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[ Henry Wellesley, Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, and art connoisseur. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'H Wellesley') to Major R. Guthrie Macgregor, praising in fulsome terms his translations from the Greek Anthology.

Author: 
Henry Wellesley (1794-1866), Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, curator of Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Taylor Institute and art connoisseur [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor ]
Publication details: 
Both from New Inn Hall, Oxford. 19 September 1855 and 27 October 1864.
£50.00

Each letter 3pp., 12mo, and each on a bifolium. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE (19 September 1855): This first letter relates to the copy of Macgregor's 'Specimens of the Greek Anthology' (privately printed, [1855]) now in the British Library, 'With an autograph letter from the Translator to Dr. Wellesley; and a Critique upon the work, by the latter, also in MS.' In the present letter Wellesley writes that he has 'read them with the greatest pleasure.

[ Percy Craft and Stanhope Forbes, Newlyn School artists. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Percy R. Craft') from Craft to Forbes, sending condolences on the death of his father.

Author: 
Percy Craft [ Percy Robert Craft; Percy R. Craft ] (1856-1934) and Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (1857-1947), RA, English artists of the Newlyn School, Cornwall
Publication details: 
Pyne Villa, St Ives, Cornwall. 7 December 1888.
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Craft and his wife have 'just heard with surprise of the great loss' Forbes has 'so suddenly sustained', and send their 'sincere sympathy for you in so sudden a bereavement'. They extend their condolences to Forbes's mother, and Craft explains that his wife has not written to her personally, as she did not wish 'to add to the burden that unfortunately she is now compelled to bear'. From the Forbes papers, from which other Newlyn items are offered separately.

[ William Allan, Quaker scientist and abolitionist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Allan') to R. H. Marten

Author: 
William Allan (1770-1843), Quaker scientist and abolitionist [ R. H. Marten [ Robert Humphrey Marten ] (1763-1839) of Broadway House, Plaistow, City merchant and Baptist minister ]
Publication details: 
No place. 19 November 1827.
£80.00

Allan was an associate of Humphry Davy and Luke Howard. 1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by sending his condolences to Marten's family 'on the present severe trial with which it has pleased Providence to visit you' (the death of the second of Marten's three wives?), and continues with pious sentiments: 'To you the Stroke, although expected, must be heavy – but it is some consolation, that the amiable Sufferer is released from Pain, & from the troubles of this Life, and is gone to receive her reward'. Eight lines follow in the same tone.

[ Fleet Street in the Thirties: Sir Robert Donald of United Newspapers and Ernest Outhwaite, editor of Leeds Mercury, Viscount Rothermere, Lord Harmsworth, Ernest Benn. ] TLsS from Donald and Outhwaite; copies of Rothermere and Benn letters.

Author: 
Sir Robert Donald (1860-1933), editor, Daily Chronicle, and Managing Director, United Newspapers; Ernest Outhwaite, editor, Leeds Mercury [ Viscount Rothermere; Lord Harmsworth; Ernest J. Benn ]
Publication details: 
Donald: on letterhead of 12 Thorney Court, Palace Gate, W.8. [ London ] 24 March 1932. Outhwaite: on letterhead of La Dragonniere, Cap Martin, A.M. 8 April 1930. Rothermere copies from 1929 and 1930. Benn copy from 1932.
£150.00

Six items from the Rothermere papers, on disparate subjects, casting light on the workings of 1930s Fleet Street. In good condition, lightly aged. The six are described below in chronological order. ONE: Typed Copy of letter, '(sgd) ROTHERMERE', to Donald. Hotel Splendide, 105 Piccadilly, W.1. 12 November 1929. 1p., 4to. The letter begins: 'My dear Donald, | I quite understand all the peculiar difficulties with which you are surrounded in connection with the Anglo-Foreign Newspapers Ltd.

[ Lord Connemara, on resigning as Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Connemara') to Sir J. D. Rees, fulsomely praising his services to him during his governorship.

