Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ipswich, Suffolk, established 1399, now Ipswich School [ S. H. Cowell, Ipswich printer and bookseller ]
Ipswich: Printed and Sold by S. H. Cowell, Old Butter Market. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., Stationers' Hall Court. Twenty-two issues bound together with new title page. 21 February 1852 to 3 December 1853.
The 22 issues (originals, not a resetting of the text) are continuously paginated, each being 16pp. long, and totalling 352pp., 8vo. Preceded by a title-leaf for 'Vol. I.' and two-page index. Frontispiece engraving of 'Queen Elizabeth's New Grammar School and Chapel, Ipswich.' A differently-inked variant of the same illustration faces the first page of No. 6. In brown morocco half-binding, title in gilt on spine, marbled boards. Internally sound and tight, in worn binding with damage to marbling on back board, and the first leaf of the first issue somewhat grubby.
'Master F. Sussman' [ Norfolk haberdasher and draper? ]
Place not stated. In five volumes of 'Merchants' Accounts, adapted to Dr. Brewer's Book-Keeping by single entry', all dating from 1857.
The five volumes are folio and uniform in brown marbled card wraps, with white printed label on cover of 'Merchants' Accounts, adapted to Dr. Brewer's Book-Keeping by single entry', with one of the follovwing printed beneath: 'Bought Ledger', 'Cash Book', 'Day Book', 'Invoice Book' and 'Ledger'. Each of the volumes has 'Master F. Sussman' written neatly across the label. The 'Invoice Book' has seventeen invoices neatly folded and tipped in onto five pages.
Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892), mathematician and astronomer, Astronomer Royal
Playford [ Suffolk ]. 6 January 1874.
1p., 16mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and stained paper. In the light of an invitation from Ransome's wife, he proposes to 'drive to Stoke' in the early afternoon of the following day with his daughter Annet ('who has now relieved Hilda'), hoping that it 'will suit Mrs. Ransome's and your convenience'.
'George Franklin | The World's Worst Wizard' [ F. Spence ] and 'original cod prestidigitateur'
On his letterhead, with autograph address Green Gates, 55 Corton Road, Lowestoft [ Suffolk ]. 16 September 1948.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and creased. The letterhead, in orange and blue, boasts that Franklin is 'The World's Worst Wizard', and is headed 'Too Tuubes [sic] | The original cod prestidigitateur with a new act which is packed with crazy comedy and clean fun'. He asks him to send 'Stevenson Toy Theatre Book', and asks if he has 'any books on Marionette & string Puppets'.
E. R. Dibdin [ Edward Rimbault Vere Dibdin ] (1853-1941), art critic [ Sarah Palmer [ born Woods ] (1797-1886) of Southwold, Suffolk ]
Dated (in another hand?) '1884'.
The sketch is on a 12mo page, torn from a notebook. In good condition, lightly aged. Mounted in makeshift 4to bifolium paper folder. The drawing, in grey pencil, is a capable one, showing the left profile of a bespectacled old lady in a bonnet, with Dibdin's signature at bottom right. Beneath this, perhaps in another hand is 'Mrs S. Palmer Fixed'. Beneath the leaf, on the mount, in ink, is '1884.' A note in the same hand, on the outside of the folder, reads: 'Mrs Sarah Palmer, m.s. Woods, born 26 Septr 1797. at Southwold. Died at Edinburgh 9 June 1886'.
Louis Edmund Hall (b.1863); Rev. Reginald Hall Grubbe (b.1862) [ Dr George William Hall (1770-1843), Master of Pembroke College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor ]
'These books were recevied by the above R. H. G. in March & June 1926.'
49pp. In 4to notebook with red cloth spine and black cloth boards. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in aged and worn covers. An alphabetical list, with entries covering two facing pages, divided into three columns: 'Name of Book', 'Description' and 'How disposed of'. Almost all the entries in the last column are 'H[enr]y Hall', but one item is recorded as being 'Sent to Julia Hall'. The serious library of an educated Englishman, with almost no fiction present. Nearly all the books date from the period 1770-1900, although 'Gloucestershire Visitation of 1623' is also present.
J. Eustace Grubbe [ John Eustace Grubbe ] (1816-1899), Mayor of Southwold, Suffolk
Without place [Southwold?]. 1891 or later.
