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[H. G. Wells, author of 'The War of the Worlds' and 'The Time Machine'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. G. Wells') to 'Mrs. Hind' [wife of Charles Lewis Hind], concerning 'C. C's particular resistance 'to all instructions & recommendations'.

Author: 
H. G. Wells [Herbert George Wells] (1866-1946), celebrated author of 'The War of the Worlds' and 'The Time Machine'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 47 Chiltern Court, Clarence Gate, N.W.1. [London] 3 October 1931.
£280.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and folded twice. The letter reads: 'Dear Mrs. Hind. | I would if I could but I have no power to do so. I know C. C (though our intimacy is much exaggerated) and he is particularly resistant to all instructions & recommendations. | All my good wishes | H. G. Wells'. The identity of 'C. C' is unclear. From the papers of Charles Lewis Hind (1862-1927), author, journalist and art historian.

[ Printed Book; Telescope ] Manual of the Transit Instrument as used for obtaining Correct Time.

Author: 
Latimer Clark
Publication details: 
London: E & F.N. Spon, 1884.
£200.00

[40][16]pp., 12mo, "Manual of Transit Instruments" then "Descriptive Price Lists and Testimonials", illustrated printed grey paper wraps, discreetly repaired, spotted and aged, basically good condition. Ownership label of "Mr. James Macnab | Milton of Camsie | Glasgow" who might be responsible for the pencil notes throughout (closer to light than heavy), including note "not published now beside two Clark titles ("Clark's Transit Tables" (p.[41] and final page ("Transit Tables for 1884" (same book!).

[ The Moberly–Jourdain incident, 1901, or the Ghosts of Petit Trianon or Versailles. ] Collection relating to the case, including typed essay by compiler James Edward Holroyd, four ALsS from Andrew MacKenzie, and a collection of newspaper cuttings.

Author: 
James Edward Holroyd; Andrew Carr MacKenzie (1911-2001), vice president of the Society for Psychical Research [ The Moberly-Jourdain incident, 1901, or the Ghosts of Petit Trianon or Versailles ]
Publication details: 
Holroyd's essay dating from around 1981. MacKenzie's four letters all dating from 1966. The newspaper cuttings from the 1950s.
£400.00

The tale told anonymously by Charlotte Anne Moberly (1846-1937) and Eleanor Jourdain (1863-1924) in their 'An Adventure' (1911) is probably the most famous true-life ghost story of the twentieth century, and has been the subject of an enormous amount of analysis. For more information see the couple's entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The present material is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. It was assembled by Holroyd - a Sherlock Holmes expert - with the intention of writing a book on the subject. ONE.

[Margaret, Lady Rhondda.] Autograph Card Signed ('M. R.') to 'Dear John', apologising for 'having been so rude to my fellow guest' at a lunch, and admitting that she is 'ridiculously [...] touchy' about her magazine 'Time and Tide'.

Author: 
Margaret, Lady Rhondda [Margaret Haig Mackworth, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda] (1857-1958)], suffragette and nfounder of the magazine Time and Tide
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Time and Tide', 32 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1. 10 December 1952.
£80.00

Written over 13 lines on both sides of the 9 x 11 cm card. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'Dear John, | I do feel ashamed of having been so rude to my fellow guest yesterday - It was a dreadful thing to do! The fact is I am, I suppose, very touchy about Time & Tide - ridiculously so really - I don't think he had read it - but after all why should he, poor man - I really wasn't very fair - | Please forgive me - except for feeling that I had behaved abominab[ly], just at the end, I thoroughly enjoyed my most excellent luncheon'.

Numbers One and Two in 'The Kingsway Series of Work and Time Tables'; number one titled 'Scheme of Work for a Rural School' and number two 'Time-tables for a Rural School. (Complementary to "Scheme of Work for Rural School." '

Author: 
Kingsway Series, Evans Brothers, Sardinia House [rural schools; twentieth-century British education]
Publication details: 
[1916.] Evans Bros., Ltd., Sardinia House, Kingsway, London. [Number Two printed by 'St. Clements Press, Ltd., Portugal Street, Kingsway, W.C.']
£56.00

Both items 4to, 4 pp. Each a bifolium. Text clear and complete on aged, foxed and lightly-creased paper. Both items in small print, the first covering topics from Clay-Modelling to Needlework. Of interest is the section on 'Hygiene (Bare Outline)' which warns against ' "Chewing," harm of "bolting" food, over-eating, dangers of alcoholic liquors'. Number Two contains four time-tables divided into two groups: 'I. - Mixed Department' and 'II. - Infants'; and 'For a Rural School of 40 Scholars.', 'I. - Upper Division' and 'II. - Lower Division'. Scarce.

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