RUSSELL

[Alys Pearsall Smith, first wife of Bertrand Russell.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alys Russell') to 'Mr Armstrong' [radical journalist George Gilbert Armstrong], regarding his 'valuable little pamphlet'.

Author: 
Alys Russell [born Alyssa Whitall Pearsall Smith] (1867-1951), American Quaker activist, sister of critic Logan Pearsall Smith, first wife of Bertrand Russell [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 11 St Leonard's Terrace, Chelsea, S.W. [London] 29 June 1917.
£220.00

She thanks him for sending his 'most interesting & valuable little pamphlet', which she will give to her friends to read, hoping that it will 'really help at this most difficult time'. She is struck by his 'footnote about “The Freedom of the Seas”', and wishes she 'could really understand that subject'. She ends by asking (disingenuously?) if anything has been written which 'puts your point of view at more length & simply enough for an ordinary mortal to take it in'. The pamphlet referred to is presumably Armstrong's 'Peace with Security' (1917).

[ Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet who scandalised Victorian England. ] Signed Autograph presentation inscription to his sister Isabel, on fly-leaf of William Clarke Russell's book 'Nelson's Words and Deeds'.

Author: 
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), English poet who scandalised the Victorians with his decadent verse [ William Clarke Russell; Isabel Swinburne ]
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Publication details: 
Dated in autograph 'November 1890'.
£350.00
Algernon Charles Swinburne

On a single 8vo half-title leaf removed from the William Clarke Russell's 'Nelson's Words and Deeds: A Selection from the Dispatches and Correspondence of Horatio Nelson' (London: Sampson Low, 1890). In fair condition, lightly aged and with a central horizontal crease. Printed at the centre of the page are the words 'NELSON'S WORDS AND DEEDS', and at the head Swinburne writes: 'Isabel Swinburne | from her affectionate brother | Algernon Charles Swinburne | November 1890'.

[ Victorian matchmaking: 'consult me personally & see cartes of 500 Ladies'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Editor | M N') and printed agreement from the editor of Matrimonial News to J. Russell Gubbins of Limerick, who is in search of a wife.

Author: 
Matrimonial News, London periodical (Frederick Farrah, proprietor) [ John Russell Gubbins [ John Russell Legh ] of Bruree House, Limerick ]
Publication details: 
The two letters from the Matrimonial News Office, 282 Strand, London. 11 and 13 February 1874.
£150.00

A marvellous slice of Victorian social history. The entry for 'Matrimonial News' in 'Frederick May's London Press Dictionary and Advertiser's Handbook, 1871' runs as follows: 'MATRIMONIAL NEWS AND SPECIAL ADVERTISER – 2d. F. Farrah, 282, Strand, W.C.

[ Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley, Member of Parliament for Bristol. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Henry F. Berkeley') describing the prospects of war with Russia, Cobden's Peace League, and 'the Russian Embassy and its wonderful information'.

Author: 
Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley [Francis Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley ] (1794-1870), Member of Parliament for Bristol, advocate of the secret ballot
Publication details: 
Victoria Square [ Westminster ]. 17 October 1849.
£75.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter by a knowledgeable English Member of Parliament, describing Anglo-Russian relations in the period preceding the Crimean War. The recipient is not named. The letter opens: 'My dear Sir | I have called at the Foreign Office, with the Address. Lord Palmerston being about I have left it with his first Secretary Lord Eddisburg, and with a letter from myself.

[ Lady Agatha Russell, daughter of Lord John Russell. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Agatha Russell.'), regarding 'The Inquirer', her father's views on free trade and the repeal of the Corn Laws.

Author: 
Lady Agatha Russell (1853-1933), daughter of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell and aunt of Bertrand Russell
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Rozeldene, Hindhead, Surrey. 18 April 1930.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in a shaky hand. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | I was much obliged to you for the extra copy of The Inquirer which I was glad to have, containing very good letters supporting Free Trade. It is a subject on which I feel strongly – perhaps inherited from my father!

[ The Duchess of Abercorn (sister of Prime Minister Lord John Russell) writes to her childrens' nanny. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'L Abercorn') to 'Emery', giving family news, and reminiscing about her friendship with Queen Victoria.

