Joaquín Álvarez Quintero (1873-1944), Spanish dramatist, with his brother Serafín Álvarez Quintero (1871-1938) one of 'los hermanos Quintero'
'Madrid 23 de Febrero de 1922.'
27pp., 4to. On 23 leaves (one blank), stitched together with red ribbon. Title-page, page of characters, and the play itself on 25pp., with the main text on 20 rectos and supplementary portions on five versos. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The play, by both brothers, premiered at Lara Theatre on 8 March 1922, and was published in the same year.
[ Joselito [ José Gómez Ortega ] (1895-1920), Spanish matador; bullfighter; bullfighting ] 'Nuevo Mundo', Spanish magazine edited by Francisco Verdugo
['El Nuevo Mundo', Madrid. ] Imp "Prensa Gráfica", Hermosilla, Madrid. 21 May 1920.
32pp., 4to. In cream wraps printed wraps with illustration in green on cover. Printed on art paper, with numerous illustrations and advertisements. Aged and worn, lacking staples and with closed tears to the margins of the inner two leaves. Following four pages of advertisements, the front page of the magazine is entirely covered with a photograph of Joselito in the bullring. The central twelve pages of the magazine are devoted to the bullfighter, under the title 'La muerte de Joselito | Detalles de su vida taurina'.
[Report of the Advisory Committee on the Traffic of Women and Protection of Children, Council of the League of Nations, 1925] [prostitution; venereal disease; Cuba; Spain]
Geneva, May 1925. [Imp. de la "Tribune de Genève".]
Folio, 27 pp. Unbound and stapled. Ownership signature ('Cross') of S. T. Cross, of the Registry of the International Court of Justice in the Hague. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with closed tear at head of first leaf, and indentation from paperclip. Sections on child welfare, the traffic in women, licensed houses, women police, emigration and propaganda.
'Habana 28 de Octubre de 1856'. [ Havana, Cuba. 28 October 1856.]
1p., folio. On aged and worn paper. In top right-hand corner: 'N. 4.' Twelve lines of text, followed by signatures 'Domingo Rodrigz.', 'Conception de Velasco de la Forre' and 'Pose Ma. de la Forre'. Begins: 'D. Domingo Rodriguez vende a la Sra. Da. Conception de Velasco de la Forre, un negro nombrado Andres de oficio calesero y cocinero [ by trade a coachman and cook ], sano y sin tachas [ healthy and without blemishes ]'.
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain
Zaragoza [ Saragossa, Spain ]. 8 March 1977.
1p., 8vo. Signed in blue felt-tip pen. Letterhead illustration of drawing by West, picked out in blue and red felt-tip. A jokey letter beginning: 'ta very much for the dress - it didn't fit me so now Sandra wears it. We have called her Sandra Mercedes. Sandra, though perhaps not very evocative, is easily pronounced in both English and Spanish.
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain; Juan Calzadilla (b.1931), Venezuelan poet [ Arturo Schwarz (b.1924), Italian art historian; Surrealism ]
Exhibition Catalogue for show at El Centro de Arte Euroamericano, Caracas, Venezuela. 1982. Autograph card with message undated.
According to Benezit, West 'saw his representational painting as relating to that of Magritte, a sort of poetic communication beyond words, using association and analogy'. AUTOGRAPH CARD: Bifolium (15.5 x 22 cm.) on blue card. In good condition, lightly aged. The illustration on the front cover, in black ink shaded in white, is signed 'West.', and depicts a sardine can in the shape of a human hand, half-opened to show the skeleton of the hand within. The recto of the second leaf carries the letter to 'Dear John', in red ink, ten lines long.
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain, a disciple of René Magritte
From Spain and Venezuela. Between 1969 and 1982.
According to Benezit, West 'saw his representational painting as relating to that of Magritte, a sort of poetic communication beyond words, using association and analogy'. The present collection, from the artist's own archives, shows his distinctive style, with its mixture of eroticism, natural history, archaeology, everyday objects, and primal myth. The collection is in good condition, with light aging and wear. ONE: 20 original drawings in black ink, each on a separate piece of paper or card, ranging in size from 30 x 21 cm to 7.5 x 13 cm.
[ Spanish clothing labels; textiles; fashion industry of Spain ]
Spanish. Undated (1920's onwards?). Containing loosely inserted material dating from 1949 and 1962.
