Robert Samuel Gregg (1834-1896), successively Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross (1878-1893), and of Armagh (1893-1896) [ William Burges ]
On letterhead of The Palace, Cork. 5 January 1880.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The window next to Morris's 'in the Ambulatory of the Cathedral' is one of three out of eighteen 'still unfilled', and he asks him to consider taking it. 'We are all anxious that the series should be completed so that the designs and the glass may be done by the same artists and thus to have it all in harmony'. He ends by asking him not to be angry with him for making the suggestion.
St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth, London; Henry Currey (1820-1900), architect
4 Lancaster Place, Strand, W.C. [ London ] 13 June 1865.
4pp., folio. Bifolium. Text clear and complete on aged and spotted paper. Addressed 'To the Grand Committee, | St. Thomas's Hospital.' An interesting document, in small print, describing in great detail Currey's principles behind the design of the design of the hospital, from 'Water Closets, Lavatories, and Bath Rooms' to 'Administration Block'.
St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London (City of Westminster), founded in 1845
[ St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London (City of Westminster). In account book by London stationers Waterlow & Sons. ]From week ending 22 October 1898 to week ending 17 October 1903.
A substantial and heavy leather-bound volume, 49 x 37 x 7 cm, by the London stationers Waterlow & Sons, containing in excess of 250 double-page weekly entries, meticulously and neatly completed in manuscript, giving a daily itemised breakdown of the consumption of a wide range of provisions. A valuable social document, casting light on Victorian hospital administration and dietary habits. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in heavily-worn brown blind-stamped leather binding with damaged spine, with marbled endpapers and edges.
Father Edmond Nolan, Vice-President of St Edmund's College, Old Hall, Ware, and founder of (the Roman Catholic) St Edmund's House (now St Edmund's Hall), Cambridge
On letterhead of St Edmund's College, Old Hall, Ware. 12 and 14 November 1894.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Since his return from Basildon three friends have promised him 'letters from the illustrious' for her collection. He has also 'looked for a collection I made myself once - but altho I have found all kinds of things which I thought I had lost for ever I cannot find it'. He lists seven 'minor autographs' he is sending her, including '(7) The late Earl of Denbigh to Bish of Patterson - This letter led to the capture of a famous impostor, who died immediately afterwards in Clerkenwell Gaol'.
W. Pett Ridge [ William Pett Ridge ] (1859-1930), English novelist and humorous journalist with the St James Gazette
On letterhead of the Garrick Club, London. 'Wednesday' [no date].
On both sides of a card. In good condition, with light aging. He hopes she will have 'a very succcessful meeting', but cannot give 'a promise to attend', as other matters are 'engaging, just now, all the attention I have to spare'.
Henry Melvill (1798-1871), religious writer, Principal of the East India Company College, 1844-1858, and Canon of St Paul's Cathedral [ Thomas Appleby Stephenson (1832-1908) ]
Haileybury College, Hertfordshire. 3 November 1853.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border and armorial letterhead. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf. His reply has been delayed by the fact that Stephenson's letter was misdirected to 'Highbury College'. He thanks Stephenson for his letter, and feels 'so much pleasure' at 'time passed in Edinburgh', regarding 'that great city with so sincere an affection, that it is very pleasing to [him] to receive so kind a letter from one of its inhabitants'.
J. R. Planche [ James Robinson Planché ] (1796-1880), English dramatist [ his wife Elizabeth Planché (1796-1846) born Elizabeth St George; William Jerdan (1782-1869), editor of the Literary Gazette ]
'Garrick Club | Tuesday' [ 1846 ].
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly-creased. The letter begins: 'Four thousand thanks for the very kind manner in which you have given the notice of my dearest wife in your last number.' The notice will be extremely gratifying 'to her family and any of the many who loved her'. Mrs Planché was also a playwright, and is thought to have collaborated with her husband on a number of works.
Dr Hugh Wynne (d.1754) of Tynllwydan in Wales, Chancellor of Bangor, Prebendary of St Paul's and Sarum Cathedrals and Rector of Aberffraw and Trefdraeth
Tynllwydan [ Wales ]. 17 May <1709>.
On one side of an 11.5 x 15 cm piece of paper. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, but trimmed at foot, cropping the lower part of signature and year. He is 'concern'd to hear' of his brother's illness, and would have visited him, had he not himself been labouring under a 'fit of ye cold since my retun to ye Country'. He intends to go to Llanfochell at the end of the week, and to send one of his curates to 'make Good yr. service I intended you in my own person'.
Rev. Robert Anderson Jardine (1878-1950), Vicar of St Paul's, Darlington, who performed the 1937 wedding ceremony of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
Cuttings dating from 1910 and 1911, and 1930.