Author: 
Lord Connemara [ Robert Bourke, 1st Baron Connemara (1827-1902), British Conservative politician, twice Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Governor of Madras ] [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
'at Sea near Ceylon' (on letterhead of 'Government House'). 10 December 1890.
£150.00

On Lord Connemara's resignation on 8 November 1890 after four years as Governor of Madras, the Madras Mail commented (4 December 1890) that his administration was 'a bright epoch in the annals of Madras'. The present letter, written a month after his resignation, is addressed to 'J D Rees Esq C.I.E.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf.

[ Robert Southey, Poet Laureate and friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge. ] Autograph Note Signed to the author Andrew Picken agreeing to subscribe 'willingly' to his 'volumes' ('The Black Watch'?).

Author: 
Robert Southey (1774-1843), Romantic poet, friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge, one of the Lake Poets, Poet Laureate [ Andrew Picken (1788-1833), author ]
Publication details: 
Keswick. 13 March 1833.
£500.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed by Southey on the reverse of the second leaf, which has been overlaid top and bottom with grey paper, 'To | Andrew Picken Esqre | Gothic Cottage | Regents Park East.' The note reads: 'Keswick. 13 March 1833 [year possibly altered in pencil to '1835'] | Sir | I subscribe willingly to your volumes & wish you success with them | I remain Sir | Yr obedt servt | Robert Southey'. Southey is presumably referring to his last work, The Black Watch (1833), which appeared just as he died of a stroke. Suitable for framing.

[ Robert Baker Girdlestone, Hebrew scholar and first principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'R. B. Girdlestone'), with reference to the biblical scholars Constantin von Tischendorf and Samuel Prideaux Tregelles. ]

Author: 
Robert Baker Girdlestone (1836-1923), Hebrew scholar, first principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and Anglican cleric [ Samuel Prideaux Tregelles; Constantin von Tischendorf ]
Publication details: 
All three on letterheads of the British & Foreign Bible Society, Blackfriars, London. 5 and 7 August 1868, and 10 February 1869.
£100.00

The three items in good condition, on lightly aged paper. All three on bifoliums. ONE (5 August 1868): 2pp., 12mo. He thanks the recipient for his 'lecture', which 'gives a large amount of information in a small space'. If he would care to 'present a copy to our library, I am sure it would be valued highly'. He continues: 'One desideratum is that the libraries in Spain & at Paris should be ransacked in order if possible to find some further light as to the origin of the Rec: [sic]' He concludes: 'You have no doubt got Tischend[orf]:s. Edn. of the Cod. B. wh.

[ Arthur Calder Marshall, author. ] Typed Letter Signed to Harry L. Spilstead, regarding his edition of the ballads of George R. Sims.

Author: 
Arthur Calder Marshall (1908-1992), English novelist, essayist, critic, memoirist and biographer [ Harry Leonard Spilstead; George R. Sims (1847-1922), author and bon vivant ]
Publication details: 
3 The Grove, Lower Teddington Road, Hampton Wick, Kingston-upon-Thames. 15 January 1968.
£50.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. The main topic of the letter is Marshall's work preparing his book 'Prepare to shed them now. The Ballads of George R. Sims' (London: Hutchinson, 1968). A long and characteristic letter. After references to their meeting at the British Museum and to 'that excellent bookseller, Mr Wallace of The Guild Hall Bookshop' ('he showed me a selection of the Dagonet Ballads – nothing like as good as the copy you saw'), he turns to a 'Sims letter' which Spilstead sent him: 'I cant at the moment date it.

[ Lord Castlereagh, Tory politician. ] Autograph Signature ('Castlereagh') on frank addressed to Captain Wood, 10th Hussars, Kilkenny.

Author: 
Lord Castlereagh [ Frederick Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry ] (1805-1872), Tory politician, Member of Parliament for County Down
Publication details: 
'London June Twenty Four 1833'.
£25.00

On 7.5 x 12 cm piece of paper, cut from the front of an envelope. With frank postmark in faint red ink. Laid out in the customary fashioin, with the date and address reading 'London June Twenty Four 1833. | Captn. Wood | 10th Hussars | Kilkenny', with 'Castlereagh' at bottom left.

[ Louis Tracy, writer of fiction who collaborated with M. P. Shiel. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Louis Tracy') to autograph hunter Montague Ball.

