RIPPER

[ Frank Miles, artist, friend of Oscar Wilde, and Jack the Ripper suspect. ] Four prints of portraits of young ladies, three of them presented as cabinet cards titled 'The Miller's Daughter', 'Rose' and 'A Little Queen. | A Study by Francis Miles'.

Author: 
Frank Miles [ George Francis Miles ] (1852-1891), artist and friend of Oscar Wilde, architect, gardener and Jack the Ripper suspect
Frank Miles
Publication details: 
Two published by Mansell & Co., Percy Street, London, and dated 1872 and 1873. Two published by Poulton & Co., London.
£300.00
Frank Miles

Wilde lived with Miles in the house in Tite Street which Miles had commissioned E. W. Godwin to build for him. Miles ended his days at Brislington House Lunatic Asylum. All four engravings are printed in black. Three (all 'Copyright') are on 13 x 9.5 cm pieces of paper, each laid down on 16.5 x 10.5 cm pieces of card, with printed text in red ink on the card beneath the print; the fourth print is on a loose 12.5 x 9.5 cm piece of paper.

[ Victorian blackmail and 'personation'. ] Six items relating to a letter from Nellie Rowan to Sir Richard Harington. Including s 'Special Report' by Inspector Arthur Hare, note from Assistant Commissioner Sir Robert Anderson, copies by Harington.

Author: 
Inspector Arthur Hare; Sir Robert Anderson, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police; Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet
Publication details: 
[ The Metropolitan Police, Criminal Investigation Department, New Scotland Yard, London. ] All items dating from 1896.
£450.00

Six items, all but the last in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. A highly-entertaining snapshop of the seamier side of Victorian life, with the Metropolitan Police investigating after Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet, (1835-1911) alleges a blackmail plot, following his receipt of a letter from Mrs Nellie Rowan (Item Two), in which she addresses him as 'Dick', refers to her 'Rubbing Care' and ends in ' Kisses XXXXXX'.

Quo musa tendis?

Author: 
J[ames]. K[enneth]. Stephen [JACK THE RIPPER]
Publication details: 
Cambridge: Macmillan and Bowes. 1891.
£22.00

First edition. 12mo. Pages: 2 ('BIBLIOGRAPHY OF LAPSUS CALAMI.') + x + 84 + 4 pages of publishers' advertisements. Very good in original worn light-blue cloth with heavily-worn label on spine. Ownership inscription of Richard E. Benson (1892) on front free endpaper. Stephen was first put forward as Jack the Ripper in Michael Harrison's biography of Prince Albert Victor, 'Clarence' (1972).

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