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[ Mexican Revolution and British interests. ] Typed Letter Signed from Robert Vansittart, Foreign Office, to Sir Richard Harington, regarding 'Mexican Railways'. With two printed documents: one ('Confidential') on 'Anglo-Mexican Claims Convention'.

Author: 
Robert Gilbert Vansittart, Baron Vansittart (1881-1957), diplomat [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1861-1931) 12th Baronet; the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920; railways of Mexico; Thomas Linton ]
Publication details: 
The three items from 1927. Vansittart's letter on letterhead of the Foreign Office [ Whitehall, London ]. The second ('Confidential') document a Foreign Office press statement. The third document from Finsbury Pavement House, London.
£180.00

ONE: Typed Letter Signed from 'Roger Vansittart' to 'Sir Richard Harington, Bart., | Whitbourne Court, | Worcester.' Foreign Office; 13 April 1927. 1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition aged and worn. He is 'directed by Secretary Sir Austen Chamberlain to refer to your letter of the 5th instant regarding the possibility of a claim being preferred against the Mexican Government in respect of your holding in Mexican Railways'.

[ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A C D.') to 'My dear David' [ David Thomson? ], giving advice regarding the publishing of a poem.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), renowned English author, creator of Sherlock Holmes
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood. Undated [ between 1891 and 1894, judging by the address ].
£750.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight spotting to extremities. A candidate for the recipient of the letter is David Thomson, whom Doyle wrote was 'photographing me writing at my table' in South Norwood on 18 November 1891, and had Conan Doyle write to him and other friends about asking at a library for "Micah Clarke" (revealed in his letter of 26 Feb. 1889, to Mary Doyle). The letter reads: 'My dear David | The average Magazine expects to be paid [last three words underlined] for publishing poetry, so I'm afraid there's no chance for this, tho' the lines are pretty.

[ International Arbitration Association, Bristol. ] Album containing material relating to the Association, assembled by honorary secretary E. T. Wedmore: announcements, notices, and cuttings from provincial newspapers.

Author: 
West of England and South Wales International Arbitration Association, Bristol [ Edmund Tolson Wedmore (1847-1920), Quaker pacifist; Walter Sturge; Allen Greenwell; Rev. Henry Richard; Peace Society ]
Publication details: 
West of England and South Wales International Arbitration Association. 'Offices: 21 College Green, Bristol.'
£1,150.00

Around 70 items laid down on 36pp. of an 8vo. exercise book with ruled grey-paper pages, in quarter-binding with marbled boards with green cloth spine. With around eight more items loosely inserted. In good condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ Sarah Gertrude Millin, South African author. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Magraw' [ children's author B. I. Magraw ], regarding her biography of Cecil Rhodes, the film version, and the recipient's 'play' of it.

Author: 
Sarah Gertrude Millin (1889-1968), South African author, born in Lithuania [ Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 34 Pallinghurst Road, Westcliff, Johannesburg. 22 March 1940.
£80.00

1p., 4to. She is 'very happy that RHODES gave you pleasure when you so badly needed it'. She hopes she will 'use your play in any way you wish. I hope it will go very well. It should.' She points out that there is 'a film made from the book - not much to my liking'. The letter ends: 'I hope your eyes are well again.'

[ Hans Schmoller and The Imprint Society for the Advancement of the Graphic Arts in South Africa: corrected proof of pamphlet by Hortors Limited. ] The Imprint Society | An Account of its Inception to which is appended a Draft Constitution.

Author: 
Hans Schmoller [ Hans Peter Schmoller ], typographer; The Imprint Society for the Advancement of the Graphic Arts in South Africa, Johannesburg [ Hortors Limited, printers ]
Publication details: 
'For circulation to members and prospective members'. Johannesburg, 1944.
£220.00

8pp., 12mo. Stitched into grey printed wraps. Aged and worn. On reverse of title: 'This booklet is produced in accordance with Paper Control regulations and is therefore limited in size and scope | It is publication number one of the Imprint Society and was first issued in August 1944'. The pamphlet begins: 'The idea that led to the Imprint Society being formed was conceived when two compositors, working in Johannesburg in 1939, realized that most of the printed matter produced in South Africa was ugly and uninspired, and that nothing was being done to remedy this.