Crisply printed on one side of piece of 39.5 x 58 cm laid paper, with the family crest pritned beneath the title, and facsimile signature of 'J. Eustace Grubbe' in the bottom right-hand corner. In very good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Extending to five generations, begining with John Grubb (1751-1812) of Horsendon House, Bucks, and his wife Mary. Entries contain biographical information, with the author's own entry reading: 'John Eustace Grubbe, M.A., Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, J.P.
[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.
Lieutenant-General Sir William Stewart (1774-1827), Commanding Officer of the Rifle Corps, and Scottish Member of Parliament [Solomon Knobel, wine merchant, South Audley Street, London]
3 Gloucester Street [London]. 24 July 1812.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with Stewart's seal in red wax, to 'Mr. Knobel | Wine Merchant | South Audley Street'. He asks Knobel to 'send a person & a Hamper to pack up three dozen of wine & ale left at the Major General's for the Country, as before'. He asks for the hamper to be sent, 'so packed & sealed, together with 3 dozen hamper of His, (Mr. Knobel's) best Port ready for immediate drinking by the Hoy to Woodbridge in Suffolk, as last winter'.
John Francis Clark (1816-1898) of Newmarket, Suffolk architect and 'racing judge' [Horse Racing]
The first paper signed 'J. F. Clark | Newmarket | Feb. 2. 1852 read at Kirtling [Suffolk]'. The second dated 'Jan. 1860'. The third without date or place.
For more information on Clark, see the account by Eric C. Graham, privately printed in 2010. All texts clear and legible, on aged and worn paper (especially the outer ones). ONE: Headed 'J. F. Clark | Newmarket | Feb. 2. 1852 read at Kirtling'. 30pp., foolscap 8vo. Saddle stitched.
W. S. Cowell Limited, Ipswich printers [Beatrice Warde; Ruari McLean; Francis Meynell; Sebastian Carter (Rampant Lions Press); Charles Batey; Brooke Crutchley; Hans Schmoller; Ralph Steadman]
W. S. Cowell Limited, 8 Butter Market, Ipswich, Suffolk, England; 23 Percy Street, London, W.1. Dating from between 7 June 1952 to 20 March 1991.
Founded in 1818, the Ipswich firm of W. S. Cowell Ltd ('The Press in the Butter Market') grew into one of the leading British printers, known for its high-quality catalogue work. The firm's papers are in the Suffolk Record Office at Ipswich, whose catalogue entry provides a good summary of its history.
Richard Almack (1799-1875) of Long Melford, Suffolk, solicitor and antiquary
Melford [Long Melford, Suffolk]. 14 October 1856.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. A well-written and oddly-entertaining letter, and an evocative piece of Victorian social history. From the context it is clear that the recipient and his wife have been accused of overstepping the terms of a will, and on this matter Almack begins: 'Furniture is very comprehensive, and would I think include Work boxes, Chests, & plated Goods. It has even been decided that plate would so pass! - Also plated would. | Under "bed linen," Blankets & Quilts pass. Under "Household Linen", Coloured Table Cloths & Doyleys would pass.
J. D. Emms [Jewett David Emms] (fl. 1898), ship chandler of 3 Commercial Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk
Lowestoft, Suffolk. 3 September 1851 to 26 November 1853.
254pp., in long (32 x 10cm.) account book. Bound in vellum, with the front endpaper carrying a printed diary ('Almanack for 1850'), and the rear endpaper marbled. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in grubby vellum binding. At the head of the front free endpaper Emms has written 'J. D. Emms | Lowestoft | 1851 | Aug 6th.', and on the front cover: 'J D EMMS | 1851 | SHIP-BREAD'. Closely written, with the entries marked as paid, with Emms's signature and that of 'J. C. Emms'.
J. Herbert, Secretary, Trinity House, London [Dawson Turner; lighthouses]
'TRINITY-HOUSE, LONDON, | 23rd November, 1826.'
On one side of a piece of laid paper, roughly 31 x 20 cm. 30 lines. Tipped in along one edge inside modern folder with grey paper boards. Good, on paper lightly creased at foot. Addessed 'To Dawson Turner Esqre' by 'Custom House | Yarmouth | 11 December 1826 | [signed]
Sir Fitzroy Edward Kelly [Sir Fitzroy Kelly] (1796-1880), judge and Tory Member of Parliament for East Suffolk [Captain George William Manby (1765-1854), RN, FRS, English author and inventor]
Temple [London]. 19 March 1853.
