TRADE

[James Bertrand Payne, fraudster who brought down the London publishing house Edward Moxon & Co.] Four Autograph Letters Signed to H. Cholmondeley-Pennell, one explaining his retirement from the firm, and two about Pennell's book 'Crescent'.

Author: 
James Bertrand Payne (1833-1898), editor, author and fraudster [Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell (1837-1915), poet and writer on angling]
Publication details: 
The first two on letterhead 44 Dover Street, Piccadilly, London, W. [i.e. the premises of Edward Moxon & Co.], 17 and 26 October 1868. The third from The Grange, Brompton, 22 February 1869. The fourth with no place, 23 May 1869.
£200.00

The four letters are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Written in Payne's neat and mannered hand, and all four signed 'J Bertrand Payne'. For the background to the correspondence see Jim Cheshire's article 'The Fall of the House of Moxon', Victorian Poetry, Spring 2012. Payne was manager of the London publishing house Edward Moxon & Co., celebrated for their association with poets.

[William Wilberforce, celebrated abolitionist, on Roman Catholicism ('better than no Religion at all') and vaccination.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Wilberforce') to the Bristol MP Richard Hart Davis, discussing his daughter's inoculation by Jenner.

Author: 
William Wilberforce (1759-1833), celebrated abolitionist and Tory politician [Richard Hart Davis (1766-1842), Member of Parliament and West Indies merchant; Edward Jenner (1749-1823); vaccination]
Publication details: 
Bath. 16 December 1820.
£950.00

2pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded into a packet in the customary fashion, with slight loss to paper (and text) as a result of the breaking of the red wax seal, minor traces of which still adhere. Addressed on reverse, with postmark: 'Bath Decr Sixteen 1820 [to free?] Wilberforce | Rd Hart Davis Esq | MP | Conduit Street | London'. For information on Davis, see his entry in the History of Parliament, which states that he 'presented a planters' petition against the slave registry bill, 22 May 1816'.

[Richard Bentley, London publisher.] Autograph Letter Signed to Leicester Buckingham, regarding his 'Life of Mary Queen of Scots'.

Author: 
Richard Bentley (1794-1871), London publisher for whom Charles Dickens edited 'Bentley's Miscellany' [Leicester Silk Buckingham (1825-1867), dramatist and author]
Publication details: 
New Burlington Street [London]. 11 May 1855.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'Leicester Buckingham Esq'. Bentley writes that the matter of Buckingham's life of Mary Queen of Scots is 'just now brought to [his] attention'. 'If you are passing this way any day between 12 and 2 o'C you will be sure to find me, or my son, who will be able to discuss the subject with you'. He finds that he 'paid to Mr Wageman for a copy of the Miniature of the Queen executed for yuou at your desire, £3 . 3. 0', and asks to be sent this.

[Slavery in Hinds County, Mississippi.] Manuscript 'list of the property Appraised belonging to the Estate of D P Perkins Dec[ease]d', including page of slaves valued at $11150, signed by the three appraisers. With warrant by Judge H. G. Johnston.

Author: 
Slavery in Hinds County, Mississippi; estate of Daniel P. Perkins (died 1841); Judge H. G. Johnston; J. J. Birdsong; Dr Edward W. Eckles; George C. Porter
Publication details: 
Johnston's warrant: The State of Mississippi, Hinds County. 26 January 1842. Manuscript 'appraisment [sic]' of same date.
£950.00

Two documents attached with wafers. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Authorisation, signed by 'H G Johnston', 'Judge of Probate of the county of Hinds', issued 28 October 1841, with sworn agreement to act as appraisers, signed by three men, 26 January 1842. 1p., 12mo. Printed form, completed in manuscript. Headed 'The State of Mississippi, | Hinds County.' Signed by 'H G Johnston' and his clerk 'S S. Scott'. Sworn with signatures of the three appraisers 'J J Birdsong', 'E. W. Eckles' and George. C.

