Lieut-Col. G. J. S. Scovell [ George Julian Selwyn Scovell ] (1881-1948), Cameron Highlanders, deputy Director-General of Recruiting, 1918, and General Secretary of National Liberal Party, 1919-1922
[ Dublin, Ireland. ] In Campbell's Octavo Diary and Almanac for 1905 and Campbell's Albany Diary and Almanac for 1906 (Duncan Campbell & Son, Glasgow and London). Entries dating from between 2 January and 31 December 1906.
Educated at Haileybury and Sandhurst, Scovell was gazetted to the Cameron Highlanders in 1900 and served with the regiment in the latter part of the Boer War (his diaries for the period being among material offered separately). He served on the General Staff in the First World War, and was appointed deputy Director-General of Recruiting in 1917, retiring from the Army the following year. For more information about Scovell, see his entry in 'Who Was Who', and his obituary in The Times, 29 April 1948.
pp., 8vo. Stapled in red card wraps with circular cartridge design in silver. An attractive and glossy production, profusely illustrated. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with dink to spine. Section titles read: '"Who is this C. Eley?"'; 'The Brothers'; 'Together now for 40 years'; 'New Century, new problems'; 'Crisis and congratulations'; 'Pastures new'; 'War and Peace'; '"A policiy of enlightened self-interest"'; 'Eley at 150 years old'. From the papers of the noted gunsmith C.
Terence Horsley, writer on Fishing, Shooting and Flying
Many are apparently unpublished (by the Googlebooks test - if published, published item recorded). Most are extensively worked over. Fair condition.The collection includes:a. "The Salmon", typescript, 26pp., 4tob. Carbon copy of a.c. "Approach to Salmon Fishing", manuscript and typescript, 37pp., fol.d. Binder containing i."Gut sizes and descriptions", typescript, one page; ii. Small correspondence with Hardy's; iii. Notes towards "Teach yourself to Fish", typescript, 100p., 4to; iv. Notes, "Where to fish", etc, manuscript, 4pp., 4to; v.
William Ford, Gun Maker, "Eclipse" Works, 15, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham
Letterhead of William Ford, Gun Maker, "Eclipse" Works, 15, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham. 21 February 1907.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to extremities. Addressed to 'F. Gardner Esq | Little Coggeshall | Essex'. The letter is signed 'Wm Ford | Per Pro' and reads: 'Dear Sir | In reply to your kind enquiry the cost to improve the shooting of your little .410 would be about 10/- if a double gun as near as I can tell without seeing it. | Trusting to be favoured with your kind command'. The letterhead contains a mass of text at the head and filling the left-hand margin.
Thomas Francis Kennedy (1788-1879), Scottish Whig politician [Mayow W. Adams, JP, of the Old House, Sydenham, Kent]
Dalquharran Castle, Nr. Maybole [Ayrshire], Scotland. 25 August 1851.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He requests him to have 'a warrant issued, in my favour, for a Buck from The New Forest, as soon after this letter reaches you, as may be convenient - and that you will give the instructions for its disposal'. He gives three numbered instructions regarding the warrant's packing and dispatch, adding 'going by the Luggage train is essential, in order that the expence may not be excessive'. In a postscript he asks that the buck be 'killed & dispatched ' when the weather is 'suitable'.
[T. M. Watkins, High Street, Banbury; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire]
1893 advertisement: T. M. Watkins, High Street, Banbury. 'Cheney & Sons, Typ., Banbury.' [Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire]. 1886 notice: T. J. Watkins, 75 High Street, Banbury. [no printer].
Both items in very good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Printed in blue on a 26.5 x 21 cm piece of light-green paper. In very good condition.. In a variety of fonts and point sizes. Among a number of different products advertised are 'Smokeless Cartridges', with the notice: 'T. M. WATKINS has for many years given special personal attention to, and has been highly successful in, the filling of Cartridges and Nitro Compounds, and can confidently recommend his make as the very best, and for shooting qualities equal, or superior, to anything in the market.' Also 'Schultze, E.C., or S.S.
Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873), English animal painter and sculptor of the lions in Trafalgar Square [Sir Edward Kerrison and his wife Lady Caroline Kerrison, daughter of the Earl of Ilchester]
Five on his letterhead, St John's Wood Road, NW [London]; the others on letterhead of Stoke Park and Boulogne, the latter sent to Sir Edward from Kinrara, Aviemore, Scotland. 1865, 1866 (4), 1868 and 1869.
Totalling 14pp., 12mo, and 7pp., 16mo. On seven bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. The Kinrara letter, the only one addressed to Sir Edward Kerrison, has as letterhead a vignette captioned 'BOULOGNE | Laitières Milkwomen'; the Stoke Park letter on cream paper, the others on grey paper, with Landseer's letterhead, with antler motif, printed in red. The seven letters in an envelope with contemporary inscription: 'Letters from Sir Edwin Landseer'.
[Messrs. Robert Hall & Co., The Highland Sportsman, Shooting & Estate Agency, 43 Old Bond Street, London [hunting; shooting; field sports]
On letterhead of Messrs. Robert Hall & Co., The Highland Sportsman, Shooting & Estate Agency, 43 Old Bond Street, London. [Added in manuscript: Messrs. Russell & Dunlop. W.S., 20 Castle Street, Edinburgh.] 22 January 1895.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with vertical closed tear at head neatly repaired with archival tape. Ornate letterhead, including an engraving of a sportsman looking through a telescope, while standing beside a dead stag, with a gamekeeper beside him, both men in kilts. The letter is signed 'Robert Hall & Co.', with the rest of the text in another hand.