[ The 'Bottle Trade' in eighteenth century England. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Dale') from Thomas Dale of Shields [ South Shields ] to Charles Wren of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, regarding the 'Bottle Trade', the Eden Treaty, and the 'Shields Houses'

Author: 
Thomas Dale of Shields [ South Shields ] [ Charles Wren of Newcastle upon Tyne; the Eden Treaty, 1786 ]
Publication details: 
Shields [ South Shields, Northumberland ]. 27 February [ no year, circa 1786 ].
£220.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. An excellent letter on an unusual subject, written in forthright style. The author – who like the recipient is a member of the local mercantile community – gets down to business immediately: 'Sir | The late great demand for Bottles in England was the effect of Mr Pits [sic] commercial Treaty with France.

[ Sir Richard Redmayne, civil engineer. ] Six Autograph Letters Signed (all 'R. a. s. Redmayne') to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding Society business and 'Mr. Digby's death'

Author: 
Sir Richard Redmayne [ Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne ] (1955), civil and consulting engineer in Britain and South Africa [ Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
The last four on his letterhead, 34 Victoria Street, Westminster; the first from Imperial Mineral Resources Bureau, London; the second from the Imperial Institute, London. 1924, 1925, 1926 (3), 1927.
£45.00

The six items in good condition, lightly aged. Each with the Society's stamp. Each 1p., 8vo. On 25 September 1925 he expresses sorrow on hearing 'of Mr. Digby's death. What was the cause of it? It seems only the other day that I saw him at the Society of Arts on the occasion of Professor Parks' address, when I took the chair.' He also states that he can 'say positively that I could read my paper before the Royal Society of Arts on December 2nd, but I am doubtful on the point – such a mass of pressing work has come along since I first contemplated writing the paper.

[ Jocelyn Fitzgerald Ruthven, master mariner. ] Twenty-five items from his papers: correspondence, vellum certificates, commissions, testimonials, including address signed by 79 passengers on first (maiden) voyage to Australia of SS Orient.

Author: 
Jocelyn Fitzgerald Ruthven [ born Jocelyn Fitzgerald Trotter ] (1849-1943), master mariner in Britain and Australia, Commodore of the Orient Line
Publication details: 
[ Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd. ] England (London, Liverpool and Redhill) and Australia (New South Wales), between 1863 and 1912.
£2,250.00

Ruthven was born in Ireland, the son of Galway landowner Clifford Trotter. He was a master mariner, a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and wrote several nautical manuals. At the time of his retirement as commodore of the Orient Line of ships in 1911, Ruthven had completed forty-five years at sea and thirty years in command of Orient steamers (Orient Steam Navigation Company, Limited – hereafter OSNC).

[ Boer War; Siege of Ladysmith, 1900. ] Lithographed British Army reconnaissance map of Ladysmith and environs

Author: 
[ Field Intelligence Division, Natal Field Force; Boer War; Siege of Ladysmith, 1900 ]
Publication details: 
'3rd. Edition.' Undated and unattributed. [ Field Intelligence Division, Natal Field Force, 1900. ]
£320.00

Printed in grey-black ink on 59.5 x 79.5 cm sheet, made up of three pieces of thin wove paper pasted together. In good condition, lightly aged and spotted. The map is of Ladysmith and environs, but is untitled. In top right-hand corner: '3rd. Edition', and at bottom right a measure of the 'Scale 2” = 1 Mile'. Very much a reconnaissance map, with such ad hoc English designations of location as 'Mealies', 'O. F. S.

[ A British Prisoner of War Camp in the aftermath of the Boer War. ] Mimeographed document headed 'Camp Orders by Major M. L. Ferrar | Comm[an]d[in]g Depot Batt[alio]n | Green Point Camp | 16fh. August 1902'.

Author: 
Major M. L. Ferrar [ Michael Lloyd Ferrar (1876-1971) ] of the Green Howards [ Green Point Prisoner of War Camp, Cape Town South Africa; Boer War, 1902 ]
Publication details: 
Green Point Camp [ Cape Town, South Africa ]. 16 August 1902.
£100.00

1p., 8vo. A mimeographed document duplicating fifty lines of handwriting (that of Ferrar himself?). Embossed government crest at top left. A scarce survival, on aged and heavily-worn paper, with closed tears and slight loss to extremities, repaired with archival tape.

[ Frederic Thesiger, Viscount Chelmsford. ] Autograph Signature ('Chelmsford').

