`No. 1164 of 3000 copies. Soft cover, c.12 x 12", one or two small spots, mainly very good. INSCRIBED by Vicari: "For Ian Jenkins / with high regard & deep admiration / A bientot. / Andrew Vicari / Monaco. 24.I.82."
David Roberts, C.L. Eastlake and Henry Moseley, artists
No date or place.
18.5 x 8.5cm, sl. chipped and stained, but text clear. Signatures of Roberts, C.L. Eastlake and Henry Moseley, adding their addresses in holograph (Eastlake and Roberts both at 7 Fitzroy Square, and Moseley at 52 Upper Charlotte Street), probably clipped from an appeal to the Artists' Benevolent Fund.
Card designed to suggest church window with two angelic children's faces looking down, coloured, opening up to reveal printed message (quotation from the work of Francis Ridley Havergal). Cream areas sl. grubby. Charlotte Yonge's signature in on the back. (Image on my website).
Cut irregularly from document, 10 x 4cm, good condition. Signatures of Roberts and McLean from an appeal to the Artists' Benevolent Fund. Note on reverse reveals a claim on behalf of "Mrs Anne Turner", claim no. 1495.
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), etcher and surgeon
Place not stated. Dated '9th.', with 'January 1906' added in another hand.
1p., landscape 12mo. On aged, worn and creased paper. Written in a shaky hand. Reads: '9th. | This was just going out as your Letter came in yesterday. So thought it better too keep back till I had mastered the contents of yours which was most satisfactory and told me all I wanted to know - | A thousand thanks for all you have done | F. S. H.'
Herman Finck [ Herman [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), British composer and conductor of Dutch extraction [ Henry Chance Newton (1854-1931), theatre critic of the Referee newspaper ]
On letterhead of the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne. 8 October 1925.
2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged. Unsigned copy of typed letter., with one autograph emendation. Addressed to 'My dear Harry'. He begins by explaining that he is in Eastbourne recuperating from the flu. 'As I did not rise until Monday last I missed the Sunday papers including alas, the Referee. [ amended in autograph from 'the Rat' ] | A cutting, however (from the Ref) reached me here today containing an article of yours, wherein you place me among your Hebrew musical collaborators.
Richard Lalor Shiel (1791-1851), Irish politician, writer and orator, Vice-President of the Board of Trade and Master of the Mint
5 rue des Champs Élysées [ Paris ]. January 1842.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with thin strip from previous mount. The letter begins: 'Sir, | I had the honor (a great one) of being presented to you, by Lord Palmerston, and of meeting you at the house of Mr Ellis.' As he was received 'with so much kindness', he ventures to ask the favour of being allowed to be 'present in the Chamber of Deputies, to hear the debate on the address', which he considers 'a discussion of so much interest'.
Christina Foyle (1911-1999), proprietor of London bookshop, Foyle's of Charing Cross Road; her husband Ronald Batty (d.1994) [ Philip Dosse (d.1980) of Hansom Books, publisher of 'Books and Bookmen' ]
The letters of Foyle and Batty on two letterheads: 'From the Director's Office | W. & G. Foyle Ltd. | Booksellers | 119-125, Charing Cross Road, | London, W.C.2.' and Beeleigh Abbey, Maldon, Essex. Between 1968 and 1980.
The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Of Foyle's 77 letters, 63 are signed 'Christina Foyle' and 14 'Christina'. Almost all 1p., 4to. Foyle's character shines through, an extraordinary mixture of steely determination, frankness and snobbish hauteur (for a good assessment, see her obituary in The Independent, 10 June 1999). Topics include: literary luncheons for Diana Mosley, Dirk Bogarde ('He is so very appealing. My friend Vivian Ellis thinks he is greater than Shakespeare.
One page, 12mo, fold marks, tipped on to album sheet, good condition. "Now that porr Cockerell has gone, may we not hope that you will permit us to regard you as Trustee of the Architects' Benevolent Soc[iet]y in conjunction with Hardwick and Scott? Do say yes." Note: C.R. Cockerell died in 1863 after years of poor health.
Megan Lloyd George [Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd George (1902-1966), Liberal politician and daughter of Prime Minister David Lloyd George (1863-1945)
Letter on House of Commons letterhead. 16 March 1949.
The letter is 1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Livingstone has sent her the photograph which he has cut from a magazine, and she writes that she has 'had pleasure in signing the enclosed picture', and is 'so glad you like it'. The photograph is 17 x 14 cm, in black and white, and shows a smiling Lady Megan seated at a table with a piece of paper in front of her. She has signed it 'Megan Lloyd George'. It is laid down on a piece of 22 x 16.5 cm card, and is aged and lightly ruckled.
