Francis Wollaston (1694-1774), scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society, father of the author and astronomer Francis Wollaston (1731-1815)
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 22 July 1765.
1p., 8vo. Removed from an Exchequer ledger. On aged paper, with particular wear to one edge. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. Good firm signature. Recording a payment of £150, on an annuity of £300 per annum, 'during the Life of [Mary, Francis & George Wollaston]' (his three surviving children, two others having died). Signed at the foot of the page, with the signature of the witness 'W Wright' beside it. In manuscipt on reverse: 'Paid 31 July 1765 | £1636 : 2 : 6'.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, founded in London in 1875 [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor, brother of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) ]
The ball to be 'held in St. Martin's Town Hall, Trafalgar Square, in aid of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, on Friday, the 1st day of February, 1895.'
2pp., small 4to. Printed in black and red ink on the rectos of the two leaves of a bifolium. The heading and the words 'Tickets 15s. each' at the foot of the page in gothic type, the rest in roman. The names of 23 'Patronesses' given in two columns on the first page, beginning with 'The Countess of Ancaster' and ending with 'Mrs. Alfred Scott-Gatty'. The names of 24 'Steward' in a column on the second page, beginning with 'Harold Bompas, Esq.' and ending with 'Roland Vaughan Williams, Esq.' At foot of second page: 'Tickets can be procured from the Hon. Mrs.
William J. S. Lockyer [ William James Stewart Lockyer ] (1868-1936), astronomer, son of Sir Norman Lockyer (1836-1920)
'From the Proceedings of the Royal Society, Vol. 68.' [ London, 1901 ] [ Harrison & Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her late Majesty, St. Martin's Lane. ]
pp., 8vo, paginated 285-300. Stitched into grey printed wraps. On aged and chipped high-acidity paper. Inscribed at head of front wrap: 'With the Compliments of | William J. S. Lockyer | 28.VI.01'. See Lockyer's obituary in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol.97 (1937), pp.275-277. The only copies on OCLC WorldCat at the British Library and Observatoire de Paris.
Sir Frederick Snow [ Sir Frederick Sidney Snow ] (1899-1976), civil and structural engineer, overall designer for Gatwick Airport
Both on letterhead of Frederick S. Snow & Partners, Consulting Engineers, Ross House, 144 Southwark Street, London. 28 February and 23 March 1964.
Five items: Snow's two letters and carbons of three of Mercer's replies (5 and 25 March, and 24 June 1964). ONE: Typed Letter from Samson, signed on his behalf, to the Secretary (i.e. G. E. Mercer), Royal Society of Arts, 28 February 1964. 1p., folio. Confirming that he wishes to give a paper on 'The Relative Merits of the use of Steel or Concrete in Structures', 'with a number of slides showing comparisons of various materials'. At the foot of the page is a signed note from Mercer to Sampson, dated 2 March 1964: 'Do we want this?
Sir George Birdwood [ Sir George Christopher Molesworth Birdwood ] (1832-1917), Anglo-Indian naturalist, colonial official and author [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; H. B. Wheatley; Royal Society of Arts ]
Five letters from 1901, four of them on letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall; one from 33 Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill. Nine letters from 1913, all from 5 Windsor Road, Ealing.
The 14 letters total 72pp. The collection is in good condition, lightly aged. Most items docketed and with the Society's stamp. The correspondence relates to Society business, from a strongly Anglo-Indian viewpoint. Letters of 26 May and 2 June 1913 are each 12pp. Long, and concern the relative merits of Indian colonial official Sir William Lee-Warner (1846-1914) and the geographer Sir Thomas Holdich (1843-1929), to be chairman of the Society.
Herbert Mills Birdwood (1837-1907), Anglo-Indian botanist and jurist [ H. B. Wheatley [ Henry Benjamin Wheatley ] (1838-1917), Assistant Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Both from Dalkeith House, Cambridge Park, Twickenham (one on letterhead). 25 January and 12 June 1901.
