SPORTS

[ William Sloane-Stanley of Paultons; horse-racing ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Stanley') to 'My dear Coke' [ 'Coke of Norfolk', Earl of Leicester? ], regarding horsebreeding, Lord Palmerston/ field sports, country houses, high society gossip.

Author: 
William Sloane-Stanley (c.1780-1860) of Paultons [ Paulton's Park ], Hampshire, successively MP for Oxford and Stockbridge [ Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester ('Coke of Norfolk', 'Coke of Houghton')]
Publication details: 
Paultons [ Paultons Park, near Romsey, Hampshire ]. 1 December [ no year ].
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A gossippy letter, much of the context of which has been lost. Begins: 'My dear Coke | May I trouble you to pay the inclosed Bill for me at Mattocks - I have sent you a small Bill on Coutts, which I will make payable to the Proprietor of the Museum -'. Regarding horsebreeding he notes from the newspapers 'that the hon. W. Howard has sold Hundershelf or Hengerst & Haphazard with a long Pedigree to Mr. Painter. The Abbot will no doubt have a second Dairy Maid - by the bye that sort of Butler is a very dear article -'.

[ George Whyte-Melville, Scottish novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Whyte Melville') to 'Lady Violet' [ Lady Violet Greville ], declining a dinner invitation.

Author: 
George Whyte-Melville [ Major George John Whyte Melville ] (1821-1878), Scottish novelist and writer on field sports [ Lady Violet Greville (1842-1932) ]
Publication details: 
On his armorial letterhead, 22 Onslow Gardens, South Kensington, S.W. [ London ]
£35.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, aged and with bands of glue at head and tail on reverse. He thanks her for her note, but he cannot join her party. 'I wish I could!' Postscript: 'I hope you are quite well again!'

[ Game Certificates, 1815. ] Printed notice headed 'No. 1. Game Certificates. To be affixed on Church or Chapel Doors, &c. | Duties on Game Certificates.'

Author: 
[ Game Certificates, 1815 ] [ Benjamin Wright, London printer; hunting; field sports ]
Publication details: 
Circa 1814 (the certificates being 'for the Year commencing the 5th of April 1815', following 'an Act passed in the 54th Year of the Reign of His present Majesty'). Benjamin Wright and Co. Printers, 31, Little Queen-street, Holborn, London.
£150.00

Crisply printed, with the long s, on one side of a piece of 37.5 x 25 cm. thick laid paper. In fair condition, aged and worn, having been used to wrap up items, and with the following in manuscript on reverse: 'No. 1. | Vouchers | recd. of Mr. Gabell'. The text begins: 'Notice is hereby given, that by the Acts of 48 Geo. III. Cap. 55. and 52 Geo. III. Cap. 93.

Subscription copy of the splendid coloured frontispiece engraving of a tiger, after a drawing by Howitt, to the original atlas folio edition of Williamson's 'Wild Sports of the East'.

Author: 
Samuel Howitt (c.1756-1823) [Captain Thomas Williamson; Edward Orme]
Publication details: 
[1807.] 'Pub by Edwd. Orme | 59 Bond Street'.
£130.00

On thick light-blue/grey laid paper, 60 x 48 cm, with thin strip of white stub to left-hand margin. In a small neat contemporary hand in top right-hand corner: 'P. W. Baker Esqr. Subn Copy'. Lightly creased and worn, with a central vertical fold line running through the centre of the print, which is coloured in gouache in greys, greens, browns and pinks, with a blue bankground. A few small patches of colour rubbed away from the print, the dimensions of which are roughly 29 x 39 cm.

[ Eric W. MacLean, writing under pseudonym 'Eric Townsend'. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Eric W. Maclean') to Arthur Gray, with copy of his story 'One-Punch Chris!', and pages of autograph notes giving publication details and proposal for republication.

