RICHARD

[Richard Church, poet and author.] Typed Poem, signed 'Richard Church', titled 'For Andrew Young. 1885-1971.'

Author: 
Richard Church [Richard Thomas Church] (1893-1972), poet and author [Andrew Young (1885-1971), Scottish poet; Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [1971.]
£56.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged. Folded three times. Sixteen-line poem, neatly typed (with one error overtyped an autograph proof mark separating two words) titled 'For Andrew Young. 1885-1971.' Signed at bottom 'Richard Church.' A charming poem, which was published in the Cornhill Magazine in 1971.

['Johnson's Alamode Beef House': celebrated London eaterie associated with Charles Dickens.] Autograph Letter Signed from proprietor R. J. P. Jaquet, asking Sir Herbert Taylor to help with application to Bow Street magistrates Birnie and Minshull.

Author: 
'Johnson's Alamode Beef House', Drury Lane, London, Robert John Philip Jaquet, (1799-1867), proprietor [Sir Herbert Taylor (1775-1839); Sir Richard Birnie (c.1760-1832); Charles Dickens; Bow Street]
Publication details: 
21 Clare Court [Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London]; 2 March 1829.
£450.00

An interesting document relative to London social history, and a nice piece of Dickensiana. George Johnson is said to have established his celebrated restaurant Johnson's Alamode Beef House at 21 Clare Court, Drury Lane, in the 1780s, although the present letter states that it was licensed around 1805 . In 1824 a twelve-year-old Charles Dickens – employed in a nearby blacking warehouse as a result of his father's imprisionment for debt – himself experienced an incident which he later made use of in 'David Copperfield'.

[Robert Bridges, Poet Laureate.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Bridges') to the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson, discussing the origins of the name of his home 'Chilswell', in the 'Childsworth Farm' of Matthew Arnold's poem 'Thyrsis'.

Author: 
Robert Bridges [Robert Seymour Bridges] (1844-1930), Poet Laureate [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
Chilswell, Oxford; 29 March 1928.
£100.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and a little grubby. Folded once. Twenty-seven lines of text. Written in a far more ragged style than Bridges's usual calligraphic hand, perhaps suggesting undermined health. Wilson is 'at liberty to quote the verses of mine that you ask for – I take it as a complement [sic]' He thanks him for 'the kind gift of your book, wh I have not had time to read'. Noting that Wilson is 'interested in sacred wells', he states that 'our “Chilswell” is probably not a well.

[Richard Quain, Irish anatomist and surgeon, President of the Royal College of Surgeons.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Quain'), regarding his actions in the case of a sick child.

Author: 
Richard Quain (1800-1887), Irish anatomist and surgeon, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Professor of Anatomy at the University of London
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 12 Cavendish Street, W. [London]; 3 July [no year].
£180.00

1p, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of blank second leaf. Folded once. The recipient is not named. Reads: 'Dear Sir | It would have given me pleasure to have forwarded actively your wishes if I had power to do so – All I have been able to do is to give advice to the Childs father as to the course to pursue – and that I have done.'

R. V. Williams and the Mourne Press.] Signed ('Richard Rowley.') and inscribed ('R. V. Williams') copy of 'The Big Grey Man | A Legend of Mourne', with 'Illustrations after woodcuts by Lady Mabel Annesley'.

Author: 
'Richard Rowley' [pseudonym of the Ulster poet Richard Valentine Williams (1877-1947), proprietor of the Mourne Press]; Lady Mabel Annesley (1881-1959), illustrator and artist
Publication details: 
[Newcastle, Co. Down.] 'Published by the Mourne Press for the author.' [Slug on last page: 'BANBRIDGE CHRONICLE PRESS'.]
£320.00

[12]pp, landscape folio. Sewn with red thread. The words 'The Big Grey Man' on cover and title-page in red ink, rest of pamphlet in black ink. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A 48-line poem, in eight six-line stanzas, spread over three rectos, signed at end 'Richard Rowley.' Inscribed on title-page: 'Mrs. Brown. | With best wishes for Christmas | from | Mr. & Mrs. R. V. Williams. | 1942.' Six bucolic illustrations reproduced from woodcuts by Annesley, including one on cover. Colophon on recto of last leaf, with printers' slug on otherwise-blank reverse.