Author: 
Frederic John Napier Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford [ Frederic Thesiger, Lord Chelmsford ] (1868-1933), Governor of Queensland, Governor of New South Wales, Viceroy of India
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£30.00

On 3 x 10 cm piece of grey paper. Laid down on 9 x 11.5 cm piece of card. In fair condition, aged and a little dusty. Neat and crisp signature, cut from a letter, and reading: 'Faithfully Yours | Chelmsford'. Also laid down on the card is a brief biographical cutting.

Lithographed coloured map, titled 'Natal | Sketch Map of Country to the West of Ladysmith'.

Author: 
Field Intelligence Division, Natal Field Force [ Second Boer War; South Africa; Brig.-Gen. John Harington (1873-1943), son of Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Bart; Siege of Ladysmith ]
Publication details: 
[ South Africa. ] 'Field Intelligence Division, | Natal Field Force | 4th January 1900.'
£280.00

In black and white on one side of a piece of 66 x 48 cm. wove paper, with roads coloured in brown and rivers in blue. In fair condition, aged and worn, with a little light staining from a red binding. 'Scale 1/633360 or 1 inch = 1 Mile'. Some emendation to names in black ink. Printed note: 'The work to the South is less reliable than, and the hill sketching is not proportionate in depth of shading to, the work to the North.' From the papers of Brigadier-General John Harington (1873-1943) of the Natal Field Force, for whose distinguished military career see his entry in Who Was Who.

[ A. F. Tschiffely, Argentine adventurer. ] Printed humorous postcard of 'Santa Claus in Patagonia', with photograph of Patagonian native clutching a bottle of Bols.

Author: 
A. F. Tschiffely [ Aimé Félix Tschiffely ] (1895-1954), Swiss-born Argentine adventurer and author
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Christmas 1938-1939.
£150.00

The card is printed in brown ink on one side of an 18 x 13 cm piece of thin beige card. An 8.5 x 6 cm black and white photograph has been tipped in within a printed square. In fair condition, with signs of age and wear. The text, in capitals, reads 'Santa Claus in Patagonia. | [Photograph.] | With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from Mr. & Mrs. A. F. Tschiffely. | 1938 - 1939.' The photograph shows the supposed subject of the card, a Patagonian native with white hair and beard, in morth-eaten jumper, clutching a bottle of Bols as he stares at the camera.

[ Printed Boer War item. ] 'Return of Troops marching into Bloemfontein on its Surrender . . . 13th. March. 1900.' With diagrammatic lists of 'Staff Officers' and 'Officers of the Army Head Quarter Staff'.

Author: 
Major-General W. F. Kelly, Deputy Adjuitant General, South Africa Field Force [ Boer War ]
Publication details: 
Government House, Bloemfontein. [ 1900. ]
£180.00

Printed in black and red on both sides of a 22 x 20 cm. piece of thick paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. One side carries the return, in a table with twenty columns, listing units, officers, warrant and non-commission officers, horses and guns. On the other side are two diagrammatic representations, the upper with names of various officers in a concentric rectangular design, listing the 'Staff Officers of Divisions and Brigades & Foreign Military Attaches, who marched into Bloemfontein 13th.

[ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington of the Anti-Aircraft Corps in the First World War. ] Large manuscript 'Table shewing how long an Airship will be in Range at various speeds according to the above diagram'.

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet [ Anti-Aircraft Corps; First World War; airships; Zeppelin ]
Publication details: 
[ Anti-Aircraft Corps (British), First World War.]
£650.00

66 x 53 cm. On wove paper. In fair condition: aged, worn and creased. The upper third of the page carries a semi-circular diagram giving measurements for the target at ranges from 500 to 3000 yards and 7000 to 3600 yards, 'Through an arc of 165°'. The lower two-thirds of the page carries text in two columns, under two headings. The first, 'Extreme Range . . .

[ The Argentine Great Western Railway (Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino). ] Eighteen printed items relating to the restructuring of the company. Including 'Plan of Reconstruction' ('Strictly Private'), 'Scheme of Arrangement', circulars, accounts.

