RIPON

[ Angler and Flyfisherman, Austin Ridsdale of Mickley and Masham, Yorkshire; Manuscript. ] Autograph Notebook, filled with seasonal directions for making Wet Flies for Fishing (some invented by Ridsdale himself), with diagrams and illustrations.

Author: 
Austin Ridsdale [ Austin Cuthbert Ridsdale ] (d.1983) of Mickley and Aldburgh, Masham, near Ripon, Yorkshire, angler and fly-fisherman
Publication details: 
Contained in a 'Boots Home Diary and Ladies' Note Book' for 1931. [ 1930s to circa 1950s. ]
£500.00

Entries are written haphazardly at different times, on around 140pp. of a 12mo Boots 'Home Diary for 1931'. The volume is worn and shaken: a clear testimony to many years of field use. At the start the owner is named as 'Austin Ridsdale' of 'Mickley Ripon, Yorks'. This would appear to be an early address. A loosely-inserted envelope with a 1947 postmark is addressed to 'Mr & Mrs A Ridsdale | Aldburgh | Masham | Ripon'. The handwriting, workmanlike at best, varies from entry to entry. The volume constitutes a repository of a countryman's knowledge in the field of fly-fishing.

[ Skellfield School, girls' boarding school, Ripon, North Yorkshire: autograph poems by the first intake of students, 1877 and 1878. ] The album of Mary A. Hinchcliffe, containing autograph poems and prose 'From Her Fellow Students'.

Author: 
Skellfield School, girls' boarding school, Ripon, North Yorkshire, founded in 1877 [ Mary A. Hinchcliffe ]
Publication details: 
[ Skellfield School for Girls,] Ripon, North Yorkshire. 1877 and 1878.]
£450.00

Skellfield School was founded as a girls' boarding school in 1877 at Alma House, the former residence of Thomas Stubbs, Governor of the House of Correction. It occupied the building until 1927, when it transferred to Baldersby Park, at Topcliffe, near Thirsk. Naomi Jacob was a day pupil. It closed in 1970. For further information on the school see Yates, 'The History of Skellfield School 1877-1929'. 80pp., 4to. In attractive purple cloth binding, all edges gilt, with gilt decoration on spine and front cover. In good condition, in good tight binding whose purple is fading to lavender.

[ Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire. ] Manuscript 'Ground plan of Fountains Abbey', with key including 'The Church & parts thereto belonging'.

Author: 
[ Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire ]
Publication details: 
Dated 'Harrogate Octber 1839'.
£350.00

4to bifolium (on two 19.5 x 22.5 cm leaves). The 'Ground plan' is neatly drawn on the reverse of the first leaf, and the two-page key is on both sides of the second leaf, lettered A to Z, and headed 'A. B. C. D. E. F. G. The Church & parts thereto belonging'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Entries among the keys include 'I. Places groined over with stone one of which is supposed to have been the infirmary', 'K. Arches under which the River Skell runs' and 'S. Cloisters groined with stone the pillars whereof were painted - Over these was the Dormitory.

[ William Boyd Carpenter, Bishop of Ripon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Boyd Carpenter') to 'Professor Lang' [ probably William Robert Lang ] regarding George Thomas Shettle and the lack of 'spiritual ideals' evidenced in the Great War.

Author: 
William Boyd Carpenter (1841-1918), Bishop of Ripon and court chaplain to Queen Victoria [ Professor William Robert Lang (1870-1925) of the University of Toronto; George Thomas Shettle (1861-1936) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 6 Little Cloisters, Westminster. 30 January 1918.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. He begins by apologising for being unable to give any information regarding Shettle, who 'only came into Ripon Diocese in 1911, theh year in which I resigned'. He is unacquainted with Shettle's books, none of which are credited to him in Crockford's. He agrees with Lang's 'letter & notes on Church & Education matters': 'the War is constantly disclosing how far astray our Education & Church method has been.

Mimeographed copy of sermon to the British Eighth Army, headed 'CHRISTMAS 1942. | SERVICE BROADCAST FROM BETHLEHEM | "Of His Kingdom there shall be no end." St. Luke, I, v.33.'