The collection consists of more than 2000 labels, laid down on 117pp of a substantial, heavy and thumb-indexed folio volume (38 X 27 X 7 cm), bound in brown cloth. The collection is in good condition, with the inevitable signs of age, in heavily aged and worn binding. Loosely inserted are seven pieces of card and one of paper, carrying around 50 more examples, and three more pieces of paper with sixteen examples of woven coloured ribbon, as well as three enlarged folded grid designs for the weaving of labels.
R. G. Dixon [R. Graham Dixon of Ferndown, Dorset; Franco's Spain; Spanish]
R. G. Dixon, April Cottage, Fernlea Close, Ferndown, Dorset. Describing a visit to France and Spain 'during May-June 1960'.
223pp., 8vo, of typescript, with additional manuscript page: 'Carbon Copy | Spanish Holiday | by | R. G. Dixon | during | May-June | 1960.' Typed single-spaced, with occasional minor manuscript emendations. Each page on a separate leaf, the whole held together by a metal clasp. In beige card folder with the following on inside cover: 'R. G. Dixon | April Cottage | Fernlea Close | Ferndown | Dorset'. The front cover of the folder carries part of a label from the previous use of the folder, providing a clue to the author's itentity: '"D" Co[mpan]y. Towcester Batt[ery]: | Home Guard.
Sir Richard Williams (1764-1839), KCB, Colonel Commandant of the Royal Marines [The Peninsular War; Napoleonic Wars; British Army]
'H. M. Ship Queen | off Castro [Castro-Urdiales, Spain]'. 17 September 1812.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with one short closed tear along a crease line. Docketted on reverse: 'Majr Williams | 17 Sept 1812'. The letter begins with a paragraph of instructions regarding the payment of a sum of money to his sister. The final paragraph reads: 'This Batt. is at present in the Queen for a passage to Guetania which place we are going to attac [sic] with about 5000 Spaniards and the two Battalions of Marines - our own Trooper is full of Spaniards.' He concludes by sending his best regards to the recipient's father.
José Castillejo, Professor in the Faculty of Law in the University of Madrid [University of London Institute of Education]
[University of London Institute of Education.] Published for the Institute of Education by Oxford University Press. London: Humphrey Milford. 1937.
26 + pp., 4to. In grey printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps. Stamps, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Divided into fourteen sections, beginning with 'The Weakness of Spanish Education', and ending with 'The Reform of State Education', 'Dictatorship and Resistance', 'The Republic' and 'The Revolution'. Nine copies on COPAC.
[La Algaba Filtering Station (1926-1980), designed by Charles Arthur Friend (d.1930), chief engineer of The Seville Water Works Company, Spain; Spanish irrigation]
[The Seville Water Works Company, Spain.] Dated between 1924 and 1926.
144 original black and white photographs, uniformly 6 x 11cm. In excellent condition, in two matching photo albums of worn green cloth, one containing 89 and the other 55 images. Some of the photographs have pencil captions on the mount, giving a date and a number. Loosely inserted is a 3.5 x 8.5cm contact sheet, showing four and a half frames from a film of two men examining a chart.
Hilaire Belloc [Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc] (1870-1953), poet and author
On letterhead of the Reform Club, Pall Mall. 22 June 1925.
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter carries a few autograph emendations and postscript. With envelope addressed to Mrs Strutt at 12 Somers Place, London. Belloc was an accomplished travel writer, and had published his classic book 'The Pyrenees' in 1903. He writes that he is giving her 'two addresses', 'only in each case you must write to the people before going there and the sooner the better, because the Season in these high places is very short'.
115pp., 8vo. In red cloth binding. No dustwrapper. Aged, with back hinge sprung and one bumped corner at the back. Excellent inscription by Spender on the front free endpaper, in which he describes the history of the composition of the play: 'To And | with love from | Stephen. | March 16 1938. | This play begun January 1933, at Barcelona, partly written in January 1937 in Madrid & Albacete, and finished January 1938 in London, is almost a record of our friendships through five years.'
Frederick Huth [John Frederick Andrew Huth; Johann Friedrich Andreas Huth] (1777-1864), German-born London banker [Giuseppe Pignatelli Aragona Cortes (1795-1859), Duke of Terranova and Monteleone]
All seven letters from Palermo, Italy. Agati's letter dating from 1831, and the Duke's letters from 1832 (3), 1833, 1836 and 1846.