Author: 
The Argentine Great Western Railway [ Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino ], British-owned Argentinian railway company, founded in 1887 [ Walter Heald, Secretary; J. S. Morgan & Co., merchant bankers ]
Publication details: 
The Argentine Great Western Railway, 4 Finsbury Circus, London E.C. 1893 and 1894.
£400.00

The company, founded in 1887, operated a broad gauge railway network in the Argentine provinces of San Luis, San Juan and Mendoza, and was taken over on a lease by the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway in 1907. It features in three studies: Colin M. Lewis, 'British Railways in Argentina 1857-1914: A Case Study of Foreign Investment' (1983); H. R. Stones, 'British Railways in Argentina 1860-1948' (1993); and Winthrop R. Wright, 'British-Owned Railways in Argentina – Their Effect on Economic Nationalism, 1854-1948' (1974).

[ C. R. Enock, sociologist, economist and traveller in South America. ] 22 Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Henry Trueman Wood and G. K. Menzies of Royal Society of Arts, with printed handbill on 'The Necessity for a Constructive Social Science'.

Author: 
C. R. Enock [ Charles Reginald Enock ] (1868-1970), sociologist and economist [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; Royal Society of Arts; Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner ]
Publication details: 
Fourteen letters on letterhead of Valley Croft, Northwood, Middlesex; four on letterhead of Valley Croft, Northwood, Middlesex. 1913 (6), 1914 (10), 1916 (2), 1918 (1), 1925 (2) and 1926 (1).
£850.00

The letters total 26pp., 12mo. The collection in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. One letter from 1914 on letterhead of the Royal Geographical Society, London. The first signed 'C. Reginald Enock | (CE : F.R.G.S)', the others signed 'C. R. Enock'. The present correspondence attests to the breadth of vision of a powerful and imaginative thinker, whose futuristic schemes for the 'scientific “re-colonisation of England”' melding imperialism and modernity drew in the involvement of Lord Milner.

Diary of a business trip in Southern Africa

Author: 
[MANUSCRIPT DIARY; GERMAN WINE AND SPIRIT MERCHANT; DEINHARD] Peter Hasslacher, wine merchant's agent.
Publication details: 
1954.
£450.00

Diary advertising Julius Wile Sons & Co., Inc., 2 Park Avenue, N.Y. "Importers Since 1877", soft artificial leather covers tan-coloured, rubbed, name "Peter Hasslacher" in gilt on front, hinge strain, contents otherwise good, complete, one day to each page. Initially there is printed information about the agencies for imports of wines, spirits and liqueurs of Julius Wile, a Wile family tree, a history of the comp[any, biographical details of "Active Members" of the Wile and Blum families.

[ Gariazzo; lithographs ] Tribal peoples of three continents: 1930s illustrations by Pier Antonio Gariazzo

Author: 
Pier Antonio Gariazzo, artist and filmmaker
Publication details: 
c.1930
£1,500.00

80 lithographic prints, mostly hand-coloured, of drawings of indigenous peoples and tribal groups, made on a voyage to South America, Africa and Asia in 1933 by the Italian painter and film director Pier Antonio Gariazzo. With accompanying French letterpress. This collection of accomplished and beautifully-finished prints is a puzzle, with no apparent reference to it or to the letterpress among Gariazzo's published works.Each print on one side of a separate piece of thick laid paper, 24.5 x 32.5 cm. Numbered 1 to 82, with 61 and 63 lacking.

Vagabondlif i Australien.

Author: 
Theodor Fischer
Publication details: 
Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag. 1879.
£180.00

Small octavo. 124 pages. Four illustrations (pages, 9, 11, 76 and 100), including one of kangaroos and another of 'King Okalia with suite'. Good, in worn late 19th/early 20th century binding. Front wrap (with illustration of aborigine throwing spear) bound in. Bookplate of Gunnar von Heideken, and neat initials of 'F. V. Hen' at head of wrap. Apparently an account of a stay in the area of Adelaide. Includes glosses in Swedish of such words as boomerangs, bushrangers, waddies, piccaniny and swag. Intriguing (to non-Swedish speakers) mention of Lord Byron and Dick Turpin.

[ Jimmy Shields, Scottish communist, twice editor of the Daily Worker. ] Fifty items from his papers, including notes, drafts, and articles by him, in autograph and typed; South African letters to his future wife; biographical notes by his son.