Author: 
Louis Tracy [ pseudonyms 'Gordon Holmes' and 'Robert Fraser'] (1863-1928), journalist and writer of fiction who collaborated with fantasy writer M. P. Shiel
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Fairlawn, Whitby, Yorkshire. 23 July 1914.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He writes: 'Dear Mr Montague Ball: - | I am very pleased to have your kind wishes & appreciation. | Yours very sincerely | Louis Tracy'.

[ Robert Macnish, Scottish physician and writer for Blackwood's Magazine. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. M.') to John Reid [ of the University of St Andrews? ], a quirky letter regarding the balancing of payment for a hat against a debt.

Author: 
Robert Macnish (1802-1837), Scottish physician and writer for Blackwood's Magazine [ Professor John Reid (1809-1849), of the University of St Andrews? ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ Edinburgh, 1830s? ]
£50.00

1p., 12mko. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. John Reid'. In part at least a joke, the letter reads: 'Dear Sir, | You owe me a hat. To save you the trouble of going along with me to a fabricator of chapeaux I shall buy one myself at a Guinea, and as I owe you a small amount you can set down that sum to my credit. This is as broad as it is long & the same to both parties - | Yours faithfully | R. M.' Macnish does not feature in Wilson life of Reid, but Reid did graduate from the University of Edinburgh in 1830.

[ George Carless Swayne of Harrow School, divine and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. C. Swayne') to Major R. G. Macgregor, praising his 'Specimens from the Greek Anthology' with reference to Blackwood's Magazine and Walter Savage Landor.

Author: 
G. C. Swayne [ George Carless Swayne ] (1818-1892), divine and author, Rector of Perrivale, master at Harrow School, contributor to Blackwood's Magazine [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Perrivale Rectory near Harrow. 23 September [ no year ].
£40.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He praises Macgregor's book for representing 'most faithfully the spirit of the original. This I take it is the chief merit of any translation.' Macgregor's 'employment in this manner so distinct from the ordinary pursuits of the leisure of an officer, proves the work to be “con amore”'.

[ Andrew Alexander, Professor of Greek in the University of St Andrews. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Andw. Alexander') to Major R. G. Macgregor

Author: 
Andrew Alexander (c.1787-1859), Professor of Greek in the University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
St Andrews [ Fife, Scotland ]. 15 December 1855.
£75.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. A good long letter, full of content, thanking him for a presentation copy of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' (published without date in London by Nissen and Parker). He has perused most of Macgregor's translations 'with great pleasure, & several with a sentiment which the word pleasure too coldly expresses'. He has not 'examined them critically, comparing them minutely with the Greek text, in order to satisfy myself, whether the meaning of the Authors was faithfully rendered.

[ Anderson's College, Glasgow. ] First Class Certificate of Merit awarded to Oliver Sunderland, and signed by James Dunlop, Professor of Surgery. With certificate authorising Sunderland as a 'Public Vaccinator', signed by Dr Robert Cory.

Author: 
James Dunlop, Professor of Surgery, Anderson's College, Glasgow; Robert Cory, Medical Officer of the Privy Council and Local Government Board [ Oliver Sunderland; University of Glasgow ]
Publication details: 
Certificate from Anderson's College, Glasgow, for session 1880-81, undated. Certificate from Robert Cory, Medical Officer to the Privy Council, London, 15 December 1887, 'Printed by Ford & Tilt for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Long Acre, W.C.'
£50.00

Anderson College was founded in 1796 following the will of John Anderson, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Initially known as Anderson’s Institution, in 1828 it changed its name to Anderson’s University and finally to Anderson’s College in 1877. Its medical school was founded in 1800 when Dr John Burns commenced lectures on anatomy and surgery. In 1887 the medical school of Anderson’s College became a separate and distinct institution known as Anderson’s College Medical School. It merged with Glasgow University in 1947.

[ Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('Anthony Eden').