Jardine, dubbed by the press 'the Poor Man's Pastor', travelled to France to perform the ceremony. As a result, his vestry committee resigned and he resigned his living, emigrating to the United States. The cuttings are laid down on 19pp of a Victorian folio volume, in superior brown calf binding, tooled in gilt, with marbled endpapers, and 'HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS' stamped on the spine. As the title on the spine indicates, the volume contains the manuscript of a harmony of the gospels, covering 127pp, with the text written around columns of printed text cut from a printed bible.
[ Ralph Hare Griffin (1854-1941), Registrar of Designs and Trade Marks at the Patent Office, London, and Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries ] [ A. E. Housman; St John's College, Cambridge ]
[ The Patent Office, London. ] 31 December 1919.
2pp., on bifolium with leaf dimensions 36.5 x 28 cm. On thick wove paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. The attractive calligraphic testimonial is on the recto of the first leaf, and is laid out in a sort of modified Gothic script, with initial capitals in red and gold. It is headed in large script 'To Ralph Griffin, Esq., F.S.A., | Registrar of Designs and Trade Marks.', with the date at the foot.
Rev. R. St. John Tyrwhitt, M.A. [ Richard St John Tyrwhitt (1827-1895), English art critic, cleric and supporter of John Ruskin ]
Lettter dated 29 March 1869, no place. Book published at the Clarendon Press, Oxford. 1868.
Letter: 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Attached by the blank second leaf of the bifolium to the reverse of the front free endpaper of the book. Envelope addressed by Tyrwhitt to 'Miss Bosworth | Parks Town' tipped-in beside the letter. He is not sure whether she has a copy of 'my art-book', which she mentioned 'the other day'. 'If not, will you kindly accept of this one, tho I fear it is not a very good one in the illustrations?' Book: [xv] + 480pp., 8vo. Sixteen-page November 1868 publisher's catalogue at rear.
Rev. R. St. John Tyrwhitt, M.A. [ Richard St John Tyrwhitt (1827-1895), English art critic, cleric and supporter of John Ruskin ]
Letter from Ketilley, Oxford, on cancelled letterhead of Christ Church. 25 September 1875. Book published by Macmillan and Co., London, 1874.
Letter: 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Laid down on the book's flyleaf. In very good condition, lightly-aged. He hears about his book 'every now & then & I suppose it goes off all right'. He advises Mrs Paul to tell her correspondent that 'she has only to go on with its lessons & exercises', and that 'The woodcuts are all meant to be copied, & a fair amount of directions is given.
John Coulter (1888-1980), Irish Canadian playwright [ Laurence Olivier ]
'Please return to: Laurence Olivier Productions, St. James' Theatre, King Street, London, S.W.1.' [ Circa 1951. ]
136pp., 4to. Duplicated typescript (by Catherine Billinghust, Westminster) with pages on rectos only. Bound in grey card wraps, with red and black cloth spine and title typed on front cover. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. '12' in manuscript at head of cover. 'Sleep My Pretty One' has been described as 'a study of a young girl driven to distraction by the death of her mother and the, to her, totally unacceptable remarriage of her father'.
Henry Thomas Ellacombe (1790-1885), English campanologist, divine and antiquary
Clyst St George, Topsham [ Devon ]. 17 February 1858.
4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. He thanks him for his 'intended help with Mr Hope & Mr Marriott'. He is sending him 'the Design I wish to carry out for our West Window', but without Hope's help it 'must be a distant job - the estimate is 100£ Hardman made the drawing from my description'. He continues by discussing work on the chancel and altar rails, and is sending 'a published view of the old Church'. He explains that he is setting up 'one of our South Windows' in memory of his sister-in-law Harriet, who died in 1851, addiing that 'S Parr also gave a Stone Pulpit & Eagle Lectern'.
Alfred Benjamin Wyon (1837-1884), sculptor and medallist, with shop at 287 Regent St, London
With stamp of 'WYON | REGENT ST' [ Alfred Benjamin Wyon, 287 Regent St, London ].Undated.
On one side of a 12 x 13 cm piece of paper. On aged paper with four folds. The crown is drawn in pencil, and is 2.5 x 2.75 cm. The caption, in ink, is below, and reads: 'Scottish crown. | Drawing to be returned.' Between the two lines of text is the firm's stamp, made up of perforated lettering. Presumably a design for a letterhead, or other engraving.
The King's School, Canterbury, Kent; Antony W. Budgen, son of Rev. H. W. Budgen, Rector of St Peter and St Paul, Charlton
The King's School, Canterbury, Kent. Between 1955 and 1957.