Author: 
'Eric Townsend' [ pseudonym of Eric William MacLean (b.1901) ], writer of adventure stories and juvenile fiction
Publication details: 
Card: C/o "Townsend's" | 41, George-street | ALTRINCHAM. | Via. Manchester'. Undated. Story: 'No. 128 - "The Boys' Friend" 4d. Complete Library'. Undated [ circa 1925 ].
£280.00

The card is 1p., 12mo., sending the 'Third book of proposed Series'. He hopes to 'call to collect agreed £1 on the date arranged', but if this is not possible asks for it to be sent to John Farquharson. The printed volume is 64pp., 12mo. Bound by Townsend in patterned brown cloth, with the title 'One-Punch Chris?' in gilt on front cover. In good condition, on browned newspaper stock, in lightly-worn binding. The story, by 'Eric W. Townsend', in thirty-four chapters, is printed in small print, in double column, with a drophead title and illustration of boxing scene above text on front page.

[ Edwardian shooting journal by British Army officer in Balistan, India (now Pakistan). ] Autograph 'Shooting Journal' by Lt Walter Edwin Beazley of the 54th Sikhs (Frontier Force), containing accounts and lists of kit, clothes, crockery, stores.

Author: 
Lt-Col. Walter Edwin Beazley (1886-1969), MC [ 54th Sikhs, Frontier Force ]
Publication details: 
Balistan, India (now Pakistan). Dating from between 5 April and 2 May 1908.
£400.00

A recipient of the Military Cross, Beazley was educated at Rugby and Sandhurst.

[ Tanganyika Territory in the nineteen-thirties; Big Game Hunting ] Six long Autograph Letters Signed from Hugo Meynell to his father F. H. Lindley Meynell, including a sixteen-page letter describing a safari in the Serengeti.

Author: 
Hugo Meynell (1909-1960), son of Francis Hugo Lindley Meynell (1880-1941) of Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent [ Tanganyika Territory in the nineteen-thirties; big game hunting in Africa; African Safari]
Publication details: 
Four of the letters on letterheads of Mtotohovu, Tanga, Tanganyika Territory; one on letterhead of Union-Castle Line SS 'Durham Castle', and another from Thaba Bosigo, Fouriesburg Rail, Orange Free State. Between 1 September 1932 and 4 January 1933.
£250.00

A total of 46pp., mostly on 4to Mtotohovu letterheads. In fair condition, aged and worn. From the Meynell family papers. In the first letter he describes his preparations for an elephant shoot on the Serengeti: 'I a taking a 400 elephant gun a 300 high velocity gun, and a shot gun. My escort consists of a gun bearer, cook, tent boy lorry driver & skinner.' Of the participants in the '"Ngoma" native dance games' he writes: 'they really were awful, covered in red & yellow clay or mud - they really did look maniacs & I am sure are more than half Savages'.

[ The Anglo-Irish Ascendancy in the Edwardian Ireland. ] Autograph Diaries of Lieut G. J. S. Scovell of the Cameron Highlanders, mainly describing his life with the regiment in Ireland, with numerous references to hunting.

Author: 
Lieut-Col. G. J. S. Scovell [ George Julian Selwyn Scovell ] (1881-1948), Cameron Highlanders, deputy Director-General of Recruiting, 1918, and General Secretary of National Liberal Party, 1919-1922
Publication details: 
[ Dublin, Ireland. ] In Campbell's Octavo Diary and Almanac for 1905 and Campbell's Albany Diary and Almanac for 1906 (Duncan Campbell & Son, Glasgow and London). Entries dating from between 2 January and 31 December 1906.
£1,200.00

Educated at Haileybury and Sandhurst, Scovell was gazetted to the Cameron Highlanders in 1900 and served with the regiment in the latter part of the Boer War (his diaries for the period being among material offered separately). He served on the General Staff in the First World War, and was appointed deputy Director-General of Recruiting in 1917, retiring from the Army the following year. For more information about Scovell, see his entry in 'Who Was Who', and his obituary in The Times, 29 April 1948.

[ Appointment of a Northumberland gamekeeper, 1822. ] Signed manuscript document docketted 'Albany Crawhall Esqre to Christopher Hardy | Deputation of a Game Keeper to the Manor of Barhaugh'.

