Jean-Baptiste de Nompère de Champagny (1756-1834), French admiral and politician, active in the American War of Independence [ Charles-François Delacroix (1741-1805), French statesman ]
Paris, '17 Brumaire an 14' [ 8 November 1805 ].
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with the top corners snipped away. Document in a secretarial hand, signed by Champagny, with 'Paris' and 'Le Ministre de l'Intérieur,' printed at the head. Addressed 'à Madame Veuve Delacroix, Monsieur & Madame Verninac' (Delacroix's daughter Henriette married the diplomat Raymond de Verninac Saint-Maur (1762-1822)). Nine-line formal letter of condolence on Delacroix's death, with reference to 'S. M. L'Empereur'. Champagny was elected a member of the Society of the Cincinnati for his exertions in the American War of Independence.
'Carl Joubert' [Adolphus Waldorf Carl Grottey] [Tsarist Russia]
Place and date of none stated, but probably Edwardian.
'The Reason Why', 'The Eastern Ukase of 1905', 'The Coming Revolution in Russia', 'The Soldier of Russia' and 'Some Aspects of Russian Life'. Manuscript corrections. The six works by 'Joubert' listed on COPAC appeared between 1904 and 1906, and it is reasonable from the context to assume that these five items date from the same period. All five items clear and complete, with all text on one side only of A4 leaves. The first four in fair condition, on aged paper, and in worn brown card bindings. The fifth item unbound and with the first and last leaves worn and grubby.
Lord Grenville [ William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville ] (1759-1834), Whig prime minister [ John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), Tory politician and writer ]
Dropmore. 27 May 1823.
3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, neatly cut out of a windowpane mount. A 'slight return' of his 'complaint' has disqualified him from all attention to business, or he would 'gladly have availed myself of the opportunity which Mr Croker's letter seemed to offer, to enter into some details upon the subject, which I should not be sorry to leave behind me - and I still hope to do so when health & strength return as I trust they will'.
Guillaume Boichot (1735-1814), French sculptor [ Christian de Launoy and Joseph PItton de Tornefort, botanists ]
'Autun Ce 22 pluviose A. 7'. [ 10 February 1799 ]
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Written in a small hand over 22 lines. He begins by stating that he is writing on behalf of 'lécole Centrale du departement de Saone et Loire séant a Autun', 'particulierement le professeur d'histoire naturelle et moi professeur de dessein en la même école'. The recipient will render them a great service if he will send 'toutes les graines qui sont denommée sur une premiere liste que jai remis'. The rest of the letter asks the recipient, with the help of 'le Ci. l'aunoy' [i.e.
'A Paris ce 19. 8bre. 1792. l'an 1er. de La République française'. [ 19 October 1792 ]
2pp., 8vo. In good condition, on a leaf of lightly-aged paper. With circular red stamp of the autograph collector P. Jul. Fontaine. Begins: 'Claude Dejoux sculpteur de L'académie demeure actuellement a paris rue de L'université, palais de Bourbon.' The document, which carries the signature of a witness, consists of an extract, presumably for the tax authorities, beginning 'Certificate de La Section Des Invalides en date du 19. 8bre. 1792 L'an 1er. de La Republique'.
Antoine Renou (1731-1806), French painter and playwright [ Monger of the Institut National; Pierre Bénézech (1749-1802), French Minister of the Interior ]
'ce 4 Thermidor. An 5e.' [ 23 July 1797 ]
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Signed 'Salut et fraternité | Renou'. A long and interesting letter, regarding student unrest in the French revolution, and involving a descision taken by the 'Classe des Sciences et Artes de l'Institut, qui acorde un jour de prolongation aux Concurrens pour les prix de Peinture', and the attempts of the Institut National to impose discipline.
Antoine-Denis Chaudet (1763-1810), French neoclassical sculptor [ Antoine-Laurent-Thomas Vaudoyer (1756-1846), architect; Julien-David Le Roy (1724-1803), architect and archaeologist ]
'ce 25 Mess[idor] - an 11'. [ 14 July 1803 ]
1p., 16mo. In good condition. He begins by thanking him for his concern over his health: 'je vais beaucoup mieux et avec des ménagements j'espere que cela n'auras pas de suite'. In the next paragraph he refers to the French architect Julien-David Le Roy, recently deceased: 'je savais le résultat de la tentative faites pour le respectable David le Roi il faut ce consoler avec les bonnes âmes de toute celle que l'on rencontre qui sont seche et aride'. A final paragraph describes his intentions towards 'souscripteurs'. In a postscript he presents his respects to 'Mme Vaudoyer'.
