SMYTH

[ Emily Anne Smyth, Lady Strangford, military nurse. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Strangford') to 'Mr. Haverstock', asking for his assistance in finding a tutor for a Bulgarian refugee, and describing the sort of education she wishes for him.

Author: 
Emily Anne Smythe [ née Beaufort ], Viscountess Strangford [ Lady Strangford ] (c.1826-1887), military nurse in Bulgaria, illustrator and author
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Chapel Street, Park Lane [ London ]. 27 September 1880.
£180.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. In businesslike fashion she appeals for his help, considering his 'large acquaintance of clergy & others': 'I want to find a place for a young man. Bulgarian 28 years old - where I can put him to live in the family & be taught daily.

[ Lady Strangford. ] Manuscript letter to her, in French, signed by the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire [ Mahmud Nedim Pasha ], with Autograph copies in English and French of her reply.

Author: 
Lady Strangford [ Emily Anne Smyth (née Beaufort), Viscountess Strangford ] (c.1826-1887), military nurse and founder of hospitals [ Mahmud Nedim Pasha (c.1818-1883), Grand Vizier ]
Publication details: 
The letter from the Grand Vizier on letterhead of the Grand-Vézirat of the Sublime Porte, 14 October 1875. Strangford's draft and copy both undated.
£950.00

All in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The Grand Vizier's letter, addressed to 'The Lady Strangford' and written in a secretarial hand, is 1p., 8vo, on the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium; the autograph copy of Strangford's reply is on both sides of the second leaf of the same bifolium. The English copy of her reply is 2pp., 8vo, on a separate leaf.

[ Nicholas Carlisle, Secretary, Society of Antiquaries of London. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nis. Carlisle.') to 'Mrs. Smyth', discussing domestic matters.

Author: 
Nicholas Carlisle (1771-1847), Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Publication details: 
Somerset Place [ London ]. 2 January 1847.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Mrs. Smyth.' Addressed at head of letter to 'My dear friend.' He begins by thanking her for 'a huge slice of Cumberland pie', which he is certain 'will prove excellent'. The letter continues with references to 'Mr. Archer' and 'Mrs Grainger', the latter being 'at present in sorrow, for the death of her eldest sister at Sheffield'. In a contemporary hand beneath the signature: 'From Nicholas Carlisle Esq. | Sec. for many years of the Soc.

[ Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts Association. ] Autograph Signature, as Chief Scout, on a printed decorative warrant authorising the film maker Percy Nash to act as 'Assistant Headquarters Commissionner for Cinema Production'.

Author: 
Lord Baden Powell [ Lieutenant General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell; Lord Baden Powell ] (1857-1941), founder of the Boy Scouts Association
Publication details: 
The Boy Scouts Association. 'Headquarters, London'. 12 December 1918.
£180.00

On one side of a 23 x 30 cm piece of vellum paper. In fair condition, aged and with some creasing and chipping to edges. The decorative form (by 'SIR J. C. & SONS LTD') is printed in purple, and completed in manuscript in blue ink (with Nash's address given as 144 Mill Lane, Hampstead), in another hand from Baden-Powell's signature, which reads 'Robert Baden-Powell'. Headed 'THE BOY SCOUTS ASSOCIATION | Incorporated by Royal Charter',and with an illustration by 'RBP' of a Scout holding a flag in the bottom right-hand corner.

[ Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Northumberland') to Admiral William Henry Smyth, the first regarding 'Dr Braun in Rome', and the second sending condolences on the death of his daughter.

Author: 
Algernon Percy (1792-1865), 4th Duke of Northumberland, Admiral in the Royal Navy and Conservative politician [ Admiral William Henry Smyth (1788-1865) ]
Publication details: 
Both letters from Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. 20 July 1856 and 14 November 1859.
£45.00

ONE: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. He is enclosing a letter from 'Dr Braun in Rome', and suggests that Smyth will be able to correct the translation. 'I am sorry Dr Braun is not more successful, but he has zeal in the Cause, & will not lose an opportunity.' TWO: 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, with remains of mount on blank page. A letter of condolence on the death of Smyth's tenth child, Caroline Mary Smyth (1834-1859).

[ The Battle of Omdurman, 1898. ] Unknown printed transcription of vivid and detailed letter written on the spot [ by Major Lord Edward Cecil? ], titled 'An Account of the Battle of Omdurman. By one who was present.'

