[ Charlotte Riddell ('Mrs. J. H. Riddell'), Irish author, writer of ghost stories, co-editor of the St James's Magazine. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charlotte E L Riddell') to 'C. J. <Skeat?>'

Charlotte Riddell [ Mrs J. H. Riddell; born Charlotte Eliza Lawson Cowan ] (1832-1906), prolific Irish author, part-owner and editor of the St. James's Magazine
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'<...> Lambeth Road | S.W' [ London ]. 5 November 1882.

1p., 12mo. Mourning border. With wear at head, causing loss to address, and small hole at foot. She thanks him for his 'kind consideration': 'I will try to get over to King William St. one day this week & we can then come to some decision on the matter.' She concludes: 'Isn't the weather trying'.

[Two printed volumes, with the second volume containing memoranda on the corps by Major Thomas Fraser King.] Incidents and Anecdotes in the Life of Lieut.-General Sprot, Honorary Colonel of the Princess Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Lieut.-General Sprot [John Sprot (1830-1907) of Riddell House, Roxburghshire], Honorary Colonel of the Princess Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders [Major Thomas Fraser King (d.1928)]
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Printed for private circulation only. [Edinburgh: Gordon Wilson, Printer, 47 Thistle Street.] Vol. 1, 1906; vol. 2, 1907.

2 vols, 8vo. Vol.1 (1906): [8] + 106 + [1] + 17. Vol.2 (1907): [6] + 97pp. Both volumes with frontispieces and several plates. Both in original red cloth bindings with Sprot's crest in gilt on front board, and all edges gilt. Both in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, and with the first volume (despite slight damp staining to the binding and damage to one plate) better and brighter than the second, which has wear at the foot of the spine.

The Ulster Calendar of Persons and Events. By Alex. Riddell. 1911.

Alex. Riddell,
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N.p. 1911.

8vo, 76 + [i] + [iii]. Rebound in attractive green paper wraps, including surviving front wrap (back wrap missing), damaged but reinforced, staples rusty. Final page a Calendar for 1911, followed by three pages blank but for heading 'MEMORANDA'. Verso of front wrap carries an advertisement, with photograph of shop front, for James' Boys' Clothing, 10 Lombard St., Belfast. Scarce. No copy listed in National Library of Ireland online catalogue, and only one copy on COPAC (at the British Library).

Famous Literary Impostures, A Series of Essays.

H. R. Montgomery [Henry Riddell Montgomery, 1818-1904] [Thomas Chatterton; James Macpherson; George Psalmanazar; Richard Bentley]
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London: E. W. Allen, 4, Ave Maria Lane, Paternoster Row. [1884]

12mo: iv + 132 pp. Unbound. In original red printed wraps. Stapled. A poor copy of a scarce item (COPAC only lists copies at the British Library and National Library of Scotland). Dog-eared and grubby, with wraps faded and with loss to extremities and spine repaired with tape. Staples rusted and worn through prelims. Text complete and entirely legible. Five essays: 'Chatterton and the Rowley Poems', 'Macpherson's Poems of Ossian', 'The Shakspeare Forgery', 'Psalmanazar and the Formosa Imposture' and 'Bentley and the Epistles of Phalaris'.

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