Author: 
Albany Crawhall of Allenheads, Barhaugh, Kirkhaugh, Northumberland [ Christopher Hardy of Alston, Cumberland, gamekeeper; William Donkin of Sandhoe ]
Publication details: 
[Dated 6 August 1822.
£80.00

1p., 8vo. With red ruled border. On bifolium, folded into customary packet and docketted on reverse of second leaf. In good condition, lightly-aged. With embossed and ink tax stamps.

[Charles St John, sportsman and naturalist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles St. John') to 'Miss Orret', regarding the rescheduling of an engagement.

Author: 
Charles St John [Charles George William St John] (1809-1856), sportsman and naturalist
Publication details: 
19 Rutland Street [Edinburgh, Scotland]. 'Tuesday' [no date].
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with closed tear along gutter and traces of mount on black reverse of second leaf. He fears she will think him 'but faithless' when he asks that she does not wait for him that day, 'as if Lord B. comes in to Edinbh. as I expect him to I cannot depend on getting away from home as early as 2'. He suggests that they go to Arthur's Seat the following day, and in a postscript explains that his sons have delivered the present letter 'en passant to school', and that they will wait 'for a verbal answer' on their way home.

[William Ford, Birmingham gun maker.] Manuscript letter from the firm to F. Gardner, giving the cost of improving the shooting of his 'little .410'. On letterhead with much text as advertisement.

Author: 
William Ford, Gun Maker, "Eclipse" Works, 15, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham
Publication details: 
Letterhead of William Ford, Gun Maker, "Eclipse" Works, 15, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham. 21 February 1907.
£56.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to extremities. Addressed to 'F. Gardner Esq | Little Coggeshall | Essex'. The letter is signed 'Wm Ford | Per Pro' and reads: 'Dear Sir | In reply to your kind enquiry the cost to improve the shooting of your little .410 would be about 10/- if a double gun as near as I can tell without seeing it. | Trusting to be favoured with your kind command'. The letterhead contains a mass of text at the head and filling the left-hand margin.

[The Morgan Motor Company Limited, Malvern.] Double-column account book of 'The Morgan Motor Company, Limited, in account with Lloyds Bank Limited, Malvern', detailing disbursements to companies and individuals, mainly within the motor industry.

Author: 
The Morgan Motor Company Limited, Malvern, Worcestershire, established in 1910 [Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan (1881-1959), English sports car manufacturer]
Publication details: 
The Morgan Motor Company, Limited, Malvern, Worcestershire. From May 14 1927 to May 31 1929. [Printed by Lloyds Bank Limited, Malvern]
£850.00

[4] + 288pp., 8vo. In vellum-style cream cloth binding with flap and front pocket. Internally in good condition, lightly-aged, in somewhat grubby binding. In manuscript across front cover: 'May 1927 May 31 1929 | Morgan Motor Company Limited'. The volume gives a valuable sidelight into the finances of an iconic British firm, during a boom period in its history, and place the company squarely at the centre of a network of other firms within the motoring industry.

[Thomas Francis Kennedy, Scottish Whig politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. F Kennedy'), as Chief Commissioner of Her Majesty's Woods and Forests, to Mayow W. Adams, JP, regarding a 'warrant' for the killing of a 'Buck from The New Forest'.

Author: 
Thomas Francis Kennedy (1788-1879), Scottish Whig politician [Mayow W. Adams, JP, of the Old House, Sydenham, Kent]
Publication details: 
Dalquharran Castle, Nr. Maybole [Ayrshire], Scotland. 25 August 1851.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He requests him to have 'a warrant issued, in my favour, for a Buck from The New Forest, as soon after this letter reaches you, as may be convenient - and that you will give the instructions for its disposal'. He gives three numbered instructions regarding the warrant's packing and dispatch, adding 'going by the Luggage train is essential, in order that the expence may not be excessive'. In a postscript he asks that the buck be 'killed & dispatched ' when the weather is 'suitable'.

[Bearbaiting in Georgian Derbyshire.] Anonymous manuscript poem titled 'The Bearbaiting', beginning: 'Whoe'er in Derbyshire has been, | And haply there a Wake has seen, | Has seen a Bear, the Croud's Delight, | Maintain with baiting Dogs the fight.'

