[ 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.
[ Engineer's Office, Great Western Railway, Paddington, London; Pangbourne Railway Station, Berkshire]
[ Engineer's Office, Great Western Railway, Paddington, London. ] Undated [1840s?].
Drawn map in black ink, coloured in blue and pink. Titled: 'G. W. R. | PANGBOURNE STATION | SCALE 40 FEET TO AN INCH'. 46 x 111 cm. Oval ink stamp in top right-hand corner of the Great Eastern Railway, Engineer's Office, Paddington, numbered 6241. Aged and grubby, with wear to extremities. In ink on reverse: '11 PANGBOURNE STATION'. 66 x 93 cm. Plan of station on line from Wycombe to London. Aged and grubby, with wear to extremities. 6cm closed tear at one side. Annotated in light pencil. Annotations include: 'Newton | Mr.
Walker, Carter & Walker, Architects, Windermere [Windermere Police Station; W. L. Dolman, architect]
ONE: W. L. Dolman, F.R.I.B.A., Windermere. May 1925. TWO: Walker, Carter, & Walker, Architects, Windermere. June 1926.
Each document with a substantial number of typed itemised entries, with each item costed in manuscript, and manuscript totals. ONE: Headed 'WINDEREMERE POLICE STATION. | Bills of Quantities for Scheme | Submitted by W. L. Dolman F.R.I.B.A. Winderemere. | May 1925. | Excavator, Drainlayer, Waller & Slater.' 5pp., crown 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with rust-spotting from staple. Entries range from '24" wall next Lake Road of Langdale Rag Stone with selected stones for facing in mortar & including footings' to 'In stone walls girth of Main Quoins included.
[The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company; Messrs. W. H. Smith and Son, stationers and booksellers; A. de C. Parmiter, Manchester.
Grant of 1908: A. de C. Parmiter, Manchester. 'Dated 5th November, 1908.' Agreement of 1915: place not stated. Duplicated agreement of 1918: A. De. C. Parmiter, Solicitor, Manchester. 'Dated 10 January 1918'.
ONE (Grant of 1908): 9 + pp., 8vo. Unstitched and unbound. Properly printed and paginated, with marginal glosses. On aged and worn paper, with closed tears along fold lines. Containing 27 clauses, in an agreement for a term of seven years from 1 January 1909. Between the railway company and, on behalf of W. H. Smith and Son, the Honourable William Frederick Danvers Smith MP, Charles Awdry, Alfred Dyke Acland, Charles Harry St John Hornby and Charles Selwyn Awdry. W. H. Smith had opened their first railway bookstall almost exactly sixty years before, in November of 1848.
[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.
[Alexander Hattrick or R. Turnbull; Alexander Hatrick (1857-1918), New Zealand merchant; Pacific Steam Navigation Co.; North Head Quarantine Station, Sydney; Nurstead Woods, Kent; 'Swift Sure' whaler]
One item with date 'May 1893'. All twelve items on stationery of the Pacific Steam Navigation Co., including eight 'Soundings' forms, filled in 'For Chief Engineer', signed 'Alex Hattrick', and dated 25 March and 2, 7, 8, 11, 18, 24, 29 June [1893?]
28 illustrations: 3 of which depict Australian scenes (panoramas of North Head Quarantine Station; Farm Cove, Sydney; Hobart, Tasmania) with a cartoon/narrative of an excursion to Nurstead Woods, Kent. One item with date 'May 1893'. All twelve items on stationery of the Pacific Steam Navigation Co., including eight 'Soundings' forms, filled in 'For Chief Engineer', signed 'Alex Hattrick', and dated 25 March and 2, 7, 8, 11, 18, 24, 29 June [1893?] One item with date 'May 1893'. The twelve items in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Charmingly-executed in a naive style.
'Flighty' ('The Premier Air Service's Journal'), First World War magazine of the Royal Naval Air Service, published at the Airship Construction Station, Kingsnorth, Rochester, Kent
R.N.A.S. Kingsnorth [later Kingsnorth Airship Construction Station], Rochester, Kent. From May 1917 (No. 1 Vol. 1) to Christmas 1918 (Vol. 2 No. 5).
Issues of this magazine are excessively scarce, and a full run would appear to be well-nigh unique. The only other copy traced, either on COPAC or on WorldCat, is at the Imperial War Museum (whose inadequate entry implies that it only holds a single issue, stating that it 'lacks advertisement pages before page 1'). The seventeen issues present in this set (vol. 1 nos. 1-12; vol. 2 nos. 1-5) total 448pp., 4to, in a contemporary textured blue-cloth binding, with 'FLIGHTY | KINGSNORTH | AIRSHIP | STATION | 1917-18' in faded gilt on spine (binder's note in pencil on last page).
Designed and photographed for the Public Relations Department of the GPO by Maurice Rickards. Produced by Contact Studios Ltd and pritned at The Riverside Press Ltd. London and Whitstable. PH 1033. [Circa 1962.]
12pp., 4to. On art paper and in shiny printed wraps. In fair condition, with closed tear to front cover and creased corner to back cover. Strikingly designed by Rickards: heavily printed in black with an occasional touch of pink to headings. Scarce: no copy on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. From the Pat Hawker archive.
S. Simpkins, B.Sc. & D.I. Dalgliesh B.Sc. (Eng.), C.Eng. M.I.E.E., British Post Office [United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation, London, 1968]
London: United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation, 1968 (Section B, Paper No. 1).
20pp. (11+2+3+1+2+1), foolscap 8vo, with a further four pages of figures. Stapled, with front cover printed in black, red and blue, carrying stylised design of satellite design. Cover stamped with date 4 June 1968. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Scarce: no copies on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. From the Pat Hawker archive.
