SKELTON

[ The 'Portugal Illustrated' of Rev. William Morgan Kinsey, 1828. ] Sections of the Autograph Manuscript; Kinsey's Portuguese passport for the trip; ALS to his sister discussing the book and itemising profits and expenses; ALS from Rev. J. W. Hughes.

Author: 
William Morgan Kinsey (1788-1851) of Trinity College, Oxford, clergyman and traveller in Portugal; Rector of Rotherfield Greys [ Rev. John William Hughes (d.1850), Rector of St Clement's Holywell ]
Publication details: 
The four items from between 1827 and 1831. The letter to his sister dated from Trinity College, Oxford.
£1,500.00

For information on Kinsey, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. Both editions of his book were published in London by Treuttel & Würtz; the first in 1828, the second a year later. Printed by Valpy, with illustrations by Gibbs and Pugin engraved by Cooke and Skelton, it is a product of an interesting period of English exploration of the Iberian Peninsular (Beckford's impressions of Spain and Portugal appearing in 1834).

[ Joseph Skelton and Rev. W. M. Kinsey's 'Portugal Illustrated'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed from Skelton to Kinsey, with detailed response by Kinsey, regarding disputed accounts for work on the book. With itemised account and memoranda by Kinsey.

Author: 
Joseph Skelton [ Joseph John Skelton ] (1783-1871), engraver [ William Morgan Kinsey (1788-1851) of Trinity College, Oxford, clergyman and traveller in Portugal ]
Publication details: 
Oxford. 1829 and 1831.
£800.00

For information on Kinsey and Skelton, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. The five items in the present collection are in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with chipping and wear to the extremities of Item One resulting in minor loss of text at head. The collection comprises two letters from Skelton to Kinsey regarding the substantial account between them, a detailed reply by Kinsey disputing Skelton's account, an itemised account by Kinsey of the account between him and Skelton; and memoranda by Kinsey relating to the second edition of the book.

[William Skelton, engraver.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Skelton') to William Aynton, requesting that he be allowed to send him 'a few of my engraved Portraits', for distribution to 'the Noblemen & Gentlemen, Members of the Athenaeum Club'.

Author: 
William Skelton (1763-1848), English engraver [William Aynton; the Athenaeum, London club]
Publication details: 
1 Stafford Place, Pimlico. 3 September 1831.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse. In an apparent attempt to drum up business, Skelton writes:: 'In consequence of your suggestion I presume to request the favor of you to receive a few of my engraved Portraits, to present to the Noblemen & Gentlemen, Members of the Athenaeum Club, and shall be gratified if the enclosed may prove acceptable.'

[Joseph Skelton, engraver.] Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed firm of art suppliers, with a list of his requirements.

Author: 
Joseph Skelton [Joseph John Skelton] (1783-1871), engraver famed for his depictions of Oxford, brother of the engraver William Skelton ()1763-1848
Publication details: 
Magdalen Bridge, Oxford. 18 November 1823.
£150.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse. Docketted: 'fo 369 | G F'. He asks to be sent 'the following goods of the very best quality by the next Oxford Van which leaves daily Old Change about one O Clock.' Four items are listed: various reams of 'drawing Atlas', 'drawing Elephant', 'Plate Elephant' and 'the best & largest letter press demy'. Also '2 quires of the best Plate French Grand Eagles'

Autograph Letter Signed from the poet Robin Skelton to the British Labour MP Tom Driberg, with an inscribed copy of Skelton's book 'Begging the Dialect', and a covering Typed Letter Signed from John Dekker, President, University of Manchester Union.

Author: 
Robin Skelton (1925-1997), Anglo-Canadian poet, academic and practitioner of the Wiccan religion [Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg] (1905-1976), Baron Bradwell, journalist and Labour MP]
Publication details: 
Skelton's Letter: On lettheread of the University of Manchester, 18 May 1960. Book: London: Oxford University Press, 1960, with inscription dated May 1960. Dekker's Letter: On letterhead of University of Manchester Union. 19 May 1960.
£90.00

Book: [xii] + 95 pp., 8vo. In fair condition, in original green cloth and worn yellow dustwrapper. Inscribed on front free endpaper: 'For Tom Driberg | With Good Wishes | Robin Skelton | May 1960'. With review slip, on the reverse of which Driberg has written: 'Blake | Graves | Frost | Plomer'. Skelton's Letter: 2pp., 12mo. 20 lines. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Regarding the book he writes that he has 'added a note to the preface to the 2 Ballads of the Muse', which he hopes 'doesn't too much spoil the layout'. He thanks Driberg for his interest in his work.

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