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[James Robertson Justice, Sir Compton Mackenzie and Michael Maclagan at the Oxford Union, 1955.] Autograph Signatures of the three men, on Oxford Union Society leaflet for the 'Eights Week Debate', 'This House Would Never Be Young Twice.'

Author: 
James Robertson Justice [James Norval Harald Justice] (1907-1975), film actor; Sir Compton Mackenzie [Sir Edward Montague Compton Mackenzie] (1883-1972), novelist; Michael Maclagan (1914-2003), herald
Publication details: 
Oxford Union Society leaflet, dated from 'Christ Church | May 24th, 1955'.
£50.00

A nice piece of Oxford Union ephemera, with the three signatures - 'James Robertson-Justice.', 'Compton Mackenzie' and 'Michael Maclagan' - printed in a row on the otherwise blank reverse of the 25.5 x 20.5 cm leaf, which is aged and worn, with closed tears to extremities and a fold line. Printed beneath the text of the advertisement on the other side of the paper is an attractive illustration in imitation of infant drawing, printed in brown, red, green black and white on a pink ground. The entire text reads: 'OXFORD UNION SOCIETY | Thursday, May 26th, 1955, at 8.15 p.m.

[Sir Clements Markham, explorer in Peru, Secretary to the Royal Geographical Society.] Autograph Signature ('Clements Markham') on part of letter.

Author: 
Sir Clements Markham [Sir Clements Robert Markham] (1830-1916), geographer, explorer in Peru and writer, Secretary to Royal Geographical Society, organiser of British National Antarctic Expediition
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£23.00

On 3.5 x 9.5 cm slip of paper cut from letter. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On one side, from the conclusion of the letter: 'Yours very truly | Clements Markham'. On the other: '[...] have failed me: so no[...] | [...] you mind my putting [...]'.

[Derek Stanford, biographer, essayist and poet, to playwright Christopher Fry.] 19 Autograph Letters Signed ('Derek S.' and 'Derek'), Autograph Card Signed, and carbons of three reviews. With 2 [copy?] letters to Stanford from Fry, and Stanford's CV.

Author: 
Derek Stanford (1918-2008), biographer, essayist and poet, supporter of Muriel Spark and Dylan Thomas [Christopher Fry, playwright]
Publication details: 
Stanford's 19 letters between 17 February 1970 and 31 October 1978. Early letters from 1 St Catherine's Court, Bedford Park, W4 [London]; later letters from 5 Cricketfield Court, Cricketfield Road, Seaford, Sussex. Postcard from Worthing, 1997.
£450.00

Stanford's study of Fry in the British Council's 'Writers and their Work' series was re-published several times, and the early letters in the present collection refer to the preparation of the fourth edition, published by Longmans in 1971 (the bibliography to which Stanford refers as 'CHRISTOPHER STATE PAPERS'). A total of twenty-six items. The material in good condition, lightly aged. Stanford's nineteen letters total 65pp, 12mo. In an undisciplined hand, in different-coloured ink, on different-coloured paper. Stanford's 19 letters between 17 February 1970 and 31 October 1978.

[Cloudesley Brereton, educationalist and poet.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Society of Arts, topics including a proposed lecture and America. With inscribed printed prospectus for 'Roger Bacon Commemoration'.

Author: 
Cloudesley Brereton [Cloudesley Shovell Henry Brereton] (1863-1937), educationalist and poet [Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London; Roger Bacon]
Publication details: 
Letters: 4 January 1900, on letterhead of Briningham House, Melton Constable; 2 July 1901, on letterhead of Westminster Hotel, New York; 12 July [1913], on letterhead of 7 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, N.W. [London] Prospectus: July 1913.
£160.00

Four items, in good condition, lightly aged. The three letters with date stamps of the Society of Arts, and two with pencil annotations. All three signed 'Cloudesley Brereton'. ONE: ALS of 4 January 1900. 2pp, 12mo. He thanks him for his 'kindly intervention with the Board of Education', which he believes 'will in time bear good fruit'. He has been 'thinking over' Wood's 'suggestion of giving a lecture on the Rural Schools of France', and would 'much like to take it up if you have still a vacant date & you do not want it too soon - as I am just now overwhelmed with work'.