[John Gideon Millingen, army surgeon and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J G Millingen') to William Jerdan, editor of the Literary Gazette, asking him to publish W. R. Hamilton's obituary of his brother.

Author: 
John Gideon Millingen (1782-1862), army surgeon and author, brother of James Millingen, uncle of Julius Michael Millingen [William Jerdan, editor, Literary Gazette; William Richard Hamilton]
Publication details: 
Garrick Club [London]; 21 October 1845.
£200.00

For Millingen, his brother the archaeologist James Millingen (1774-1845), James's son Julius Michael Millingen (1800-1878), the antiquary and diplomat William Richard Hamilton (1777-1859), and the recipient the editor of the Literary Gazette William Jerdan (1782-1869), see the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount attached to the reverse of the second leaf, which is endorsed by Jerdan ('1847 | Dr Millingen | death of his brother in No 1501 –'), and has attached to it a printed slip with a biographical note.

[Sir Henry Hallett Dale (1875-1968), Nobel Prize winning pharmacologist and physiologist.] Typed Letter Signed ('H. H. Dale') to historian of medicine Richard A. Hunter, with signed photograph as chairman of Wellcome Trustees.

Author: 
Sir Henry Hallett Dale (1875-1968), pharmacologist and physiologist, joint winner of 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [Richard Alfred Hunter (1923-1981), physician and historian of medicine]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of the Wellcome Trust, 24 Harley Street, London, W1. 10 July 1956.
£450.00

For his study of acetylcholine as agent in the chemical transmission of nerve impulses (neurotransmission) Dale shared the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Otto Loewi. For more information on letter's recipient Richard A. Hunter see Munk's Roll. Both items in good condition, lightly aged, the letter having a few unobtrusive pinholes to the top inner corner. ONE: TLS to Hunter, signed 'H. H. Dale'. 1p, 12mo. The letterhead, in addition to naming the five trustees, states that the 'Scientific Secretary of the Wellcome Trust is 'Dr. F. H. K.

[Robert Hamilton of Ipswich, Irish army physician and medical author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Hamilton') to Sir Charles Brian Blagden, Secretary, Royal Society, praising that body in regard to a 'trifling performance' presented to its library.

Author: 
Robert Hamilton (1749-1830) of Ipswich, Irish army physician and medical author [Sir Charles Brian Blagden (1748-1820), medical officer in the Army and Secretary of the Royal Society, London]
Publication details: 
Ipswich; 10 February 1788.
£250.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is addressed, with broken seal in red wax, to 'Dr. Blagden | Secry. to the | Royal Society | London'. After thanking Blagden for the trouble he has taken 'in transmitting the thanks of the R: Socy. To me for the trifling performance I sent to the Library', Hamilton continues: 'I consider myself as honoured by its reception.

[Sir William Richard Gowers, distinguished neurologist.] Long Autograph Letter Signed ('W. R Gowers') to 'Dr Spencer', giving his medical opinion of the case of 'Mrs Green Armytages child', with treatment and prognosis.

Author: 
Sir William Richard Gowers (1845-1915), distinguished British neurologist who practised at the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptics, London [Spencer; Green Armytage]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 50 Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, W. [London]. 9 December 1881.
£1,000.00

Gowers has been described by Macdonald Critchley as 'probably the greatest clinical neurologist of all time'. The mother of the child referred to in the letter may be Amy Julia, wife of the Clifton solicitor Alfred Green-Armytage, another of whose children was the gynaecologist Vivian Green-Armytage (1882-1961). 8pp, 12mo. On two bifoliums, attached together. In fair condition, lightly aged, with a rectangular piece cut from the bottom of the last leaf. Folded twice, and thin strip of paper from mount adhering. One hundred and thirteen lines of text.

[Thomas Arnold, physician and writer on mental illness.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos. Arnold.') to physician and botanist Richard Pulteney, requesting on behalf of William Withering the loan of a book and assistance with his researches..

Author: 
Thomas Arnold (1742-1816), Leicester physician and writer on mental illness [Richard Pulteney (1730-1801), physician and botanist, biographer of Linnaeus; William Withering (1741-1799), botanist]
Publication details: 
Leicester; 21 September 1789.
£400.00

3pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf, with seal in red wax, to 'Dr. Pulteney, Physician, | at Blandford, | Dorsetshire.' Arnold begins by stating that he is 'desired by Dr: Withering' to inform Pulteney 'that he has part of the third Volume of his Botanical Arrangement ready for your acceptance, & will put it into my hand to convey to you, in a few days'. Withering 'reserves for further investigation' the 'Class Cryptogamia' and 'means to introduce a synoptic view of all Hedwig's discoveries'.