Author: 
[ Major Lord Edward Cecil[?] [Edward Herbert Gascoyne-Cecil] (1867-1918) of the Grenadier Guards, ADC to the Sirdar [ General Kitchener ]; Battle of Omdurman, 1898; Sir Nevill Maskelyne Smyth ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. Transcription dated from 'Omdurman, 3rd Septr., 1898.' Item dating from around the same time.
£450.00

1p., folio. In three columns of small print, on a sheet of 37.5 x 23 cm paper. With three manuscript emendations. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with a couple of short closed tears at margins along folds. The present item is excessively scarce. There is no record of its existence on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC, nor does it feature in Harold E. Raugh Jr's 'British Military Operations in Egypt and the Sudan: A Selected Bibliography' (2008). The document is anonymous, but its author is clearly an ADC, and there is a strong possibility that it was Lord Edward Cecil.

[Sir George Baden-Powell.] Autograph Letter Signed ('George Baden-Powell') to a fellow Member of Parliament ('<Dumont?>')

Author: 
Sir George Smyth Baden-Powell (1847-1898), colonial administrator and brother of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts movement
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Coryton Park, Axminster. 26 November 1895.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. He begins by thanking him for his reminder: 'Yes I should like A<?>'s laying up policy renewal - we should not set out till July'. He reports that they have 'found winter quarters' with 'fresh air & quiet', but not 'near some port for steam coaches &c.' They expect to stay there 'till Parliament calls us to London. | Let me know what I can do to help your Bill for the Autumn'.

Seventeenth-Century Vellum Manuscript Indenture, Exemplification of a fine levied between Henry Parker and Edward Alfrey plaintiffs, and Walter Smyth and Mary his wife defendants, of messuages in Middlesex (St Clement Danes), Cornwall and Devon.

Author: 
[Henry Parker; Edward Alfrey; Walter Smyth; Mary Smyth; St Clement Danes, Middlesex; Penzance, Cornwall; Tavistock, Devon]
Publication details: 
Exemplification of 11 July 12 Charles II [1660] of a fine levied in Hilary Term 16 Charles I [1640/1641].
£250.00

On one side of a skin of vellum (roughly 42 x 58 cm). In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Ruled with red lines, and with ornate initial capital and decorative pattern at head. In English. Signature cut away from gutter and tab removed. The document relates to eight messuages in the Parish of St Clement Danes, Middlesex; three messuages and lands in Penzance, Penryn, Madron, Gwendron, Mave, Gluvias, Scancrett and Grade, in Cornwall; and lands in Wilmston and Tavistock, Devon. Scan on application.

[Captain G. Skeffington Smyth, Adjutant, The Motor Volunteer Corps.] Typed Letter Signed, a circular requesting that the recipient 'assist the Admiralty [...] by helping to drive the Officers of the French Fleet from London to Maidenhead'.

Author: 
Captain G. Skeffington Smyth [Lt-Col. Geoffrey Henry Julian Skeffington Smyth [FitzPatrick] (1873-1939], DSO, Adjutant, The Motor Volunteer Corps [The Admiralty, London; the Entente Cordiale, 1904]
Publication details: 
29 Sackville Street, London, W. 25 July 1905.
£56.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting document, from the period immediately following the signing of the Entente Cordiale.

[Issue of printed periodical.] Weekly Irish Bulletin | (Belfast Atrocities) | Dail Eireann Publicity Report

Author: 
Dail Eireann Publicity Report ['Belfast Atrocities' and 'Pogrom', 1920; Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Bryce Ferguson Smyth (1885-1920)]
Publication details: 
Vol. 1. No. 4. Monday, 12th June, 1922. Wood Printing Works, Fleet Street, Dublin.
£250.00

4pp., 8vo. On the rectos only of four leaves stapled together at one corner. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear at foot. Printer's slug at foot of final page. The first page begins: 'KILLED 425 WOUNDED 1764 | This list of wounded only includes gunshot and bomb wounds. Very many of those kicked almost into pulp in the streets and left for dead are not included here.

Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'George Baden-Powell') from Sir George Smyth Baden-Powell, brother of the founder of the Scout movement Robert Baden-Powell, to the publisher P. S. King, regarding the publication by the firm of his pamphlets.