[Incorporated Society of Musicians and British music on eve of First World War.] Signatures of thirteen composers (including Havergal Brian, Monk Gould, Julius Harrison) and musicians at 1912 Birmingham Conference, seven with autograph bars of music.

Author: 
[Incorporated Society of Musicians, Birmingham Conference, 1912] Havergal Brian, Monk Gould, Julius Harrison, Edgar L. Bainton, H. Balfour Gardiner, William Wallace, C. Warwick-Evans, Harry A. Keyser
Publication details: 
Signatures given at the Birmingham Conference of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, 1912-1913.
£320.00

For a detailed report of the Incorporated Society of Musicians conference at which these autographs were given, and which took place in Birmingham over the five days between 30 December 1912 and 3 January 1913, see Musical Times, 1 February 1913, pp.113-114. Thirteen signatures of British pre-war musical figures, on ten pieces of paper, ranging from 16 x 19 cm to 7 x 13 cm, nine of them on parts leaves of various colours cut from an album. In good condition, lightly aged. In only two cases are the signatures on both sides of the paper, on the other eight the reverse is blank.

[ Sir Walter Besant, novellist and historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Walter. Besant.') to 'Mrs. Cobb', regarding the 'pseudo-catholic faith' of 'the Ritualist people of St Alban's', and his being characterised an 'impertinent meddler'.

Author: 
Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), novelist and historian who helped create the People's Palace [Alexander Mackonochie of St Alban's Holborn, Master of the Society of the Holy Cross; Charles Lowder]
Publication details: 
25 November 1884. No place.
£50.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. An intriguing, outspoken letter, the context of which is unfortunately unclear, although it would appear to concern the controversial Alexander Mackonochie (1825-1887), Master of the Society of the Holy Cross (founded by Charles Lowder (1820-1880)), who after continual attacks over his ritualist practices had resigned from his living of St Alban's Holborn in December 1883. It begins: 'Dear Mrs. Cobb | I have read your letter to Miss Sharpe about Mrs. Alison.

[Sir Arthur Schuster of the University of Manchester, physicist who first described the concept of antimatter.] Typed Letter Signed ('Arthur Schuster') to Sir H. T. Wood, explaining his reason for declining to join council of Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Schuster [Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster] (1851-1934), German-born physicist at the University of Manchester who first described the concept of antimatter
Publication details: 
30 June 1917. On letterhead of Yeldall, Twyford, Berks.
£120.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. With date stamp of the RSA. In response to a letter from Wood, he writes that he is 'highly honoured by the election to the membership of the Council of your Society', but that he is 'obliged to communicate to you my inability to accept it'. He explains: 'My work at the Royal Society has, in consequence of the War, increased to such an extent that I do not feel justified in undertaking any additional duties'.

[Edward Hull, geologist, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Hull') to Sir H. T. Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, suggesting the reading of a paper by relative on the German use of fat in explosives.

Author: 
Edward Hull (1829-1917), Irish geologist, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland and Professor of Geology in the Royal College of Science, Dublin [Royal Society of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
Undated, but with date stamp of the Royal Society of Arts, London, 24 March 1916. On letterhead of 14 Stanley Gardens, W. [London]
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. With date stamp of the RSA, and endorsement in blue pencil. He is writing to inform Wood that 'a relative of mine has written a paper on a subject of importance regarding the connection of fat [containing glycerin] with manufacture of explosives in Germany - and showing how that Country is approaching a crisis - when her supply of fat will be approaching exhaustion'.

[Suttons Seeds, Reading.] Typed Letter Signed from Martin H. J. Sutton of the Royal Seed Establishment to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding his experiments with 'radio-active fertilizers'.