Louis-Philippe Mouchy (1734-1801), French sculptor [ La Commission des Monuments, Paris; French Revolution ]
25 January 1793.
1p., 8vo. In good condition. The ancient Seminary of St Peter and St Lewis in Paris (now demolished) was being used as barracks at the time Mouchy was writing, having been suppressed the year before. The page begins: 'Au Cy devant Seminaire de St. Louis rue d'Enfer dans L'Eglise sont a distraire de la vente primo tous ce qui Compose le maitre autel en marbre bleux et blanc, et le grand Tableaux [sic] representant St. Pierre guerissant un paralitique, [sic] et autres Secondo les chapelles de cote aussy [sic] de même Couleur avec leurs tableaux bordures dorés, dont l'un est un St.
Pierre Cartellier (1757-1831), French sculptor [ La Société des Amis des Arts, Paris ]
'de Paris le 2 germinal L'an 7e de la R. F.' [ 22 March 1799 ]
1p., 8vo. On bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf 'Au Citoyen Président de la Societé des amis Des arts - | Au Palais national des Sciences et art -'. The letter is headed 'Citoyen President'. He offers the Society for two hundred and fifty francs 'une figure en terre cuitte [sic] Representant L'amitié qui presse contre son sein un ormeau sec, qu'elle arrose en même tems, simbole des secours que l'on doit à un ami malheureux'.
Charles Dupaty [ Louis-Marie-Charles-Henri Mercier Dupaty ] (1771-1825), French sculptor [ Edme Gaulle; Jules-Antoine Vauthier; Auguste-Henri-Victor Grandjean de Montigny ]
[ France, 1790s. ]
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight wear along one edge. The recipient is not named. Reads: 'les Citoyens Edme Gaulle, L. M. Charles Henry Mercier Dupaty réquisitionnaires éleves de L'ecole de Peinture et Sculpture concurrents aux grand prix de cette armée sont incorporés dans la 96eme 1/2 brigade actuellement a Paris | Le Citoyen Vauthier Peintre et réquisitionnaire est dans la 9 1/2 bridgade.
Edme Gaulle (1762-1841), French sculptor [ François Devosge (1732-1811), French painter and sculptor; his son the painter Anatole Devosges (1770-1850) ]
'Paris Le 14 Germinal An 7'. [ 3 April 1799 ]
4pp., 4to. Bifolium. Long letter (95 lines) in a small and neat hand. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, 'Au Citoyen Devosge professeur de L'Ecole nationale de peinture et Sculpture | À Dijon'. An interesting letter, including news of his success since leaving Dijon for Paris ('Mon début a été heureux') and several references to 'Anatoille', a pet-name for the recipient's son, then studying at the studio of David, as well as the 'nouvelle officielle' of a French victory over the Austrians.
Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet (1750-1818), French sculptor and printmaker
'Au 3me de la R. une Et indivisible 7 Pluviose' [ i.e. 26 January 1795 ]. 'Cour du Muséum au Point Central des Arts [ Paris ]'.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, with light signs of age. Signed 'Beauvallet | Artiste Statuer Cour du Muséum au Point Central des Arts'. Addressed at head 'Aux Representants du Peuple fraincois Composant Le Comité d'instruction Publique'. An interesting appeal, reading as follows: 'Citoyens | je reclame les Secours que la Convention nationale accorde aux artistes. je n'ai Point de fortune. je Suis Pere de famille. j'ai offert mon fils agée de 16 ans a ma Patrie, il Sert en ce moment sur les Vesseaux de la Republique a Brent.
George Fainstone [ Yosel Fainstein ] (d.1956), of the American Engineering Corps with the Russian Railway Service, American Expeditionary Force Siberia [ Bolshevik Revolution ]
Between 20 March 1917 and 14 September 1918. One on letterhead of 'American Engineering Corps with the R. R. S. [ Russian Railway Service ]'. From Tomsk, Odessa, Vladivostok and other parts of Russia.
As part of American involvement in the Russian Civil War, the Russian Railway Service Corps was formed by President Wilson to operate the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Details regarding the author are sketchy. In 1929 the London Gazette reported the naturalisation of 'Fainstein, Yosel (known as George Fainstone); Russia; Upholsterer and Furniture Manufacturer; 16, Ravenscroft Avenue, Golders Green, Middlesex. 20 August, 1929.' Fainstone died in England in 1956 and his wife Helene six years later. Ten more of his RRS letters, all dating from 1918, are in the Imperial War Museum.
