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Album of 95 original detailed illustrations (drawings) of antique wrought iron door knockers (70 from Switzerland and 25 from Italy and France) by the English artist Arthur Elliot, titled by him 'A Book of Knockers'. With short essay by Elliot.

Author: 
Arthur Elliot, English illustrator [Swiss door knockers; doorknobs; Switzerland; architectural hardware]
Publication details: 
The majority of the illustrations dated, and all those to 1907. Mainly taken at Berne and other Swiss cities.
£450.00

Elliot's illustrations, attractively executed in great detail, recall the style of those in the volumes produced by the publisher B. T. Batsford during the same period. All in excellent condition, the majority with tissue guards; album in good good condition. Fifty-eight of the illustrations, all of Swiss knockers, on paper ranging in size from 21 x 5 cm to 23.5 x 16 cm (the latter the majority), are laid down on the rectos of the first 45 leaves of a 47-leaf landscape folio album (leaf dimensions 36 x 16 cm). All have tissue guards.

[An Englishwoman's account of France after the Franco-Prussian War.] Autograph Diary of Mary Cecilia Blencowe, containing accounts of two tours: to Italy, Switzerland and France in 1871; and to Brussels, Cologne, and baths at Bad-Ems and Spa in 1872.

Author: 
Mary Cecilia Blencowe (1854-1929), a Victorian traveller on the continent, in the aftermath to the Franco-Prussian War]
Publication details: 
First diary (Italy, Switzerland, France), 1871. Second diary beginning at 22 Holles Street, London. Written between 14 May to 29 July 1872.
£280.00

166pp., 12mo. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper; in worn quarter-binding. Author's inscription on front free endpaper: 'Florence & Genoa | Italy | May 1871 | Mary Cecilia Blencowe'. Two diaries in one volume, the first beginning midway through the account.

[ Seraphin Weingartner, Swiss artist and designer. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Seraphin'), in English, to 'Cyril', writing in affectionate terms on a number of topics, including his studies at the industrial school at Rosswein, Saxony.

Author: 
Seraphin Weingartner (1844-1919) of Lucerne, Swiss artist and designer, founding Director of the Kunstgewerbeschule Luzern [ Rosswein, Saxony, Germany ]
Publication details: 
Both letters from Rosswein [ Saxony, Germany ]. 27 December 1908 and 19 April 1909.
£250.00

Both letters in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Both addressed to 'Dear Cyril!' Weingartner's grip of English is shaky. ONE (27 December 1908): 8pp., 8vo. He is working hard, making his own suppers, and reminisces about their time together in Paris. The girls in Rosswein are '(some of them) the finest I have ever seen. There is a lot of Balls here, every forth nighth dansing amusement all over. I was surprized to find that here, as well you find real cafe parisienne.' He describes his fellow-students: 'They come here from all parts of Germany.

[ Felix Plater, Swiss physician. ] Autograph Document Signed ('Felix Platerus Basil | Archiatros & Prof')

Author: 
Felix Plater (1536-1614), Swiss physician and professor at the University of Basel, pioneer in fields of psychiatry and germ theory of disease
Publication details: 
Basil. May 1611.
£950.00

On one side of an 11.5 x 7.5 cm piece of paper. In fair condition, aged and stained. Consisting of a two-line improving Latin quotation beginning: 'Nullius est Felix'. Signed beneath this: 'Felix Platerus Basil | Archiatros & Prof. | Ao S

1611 Maio | Ao AM. 73'. On the reverse are two longer signed quotations, both in calligraphic hands, the lower of the two by 'Johannes Philippus a Fritten back', dated 28 February 1607. The author is identified in pencil in a later hand as John Phillips who died in 1640.

[ Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné, Swiss historian of the Reformation.] Autograph Letter Signed, in French, regarding a prospectus by 'La Commission de la Bibliothèque'. With contemporary original photograph of d'Aubigné.