Author: 
[Suttons Seeds] Martin Hubert Foquet Sutton (1875-1930) of the Royal Seed Establishment, Reading, grandson of Martin Hope Sutton (1815-1901), seed merchant
Publication details: 
18 September 1915. On letterhead, with Royal Warrant, of The Royal Seed Establishment, Reading, England.
£120.00

See the entry for Martin Hope Sutton in the Oxford DNB, and that for his grandson Martin Hubert Fouquet Sutton in Who Was Who. 2pp, 4to. I good condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. With RSA date stamp. Signed 'Martin H F Sutton'. In reply to a letter from Menzies, Sutton expresses regret that 'it will be impossible for you to attend the Demonstration here on the 24th inst.' Sutton will be 'publishing certain particulars for the benefit of those present' and will be glad to send Menzies a copy.

[Philadelphia Society of Friends (Quakers) and slavery, 1839.] Printed pamphlet: 'An Address to the [...] Yearly Meeting of Friends, held in Philadelphia, By the Committee appointed at the late Yearly Meeting to have charge of the Subject of Slavery.

Author: 
[American slavery; the slave trade] John Jackson, Benjamin Price, Deborah F. Wharton, clerks, Society of Friends (Quakers), Philadelphia
Publication details: 
Philadelphia: Printed by John Richards, No. 130 North Third Street. 1839.
£50.00

The full title is: 'An Address to the Quarterly, Monthly and Preparative Meetings, and the Members thereof, composing the Yearly Meeting of Friends, held in Philadelphia, By the Committee appointed at the late Yearly Meeting to have charge of the Subject of Slavery.' 12pp, 12mo. Pamphlet in (original?) plain brown wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Begins with two pages of extracts from the minutes, 17 May 1839, regarding the setting up of the committee on 'the deeply interesting subject of Slavery', with reference to 'Benjamin Price, Jr. Clerk' and 'Deborah F.

[Lady Mary Augusta Holland, Whig society hostess, wife of Lord Holland.] Unsigned Autograph Letter [to Lord Rosebery or his wife?] regarding a foreign trip and Sydney Smith's view of the ballot.

Author: 
Lady Holland [Lady Mary Augusta Holland, née Coventry] (1812-1889), society hostess, wife of Lord Holland [Henry Edward Fox] (1802-1859), Whig politician [Sydney Smith (1771-1845), wit and cleric]
Publication details: 
'Saturday | Dover'. [7 September 1838.]
£80.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The reverse of the second leaf laid down on part of leaf from an album, the other side of which carries an engraving of Lord Melbourne. The letter is endorsed '1838 Sept 7# | Lady Holland' on the reverse of the second learf, and at the head of the first page: 'R[eplied]. at Dalmeny | Septr. 12. 1838'. There is no salutation to the letter (which is also unsigned), but the reference to Dalmeny House would appear to suggest that the recipient was Archibald Primrose, 4th Earl of Rosebery, or his second wife, born Anne Margaret Anson.

[Samuel Tuke, Quaker minister, asylum reformer and philanthropist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel Tuke.') to E. S. Cayley, MP for the North Riding of Yorkshire, regarding 'our York anti-bribery petition', apostasy of the mayor, the corporations.

Author: 
Samuel Tuke (1784-1857), Quaker minister, asylum reformer and philanthropist [Edward Stillingfleet Cayley (1802-1862), Liberal MP for the North Riding of Yorkshire]
Publication details: 
10 June 1835. York.
£120.00

2pp, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn on creased paper. Addressed 'To E. S. Caley [sic] Esqr MP', the letter begins: 'Esteemed Friend | For the satisfaction of the Subscribers to our York anti-bribery petition, I will be much obliged by a line stating the occasion of the delay in its presentation & whether that occasion is likely to be soon removed'. He doubts whether 'it will be well to wait much longer for the other York petition'. He asks: 'Be kind enough to give me thy opinion on this matter'.