All seven items are in good condition, on aged and lightly-creased bifoliums, and all docketted by the recipient. The Duke's letters total 13pp., 4to. Each is addressed, with postmarks, on the reverse of the second leaf, with one bearing part of a red wax seal. The letters all deal with the financial management of his affairs, with reference to substantial sums, with mention of Naples and Rothschild. The references to Mexican affairs in the correspondence are of particular interest, coming from a descendant of Hernan Cortes, and presumably still a substantial landowner in the country.
The Ealing Youth Group, League of Nation Union; The Challernam Perss, 110, Gauden Road, S.W.4. [Spanish Civil War]
The Challernam Press, 110, Gauden Road, S.W.4. 'To be collected on Saturday, 24th, April. [1937.]
Printed on one side of an 18.5 x 12.5cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper. Reads in full: 'SPANISH YOUTH | FOODSHIP COMMITTEE | (INCORPORATING YOUTH ORGANISATIONS THROUGHOUT | THE COUNTRY) | Please Help Feed the Starving in Spain | The need is | URGENT | YOU| can help with gifts of non- | perishable groceries etc. | (POTATOES, TINNED FOODS, ETC.) | TO BE COLLECTED | on Saturday, 24th, April. | BY MEMBERS OF THE EALING YOUTH GROUP | LEAGUE OF NATIONS UNION | THE CHALLERNAM PRESS, 110, GAUDEN ROAD, S.W.1.' Scarce: no copy on COPAC, and nothing by the Challernam Press.
Thomas Robinson (1738-1786), 2nd Baron Grantham, British Ambassador to the Court of Spain; William Henry van Nassau van Zuylestein (1717-1781), 4th Earl of Rochford
Dated by Grantham 'Madrid, June 21st. 1772', and by Rochford 'St. James's 12th. Augt. 1772'.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. Bottom corner of first leaf torn away (carrying with it the latter part of Grantham's signature) otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight traces of mount on reverse of second leaf. Neatly written out the bill reads: 'His Excellency Lord Grantham, His Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Court of Spain, humbly craves Allowance of the following Bill of His Extra-Ordinary Disbursements. | For removing myself & Family to Aranjuez, House Rent, and other Expenses. - £300. 0. 0. | Madrid June 21st. 1772. | [signed] Granth'.
Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty (1849-1922), Chief Justice of Gibraltar, son of Rev. Alfred Gatty (1813-1903), Vicar of Ecclesfield, and brother of the children's writer Juliana Horatia Ewing (1841-1885)
Without place and date. [Gibraltar, 1901.]
Black and white photograph, 11 x 15 cm, laid down on piece of white paper 12 x 16.5 cm, itself laid down on a piece of grey card, 200 x 255 cm. In fair condition, slightly discoloured and with one tiny chip to the right-hand edge; in lightly-aged mount with wear to corners. The card carries the printed caption: 'Proclamation of H. M. King Edward VII. | GIBRALTAR, 25TH JANUARY, 1901.' A large crowd looks up at a large official party on the stone balcony of the Governor's House, Gibraltar, which is decked with a large Union Flag.
Sir John Talbot Dillon (1739-1805), 1st Baronet, Baron Dillon, Irish politician, traveller and author
Madrid. 1 July 1777.
1p., 12mo. An autograph note, apparently written at the head of the detached fly-leaf of a book. Fair, on aged paper, laid down on a torn page from an autograph album. Reads: 'This is a Curious & very Scarce Book. - | Madrid 1st. July 1777. | [signed] John Talbot Dillon | Knt. & Baron of the S. R. Empire.' The abbreviation stands for 'Sacred Roman Empire'.
Michael J. Cooper [Prof. Juan Bassegoda Nonell; Hedger Wallace; Mark Wenborn; John Alaimo; Fernando Rey]
Mostly from Cooper's company: Michelangelo Productions Ltd., 50 Gray's Inn Road, London. 1973 and 1974.
Regarded as lost for 35 years this drama documentary, directed by John Alaimo, was discovered in a Barcelona bank vault in 2009, and has recently been released on DVD. The nine items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. One: 'Gaudi | Treatment by Michael J. Cooper | April 1974'. [i] + 4pp., foolscap 8vo, in plastic folder. Two: 'Story Outline' for 'Antonio Gaudi | The Unfinished Vision | A Special Television Film Production'.
Henry L. Bulwer, 1st Baron Dalling and Bulwer GCB, PC (1801–1872), Liberal politician, diplomat, traveller, and writer.