1p., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, on aged paper. The note reads: 'Temple | 19 March 1853 | My dear Captain Manby, | Many thanks for your letter. I did not find your book within it, but shall be very happy to receive and read it, as I am everything of the kind emanating from you | Believe me | very truly yours | Fitzroy Kelly | Captn Manby R.N.'
British Repatriation Committee Lucerne, Organisation for the Assistance and Return of British Subjects [Richard Haward Ives, Assistant Secretary, Essex and Suffolk Equitable Fire Insurance Society]
Circular dated 'Schweizerhof Hotel, Lucerne, 13th August 1914.'
1p., 4to., with vertical perforation dividing the circular (upper part) from the form (lower part). Fair, on lightly-aged and creased paper. The fourteen-line circular begins: 'It is appreciated that every British Subject wishes to return at once, but all will not be able to get in the first train. | The British Committee will have to select the order of going by the various degrees of urgency. [...] Persons in Government service, men going to mobilisation, and persons in distress, have special claims to priority.' The form, completed in pencil by 'Mr & Mrs R.
Rev. Henry Rowe (1753-1819), Rector of Ringshall, Suffolk, and poet, educated at Eton and Brasenose College, Oxford, related to Samuel Rogers [Thomas Cadell, jnr (1773-1836); William Davies (d.1819)]
No place. 26 February 1798.
1p., 8vo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed on reverse: 'Rev: Mr. Rowe | Feby. 1798'. Signed 'Henry Rowe' and addressed 'Gentlemen' (from the context clearly his publishers). The letter concerns Rowe's 'Poem's (London: Cadell & Davies, 1792), published, according to the British Critic, 'with the hope of alleviating the distresses of the author and his family'. The letter begins: 'The proposal you made of delivering me Fifteen Copies for Five Pound, will in no respect answer my purpose'.
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), English composer [Hans Juda [Hans Peter Juda] (1904-1975), art collector, publisher of the magazine 'The Ambassador']
Britten's and Cullum's letters from The Red House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. The nine items dating from 1962, 1964 and 1965.
The nine items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Items One, Three and Four, from 1962, and stapled together, as are the other six items, dating from 1964-5. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed ('Benjamin Britten') from Britten to Juda. On letterhead of The Red House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. 25 July 1962. Responding to Item Three below, Britten thanks Juda for 'sending the magnificent book on Graham Sutherland', which Britten is 'very glad indeed to have'.
Rev. Foster Barham Zincke (1817-1893), English antiquary and radical pamphleteer, educated at Wadham College, Oxford [Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), Director of the Natural History Museum]
Wherstead Vicarage, Ipswich. 28 May <1874?>.
4pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of stub adhering to margin. He has received Flower's 'catalogue'. 'I was sure you wd. be delighted with Egypt. It has so much to tell us about man & nature. The early stages of mans progress, & the variety of nature.' Zincke would like 'time to look into things & to think about them': he was in Egypt 'only as many weeks as you were months'.
William Joseph Taylor (1802-1885), medallist, die-sinker, engraver [William Stevenson Fitch (1793-1859), postmaster of Ipswich, antiquary and thief]
29 August 1842; London.
12mo, 3 pp. Forty lines. Text clear and complete. With: Seven-line Autograph Note Signed by 'W S Fitch' in a close hand at foot of third page. He is ashamed for not replying sooner to Fitch's letter, and his gift of 'a couple of Ducks': 'the only way I can reconcile such a case is to believe one of the great Authors, I forget which, perhaps Montaigne that the receiver is the one who confers the greatest compliment so if you please we will set it down so in this instance, and say no more about it'. He thanks Fitch for 'the Impressions' of seals, which 'add very much to my collection'.
John Crowe, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Norwich Union Fire & Life Insurance Societies [Major-General John Hall (1770-1823) of Park Hall, Mansfield Woodhouse; Thomas Bignold (1761-1835)]
16 November 1818; Union Office, Norwich.
Folio, 2 pp. On the rectos of the two leaves of a bifolium. On laid paper watermarked 'Gilling & Allford 1816'. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The first page contains a letter addressed to 'General Hall' from 'Union Office | Norwich 16th Novr. 1818', forty lines long and signed 'J Crowe'. The second page is headed 'Norwich Union Life Insurance Society | Statement of the particulars of the misconduct of the Secretary Mr Thos Bignold Senr.' It contains a six-point indictment of Bignold, totalling thirty-seven lines.