Author: 
Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister [ Robert Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon (1897-1977), Conservative politician ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 1938.
£25.00

On 13 x 16 cm leaf torn from an autograph album. In good condition, lightly aged. A good firm signature, on otherwise-blank page, reading 'Anthony Eden | 1938.' From the papers of the dance teacher Phrosso Pfister, and with the reverse carrying a school table in a childish hand with her name and those of other girls in a pencil grid.

[ William Hale Hale, Master of Charterhouse. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Hale') to Major R. S. Macgregor, discussing his 'Specimens of Greek Anthology' and his own position, with reference to Richard Elwyn, Edward Elder and Dean Milman.

Author: 
W. H. Hale [ William Hale Hale ] (1795-1870), Master of Charterhouse and Archdeacon of London [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869); Edward Elder (1812-1858); Richard Elwyn (1827-1897) ]
Publication details: 
Charterhouse [ London ]. 31 October 1855.
£45.00

3pp.,, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He acknowledges receipt of Macgregor's 'Specimens of Greek Anthology', of which he has 'already read the greatest part with much pleasure', and has 'felt from the translation the force of the original'. He continues: 'I do not however profess to be a critic of poetry, my thoughts & studies have not been directed that way.' He has 'placed the other copies in the hands of the two chief Schoolmasters, Dr Elder [Edward Elder (1812-1858)] and Mr Elwyn [Richard Elwyn (1827-1897)'.

[ Robert Robinson, Baptist historian and hymnologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Robinson') to Rev. Charles Edward de Coetlogon, regarding a new religious periodical which De Coetlogon is contemplating editing.

Author: 
Robert Robinson (1735-1790) of Stone-Yard Baptist Chapel, Cambridge, and Chesterton, Baptist historian and hymnologist [ Charles Edward de Coetlogon (c.1747-1820), Church of England clergyman ]
Publication details: 
Chesterton [ Cambridgeshire ]. 17 November 1783.
£250.00

For information on the two men, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. The letter is evidently written in response to an invitation to contribute to a new religious periodical which De Coetlogon is contemplating editing (and regarding which the ODNB sheds no light). 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed, with Cambridge postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Rev Mr De Coetlogon | Lower Grosvenor Place | Westminster'.

[ George Murray Smith of Smith, Elder & Co., publishers of the Brontes. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Smith') to Major R. G. Macgregor, praising his 'Specimens of Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
George Murray Smith (1824-1901), publisher in the London firm Smith, Elder & Co., publishers of the Brontes [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
65 Cornhill [ London ]. 19 December 1855.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Having been absent from London, he has not been able until recently to look over the copy of 'Specimens of Greek Anthology' which Macgregor sent him, but having now read some of the specimens, he cannot now 'refrain from expressing my obligation to you for the pleasure they afforded me'. He 'could not have supposed that the literal meaning of the Greek could have been rendered in so spirited a manner, and with so much appearance of ease'.

[ Venizelos; R. E. Baynes, Oxford physicist/freemason. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('R. E. Baynes'), first containing an anecdote regarding 'the maker of modern Greece' Eleftherios Venizelos at a Christ Church gaudy, the second on Freemasonry.

Author: 
R. E. Baynes [ Robert Edward Baynes ] (1849-1921) of Christ Church, Oxford, physicist and freemason [ William Scoresby Routledge; Eleftherios Kyriakou Venizelos (1864-1936), Greek statesman ]
Publication details: 
One on letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford, 2 July 1920; the other from 'Ch. Ch. Oct 30 [ no year ]'.
£120.00

From the papers of William Scoresby Routledge (1859-1939), Australian-born British ethnographer, anthropologist and adventurer. Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, but the first with a vertical closed tear at the base of one leaf. ONE: On letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford. 2 July 1920. 3pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Routledge's silence, he begins by stating, led him to think that he was 'somewhere on the High Seas', but he has realised that it was due to a mistaken address 'in the Steward's Office Address Book, where 'Conservative Club' has been written for 'Carlton Club'.

[ Henry Melvill (1798-1871), Principal of the East India Company College. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Melvill'], thanking 'Major McGregor' [ Robert Guthrie Macgregor ] for two copies of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Henry Melvill (1798-1871), Principal of the East India Company College, 1844-1858, and Canon of St Paul's Cathedral
Publication details: 
East India College. 29 July 1857.
£65.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tear at head of first leaf. He thanks him for 'transmitting two copies of your “Epitaphs [sic] from the Greek Anthology” - one for myself, the other for our College Library'.