The collection is in fair condition, with the photographs in good condition, and the other items showing some signs of age and wear. The four printed programmes are all bifoliums. ONE: Programme for a School House and Galpin's performance of R. F. Delderfield's 'Worm's Eye View', 12 March 1955. Signed by sixteen members of the cast, including Budgen. TWO: Programme for a King's School Players performance of Romeo and Juliet, 16 to 23 July 1955. Signed by five members of the cast.
Melton Prior (1845-1910), Special Artist of the Illustrated London News [the St. James's Gallery, London, of I. P. Mendoza; Burma, Burmese; the Nile Expedition, Egypt ]
St. James's Gallery, 4A King Street, St James's. 20 June 1891.
Printed on one side of a piece of 12.5 x 20 cm green card. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with central vertical crease line unobtrusively strengthened with archival tape. To the left of the page is an illustration of a British soldier officer a Burmese temple. The text is written out in a range of lettering characteristic of the period, and reads: 'Exhibition of Original Burmese War & Nile Expedition Sketches by Melton Prior Special Artist of the Illustrated London News. Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness The Duke of Connaught.
[ Walter Jerrold [Walter Copeland Jerrold] (1865-1929), English author and journalist] Alfred George Gardiner ('Alpha of the Plough'); William Archer; A..St John Adcock; George Sampson; C. E. Lawrence
On letterhead menu of the Wayside Inn, 2 & 3 Bishops Court, Chancery Lane, WC [London]. Dated 4 June 1919.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The menu is written out in faint pencil on one side, beneath the letterhead. On the other side, and headed with the date 4 June 1919 is the following playful address: 'Dear Jerrold, | "Carry on"! | This has no reference to the food we have just eaten. | You Walter [pun on 'ought to'] be here because you're a Jerrold [pun on 'dear old'] fellow. | And so say all of us.' Beneath this are nine signatures, two of which are undeciphered.
Sir Albert William Woods (1816-1904), Garter King of Arms; Sir Charles Cox (c.1810-1892), Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George [ Col. Sir William Owen Lanyon (1842-1887), KCMG, CB ]
Letter signed by Woods: from the College of Arms, 23 February 1880. Letter signed by Cox, from the Chancery of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (and on embossed letterhead), 8 April 1880.
Both items 2pp., folio. Each on a separate leaf, the two leaves attached to one another by small gummed labels. Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Signed by Woods. Announcing the appointment, and enclosing a warrant ('ordinary Member of the Military division of the Third Class, or Companions'. TWO: Signed by Cox. The word 'duplicate' in red ink at head of first page, but with Cox's genuine signature. Announcing the appointment, 'on the recommendation of Secretary Sir Michael Hicks Beach'.
S. G. Soal [Samuel George Soal] (1889-1975), British mathematician and psychical researcher
Scratton Lodge, 21 Priory Crescent, Prittlewell, Essex. 4 August 1945.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight damage to corners caused by removal from an album. 'The successful subject referred to in the talk was Mr. Basil Shackleton, a London photographer. On an average he would get about eight cards correct out of every twenty five, compared with a chance expectation of only five. When this occurs consistently over a very large number of trials, the odds soon pile up.' Gillman's summary is 'correct as far as it goes'.
[ The Le Fleming family of Rydal Hall, Cumbria, landlords of the poet William Wordsworth; Barbara Le Fleming Benson (1784-1862); Sir Daniel Le Fleming (c.1785-1821), 5th Baronet ]
Carlisle; Kendal; Crosthwaite; New Mills, near Stockport; Douglas, Isle of Man; St Bees Grammar School, Cumbria. Between 1813 and 1874.
The Le Flemings of Rydal Hall were a leading Cumbrian family, notable as the landlords of the poet William Wordsworth. The present collection of 15 items derive from the family papers of Barbara Le Fleming, eldest child of Roger and Ann Fleming, and sister of Sir Daniel le Fleming (c.1785-1821), 5th Baronet, who married John Benson (1780-1830) in 1809.
Great Wheal Busy Limited (Chacewater Mine), Gwennap, Cornwall; St Blazey Consols Engine; Penhalls, St Agnes; Trevaunance Coombe; Henderson & Son, Civil & Mining Engineers, Truro; W. Tregoning Hooper
Two items with stamp of Henderson & Son, Civil Engineers, Truro, Cornwall; one of them dated 31 March 1885. Another item from around 1910, and another from 1941.