Both items in good condition, on grey-paper bifoliums, the first with the Society's stamp and both docketed. ONE: 25 January 1901. 1p., 12mo. Concerning the binding up of his copies of the Society's journal, and the supply of missing parts. TWO: 12 June 1901. 3pp., 12mo. Concerning his 'promised letter' for 'Friday's Journal': 'I cannot hope to have a proof sent me, but if you accept the letter & should be correcting a proof yourself & would, when ordering a proof, order a spare copy for me to see at your office, I shd. be greatly obliged & wd. call in tomorrow afternoon to look through it'.
Lieut-Col. Arthur Campbell Yate (1853-1929) of Beckbury Hall, Shifnal, traveller, soldier, author, and Honorary Secretary, Central Asian Society [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; Royal Society of Arts ]
The three items on letterheads of Beckbury Hall, Shifnal. Postcard: 5 March 1915. Letters: 10 and 13 December 1916.
According to his long obituary in The Times, 13 June 1929 ('Central Asian Politics'), Yates's 'studies of the affairs of the Indian borderland, Central Asia, and the Middle East were probably excelled by few retired officers of the Indian Army in wealth of detail and personal knowledge of events and personalities spread over the last half-century'. See also his long entry in Who Was Who. The three items are in fair condition, on aged and worn paper with rusting from paperclip. They carry the stamp and docketing of the Society. The card - signed 'A. C. Yate (Lt..
Bernard Alfred Southgate (1904-1975), Director of the Water Pollution Research Laboratory, Stevenage [ Department of Industrial and Scientific Research; Royal Society of Arts ]
All three on letterheads of the Water Pollution Research Laboratory (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research), Stevenage, Hertfordshire. 16 July and 9 and 23 August 1963.
Five items: Southgate's three letters and carbons of two of Samson's replies (17 July and 10 August 1963). The five are all in good condition, on lightly aged paper. Southgate's first letter (16 July 1963; 1p., 12mo) accepts Samson 'invitation to give a paper', and discusses the question of the title: 'We are concerned here with the prevention of pollution and the study of its effects in surface waters and my paper would deal mainly with that side of the question rather than with the treatment of water as carried out by a water undertaking.
Matthew Arnold [ Lady Dorothy Neville, 'writer, hostess, horticulturist and plant collector']
First edition. London, Macmillan and Co., 1885
[xiv], 207pp., dark green cloth, corners bumped, mainly good to very good. A copy inscribed by Matthew Arnold to Lady Dorothy Neville, 'writer, hostess, horticulturist and plant collector', with a letter by Arnold concerning his gift of the book tipped in. Also with prined "From the Author" note enclosed (loose), a printed bookplate alleging "Stolen from Lady Dorothy Neville", and a newspaper clipping concerning Matthew Arnold's burial place tipped in. The letter from Arnold reads as follows: "Dear Lady Dorothy | The Fourth Party are excellent company, but Sunday is impossible for me.
xiii + 297pp., with frontispiece and four plates, and six-page publishers' catalogue at end. Blocks of text have been cut out by Lucas, between pp.205 and 232, and the three leaves carrying pp.199-204 have been removed. Otherwise in good condition, in worn burgundy cloth binding, gilt. Lucas has written 'With corrections for Second Edition' at the head of the title page. (There was no second edition.) Emendations throughout in pencil and pen.
['Peking Review', Pai Wan Chuang, Peking, China; Guozi Shudian, China Publications Centre; Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding, London; Basil Stein (1928-2012), South African political activist]
'Peking Review', Pai Wan Chuang, Peking (37), China; Guozi Shudian, China Publications Centre, Peking; Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding, 24 Warren Street, London, W1. Dating from 1963 to 1965.
The collection is in very good condition, lightly-aged, and with only a handful of items with light damp staining. 60 issues of Peking Review ('A weekly magazine of Chinese news and views') between 4 January 1963 and 17 December 1965, comprising 17 issues from 1963, between no. 1 (4 January) and no. 25 (21 June); one issue from 1964 (no. 49, 4 December); 42 issues from 1965, between no. 6 (5 February) and no. 51 (17 December). Accompanying the issues are two of the air mail envelopes in which the magazine was sent to Basil Stein in London from China by distributors Guozi Shudian.
