RITCHIE

[ James Ritchie, Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, proposing a lecture on 'Methods of Controlling Mussels & other Marine growths in Sea-pipes'.

Author: 
James Ritchie (1882-1958), Scottish naturalist, Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh, 1936-1952
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. 11 March 1925.
£56.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. With oval date stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. He wonders whether 'some Fellows' might be interested to 'hear an account of "Methods of Controlling mussels & other Marine growths in Sea-Pipes"'. He explains: 'The blocking of pipes by mussel growth has occurred at many parts of the coast, but the problem of devising a means of keeping the mussels in check had not been seriously tackled until I investigated the matter in connection with the new Electric Power Station of Edinburgh Corporation on the Firth of Forth at Portobello'.

Collection of printed material by the Official Buddy Holly Appreciation Society, England, including membership cards, newsletters, publicity photographs, biographies, lists of recordings, facsimile letter from Holly's parents, fake concert poster.

Author: 
Buddy Holly and The Crickets [The Official Buddy Holly Appreciation Society, England; Mr and Mrs L. O. Holley]
Publication details: 
Dating from between 1961 and 1965.
£250.00

Following the singer's death in 1959 Johnny C. Beecher relaunched Holly's official English fan club, helping to keep his reputation alive at a time when he was practically forgotten in America. As Beecher stated in an interview, he kept 'in touch with Buddy's parents, Ella and L.O., and I can say that without them it wouldn't have been possible, as they sent us all sorts of information and photographs that kept up our enthusiasm. The Crickets also helped out and were pretty nice considering all we ever asked 'em was, "What was Buddy really like." Despite that, we became pals.

[ Dr Herbert Ritchie Spencer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Herbert R Spencer | M.D., B.S., F.R.C.P. | Professor of Obs. Medicine | in Uni. Coll. Lond | Obstetric physician | to Uni. Coll. Hosp.'), testimonial in favour of his assistant 'Mr. Crawford'.

Author: 
Dr Herbert Ritchie Spencer (1860-1941), Professor of Obstetric Medicine in University College, London, and Harley Street obstetrician and gynaecologist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 104 Harley Street [ London ]. 2 June 1904.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. Written in a difficult hand as befits a medical practiioner. The reference reads: 'I have much pleasure in giving a testimonial in favour of my assistant Mr. Crawford. He is a good assistant and a pleasant man to work with and is well qualified in all branches of medical work. He is also thoroughly acquainted with the modern development of surgery.'?>

[Printed parliamentary paper.] Employment of School Children Committee. Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Employment of School Children, appointed by H.M. Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department [Chas. T. Ritchie].

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[Employment of School Children Committee; British parliamentary report, 1901; Houses of Parliament; child labour]
Publication details: 
Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, Fetter Lane, E.C. 1901.
£50.00

25pp., foolscap 8vo. Stitched. On worn and aged paper. With shelfmark, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Title-page headed in manuscript: 'OUT OF PRINT'.

[Shirley Brooks, editor of Punch.] Autograph Letter Signed to Leitch Ritchie, regarding contributions to Chambers's Journal. With the first part ONLY of Brooks's 'Sooner or Later', and note from G. E. S. Chambers describing its 'extreme rarity'.

Author: 
Charles William Shirley Brooks (1816-1874), journalist, editor of Punch, 1870-1874 [Leitch Richie (1800-1875), Scottish novelist; G. E. S. Chambers of the publishers W. & R. Chambers, Ltd, Edinburgh]
Publication details: 
Brooks's letter to Leitch Ritchie from Marlborough Chambers, Pall Mall, London. 7 August [1849]. 'Sonner or Later', No. 1: London, Bradbury, Evans, and Co., 11 Bouverie Street, EC. 1866. Notes by Chambers on letterhead of W. & R. Chambers, Edinburgh.
£300.00

ONE: Brooks's letter to Leitch Ritchie: 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for his 'kind and courteous communication', and is pleased that 'the article I sent seems to you adapted to the purpose'. Brooks has, he explains, 'availed myself of your suggestions in reference to the additions'. He continues with references to Vauxhall and 'The Highland Lamp'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('T. W. Holderness') from Sir Thomas William Holderness to Sir Henry Marshman Havelock-Allan, regarding his appointment as Permanent Under-Secretary of State for India, and his predecessor 'poor Ritchie' [Sir Richmond Ritchie]

Author: 
Sir Thomas William Holderness (1849-1924), member of the Indian Civil Service and Permanent Under-Secretary of State for India [Sir Henry Marshman Havelock-Allan (1830-1897); Sir Richmond Ritchie]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall. 24 October [1912].
£65.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Tipped in onto a leaf removed from an album. Holderness's predecessor Sir Richmond Ritchie (1854-1912) had died ten days before the writing of the letter, as a result, according to the Oxford DNB, of the undermining of his health by 'unremitting hard work [...] over several years'. Holderness begins the letter: 'It is very good of you to congratulate me on succeeding to poor Ritchie's responsibilities.

Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Ritchie') from Anne Thackeray Ritchie (Lady Ritchie), daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray, to Miss Grae of St Andrews, thanking her for her sisters' book of sonnets.

Author: 
Anne Isabella Ritchie [Anne Thackeray Ritchie] (1837-1919), Lady Ritchie, born Anne Isabella Thackeray, letterwriter, daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 109 St George's Square, SW. 5 November [no year, but before her husband's death in 1912].
£60.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. As she 'cut the string' of the parcel, she 'wondered what could possibly come to me from St Andrews', '& lo! these beautiful thoughts in their lovely garb appeared to my delight'. It was wonderful of Miss Grae to 'think of it', and of 'the little girls to make such a beautiful book', the binding of which her husband finds 'admirable & excellent'. She will 'read the charming pages on foggy days such as these'. She wishes that 'these last 3 blacknesses had been spent at St Andrews by all of us'.

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