Author: 
Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné (1794-1872), Swiss Protestant minister and historian of the Reformation
Publication details: 
7 February 1869.
£250.00

2pp., 8vo. On bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Written in a difficult hand. Dated 'M<?> 7 Fevr 69'. Addressed to 'Monsieur & Mes colleguès'. He writes regarding the 'Commission de la Bibliothèque', and their direction that he send copies of their prospectus to 'M le <?> Hofman à Berlin', with reference to 'Mr B'. The sepia portrait photograph of d'Aubigné is 9 x 5.5 cm and appears to have been cut down, but is otherwise in good condition.?>

[ Clifford Dyment, Anglo-Welsh poet. ] Corrected author's typescript of 'Fur, Feather, and Fin', co-written with wife Marcella Dyment, with copy of the Carrefour Press limited edition of the book, signed by him and illustrator Hafis, with extra plate

Author: 
Clifford Dyment (1914-1971), Anglo-Welsh poet; Marcella Dyment [ nee Salzer ] (d.1968); 'Hafis' [ Hafiz Joachim Bertschinger ] (b.1933), Lebanese-Swiss artist; Daphne Fraenkel; A. E. R. Larking
Publication details: 
Typescript: Flat 5, 53 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7. Undated. Carrefour Press limited edition: 27 Letterstone Road, London, SW6. 1968.
£750.00

A friend of Dylan Thomas and a leading poet of the 1930s London literary scene, Dyment is the subject of a warm appreciation by Robert Graecen in The Times, 8 June 1971. The present collection consists of a series of amusing poems regarding various members of the animal kingdom. ONE: Typescript of 'Fur, Feather, and Fin | by | Clifford and Marcella Dyment'. Address at foot of title-page: 'Flat 5, 53, Harrington Gardens, London, S.W.7.' 46pp., 8vo. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper.

[ Henri Rochefort, French politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('henri Rochefort'), in French, to a 'Bien Cher Confrere', with reference to his future son-in-law Frédéric Dufaux. With copy of J. Mercier's satirical journal 'La Laterne d'Arlequin'.

Author: 
Henri Rochefort [ Victor Henri Rochefort, Marquis de Rochefort-Luçay ] (1831-1913), French politician and polemicist [ Frédéric Dufaux (1852-1943), Swiss sculptor; Jerome Mercier, editor ]
Publication details: 
The letter without place or date. 'La Lanterne d'Arlequin': Imprimerie Ernest Mazereau, Tours. 24 October 1886.
£56.00

Rochefort's letter: 1p., 12mo. Thirteen lines of text. In fair condition, aged and worn. Following an 'aimable visite' he thanks him for 'le plus charmant article', with reference to 'Mr. Dufaux' (Rochefort's future son-in-law) and 'son tableau ' and 'son buste'. After more graceful thanks and a request he ends, 'Mille poignés de main avec la moitié pour Neville'. The copy of 'La Laterne d'Arlequin' (not to be confused with Rochefort's 'La Lanterne') is 16pp., 12mo, in its original orange printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged.

[A.-É.-L. Leclerc de Juigné, Archbishop of Paris during the French Revolution.] Autograph Account Signed by 'L'Abbé Lambert | Sy. of the Archbishop of Paris', describing the 'persecutions and misfortunes which this worthy Prelate has experienced'.

Author: 
L'Abbé Lambert, Secretary of the Archbishop of Paris [Antoine-Éléonor-Léon Leclerc de Juigné (1728-1811), Archbishop of Paris during the French Revolution]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [On paper with watermark of Edmeades & Pine, Maidstone, Kent. 1790s.]
£450.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 46 lines of text in shaky English, neatly written out. Lambert begins: 'Having been a long invested with the particular confidence of Mr. De Juigné Archbishop of Paris, I take the liberty of giving a succinct account of the persecutions and misfortunes which this worthy Prelate has experienced for his Religion, his King, & his conscience; & the dreadful distress to which he is now reduced. | I can with truth attest that Mr. J. archbishop of Paris in the Winter of 1788.

[Presentation copy of offprint.] Ueber vegetarische Diät. Von Dr. Rudolf Staehelin, I. Assistenzarzt der medizinischen Klinik zu Basel

Author: 
Rudolf Staehelin (1875-1943), Swiss physician [vegetarianism; vegetarian]
Publication details: 
Separatadruck aus dem Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte, 1906, Nr. 13.
£135.00

12pp., 8vo. Stapled and unbound. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Stamped at head of first page: 'Uberreicht vom Verfasser.", with the word 'DIETETICS' written beneath this in red ink. Scarce: no copies at the Wellcome or on COPAC, and the only copy on OCLC WorldCat at Basel.

[Presentation copy of offprint.] Nouvelles Recherches sur les Propriétés des Courants Électriques Discontinus, et dirigés alternativement en sens contraires, par M. A. de la Rive, Professeur de Physique a l'Academie de Geneve.