Author: 
Sir George Smyth Baden-Powell (1847-1898), Conservative MP, brother of the founder of the Scout movement [Boy Scouts Association], Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941)
Publication details: 
The first two letters on letterheads of 9 St George's Place, Hyde Park Corner, SW [London], 17 and 18 April 1882. The third letter on letterhead of 30 Tite Street, Chelsea Embankment, SW [London], 7 December 1885.
£180.00

The three items in fair condition, despite slight damp damage. The three letters are each 2pp., 12mo, on a bifolium. The first two letters concern his pamphlet 'England Crushed', which was published by the firm in 1882 under the pseudonym of 'Vindex', and has been attributed to William Garson. It is interesting to see that the pamphlets are printed up and ready for sale within eleven days of Baden-Powell's proposing them to the firm. Letter One: 18 April 1882. Headed 'Private'.

Long Autograph Letter Signed ('Eastnor') from John Somers Somers-Cocks, 2nd Earl Somers, to Sir James Carmichael-Smyth, Governor of the Bahamas, discussing a number of questions including the Reform Bill.

Author: 
John Somers Somers-Cocks (1788-1852), 2nd Earl Somers, styled Viscount Eastnor between 1821 and 1841 [Sir James Carmichael-Smyth (1779-1838), Governor of the Bahamas, 1829-1838]
Publication details: 
London. 1 August 1831.
£140.00

1p., 4to and 12pp., 12mo. The 4to leaf, in which the others (in three bifoliums) were wrapped, carries a black wax seal (damaged on opening) and the address 'His Excellency Major Genl Sir James Carmichael Smyth Bt. Bahama Islands.' Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'My dear Sir James'. He begins by reporting that his family is 'no longer living at the Priory, [...] but we are established, at least our home is established at leamington, where we have built & completed a pretty hunting Box.

Autograph Signature ('W. H. Smyth') on part of letter from Admiral William Henry Smyth [to J. C. Webster].

Author: 
Admiral William Henry Smyth (1788-1865), Royal Navy, English sailor and astronomer [J. C. Webster, Secretary, Athenaeum Club, London]
Admiral William Henry Smyth (1788-1865)
Publication details: 
[24 December 1856.]
£75.00
Admiral William Henry Smyth (1788-1865)

On rectangle cut from letter, 7 x 11 cm. On dusty paper. Laid down on page removed from autograph album. Reads 'Wishing you the joys & compliments of the Season, believe me | Your's faithfully, | W. H. Smyth. -' Docketed by Webster at foot: '24/12/56. Admiral Smyth Vice President Royal Society a learned Pundit.' From Webster's autograph collection.

Everything New? Or Nothing New? A Satirical Comicality, Relating to Men, Manners, Incidents, and Novelties of the Day. [...] To which is added, The Shakespeare Tercentenary Prologue, As Spoken by the author, April 23, 1864.

Author: 
William Scribble, Esq.' (pseudonym of William Smyth (1813-1878), Irish portrait painter, satirist and friend of William Makepeace Thackeray)
Publication details: 
Dublin: William Robertson, 35, Lower Sackville-street, And may be had of Wiseheart, and all Booksellers. 1864. [Goodwin, Son, and Nethercott, Printers, 79, Marlborough-street, Dublin.]
£225.00

12mo: 24 pp. In original pink printed wraps: the front wrap bearing the title; the recto and verso of the rear carrying newspaper reviews of works by 'Scribble'. Stitched. On aged and spotted paper. Wraps heavily worn. A worn presentation inscription can be made out at the head of the title: 'Dr <?> With the Authors Best regards'. Pp.1-2: Introduction and Author's Preface (the latter dated 'Dublin, May, 1864.').

Manuscript receipt Signed.

Author: 
Isle of Man [ Thomas Smyth ]
Publication details: 
Douglas, 1 April 1853.
£20.00

Presumably the Thomas Smyth (b. c. 1799) whose Roman Catholic marriage to Margaret McAleagh took place on the Isle of Man on 27 April 1839. Dimensions roughly 4 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches. Creased and discoloured, with a number of spike holes at foot, not affecting text. Reads: 'Douglas Isle of Man | April 1/53 | Mr. John Whittle | To Thomas Smith | To a Horse & Gig 4 days 1 . 4. 0 | [signed] Thomas Smyth'.

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