Author: 
Louisa Jane Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn [ born Lady Louisa Jane Russell ] (1812-1905), sister of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell
Publication details: 
On letterheads of: Coates Castle, Pulborough (1891 and 1896); Fenton, Wooler, Northumberland (1895); Coates Castle, Fittleworth (1901).
£180.00

From the context of the letters (especially Item Three below) it is clear that 'Emery' had been nanny to the Duchess's two sons (and the youngest of her fourteen children) Frederic (1856-1928) and Ernest (1858-1939). The four letters total 14pp., 12mo. The letter from Fenton is the only one without a mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted. ONE (11 September 1891): Sbe writes that she does not have a photograph of her son Ernest to give him, but that she will ask him for one when she sees him, 'as he has not forgotten “Emery”, and we often talk of you'.

[ Derek Middleton (1917-1983), English 'Tachiste' Abstract Impressionist painter. ] Collection of material including his unpublished autobiography 'How To Be An Artist', familhy photographs, autograph inventory of paintings and 'Weekly Accounts'.

Author: 
Derek Middleton (1917-1983), English 'Tachiste' Abstract Impressionist painter [ Colin Burton Stewart; Victoria Russell; Moritz Heymann; Franz Baum; Montgomery of Alamein; Intelligence Corps ]
Publication details: 
London, Paris and other locations. Between 1945 and 1995.
£6,000.00

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in the work of the English 'Tachiste' artist Derek Middleton (full name Derek Osborne Middleton), but the fact that he lived in France from 1958 to his death in 1983 has restricted the English-language source material relating to the artist, even leading to his date of death being given incorrectly as 2002.

[ Lady Elizabeth Romilly; Minto] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Elizth. Romilly') to her father the Earl of Minto, on topics including 'Charley' and 'the China news', Lord John Russell and the Cagliari outrage in Sardinia, and the Swiss Alps.

Author: 
Lady Elizabeth Romilly [ Lady Elizabeth Amelia Jane Romilly ] (1820-1892), daughter of Gilbert, 2nd Earl of Minto, wife of Col. Frederick Romilly, son of Sir Samuel Romilly [ James McNeill Whistler ]
Publication details: 
ONE: Porthkerry [ Wales ], 6 August [ 1857 ]. TWO: Eaton Terrace [ London ], 13 February 1858. THREE: Wildbad [ Germany ], 8 July 1869.
£120.00

Three interesting letters, intelligent, well-informed and affectionate, by a member of a leading Liberal family.

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.

[ Edward Wedlake Brayley of the London Institution, antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Henry Cole, as subcommissioner under the Records Commission, regarding 'Mr. Moffatt' consulting the 'Index for the reign of Edward I'.

Author: 
E. W. Brayley [ Edward Wedlake Brayley ] (1773-1854) of the London Institution, antiquary and topographer connected with John Britton [ Sir Henry Cole (1808-1882); the Records Commission ]
Publication details: 
Russell Institution [ London ]. 10 November 1835.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The number '227' is written on the first page in a contemporary hand. He asks of 'Mr. Moffatt' may be allowed 'to look over your Index for the papers of Edward I - as I have mislaid the notes which I formerly made - and he will refer to one or two records of thart reign, which I will thank you to get copies for me, as soon as you conveniently can'. He has 'forwarded the last published Numbers of our "Two Houses"'.

[ Charles Robert Cockerell, architect, archaeologist, and author. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'C. R. Cockerell') to the connoisseur Henry Smedley, one regarding a paper he has read regarding 'the works of Phidéas'.

Author: 
C. R. Cockerell [ Charles Robert Cockerell ] (1788-1863), architect, archaeologist, and author [ Henry Smedley (1785-1832), connoisseur ]
Publication details: 
Neither with place or date. One 'Saturday -' and the other 'Monday'.
£180.00

See Cockerell's entry in the Oxford DNB, and Smedley's obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine, April 1832. The two letters are in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Each letter is of 1p., 12mo. On bifoliums addressed to Smedley at Broad Sanctuary on reverse of second leaf. ONE: 'Monday'. 1p., 12mo. Indistinct seal of head in red wax. Begins: 'My Dear Smedley. | You will hear with pleasure that I read my MS: on Saturday; no dissent cast but G. B. who has started a doubt as to this being the works of Phidéas.' He is going out of own for a week and hopes to see Smedley on his return.

