[The Piddingtons, Australian husband and wife mentalists; Changi] Biography ‘The Piddingtons’ by their manager Russell Braddon, with illustrations by Ronald Searle, signed by Braddon and Lesley and Sydney Piddington, with bookplate of Desmond Young.

Russell Braddon [The Piddingtons [Sydney and Leslie Piddington], Australian husband and wife telepathic mentalists; their manager Russell Braddon (1921-1995); Ronald Searle (1920-2011).]
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Werner Laurie, London. 2nd impression, March 1950.

238pp, 8vo, with frontispiece and illustrations. In green cloth binding, gilt. Internally good and tight, on lightly-browned paper, in good binding with slight discolouration at head and foot of spine, caused by loss to the creased and damaged dustwrapper. The three signatures are one on top of the other in the centre of the recto of the front free endpaper: ‘Leslie Piddington. / Sydney Piddington / Russell Braddon’.

[Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman.] Manuscript cross-interrogatories for Achille Fould, French Minister of Finance, witness in the cause Roux versus Wiseman, with ALS from Wiseman's solicitor James Vincent Harding to commissioner Monsignor Francis Searle.

James Vincent Harding, Roman Catholic solicitor and antiquary [Achille Fould (1800-1867), French Minister of Finance; Monsignor Francis Searle; Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman (1802-1865)]
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Cross-interrogatories dated 16 March 1857 by the plaintiff's attorney E. L. Levy of 61 Burton Crescent, London. Harding's letter to Searle from 24 Lincoln's Inn Fields [London], 17 March 1857.

Cross-interrogatories: 5pp., 4to. On two bifoliums of grey paper, stitched one inside the other. In very good condition, lightly-aged.

[Printed booksellers' catalogue.] Illustrated Hand-books of Art included in The Art Prize List of the Science and Art Department Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington.

[E. J. Poynter and Professor Roger Smith, editors, 'Illustrated Hand-books of Art history', Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publishers, St Dunstan's House, Fetter Lane
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London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington at St Dunstan's House in Fetter Lane. 1887.

8pp., 12mo. Two bifoliums, one loosely inserted in the other. Printed in red. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-stained paper. A tasteful Italianate design, with thick decorative borders containing flowers, birds, a cherub and a monkey. The last page ends with commendatory quotations from the Spectator and Times.

Valentine card.

Ronald Searle
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Dimensions when folded roughly 4 3/4 inches by 6 inches. Somewhat grubby, but well printed and in good condition overall. Front of card printed in black with Searle's printed signature and 'to my Valentine -' in red at head. Cartoon illustration of bespectacled young lady with bouffant hair and hairband, in dainty skirt and heels, holding beribboned had in front of her, posing in front of wall on which she casts large shadow of horned devil with tail.

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