Catherine Mary Stirling; Caroline B. Templer [ James Hogg & Sons, London publisher; Camden Press, London printers ]
London: James Hogg & Sons. [ Camden Press, London ] [ 1861. ]
124 +  pp., 12mo. Four hand-coloured plates including frontispiece. A four-page publisher's advertisement at rear, for 'A New and Attractive Series of Juvenile Books'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. In worn brown-cloth binding with decorative design featuring titles in gilt on cover; split hinge at rear. Stirling's story continues to p.50, and is followed by Templer's collection of 27 'improving' poems, from 'The Invitation' and 'The Holly Tree's Tale - Christmas' to 'Heartsease - Thoughts of Peace' and 'The Misseltoe - A Missionary Tale'.
Two volumes, hf-lea, marbled boards and endpapers, wear to extremities of binding, small chip from top of spine, foxing, hinge strain, mainly good condition. Pp.[iv]614 AND [iv] 654. Quarterly issues for March and July 1859 AND October 1859 and January 1860. See Wellesley Index, vol. II for details of contents and sorry history (as well as Gettmann). Main British Libraries have copies (electronic or not).
Charles Knight, London publisher; Friedrich August Moritz Retzsch (1779-1857), German painter, artist and draughtsman; William Shakespeare
The 'Tempest' illustrations 'Published by C. Knight, Pall Mall East, April 1825'. Retzsch's 'Macbeth' illustrations undated [1833 or 1847.
All twenty-four illustrations have been laid down on leaves removed from an album of prints. Both series are numbered to twelve, and each is complete. The plates in the Retzsch series appear to have had their margins cropped. All images clear and complete, on lightly-aged paper, with occasional light spotting and discoloration. Laid down at the head of the first illustration in the first series, and slightly (0.5 cm) encroaching onto it, is a printed label reading 'Illustrations to Shakespeare's | TEMPEST | in 12 plates'.
Richard Bentley, London bookseller [ Thomas Love Peacock; William Macginn; Mrs Trollope; Edward Mayhew ]
London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1859. [ Winchester: Printed by Hugh Barclay, High Street. ]
 + pp. [paginated 1-96 three times]. In original brown cloth binding, with decorative design in black on front board. A fair copy, internally tight, on aged paper, in worn and faded binding. An initial 'Advertisement' reads: 'It is well known that stories by some of the most eminent writers have appeared from time to time in "Bentley's Miscellany." It is here proposed to republish the best of them in a collected form. | London, August, 1859.' Thirteen contributions in prose and verse, from, first, the named authors W. H. Maxwell (2), 'T. C.
71pp., 8vo. Stapled in orange printed wraps. Divided into three sections: 'The catalogue arranged under authors', 48pp.; 'Lists of series', 14pp.; and 'Index to titles', 9pp. An interesting range of authors and topics (at the time Anthony Powell was the firm's literary editor), from Harold Acton's 'Aquarium' and 'An Indian Ass' to Karl Mantzius's 'A History of Theatrical Art in Ancient and Modern Times'.
Sir Allen Lane [ Allen Lane Williams ] (1902-1970), founder of Penguin Books
On letterhead of 'El Fenix . Carvajal . Malaga . Spain'. 31 March 1969.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letterhead, printed in red and black, features the illustration of a phoenix in fire which featured on the covers of some Penguin Books publications of works by D. H. Lawrence. He begins by stating that Malcolm Kelly has sent him Bailey's letter 'with its very flattering reference to me'. He explains that he has 'always regarded the book business as a whole & not as two camps as it were, book-sellers & publishers'.
[ Sir Allen Lane [ Allen Lane Williams ] (1902-1970), founder of Penguin Books ] [ Ruari McLean? Jan Tschichold? ]
[ St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. 18 August 1970. ] The funeral service printed by 'Carter, Cambridge.'
Both items are printed with elegant restraint, and possibly designed by either Ruari McLean or Jan Tschichold. Both are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. The service with a horizontal central fold and the ticket with a vertical fold. The funeral service is printed in black and red on deckled-edged wove paper. The second page gives details of 'The Music' and the third 'The Order of Service', which features Michael Morpurgo, Richard Hoggart, Robert Lusty and Harry Paroissien, with Rev. Austen Williams officiating. The last page gives details of the eight musicians.