[Thomas George Bonney, geologist, Alpine mountaineer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T G Bonney'), urging a lady to abandon 'matters far too difficult and complicated' for her, to be 'useful to others in a less ambitious but more practical sphere'.

Author: 
T. G. Bonney [Thomas George Bonney] (1833-1923), geologist and Alpine mountaineer, President of the Geological Society of London and the Alpine Club
Publication details: 
8 October 1904. On letterhead of 23 Denning Road, Hampstead, N.W. [London]
£120.00

See Bonney's entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The recipient is not named. It is unfortunate that the subject of the letter is not stated. Against the charge of misogyny, it should be noted that Bonney 'had the reputation of being a hard teacher, but also a generous man', and that he could equally well have written in the same way to a man he considered equally ill-equipped for a theological task.

[Samuel Goodenough, Bishop of Carlisle, botanist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. Carlisle') to Rev. Gilbert Ford of Ormskirk, regarding the 'Grey Pill' of his father, the Chester physician John Ford.

Author: 
Samuel Goodenough (1743-1827), Bishop of Carlisle, botanist [Rev. Gilbert Ford of Ormskirk; Dr John Ford of Chester]
Publication details: 
22 April 1808. Berners Street [London].
£56.00

See Goodenough's entry in the Oxford DNB. At the time of writing he had not been long in place: he had been consecrated in the Chapel Royal, Whitehall on 13 February 1808, having been nominated by the Prime Minister the Duke of Portland. The recipient is Rev. Gilbert Ford (1768-1835) of Ormskirk, son of the eminent Chester physician and botanist John Ford (1731-1807). (Ford was possibly related to Goodenough by marriage: the latter's wife was a daughter of Dr James Ford, sometime physician to Middlesex Hospital and to Queen Charlotte.) 2pp, 4to. On bifolium.

[Richard Kearton, pioneer wildlife photographer; plus ANS] Printed advertisement w. list of works and fourteen photographs, carrying Autograph Note Signed ('R. Kearton'), directing the admittance of 'bearer and friend' to 'my lecture | Muswell Hill'.

Author: 
Richard Kearton (1862-1928), naturalist and pioneer wildlife photographer with his brother Cherry Kearton (1871-1940)
Publication details: 
Advertisement undated. Kearton's note dated 15 January 1906.
£120.00

Printed in black ink on both sides of a 26 x 30 cm piece of thick shiny art paper. Worn and folded twice. One side carries a priced list of eleven 'Natural History Works by R. KEARTON, F.Z.S.

[Rev. T. Mardy Rees, author of 'History of the Quakers in Wales and their Emigration to North America'.] Printed handbill advertisement for the book, with quotations from newspaper reviews. and MS annotation.

Author: 
Rev. T. Mardy Rees, F.R.Hist.S., Neath, S. Wales [Thomas Mardy Rees (1871-1953); Welsh Quakers]
Publication details: 
Dating from after the publication of the book, by W. Spurrell & Son, Carmarthen, in 1925.
£56.00

See Rees's entry in the Welsh Dictionary of Biography. Printed in red and black on one side of a 12mo leaf. Aged and creased, with loss at head and a couple of short closed tears at edges. Gives price and format, with nine appreciative quotations from newspaper reviews, the first from 'Western Mail' and last from 'A Friend'. At foot of the page, crossed out in pencil: 'Printed and Published by | W. SPURRELL & SON, CARMARTHEN.' To the right of the author's name, in ink, and presumably in his hand: 'Sent to the author', and to the left, 'Few copies left.'

[Old Hamptonians Amateur Dramatic Society, Hampton, Middlesex.] Manuscript minute book of committee meetings, each entry signed.