Author: 
[Bearbaiting in Georgian Derbyshire; Hanoverian field sports]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [Derbyshire? Late eighteenth or early nineteenth century.]
£450.00

Not published. A fair copy, neatly written out over 8pp., 4to. 175 lines, in heroic couplets. On two bifoliums of wove paper, each with hunting-horn watermark of 'G R'. A well-written production, with valuable content regarding a loathsome practice which persisted in England until 1835.

['Stuart Cumberland' [Charles Garner] (1857-1922), Victorian 'Mentalist' or 'Muscle Reader'.] Twelve Autograph Letters Signed ('Laura') from his wife to her father and sister, written during tours from Egypt, India, Spain and Australia.

Author: 
Laura Nina Webb (née Cumberland) (fl. 1885 and 1947), wife of 'Stuart Cumberland' [Charles Garner] (1857-1922), Victorian 'Mentalist' or 'Muscle Reader' (i.e. mind reader)
Publication details: 
Trieste, Egypt (Cairo), India (Calcutta, Bombay, Agra), Australia (Sydney) and Spain (Madrid). 1885, 1886 and 1887.
£500.00

Of the twelve letters, nine are to her sister Ellen Alice Webb ('Nell'), two are to her father the Oxford gunmaker George Webb (d.1892, of 85 High Street, and later 36 Iffley Rd), and one is to both father and sister. They total 57pp, in a variety of paper shapes and sizes (10pp., 32mo; 20pp., 16mo; 23pp., 12mo; 4pp., 4to). In good condition, on aged and worn paper. One letter lacking the final section, including signature. As Barry H.

[Victorian cricket and tennis ephemera.] Printed handbill by Cheney & Sons for T. J. Watkins of Banbury, advertising items for 'Cricket and Lawn Tennis. Season 1888.', including 'Well Oiled & Seasoned Cricket Bats'.

Author: 
[T. J. Watkins, sports outfitter, 75, High Street, Banbury; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
T. J. Watkins, 75, High Street, Banbury. [Cheney & Sons, Banbury printers.] 1888.
£25.00

1p., 8vo. On recto of first leaf of a bifolium. Very good, lightly-aged. Nicely printed, in a variety of types and point sizes: 'Cricket and Lawn Tennis. | SEASON 1888. | Well Oiled & Seasoned CRICKET BATS | BEST MATCH BALLS, | Stumps, Pads, Gloves, &c. | The Demon, Champion, Challenge, Match, Eton, and other Racquets. | LAWN TENNIS BALLS, | By Ayres, Phillips (seamless), Feltham, Bussey, | and Slazenger. | A LARGE STOCK AT ALL PRICES. | AN EARLY INSPECTION RESPECTFULLY SOLICITED. | SPECIAL TERMS TO CLUBS. | T. J.

[Shooting ephemera from Victorian Banbury.] Handbill advertisement by T. M. Watkins of Banbury, giving 'Reduced Prices of Shot Cartridges' for the 'Shooting Season, 1893', together with notice regarding 'Sporting Season, 1886.'

Author: 
[T. M. Watkins, High Street, Banbury; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire]
Publication details: 
1893 advertisement: T. M. Watkins, High Street, Banbury. 'Cheney & Sons, Typ., Banbury.' [Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire]. 1886 notice: T. J. Watkins, 75 High Street, Banbury. [no printer].
£25.00

Both items in very good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Printed in blue on a 26.5 x 21 cm piece of light-green paper. In very good condition.. In a variety of fonts and point sizes. Among a number of different products advertised are 'Smokeless Cartridges', with the notice: 'T. M. WATKINS has for many years given special personal attention to, and has been highly successful in, the filling of Cartridges and Nitro Compounds, and can confidently recommend his make as the very best, and for shooting qualities equal, or superior, to anything in the market.' Also 'Schultze, E.C., or S.S.

[Lawn tennis ephemera from Victorian Banbury.] Eight items [printed by Cheney & Sons], including 'Rules' of the Banbury and West End Lawn Tennis Clubs, and other material from the Hook Norton and Borderers' Lawn Tennis Clubs.