James Elmes (1782-1862), architect, civil engineer and author [ Charles Ollier (1788-1859), publisher ]
2 Childs Place, Temple [ London ]. 18 July 1827.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by explaining that he has been 'too much engaged' since last writing to Ollier 'to come so far westward', or he would not intrude on his time. He asks him to return 'the letter of Mr Cooke, that I enclosed to you, under cover and a line just to say, whether there were two parcels, as he mentions, or only the one, that I took, as he desires great care and a return of them'.
Renn Dickson Hampden (1793-1868), Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford and Bishop of Hereford, subject of the Hampden Controversy of 1836 [ Richard Bentley (1794-1871), London publisher ]
Ewelme Rectory. 21 July 1846.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. Addressed to 'R. Bentley Esq'. Having explained that the delay in replying is due to his absence from Oxford during the vacation, he turns to Bentley's proposal. 'I am much flattered by your applying to me, under the high recommendation which you state, for the work in question. And I cannot but admire your spirit in desiring that a work of that kind should go forth to the world under your auspices.
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist, literary editor of the 'Daily News' [ Herbert Jonathan Cape (1879-1960), London publisher ]
Both letters dated 21 November 1924.
The two items in fair condition, on aged and spotted paper with slight damage to one corner and minor water staining. ONE: Copy of Typed Letter to 'Jonathan Cape Esq., | 11, Gower Street, | LONDON, W.C.1.' 1p., folio. He begins: 'Dear Cape, | When you told me at the Devonshire Club that you were going to criticise the "Daily News" Literary page, I was charmed, as I always welcome attacks within reason.
Charles L. Graves, author of 'The Life of Sir George Grove' [ Alexander Macmillan (1818-1896), publisher; his son George Augustin Macmillan (1855-1936); Richard Bentley (1854-1936), publisher ]
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin's Street. 1910.
 + 418pp., 8vo. With frontispiece and four other plates. Good copy, lightly-aged in bright red cloth gilt and dustwrapper with slight chipping at head. Inscribed on front free endpaper: 'Richard Bentley | from his friend | George A. Macmillan | October 1910'. The recipient is the grandson of the noted London publisher of the same name.
Two pages, 12mo, fold marks, good condition. "I waited [to give] my reply to your note that I might get some information to guide me in my decision. I regret that my impression as to the danger of bringing out a work which has already appeared in Magazine [...] & consequently all I should feel inclined to do would be to risk the producing the work, & to give you 50£ upon its reaching a sale of 250 copies, or if you consider it more advantageous to receive 25£ upon a sale of 200, & a further sum of 25£ upon the sale of £250 & 25£ upon every further sale of 50 copies.
The Late Right Hon. Henry Cecil Raikes, Formerly Member for Cambridge University [ Henry St. John Raikes; Richard Bentley and Son, London publishers; Billing and Sons, Printers, Guildford ]
London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1895. [ Billing and Sons, Printers, Guildford. ]
viii + 132pp., 8vo. Unopened. In good condition, lightly aged, in lightly-worn cloth quarter-binding with cream spine and grey boards, gilt. Three-page preface by the editor, beginning with the self-contradictory assertion that 'it has been decided to publish [sic] the following collection of pieces for private circulation'. A parody of Scott's 'Bonny Dundee', pp.7-9, is said to have been first published (in Punch in 1862) at 'The time of the Anarchist scare', and is accompanied by a long note regarding 'the epidemic of garotting from which London suffered in 1862'. No other copy recorded!
Sir John Murray V (1884-1967), London publisher [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929) and G. K. Menzies, successively Secretaries, Royal Society of Arts ]
All seven on the letterhead of John Murray, 50A Albemarle Street, London W.1. All seven dating from 1913.
