RANDOLPH

[Sir Shane Leslie, diplomat, author and Winston Churchill's cousin.] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Shane Leslie'), three to the journalist Collin Brooks and the other a letter of condolence to Brooks's widow. With TLS from Brooks to Leslie.

Author: 
Sir Shane Leslie [Sir John Randolph Leslie] (1885-1971), Irish diplomat, author and first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), Fleet Street journalist]
Publication details: 
Three from London addresses: The Shamrock Club, 28 Hertford Street; 38 Knightsbridge Court, Sloane Street; letterhead of 5 Morpeth Mansions. One from Glaslough, County Monaghan, Eire [Ireland]. 1945 (2), 1948, 1959.
£220.00

The four letters are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Each 1p., 12mo. The first three letters are written to Brooks, as editor of 'Truth'; the fourth is a letter of condolence to Brooks's wife. In the first letter (14 April 1945) he apologises for the delay in sending in a review: 'I have been two months out of the country and nothing could be forwarded.' He adds: 'I wish I saw more of Charles Webster.

[ Slade School, University College London. ] Black and white school photograph titled 'University College, London, Slade School | June, 1947'. With names of 45 of the subjects on reverse in the autograph of student Beatrix Blake.

Author: 
[ Slade School, University College London, 1947; Beatrix Blake ] [ Randolph Schwabe; Alfred Gerrard; Aelred Bartlett; Allan Gwynne-Jones; George Charlton; Peter Alfred Brooker; Richard Beer ]
Publication details: 
[ Slade School, University College London. June 1947. ] Print by Panora Ltd, London, WC1.
£200.00

Black and white photographic print on 20 x 82 cm piece of paper, with image size 14.5 x 78 cm. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear, tightly rolled. Printed caption below image, and photographers' details at bottom right. The year's intake and the tutors are placed in five rows on the grass in front of the main building.

[ Frederick Warne & Co., London publishers. ] Order form of publications ('For the trade only'), including titles by Beatrix Potter.

Author: 
Frederick Warne & Co., London publishers [ Beatrix Potter ]
Publication details: 
Messrs. Frederick Warne & Co., ('H. Wingfield') Chandos House, Bedford Court, Bedford Street, Strand, London, WC2. No date [1910s?].
£65.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. A long list, giving titles and published price. In columns headed 'ALL BOOKS are supplied on usual Trade Terms, as per our Wholesale Catalogue'. Includes two series of 'The Peter Rabbit Books', and 'PETER RABBIT'S SHOW CASE. Only supplied fitted with 49 1/2 net Books, and 1 2/6 net book. Trade Price with Contents, £2 7s. 3d.' Also 'The "Mr" Books' in four 'Styles', and works by Greenaway, Caldecott and Walter Crane.

[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club, Victorian ephemera.] Ten items printed for the club by Cheney & Sons, including three fixture lists (including 'Football Match List'), four 'Gymnastic Competition' certificates, two notices, and a dinner invitation.

Author: 
[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury; football; Lord Randolph Churchill]
Publication details: 
Cheney & Sons, Printers, Banbury. Dated items from between 1883 and 1896.
£195.00

The ten items are in very good condition, lightly-aged. Six of the items (the three fixture lists and three of the certificates) carry slugs, with the printers' details not stated on the other four items. ONE to THREE: Three 16mo (10.5 x 7 cm) booklets, each of 8pp: 'Fixtures, 1890-91', 'Fixtures, 1891-92', 'Fixtures 1892-93'. Uniform in design, and attractively printed in green, blue and lilac card covers and papers, with the Club's crest embossed on each front cover in gold. Each pamphlet carries the following inside the front cover: 'Object.

[Fayette County, Commonwealth of Virginia.] Manuscript attested copy of a grant of land from Beverley Randolph, Governor, to Richard Lee.

Author: 
[Beverley Randolph, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Richard Lee; Licking, Fayette County]
Publication details: 
[The Commonwealth of Virginia.] Original document dated 10 December 1790. Copy made in late nineteenth century.
£120.00

On one side of a piece of 40 x 32 cm paper. A printed form, completed in manuscript. Docketted on reverse: 'Richard Lee | 9240 acres | Copy Grant | Examd | fee 43 cents'. On aged high-acidity paper, with tears along crease lines repaired with archival tape. At foot, in manuscript: 'A Copy | attest | M M Foster RLO | By E. A. Macurdy D.R.' The grant is described over seventeen lines, the land referred to in the document being in the 'County of Fayette on the Main fork at Licking'.