Author: 
Jimmy Shields, Scottish communist, General Secretary of Communist Party of South Africa, twice editor of Daily Worker [ Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of Communist Party of Great Britain ]
Publication details: 
[ Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] England and South Africa. Between 1924 and 1949.
£1,250.00

Jimmy Shields was described in his obituary in the Daily Worker as 'Hero of the African Peoples' Struggle' and a 'great Communist and humanist', and by Harry Pollitt as 'one of the most devoted revolutionary workers I have ever met'. He was born in Greenock, and joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1921. Having moved to South Africa in search of work in 1925, he was within months elected General Secretary of the country's Communist Party. Following his return to Scotland in 1927, he served in various CPGB posts, and was elected to its national executive.

Large handbill of specimens, one side with seventeen copperplate and zincographic engravings, the other with twelve letterheads under the heading 'Series A. PIerced Designs Engraved in Copperplate Style, at 1/20th of the Cost.'

Author: 
W. A. Day, printer, of 25 South John Street, Liverpool. [Victorian printing; zincography]
Publication details: 
Liverpool: W. A. Day, 25 South John Street. Undated [1880s?].
£50.00

A scarce piece of Liverpool printing ephemera. Dimensions approximately 63 x 51 cm. Both sides printed in light blue. Text and illustrations complete. In need of expert cleaning and repair: grubby and stained, with chipping to extremities and some closed tears. At the head of the one side is the masthead of 'The Employment Exchange | Edited by Charles H. Megson' ('The only recognized medium for speedy Employment. Absolutely without rival.') with illustrations of figures at work.

[ Maria Ellen Reeks, wood carver and director of the School of Art Wood-Carving, South Kensingon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M E Reeks') to 'Mr. White', describing the relocation of the school to new premises. With printed ticket announcing the move

Author: 
Maria Ellen Reeks (1858-1929), wood carver, teacher and director of the School of Art Wood-Carving, South Kensington
Publication details: 
Letter from 38 Thurloe Place, on letterhead of the School of Art Wood-Carving, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, S.W. [ London ] 27 December 1908.
£65.00

Letter: 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. After discussing his relocation to Paris, she asks whether he has heard 'the news about our School and how we have just moved?

[ Ofspring Blackall, Bishop of Exeter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Ofspr. Exon') to his brother, directing the purchase of £500 in South Sea stock.

Author: 
Ofspring Blackall (1655-1716), Bishop of Exeter, religious controversialist [ The South Sea Bubble, 1711-1720 ]
Publication details: 
Westminster. 18 February 1712 [ 1711 O.S. ].
£600.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Westminster Feb. 18. 1711/12. | Sr | I desire you will buy and accept five Hundred Pounds Stock in the Capitall Stock of the Company of Merchants of Great Britain trading to the South Seas for my Account and in my name; which will oblige | Sr | Yor. Affect. Brother & Servt | Ofsp. Exon'. Annotated in a nineteenth-century hand at bottom-left: 'Dr Ofspring Blackall.' At the time of writing the South Sea Company had only just been created. It would collapse spectacularly in 1720.

[ Chagford parish, Dartmoor, Devon. ] Manuscript 'Highway Rate Book of the Parish of Chagford', divided into 'Town Quarter', 'South Teign Quarter', 'Meldon Quarter' and 'Teigncombe Quarter'.

Author: 
Chagford parish, Devon [ Dartmoor; Victorian rate book ]
Publication details: 
[ Chagford, Devon. ] 'Lady day [i.e. 25 March] 1884 to Lady day 1885.'
£180.00

58pp., small 4to, 1/4 lea., marbled bds. In fair condition, aged and worn, in shaken binding with front cover coming away and one loose leaf. The volume contains 28 double-page spreads (the first eighteen 'Town Quarter'; the next three 'South Teign Quarter'; then four 'Meldon Quarter'; and the last three 'Teigncombe Quarter'), each divided into nine columns as follows, with the details of the first entry given as an example: ''[No.

[ Hans Sloane, MP, of South Stoneham, Hampshire. ] Armorial Bookplate of 'HANS SLOANE ESQR.', with his Autograph Signature on the flyleaf of a book.

Author: 
Hans Sloane (1739-1827), MP, of South Stoneham, Hampshire, Deputy Cofferer of the Royal Household
Publication details: 
Signature dated 1755.
£56.00

The engraved armorial bookplate is on a 9.5 x 7.5 cm. piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Loosely attached to the flyleaf, which carries the calligraphic signature 'Hans Sloane | 1755.' (Sloane would have been sixteen at the time, and the writing is suitably juvenile.) The flyleaf is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and laid down on a piece of wove paper. Sloane (a kinsman of the great collector Sir Hans Sloane) is the subject of an excellent entry by Sir Lewis Namier in the History of Parliament.