Author: 
Old Hamptonians Amateur Dramatic Society [OHADS], Hampton, Middlesex; Bernard Wigginton (1945-2018), Secretary; Richmond; Teddington; theatre
Publication details: 
[Old Hamptonians Amateur Dramatic Society, Hampton, Middlesex.] Between 7 June 1973 and 19 June 1975.
£220.00

196pp, 4to. In ruled notebook. Internally in fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper, with covers detached and worn. Providing an interesting view of the day to day challenges of amateur dramatic production in the 1970s. Each set of minutes is signed by one member of the committee. The first set, 7 June 1973, list Philip Rayner as chairman, Bernard Wigginton as secretary, Philip Hickson as Treasurer, with other committee members Gill Ager, Derek Barrett, Peter Orton and Sue Rowlands.

[Andrew Duncan the elder, Scottish physician, Professor at Edinburgh University.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Andrew Duncan Sen') to an unnamed member of the British Cabinet, recommending Patrick Neill as Professor of Horticulture at Edinburgh.

Author: 
Andrew Duncan the elder (1744-1828), Scottish physician, Professor at Edinburgh University, joint founder of Royal Society of Edinburgh [Patrick Neill (1776-1851); Caledonian Horticultural Society]
Publication details: 
4 June 1827; Edinburgh.
£150.00

According to Duncan's entry in the Oxford DNB, 'In 1809 he founded the Caledonian Horticultural Society, and in later years he was actively occupied in promoting the establishment of a public experimental garden.' 2pp, 4to. In good condition, on aged paper, creased. The recipient is not named, and the letter begins: 'Although I have already often interrupted important business of State, yet I trust you will once more, forgive an Octogenarian, when he can plead, that his principal temptation, to transgression, is an earnest desire to promote the publick good -'.

[Arethusa Gibson on Thackeray: 'Is he not a little odd?'] Autograph Letter [from her to her mother Lady Cullum], expressing uncertainty about 'Mr Thackery', mocking MP and diplomat David Urquhart, and praising the 'Turkish Chargé d'Affaires'.

Author: 
Arethusa Gibson [née Susannah Arethusa Cullum] (1814-1885), society hostess, wife of Thomas Milner Gibson (1806-1884), Liberal politician [William Makepeace Thackeray; David Urquhart]
Publication details: 
No place or date, but circa 1846-1848, when Thackeray was publishing under the pseudonym 'Michael Angelo Titmarsh'. On letterhead of 'Arethusa'.
£250.00

See the separate entries on the Gibsons in the Oxford DNB, which notes 'her eclectic salons, attended by diplomats, writers, politicians, and, after 1848, European exiles. Regular guests included Dickens, Thackeray, Hugo, Lady Morgan, the Disraelis, Cobden, and Louis Napoleon'. (Dickens wrote part of his last novel, 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood', at the Gibsons' London house.) The present item is from the papers of Arethusa's mother Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Rev. Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium.

[Thomas Clarkson, abolitionist.] Autograph Signature ('Thomas Clarkson') with valediction to a letter.

Author: 
Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), abolitionist, a founder of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, friend of William Wordsworth
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£30.00

See the entry on Clarkson in the Oxford DNB. The present autograph is on an irregular slip of thin cream paper, roughly 2 x 7.5 cm. Laid down on piece of paper cut from album. In fair condition, lightly aged, with vertical crease. Cut from the end of a letter, with a good tight signature with short zig-zag underlining, the slip reads: 'Yours truly | Thomas Clarkson'.

[Sydney, Lady Morgan, Irish novelist and socialite.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sydney Morgan') to 'Mackenne' [sic, for Mackinnon], explaining that 'the lights of Landsdown House put my light out', preventing a visit.

Author: 
Morgan [Sydney, Lady Morgan, née Owenson] (c.1783-1859), Irish novelist and socialite
Publication details: 
[1 June [no year]. 11 William Street [Lowndes Square, London].
£50.00

3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. An energetic letter, giving a sense of the writer's character, in wild and truly atrocious handwriting. It would appear to be addressed to 'Mackenne', but the recipient's name is in fact 'Mackinnon', an associate of Lady Ann Cullum, widow of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick House, from whose papers the item derives.

Clara Novello [Clara Anastasia Novello; Countess Clara Anastasia Gigliucci], celebrated soprano.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Clara Novello'), giving details of her plans for a concert in Belfast.