[Fayette County, Commonwealth of Virginia.] Manuscript attested copy of a grant of land from Beverley Randolph, Governor, to Richard Lee.

Author: 
[Beverley Randolph, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Richard Lee; Licking, Fayette County]
Publication details: 
[The Commonwealth of Virginia.] Original document dated 10 December 1790. Copy made in late nineteenth century.
£120.00

On one side of a piece of 40 x 32 cm paper. A printed form, completed in manuscript. Docketted on reverse: 'Richard Lee | 9240 acres | Copy Grant | Examd | fee 43 cents'. On aged high-acidity paper, with tears along crease lines repaired with archival tape. At foot, in manuscript: 'A Copy | attest | M M Foster RLO | By E. A. Macurdy D.R.' The grant is described over seventeen lines, the land referred to in the document being in the 'County of Fayette on the Main fork at Licking'.

[Victorian handbill satirising Lord Randolph Churchill, Gladstone and other members of the House of Commons, headed 'HOUSE OF COMMONS. | PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT'.

Author: 
[Victorian satirical handbill; Lord Randolph Churchill; William Ewart Gladstone; Charle Stewart Parnell; Prorogation of Parliament, 1881]
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but accompanied by annotation in contemporary hand dating it to 1881.
£180.00

Printed in black on piece of purple paper, 27 x 14 cm. In good condition, laid down on a leaf removed from a contemporary album, with the date '1881' written beside it. The first paragraph sets the tone: 'LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL rose to ask Her Majesty's Government a question as to the state of Public Business, and the probable date of the Prorogation of Parliament.

Typed Letter Signed ('Randolph S. Churchill') from Randolph Spencer Churchill to Mrs Webb of London publishers Hutchinson & Co., regarding serialisation of Ursula Bloom's 'Hitler's Eva' in Rothermere's 'Sunday Dispatch'. With copy of letter by him.

Author: 
Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer-Churchill (1911-1968), son of Winston Churchill and Conservative MP [Ursula Bloom (1892-1984), English novelist]
Publication details: 
Both letter and copy from Oving House, Aylesbury, Bucks. Original letter also on cancelled letterhead of 12 Catherine Place, London, W1, and dated 11 November 1953. Copy dated 10 November 1953.
£75.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Item One: Original Typed Letter Signed from Churchill to Mrs. Webb, c/o Messrs. Hutchinson & Co., Hutchinson House, Stratford Place, Oxford Street, London, W1. 11 November 1953. 1p., 8vo. Lightly scored through by recipient. He apologises for stating in the 'Recorder' of 27 October that 'Mrss Ursula Bloom's current series in the Sunday Dispatch, "Hitler's Eva," has been curtailed'. He has since learnt that, 'on the contrary, the series is to be extended by another six instalments'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Boaden') from the playwright and biographer James Boaden to William Hayley, regarding an edition of Randolph's works 'honour'd by the handwriting of Pope'.

Author: 
James Boaden (1762-1839), biographer and playwright [William Hayley (1745-1820), poet and biographer, friend of William Cowper and patron of William Blake; Alexander Pope; Thomas Randolph]
Publication details: 
Warren Street, London; 30 April 1804.
£180.00

1 p, 4to. Bifolium. Sixteen lines, neatly written. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'W. Hayley Esqre.' He begins by thanking him for 'the kind memorial' (a volume of music?); the gift expresses Hayley's 'sense of common civility' and acquaints Boaden 'with a composer of great merit'. 'I tried the effect of his divine art yesterday, Sunday, and could not but wish to hear it from the organ at Chichester'. The rest of the letter concerns 'the subject of Randolph, and the copy of his works honour'd by the hand-writing of Pope'.

Autograph Signature of Alice M. Head, 'former secretary to Lord Alfred Douglas and author of "It Could Never Have Happened'. With portrait photograph (probably part of the jacket of her book.