[ Hans Sloane, MP, Deputy Cofferer. ] Two Manuscript receipts for payments 'for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Expence' of the Royal Household, both signed by him and both written out and witnessed by Peter Nicol, Clerk of Venison Warrants.

Author: 
Hans Sloane (1739-1827), MP, of South Stoneham, Hampshire, Deputy Cofferer of the Household [ Peter Nicol, Clerk of Venison Warrants; Hans Stanley (1721-1780), Cofferer to the Household
Publication details: 
One dated 19 March 1774, the other 22 January 1781. Place not stated [ St James's Palace, Westminster? ].
£120.00

Both items 1p., folio. Both in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn watermarked laid paper. Sloane and Stanley (both relations of the great collector Sir Hans Sloane of Chelsea) are subjects of excellent entries by Sir Lewis Namier in the History of Parliament. Sloane's position as Deputy Cofferer had been granted to him by his kinsman Stanley, the Cofferer, in whose gift the office was. The first of the two receipts is headed 'Record[e]d the 19 march 1774 | Received the 21 march 1774 of the Rt.

[ Henry Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle. ] Autograph Signature ('Newcastle') on part of letter to Sir John Hindmarsh, Lieutenant-Governor of Heligoland.

Author: 
Henry Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle, Liberal statesman [ Rear-Admiral Sir John Hindmarsh (1785-1860), first Governor of South Australia ]
Publication details: 
[ London, between1852 and 1854, when Newcastle was Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. ]
£65.00

On both sides of a 16 x 20 cm piece of laid paper. In good condition, with light signs of age.Newcastle's signature is bold and firm, underlined with a flourish; the rest of the document is in the hand of a secretary. On one side it reads: 'I have the honor to be | Sir, | Your most obedient | humble servant | Newcastle'. On the other: '[...] No. 1 explaining the nature of the Fund from which you proposed to defray the expense of repairing a Powder Magazine and constructing a Store House in Heligoland and I have now | Leiut: Governor | Sir John Hindmarsh | &c. &c. &c.'

[ James Laver, museum curator and authority on fashion. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (the first 'James Laver | Keeper of Prints') concerning purchases from bookseller Barry Duncan. With carbon copies of two of Duncan's letters.

Author: 
James Laver (1899-1975), art historian and authority on fashion, Keeper of Prints, Drawings and Paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Publication details: 
Laver's two letters both on Victoria and Albert Museum letterheads, and dating from 30 December 1947 and 19 March 1948.
£120.00

Five items, in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with slight rust staining from staple which held them together. Laver's two letters are both 2pp. long (one 8vo and one 12mo). The two relate to a collection of Dalziel wood-engravings, there being 'too many already in the Museum to justify our purchasing the collection in its entirety'. Laver suggests taking a selection of 100 engravings for £5, and with the second letter returns the residue, the price paid being £7 10s 0d. With Laver paying personally for two engravings damaged while in his care.

[ Moira Lister, film and theatre actress. ] Seven Signed Letters (six in Autograph) and one Autograph Card Signed, to theatrical bookseller Barry Duncan, in folder containing newspaper cuttings, a programme, and copies of his letters to her.

Author: 
Moira Lister [ Moira Lister de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomtesse d’Orthez ] (1923-2007), South African film and theatre actress
Publication details: 
Two of Lister's letters her 'Moira Lister' letteread and one on 'Vicomtesse d'Orthez' letterhead. Most from 31 Cadogan Square, London. Between 1955 and 1961. Cuttings from between 1947 and 1971.
£220.00

The thirty-six items in the folder are in good condition, with light signs of age. ONE: Six Autograph Letters Signed, one Typed Letter Signed, and one Autograph Card Signed. All signed 'Moira Lister' except the last communication, the card, which is signed 'Moira d'Orthez'. With four stamped envelopes, addressed to Duncan at his bookshop in St Martin's Court. A courteous and businesslike correspondence, firmly parrying Duncan's efforts at greater familiarity. The first letter, typed, is dated 8 March 1955, and relates to the sale of books.

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