Author: 
Auguste Arthur de la Rive (1801-1873), Professor of Physics at the Geneva Academy, and pioneer in the field of electricity
Publication details: 
'(Extrait des Archives de l'Electricité, Supplément à la Bibliothèque Universelle de Genève.)' [1841.]
£150.00

80pp., 8vo. Stitched and unbound. All but the first few leaves unopened. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with traces of the original blue wraps adhering at spine. In manuscript at head of title-page: 'hommage de l'auteur'. At the time of his death de la Rive's work was deemed by one obituarist ' indispensable for the scientific student of electricity', and the phrase was repeated in the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Scarce: no copy in the Bibliothèque Nationale, and of the seven copies on OCLC WorldCat, five in Swiss libraries.

[Presentation copy of offprint.] De l'Action du Magnétisme sur les Gaz traversées par des Décharges Électriques par MM. A. de la Rive et E. Sarasin

Author: 
Auguste Arthur de la Rive (1801-1873), Professor of Physics at the Geneva Academy, Swiss physicist and pioneer in the field of electricity [Édouard Sarasin (1843-1917), Swiss physicist]
Publication details: 
'Communiqué à la Société de Physique et d'Histoire naturelle de Genève dans sa séance du 6 avril 1871.' ['Tiré des Archives des Sciences de la Bibliothèque Universelle. Mai 1871. Avec autorisation de la Direction.']
£150.00

22pp., 8vo. Stitched and in brown printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, in chipped and damaged wraps with shelfmark. Unopened. In manuscript at head of front wrap: 'de la part des auteurs'. Scarce: no copy in the Bibliothèque Nationale, and only three copies on OCLC WorldCat.

[Offprint.] Des Mouvements Vibratoires que déterminent dans les Corps, et essentiellement dans le fer, la transmission des courants électriques et leur action extérieure. Par Mr. le Professeur de la Rive.

Author: 
Auguste Arthur de la Rive (1801-1873), Professor of Physics at the Geneva Academy, and pioneer in the field of electricity
Publication details: 
'(Extrait des Archives de l'Electricité, Supplément à la Bibliothèque Universelle de Genève.)'
£120.00

35pp., 8vo. Stitched and unbound. All but the first few leaves unopened. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with traces of the original blue wraps adhering at spine. At the time of his death de la Rive's work was deemed by one obituarist ' indispensable for the scientific student of electricity', and the phrase was repeated in the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Scarce: no copy in the Bibliothèque Nationale, and of the nine copies on OCLC WorldCat, eight in Swiss libraries.

[Ernest Bloch, composer.] Collection of papers on music criticism by Joseph Sussman, including typewritten drafts of an unpublished monograph titled 'Ernest Bloch, Music's Prophet', an autograph notebook titled 'Ernest Bloch. The Piano Music'..

Author: 
Joseph Sussman, instructor in the pianoforte and music theory [Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), Swiss-born American Jewish composer
Publication details: 
England. Dating from at least between 1963 and 1975.
£650.00

The collection is in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, and can be grouped into three sections. ONE: Complete typewritten draft ([3] + 44pp., 4to) of Sussman's unpublished monograph on Bloch is contained in a large brown envelope, with the following note by Sussman on the front: '2ND COPY (without illustrations) of "Ernest Bloch - Music's Prophet" | JS'. It includes the contents, list of illustrations, introduction, and two-page 'Key and Bibliography'.

12 Typed Letters Signed marine explorer Jacques Piccard to Arthur Bourne, including specifications of his 'new submarine (the PX-28)', with transcript of speech, booklet on the 'Ben Franklin', offprint, photograph, copies of Bourne's replies.

Author: 
Jacques Piccard (1922-2008), Swiss oceanographer, first explorer with Don Walsh of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench [Arthur G. Bourne, science journalist]
Publication details: 
Piccard's letters from Lausanne, Switzerland: three on letterheads of the Bureau Jacques Piccard, and nine on letterheads of the Fondation pour l'Etude et la Protection de la Mer et des Lacs; dating from between 1970 and 1981. Booklet c.1972.
£2,000.00

A collection of 26 items, consisting of 12 letters from Piccard to Bourne, copies of 9 of Bourne's replies, a copy of a letter from Piccard to D. F. Horrobin, an offprint article, a transcript of a speech by Piccard in 1972, a booklet on the 'Ben Franklin' and an undated publicity photograph. The first of Piccard's letters (5 November 1970) is repaired with tape, the other items in the collection are in good condition, lightly-aged, with a few staple and punch holes, and some of Piccard's letters carrying notes in pen and pencil by Bourne.