Author: 
Alice M. Head (d. 1981), secretary to Lord Alfred Douglas, editor of 'Good Housekeeping' and 'Homes & Gardens', and Randolph Hearst's 'personal representative in Europe'
Publication details: 
Neither item dated. Photograph by 'Photo Lenare'.
£20.00

Both items fair, on lightly-aged paper, with evidence of previous mounting. The signature ('A W Head') is on a piece of 12 x 10 cm paper cut from a typed business letter, and reads 'Yours sincerely, | [signed] A W Head | A. W. Head.', with the reference 'AMH/MKP'. Neatly written in blue capitals, underlined in red, is 'FORMER SECRETARY TO LORD ALFRED DOUGLAS AND AUTHOR OF "IT COULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED"'. The photograph by 'Photo Lenare', 10 x 14 cm, apparently cut from a magazine or book jacket, is captioned 'ALICE M. HEAD - a recent photograph'.

Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Mrs Randolph' [C. Emily Blanche Randolph], Victorian novelist
Publication details: 
Undated. 76 Chester Square, London, SW.
£23.00

On one side of a piece of paper, 18 x 11.5 cm. Very good, on lightly-aged paper, with strip from stub adhering to the blank reverse. Reads 'With our united kind regards, | Believe me | Very sincerely your | C. Emily Blanche Randolph. | 76. Chester Square | S.W.' A small square of paper carrying a printed list of twelve of Mrs Randolph's works is tipped in at the foot of the page.

Autograph Letter Signed by Nachez to 'Miss Elsie [Cartwright]'; with part of Norwegian hotel register, containing Lord Randolph Churchill's signature.

Author: 
Tivadar Nachez (1859-1930), Hungarian violinist, composer, and pupil of Joachim; Lord Randolph Churchill
Publication details: 
Nachez's letter: 15 August 1889; 80 King's Road, Chelsea, on letterhead of 10 Little Stanhope Street, Mayfair. Hotel register with dates from 1886.
£95.00

Nachez's letter: 12mo, 3 pp. Good, on aged and lightly-ruckled paper. He is keeping his promise and sending the 'autograph of Lord Randolph Churchill, which I found in Norway during my last journey to the midnight sun'. He explains that 'Lord Randolph must have signed his name by his own hand into the Strangers list', because of the 'different handwriting of his private secretary Mr. Wm. Trafford'. 'The slip of paper is out of a book at the Hotel in Trondjhem.' The slip from the hotel register is roughly 8 x 27 cm, with six signatures on each side, including those of 'Dow.

Offprint of article entitled 'Thomas Randolph. A Neglected Poet. 1605-1634.'

Author: 
Mrs Reginald Brown [Thomas Randolph (1605-1635); Northampton Natural History Society and Field Club]
Publication details: 
[Journal of the Northampton Natural History Society and Field Club, 1932.]
£56.00

8vo: 11 pp (on 6 leaves) paginated 127-137. Plate carrying portrait of Randolph facing p.132. Stitched and unbound. Heavily foxed, and with a central vertical fold. PRESENTATION COPY, with the words 'With the writer's Compliments.' at head of p.127. The source of the article is deduced from the information contained on the verso of final leaf, which is headed '56th Annual Report, 1932.' No copy of this offprint listed on COPAC.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. R. Drummond | V Adml | Comr. in Chief') to Sir George Granville Randolph (1818-1907) ('Rear Admiral G. Randolph, C.B.').

Author: 
Vice Admiral the Hon. James Robert Drummond (1812-1895), Royal Navy, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Victorian; naval and maritime]
Publication details: 
H M S Lord Warden Malta | Feb 23rd. 1874'.
£85.00

12mo, 2 pp. On Drummond's embossed crested letterhead. Good: on lightly aged paper with corners a little dogeared and slight discoloration along one margin. Small glue stain from previous mounting at foot of reverse (not affecting text). Headed 'General Memo -'. Instructing Randolph 'to conduct all necessary evolutions relative to the exercise of guns, Sails, Boats - small arm | men landing, & Marines - on acting permission for the same from my Flag as he may find conducive to the instruction of the Ships of the Ships herein named of the squadron [five ships named at end of letter]'.

Fragment of Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Randolph'.

Author: 
James Hain Friswell
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£28.00

English novelist and miscellaneous writer (1825-78). Dimensions five inches by four and a half. Good. Mounted along one edge to piece of grey card. Cutting from Times, 15 March 1879, mounted on reverse of letter (giving Friswell's dates as 1827-79), and partly obscured by gum. Reads: '<...> I cannot say that the picture of life as you draw it is charming & only hope it is not true - illusions! | Your cursory remarks on us poor Men are written with a copper pen & sulphuric acid. Mr Randolph, who is of course the noble exception, must be delighted with them.

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