Author: 
[Banbury Lawn Tennis Club; Borderers' Lawn Tennis Club; Hook Norton Lawn Tennis Club; West End Lawn Tennis Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
Cheney & Sons, Printers, Banbury. Items dated from 1888, 1889, 1891 and 1892.
£180.00

From the archive of Cheney & Sons, 'General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury'. The calling card of partner John Cheney describes him as a 'Printer in Gold, Silver, and Colours', with 'Specialities in the best class of work', and the company's high standards attracted clients from London's West End. For more about the firm see 'John Cheney and his descendants, printers in Banbury since 1767' (1936), and the Victoria County History volume for the County of Oxford, Banbury Hundred. The eight items are in very good condition, lightly-aged.

[Victorian football ephemera.] 'Football Fixtures for Season 1883-84' and 'Football Fixtures, Season 1888-89', printed for the Banbury Harriers Athletic Club by Cheney & Sons.

Author: 
[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury; football]
Publication details: 
[Cheney & Sons, Printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire.] 1883-84 list printed by 'CHENEY, TYP.' 1888-89 list printed by 'CHENEY & SONS, TYP.'
£120.00

Both items in very good condition, lightly-aged. ONE: 16mo (11.5 x 8 cm) green-card bifolium, printed in blue, with engraving in gold of the 'Club Badge' on front cover. On cover, beneath the names of the patron (the Earl of Jersey) and officers: 'FOOTBALL. | Captain - J. G. COWPER. Sub-Captain - A. M. BARROWS. | Captain Second Team - W. MORRAY. | Sub-Captain Ditto - W. HEMMING. | COLOURS - BLUE & WHITE.

[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club, Victorian ephemera.] Ten items printed for the club by Cheney & Sons, including three fixture lists (including 'Football Match List'), four 'Gymnastic Competition' certificates, two notices, and a dinner invitation.

Author: 
[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury; football; Lord Randolph Churchill]
Publication details: 
Cheney & Sons, Printers, Banbury. Dated items from between 1883 and 1896.
£195.00

The ten items are in very good condition, lightly-aged. Six of the items (the three fixture lists and three of the certificates) carry slugs, with the printers' details not stated on the other four items. ONE to THREE: Three 16mo (10.5 x 7 cm) booklets, each of 8pp: 'Fixtures, 1890-91', 'Fixtures, 1891-92', 'Fixtures 1892-93'. Uniform in design, and attractively printed in green, blue and lilac card covers and papers, with the Club's crest embossed on each front cover in gold. Each pamphlet carries the following inside the front cover: 'Object.

[Jaroslav Drobny, Czechoslovakian tennis player, winner of Wimbledon in 1954.] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Jaroslav Drobny [Jaroslav Drobný] (1921-2001), Czechoslovakian tennis player, winner of Wimbledon in 1954 [Hugh Foot, Baron Caradon (1907-1990); Leonard Cheshire (1917-1992)]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£80.00

On a piece of 6 x 10 cm paper. Laid down on leaf removed from autograph album, next to a newspaper cutting of a photograph of Drobny at play. Three autographs on slips of paper laid down on the reverse of the leaf: one of 'Leonard Cheshire' and two of Hugh Foot (one 'Hugh Foot' and the other 'Hugh Caradon').

[England Rugby Union Football Team, 1954.] Autograph Signatures of 17 members of the squad, including Dickie Jeeps; Gordon Rimmer; Peter Yarranton; Jeff Butterfield; John Kendall-Carpenter; Vic Leadbetter; Tug Wilson; Bob Stirling; Pat Quinn.

Author: 
England Rugby Union Football Team, 1954 [Dickie Jeeps; Vic Leadbetter; Ted Woodward; Phil Jones; John Kendall-Carpenter; Jeff Butterworth; Pat Quinn; Tug Wilson; Gordon Rimmer; Peter Yarranton]
Publication details: 
[England; 1954.]
£250.00

The seventeen signatures are on a piece of 8.5 x 11 cm paper, laid down on a leaf removed from an album, captioned '"ENGLAND" RUGBY FOOTBALL TEAM | 1954'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Present (with one unidentified) are the signatures of Vic Leadbetter; Ted Woodward; Phil Jones; John Kendall-Carpenter; <?>; Jeff Butterworth; Pat Quinn; Eric Evans; Tug Wilson; Peter Young; Dickie Jeeps; Gordon Rimmer; Peter Yarranton; Rob Stirling; Martin Regan; Sandy Sanders; Reg Higgins. It may be that the item is misdated, as this exact team did not play in the Five Nations of that year.

[Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a four-minute mile.] Autograph Signature ('Roger Bannister')

Author: 
Sir Roger Bannister [Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister (born 1929), the first man to run a four-minute mile
Publication details: 
Without place or date [1950s].
£30.00

Bannister achieved his record on 6 May 1954 at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. The signature ('Roger Bannister') is firmly written on a piece of 4 x 9.5 cm paper, laid down on an 11 x 16 cm leaf removed from an autograph album. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Laid down next to it is a 14.5 x 5 cm black and white photograph of Bannister running, cut from a magazine.

[Francis Spencer Churchill, 2nd Baron Churchill [Lord Churchill].] Autograph Note Signed ('Churchill'), giving permission to an unnamed recipient to fish at Cornbury Park.

Author: 
Francis Spencer Churchill (1802-1886), 2nd Baron Churchill [Lord Churchill], of Wychwood and Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Publication details: 
Cornbury Park [Oxfordshire]. 15 October 1870.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. The note reads: 'My dear Sir | You and your Brother are quite welcome to come and fish here, on any day that you like; and I only hope that you may find any sport. | Believe me| Very faithfully Your's [sic] | Churchill'.

[Richard Caton Woodville, English military artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Caton Woodville') to 'Mr. Copley', reserving three double rooms in a hotel for his party, requesting a coach for the luggage and 'a great many dry Champagnes & Soda'.

Author: 
Richard Caton Woodville (1856-1927), English military artist and illustrator [Copley; Sports Club, St James's Square]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Sports Club, St James's Square, SW. 25 July 1919.
£35.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, aged and with spike hole through the two leaves. According to Woodville's entry in the Oxford DNB he 'had expensive tastes, moved with a fast bohemian and sporting set, and enjoyed big-game hunting, pig-sticking, fishing, and, it is said, many extramarital affairs', and the present item supports that evaluation. After requesting the three double rooms he states: 'Our party is: Ourselfs. [sic] Mr. & Mrs. A. Broadwood Col. & Mrs. Holman'. He asks to be informed 'if it is allright [sic]' at his London address of 107 Queen's Gate, SW.

Manuscript letter, on engraved and illustrated letterhead, from Robert Hall & Co., The Highland Sportsman, Shooting & Estate Agency, London, acting for a client requiring 'a good shooting to yield not less than 1000 brace of grouse'.

Author: 
[Messrs. Robert Hall & Co., The Highland Sportsman, Shooting & Estate Agency, 43 Old Bond Street, London [hunting; shooting; field sports]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Messrs. Robert Hall & Co., The Highland Sportsman, Shooting & Estate Agency, 43 Old Bond Street, London. [Added in manuscript: Messrs. Russell & Dunlop. W.S., 20 Castle Street, Edinburgh.] 22 January 1895.
£60.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with vertical closed tear at head neatly repaired with archival tape. Ornate letterhead, including an engraving of a sportsman looking through a telescope, while standing beside a dead stag, with a gamekeeper beside him, both men in kilts. The letter is signed 'Robert Hall & Co.', with the rest of the text in another hand.

Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'JPVH'), from Lieutenant-Colonel John Plunkett Verney Hawksley, DSO, RFA, to his mother in England, describing in detail his life in Kashmir, and including comments on bear hunting and the cost of living.