[ Charles John Vaughan, Headmaster of Harrow School. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C J Vaughan') to Lady Russell, explaining that his 'Presentation to Christ's Hospital' has been given away.

Author: 
Charles John Vaughan (1816-1897), Headmaster of Harrow School, Master of the Temple, and Dean of Llandaff [ Frances Russell, Countess Russell [ Lady Russell ] (1815-1898) ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall [ London ], but with 'Address | Llandaff' written by Vaughan. 23 October 1882.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount at head of first page. He is sorry to say 'that my Presentation to Christ's Hospital has long been given away to the Orphan son of an old Harrow Pupil who died early & left his family ill provided for'. He ends by describing his family's whereabouts.

[ Sir Ronald Russell, Principal of the Guildhall School of Music. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Ronald Russell') to composer Herman Finck, offering him an honorary 'Diploma of Fellowship'.

Author: 
Sir Landon Ronald [ born Landon Ronald Russell ] (1873-1938), composer, Principal of Guildhall School of Music [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), Anglo-Dutch composer ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Guildhall School of Music, London. 16 May 1924.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Offering him, following the unanimous decision of a committee meeting and on his recommendation, an honorary 'Diploma of Fellowship [...] limited to 100 members, of past-students and Professors'. Finck's song 'In the Shadows' was one of the last to be played as RMS Titanic went down.

[ Edward Morris Erskine, diplomat. ] 'Private' Autograph Letter Signed ('E. M. Erskine') to the Hon. George Elliot, regarding the death of his father the Earl of Minto, his 'grievance' against Lord John Russell, and the Risorgimento.

Author: 
Edward Morris Erskine (1817-1883), diplomat [ George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901), son of Gilbert Elliot (1782-1859), 2nd Earl of Minto ]
Publication details: 
Stockholm; 3 September 1859.
£150.00

7pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, on aged paper. First page headed 'Private'. Docketed by Elliot 'My Father's death'. An excellent letter casting interesting light on the machinations of the Liberal government. Erskine is attempting something requiring all of his diplomatic tact: sending appropriate condolences to Elliot on his father's death before turning to his 'own concerns': the putting of his case to Elliot as the brother-in-law of the Foreign Secretary Lord John Russell, on the question of his 'grievance' against Russell and the Foreign Office.

[ Lord John Russell's private secretary, Hon. George Elliot; Italian Independence; Risorgimento ] Autograph Manuscript memorandum regarding 'Austrian Emigrants'.

Author: 
Hon. George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901) [ John Russell, 1st Earl Russell [ Lord John Russell ] (1792-1878), Prime Minister ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London, 1850s or 1860s. ]
£220.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. With a couple of minor emendations. At top left of first page Elliot has written 'Copy'. Docketed on reverse of second leaf: 'Austrian Emigration'. Begins: 'In the Austrian Code (Decree of 1832) Emigration is treated of under a distinct head. | Every Austrian Subject removing to a foreign state or remaining abroad sine animo revertendi, as the Scotch wd. express it, is held to be an Emigrant.' Most of the third page is taken up with a precis of two points 'From Proclamation of Feb.

[ 'The Hudson Case'. ] Manuscripts of Elliot's defence of Russell and Sir Henry Elliot in controversy over Italian ambassador Sir James Hudson, including 'unpublished part', letters by Countess Russell and Sir Henry Elliot, annotated pamphlet.

Author: 
Hon. George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901) [ John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878), Prime Minister; Sir James Hudson (1810-1885); Sir Henry Elliot (1817-1907) ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] 1881, 1885 and 1886.
£1,800.00

A son of the Earl of Minto, Elliot (hereafter GSE) was Russell's brother-in-law and one of his two executors. The events described in the present collection occurred while GSE was living with Russell, who was then Home Secretary, as his private secretary; and the controversy is over the claim that the replacement of Sir James Hudson as Italian ambassador by GSE's brother, the future Sir Henry Elliot (1817-1907), was an 'act of nepotism' on the part of Russell.

A Catalogue of an Unique Collection of Ancient English Broadside Ballads printed entirely in the Black Letter.