Autograph Letter Signed in French from Jean de Perregaux of Neuchâtel, presenting his cousin Carle de Marval of the Red Cross to General P. Markow, Aide-de-Camp to Ferdinand I, Tsar of Bulgaria, and referring to the Battle of Kirk Kilisse.

Author: 
Jean de Perregaux (1860-1919) of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, engineer and artillery officer [General P. Markow, aide-de-camp to Ferdinand I, Tsar of Bulgaria; Battle of Kirk Kilisse; First Balkan War]
Publication details: 
Neuchâtel [Switzerland]. 5 November 1912.
£100.00

1p., 8vo, and 1p., 12mo. A bifolium, with the first page (in 12mo) on the recto of the first leaf, and the second page (in 8vo) lengthwise across the verso of the first leaf and the recto of the second. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-ruckled paper. With envelope addressed by Perregaux to 'Monsieur le Général P. Markow | Aide de camp général de S. M. le Roi des Bulgares. | Sophia | Bulgarie'. On monogrammed letterhead, addressed to 'Mon cher Markow', and signed 'J de Perregaux'. Perregaux begins by stating that he was agreeably surprised by Markow's telegram 'de Gare Yamboli'.

Anonymous manuscript account by an Englishman of travels in France, Switzerland and Italy, in a series of letters, including descriptions of the Paris Commune (including 'one of the best barricades') and the opening of the Italian parliament.

Author: 
[Voyage of an Englishman in France, Switzerland and Italy, 1869-1872; The Paris Commune and the first Parliament of the Kingdom of Italy, 1871; Communism; Siege of Paris]
Publication details: 
The first entry, describing Paris, dated '? May, 1869.' The last entry dated 'Florence, May 1, 1872.'
£750.00

31pp., 12mo. Stitched and unbound. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Comprising a series of transcriptions in a contemporary hand - from the annotations and emendations clearly that of the original author, an anonymous middleclass Englishman with Radical and Communist sympathies. Neatly and closely written at around 34 lines to a page - from thirteen letters, dated (with interrogation marks as given in the text): '? May, 1869', 'Paris, June 1869', 'Monastery of La Grande Chartreuse, Alps Dauphiny, Feast of S.

Printed First World War circular from the 'British Repatriation Committee Lucerne, Organisation for the Assistance and Return of British Subjects', with form filled in by 'Mr & Mrs R. Haward Ives', giving 'reasons for urgency'.

Author: 
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]
Publication details: 
Circular dated 'Schweizerhof Hotel, Lucerne, 13th August 1914.'
£56.00

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.

Photograph captioned on reverse by the journalist George Bilainkin: 'First picture ever taken of session of 15 Member-Parliament in Liechtenstein capital, Vaduz (pop. of 3000) Herr Buhler speaking'.

Author: 
George W. Bilainkin (1903-1981), British journalist and author, specialising in European affairs [The Landtag of Liechtenstein]
Publication details: 
Undated. 'Please return G Bilainkin, Berne.' [1940s?]
£100.00

A small photograph, in good condition. The image is in black and white, landscape, 5.25 x 8.25 cm., printed on photographic paper 6.5 x 9.5 with crinkled edge. In a grand palatial room, over the heads of six men sitting at desks, it shows a bespectacled speaker at a rostrum to the right, with two individuals at desks in the background facing towards the viewer. The typed note on the reverse ends: '[...] Herr Buhler speaking, from microphone equipped boz on r.

Autograph Letter Signed ('F. R. Hassler') from the surveyor Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler, head of the United States Coast Survey, to Hon. John C. Spencer, Secretary of the US Treasury, regarding 'the plan of Operation for the Coast Survey'.

Author: 
Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler (1770-1843), Swiss-born American surveyor, head of the United States Coast Survey and the Bureau of Weights and Measures [John Canfield Spencer (1788-1855), politician]
Publication details: 
Washington City; 28 May 1843.
£145.00

1p., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Hassler begins: 'The peculiar position in which I am, will plead my excuse for addressing you the enclosed papers, and the cold which I have, for not coming personally in the present bad weather, as I intended, and shall do soon as admissible.' He asks Spencer to visit 'this Office before Your ultimate decision upon the plan of Operation for the Coast Survey'.

Manuscript journal of a Lieutenant of the Geneva Corps of the Salvation Army, written during the 'Swiss Expedition' of William Booth's daughter Catherine ('la Maréchale'), including an account of her arrest following the funeral of Charles Wyssa.