[Andreas Andersen Feldborg, Danish author.] Three Autograph Letters Signed, in English, to Rev. Edward Duke, regarding his English and continental travels,friends (Sir Richard Colt Hoare and Walter Scott), works. With two printed subscription lists.

Author: 
Andreas Andersen Feldborg (1782-1838), Danish author in England, friend of Robert Southey, teacher of English at University of Göttingen [Edward Duke (1779-1852), antiquary]
Publication details: 
The three letters from Germany. 'Frankfort on the Main'; 18 January 1826. Göttingen; 30 December 1826 and 12 March 1827.
£2,500.00

Feldborg is mentioned several times in Southey's correspondence, and at one point contemplated translating Southey's life of Nelson into Danish. See Duke's entry in the Oxford DNB. The three letters are in fair condition, a little brittle and lightly aged and worn, with a closed tears along fold lines. The third letter has loss to second leaf from breaking of seal. Excellent energetic letters, giving a good indication of Feldborg's character and the circle he moved in while resident in England.

[Henry Cockton, Victorian novelist, author of 'The Life and Adventures of Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist'.] Autograph Note Signed ('Henry Cockton') to his publisher Richard Bentley, arranging a meeting.

Author: 
Henry Cockton (1807-1853), Victorian novelist, author of 'The Life and Adventures of Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist' [Richard Bentley (1794-1871), London publisher]
Publication details: 
Bury St Edmunds; 8 December 1841.
£80.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to 'R Bentley Esqre.' Reads: 'My Dear Sir | I this day received the note which you directed to be sent to me and will do myself the pleasure of calling upon you on Friday Morning at eleven'. Having previously appeared as a serial, Cockton's first novel 'Valentine Vox' was published in book form by Robert Tyas in 1840. Bentley commissioned Cockton's second novel 'Stanley Thorn' for 'Bentley's Miscellany', and published it in book form in 1841.

[Sir Edwin Chadwick, Utilitarian social reformer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E Chadwick') to the palaeontologist Sir Richard Owen,

Author: 
Sir Edwin Chadwick (1800-1890), Utilitarian social reformer, pioneer in the fields of urban sanitation and public health [Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Park Cottage, East Sheen, Mortlake. 14 November 1888.
£150.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the reverse of the leaf. Folded once. Written in a shaky hand, and reading: 'Dear Sir Richard | My cold is not better & Dr Marshall says I must keep in. | Will you give the enclosed, [?] of a policy against this [?] your best considerations as to its sufficiency.' From the distinguished autograph collection of the psychiatrist Richard Alfred Hunter (1923-1981), whose collection of 7000 works relating to psychiatry is now in Cambridge University Library.

[George III and Richard Ryder, Home Secretary.] 'Blind signature' and seal of George III, to vellum commission appointing Sir Thomas Brisbane a 'Colonel in Our Army', with signatures of Home Secretary Richard Ryder, Thomas Butts and Robert Lukin.

Author: 
George III, King of Great Britain; Richard Ryder, Home Secretary; Robert Lukin; Thomas Butts (patron of William Blake); Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane
Publication details: 
Given at Our Court at Saint James's the Twenty fifth Day of July 1810 In the Fiftieth Year of our Reign.
£800.00

The document relates to Major General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane (1773-1860), Governor of New South Wales 1821-1825, after whom the city of Brisbane is named. On one side of 40 x 29 cm piece of vellum, with thin strip cut away from top right-hand corner. In good condition, with light discoloration of ageing in the vellum. Folded three times. The king's 'blind signature' ('George R') is in the customary place at top left, with the royal seal in red wax under paper below it, and a tax stamp embossed on blue paper beneath that, with corresponding printed label on reverse.

[Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, son George III, father of Queen Victoria.] Two Secretarial Letters, both with Autograph Signature 'Edward', to Sir Thomas Strange, Chief Justice of Madras, recommending Richard Dodson Jebb and Sir Theophilus Pritzler.