Author: 
[Frederick Llewelyn Hughes (1894-1967), Archdeacon of the Forces and Dean of Ripon, 1961-1967; General Montgomery of Alamein; British Eighth Army]
Publication details: 
[British Eighth Army, Bethlehem, Palestine.] Christmas 1942.
£280.00

2pp., foolscap 8vo. On two leaves stapled together. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. This item is discussed in M. F. Snape's 'God and the British Soldier: Religion and the British Soldier in the First and Second World Wars' (London: Routledge, 2005). Montgomery described Hughes as 'the ideal of what an Army padre should be', and according to Snape: 'A major theme which seemed to emerge from the collaboration of Montgomery and Hughes in 1942 was the notion of the consecration of British arms to a higher purpose.

Copy of printed War Office model 'RULES OF THE ---- VOLUNTEER CORPS.' [i.e. Volunteer Force] With details of the committee members under Viscount Ranelagh responsible for 'drafting model Rules and Regulations for the government of Volunteer Corps'.

Author: 
[The Rifle Volunteer Corps; The Volunteer Force, 1859-1908; The War Office, Whitehall; Sidney Herbert (1810-1861), 1st Baron Herbert of Lea, Secretary of State for War, 1859-1861; Viscount Ranelagh]
Publication details: 
'WAR OFFICE, 10th August, 1859.' ['V General No. 469'.]
£120.00

5pp., folio. In very good condition on lightly-aged paper. Copies of this document were sent by the War Office to the officers commanding the various corps, the Secretary of State considering that it would 'assist [them] in preparing Regulations for the government of the Corps under [their] Command'. For a full account of the subject see Hugh Cunningham's 'The Volunteer Force: A Social and Political History, 1859-1908' (1975). The cover page has in its top left-hand corner: 'V | General No. | 469', and carries a table of contents.

Four printed War Office documents relating to the formation of the Volunteer Force [called 'Rifle Volunteer Corps' and 'Volunteer Corps'], comprising a draft of the 'Rules', two printed circulars from Sidney Herbert and one from his secretary.

Author: 
[The Rifle Volunteer Corps; The Volunteer Force, 1859-1908; The War Office, Whitehall; Sidney Herbert (1810-1861), 1st Baron Herbert of Lea, Secretary of State for War, 1859-1861; Viscount Ranelagh]
Publication details: 
All four documents from the War Office [Whitehall, London]. The three circulars dated 8 September, 14 October and 20 December 1859; the 'Rules' dated 10 August 1859.
£280.00

The four items in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. For a full account of the subject see Hugh Cunningham's 'The Volunteer Force: A Social and Political History, 1859-1908' (1975). Item One: 'RULES OF THE ---- VOLUNTEER CORPS.' 5pp., folio (paginated to 6). The cover page has in its top left-hand corner: 'V | General No. | 469', and carries a table of contents.

Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W Boyd Carpenter'), the first to Walter F. Stocks and the second to an unnamed male correspondent on the occasion of Stocks's death.

Author: 
Sir William Boyd Carpenter (1841-1918), Bishop of Ripon and court chaplain to Queen Victoria [Walter F. Stocks]
Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W Boyd Carpenter')
Publication details: 
The first letter undated; on letterhead of The Cloisters, Windsor Castle. The second 21 January 1916; on letterhead of 6 Little Cloisters, Westminster SW.
£56.00
Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W Boyd Carpenter')

Both items with text clear and complete, on aged and discoloured paper. First letter (12mo, 1 p, 14 lines): He informs Stocks that he will be 'delighted to do what you ask [...] it will be a sincere pleasure to me - There is only one If - which I hope will be but a formal one'. He will be on duty at Windsor Castle till 15 December, but has 'no doubt the Dean will take my place'. Second Letter (12mo, 1 p, 11 lines): He is 'grieved to hear of this sad loss [...] Walter Stocks was a good and true fellow I always had a warm place in my heart for him'.

Autograph Note Signed ('Grantley') to unnamed bookseller, requesting 'trout-fly books'.

Author: 
John Richard Brinsley Norton (1855-1943), 5th Baron Grantley [Lord Grantley], British peer and numismatist [trout fishing]
John Richard Brinsley Norton, Baron Grantley, Letter
Publication details: 
28 September 1886; on letterhead of Grantley Hall, Ripon, Yorkshire.
£65.00
John Richard Brinsley Norton, Baron Grantley, Letter

12mo, 1 p. Aged, grubby and creased, with slight loss to bottom left-hand corner, and closed tear to one margin. Requesting 'one or two choicest leather trout-fly books with plenty of pages, but not those with printed descriptions of flies'.

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