Author: 
'Black-letter Ballads' [ John Russell Smith, London bookseller; Charles Whittingham, Chiswick Press ]
Publication details: 
On Sale by John Russell Smith, No. 36, Soho Square, London. 1856. [ Chiswick Press: - C. Whittingham, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane. ]
£100.00

vii + 141 + [1]pp., 8vo. Final leaf with Chiswick Press device of dolphin and anchor and lion. In sturdy nineteenth-century black leather half-binding, with marbled boards and 'Russell's Catalogue 1856' in gilt on spine. Ownership stamp of 'Alfred H Maurais' on fly-leaf. A characteristically-elegant Chiswick Press item, with 408 items listed, the titles in black letter. Three-page anonymous preface, dated 'May, 1856.' Tight copy, but aged and lightly damp-stained, in worn binding.

[ Catherine Stepney, Lady Stepney, 'Silver Fork' novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C Stepney'), inviting 'Mr Westmacot' [ Sir Richard Westmacott or his son ] to a reunion. With engraved portrait of her by A. E. Chalon.

Author: 
Catherine Stepney, Lady Stepney [ born Catherine Pollok; also Catherine Manners ] (1778-1845), 'Silver Fork' novelist [ A. E. Chalon [ Alfred Edward Chalon ] (1780-1860), artist and engraver ]
Publication details: 
Letter: 'Friday Night'. [ No date or place. ] Engraving: 'London. Published by Henry Colburn. Decr. 1837.'
£65.00

The letter is 1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, with light signs of age, placed in a windowpane mount in the remains of a leaf from an album. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr Westmacot [no doubt the sculptor Sir Richard Westmacott or his son] - I have a little reunion - on Monday evening 1st Feby - pray come - I am desired by <?> to present you to her especially - that she may invite you to her next Fete'. The engraving is on a 21.5 x 13.5 cm piece of paper. Similarly-mounted as the letter, above it on the same leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ Lord Russell of Killowen, Lord Chief Justice of England. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Russell of Kn.') to 'Mr. Williams', regarding the correct arrangement of dinner guests.

Author: 
Charles Arthur Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen (1832-1900), Lord Chief Justice of England
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Royal Courts of Justice. 'Monday' [ no date ].
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Dear Mr. Williams, | Pray arrange Guests in the correct order whatever that is. I shall have frequent opportunities I hope of meeting the good Bishop.'

[ Edward Wedlake Brayley, topographer and archaeologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edw. W. Brayley') to the singer Thomas Philipps, regarding the sending in of a pianoforte for a recital at the Russell Institution, and 'Mr. Wornum'.

Author: 
Edward Wedlake Brayley (1773-1854), topographer and archaeologist, librarian and secretary of the Russell Institution, London [ Thomas Philipps (1774-1841), singer ]
Publication details: 
Russell Inst[itutio]n. [ 55 Great Coram Street, London ]. 24 April 1838.
£35.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. He asks him to 'delay sending in the Piano Forte until 1/2 past Five o Clock on Monday', as 'our General Annual Meeting of Proprietors takes place on that day, and very possibly they may not break up until Five, or a little after'. He asks him what tickets to 'send to Mr. Wornum', adding 'Whatever you think right shall be done for him'.

[ Samuel March Phillipps, legal writer and civil servant. ] Three Letters in a secretarial hand, all signed by him ('S M Phillipps'), to Seymour Teulon, regarding his attempts to present an 'Address of the Borough of Southwark' at a levee.

Author: 
Samuel March Phillipps (1780-1862), legal writer and civil servant, Permanent Under-Secretary for Home Affairs [ Lord John Russell; Seymour Teulon, chairman, Southwark Reform Association ]
Publication details: 
All three from Whitehall. 18 and 22 July 1837, and 10 February 1838.
£80.00

The three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The first two, both on black-bordered paper, are each 1p., 4to; the third is 1p., folio. In the three letters Teulon's address is given as Dean Street, Southwark. The first two appear to be in Phillipps's hand, but the matter is uncertain. Phillipps writes on behalf of the Home Secretary Lord John Russell, to whom he acted as private secretary.

[ Sir John Russell Reynolds, English neurologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Russell Reynolds.'), informing 'Flower' [ Sir William Henry Flower ] that he will not be present at a meeting at the [ Natural History ] Museum.