Author: 
Lt Col. John Plunkett Verney Hawksley (1877-1916), DSO, Royal Field Artillery [his mother Emily Julia Hawksley of Caldy Island, Pembrokeshire; Kashmir; British India; the Raj]
Publication details: 
The four letters addressed from: dak bungalows at Rawal Pindi and Magam, near Srinagar, Kashmir; Rowbury's Hotel, Murree; from Srinagar iteslf; and in camp, near Islamabad, Kashmir. One undated, but all four written between 7 July and 11 August 1899.
£380.00

The four letters totalling 16pp., 12mo. Each on a bifolium. All four good, on lightly-aged paper. Chatty and informative letters, in the bored tone of the English upper classes, and exhibiting a shocking casual racism. One: From Dâk Bungalow, Rawal Pindi, 20 July 1899, and Rowberry's [sic] Hotel, Murree, 23 July 1899. 4pp., 12mo. He apologises for a hurried letter of the previous day. 'I began my journey very badly by calling a high caste mahomedan who was snoring in my carriage a Scor - (pig) he got very irate.

Autograph Letter Signed from 'Bahadur Singh, Raojee Sahib Masuda' [Rao Saheb Bahadur Singh, Thakur of Masuda], in English, describing an injury sustained while pig-sticking.

Author: 
Rao Saheb Bahadur Singh [born Kunwar Bahadur Singh] (1857-1903), Thakur of Masuda from 1863 to 1903
Publication details: 
'Masuda 26th. March 1900', on Masuda State letterhead.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. On two leaves laid down on a piece of paper removed from an autograph album. In fair condition, slightly-ruckled and worn. The letterhead, printed in red, consists of a monogram of a shining sun, with 'MASUDA STATE' on a banner above it, and the motto 'QUO FAS ET GLORIO DUCUNT' beneath. The letter reads: 'My dear Sir | I thank you very much for your kind letter of the 12th. Instant. I had killed a pig seven days ago[.] It was a very good and joky [sic] game[.] It suddenly fell by my stroke of spear. My mare also fell being pushed at the leg by the pig.

[Poetical handbill, with handcoloured engraving.] Some Push Along With Four In Hand, While Others Drive At Random. Written by J. Pocock, Esq.; composed by Mr. C. SMITH; and sung, [...] by Mr. MATHEWS, [...] at the Lyceum Theatre, Strand.

Author: 
[Isaac Pocock (1783-1835), dramatist and artist; Charles Smith, singer and composer; Charles Mathews (1776-1835), actor-manager; Lyceum Theatre, Strand; London Stage; Regency buck; dandy]
Publication details: 
'Published 4th. April, 1810, by LAURIE & WHITTLE, No. 53, Fleet Street, London.'
£235.00

Printed on one side of a piece of laid paper 28 x 23.5 cm. The hand-coloured engraving (showing Mathews in riding garb with long whip in foreground, and a coach and four in the background) is 16 x 22.5 cm. Fair, on aged paper, with wear and slight loss to extremities (not affecting the engraving or text), and the reverse showing signs of removal from an album. Above the engraving are the words 'BANG UP - RANDOM, OR TANDEM.' and beneath are the publication details, followed by the full title: Some Push Along With Four In Hand, While Others Drive At Random. Written by J.

Contemporary manuscript copy of letter to the writer Henry William Herbert ('Frank Forester') from 'Titrao Cupido' on 'the Primated Grouse'. With pencil signature 'Jno. B. Hearsh', and note describing this as 'a pseudonym of John H. Beardsley'

Author: 
'Titrao Cupido' [John B. Hearsh; John H. Beardsley; Henry William Herbert ('Frank Forester'), sportsman and author]
Contemporary manuscript copy of letter to the writer Henry William Herbert
Publication details: 
Undated, but contemporaneous with the letter, which is dated 'Cleveland, March 17th. 1857'.
£56.00
Contemporary manuscript copy of letter to the writer Henry William Herbert

4to, 2 pp. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Text clear and complete. The letter, of 39 lines, requests Herbert's opinion of 'the feasibility of a plan for the domestication of the Primated Grouse of the western prairies in this section of the country'. He writes because 'some few passages in your own writings have led me to know that one who has the heart of, and a desire to be a true sportsman, would not, if requesting a favor at your hand be overlooked'. Signed 'Titrao Cupido | Box 841 O.O. | Cleveland Ohio'. This has been lightly crossed-out in pencil, with the signature 'Jno.

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