SWAINE

[ Alfred Swaine Taylor, toxicologist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Alfred S Taylor') to 'Mr Franks' (Sir Wollaston Franks of the British Museum), regarding arsenic in his wallpaper. and on dust scraped from his books.

Author: 
Alfred Swaine Taylor (1806-1880), toxicologist and medical jurist [ Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-1907), British Museum curator ]
Publication details: 
St James's Terrace, Regent's Park. 6 July and 22 December 1858.
£450.00

ONE: 4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An emphatic and energetic letter. Clearly reporting on a sample of wallpaper which Franks has sent him, Taylor begins his letter: 'Your black paper is as much saturated with the arsenical colour as it can well be.' He finds the paper 'precisely similar' to that which 'occasioned the illness of Dr Halley in Harley St, - and the publication of whose letter created such alarm in the public mind' (the reference is to the letter of Dr Alexander Halley in The Times, 11 January 1858).

[Harry Hall of the British Museum, Egyptologist.] Portrait photograph by Swaine of New Bond Street, with a second more relaxed portrait showing him with hands in pockets.

Author: 
Henry Reginald Holland Hall ['Harry Hall'] (1873-1930), Egyptologist, Keeper of the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, British Museum [Swaine, New Bond St, London portrait photographers]
Publication details: 
The first image: 'Swain, 146 New Bond St, W. [London] and at Southsea.' The second image unattributed.
£90.00

Both prints black and white, and in good condition. The portrait shot is 14 x 9.5 cm, on grey card backing, within a 30.5 x 20.5 cm folder of the same grey card, printed with the name and address of the firm. The image depicts the head and shoulders of a moustachioed Hall, who is glancing to his left side with a faraway look in his eyes, while smartly dressed in dark jacket and waistcoat.

[Harry Hall of the British Museum, Egyptologist.] Portrait photograph by Swaine of New Bond Street, with a second more relaxed portrait showing him with hands in pockets.

Author: 
Henry Reginald Holland Hall ['Harry Hall'] (1873-1930), Egyptologist, Keeper of the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, British Museum [Swaine, New Bond St, London portrait photographers]
Publication details: 
The first image: 'Swain, 146 New Bond St, W. [London] and at Southsea.' The second image unattributed.
£90.00

Both prints black and white, and in good condition. The portrait shot is 14 x 9.5 cm, on grey card backing, within a 30.5 x 20.5 cm folder of the same grey card, printed with the name and address of the firm. The image depicts the head and shoulders of a moustachioed Hall, who is glancing to his left side with a faraway look in his eyes, while smartly dressed in dark jacket and waistcoat.

Autograph Note Signed from the editor of 'Punch' Mark Lemon, asking the publisher Frederick Chapman of Chapman & Hall to listen to a proposal from Joseph Swain, 'principal engraver upon Punch'.

Author: 
Mark Lemon (1809-1870), editor of 'Punch' [Frederick Chapman (1823-1895), partner in the London publishers Chapman & Hall; Joseph Swain (1820-1909), wood engraver]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Punch Office, 85, Fleet Street, with printed date 1853.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with reverse of second leaf laid down on part of leaf removed from album. Addressed to 'Fredk Chapman Esq', the letter reads: 'My dear Sir, | Will you hear what Mr Swaine [sic] (long since principal engraver upon Punch) has to say & if you can serve him you will oblige | Yours very truly | Mark Lemon'.

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