[Slavery in Wilcox County, Alabama; LIst ] Manuscript 'Account of Sales of the Estate of Wm. Fisher dec[ease]d.' by Green A. Fisher

Author: 
Slavery in Wilcox County, Alabama; Estate of William Fisher (died 1835); Green A. Fisher
Publication details: 
The State of Alabama, Wilcox County. 21 December 1835.
£900.00

4pp., foolscap 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Headed with the date of the sale 'December 4th 1835'. At end: 'The State of Alabama | Wilcox County | Came into open Court Green A. Fisher one of the Executors of the last will & testament of William Fisher decd. who being duly sworn deposeth & saith that the forgoing is a correct account of the sales of said decedents Estate so far as the same have come to his hands | Sworn to & Subscribed in Open Court this 21st Decr. 1835'. Received, with illegible signature, on same date.

[John Le Keux, engraver. [Autograph Letter Signed ('J Le Keux') to the architectural draughtsman and author John Preston Neale, regarding their collaboration on 'Views of the most interesting Collegiate and Parochial Churches in Great Britain' .

Author: 
John Le Keux (1783-1846), engraver, son-in-law of John Lingard of Pentonville (1768-1845) [John Preston Neale (1780-1847), architectural draughtsman and bookseller; John Birtton (1771-1857), aniquary]
Publication details: 
16 February 1823. Ash Lodge, near Farnham [Surrey].
£120.00

Le Keux and the recipient J. P. Neale collaborated on the publication of the subject of this letter, 'Views of the most interesting Collegiate and Parochial Churches in Great Britain' (1824-1825), a work which was discontinued after the issue of the second volume. 3pp., 8vo. The two leaves of the bifolium are separate, having been torn apart. Otherwise in good condition, lightly aged. Address on reverse of second leaf, with divided postmark: 'J P Neale Esqr. | Bennett Stt. | Black friars Rd. | London'.

[ Littleton Powys, second-eldest of the Powys family, Sherborne schoolmaster and naturalist.] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Littleton') to the journalist Collin Brooks ('Collin'), mainly regarding his late wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers.

Author: 
Littleton Powys [Littleton Charles Powys] (1874-1955) of the Powys Family, teacher (Sherborne) and naturalist [his wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers (1903-1947); Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist]
Publication details: 
All four letters from The Quarry House, The Avenue, Sherborne, Dorset. (The first on a letterhead of the address.) 5 May, 20 August and 10 September 1948; and 28 April 1949.
£420.00

Four good letters, in which the author's love for his wife and grief at her death are apparent. Littleton Powys was the second-eldest of eleven, his siblings including writers John Cowper Powys, T. F. Powys and Llewelyn Powys, architect A. R. Powys, artist Gertrude Powys, lacemaker Marian Powys, and poet and novelist Philippa Powys. His autobiography 'The Joy of it' was published in 1937, with the sequel 'Still the Joy of it' appearing in 1956. The four letters are in good condition, lightly aged. They total 12pp., 12mo.

[Hall Caine argues with his publishers, and Bram Stoker is called in as honest broker.] Autograph Letter Signed from Sydney S. Pawling of London publisher William Heinemann to Hall Caine, suggesting a 'plan' to resolve 'a terribly sad affair'.

Author: 
Sydney S. Pawling [Sydney Southgate Pawling] (1862-1932), publisher with London firm William Heinemann [Hall Caine [Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine], Manx novelist; Bram Stoker, author of 'Dracula']
pawling
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wm. Heinemann, Publisher, 21 Bedford Street, London, W.C. 7 June 1895.
£320.00
pawling

The context of the present letter is explained by Caine's biographer Vivien Allen.

[Hall Caine: business papers.] 21 items: letters from William Heinemann; R. Golding Bright (of Marbury's) and Ripley Hitchcock (of D. Appleton & Co); with legal and banking documents.