[ Albert Howe Lybyer, presentation copy of offprint. ] Constantinople as Capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Author: 
Albert Howe Lybyer, Professor of History in the University of Illinois [ Rev. Robert Frew ]
Publication details: 
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1919. [ 'Reprinted from the Annual Report of the American Historical Association for 1916, Volum I, pages 371-388.' ]
£120.00

[4] + [18 pages paginated 371-388], 8vo. Stitched, in grey printed wraps. Aged and worn, with some light damp staining. Faded ink inscription at head of front cover: 'Rev. Robert Frew | with compliments | Alb. Lybyer'. Scarce.

[ William Moncrieff, English dramatist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Moncrieff'), justifying his biographical treatment of R. W. Elliston [ in his 'Ellistoniana', New Monthly Magazine ], with reference to Charles Lamb.

Author: 
William Moncrieff [ William Gibbs Thomas Moncrieff; W. T. Moncrieff ] (1794-1857), English playwright and theatre manager [ Robert William Elliston (1774-1831), actor and theatre manager ]
Publication details: 
4 Cowley Street, Westminster Abbey. 1 February 1843.
£100.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. The letter is addressed to 'My dear Sir' and the recipient is not identified. He begins by thanking him for his 'kind attention': 'I had got the information about Gattie, though I dont think I shall want it.' He is surprised the recipient 'never heard Mr Elliston mention The King of the Sheffield Gallery'. He continues: 'I am sorry my Anecdotes do not appear to please you, there is one thing however which must please you, which is, that finding them so incorrect &c you had nothing to do with them'.

[ Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury and Headmaster of Rugby School. ] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Major Macgregor' [ Robert Guthrie Macgregor ], acknowledging receipt of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Frederick Temple (1821-1902), Archbishop of Canterbury and Headmaster of Rugby School [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Rugby. 25 October 1864.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dr. Temple returns his thanks to Major Macgregor for the Greek Anthology received by Post which will be placed in the School Library. Dr Temple is much interested with the little he has been able to see of the Book.' Macgregor's 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker.

[ Rev. Dr Bulkeley Bandinel, Bodley's Librarian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('B Bandinel | Bodleys Librarian') [ to Major R. G. Macgregor ], regarding a presentation to the Bodleian of two copies of 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'. ]

Author: 
Bulkeley Bandinel (1781-1861), Bodley's Librarian [ The Bodleian Library, Oxford; Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Bodleian Library, Oxford. 30 July 1857.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with faint stain to first page. The letter is of interest for Bandinel's reference to his education, with the recipient, under Richard Valpy (1754-1836) at Reading School.) The recipient is not named, but the letter is addressed to Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869), and concerns his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology', which was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker.

Two printed leaflets, lithographically printed and designed in a 'Wardour Street English' mock-antiquarian style. The first describing 'Ye Order of ye Revells' at 'Lockinge Mannor [sic][ | Wantage', the second an invitation with red wax seal.

Author: 
Brigadier General Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, 1st Baron Wantage [ Lord Wantage ] (1832-1901) [ C. R. Iles, lithographic printer, Cheltenham ]
Publication details: 
Both leaflets relating to 'Revells' at Lockinge Manor, Wantage, 26 and 27 August 1885. One printed by C. R. Iles, Chelt. [i.e. Cheltenham ]'
£90.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Headed: 'Rite Welcome be ye alle. | Lockinge Mannor | Wantage | Ye Order of ye Revells. | To be holden by grace of mye Lord & Ladye Wantage of Lockynge on ye XXVI 8 XXVII daies of August | MDCCCLXXXV.' Printed on one side of a 47.5 x 20.5 cm. piece of laid paper. Printer's slug at bottom left: 'C. R. ILES, CHELT.' With coat of arms and initial at head.

[ Oxford, Gladstone, Marsham and the General Election of 1852. ] Spoof in the form of a printed circular from 'Mrs. Harris' Commemoration Advertiser', with a variety of in-jokes poking fun at the University.

