THORPE

[ Sir Thomas Edward Thorpe, British chemist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. E. Thorpe') to 'Mrs. Green' [ Wilhelmina Maria Green ], offering encouragement and support for the publication of a scientific paper by her.

Author: 
Sir T. E. Thorpe [ Sir Thomas Edward Thorpe ] (1845-1925), British chemist, Principal of Somerset House Laboratory, and President of the British Association and Society of Chemical Industry
Publication details: 
'Headingley [ Yorkshire ]. 20 May 1885.
£50.00

The item is from the papers of the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. An interesting letter, indicating a positive and encouraging response from a member of the Victorian scientific establishment to a female worker in the field. The letter begins: 'Dear Mrs. Green. | Enclosed are two notes from Dr. Armstrong relative to your paper. As I informed you I thought there was just a doubt whether the paper was exactly of a style for the Chem. Soc. Journ.

[ Jeremy Thorpe, disgraced Liberal Party leader. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jeremy') to 'Peter' [ documentary-maker Peter Morley ], with 'Memorandum on suggested Programme for "This Week"', 'on the South African question', signed 'Jeremy Thorpe.'

Author: 
Jeremy Thorpe [ John Jeremy Thorpe ] (1929-2014), disgraced Liberal Party leader [ Peter Morley [ Franz Peter Meyer ] (1924-2016), television documentary maker; Apartheid; South Africa ]
Publication details: 
Both the letter and the memorandum on House of Commons letterheads. Letter dated 3 June 1960; memorandum undated.
£180.00

Both items in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, and stapled together. Between 1960 and 1963 Morley was producer of ITV current affairs series 'This Week'. ONE: ALS from 'Jeremy' to 'My dear Peter'. 3 June 1960. 1p., 12mo. Enclosing the 'preliminary Memorandum', and giving his contact details at the Liberal Club. 'In Kenya I have very good contacts who cd lay on a private plane (gratis!) to investigate the re-emergence of mau mau. | In the Protectorate I think I cd arrange Transport.' He ends by opining that 'this scheme has possibilities'.

[ Rev. George Cornelius Gorham, Vicar of Brampford Speke, Devon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. C. Gorham') to '- Thorpe Esqre | St. Edmunds' Hall | Oxford' [ i.e the antiquary Markham John Thorpe ], regarding the seals of Archbishop Cranmer.

Author: 
Rev. G. C. Gorham [ George Cornelius Gorham ] (1787-1857), Vicar of Brampford Speke, Devon, subject of 'one of the most celebrated legal actions of the century' [ Markham John Thorpe (1817-1863) ]
Publication details: 
'The Vicarage | Brampford Speke (Exeter) [ Devon ] | 2 Feb. 1856'.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He has been informed by 'The Rev. Mr. Bedford' that Thorpe is 'very conversant with Archaeological matters', and asks whether he has 'met with a Seal fo Abp. Cranmer'. Gorham is 'getting drawings of four of his Seals, for probable publication'. Bedford 'thinks there is a drawing of one among the Ashmole MSS.' but Gorham does not remember seeing one there. He hopes to 'have 2 or 3 hours in Oxford on Monday, & will look for it'.

[ Sir John Gurney, judge, to Sir Frederick Pollock. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Gurney') to 'My dear Pollock' (Sir Frederick Pollock), regarding his having to 'half try' a case at Lancaster, and the purchase of manuscripts for the Temple Library.

Author: 
Sir John Gurney (1768-1845), judge, Baron of the Exchequer, 1832-1845 [ Sir Frederick Pollock (1783-1870), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer ]
Publication details: 
'L. I. F', i.e. Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. 10 April 1833.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with part of the blank second leaf cut away. Addressed to 'Myy dear Pollock'. Headed, presumably by Pollock, 'a note from Baron Gurney'. The letter begins: 'I have not yet discovered how it is that I am here instead of being at Lancaster where I expected to be at this time summing up.

[Pamphlet.] Education Acts (Single School Areas) Amendment Bill. With Notes and an Introduction by the Rev. J. H. Thorpe, B.D.

Author: 
Rev. J. H. Thorpe, B.D. [The Church Schools' Emergency League]
Publication details: 
Published by The Church Schools' Emergency League. Middleton: J. Verity, Printer, "The Electric Press". April 1912.
£60.00

23pp., 12mo, paginated 97-119. Stapled. In grey printed wraps. With stamp, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, otherwise in good condition, on aged paper. Scarce: no copy in the British Library or on COPAC.

Corrected typescript of Scottish science-fiction writer John Keir Cross's unpublished BBC radio verse play 'The Balloon', with five Typed Letters Signed and one Autograph Letter Signed from Cross to the Faber production manager Montague Shaw.

Author: 
John Keir Cross (1911-1967), Scottish writer of science fiction and fantasy [BBC radio; Cedric Thorpe Davie (1913-1983), composer]
John Keir Cross (1911-1967), Scottish writer of science fiction
Publication details: 
Script of 'The Balloon', c. 1946. Letters dating from between 1948 and 1966; the first three from Muswell Hill, London; the last three from South Brent, Devon.
£350.00
John Keir Cross (1911-1967), Scottish writer of science fiction

Typescript of 'The Balloon': landscape 8vo, 24 pp. Text clear and complete. On aged paper. With pencil emendations (including the deletion of a number of passages) on practically every page. Described by Cross as a 'radio composition' and a 'fantasy for broadcasting', 'The Balloon' presents an absurd take on T. S. Eliot's verse plays. It was transmitted on the Scottish Home Service of the BBC in 1946, with music by Cedric Thorpe Davie (1913-1983). There is no record of it having been published. The five typed letters total seven 4to pages. The autograph letter is landscape 12mo, 1 p.

Engraved portrait by Augustus Fox [from painting by Nathaniel Drake].

Author: 
Thomas Gent (1693-1778), printer and topographer of York [Thomas Thorpe (1791-1851), London bookseller]
Publication details: 
Published by T. Thorpe, 38, Bedford Street, Covent Garden.' [1832]
£45.00

Dimensions of paper roughly eight inches by five; dimensions of print four and a quarter inches by three and a half. Good clean image, on paper aged and creased at extremities only. A wild-haired octogenarian Gent leans on a pile of books in a stone archway, holding open a copy of his History of Rippon (1733). Taken from Thorpe's edition of Gent's 'Life', published in 1832.

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