George Olive of Messrs Mant & Bruce, attorneys, Bath [The Bath Gas Company Bill, House of Commons, 1837; C. H. Capper; H. J. Mant of Bath]
Olive's letter: Without place [London] or date [docketted 7 July 1837]. Capper's receipt: Birmingham. 19 February 1838.
Olive's Letter: 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf to 'H. J. Mant Esq | 2 Wood St | Queen Square | Bath'. The letter is without place or date. Olive has written the letter on behalf of the Bath attorneys Mant & Bruce (he states at the conclusion that 'Mr Bruce requested me to write to save him the trouble'), who are acting for an interested party (Capper?).
Sir Hubert Gough [Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough] (1870-1963) [Ralph David Blumenfeld ('R. D. B.') (1864-1948), Daily Express editor, 1902-1932; Inter-Allied Mission, Finland; White Russians; Bolsheviks]
'Helsingfors. | British Mission. | 3rd July .'
2pp., 12mo. In very good condition: lightly-aged and creased. Writing to 'My dear Blumenfeld', Gough begins with a few lines on 'your correspondent, Muir' (with reference to Blumenfeld's 'Yankee' origins -which also included strong anti-Communist sentiment), before giving a general analysis. 'This is a most complex situation out here, as there are so many interests pulling different ways - it is not always easy to see one's way clear.
Maurice F. Strong (b.1929), Canadian entrepreneur, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development ['Earth Summit'], 1992 [Arthur G. Bourne; Oil For Food Programme]
Strong's letters both from Geneva, on letterheads of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, 29 August 1972, and the United Nations Environment Programme, 26 July 1973. Four of Bourne's drafts from Flitwick, Bedfordshire, 1972-1975.
The seven items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Strong's two letters are each 1p., 8vo, and are both on thin paper with slight wear to the edges; the second letter is docketed on the reverse by Bourne. In his first letter Strong congratulates Bourne on 'the new journal "The Environment This Month"'. He was 'favourably impressed with the first issue' and congratulates Bourne 'on the initiative you have taken in filling in such a promising way the need which existed for a high quality international journal on environmental affairs'.
Arnold Wesker (b.1932), English playwright of the 'kitchen sink' school [Renee Hellman; Imperial Cancer Research Fund; Alan Bates]
27 Bishops Road, London N6. 11 October 1965.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He asks her whether she means by 'a favourite recipe' one 'which I know of that others are likely not to know of? Or just one that I like but might well be familiar?' He ends by suggesting that she try asking Alan Bates, 'who I think has a secret recipe'. He gives an address for the actor.
Randall Hopley Sherlock (d.1875), editor of the Liverpool Mail [The London International Exhibition of Industry and Art of 1862 (Great London Exposition) at South Kensington]
15 Holland Street, Kensington, W [London]. 1 August [1862.]
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He begins: 'My dear Mrs. Roper - | I have been rather long in fulfilling my promise to write - but I must lay all the blame on this most attractive International from which I can hardly tear myself away! My journey was a very pleasant one on Tuesday with agreeable fellow-passengers, there was another Bouquet besides mine in the carriage - but tell dear Annie it would bear no comparison with mine!
Edwin Paxton Hood (1820-1885), English Congregational minister and author [William Giles Baxter [W. G. Baxter] (1856-1888), 'Ally Sloper' cartoonist]
Neither item with place stated. Hood's note dated 25 August 1878, and the engraving is undated.
Both items are in very good condition, neatly and attractively placed in windowpane mounts of laid paper. The portrait, of which there is no copy of the engraved portrait in the National Portrait Gallery collection, is black and white on 19 x 14 cm paper. Baxter's drawing depicts the head and shoulders of a shrewd-eyed bare-headed Hood, who is dressed in a wing-collared shirt, dog-collar and black coat and waistcoat. Facsimile signatures at foot of 'W. G. Baxter' and 'E. Paxton Hood'.
J. H. Rose [John Holland Rose] (1855-1942), English historian best-known for his biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, Reader in Modern History, Cambridge University [Alfred Tresidder Sheppard (1871-1947)]
On Y.M.C.A. letterhead, 'On Active Service | With the British Expeditionary Force', 15 September 1917.
2pp., 4to. 53 lines. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of previous mounting at head, and a light and unobtrusive water stain. The letter is headed by Rose 'Y.M.C.A. B.A.P.O.2 B.E.F. France'. Regarding Sheppard's recently-published 'Quest of Ledgar Dunstan', Rose writes: 'You have a wonderfully keen mental eye which sees everything with extraordinary sharpness, & you have a literary hand which etches with just & delicate touch. The book is also one of singular intensity of feeling which carries the reader along fascinated & thrilled.