P. R. Neate, G.I.Mech.E. - The Marconi Company Limited [United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation, London, 1968]
London: United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation, 1968 (Section C, Paper No. 3).
35pp., foolscap 8vo. Eleven figures and three tables in text. Stapled, with front cover printed in black, red and blue, carrying stylised design of satellite design. Cover stamped with date 4 June 1968. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Scarce: no copies on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. From the Pat Hawker archive.
J. B. Holt, C.Eng. M.I.E.E., British Post Office [United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation, London, 1968]
London: United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation; May 1968 (Section E, Paper No. 5).
14pp., foolscap 8vo, with a further six pages of figures, three of them fold-out. Stapled, with front cover printed in black, red and blue, carrying stylised design of satellite design. Cover stamped with date 4 June 1968. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with corner of last leaf creased. Scarce: no copies on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. From the Pat Hawker archive.
Robert B. Johnson [British steam engines; Victorian railway locomotives]
'London Mar 1877'.
2pp., 16mo. 41 closely and neatly written lines, arranged in six six-line stanzas and a five-line chorus. At foot of second page: 'Robt. B. Johnson. London Mar 1877'. A splendid skit, apparently unpublished, and fully deserving to be so.
[Bearley Radio Station; Plessey Electronics [The Plessey Company Limited, Radio Systems Division, Ilford, Essex, England; GPO; General Post Office; broadcasting]
Ilford, Essex, England: The Plessey Company Limited, Radio Systems Division. [1967.]
 + 12 +  pp., 4to. On shiny art paper, in laminated wraps. Attractively designed with numerous photographic illustrations. The covers, printed in two shades of blue, open up to show a ground view of the site. Scarce: no copy on COPAC or WorldCat. From the J. P. Hawker papers.
Private T. M. Rankin, 7394616, 13FDS [Field Dressing Station], Second World War British Army medical orderly
The notebook dated January to February 1944.
65pp., in narrow ruled 32 x 13 cm notebook, with maroon embossed boards and cloth spine. Rankin has etched his initials into the front board. All in pencil, with the first page headed 'NO I LECTURES JAN-FEB. 44 | T M RANKIN. 7394616. 13 F.D.S.', and carrying a numbered list of 38 topics, from 'Observation of Patient' and 'Diet of Disease' to 'Fracture of Spine' and 'Burns'. Four pages of medical notes follow. Upside-down at the other end of the volume are 59 paginated pages of further notes, preceded by a list of a further 15 topics (numbered 39-53), from 'Eye Drops' to 'Rheumatic Fever'.
[The Gentlemen Amateurs of H. M. 86th. Royal Regiment, the Station Theatre, Poona [Pune]; Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), 1st Baron Lytton [Lord Lytton], author]
Station Theatre, Poona [Pune], India. 30 June 1851.
Printed in black on one side of a piece of thick laid paper, 30.5 x 19.5 cm. Aged, and separated into two parts by a neat tear along a vertical fold line 13 cm from bottom (repaired on reverse), and with slight wear at the head. An attractive and characteristically Victorian design, entirely drawn onto the stone (i.e. none of the text set in type). The design displays a quirky and charming amateur energy, with the text within a decorative border incorporating what appears to be 'IOD POONA' at the foot. Headed by the words 'STATION THEATRE .
William Kay [HMS Tauranga, Auxiliary Squadron of the Australia Station; Lou Blane; bluejackets]
'H.M.S. Tauranga at Sea' [undated, but presumably on HMS Tauranga's maiden voyage to Australia, 1890].
13pp., 12mo. On three bifoliums and a last single leaf. On aged and worn paper. A semi-literate, but spirited epistle. Little is to be discovered concerning the identity of the writer. Addressed to 'My Darling Son' and signed 'good bye, be good, ever yours and yours alone William Kay', but with a few hints that the letter may not in fact be from a father to his son. Kay begins by stating that he is going to fulfil his promise and write 'a long letter'.
G. A. L. Wilson [Bald Blair Estate, New South Wales, Australia]
Sydney: David Harold Paisley, Government Printer - 1938.
8vo: 6 pp. Stapled pamphlet. Text clear and complete. On aged and creased paper. For Wilson 'the most important aspect of the question' is 'the conversion of unsound country to sound country [...] It is a recent discovery, and, while ten or fifteen years ago one would have wiped the proposal before the House right off the slate, on the ground that the land is unsuitable for closer settlement, one to-day welcomes it.' Red-ink 1 cm accession stamp of the Webster Collection on reverse of blank final leaf, numbered 4188. No copy in the British Library, on COPAC, or on WorldCat.
E. W. Barlow [Edward William Barlow (b.1886)] [Air Ministry, Meteorological Office.]
1925. London: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office.
8vo: 18 pp, paginated 200-217. Grubby and lightly-aged and creased, with rusty staples. Title-page headed 'For Official Use. M.O. 245s.' Scarce. No copy at the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at Nottingham.
HALL THE PRINTER LTD., 3A QUEEN STREET, OXFORD. 1929.'
On one side of a piece of wove paper roughly 220 x 280 mm. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper, with a few short closed tears to extremities. Cheaply but effectively printed in a variety of point sizes. Reads '£1 REWARD | LOST, on Monday Evening, December 16, either on the Motor-bus between Oxford and Witney, or in Witney, A Lady's Gold Wrist-Watch & Bracelet | Engraved on the back, P.E.B., Dec. 28, 1921. | A Reward of £1 will be paid to anyone bringing the same to the Police Station at Witney, or to the County Police Station, New Road, Oxford.'