oxford [ T. E. Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia; Eric Kennington ]
Curtis's letter from Hales Croft, Kidlington, Oxford. 20 November 1935. Johnson's letter on letterhead of the University Press, Oxford. 15 July 1936.
Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: TLS from Curtis to Francis. 1p., folio. Signed 'L. Curtis'. A circular letter, with signature, date and name of recipient added. Curtis begins the letter: 'I am writing to ask whether you would care to acquire a replica of a portrait of Lawrence which has now come to be known as "the ghost portrait." Its history is as follows: In 1923 Eric Kennington made a portrait in pastel of Lawrence, who was then a fellow in residence at All Souls.
[ Plymouth and the Great Reform Act, 1832 ] [ W. W. Arliss, Printer, 33, Bedford-street, Plymouth ]
Plymouth, February 3, 1831. [ W. W. Arlis, Printer, 33, Bedford-street, Plymouth. ]
Printed on one side of a piece of 45.5 x 57cm yellow paper. A fragile survival, on cheap paper, worn and folded four times, with some closed tears to folds. An arresting poster, laid out in the customary style of the period, in a variety of roman and italic fonts and point sizes. The body of the text reads: 'Parliamentary | REFORM [last word in 6.5 cm high letters] | We the undersigned hereby request the Inhabitants of the Borough of Plymouth to | meet at the ROYAL HOTEL, at 12 o'Clock precisely, | On WEDNESDAY, the 9th Feb.
[ John Hayward; Harold Williams; Jonathan Swift; Walter Lewis; the University Press, Cambridge]
Cambridge: Printed at the University Press. 1945. [ Cambridge: Printed by Walter Lewis, M.A. at the University Press. ]
45 + pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. On aged and worn War Economy paper. Two-page preface by Hayward, preceded by the following note: 'The Exhibition has been arranged under the auspices of the Syndics of the University Library and the Catalogue made by MR JOHN HAYWARD who, in collaboration with MR HAROLD WILLIAMS, F.B.A., also made the selection of the Books and Manuscripts for the Exhibition.' Uncommon (apart from the Folcroft reprint): the only copy on OCLC WorldCat at the British Library.
John Bellows [ John Thomas Bellows ] (1831-1902) of Upton Knoll, Gloucester, Quaker printer and lexicographer, author of first pocket French/English dictionary [ Count Worontzoff Dashkoff ]
Upton Knoll, Gloucester. 4 April 1894.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. A long letter, closely and neatly written, with a number of emendations suggesting that it is a draft. After a short reference to the Count's kindness to him and his friend Joseph Neave, he devotes the rest of the letter to 'the heavy trial thou has had to pass through', discussing the nature of loss with 'knowledge from my own experience, that the loss of a child is a grief into whose full depths no stranger can enter, and that words, even well-meant, when uttered at an unfit moment, pain instead of helping'.
[ William Home Lizars ] William H. Lizars (1788–1859), Scottish painter and engraver.
Edinburgh, 8 June 1827.
One page, 21 x 8cm, one dge frayed and sunned, text clear and complete. Lizars acknowledges paymentof £49.14 from "John Gibson Junr, Esqre for the Trustees of Sir Walter Scott, Bart [...] payment of [annexed?] account [not present] for Titles to Tales & Romances."
Nathaniel Wegg, Wine and Spirit Merchant, Red Lion, No. 1, East Street, Greenwich
Nathaniel Wegg, Wine and Spirit Merchant, Red Lion, No. 1, East Street, Greenwich. [Henry S. Richardson, Printer, Greenwich.] July 1841.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. The recto of the first leaf is headed by a 6.5 x 8 cm engraving of the Red Lion Inn. Beneath this is an advertisement in the form of a letter from 'NATHANIEL WEGG' to 'Sir, or Madam', addressed from 'RED LION, EAST STREET, GREENWICH. | July, 1841.' He states that he has 'repurchased the business lately carried on by Mr. GOSLING', and recommends his 'STOCK OF WINES, which was laid in by me at my commencement in business in December 1838, and which for selection and flavour may safely defy competition'.
 + 16pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. No copy of this proof on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. Three copies of the report on OCLC WorldCat, and none on COPAC or at the British Library.
[Married Women's Property Committee.] 'A. Ireland and Co., Printers, Pall Mall, Manchester.' Undated [1874 or later].
2pp., 8vo. Handbill with drophead title, and the first page headed: 'Copies of this Leaflet, price 8d. per 100 post free, and of all other papers issued by the Committee, may be had from the Secretary, Mrs. WOLSTENHOLME ELMY, Congleton, Cheshire.' In good condition, lightly-aged, disbound. No copy on COPAC or at the British Library. One copy on OCLC Worldcat.