THAMES

[ Thames and Medway Canal Company, London. ] Twelve items, printed and manuscript, including reports by Thomas Telford and William Tierney Clark, an engraved map, items about 'commuting and clearing the whole incumbrance of debt on the undertaking'.

Author: 
Thames and Medway Canal Company, London [ Thomas Telford; William Tierney Clark; John Moxon; William Scudamore; Edmund Collier; Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
[ Thames & Medway Canal Office, No. 35, Great Winchester Street, London. ] Moxon's letter from 69 Old Broad Street, 19 May 1831. The other ten items from between 1821 and 1831.
£750.00

Eleven of the twelve items in good condition, lightly aged; the twelfth (Item Two below) with several long closed tears. ONE: Printed circular headed 'Thames & Medway Company'. 3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. 'Committee's Report' by 'Wm. Scudamore, | Clerk', following 'the Annual General Assembly of the Company of Proprietors', 6 June 1821. Including 'Engineer's Report' of the same date by 'Wm. Tierney Clerk'. Docketed by Harington. TWO: Printed circular headed 'Thames and Medway Canal.' 3pp., folio. Bifolium.

[ Thames and Medway Canal Company, London. ] Five items: Autograph Letter Signed from chairman J. Moxon to Sir J. E. Harington, and four printed circulars, regarding 'commuting and clearing the whole incumbrance of debt on the undertaking'.

Author: 
Thames and Medway Canal Company, London [ John Moxon, Chairman; Edmund Collier, Clerk; Sir John E. Harington of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
[ Thames & Medway Canal Office, No. 35, Great Winchester Street, London. ] Moxon's letter from 69 Old Broad Street, 19 May 1831. Two circulars of 7 and 18 May 1831; third circular relating to a meeting on 3 May 1831; fourth circular, 30 July 1831.
£500.00

The five items in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: ALS from 'J. Moxon' to Sir J. E. Harington. 2pp., 4to. On bifolium. Addressed, with three postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Sir John E. Harington Bart. | Berkeley Square'. Docketed on same page: 'Thames & Medway | Loans | to be kept by trustees. | refers to the Notes'. Thirty-eight lines, closely written.

[Lichfield House, Richmond upon Thames.] Nine indentures, deeds, and other property documents, including one signed by novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon and her son, another by her husband William Babbington Maxwell, and one by Sir Henry George Norris.

Author: 
Lichfield House, Richmond upon Thames, owned by novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon [Mrs Maxwell] (1835-1915), Sir Henry George Norris (1865-1934), MP, Henry Lascelles (1690-1753), MP and slave owner
Publication details: 
[Relating to Lichfield House, Sheen Road, Richmond upon Thames.] London; between 1914 and 1933.
£850.00

Lascelles bought Lichfield House in 1729, and committed suicide there in 1753. The enormous success of Braddon's novels 'Lady Audley's Secret' (1862) and 'Aurora Floyd' (1863) allowed her to buy Lichfield House, where she too died. It was demolished in the 1930s. ONE: Manuscript indenture on vellum. 'Mrs. M. E. Maxwell to G. M. Maxwell Esq | Conveyance of freehold property known as "The Homestead" Sheen Road Richmond Surrey'. 10 June 1914. 4pp., 8vo, with covering page. Laid out in usual fashion, bound with green ribbon with tax stamps, Land Registry stamp, and two seals in red wax.

[Printed pamphlet, signed by the author Herbert Broome.] Kingston Union. The Beginning and the End. 1836-1930.

Author: 
Herbert Broome [The Kingston Union; Poor Law Administration]
Publication details: 
Philpott & Co., (Surbiton), Litd., Printers, 40-42 Brighton Road, Surbiton. March 1930.
£120.00

47 + [1]pp., 12mo. Stapled. In brown printed wraps. Signed on the last page of text (p.45) 'Hbt Broome | May 1930', beneath the signature in type 'HERBERT BROOME, | March, 1930.' In fair condition, on aged and stained paper.