Prince Constantin Czartoryski [ Konstanty Adam Czartoryski ] (1777-1866), Polish patriot who served under Napoleon, raising a regiment at his own expence
Paris, 26 September 1819.
For more information on Czartoryski, see his entry in the Annual Register for 1860, p.407. 1p., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The recipient is not named, but is an Italian-speaker, as the letter is docketted 'Parigi 1819 | 26 Sett. | Princp. Cost. Czartoryski'. Fifteen lines of text, requesting, in florid tones, that a letter be forwarded to his brother, 'qui doit être dans ce moment ci à Livourne pour y faire prendre des bains'.
John Buckley & Sons, Broadhead, Saddleworth, Lancashire merchants; R. J. Farbridge & Co., Manchester merchants; John Haigh & Co., merchants, of Bradford and Huddersfield
From Saddleworth, Manchester and Liverpool, Lancashire; Cadiz, Spain; Bradford and Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Between 1808 and 1855.
23 items from the archives of the mercantile firm of John Buckley & Sons of Saddleworth. (The firm also traded as woollen manufacturers and dyers, owning mills at Linfitts and Broadhead). 22 of the items are in manuscript and one is lithographed. All in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. An interesting and informative collection, casting light on commercial practices among merchants in the north of England in the first half of the nineteenth century, with seven of the items relating to British trade with Spain during the Napoleonic Wars.
A total of 10pp., 12mo. Neatly written out in a close mid-Victorian hand. Accompanied by a slip of paper carrying a list of the eight sections into which the items in the 'Largest Box' were divided. Three of the eight are lacking. The five sections present are: '2 French Medals', '3 French Medals', '5 Medals of Various Countries', '7 French Sovereigns | Members of the Bourbon Family | French Statesmen.', and '8 Napoleon and his Family.
[ The Women's International League, London; the National Labour Press Ltd., London ] [ Russian Revolution; Reichstag Peace Resolution, 1917 ]
'Published by the Women's International League, 12 Little College St., S.W.1; Printed by the National Labour Press Ltd., 8 & 9 Johnson's Court, E.C.4. [ 1917 ]
2pp., 12mo. On single leaf. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Headings: 'Support Russia!', 'No Annexations and No Indemnities and the Right of Peoples to determine their own Government', 'Russia demands our practical sympathy, shall she have it?' and 'The Peace Negotiations could begin to-morrow'. The document begins: 'The British people have acclaimed the Russian Revolution.
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.
Victor Perrin, duc de Bellune [ Claude-Victor Perrin, duc de Belluno ] (1764-1841), French maréchal d'Empire
Berlin. 19 January 1808.
2pp., folio. In fair condition, on aged paper. He writes that two of his aides-de-camp belong to the 'famille distinguée' of Duverger, and asking for assistance in obtaining preferment for a third in the service of the King of Westphalia. The document is annotated by the recipient at the head of the first page.
Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès [ Abbé Sieyès ] (1748-1836), leading theorist of the French Revolution, and a provisional consul with Napoleon
Without place or date [ 1780s?].
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper. The entire document is in Sieyès' hand. Beneath the heading is a nine-line transcription, within quotation marks, followed by: 'Certifié conforme a la minute déposée sure le Bureau | Sieyes'. Biographical note in pencil on the reverse.
Bertrand, comte Clausel [ Count Bertrand Clausel or Clauzel ] (1772-1842), Marshal of France [ Baron Auguste Jean Marie de Schonen (1782-1849) ]
The petition dated from Paris, 18 July 1838.
1p., folio. In fair condition, on aged paper. The petition is headed 'A Monsieur le Baron de Schonen | liquidateur de l'ancienne liste civile', with 'Sallemant' (the name of the petitioner) beneath it in another hand. Clausel's note, of eleven lines of a few words each, is in the left-hand margin, and recommends to 'la bienveillance de Mr. de Schonen' the petition of a woman who describes herself as 'une malheureuse veuve'. Laid down on the reverse is a piece of card, carrying a biographical note in English in an nineteenth-century hand.
Charles Watts, Editor of 'Secular Thought' [ Toronto, Canada ]
Toronto: "Secular Thought" Office, 31 Adelaide St. East. Undated.
24pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Divided into five sections: 'Atheism and Social Order', 'Indications of a Great Struggle', 'Orthodox Misrepresentation', 'The Horrors of the French Revolution' and 'The Causes of the Excesses'. Scarce: only two copies on WorldCat and no copies on COPAC.
King Ferdinand II of Naples [ Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies ] (1810-1859), Bourbon monarch
Place not stated. With docketed date 1850.
2pp., 12mo. Fifteen lines of text. In fair condition, on aged paper. The second leaf of the bifolium is docketed, and has a small burn hole to it, but the leaf with the king's autograph on it is undamaged. Written during his exile following the revolution of 1848. Contains a reference to 'la Cujina Luisa' [María Luisa Fernanda de Borbón].
Henry Seymour [ Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876), Russian revolutionary anarchist ]
London: Printed and Published by Henry Seymour, 35 Newington Green Road, N. 1888.
8pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper. The title-page carries an engraved portrait of 'Bakounine' by ' Eng Co Boston'. Scarce: the only copy on COPAC at the London School of Economics.?>
Olga Novikoff [ Olga Alekseevna Novikoff ] (1842-1925), Russian expatriate author
4 Portman Mansions, Baker Street [ London ]. 6 January [ no year ].
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. She is 'engaged every minute this week', but hopes to see her the following week, on any day except Thursday, 'wh. is my day at home - from 4 to 6'.
[ Louis Charles Auguste le Tonnelier, Baron de Breteuil, Baron de Preuilly ] (1730-1807), last Prime MInister of France before the Revolution
Versailles. 10 September 1786.
1p., folio. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He is sending 'de nouveaux ordres du Roy pour retenir à Bicêtre le Ne. Esprit Prosper', and refers to a 'Pension de Deux cent livres qui serez payee par son pere'.
Alessandro Gavazzi (1809-1899), Italian political and church reformer during the Risorgimento, a chaplain in Garibaldi's army
88 Newman Street [ London ]. 4 February [ 1850s ].
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I returned yesterday only from a long journey. I hope to see you in he present week in the City.' In 1850 Gavazzi began a course of political and religious sermons in London; first at the Princess's Court Rooms, Great Castle Street, Oxford Street, and then from 1854 in an open chapel at King's Cross. In 1859 he returned to Italy to take up a post as chaplain for Giuseppe Garibaldi, serving in that role during the Expedition of the Thousand to Sicily in 1860.
L'Abbé Lambert, Secretary of the Archbishop of Paris [Antoine-Éléonor-Léon Leclerc de Juigné (1728-1811), Archbishop of Paris during the French Revolution]
Without place or date. [On paper with watermark of Edmeades & Pine, Maidstone, Kent. 1790s.]
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 46 lines of text in shaky English, neatly written out. Lambert begins: 'Having been a long invested with the particular confidence of Mr. De Juigné Archbishop of Paris, I take the liberty of giving a succinct account of the persecutions and misfortunes which this worthy Prelate has experienced for his Religion, his King, & his conscience; & the dreadful distress to which he is now reduced. | I can with truth attest that Mr. J. archbishop of Paris in the Winter of 1788.
"Printed for Private Circulation", Durham: Charles Thwaites, Printer and Stationer, 10, Market Place, 1902
37 leaves, paginated on rectos (from 3.), versos (blank) headed "Notes", 8vo, beige printed wraps, spotted, fold mark at middle, back sl. grubby, spine worn at top and bottom, contents good. Shelf-mark apparentlyin manuscript top of front wrap. Also addition ot date spane "?1642". No other copy recorded on COPAC or WorldCat.
[The Rochdale Canal Company; John Bill, Farley Hall; William Bilsborrow, Haslingden; Samuel Greg, Rochdale; Thomas Marriott, Stockport; John Robert Ogden, Bradford; N. & F. Phillipps, Manchester]
The nine letters to Shuttleworth, 1800-1802, from: Farley Hall, Staffordshire; Haslingden; Halifax; Bradford; Coventry; Rochdale; Great Fenton. The letter to Crossley from Manchester in 1813.
The Rochdale Canal was conceived in 1776, and despite opposition from mill owners fearing a disruption to their water supply, began construction following the passing of an act of parliament in 1794. On completion (it was officially opened in 1804), and until the railway age, it constituted the main commercial route between Yorkshire and Lancashire. The present small collection provides an interesting sidelight into the legal and financial difficulties involved in the project, with several reference reflecting badly on Shuttleworth's professional capabilities.