The seven items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, and total 9pp., 8vo. Three carry the Society's stamp. The correspondence concerns the production of Wood's 'History of the Royal Society of Arts' (1913). Topics include price, binding, design, layout, reviews. An eighth item is also included: a letter in the third person from 'Mr. Murray', dated 20 January 1914. This does not appear to be in the hand of either John Murray IV or John Murray V
John Debrett (d. 1822), London publisher, responsible for the celebrated 'Debrett's Peerage'
J. Debrett [ John Debrett, 178 Piccadilly, London ]. Undated [ 1794 ].
8pp., 8vo. Unstitched (stabbed). Unopened, so that the four leaves unfold into a single strip with four pages on each side. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. First page headed 'BOOKS Printed for J. DEBRETT.' Numerous works are described in no particular order, in small print, beginning with 'PARLIAMENTARY REGISTER, 1794. | This day is published, | NUMBER XII. of the DEBATES of the PRESENT SESSION, [...]'. For more information on Debrett, see his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. BBTI states that he was active before 1781, and went bankrupt in 1804.
Mary Russell Mitford, Author of "Our Village," "Belford Regis," etc. [ Jane Porter; James Maclehose, Glasgow bookseller; Edmonds & Remnants, binders; Richard Clay, London printer ]
New Edition. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. 1859. [ R. Clay, printer, Bread Street Hill, London. ]
xii + 516pp., 16mo. Frontispiece portrait of author. In red cloth binding with embossed patterning and gilt spine. Internally in good condition, in heavily-worn binding with split hinges. Ownership inscription on front free endpaper of 'The Misses Porter', presumably Mitford's friend Jane Porter and her sisters (an example of Jane Porter's handwriting being loosely inserted in the volume). Ticket on front pastedown of 'JAMES MACLEHOSE | Bookseller & Stationer | 61 St. Vincent St. | GLASGOW'. Ticket on rear pastedown of 'EDMONDS & REMNANTS, BINDERS.'
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), Liberal politician and social reformer [ Emily Faithfull (1835-1895), London publisher and campaigner for women's rights ]
No place. 28 April 1871.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, and slightly creased at foot. He apologises for being unable to attend a meeting, 'which I had given up, hearing that Sir C. Trevelyan had, already, promised to undertake the duty'. As president, he must attend 'an important Lecture' at the Victoria Institute, 'the Committee having fixed the day, supposing me to be free'.
'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.
Laurence Sterne (1713-1769), Irish author of 'Tristram Shandy' [ C. and G. Kearsley [ Catharine and George Kearsley ]; John Barlow; John Nixon (1760-1818); Cornelius Bloemart; Pietro da Cortona ]
The seven Sterne illustrations from the twelfth edition of 'The Beauties of Sterne' (London: C. and G. Kearsley, Fleet-street, 1793). The Bloemart engraving published in Rome by Giovanni Giacomo De Rossi , circa 1677.
All items laid down on two leaves removed from an album. All in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The Bloemart print has been cut down to 21 x 31 cm., and is lightly creased. Taken from the 'Heroicae Virtutis Imagines', after the frescoes by Pietro da Cortona in the Sala di Venere of the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, it depicts Antiochus leaning over a pedestal at left, looking toward the priestess of Diana kneeling at centre.
Walter Scott, London publisher; Nathan Haskell Dole (1852-1935), American editor and translator; Count Leo Tolsoy [ 'Count Lyof N. Tolstoi' ], Russian novelist
London: Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row. Regarding the Tolstoy edition: 'Vol. I ready October 25th.' [ 1888 ].
The handbill is 4pp., 8vo. on a bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. The upper half of the first page carries the advertisement for 'Count Tolstoi's Works', headed 'Vol. I ready October 25th.' With coloured illustration of the book's design, captioned 'Reduced fac-simile of binding'. Regarding what is the earliest edition of Tolstoy's collected works in English (predating those of Wiener and Garnett by more than ten years), the publisher writes: 'Mr.
Philip Dosse, Hansom Books, publisher of "Dance and Dancing", "Books and Bookmen", etc. [C.Northcote Parkinson (1909–1993) was a naval historian and author of some 60 books,inc. Parkinson's Law.]