Two autograph diaries of Rev. William Jebb Few, MA, of Christ Church, Oxford, 'continued during residence' at Henley-on-Thames; Alverston, Hampshire; Braemar, Elgin and Banff (as tutor to the Earl of Fife's son); Reading. With carte de visite.

Author: 
William Jebb Few (c.1835-c.1881), MA, of Christ Church, Oxford, and Rector of St Nicholas, Guildford, Surrey [Alexander William George Duff (1849-1912), 1st Duke of Fife]
Publication details: 
The two diaries covering the period from 30 May 1858 to 25 August 1864, and written at Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire; Alverston, Hampshire; Mar Lodge, Braemar; House, Elgin; Duff House, Banff; and 6 Coley Hill and 4 Castle Crescent, Reading.
£450.00

Both volumes in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn black leather bindings, marbled endpapers. Both 4to, the first volume smaller than the second. First Diary: 168pp., 4to. Titled by Few: 'Diary commencing May 30, 1858, and continued during residence at Henley on Thames Oxfordshire. Alverston Hampshire'. Includes two pages of addresses, page of 'Books Read' in 1860 and 1861, and page of accounts for 1861. Second Diary: 180pp., 4to.

[Broadside; architectural proposals] Buckingham House [Extracted from the John Bull, of July 31, 1831].

Author: 
[F.W. Trench, M.P. for Cambridge]
Broadside; architectural proposals] Buckingham House
Publication details: 
[London, 1831].
£180.00
Broadside; architectural proposals] Buckingham House

Two pages, folio, 3 small closed tears, small part of a corner torn off, some marginal staining, mainly good condition. The article states that Trench some years since proposed forming a continuous quay along the nothern shore of the Thames, has published other proposals: A Proposition for the Disposal of Buckingham House, for a National Picture Gallery, A National Statue Gallery, and for the King's College; leaving one entire end of the Palace and one Wing, with the whole of the other Attics, for other public purposes.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Ashby-Sterry') to 'my dear Worth'.

Author: 
Joseph Ashby-Sterry (c.1835-1917), English novelist, poet and artist, contributor to 'The Graphic' under the name 'Bystander'
Joseph Ashby-Sterry, novelist, poet and artist, Letter
Publication details: 
18 July 1872; 3 Plowden Buildings, Temple.
£38.00
Joseph Ashby-Sterry, novelist, poet and artist, Letter

16mo, 1 p. Bifolium. Eight lines. Text clear and complete. On stained, aged paper. An uncommon autograph, written in a distinctive stylised hand in purple ink. Reluctantly announcing his inability to go on 'the Barge trip', which he had looked upon 'as the pleasantest excursion of the year, & alas & alas (not that a lass has any thing to do with my engagement) I shall be unable to be with you'.

Small archive of 22 Typed Letters Signed ('Frank Baines') and one Autograph Letter Signed, to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, with documents including a draft speech by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, with Baldwin's emendations.

Author: 
Sir Frank Baines (1877-1933), British architect, Director of Works, Her Majesty's Office of Works [Stanley Baldwin]
Publication details: 
1927 to 1928; on letterheads of the Director of Works, H.M. Office of Works, and 34, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2. [London].
£450.00

The collection is in very good condition, on slightly aged and dusty paper. Several items bear the Society's stamp. An interesting and significant correspondence. The letters, in a variety of formats from 12mo to foolscap, are often long, and are written in an informal tone. Indicating Baines's deep involvement in the Society's affairs, they most significantly concern an appeal, organised by Baines on behalf of the Society, 'for the preservation of the cottage architecture of Great Britain', with the backing and involvement of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles Dickens') to 'Mr. Rye'.