Author: 
Clara Novello [Clara Anastasia Novello; Countess Clara Anastasia Gigliucci] (1818-1908), celebrated soprano, daughter of music publisher Vincent Novello [Henry Bussell, Philharmonic Society, Dublin]
Publication details: 
'26 April 1854. Porchester Lodge, 8A Porchester Terrace, Hyde Park [London].
£220.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. With embossed armorial letterhead. Good firm signature: 'Clara Novello.' An interesting letter, casting light on the practical arrangement of musical concerts in Victorian Britain and Ireland. The recipient is not named, and the letter begins: 'Dear Sir, | I have not heard from Mr. Bussell of your Concert, but on receipt of your favor of the 15th. consider myself engaged to Belfast for the 1st.

[Sir D'Arcy Power, eminent surgeon.] Three Autograph Letters Signed and Autograph Card Signed to Pepys scholar Edwin Chappell, with copy of a printed address by him titled 'Mr. Samuel Pepys', and two press cuttings.

Author: 
Sir D'Arcy Power (1855-1941), eminent surgeon and medical historian, President of the Samuel Pepys Club [Edwin Chappell (1883-1938), Pepys scholar and maritime historian]
Publication details: 
Letters and card between 1931 and 1936; three from London and one from Northwood, Middlesex. Printed address 'on behalf of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society', [1927]. Press cuttings from 1936 and 1941.
£120.00

Seven items. The collection in good condition, lightly aged. The three letters and card all in autograph, and all signed 'D'Arcy Power'. ONE: ACS. 4 December 1931. Letterhead of the Royal College of Surgeons, London. Addressed to Chappell's Blackheath address. He jokes: 'My best thanks for Pepys & “Will's” which I have really marked & inwardly digested. It reminds me a little of the Athanasian Creed that one Will's should become Three.' TWO: ALS. 16 October 1933. On letterhead of 10A Chandos Street, Cavendish Square.

[The Pledge in late-Victorian Ulster.] Volume 'No. 2' of Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, in autograph of secretary George Raphael, with 'Minutes of Meetings, Rules, &c.', and 151 signatures of young people taking the 'PLEDGE'.

Author: 
Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland [George Raphael, Secretary; Rev. David McMeekin (1872-1910) of the High Kirk (Presbyterian), Ballymena]
Publication details: 
[Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland. 3 June 1889 to 14 April 1899.
£400.00

The present item gives a vivid description of the activities of a temperance society in the north of Ireland at the close of the nineteenth century. As a result of the efforts in Leeds of Rev. Jabez Tunnicliff, the Band of Hope was founded in 1855 to teach children the principles of sobriety and teetotalism. By 1887 – two years before the start of the present volume – it had a membership of one and a half million young people in the United Kingdom, out of a total of eight million of eligible age.

[Richard Howitt, Quaker poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to the 'Editors of the “Aurora Borealis” | Care of Joseph Watson', in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, including an unpublished poem, and complaining of the treatment of his contributions to the periodical.

Author: 
Richard Howitt (1799-1869), Quaker poet, who spent four years in Australia with his brother the entomologist Godfrey Howitt (1800-1873), [Joseph Watson and George Atley Brumell of Newcastle-upon-Tyne]
Publication details: 
23 November 1832; Nottingham.
£220.00

Despite the four years (1840-1844) Howitt spent in the colony with his brother the entomologist Godfrey Howitt (1800-1873), the present letter has nothing to do with Australia. The letter is addressed to the editors of 'The Aurora Borealis: A Literary Annual edited by Members of the Society of Friends'. This periodical was the work of a group of Quakers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with George Atley Brumell (1800-1877) one of the founding editors. Another of those involved was Joseph Watson (1807-1874), named in the letter's address.

[John Mortimer Hunt, partner in Bond Street silversmiths Hunt & Roskell.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Mortimer Hunt'), regarding a 'stone implement' brought by 'Mr Roskell' from Australia, the Society of Antiquaries, and the recipient's health.