18 June [c.1843 when he took up a diplomatic post in Spain]
One page, 8vo, slightly crumpled and stained but text clear and complete, as follows: I remember that at Brussels there used to be female cooks who knew french and english cooking, could you find me one which knoiws well the english way [...] I should be glad to have one who could cook my dinner in regular english style with puddings, tarts, etc etc? I [want?] a quiet honest woman to whom I can confide the care of the small house I have at Aranjuez - the wages are indifferent. | Write to me if such a person is to be found and excuse the trouble I give you [...].
Two pages, 12mo, good condition. He explainsthat his jokey depiction of Downing College in his novel is influenced by Dr F.R. Leavis having "intervened to make the secretary & the Literary Society withdraw an invitation for me to address that Society - so it was a private joke with myself to make the rather objectionable Dr Stockmannjjj go to Downing College where Dr Leavis was a kind of dictator. A poor joke in bad taste." He explains who Dr Stockmann was based on. In a postscript he speculates that Swain had met one of his brothers in 1942.
[Edwardian photographs of Spain: Seville, Madrid, Hendaye, Gandia, Toledo]
All ten slides bound in 8 cm glass squares, with the black and white images themselves in good condition and unfaded. The slides, apparently from a newspaper library, all carry the shelf-mark 'T46', and all but three are captioned in manuscript. Evocative and instructive images, apparently all dating from the Edwardian period. Captions of 'Protestant College, Madrid; Toledo Cathedral; La Feria [Seville]; Gandia Market; Hendaye; and the Patio de Los Leones, Alhambra, Granada.
[The Mediterranean Club, Gibraltar; Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty (1849-1922), Chief Justice of Gibraltar, 1895 to 1905]
[Gibraltar, c.1900. Name of printer not given.]
12mo, 9 pp. Stapled. In original plain green wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with rusted staple. Folded once, vertically. Wraps creased and discoloured. Divided into 29 rules and 9 bye-laws. The club is said, in Rule 1, to be 'open to Officers of the Army and Navy and Colonial Services, and Gentlemen residing at or visiting Gibraltar'. Emendations by Gatty in pencil, including, on the front wrap, 'Proof' and 'Rules as altered at the meeting carried!' A few minor emendations in text, and additional rule by Gatty, seven lines in length, on the back wrap.
Burgess, William & Co., London printers [King Alfonso XIII of Spain; King Edward VII of the United Kingdom; typography; typographical]
 'Burgess William & Co., Printers, 12, Mansell Street, Aldgate, London City.'
An unusual, scarce and frail survival. Printed on one side of a piece of tissue paper, roughly 35 cm square. Surprisingly well preserved: heavily creased, with some wear to extremities, one small hole (not affecting text or image) and one closed tear of approximately 4 cm to coloured border.
Dona María Rosa de Gálvez [Maria Rosa Galvez de Cabrera] (1768-1806)
Madrid: En la Imprenta de Repullés. 1806.
4to, 12 pp. Disbound and stitched. Very good. The poem covers pp. 3-11, with five 'Notas' on p. 12. Scarce (in the Anglo-Saxon world at least): COPAC only lists a copy at the British Library. Includes a passage on Nelson and 'el feroz Britano'. No copy found in Sanish Union Catalogue etc. (accessed through German Union Catalogue).
Professor J. M. Villasante [Julian Martinez-Villasante y Navarro] (1876-1945), Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish Studies, University of London (1913-1936)
19 January 1920, on letterhead of the Senior Common Room, King's College, London W.C.; 5 February 1921, 28 Home Park Road, Wimbledon Park, London S.W.19.
Both docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. Letter One (12mo, 2 pp, good): Discussing the syllabus of the Royal Society's Spanish examinations. Ends: 'I think that there is need of arriving at some uniform standard of difficulty and of arrangement of the papers set.' Letter Two (4to, 4 pp, good, with top left-hand corner of first leaf torn away, though not affecting text): A long defence of an examination paper set by him against the criticisms of 'Mr Frank J. Allen', who has sat it. 'Mr. Allen, to me it seems as if he does not know his own language, he writes Castilian with two lls.
José de Marcoleta y de Casaus (1802-1881), Nicaraguan diplomat after whom the country's highest destinction is named
3 November 1850; 13 Old Cavendish Street, London.
On piece of paper roughly 11 x 10 cm, ruckled and with stains from previous mounting on recto. Seven lines (cropped at right) on recto, and eight lines and signature on reverse. In French. He would have liked to have put 'un peu plus d'exactitude' in the matter he promised to send her, but 'l'xpedition du courrier d'Amerique' prevented it. For his part, he considers himself very happy to be able to please her.