Lt Col. John Plunkett Verney Hawksley (1877-1916), DSO, Royal Field Artillery [his mother Emily Julia Hawksley of Caldy Island, Pembrokeshire; Kashmir; British India; the Raj]
The four letters addressed from: dak bungalows at Rawal Pindi and Magam, near Srinagar, Kashmir; Rowbury's Hotel, Murree; from Srinagar iteslf; and in camp, near Islamabad, Kashmir. One undated, but all four written between 7 July and 11 August 1899.
The four letters totalling 16pp., 12mo. Each on a bifolium. All four good, on lightly-aged paper. Chatty and informative letters, in the bored tone of the English upper classes, and exhibiting a shocking casual racism. One: From Dâk Bungalow, Rawal Pindi, 20 July 1899, and Rowberry's [sic] Hotel, Murree, 23 July 1899. 4pp., 12mo. He apologises for a hurried letter of the previous day. 'I began my journey very badly by calling a high caste mahomedan who was snoring in my carriage a Scor - (pig) he got very irate.
'Titrao Cupido' [John B. Hearsh; John H. Beardsley; Henry William Herbert ('Frank Forester'), sportsman and author]
Undated, but contemporaneous with the letter, which is dated 'Cleveland, March 17th. 1857'.
4to, 2 pp. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Text clear and complete. The letter, of 39 lines, requests Herbert's opinion of 'the feasibility of a plan for the domestication of the Primated Grouse of the western prairies in this section of the country'. He writes because 'some few passages in your own writings have led me to know that one who has the heart of, and a desire to be a true sportsman, would not, if requesting a favor at your hand be overlooked'. Signed 'Titrao Cupido | Box 841 O.O. | Cleveland Ohio'. This has been lightly crossed-out in pencil, with the signature 'Jno.
Augustus Grimble [Vincent Robert Stewart Ramsey Balfour-Browne (1880-1963), Scottish wildlife artist; field sports; hunting, shooting and salmon fishing]
Book: London: Chapman and Hall, Ld. 1892. Letter: 28 August 1903; on letterhead of Penrose, Henley-on-Thames.
Book: 8vo: xi + 259 pp. Eighteen plates (with the seventh plate, 'A Death Trap', as frontispiece). Fair copy, on lightly aged and foxed paper. In original green binding, gilt, with wear to hinges, corners and head and tail of spine. With autograph inscription of 'V. R. Balfour-Browne, Oxford. February 1901.' A nice association between two notable individuals in the world of field sports. The letter, addressed to 'Dear B. B.', is 12mo, 2 pp, in bifolium; in good condition; laid down by the blank second leaf to the recto of the book's fly leaf.
Woolwich: Printed at the Royal Artillery Institution, 1883
Reprinted from "Proceedings, Royal Military Institution," No. 6, Vol.XII. 19pp., tall 8vo, original blue wraps, slight;y chipped, and sunned at edges, worn at bottom of spine, mainly good.remnants of album page on back cover. Inscribed "With the Author's Compliments." From an album created by the engineer son of M.C. Meigs, engineer, sometime distinguished Quartermaster General for the Union Army. No copy on COPAC or WorldCat.
Woolwich: Printed at the Royal Artillery Institution, 1884
Reprinted from "Proceedings, Royal Military Institution," No. 11, Vol.XII. 4pp., with two folding plates, tall 8vo, original blue printed wraps, sunned at edges, mainly good, remnants of album page on back cover. Inscribed "With the Author's Compliments." From an album created by the engineer son of Montgomery C. Meigs, engineer, sometime distinguished Quartermaster General for the Union Army.
Pp.p. xv, 155, concluding with 16-page publisher's catalogue, original green cloth gilt (motif of the bird on front cover), illustrated,some wear, corners bumped as well as the top and bottom of spine, sporadic use of pencil lines in margin, but an attractive book. Compliments of the publisher on title (blind stamp).
Byron Webber, English novelist and journalist [The Sporting Gazette, London]
15 September 1871; on letterhead of The Sporting Gazette, 135 Strand, London W.C.
12mo, 2 pp. Text complete and legible, on grubby and creased paper. Trace of grey paper mount adhering to blank verso of second leaf of bifolium. Crude caricature of a man's face in top left-hand corner of first page. Draper 'bolted from the Club last night' - Webber can 'guess the cause' - 'thereby depriving the committee of the unit necessary to form a quorum'. Had he not done so 'Marks would have shown you the drawing which he had brought down, finished, for your inspection.' Webber will 'bring it with me to the Circle to-morrow.
Dimensions: 5 inches by 7 inches. Somewhat grubby and with ink stain at foot. Headed 'THE MASTERS OF FOX HOUNDS ASSOCIATION, | TATTERSALLS, ALBERT GATE, LONDON.' Standing order to Dalkeith's bank, Coutts & Co of 59 Strand, to make an annual payment on 1 May to the Herries Farquhar branch of Lloyds one pound, as his subscription to the association. Signed 'Dalkeith'. Docketed by the bank and pinned to a 'Tattersalls' letterhead, roughly 5 inches by 7 inches, carrying a note which reads 'With the Secretary of the M. F. H. A's compliments.
[BIG GAME HUNTING] Sir Edmund Lechmere, 4th Baronet
No date (but docketed 'Letter of Mch 30' ); on blindstamped letterhead 'Flat 2, | 45, Braham Gardens, | S. W. 5.'
2 pages, 16mo. Somewhat grubby and creased, and obtrusively docketed in ink, with the phrase 'Sent off | 10th 28' written across the text on the recto. Reads 'Dear Sir, | You hoped to return my book (album) last week but no doubt the holidays interfered. I am just sending a line to say I am leaving Town for the Country for the summer early on Monday next so hope it may be returned this week | Yours sincy | E Lechmere'.