SHORTHAND

[Shorthand; book] Transactions of the First International Shorthand Congress held in London From September 26th to October Ist, 1887

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[Inscribed ; Shorthand Congress; W.B. Gurney copy]
Publication details: 
London: Pitman, 1888.
£950.00

xii.[460].[48]pp, 8vo, hinge strain, cover showing signs of wear and tear, marking throughout, fair condition only. The [48] page section at the back is an Appendix containing a Catalogue of relevant Books and MSS. exhibited. Luminaries like Gurney-Salter and Isaac Pitman participated. Inscribed on title "W.B. Gurney & Sons | 26 Abingdon St Westminster" (" W B Gurney & Sons LLP (Gurney's) was established in 1735 by Thomas Gurney. It is one of the country's longest surviving businesses.

Printed pamphlet titled 'Taylor's System of Shorthand Writing. Edited by Matthias Levy', with copy of Autograph Note Signed from shorthand writer Henry Dobell to 'Mr Cross', describing the copy as 'one of a very few in existence'.

Author: 
Samuel Taylor, shorthand writer; Matthias Levy, Member of the Institute of Shorthand Writers, editor; Henry Dobell, shorthand writer
Publication details: 
Pamphlet: New Edition. London: 1890. 4, Serle Street, Lincoln's Inn, W.C. [with '5, Mitre Court, Fleet Street, E.C.' deleted]. Note: on letterhead of 'Henry Dobell, Shorthand Writer', 33 Chancery Lane, London, WC2.
£120.00

PAMPHLET: 16pp., 12mo, and four plates of 'Taylor's System of Shorthand | as used by the Author.' Erratum slip. Stitched. In light-green printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Two page introduction by Levy, followed by three-page 'Preface to the Second Edition' by him, dated 'July, 1890'. The rest of the pamphlet consists of 'An Essay intended to establish a Standard for Stenography'. In his introduction Levy explains that 'numerous enquiries' have induced him 'to publish the following System of Shorthand, which was invented by Samuel Taylor and first published in 1786'.

[Printed book.] Rational Stenography; or, Short-Hand Made Easy, In a few familiar Lessons, founded on the Principles of the late John Byrom, Esq. M.A. F.R.S. With numerous improvements. By the Rev. J. Nightingale.

Author: 
Rev. J. Nightingale, Author of "A Comparative View of Mavor's and Byrom's Systems," and of several Works of History and general Science, &c. [Joseph Nightingale (1775-1824); John Byrom (1692-1763)]
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London: J. Robins and Co. Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row. 1823. [J. Robins and Co. Albion Press, London.]
£150.00

40 + 3 + 4 pp., 12mo. With frontispiece, and three plates on one fold-out strip. In original grey printed wraps (giving the price as 2s 6d). In good condition, on lightly-aged and spotted paper, in worn wraps. Excellent frontispiece portrait, with tissue guard, captioned 'Rev. Joseph Nightingale. | Drawn by Shoosmith - Engraved by R. Roffe. | Published by J. Robins & Co. London. Feby. 1. 1824.' Six-page preface, dated 'Southwark Square, 1823.' Three plates on one fold-out strip, facing p.12.

Victorian autograph commonplace book of Robert Johnson, Junior, with a poem on his brother's death; diary entries with descriptions of Ibrahim Pasha, a cricket match, fireworks display, opera and ballet at Drury Lane; several pages in shorthand.

Author: 
Robert Johnson Junr.; Matthew Johnson [Limehouse; Stepney; Lea Valley; Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt (1789-1848)]
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Begun in February 1846.
£320.00

99pp., 12mo. Eleven pages written in shorthand. In original brown calf binding, marbled endpapers. The front of the volume carries the inscribed on front free endpaper: 'Robert Johnson Junr. | February. 1846'. The text is in two parts, with 29pp. at the front of the volume (inc. 1p. in shorthand); and 70pp. (inc. 10pp. in shorthand) at the rear (with the volume turned upside down). Lightly-aged, and with a light bloom working out from gutter of central pages.

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