All five items rolled up. ONE: Cloth-backed map. Title in large coloured fancy letters at head: 'PLAN OF TREVAUNANCE COOMBE'. Dimensions: 99 x 353 cm (3 1/4 feet x 11 1/2 feet). 'Scale | 4 FATHOMS TO 1 INCH'. Oval stamp of Henderson & Son, Civil Engineers, Truro, in bottom right-hand corner, with manuscript date 31 March 1885. Drawn in black ink, and coloured in blue, grey, brown and red. In fair condition, aged and worn. Striking and attractive, with neat lettering, fancy compass (with projected line marked 'MAGNETIC | 1881'), and ruled border with decorative corners.
[ Great Northern Railway; St Albans Station, Hertfordshire ]
[ Great Northern Railway, London. ] Undated (circa 1863?).
Original map, drawn in black ink, coloured in blue, grey and red. Titled: 'GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY | ST. ALBANS STATION | SCALE 50 FEET TO AN INCH'. Dimensions: 77 x 143 cm. Showing the station complex - including 'Coal Stocking Ground', 'Goods Shed' and 'Stables' - on the line from Hatfield to 'L. & N. W. Station', with adjoining 'Watercress Beds', and crossed by the 'River Ver'. Rolled up. In poor condition, on aged, discoloured and worn tracing paper, with flaking away of small sections as a result of rolling, and wear to extremities.
Sir John Goodricke (1708-1789) of Bramham Park, Yorkshire, diplomat and Member of Parliament
Undated (late eighteenth century). London address on reverse.
The card is 6 x 8 cm, with the engraved image of the Basilica 5 x 7 cm, within a ruled border, with 'Sr. John Goodricke' in copperplate in a cartouche at the foot. In fair condition, aged and lightly ruckled and spotted. In a contemporary hand, on the reverse: 'No 9, Somerset Street. | Portman Square'. An attractive and unusual item. Goodricke's connection with St Peter's is unclear, but a common feature shared with Bramham Park is the presence of an obelisk. Goodricke's son was the noted 'deaf astronomer' John Goodricke (1764-1786).
M. P. H. Fuss [Paul Heinrich von Fuss (1798-1855)], Secrétaire Perpétuel, l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de St.-Pétersbourg [The Imperial Academy of Sciences of St Petersburg; Imperial Russia]
St.-Pétersbourg. Imprimerie de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences. 1854.
 + 99pp., 8vo. The leaves in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, but with signatures detached, and creasing to the last couple of leaves. In worn and chipped printed wraps, with front cover detached. With the blind stamp of the 1846 Prussian-British Convention on Copyright (which all books imported from Prussia had to bear). Scarce: no copies on COPAC, and six runs on OCLC WorldCat all at American institutions.
[Arthur Tooth, vicar of St James's, Hatcham; 'Lewis Carroll' [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], author of the 'Alice in Wonderland' books; Benjamin Dale; English Church Union; Tractarianism; Oxford Movement]
Without date or place, but concerning events at St James's Church, Hatcham [New Cross, London], on Good Friday [30 March], 1877.
2pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. On ruled wove paper with Monckton watermark. Sixty-line poem in ten six-line stanzas. An early parody of Lewis Carroll's 'The Walrus and the Carpenter'; the original was published in 'Alice Through the Looking-Glass' in 1871. The first stanza reads: 'The Prelate & the Protestants | Were walking to and fro. | They wept to see the Altar Screen | Their tears began to flow. | Tis very sad the Prelate said.
[The Bible Association of St. Peter's Church, in Ipswich; Suffolk Auxiliary Bible Society; The British and Foreign Bible Society, London; Rev. Edward Griffin]
Printed by John King, County Press, Ipswich. 1812.
3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on worn and lightly-aged paper. The first page is headed: 'At a Meeting of Several Friends | to the | British and Foreign Bible Society, | Held at St. Peter's Parsonage, Ipswich, | October 5th, 1812, | The Rev. Edward Griffin, in the Chair, | It was resolved, | [...]'. Eight resolutions in small print follow, covering the whole of the first page.
Frances Hodgkins [Frances Mary Hodgkins] (1869-1947), New Zealand-born British painter and textile designer [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
ONE: on letterhead of 7 Porthmeor Studio, St Ives, Cornwall; 15 Feb. 1916. TWO: Wharf Studio, St Ives; 11 Dec. 1917.
Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The first item in its envelope, addressed to 'Mrs. Robert Lynd | 14 Downshire Hill | Hampstead'. Both addressed to 'Mrs. Lynd.' ONE: 4pp., 4to. She begins by thanking Lynd 'for "The Chorus". I feel a wretch beyond redemption & there are not enough excuses in St. Ives to meet the case - I had to get those two big portraits finished & off to the Nat. Portrait Soc: & a nightmare of a time it was I thought - I would never pull them out of Hell's seventh Ditch and up to Bond St - but there they are it appears'. TWO: 4pp., 12mo.