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[ William Carruthers, Scottish botanist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm Carruthers') to 'Dr Miller', regarding paying a visit with 'our stones'.

Author: 
William Carruthers (1830-1922), Scottish botanist, Keeper of the Botanical Department at the Natural History Museum, London
Publication details: 
British Museum [ London ]. 5 July 1870.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He will have 'much pleasure in breaking our stones o'er again on Thursday', and will 'try & bring some sections with me - several specimens are in the lapidary's hands'. He ends by asking for confirmation of the hour at which he should call on him.

[Alfred Sutro, dramatist.] Two Autograph Cards Signed to the actor Seymour Hicks, praising him and his books, wishing him success in a production, and writing affectionately about the Garrick Club.

Author: 
Alfred Sutro (1863-1933), English playwright [Sir Edward Seymour Hicks (1871-1949), actor; the Garrick Club, London]
Publication details: 
One, on letterhead of Redlands, Witley, Surrey, dated 29 October 1919. The other, with letterhead of 31 Chester Terrace, Regents Park [London], undated.
£45.00

The two items are both on both sides of 8.5 x 11cm grey cards (the first gilt-edged). In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to one edge of each. ONE: From Redlands (of Rolling Stones fame). He begins: 'My dear Seymour | I enormously enjoyed your book [presumably 'If I were your Father' (1919): I've read it thrice! It's great fun, with an immense amount of real good sense: & it sparkles, Seymour, almost as much as you do when you stand on the <?> at the Garrick & let go at us!' He thanks him for sending the book, and hopes to see him at 'the Club' the following week.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E B Tylor') from Sir Edward Burnett Tylor to 'Ethel', discussing 'dolmens & cromlechs'.

Author: 
Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1832-1917), archaeologist and anthropologist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Linden, Wellington, Somerset. 4 September 1888.
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on aged paper. He suggests a book she should read to 'get a general idea of the facts known about dolmens & cromlechs', although the theories advanced by the author 'are not much accepted by archaeologists'. The book does provide 'some evidence of the late date they went on till', and this is 'a good corrective of the belief that they must be always of some amazing antiquity'. He points out that a 'Scandinavian King is associated with lines of stones to commemorate a battle'.

[Printed trade card for Folkard & Son (G. E. Mann), Jewellers, 355 Oxford Street, London, illustrated with 'The Connoisseur Chart of China Marks' and featuring a poem on 'Birth Stones'.]

Author: 
Folkard & Son (G. E. Mann), jewellers, Oxford Street, London [trade cards]
Printed trade card for Folkard & Son
Publication details: 
Undated [early twentieth century]. Folkard & Son, London.
£28.00
Printed trade card for Folkard & Son

12mo, 2 pp. Printed on thin card. Fair: aged and worn. The front of the card gives contact details, including phone number, for the firm, which is stated to have been 'Est[ablishe]d. in the Reign of King George III, 1814'. Its goods are listed as 'Jewellery, Gold and Silver Boxes, Diamonds, Pearls, Emeralds, etc.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Mr Crow" [W.B. Crow, author of "Contributions to the Principles of Morphology "], essentially reviewing Crow's book, but also givinf a Testament..

Author: 
Arthur H. Church, Chemist, Expert on Pottery and Stones
Arthur H. Church, Chemist, Expert on Pottery and Stones
Publication details: 
246 Iffley Road, Oxford, 2 April 1929.
£165.00
Arthur H. Church, Chemist, Expert on Pottery and Stones

Two pages, 4to, fold marks, four small closed tears. A difficult hand. He thanks Crow for his book, "Contributions to the Principles of Morphology", just published, suggesting that Crow must have enjoyed reviewing "older views", adding, "The Philosophy on which Biology has [?] based is much neglected ...I never came across any Botanist for example who thought the two [?] of Goethe, & his theory of meta-morphosis has been a great curse ... for 100 years. The mistake of [?] was, that we had no 'definitions' of a leaf to begin with. ...

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