[The Stage Society; ?Allan Wade (1881 – 1955), actor, theatre director and writer, bibliographer of Yeats.]
Unbound, 4-16pp, 8vo and 4to, minor damage to two, mainly good condition. Articles, reviews, programmes, information, advertisements. In the first number, for example, there is an introductory, anticipations of Gorki's "Lower Depths", a Brieuz, and Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra", "New Members Elected" (inc. Mrs Pethwick-Lawrence), events, former productions, "Managing Committee", "Rules for 1903-1904", "Bye_law (e.g. removal of hats by Ladies), and advertisements.
Jean-Baptiste de Nompère de Champagny (1756-1834), French admiral and politician, active in the American War of Independence [ Charles-François Delacroix (1741-1805), French statesman ]
Paris, '17 Brumaire an 14' [ 8 November 1805 ].
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with the top corners snipped away. Document in a secretarial hand, signed by Champagny, with 'Paris' and 'Le Ministre de l'Intérieur,' printed at the head. Addressed 'à Madame Veuve Delacroix, Monsieur & Madame Verninac' (Delacroix's daughter Henriette married the diplomat Raymond de Verninac Saint-Maur (1762-1822)). Nine-line formal letter of condolence on Delacroix's death, with reference to 'S. M. L'Empereur'. Champagny was elected a member of the Society of the Cincinnati for his exertions in the American War of Independence.
George Kruger Gray (1880-1943), English artist, designer of coinage and stained glass windows [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
40 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8. 2 December 1921.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with strip of sunning at foot. Docketed with stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. Having 'had time to consider the question of a lecture on Heraldry' he has decided to decline Menzies's invitation, as he 'simply cannot spare the time such a lecture would require for its preparation'.
H. Crofts of Offa Street, Bedford, Victorian veterinary practitioner
Bedford, England. 1869 to 1879 (with two items from 1888).
105 pp, in contemporary 4to notebook; started at both ends, with 53 pp at one, and 52 pp at the other. Quarter-bound in brown calf, marbled boards. Aged, in worn binding with a few loose leaves, but fair, and with text clear and complete. Ticket of 'Gotelee, Bookseller Printer and Stationer, Oakingham' on front pastedown. In two hands, the first considerably neater than the other, writing 18 pp of patrons (23 to a page), beginning with 'His Grace the Duke of Manchester Kimbolton Castle Hants', and featuring Sir E. Page Turner Bart Battleden House Woburn'.
Roman von Schweizer and R. Oberholzer, German Gymnastic Society, The Gymnasium, King's Cross, London
[ The German Gymnastic Society, The Gymnasium, 26, Pancras Road, King's Cross, London. ] 12 December 1890. [ Farquharson Roberts & Phillips, Ltd., Printers, 7, Upper Thames St., E.C. ]
Full title: 'German Gymnastic Society's Annual Competition, (Under the Rules of the A.A.A., A.B.A., & A.G.A.) To be held in The Gymnasium, 26, Pancras Road, King's Cross, on Friday, December 12th, 1890, Commencing at 8 p.m. precisely. Under the direction of Roman vn Schweizer, assisted by R. Oberholzer, Assistant Master.' On both sides of a 25 x 15.5 cm piece of card. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with some light notes to programme in pencil.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets [The Official Buddy Holly Appreciation Society, England; Mr and Mrs L. O. Holley]
Dating from between 1961 and 1965.
Following the singer's death in 1959 Johnny C. Beecher relaunched Holly's official English fan club, helping to keep his reputation alive at a time when he was practically forgotten in America. As Beecher stated in an interview, he kept 'in touch with Buddy's parents, Ella and L.O., and I can say that without them it wouldn't have been possible, as they sent us all sorts of information and photographs that kept up our enthusiasm. The Crickets also helped out and were pretty nice considering all we ever asked 'em was, "What was Buddy really like." Despite that, we became pals.
