SOMERS

[ Gordon Gyll of Wraysbury, author and translator. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to the editor of the Cambridge Chronicle, urging at length a review of his 'Tractate on Language'.

Author: 
Gordon Gyll [ Gordon Willoughby James Gyll ] (1818-1878) of Wraysbury, Buckinghamshire, author and translator of Cervantes etc[ Sir John R. Somers Vine (1847-1929), editor of the Cambridge Chronicle ]
Publication details: 
7 Lower Seymour St, Portman Square, London, on embossed letterhead of the Royal Institute of Great Britain. 13 February 1881.
£180.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of stub at inner edge. A shameless plug for his book 'A Tractate on Language, with Observations on the French Tongue' (1860), closely written over four pages. As 'an old Oxford man', he 'shd feel obliged if the Editor wd give some notice of his work a "Tractate on Language" - in his weekly paper'. He had 'caused a Copy to be transmitted to him, & he trusted that if the book did not command a detailed review some observations wd be made about it - & in a note sent at the time he expressed a desire to have any paper in wh.

[ Charles Somers Somers-Cocks, 3rd Earl Somers. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Somers.') to Lord Stanhope

Author: 
Charles Somers Somers-Cocks, 3rd Earl Somers (1819-1882), English peer and politician [ Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope [ Lord Stanhope ] (1805-1875); the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Publication details: 
33 Princes Gate, Kensington. [ London ] No date. [ 1859 watermark. ]
£40.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. Reads: 'Dear Lord Stanhope | I am most unfortunately compelled to go into the country this evening, or I should not have failed to have attended the meeting of the trustees of the Nat. Portrait Gallery. | Very truly yours | Somers.' It was Stanhope who had been mainly responsible for the foundation of the National Portrait Gallery in 1856.

[ Lady Eastnor. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to her drawing master Edmund Thomas Parris, with reference to two of his other clients.

Author: 
Caroline Harriet Somers-Cocks (1794-1873), Lady Eastnor [born Caroline Harriet Yorke], later Countess Somers [ Edmund Thomas Parris (1793-1873), architect and artist ]
Publication details: 
15 Berkeley Square [ London ]. 'Saturday' [no date, but on 1835 Whatman paper.]
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition, lightly-aged. She begins by explaining that as she is 'obliged to leave London', she will not be able to 'draw any more at his House this year'. She asks him to inform her how much she owes him 'for the Lessons he has been so obliging as to give - Lady Katherine Douglas & Miss Stuart will be at Mr. Parris's this Morning - | Ly Eastnor is desired by Lady Selkirk, & Lady Stuart de Rothesay, to enquire from Mr. Parris, what they are indebted to him for the Lessons to these two young Ladies'.

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.

An Impartial Account of Richard Duke of York's Treasons. And the several Arts and Methods made use of by him for the obtaining the Crown of England. To which is added the True Picture of a Popish Successor, [...].

Author: 
[King Richard III; Anti-Catholic; Papist; Popery; Protestant]
Publication details: 
London, Printed for Allen Banks, MDCLXXXII. [1682]
£250.00

Folio: ii + 21 pp. After 'Popish Successor,' the title continues 'Exactly drawn by the Reigns of Christian the Second, and Sygismond King of Sweden, and Ferdinand the Second King of Bohemia.' Text clear and entire, on discoloured and lightly-foxed paper. Slight chipping to edges, and quite heavy discoloration to the final few leaves, with small hole at foot of last leaf (the reverse of which is blank), affecting the word 'FINIS.' but leaving the text undamaged. In very good modern calf quarter-binding, with marbled boards and title on red label on spine.

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