Author: 
Lieutenant R. G. Th<ouy?>er [Catherine Booth-Clibborn] (1858-1955), daughter of founder William Booth, called 'la Maréchale'; Geneva Corps; Swiss Expedition, 1882-1883; Switzerland; Charles Wyssa]
Publication details: 
27 June to 31 December 1883.
£1,250.00

In English. 12mo, 344 pp. Nineteen lines to the page. In original binding, covered with modern imitation red watered silk. Original green endpapers. Text clear and complete, in pen and pencil. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Written entirely in English, except for the first page: 'Journal intime du Lieutenant R. G. Ther | 27 Juin au 31 Dec. 1883. | Genève - Chambery - Rolle.' This first-hand account of la Maréchale's controversial 'Swiss Expedition' is an important document in the history of the Salvation Army.?>

Autograph Letter Signed ('James Bryce') from James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, former President of the Alpine Club, to E. W. Hallifax, endorsing 'a protest [...] raised against the ruin wrought in Switzerland by the construction of tourist railways'.

Author: 
James Bryce (1838-1922), 1st Viscount Bryce, British Liberal politician and author, President of the Alpine Club, London, 1899-1901 [E. W. Hallifax, master, Mill Hill School]
Autograph Letter Signed ('James Bryce') from James Bryce
Publication details: 
20 November 1905; on letterhead of Hindleap, Forest Row, Sussex.
£135.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('James Bryce') from James Bryce

12mo, 4 pp. 41 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with slight discoloration to edges. 'It was high time that in England, whence so many mountain climbers and tourists go to the Alps, a protest should be raised against the ruin wrought in Switzerland by the construction of tourist railways up the slopes of the mountains'. Deplores the 'irretrievable harm' already done to 'some of the noblest landscapes in the world, [...] easily accessible from the populous cities of Central and Western Europe, such as those on the shores of the Lake of Lucerne'.

Album of 95 original detailed illustrations (drawings) of antique wrought iron door knockers (70 from Switzerland and 25 from Italy and France) by the English artist Arthur Elliot, titled by him 'A Book of Knockers'. With short essay by Elliot.

Author: 
Arthur Elliot, English illustrator [Swiss door knockers; Switzerland; architectural hardware]
antique wrought iron door knockers
Publication details: 
The majority of the illustrations dated, and all those to 1907. Mainly taken at Berne and other Swiss cities.
£650.00
antique wrought iron door knockers

Elliot's illustrations, attractively executed in great detail, recall the style of those in the volumes produced by the publisher B. T. Batsford during the same period. All in excellent condition, the majority with tissue guards; album in good good condition. Fifty-eight of the illustrations, all of Swiss knockers, on paper ranging in size from 21 x 5 cm to 23.5 x 16 cm (the latter the majority), are laid down on the rectos of the first 45 leaves of a 47-leaf landscape folio album (leaf dimensions 36 x 16 cm). All have tissue guards.

Folder of mimeographed typed advertising and promotional reports and memoranda assembled by the firm's London office on behalf of the Watchmakers of Switzerland.

Author: 
Foote, Cone & Belding Ltd, advertising agency [Watchmakers of Switzerland]
Publication details: 
Between 1949 and 1950.
£165.00

All items clear and complete, in a brown card folder, and in good condition on lightly-aged paper, with occasional rust marking. Items are often accompanied by covering letters from members of the agency. Includes, among other items: 'Outline Proposals for Action in the British Market', August 1949 (8vo, 9 pp); 'The British Watch Market', August 1949 (8vo, 19 pp); 'Jewelry News Digest Number 19 | For The Swiss Federation of Watch Manufacturers', November 1949 (8vo, 13 pp); 'Swiss Watch Repair Parts Programme' (8vo, 19 pp); 'Report of F. H. Publicity Montreal Office | Jan. 30th to Feb.

Autograph Manuscript laying out requisites for voyage (to Iceland?). Manuscript, in another hand, for Alpine voyage. Long itemised receipt in German by A. Petersen.

Author: 
Rev. Charles William Shepherd of Trotterscliffe, of Trinity College, Cambridge ornithologist and traveller; A. Petersen [Iceland; Switzerland; Alpine]
Publication details: 
[1860s?]
£400.00

Item One: 12mo, 4 pp. On aged and foxed paper with slight wear causing loss to a couple of words of text. On two folded 4to leaves, with two pages written by Shepherd in German on the reverse. The list is undated, and the intended location is not named, but the voyage is a major one. Divided into sections including 'Saddles &c', 'Guns & Rods', 'Books' (beginning with 'Shakespeare - Ingoldby - Golden Treasure'), 'Food &c. Fortnum & Mason' (including two gallons of brandy and two quarts of whiskey).