Author: 
Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767-1820), son of George III, father of Queen Victoria [Sir Thomas Strange (1756-1841); Richard Jebb; Sir Theophilus Pritzler; Sir Frederick Wetherall]
Publication details: 
Both from Kensington Palace. 3 February 1812 and 31 January 1815.
£500.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged, attached together at one corner with thread. The two written by different secretaries. Both addressed to 'Dear Sir Thomas'. The second letter addressed to Strange at Madras. ONE: Kensington Palace; 3 February 1812. 4to, 4pp. Although many years have passed since their last meeting, he trusts that Strange 'will not forget that friend of our lives, when we became known to each other at Halifax, and when I flatter myself I had the good fortune of being numbered amongst your friends'.

[Edmund Burke, Anglo-Irish statesman, orator and author] Autograph Signature and seal on part of document relating to William Burke of Madras, with those of his son Richard Burke; Lord Ravensworth (with seal); Richard Champion and two others.

Author: 
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Anglo-Irish statesman, orator and author; his son Richard Burke (1758-1794); Henry Liddell, Lord Ravensworth (1708-1784); Richard Champion (1743-1791)
Publication details: 
[Circa August 1782.]
£300.00

On 11.5 x 20 cm piece of paper, cut from a document. The signatures of Ravensworth and Burke are written in firm clear hands one above the other to the right of the page, with their respective seals in red wax to the right of them. In good condition, lightly aged, and laid down on 11.5 x 20 cm piece of cream paper removed from an album. Slight loss at head of Burke's seal caused when paper was folded. The signature and seal of 'Ravensworth' is at top right, and at top left: 'Signed Sealed & Delivered by the said Right Honble.

[George III.] Warrant, on vellum, bearing a very late Signature ('George R') while blind, with those of Home Secretary Richard Ryder, Robert Lukin of the War Office and Blake's patron Thomas Butts, regarding appointment of William Heydinger.

Author: 
George III (1738-1820); Richard Ryder (1766-1832), Home Secretary; Robert Lukin (1772-1835), First Clerk at the War Office [William Heydinger, Deputy Assistant Commissary General to the Forces]
Publication details: 
'Given at Our Court at St. James's the twenty third day of May 1810 In the fiftieth year of Our Reign'.
£950.00

On one side of a 30 x 40 cm piece of vellum, roughly landscape folio size. As is usual with vellum, aged, worn and mottled. Folded four times. Piteous scrawled signature of the king ('George R') at top left, with royal seal under paper beneath this. Tax stamp under blue paper in left-hand margin. At foot of text, towards centre, is the signature of William Blake's most important patron, Thomas Butts, Assistant Commissary of Musters: 'Entered with the Comry General of Musters | Thos Butts'. At foot of text, at left: 'Entered with the Secretary at War | [signed] Robt Lukin'.

[Lord Grenville, Prime Minister.] Autograph Signature ('W: W: Grenville') and seal, with those of Samuel Estwick, Richard Molesworth, Philip Deare, John Wigglesworth, to document appointing Isaac Phipps paymaster of British forces in West Indies.

Author: 
Lord Grenville, Prime Minister [William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville (1759-1834)]; Samuel Estwick (c.1736-1795), Member of Parliament; Richard Molesworth; Philip Deare [West Indies]
Publication details: 
No place. 8 January 1784.
£450.00

1p, foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to an edge. Folded once. At bottom right are Grenville's signature ('W: W: Grenville') and a good impression of his seal in red wax. Twenty-line document, written in a secretarial hand, with two embossed tax stamps at head.

[Charles Townshend, British politician behind the Townshend Acts.] Autograph Signature ('C Townshend') and seal, with signatures of Charles Bembridge, John Powell, Thomas Farraine, to document appointing Robert Digby deputy paymaster of Minorca.

Author: 
Charles Townshend (1725-1767), British politician behind the Townshend Acts in the American Revolution; Charles Bembridge; John Powell; Thomas Farraine [Admiral Robert Digby (1732-1815); Minorca]
Publication details: 
'the 12th. of June 1765 in the Fifth Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Third of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, &c.'
£220.00

1p, foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge on reverse. Folded once. Signed 'C Townshend' with good impression of seal in red wax at bottom right. Nineteen-line document in a secretarial hand, with tax stamp at head. At foot, by two members of the Army Pay Office, Horse Guards: 'Sign'd, Sealed and delivered, (being first duly stamp'd) in the presence of | John Powell | Chas: Bembridge'.