Author: 
Charles Dickens, Jnr [Charles Culliford Boz Dickens] (1837-1896), journalist and son of the novelist [Walter Rye (1843-1929), athlete and antiquary]
Publication details: 
29 August 1879; on letterhead of the 'Office of All the Year Round, A Weekly Journal conducted by Charles Dickens'.
£110.00

12mo, 1 p. Nine lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and creased paper. He asks for 'a copy of the Tales of the Thames Rowing Club and any information as to its history', as he is 'compiling a book about the Thames' and is 'anxious to have all the rowing clubs right'. He is only troubling Rye because his 'application to the Secretary has produced no reply'. 'Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames' appeared in 1879.

Act of Parliament 'for making and maintaining a Tunnel under the River Thames, from some Place in the Parish of Saint John of Wapping [...] to the opposite Shore of the said River in the Parish of Saint Mary Rotherhithe [...]'.

Author: 
Thames Tunnel, Act of Parliament, 24 June 1824 [Marc Isambard Brunel; Isambard Kingdom Brunel; Rotherhithe to Wapping]
Publication details: 
LONDON: Printed by GEORGE EYRE and Andrew STRAHAN, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1824.'
£85.00

8vo, 60 pp (paginated 3873-3932). Disbound. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Royal crest at head of first page, beneath which: 'Anno Quinto Georgii IV. Regis. | Cap. clvi. | An Act for making and maintaining a Tunnel under the River Thames, from some Place in the Parish of Saint John of Wapping in the County of Middlesex to the opposite Shore of the said River in the Parish of Saint Mary Rotherhithe in the County of Surrey, with sufficient Approaches thereto. | [24th June 1824.]'.

Corrected Autograph Manuscript of the final draft of an article entitled 'London's Broadest Highway' (which appeared in the Strand Magazine, 1931).

Author: 
R. A. Scott-James [Rolfe Arnold Scott-James] (1878-1959), journalist, editor of the 'London Mercury', and friend of Wyndham Lewis [River Thames; Strand Magazine]
Publication details: 
[In envelope postmarked 5 September 1930.]
£180.00

In an envelope with label and compliments slip of Hilda Neal, Copying Offices and Secretarial Training School, by whom the article had been typed up for the printers. On one side each of thirty-two A4 leaves (dimensions roughly 25 x 20 cm). The text is complete, although there are wormholes to the latter leaves, and damage and loss at the head of the last leaf.

Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£56.00

On a piece of wove paper, cut into a shape roughly corresponding to a 5 x 8 cm rectangle. Aged, discoloured and worn, with some of the autograph slightly smudged with blotting. The autograph of one of America's greatest poets. In Longfellow's small, tight hand, reads: 'With regards | Henry . W . Longfellow .' Thin slip of paper laid down on the reverse reads 'S. ENGLEFIELD COLLECTION | HENLEY ON THAMES'.

Coloured lithographic print, for display in a light box, captioned 'G. W's. Transparencies. Thames Tunnel.'

Author: 
G. W's. Transparencies' [the Thames Tunnel; Marc Isambard Brunel; Isambard Kingdom Brunel; transparency]
Publication details: 
Undated [1840s]. 'London: Published for G. W., by Reeves and Sons, Cheapside; W. Morgan, 49, Judd Street, New Road; T. Fisher, 1, Hanway Street, Oxford Street; and J. Reynolds, 174, Strand.'
£300.00

Dimensions of print roughly 12.5 x 18 cm. On original white paper windowpane mount (23 x 28.5 cm). Engraved label (3 x 9.5 cm), with text printed in gilt on navy blue paper. Bright, clean impression, on discoloured mount with creased label. Depicts fashionably dressed pedestrians proceeding along the length of the tunnel. Two children play on the cobbled central track. A series of small holes have been neatly cut within the alcoves of the tunnel. On display of the print within a lightbox, these would simulate the gas lighting used to illuminate the tunnel.

A letter to His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the present wants of the church.

Author: 
Henry Kingscote
Publication details: 
London: Seeley, Burnside, and Seeley, Fleet-street. Fourth edition. 1846. 'PRINTED BY L. SEELEY, THAMES DITTON, SURREY.'
£45.00

Octavo. 16 pages. Disbound pamphlet from the Churchill Babington collection. Good, but with first and last pages somewhat grubby.

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