Author: 
John Mortimer Hunt, partner in the firm of Hunt & Roskell [successors to Storr & Mortimer], jewellers and silversmiths, Bond Street, London [Australia; Australian archaeology]
Publication details: 
156 New Bond Street [London]. 31 May 1871.
£180.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. For information regarding this renowned firm of silversmiths, which possessed the royal warrant and mounted a sumptuous display at the Great Exhibition, see Norman Mosley Penzer, 'Paul Storr, 1771-1844, Silversmith and Goldsmith' (1954), and John Culme, 'Directory of Gold and Silversmiths' (2000). The nature of the '”Australian” implement' which is the subject of the letter is unclear, but information on Hunt's partner's connection with Australia is to be found in L. W.

[William Sowerby, artist and botanist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Sowerby | Secty.'), as Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, to the journalist Edward Walford, regarding 'the Title of the Duke of Roussillon' and the 'list of Fellows'.

Author: 
William Sowerby (1827-1906), Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, artist and botanist [Edward Walford (1823-1897), journalist and editor; Duc de Roussillon]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Botanic Society of London, Gardens, Regent's Park. 10 December 1872.
£60.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Neatly written out, with Sowerby's expansive signature. He begins by explaining that the Society has not 'printed a list of Fellows […] since the one I gave you some short time back, the present edition is rather imperfect but a new one will be published at no very distant date, a Copy shall then be sent to you'.

[Philharmonic Society, London.] Engraved Certificate electing Lord Alverstone a fellow, signed by Sir Edward German, Francesco Berger, Waddington Cooke, William Hayman Cummings, Myles Birket Foster the younger, Stanley Hawley, Alberto Randegger.

Author: 
Royal Philharmonic Society, London; Sir Edward German, Francesco Berger, Waddington Cooke, William Hayman Cummings, Myles Birket Foster the younger, Stanley Hawley, Alberto Randegger, Lord Alverstone
Publication details: 
Philharmonic Society, London. 17 May 1909. Engraved by Warrington & Co., London.
£120.00

An attractive artefact, printed in black on one side of a 46 x 34 cm piece of thick paper, with the embossed circular 'lyre' seal of the Society added in red ink in the left-hand margin. Completed in manuscript with the details of the election as a fellow of 'The Right Honourable Lord Alverstone G. C. M. G.', on 17 May 1909. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Ornate heading of the Philharmonic Society, with royal crest (the society being 'Under the immediate patronage of | Their Most Gracious Majesties The King & Queen Alexandra') and the engraved names of the principal officers.

[William John Thoms, author and antiquary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('William J. Thoms') to H. A. Bright of Cambridge, regarding problems of the Camden Society.

Author: 
William J. Thoms [William John Thoms] (1803-1885), author and antiquary who coined the term 'folklore'
Publication details: 
'No 25 Holy-well St Millbank' [London]. 25 March 1851.
£120.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. With the cover of the letter's envelope, addressed to H. A. Bright at Trinity Collrge, Cambridge. Both letter and cover in fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[King Edward VII: marriage to Princess Alexandra, 1863.] Printed souvenir booklet titled: 'Come to the Marriage! A Memorial of the Marriage of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, to H.R.H. The Princess Alexandra, of Denmark, March 10th, 1863.'

Author: 
'F. G.' [marriage of the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII) to Princess Alexandra of Denmark, 1863; The Book Society, Paternoster Row, London]
Publication details: 
'London: The Book Society, 19, Paternoster Row, And Bazaar, Soho Square.' [1863.]
£120.00

No other copy of this royal memento has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. It is 29 + [3]pp, 32mo. Stitched with white thread into shiny white paper covers, with title duplicated within border in black on front, and back cover carrying an advertisement for a 'New Series of Packets of Books, for the young'. The final three pages carry a catalogue of 'Publications of The Book Society, 19, Paternoster Row, London.' In fair condition lightly aged, with faded front cover and dogeared corners.

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