Author: 
Sir John Russell Reynolds [ J. Russell Reynolds ] (1828-1896), English neurologist [ Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), zoologist, director of the Natural HIstory Museum, London
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 38 Grosvenor Street, W. [ London ] 21 November 1894.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in purple ink. He will not be in town the following Saturday morning, 'at the time of the meeting at the South Kensington Museum, so that if there is any doubt as to securing a "Quorum" you may know, as early as I can tell you, of my necessary absence'.

[ Printed volume. ] Recollections of a Literary Life; and Selections from my Favourite Poets and Prose Writers. By Mary Russell Mitford, Author of "Our Village," "Belford Regis," etc.

Author: 
Mary Russell Mitford, Author of "Our Village," "Belford Regis," etc. [ Jane Porter; James Maclehose, Glasgow bookseller; Edmonds & Remnants, binders; Richard Clay, London printer ]
Publication details: 
New Edition. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. 1859. [ R. Clay, printer, Bread Street Hill, London. ]
£60.00

xii + 516pp., 16mo. Frontispiece portrait of author. In red cloth binding with embossed patterning and gilt spine. Internally in good condition, in heavily-worn binding with split hinges. Ownership inscription on front free endpaper of 'The Misses Porter', presumably Mitford's friend Jane Porter and her sisters (an example of Jane Porter's handwriting being loosely inserted in the volume). Ticket on front pastedown of 'JAMES MACLEHOSE | Bookseller & Stationer | 61 St. Vincent St. | GLASGOW'. Ticket on rear pastedown of 'EDMONDS & REMNANTS, BINDERS.'

[ Jack Pulman, British screenwriter. ] Material relating to two Shakespeare adaptations, one a version of Hamlet set in the eastern Europe of the cold war, the other a version of 'Richard III' titled 'Dickon'. With corrected drafts, correspondence..

Author: 
Jack Pulman (1925-1979), British screenwriter [ John Russell Brown (1923-2015), Shakespeare scholar; John Counsell (d.1987); Albert Finney; the Old Vic; the National Theatre ]
Publication details: 
[ London, England. 'Hamlet' material dating from 1963 or before. ] Correspondence relating to 'Dickon' [Richard III] dating from between 1974 and 1979.
£800.00

From the Jack Pulman papers. Pulman's distinguished career is well described on the British Film Institute's website. His work for British and American television gained him plaudits as an 'adaptor-extraordinary', beginning with a 1965 version of Thomas Mann's 'Buddenbrooks' for the BBC, and including Henry James's 'Portrait of a Lady' (BBC, 1968) and 'The Golden Bowl' (1972), as well as 'David Copperfield' (NBC, 1970), 'Jane Eyre' (NBC, 1971), 'War and Peace' (BBC, 1973), and the controversial 'I, Claudius' (BBC, 1976).

[ Lord Odo Russell. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('ODO Russell') to Rev. Frederic Cox, regarding arrangements to meet to 'talk over matters in connexion with my marriage on the 5th. of May'.

Author: 
Lord Odo Russell [ Odo William Leopold Russell, 1st Baron Ampthill ] (1829-1884), British diplomat, first British Ambassador to the German Empire [ Rev. Frederick Cox (1821-1906), Dean of Hobart ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 2 Audley Square, May Fair, W. [ London ] 'Wednesday' [ 1868 ].
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with glue stains and slight damage to second leaf from mounting. At the time of writing Cox was curate at Wantage. Russell begins the letter by stating that he will be visiting his mother and will not 'return to Watford before Friday night. - On Saturday morning I hope I may have the good fortune of finding you at home to talk over matters in connexion with my marriage on the 5th. of May.' (to Lady Emily Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon). He thanks him for taking his room at the Clarendon Hotel, before concluding.

[ Henry Russell, song writer and entertainer. ] Printed ticket of admission to 'Mr. Henry Russell's Entertainment' at the Lyceum Theatre, signed 'Henry Russell'. With newspaper cutting of letter from Russell concerning reports of his death.

Author: 
Henry Russell (1812?-1900), English song writer and entertainer [ The Lyceum Theatre, London ]
Publication details: 
Lyceum Theatre [ London ]. 7 September 1858.
£35.00

On one side of a 7.5 x 10.5 cm piece of grey paper. Laid down on a piece of cream paper cut from an album. In fair condition, aged. Reads (with manuscript additions in square brackets): 'LYCEUM THEATRE. | Mr. Henry Russell's Entertainment, | ADMIT [Four Dress Circle] | On [ Wed ] day, September [ 7th ] 1853. | [Henry Russell.] | Not admitted after a quarter to 8.' Also included is an undated newspaper cutting of a letter from Russell 'To the Editor of the Daily News', from '74, Kensington-gardens-square, Bayswater, Nov.