L. C. Dunsterville [ Major General Lionel Charles Dunsterville ] (1865-1946), British army officer and Rudyard Kipling's 'Stalky'
'The Kipling Society | Founded February 1927.' [ London, undated. ]
Printed in black, grey and red on one side of a piece of 11.5 x 14 cm card. In fair condition, aged and with one corner slightly dogeared. Features illustrations (taken from Kipling or in his style) of Kim, elephants, swastikas, a galleon, and two sides of a globe between a bookcase labelled 'VERSE' and 'PROSE'. Signed in green ink 'L C Dunsterville', and filled in in black ink in another hand for 'Lt. Colonel W. H. Young | D.S.O.' In manuscript on reverse: 'Roll no 989'.
[ Joint V. A. D. Committee, London; British Red Cross Society; The Order of St. John of Jerusalem; Dorothy Marion Cameron Bower; Henry Gandy; John Mason, M.D. ]
Headed: 'J. V. A. D. 24. | Joint V.A.D. Committee. | The Territorial Force Association. | The British Red Cross Society. | The Order of St. John of Jerusalem.' [ 83 Pall Mall, London. ] Dated 1 November 1916.
4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. A scarce piece of First World War ephemera, on creased and aged paper. The certificate has been made out in order to enroll 'Dorothy Marion Cameron Bower' into 'Detachment  in the County of [Westmorland]', but has not been signed by her. The first page carries the conditions of use, the second a declaration by the signatory, and the third the permit itself, with facsimile signatures of Arthur Stanley, Chairman, and Louis Pearson, Hon. Secretary, and the actual signatures of Henry Gandy, County Director, and John Mason M.D, Commandant.
Sir John Woodhead [ Sir John Ackroyd Woodhead ] (1881-1973), Indian Civil Servant, Governor of Bengal, chairman of the Woodhead Commission on the partition of Palestine
From Chevremont, Hockering Road, Woking, Surrey. 1948, 1949 (2) and 1951.
The four letters totalling 6pp., 12mo, in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With carbons of replies, one stapled to its mate. The correspondence relates to the Society's business, with two letters relating to a 'Tea lecture' by Gervas Huxley, another to a meeting chaired by Sir James Jones, and the last (22 June 1951) 'on the subject of Silver Medals' and other matters.
Four numbers of the Society's magazine 'The Call Boy'. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. The formats change as the magazine finds its feet. The first issue is a duplicated printing of 5pp., folio, on three sheets of paper of different colours. Following an event at McDonald's music hall attended by two thousand 'variety enthusiasts', the magazine introduces the Society and its 'founder officers, beginning with Don Ross, Ada Reeve ('The First Lady of British Entertainment'), Ray Mackender, Nicholas Charlesworth and Gerry Glover, and gives details of its aims and plans.
The Original Society of Papermakers, Maidstone, Kent [ James Bourke and R. Robertson, Secretaries ]
Mainly printed by R. W. Burkitt, Maidstone, Kent. Three dating from 1901, the other 69 from between 1920 and 1929.
An interesting collection of material relating to trades unions in the paper industry, and a scarce survival. The University of Birmingham, which holds a small collection of pre-twentieth-century material relating to the Original Society of Papermakers, notes that 'Few records have survived, including papers kept by chance and found within later correspondence'.
Thomas Bell (1792-1880) of Selborne, zoologist, President of the Linnaean Society who disapproved of the theories of Charles Darwin
On letterhead of The Wakes, Selborne. 18 February 1864.
3pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes that he will have 'great pleasure' seconding the recipient's nomination at the Athenaeum Club, and will do so 'the first time I go to London'. He discusses the arrangements before commenting on the 'great disappointment' felt by 'all our party' that the recipient was unable to join them. The letter concludes: 'I hope you have not suffered as so many have done from the very changeable weather &c had - I never knew such variations both in temperature & pressure, for so long a time'.