The five photographs are all in sepia and 15 x 20 cm. Each is mounted, with a 17.5 x 22.5 white backing, on a piece of grey 25 x 30 cm card. Each is neatly captioned in black copperplate, with red underlining. The photographs are all in good condition, on discoloured and worn mounts. The items were clearly produced for display by the company, as they all have pinholes in their mounts. The captions read: 'G.E. Rly Restaurant Cars.' [exterior shot]; 'G.E. Rly Restaurant Car - Kitchen', 'G.E. Rly. Restaurant Car Third Class Compartment', 'G.E. Rly Restaurant Car.
William Alexander (1763-1857) of Great Yarmouth, Unitarian minister, schoolmaster and bookseller [John Watson of Holborn Hill; Unitarianism]
18 May 1832; Great Yarmouth.
Small folio, 1 p. Twenty-seven lines of text. Clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged and worn paper, with thin strip from previous mounting adhering at head of reverse, which, with two small red wax seals and two postmarks, is addressed to 'John Watson Esqr. | No. 55 & 56 | Near St. Andrew's Ch. | Holborn Hill | London'. The text is entirely devoted to the subject under the heading. In a neat exposition of his position, Alexander proposes and defends three changes. The substitution of 'promulgation' for 'promotion' would, 'as our worthy friend Dr.
[SUFFOLK LIBEL ACTION] North Suffolk Election, December, 1910.
19 and 20 July 1911. 'Published by Arthur E. Hebbes, Election Agent, and Chief Conservative and Unionist Agent for the Northern or Lowestoft Division of the County of Suffolk, 88, London Road, Lowestoft.
8vo. 94 pages. 2 pages facsimile of an electoral handbill. One fold-out plate. In poor condition. Damp stained, and in remains of repaired grey printed wraps. Paper browning. 'Printed by J. Rochford O'Driscoll, Printer, Dagmar House, Lowestoft.' The case for the plaintiff, Harry Seymour Foster, was led by the celebrated F. E. Smith (Later Earl of Birkenhead). The defendant was Edward (later Sir Edward) Beauchamp. The main cause of what the judge in summing-up described as 'a political action' was a letter by 'FISHERMAN' (i.e.
Charles Benjamin Tayler (1797-1875), curate of Otley Rectory, Ipswich, Suffolk, and author of a number of religious works
21 May 1852 & 23 June 1852; Otley Rectory, Ipswich.
Both 12mo: 4 pp. Item 1 (21 May) Text clear and entire. On aged paper with small unobtrusive spike holes through both leaves. Slightly manic letter, casting light on the relationship between author, printer and engraver in the Victorian period. Tayler lists four 'plates for a chapter on the Essex Martyrs' which Leonard Seeley of Thames Ditton, who is printing and publishing Tayler's book 'Memorials of the English Martyrs' (Seeleys, 1853), has not yet received from Williams. Suggests other engravings for the 'last chapter'. 'It has occurred to me that the plate in Foxe 7th.
Thomas Miller (1731-1804), bookseller of Bungay, Suffolk [Edward Scriven; Henry Edridge]
[London, circa 1805?]
Paper dimensions 25.5 x 19 cm. Plate dimensions 22 x 16 cm. The head-and-shoulders portrait itself is oval, 7 cm high and 5.5 cm wide, contained in a square 11 x 9.5 cm, and with the caption beneath it. Printed on aged paper, with the image itself and the caption are clean and crisp, but the paper carries a crease to the margin, and there is light staining intruding into the surrounding square. Dibdin gives an account of Miller, whose son was the noted bookseller William Miller of Albemarle Street, in his 'Bibliomania' (1811 ed., pp.630-31).
John Britton (1771-1857), antiquary and topographer [John Wodderspoon, Suffolk antiquary]
Undated [postmarked Richmond, 2 May 1840].
8vo, 1 p. Address, with broken wax seal and two postmarks, on verso of second leaf of bifolium. He has ('with much satisfaction') read in the Gentleman's Magazine an account of Wodderspoon's 'new work on Suffolk' ('Historic sites, and other remarkable and interesting places, in the county of Suffolk'), and 'it occurs to me that you may be pleased with a few points illustrative of the Antiquities'. Offers 'prints that I have published in the Architectural Antiqs of Oxburgh Hall' as 'tokens of a veteran topographer to the aspiring emulation of a young one'.