[ Joseph Quincey Adams junior, Shakespeare scholar. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Joseph Q Adams'), thanking Henry Guppy, Librarian of the John Rylands Library, Manchester, on behalf of the trustees of the Folger Shakespeare Library, for various favours.

Joseph Quincy Adams junior (1880-1946), Shakespeare scholar and first director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington [ Henry Guppy (1861-1948), Librarian, John Rylands Library, Manchester ]
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On letterhead of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington. 12 October 1943.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with small coffee stain in margin at head. He begins by thanking Guppy for the 'gift of the numerous "Transactions," including the beautiful volume "The English Bible in the John Rylands Library"': 'To our bibliographers as well as to our readers these works will be of the utmost value.' He writes that the war 'has put a temporary stop to our publishing', but that 'we have ambitious plans for the future, and every volume we issue will go promptly to you'. He also thanks him for 'printing my little article on the Shakespeare Signature'.

[ George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer, Whig Home Secretary and book collector. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr Payne' [ Thomas Payne the younger, of the London booksellers Payne and Foss ], regarding 'Mr Payne's Cards'.

George John Spencer (1758-1834), 2nd Earl Spencer, Whig Home Secretary and book collector [ Payne and Foss, London booksellers; Althorp; Thomas Payne; Henry Foss; John Rylands Library, Manchester ]
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Spencer House [ London ]. 28 May 1830.

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He writes that 'he does not at present know of any among his acquaintance who may be in want of a proper Person to fill the situations alluded to in Mr Payne's Cards', but that he will 'bear in mind the application, in case a suitable opportunity should occur to him, of which he would avail himself with propriety'. Spencer's library, of which Thomas Frognall Dibdin had the care, forms the basis of the John Rylands Library in Manchester. Both Spencer and Thomas Payne (1752-1831) have entries in the Oxford DNB.

[John Belfield Gadd, librarian, The John Rylands Library, Manchester.] Bound collection (by his family?) of 18 original compositions, titled 'Some Of His Published and Unpublished Articles', including 14 Typescripts and 2 Autograph Manuscripts.

John Belfield Gadd (1895-1918), librarian, The John Rylands Library, Manchester [The Manchester Guardian]
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[Several from 'Edale', 115 Atwood Rd, Didsbury, Manchester.] Items dated from between 1913 and 1916.

Folio volume of 127pp. (paginated in red pencil) of typescripts and manuscripts, with three printed items extracted from magazines, bound in black cloth, with the front cover stamped in gilt with the title 'John Belfield Gadd | 1895-1918. | Some Of His Published and Unpublished Articles'. A good-natured and entertaining collection of seventeen essays and two plays, strongly hinting at unfulfilled promise.

[Peter Rylands] Autograph Letter Signed "Peter Rylands" to "Brooke Robinson" (Dudley lawyer?).

Peter Rylands, politician and wire manufacturer (Wikipedia)
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[Printed heading] Bewsey House, Warrington, 25 Sept. 1871.

Four pages, 12mo, remannts from tipping in album or similar, sl. grubby, text clear and complete. He discusses the previous situation of "John Gamble", a servant, who he says was 'trustworthy & obliging' in the few months he was employed by him., "He is not at all afraid of hard work but rather appears to like it but is somewhat rough in his manner & makes too much noise." He had to tell him off for this, and prefers quiet servants.

[The Holbein-Society's Fac-simile Reprints] Pronosticatio in Latino, by John Lichtenberger; A Reproduction of the First Edition (Printed at Strasburg, 1488). Edited by W. Harry Rylands, F.S.A. [with facsimiles of 56 woodcuts, eleven hand-coloured]

John Lichtenberger [Johann Lichtenberger; W. Harry Rylands, FSA, editor; The Holbein-Society's Fac-simile Reprints; Manchester and London; astrology]
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Published for the Holbein Society by A. Brothers, 14, St. Ann's Square, Manchester, 1890.

89pp, 4to; consisting of half-title, title, three-page introduction by Rylands, seventy-three page unpaginated facsimile of the main work on consecutive pages, and eleven pages (each with a blank reverse), each carrying a hand-coloured plate. On watermarked wove paper, with top edge gilt, and other edges deckled. Good, on aged paper (first and last pages dusty), in recent black-cloth quarter binding, with grey boards and white label on spine.

Typed Letter Signed ('W. H. Rylands') to [Josiah] Conder, concerning an engraving of the Temple in Jerusalem.

W. H. Rylands [William Harry Rylands] (1847-1922), F.S.A., antiquary and freemason [Josiah Conder (1852-1920), architect and artist]
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4to, 2 pp. Thirty-six lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged and creased paper. Rylands thanks Conder for the trouble he has taken 'about this plate of the Temple'. Discusses an edition of Josephus, and a possible painting by Parmentier of 'the building of the Temple and not the Temple built'. Discusses the origin of the plate Conder has sketched, with architectural references. 'Schott's engraving was often copied, [...] Fergusson, with all his study, did not come to anything better'. Rylands was initiated in the Lodge of Faith and Unanimity No.

Manuscript headed 'The Informacon of William Rylands Purser of the Neptune galley merchant man' and docketed 'Informacone of William Rylands a Joseph Matthews & John Wyatt'. Signed by Rylands and by Robert Constable of the Middle Temple.

Robert Constable; William Rylands; Joseph Matthews; John Wyatt; the galley 'Neptune' [naval and maritime; stuart; sixteenth and seventeenth century; the Inns of Court]
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taken on Oath before me this 17th day of October Anno. Dom 1706.'

On one side of a piece of watermarked laid paper roughly 31 x 19 cm. Docketed on reverse. Good, on lightly aged paper, with slight chipping to right-hand edge and short closed tear neatly repaired on reverse with archival tape. The words 'Middle in top left-hand cornerr. Rylands says that the Neptune was 'lying in the Downes' three weeks before, when Matthews and Wyatt, 'being marriners on board', did 'with five other person's Run away with the long boat or yaul belonging to the Said gally'.

Autograph Note Signed to a "Mr Jones", bookseller.

James Rendel Harris.
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54 Wood Rd, Whally Range, Manchester, 5 Jan. 1920.

Biblical scholar, archaeologist, and orientalist (DNB). One page, 8vo, faintly stained but text clear and complete, as follows:"Your list to hand I can certainly take the little collection of tracts, beginning "England's Warning". You may also send me the two Portsmouth tracts, & the Lilburn tract, the Titus Oates sermon & the oath of the Kings of England". Harris was at this time at the John Rylands Library, Manchester and may well have been ordering on their behalf.

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