[Headed notepaper] hansom books, etc., 24 July [no year]
One page, 8vo, good condition. Dosse has written, "Dear Professor Northcote, | I have arranged for a free 1/4p.ad[vertisement] for your new book about to be reviewed in b @ b ["Books and Bookmen"] to appear in the following issue with my compliments." C. Northcote Parkinson has added in red ink, "HANSOM IS AS HANSOM DOES! | Very many thanks! | C. Northcote Parkinson [signature] | C.NORTHCOTE PARKINSON.
[ Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1797-1879); Muhammad[a] Ali Pasha al-Mas'ud ibn Agha (1769-1849), Khedive of Egypt and the Sudan ]
London: John Murray, Albermarle [ sic, for 'Albemarle' ] Street. 1840. [ London: Printed by Stewart and Murray, Old Bailey. ]
63 + pp., 8vo. Erratum slip after title-leaf. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged and lightly worn paper. Withdrawal stamp of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society at foot of title-page, with shelf-marks at top-right of same page. Cropped inscription at head of page: 'With Sir Gardner Wiklkinson's | Compliments, to Gordon Gyle Esqr.' Beneath the title, in another hand: 'by Sir Gardiner [sic] Wilkinson Knt'. Scarce.
Rosa Mulholland [ Rosa Gilbert, Lady Gilbert ] (1841-1921), Irish novelist, poet and playwright [ Grant Richards (1872-1948), London publisher ]
On letterhead of 6 Hyde Park Gate, S.W. [ London ]. 28 February 1903.
2pp., 12mo. With mourning border. In good condtion, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount in one margin. A while before Richards informed her that her story 'Onora' was out of print, and she asks him to inform her whether he means to reissue it in any form. 'In case you do not may I not conclude that I am at liberty to re-produce it through some other medium?'
J. T. Wood [ Joseph Thomas Wood ] (c.1811-1876), London publisher and stationer [ William Shakespeare; Shakespeariana ]
'Published by J. T. WOOD, Curriers Hall, London Wall.' Undated [ from the 1840s ].
Printed in gold on one side of a piece of 11.5 x 15 cm card, ough on reverse and shiny ('enamelled') on front. In fair condition, with light signs of age, and minor traces of mount on reverse. The caption reads: 'SHAKESPEARES SEVEN AGES. | All the worlds a stage and all the men & women merely players they have their exits & their entrances & one man in his time plays many parts his act being 7 ages'. Depicts a series of steps over a plinth with 'TEMPUS FUGIT' carved on it.
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.
James Lamborn Cock of London music publishers Leader & Cock [ James Hain Friswell (1825-1878), author; Thomas Moore, Irish poet; Lewis Carroll [ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ]; Alice in Wonderland ]
On letterhead of 63 New Bond Street ('Corner of Brooke Street'), London W. 16 February 1865.
An interesting letter concerning a song mentioned in Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking-Glass'. 6pp., 12mo. On two bifolium letterheads. In fair condition, on aged paper. He begins by statig that he has 'taken much interest in theh discussion in the Athenaeum respecting a song of Moore's "My heart & Lute" and possessing some information relative to it' is sends it to Friswell. He proceeds to give an account of publication, with references including the music publisher Power, Sir H. R. Bishop, John Kemble, Sherwood & James, 'The London Stage' and 'The National Airs'.
J. L. Joynes [ James Leigh Jonyes (d.1893); William Reeves, London publisher ]
'Fiftieth Thousand.' Published by William Reeves, 185, Fleet St., London.
14 + 2pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Beginning on p.14 is a list of Reeve's 'Literature on Social Questions', for 'All who are interested in Socialism'. The only copy of this 'Fiftieth Thousand' on COPAC at the British Library.
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!
Sir Humphrey Sumner Milford (1877-1952), publisher to the University of Oxford [ George Ravensworth Hughes (1888-1983), son of Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917), Cambridge geologist ]
On letterhead of Oxford University Press, Amen Corner, London. 12 March 1917.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition, lightly aged. Had he known that Hughes's wedding was 'coming off so soon' he would have been 'in time with a little gift'. As it is, he asks him to choose for himself, 'with the aid of your wife': 'Are you and she sick of the Oxford Books of Verse? Is Shakspeare's England too weighty (avoirdupois) for war-time establishments?