Author: 
[ University of Oxford; General Election of 1852; William Ewart Gladstone; Robert Bullock Marsham, Warden of Merton College; Rev. Dr Richard Harington, Principal of Brasenose ]
Publication details: 
"Printed for the Authoress" [ University of Oxford. 1852. ]
£250.00

A lively Oxford spoof, which can be dated precisely from the references to Marsham, Gladstone and the coming General Election. In the General Election of July 1852 the Peelite Gladstone defeated the Conservative Marsham, who had been put forward by 'the heads, Protestants and protectionists'. A reference to German education is a nod towards the first Oxford University Commission, whose report published in 1852 recommended that a switch to a more Germanic educational system. (For the background see Brock and Curthoys, 'History of the University of Oxford', vol.

[ Sir Robert Charles Kirkwood Ensor, journalist and historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. C. K. Ensor') to unnamed party, on Oxford University Fabian Society business, discussing the best time for a 'sober event'.

Author: 
R. C. K. Ensor [ Sir Robert Charles Kirkwood Ensor ] (1877-1958), journalist, historian, poet and liberal intellectual [ Oxford University Fabian Society ]
Publication details: 
10 Parks Road, Oxford. 23 April [ no year, but before his move to London in 1904 ]. At foot of letter: 'OU.F.S.', i.e. Oxford University Fabian Society
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper.Reads: 'Dear Sir | The 19th May is out of it; becase it falls in Eights Week, which is an impossible time for any sober event – college concerts & dances per evening, with a vista of importunate relatives behind. | Fir the rest, the 26th is very much our best evening, if you can possible manage it without putting yourself to too great inconvenience.' See Ensor's entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ H. Montagu Butler, ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Montagu Butler') [ to Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor ], regarding the gift to Harrow of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Henry Montagu Butler (1833-1918), Headmaster of Harrow School, and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Harrow. 28 October 1864.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He thanks him for his 'very kind present to our School Library': 'The "Greek Anthology" will, I need not say, be a most acceptable addition to our treasures.' Guthrie's 'name will duly appear in our annual list of those friends who during the last twelve months have provevd themselves Benfactors to the Library'.

[ The Oxford Architectural Society. ] Bookplate of the Society, by the wood-engraver Orlando Jewitt, on mount signed by secretaries John Portal and Robert Wilmot.

Author: 
Orlando Jewitt [ Thomas Orlando Sheldon Jewitt ] (1799-1869), architectural wood-engraver [ The Oxford Architectural Society; The Society for promoting the Study of Gothic Architecture
Publication details: 
[ Executed for the Oxford Architectural Society. ] Inscription on mount dated 'A: A: May 1850.'
£320.00

A scarce piece of Oxford ephemera. The Society for promoting the Study of Gothic Architecture was founded in 1839; renamed the Oxford Architectural Society in 1848; renamed the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society in 1860; merged with The Oxfordshire Archaeological Society in 1972 to become The Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society. In good condition, printed in black ink on a 15 x 11 cm piece of white India paper, laid down on a 22 x 18.5 cm grey card mount. At the foot of the design, in tiny letters, is engraved 'O. JEWITT. | DEL.

[ General Sir Robert Gardiner of the Royal Artillery. ] Autograph Signed Certificate ('Robert Gardiner'), with his seal of office in black wax, appointing 'The Revd Dr. Rudge [...] Chaplain to His Royal Highness The Prince Leopold'.

Author: 
General Sir Robert Gardiner (1781-1864), Royal Artillery, Master Gunner, St James's Park, and Principal Equerry to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, 1816-1831 [ James Rudge of Limehouse ]
Publication details: 
Claremont. 6 August 1820.
£180.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The document is signed at the end 'Robert Gardiner', beside his seal in black wax. It reads: 'These are to certify, that The Revd Dr. Rudge, is appointed Chaplain to His Royal Highness The Prince Leopold – to have, hold and enjoy the said office, together with all rights, privileges and advantages, thereunto belonging. | Claremont, August the Sixth – One thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty. | Robert Gardiner'.

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