Sir Henry Ellis (1777-1869), Principal Librarian at the British Museum [ Nicholas Carlisle (1771-1847), Daniel Lysons (1762-1834), Samuel Lysons (c.1763-1819), James Dallaway (1763-1834), antiquaries]
'B. M. [ British Museum, London ] | Sept. 8th 1819.'
1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Nicholas Carlisle Esqr. | Society of Antiquaries Apartments | Somerset Place.' In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He has received 'a Letter from Mr. Daniel Lysons 'respecting "some fragments of brass belonging to a sacrificial Vessel found near Chichester," which were entrusted by Mr. Dallaway to the care of Mr. S.
William Bowyer (1699-1777), eminent London printer [ James Basire (c.1730-1802), engraver ]
Letter dated 1 September 1758. [ Engraving published in London in 1812. ]
Both items are in fair condition, lightly aged, with the letter inserted in a windowpane mount, and the engraving laid down on the recto of the second leaf of the bifolium of which the mount forms the first leaf. The letter is 1p., 4to., and addressed on the reverse 'To Mr. Redknap'. Written in a difficult hand, it concerns a threatening letter Bowyer has received, stating that the sender (whose name is indecipherable) 'will hardly stay so long without Money', considering that 'Mr. Miller is going to Bath, & will not return probably within a Month'. Bowyer 'wd.
Davies Gilbert [ born Davies Giddy ] (1767-1839), mathematician, President of the Royal Society [ Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), naturalist ]
'East Bourn' [ Eastbourne ]. 19 July 1818.
2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper, with slight damage to a few words along one edge due to removal from album. On his return to Eastbourne he has 'found a note announcing the Commission under the Great Seal for appointing Commissioners to inquire into the best mode of preventing the forgery of Bank Notes', and requiring his attendance the following day.
[ The Hakluyt Society, London; Sir Richard Carnac Temple (1850-1931); Lavinia Mary Anstey; Lieut-Col. Henry Howard; Thomas Bowrey ]
Anstey writes, between 1922 and 1931, mainly from the India Office, London. Temple writes, between 1922 and 1930, from hotels in London and Switzerland. Howard writes from Stone House, near Kidderminster.
A total of 55 items. In good condition, on aged and worn paper, except for one item (postcard by Anstey) which is damaged (without loss of text). ONE. Anstey, 31 items: 30 Typed Letters Signed and one Typed Card Signed. TWO. Temple, 16 items, totalling 49pp.: 13 Autograph Letters Signed and two Typed Letters Signed, with one unsigned typed memorandum. THREE. Howard, 3 items: two Typed Copies of letters (one apiece to Anstey and Temple), one of them (to Anstey) initialled, and Autograph Copy Signed ('H H.') of letter to Temple. FOUR.
W. J. Hardy [ Charles John Shoppee (1823-1897), 'Citizen and Armourer of London' ]
Book published by The Religious Tract Society, 56 Paternoster Row and 65, St. Paul's Churchyard, 1893. [ Printed in Oxford by Horace Hart, Printer to the University. ]
176pp., 4to. With four photogravure plates and numerous excellent facsimiles in text. A splendid production in red cloth gilt, with tissue guards to the plates and all edges gilt. In good very good condition, lightly aged and worn.
Melbourne Private Assembly Balls, 1875 [ Arthur Grubbe ]
[ Melbourne, Australia, 1875. ]
5.5 x 6 cm folder, with shiny white card covers printed in gold with ornately-lettered cover reading 'MELBOURNE | Private Assembly | BALLS. | 1875.' Royal crest on back cover. The folder contains two printed leaves, the whole being attached with fancy yellow string to a delicate small white pencil with a bobble at the end. Internally the six pages (including the inside covers) consist of three facings, with a list of the ball's 18 dances (from '1. WALTZ .... Casino Tanze | Gung'l' to '18. WALTZ ....