[Henry Pelham, Prime Minister; Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland; Richard Arundell.] The signatures of the three men ('H: Pelham | H Fox | R Arundell'), as Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, order to pay Thomas Winnington, Paymaster-General, £500,000.

Author: 
Henry Pelham (1694-1754), third Prime Minister of Great Britain (1743-1754); Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland (1705-1774); Richard Arundell (c.1696-1758) of Allerton Mauleverer, Yorks; Treasury, Whitehall
Publication details: 
18 April 1746.
£650.00

1p, folio. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip from mount adhering to one edge. Folded twice. The three signatures are firmly and boldly written ('H: Pelham | H Fox | R Arundell') in the right-hand margin. The document read s: 'Order is taken this 18th. Day of April 1746 By Virtue of his Majestys General Letters of Privy Seal bearing date the 26th day of June 1727. And in pursuance of a Warrant under his Majesty's Royal Sign Manual dated the 10th. instant That you deliver and pay of such his Majestys Treasure as remains in your Charge unto Thomas Winnington Esqr.

[Robert Fulke Greville, Equerry to George III.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robt: F: Greville') [to Richard Ford?], respecting the 'appointment on trial' of the Bow Street Runner William Anthony as a member of the king's retinue, stationed at Windsor.

Author: 
Lieut-Col. Robert Fulke Greville (1751-1824), Equerry to George III, 1781-1797, and MP [Richard Ford (1758-1806), London police magistrate; Bow Street Runners; Duke of Portland, Home Secretary]
Publication details: 
The Queen's Lodge [Windsor]. 1 April 1796.
£500.00

For the context of this letter see David J. Cox, 'A Certain Share of Low Cunning: A History of the Bow Street Runners, 1792-1839' (2010): 'From 1792 at least two Principal Officers were also permanently stationed at Windsor after the King had received several death threats.

[Robert Fulke Greville, Equerry to George III.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robt: F: Greville.') [to Richard Ford?], respecting a seditious communication found in the town of Windsor, which he is forwarding to the Duke of Portland, Home Secretary.

Author: 
Lieut-Col. Robert Fulke Greville (1751-1824), Equerry to George III, 1781-1797, and MP [Richard Ford (1758-1806), London police magistrate; Bow Street Runners; Duke of Portland, Home Secretary]
Publication details: 
'The Queens Lodge Windsor | Saturday Janry. 9th: 1796.'
£500.00

The subject of the letter is clearly a seditious communication found in the Windsor area and brought to Greville's attention, which he is forwarding for the attention of the Home Secretary, the Duke of Portland. David J. Cox casts light on the context in his 'A Certain Share of Low Cunning: A History of the Bow Street Runners, 1792-1839' (2010), stating that from 1792 'at least two Principal Officers were also permanently stationed at Windsor after the King had received several death threats'.

[Sir Richard Owen, palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Owen'), declining an invitation to the annual dinner of the Hunterian Society of London, because of his 'state of health'.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist, Superintendent of the Natural History Department of the British Museum, opponent of Darwin's theory of Evolution [Hunterian Society of London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 21 January 1888.
£150.00

1p, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge of second leaf. The recipient is not named, but is probably the secretary of the Hunterian Society.

[Sir William Lawrence, President of the Royal College of Surgeons and Serjeant Surgeon to Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wlm. Lawrence') to 'Professor Owen' [Sir Richard Owen], asking him to amend a document.

Author: 
Sir William Lawrence (1783-1867), President of the Royal College of Surgeons of London and Serjeant Surgeon to Queen Victoria [Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892)]
Publication details: 
Whitehall Pla[ce] [London]. 25 July 1848.
£180.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight damage at head repaired with archival tape, and thin strip from stub of mount adhering to one edge. He asks Owen to 'alter or add to the paper sent herewith in any way you please, so that it may harmonize with the report you have drawn up, & represent the meaning you may intend to convey'. He will 'call at the College in the course of the day & affix my signature to the completed document'.

[Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States of America.] Typed Letter Signed ('Richard Nixon'), as Vice President, to Hugh Burnett of the BBC, warmly commending the programme 'Press Conference', on which he appeared while in London.