[ Henry Russell, song writer and entertainer. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Massingham' [ W. W. Massingham of the Princess's Theatre ], requesting complimentary tickets to 'the Pantomime'.

Author: 
Henry Russell (1812?-1900), English song writer and entertainer [ William Wright Massingham, essee of the box-office at the Princess's Theatre, London ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. On paper watermarked 'A PIRIE & SONS | 1852'.
£30.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper, with minor traces of glue from mount on reverse. Reads: 'My ydear Massingham. | Will you give me an admission for myself & friend to see the Pantomime - I hear it is great - how are you - can I do any thing for you! - | Thine sincerely | Henry Massingham'. 'Old Massingham' was well-known in his day as 'the lessee of the box-office at the Princess's Theatre during the reign of Keeley and Charles Kean'. His collection of theatrical material was auctioned after his death.

[ Mrs Russell Barrington, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Emilie Isabel Barrington') [ to Fleetwood I. Edwards ], requesting that Queen Victoria donate a sketch by Lord Leighthon to a collection. With copy of Edwards's letter declinging.

Author: 
Emilie Isabel Barrington (1844-1933) [ Mrs. Russell Barrington ], English artist [ Sir Fleetwood Isham Edwards (1842-1910), courtier; Frederick, Lord Leighton (1830-1896), artist ]
Publication details: 
Mrs Russell Barrington's letter: 4 Melbury Road, Kensington W. [ London ] 16 July 1897. Copy of Edwards's reply dated from Osborne [ Isle of Wight ], 5 August 1897.
£56.00

ONE: Mrs Russell Barrington's letter. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly-aged.

[ Andrew Cowper Lawson, Professor of Geology at the University of California. ] Two Autograph Field Notebooks of an American geologist, including notes of Californian surveys conducted with E. F. Davis and A. R. Whitman while studying under Lawson.

Author: 
A. C. Lawson [ Andrew Cowper Lawson ] (1861-1952), Professor of Geology, University of California; E. F. Davis [ Elmer Fred Davis ] (1887-1974); A. R. Whitman [ Alfred Russell Whitman ] (1881-1940)
Publication details: 
Mostly relating to the San Francisco Bay Area of California, but also to other parts of the state. Between 1912 and 1950.
£850.00

The two volumes contain a total of 239pp., 12mo, in ink and pencil, with entries dating from between 29 November 1912 and 28 March 1950. In fair overall condition, with light signs of age and wear. In two Keuffel & Esser notebooks, each in remains of brown calf binding, the first with 'MINING | TRANSIT BOOK | 363' stamped on front cover, and the second with 'Cross Section Book | 375 S'. In manuscript on cover of first volume: '19<...> Dec. | The Psilomelane D | of the Francis <....> | by | Don <...> | Under Prof. A. C. L <...>'.

[ William Clark Russell, nautical author. ] Offprint of article about him by 'Capt. W. J. Ward (Cardiff)', titled 'A National Asset'. With photographic portrait of Russell, and reproduction of sonnet to him by Julia D. Young.

Author: 
Capt. W. J. Ward (Cardiff), Author of "A Lady Skipper," "S.S. Grauck, or The Scheme That Failed," Etc. Etc. [ William Clark Russell (1844-1911), English nautical author; Julia D. Young ]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from "The Maritime Review."' No place or date (but during the reign of King George V).
£50.00

2pp., 4to. Printed on the same side of one piece of shiny art paper, folded to make a bifolium. Aged and stained, with wear and slight loss to extremities. Photograph of Russell beneath title, alongside 'Sonnet | To W. Clark Russell', reprinted 'From "English Sea Pictures." By Julia D. Young, Author of "Barham Beach, the President's Poem." - New York.' The author laments that '[i]n this country, it is not the fashion to ennoble those who really do something for their time and generation', such as Russell, whose 'stupendous output' consists of 'fifty-seven books everyone [sic] of them good'.

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