The Lord's Prayer of an Unterwaldener. Invented by John Martin Usteri at Zurich & Engraved by Marquard Wocher at Basil. 1805. [seven sepia aquatint engravings by Wocher illustrating the narrative, with engraved title-page]

Author: 
Johann Martin Usteri (1763-1827), Swiss poet; Marquard Wocher (1760-1830), Swiss artist [William Earle, bookseller, Albemarle Street, Piccadilly; the terror; French Revolution; Anti-Jacobin]
Publication details: 
London: Published by W. Earle, at his original French and English library, Albemarle Street, Piccadilly. [1805.]
£100.00

4to: 8 pp (on the rectos of eight leaves of 28 x 22.5 cm). Unbound and stitched. The letterpress is printed in black on the green paper leaves. The eight engravings are in sepia on 18.5 x 16 cm white paper, laid down within the ruled 23 x 16.5 cm borders of the printed leaf. Cover with light wear and staining, with slight damage to bottom left-hand corner of engraved title. The seven illustrations by Wocher are in very good condition, with only the slightest damage to the top corners of the sixth.

Offprint entitled 'Notice sur Mr. F.-G. Maurice, l'un des Rédacteurs de la Bibliothèque Britannique et Universelle.'

Author: 
[Fréderic-Guillaume Maurice (1750-1826), French-Swiss savant, one of the founders in 1796 of the Bibliothèque Britannique [Bibliothèque Universelle]
Publication details: 
Tiree de la Division Litterature de la Bibl. Univ. [Bibliothèque Universelle] Nov. 1826'.
£75.00

8vo, 13 pp. Paginated I-XV. Eight-leaf unbound bifolium. Unbound and unstitched, the whole held together by a pin in the gutter. Good, on wove paper, but with title-page somewhat discoloured with damp. Separate printed title, 'NOTICE SUR Mr. F. G. MAURICE.' Inscribed [to?] at head of title-page, 'Msr Marshall Newton-Kyme, Tadcaster, Yorkshire'.

One Typed Letter Signed and two Typed Notes Signed (all 'Hanns Vischer'), to W. Perry, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir Hanns Vischer (1876-1945), Anglo-Swiss educationist and linguist, Honorary Secretary General of the International Institute of African Languages and Cultures
Publication details: 
1928 (2) and 1930 (1); one on embossed Colonial Office letterhead and two on letterhead of the International Institute of African Languages and Cultures.
£85.00

All three items very good, and the first bearing the Society's stamp. Item One (15 June 1928, foolscap, 1 p, 12 lines): He has received a notice of a meeting by 'the Dominions and Colonies Section Committee' and asks Perry to 'please explain the position to me'. 'I am not quite clear why I am being asked as I cannot remember ever having been put on this Committee. True, Sir Humphrey Leggett suggested over a year ago that I should join the Society again as he thought I might be of some use to your Committee.

Autograph Letter Signed to B. Nice Esq'.

Author: 
Sir William Laird Clowes
Publication details: 
26 January 1904; on letterhead 'VILLA JULIUS | DAVOS | SWITZERLAND'.
£30.00

English naval historian (1856-1905). One page, 12mo. Poor: grubby and stained and with a small hole (not affecting text). Written in failing health the year before his death. Reads 'Dear Nice; | I answered this at the time of its reception. | Perhaps you may see your way to adopting the suggestion, which has my very cordial support. | I am a poor worm, almost unable to work, but hoping to benefit from warmer weather when it comes. | Yrs sincerely | Wm Laird Clowes'.

The Lords Prayer of an Unterwaldener. Invented by John Martin Usteri at Zurich & Engraved by Marquard Wocher at Basil.

Author: 
John Martin Usteri and Marquard Wocher
Publication details: 
1805. Published by W. Earle, at his original French and English Library, Albemarle Street, Piccadilly.
£125.00

8 leaves, 4to. Printed on green paper. Unbound, and with remains of original stitching. Engraved title and seven sepia plates (all approximately 7 inches by 6 inches) mounted on rectos of leaves, with letterpress beneath. Versos blank. Frail item: extremities dogeared and worn. Title grubby, with '1805.' added in red ink. Plates clean and with minimal spotting. Slight damage to corners of two final plates.

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