The three letters all from 7 Austin Friars, London, and all dating from August 1895. Halse's report undated, but slightly earlier.
Halse's report, to Messrs Bourke, Sandys & Co., London, is headed 'Malacate'. 16pp., 8vo. Neatly written out, with marginal chapter headings, beginning: 'Situation of Mines', 'Roads', 'Freight Rates', 'Mining Claims', 'Timber and Water', 'History of the Property and Titles'.
Jennie [Jerome] Churchill, Lady Randolph Churchill, American mother of Winston Churchill
[Headed] 8 Connaught PLace, W. [London], 6 Dec. no year given.
Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, some staining but text clear and complete, as folows: "Sir | In answer to your letter of the 2d. I beg to state I am quite certain that Lord Randolph would not entertain for a moment the suggestion you make..."
Allan Fea (1860-1956), historian and antiquary [Costessey, Norfolk]
19 July 1930; Bossingham, Canterbury.
12mo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for the 'particulars re, Costessey [Norfolk]', will 'write to Sir Hy. Jerningham' and will 'look up' Johnson's 'Journal' in the British Museum.
Marguerite, Countess of Blessington, (1789–1849), Irish Society Hostess, Author (DNB)
Gore House, [Kensington, London], 15 Feb. 1849 (four months before her death)
Two pages, 4to, fold marks, some marking, good condition, text clear and complete, as follows: "Permit me to thank you for one of the most acceptable gifts I have ever received, the 'Histoire Morale des Femmes", and for the aimable [underlined] note that accompanied it. Let me thank you also in the name of my Sex for the great service you have rendered us by the admirable Exposé [underlined] of our wrongs, and generous advocacy of our Virtues.
Published & Sold by Hughes & Son, Wrexham, .
Four pages, 4to, bifolium, stains and small closed tears on fold marks, mainly good condition, comprising: Facsimile of Heber's words for the Hymn commencing "From Greenland's Icy Mountains" and concluding ([p.2]) "Redeemer, King, Creator, in bliss returns to reign" (Note at foot of p. "The obliterations in the second and Fourth Verses are caused by the Printer's file"; p. For the story of the writing of the hymn (see http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/f/r/fromgrim.htm); p. Typed Letter Signed "Ellis Lever", "coal contractor", Brooklawn, Southport, April 8th, 1899, explaining to the ad
90pp., 8vo (six-page catalogue of Bell & Daldy's "New and Standard Publications" at end), in slipcase, green cloth in good condition, pattern in relief, gold motif of laurels surrounding the title, hinge strain at title/frontispiece, some speckling throughout, some pencilled underlining, and childish daubing of colour onto three of the illustrations. INSCRIBED as follows: "This book was written by my mother [letters crossd out] the stories read to me & Walter for our amusement in 1857-8 | J Parker Smith".
James Whitcomb Riley, illustrator Howard Chandler Christy
Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 
A good association copy. Decorated green boards,illustrated eps, good +. With the bookplates of Edward Laurence Doheny and Carrie Estelle Doheny (front endpapers - not her conventional bookplate), a label "From the Library of Estelle Doheny at 8 Chester Place Los Angeles". Also a small Chrismas card laid down front endpaper with the words "Love to Estelle Doheny Nancy & Howard [Chandler Christy]", and the titlepage is inscribed by the illustrator "To [Mrs] Doheny. | To a friend - from a friend. Christmas 1923. Howard Chandler Christy".
Archaeological surveyor of India. 2pp., 8vo. He discusses the personnel of the Survey, the senior position to be filled, and what he would do if he were in charge. (He was Director General from 1886 to 1889.)
Alec Waugh [Alexander Raban Waugh (1898-1981), English author, elder brother of Evelyn Waugh
28 January 1921; on letterhead of Chapman & Hall Ltd, 11 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.
12mo: 2 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. If the recipient visited on the Saturday he would have found that the Waughs were away: 'My wife was developing mumps in London & I was kicking a football. Would tha tit had been any other day.' He thanks him for 'the review of Strachey', which he read with much interest, if partial agreement': 'I think mystic experience lies beyond my compass, & therefore I can hardly judge'. Quotes 'our friend Moore' (the philosopher G. E. Moore?) on the subject.
Scottish judge (1837-1905). 6pp., 8vo, discussing in detail the expropriation of estates from an absent person and the implications and powers of the "Presumption of Life Limitation (Scotland) Act of 1881".