Author: 
Richard Nixon [Richard Milhous Nixon] (1913-1994), 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974, and the only President to resign from office [Hugh Burnett (1924-2011), BBC producer]
Publication details: 
Office of the Vice President, Washington. 22 December 1958, envelope with facsimile signature.
£250.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged, folded twice, with staple holes to one corner. In envelope, carrying facsimile of Nixon's signature and printed 'Office of the Vice President | Washington', with typed address to 'Mr. Hugh Burnett | The British Broadcasting Corporation | Lime Grove, London, W. 12 | England'. The letter carries a good strong signature in black ink, with the merest of smudges coming outwards from the left-hand side.

[Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish poet and Archbishop of Dublin.] Autograph Note Signed ('Richd. C. Dublin') to Miss Julia Glover, in response to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
Richard Chenevix Trench [Richard Trench until 1873] (1807-1886), irish poet and Anglican cleric, Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of All Ireland
Publication details: 
The Palace, Dublin. 28 September 1874.
£28.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Palace Dublin | Sept 28/74 | Madam | I send you the autograph which you desire. | Yr. obedt. Servt | Richd. C. Dublin | Miss Julia Glover'.

[Sir Claude Phillips, art historian.] 'Confidential' Autograph Letter Signed ('Claude Phillips') to the musicologist R. A. Streatfeild, asking, on behalf of 'poor Lady Elgar', what to do about 'the treatment of the two great oratorios'.

Author: 
Sir Claude Phillips (1846-1924), eminent Victorian art historian and art critic, first keeper of the Wallace Collection [Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1866-1919), musicologist; Sir Edward Elgar]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 40 Ashburn Place, S.W. [London] 24 April [no year].
£60.00

He asks Streatfeild to advise him in a matter 'which speaks for itself'. He reports that 'poor Lady Elgar is greatly distressed – and not without reason – at the treatment of the two great oratorios'. Phillips does not 'quite see what is to be done in the way of protest', although he finds that the 'statement that they “fail with audiences &c” is certainly false in fact, [last three words underlined] and therefore almost libellous'. Phillips considers 'the rest […] a matter of opinion. Perhaps even more false and absurd is the statement, or opinion, that they appeal only to the intellect.

Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen, British pianist, conductor and composer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frederic H Cowen')

Author: 
Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen (1852-1935), British pianist, conductor and composer of Jewish extraction [[Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1866-1919), musicologist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Windsor Hotel, Glasgow. 21 December [no year].
£56.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and grubby, with three folds. The letter reads: 'Dear Streatfield | it is no use sending me the Score of the Symphony here at present, as I am too busy to look at it properly, besides which, all my Programmes are definitely fixed till the end of the season, but if you will ask Mr. Hinton to send it to me to Hamilton Terrace (54, not 73) after Feby., when I shall be back in town, I shall be pleased to look through it.'

[Richard Porson, Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge.] Autograph jeu d'esprit by Porson, purporting to be a letter from John Villette, Ordinary of Newgate, to Sir Busick Harwood, Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge. With leaf of autograph Latin text

Author: 
Richard Porson (1759-1808), Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge [Rev. John Villette (c.1749-1799), Ordinary of Newgate Prison; Sir Busick Harwood (c.1750-1814), Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge]
Publication details: 
Letter dated from Newgate Street, 21 March 1787. Latin text without place or date.
£450.00

Two items. ONE: Ostensible letter from John Villette, Ordinary of Newgate, to Sir Busick Harwood, Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge. Like Porson, Villette was a Cambridge man (St John's, BA 1771). He was Ordinary of Newgate between 1774 and 1799, the position being a lucrative one, and Porson's satire would in part appear to be directed against his cupidity in attempting to make money out of the cadaver of an executed man.

[Jane Austen and her family history.] Austen Papers 1704-1856 Edited by R. A. Austen-Leigh.

Author: 
R. A. Austen-Leigh, ed. [Jane Austen, the Austen and Leigh families]
Publication details: 
'Privately printed by Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. 1942.
£500.00

xii + 355. In cream card wraps with title on cover and spine. Internally a good, tight copy, on lightly-aged paper; in worn and discoloured wraps. The book is printed to a good standard by the Ballantyne Press, and to do so during wartime restrictions was a not inconsiderable achievement.

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