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[Australia; Art; Panorama; Gold Fields ] Autograph Note Signed ('J. S. Prout') to James S. Lamb, acceding to a request of his.

Author: 
J. S. Prout [ John Skinner Prout ] (1805-1876), English artist who spent eight years in Australia [ Panorama of the Gold Fields of Australia ]
Australia
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Panorama of the Gold Fields of Australia, 309 Regent Street (next the Polytechnic). 2 September 1852.
£500.00
Australia

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of grey paper from mounting along one edge on reverse. The letterhead features, at top left, an attractive engraving of an early version of the Australian coat of arms: it consists of a a shield bearing the cross of St George with five stars on it, supported by an emu on the left and kangaroo on the right, with the motto 'Advance Australia' at the foot and a coronet above with a sun rising from it. The note reads: 'Sir | I have much pleasure in acceeding to your request and | Am Sir | Your Obt Servt | J. S. Prout'.

[ William Hamilton Gibson, American illustrator and naturalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Hamilton Gibson') to 'Mr Skinner', thanking him for a notice of a lecture

Author: 
William Hamilton Gibson (1850-1896), American illustrator and naturalist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 132 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn. 6 March 1894.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for a notice of his lecture which is 'sympathetic and in every way adequate and helpful'. He is accustomed to reviews 'which however kindly and appreciative have nevertheless so woefully manipulated my facts'. He gives as an example his 'good friend Baker of the Union', who 'in the kindliest & most cordial spirit put words in my mouth, statements of scientific fact [...] But it is as you have so often told me. The only way to establish a truth is to pound away at it, iteration and reiteration.'

Unpublished youthful autograph poem by Sylvia Lynd [née Sylvia Dryhurst], dealing in a humorous style with the perils of buying footwear in Edwardian Finchley, North London, beginning: 'By some devil surely sent | Sandal hunting off I went'.

Author: 
Sylvia Lynd [née Sylvia Dryhurst] (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, novelist and essayist, wife of the Irish essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [London, before 1909.]
£135.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifiolium of ruled paper, with 'HIERATICA' watermark of 'J. S. & Co.' From the Lynd archive, and judging from the handwriting a youthful effort, almost-certainly dating from before Sylvia Dryhurst's marriage to Robert Lynd in 1909. In fair condition, on aged paper. In seven stanzas, the first three giving a taste of an amusing and unusual jeu d'esprit and excellent piece of Edwardian social history: '1) By some devil surely sent | Sandal hunting off I went, | And my footsteps never slowed | Till I reached the Finchley Road. | Chorus: (with fervour) Damn them ! | Damn them !

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