Author: 
Hall Caine [Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine] (1853-1931), Isle of Man author [William Heinemann, London publisher; R. Golding Bright (of Miss E; Ripley Hitchcock (of D. Appleton & Co, New York); Manx Bank
Publication details: 
London, New York, Manchester and the Isle of Man. Dating from between 1890 and 1907.
£450.00

The 21 items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: ALS from HC's London publisher William Heinemann. 1 January 1890. 4pp., 12mo. Regarding the 'draft of agreement', the printing of HC's book ('I shall of course announce it in the Athenaeum before & do all I can to “work the oracle” & to create a rush at Mudie's when the book is out.'), a visit he has paid to 'Mr Mudie'. TWO: TLS from R. Golding Bright, 'London Representative' of New York dramatic agent Miss Elisabeth Marbury. 4 July 1904. 2pp., 4to. With envelope addressed to HC at the Hotel Caspar Badrett, St Moritz.

[James Bertrand Payne, editor and author.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to H. Cholmondeley-Pennell, written around the time of his prosecution by the London publishers Edward Moxon & Co., and launch of his magazine 'The King of Arms'.

Author: 
James Bertrand Payne (1833-1898), editor, author and fraudster [Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell (1837-1915), poet and writer on angling]
Publication details: 
All three on letterheads of Tempsford House, the Grange, Brompton, S.W. [London] One from 1871 and two from 1873.
£400.00

The three letters are in good condition, lightly aged. All three signerd 'J Bertrand Payne'. The first has a letterhead in red, the other two have a different letterhead in blue. Both designs feature exuberant monograms and lettering in Victorian Gothic type, which, together with Payne's exuberant handwriting (the last letter also being written in purple ink), accurately reflect the character of the man Tennyson angrily dismissed as 'peacock Payne'. Three excellent letters, the background to which is of interest.

[Mary Letitia Martin, Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M Martin') to 'Miss OMeara', on reviews of her novel 'St. Etienne', literary success and disillusionment, her publisher T. C. Newby and Jane Austen.

Author: 
Mary Letitia Martin (1815-1850), Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara', granddaughter of the MP Richard Martin (1754-1834, 'Humanity Dick') [T.C. Newby, London publisher]
Publication details: 
Ballinahinch Castle [Connemara, Ireland]. 5 April 1845
£1,200.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, and with closed tears up gutter and one fold. Addressed to 'My dearest Miss OMeara'. With reference to her first published work, 'St. Etienne, a Romance of the First Revolution' (T. C. Newby, London, 1845), she begins by thanking her 'for the Review which the Doctor sent me, as he promised'. She mentions other reviews, stating that one 'did not review the Book it praised the writer – the only thing stated of the Book is however very good, for it is htat the Characters are so very well done that they resemble Miss Austen'.

[ Lupton Relfe jr, Victorian London bookseller and publisher. ] Itemised bill on his letterhead, with separate Autograph Receipt Signed.

Author: 
Lupton Relfe (d.1851?), London bookseller, publisher and stationer (apprenticed to J. Hatchard's Sons)
Publication details: 
Both items dated 13 September 1825. Bill on letterhead of Lupton Relfe ('From J. Hatchard & Son's [sic]'), 'Bookseller, Publisher & Stationer', No. 13 Cornhill, London.
£40.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged. The autograph receipt is on a slip of paper attached to the invoice with sealing wax. The invoice is docketed: 'For Par Re: Richd Clarke | 1825 | Sepr. 13th. | Mr Lupton Rolfe Bill for Books | £2 13 6 | No 13 Cornhill London'. ONE: Invoice. 1p., 12mo. Handsome letterhead for items 'Bought of Lupton Relfe | (From J. Hatchard's Son's [sic]) | Bookseller, Publisher & Stationer. | No.

[ Vero Kemball Shaw writes to his publishers 'Messrs Geo Routledge & Sons'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vero Shaw') concerning the production of his books 'The Encyclopaedia of the Kennel' and 'The Encyclopaedia of the Poultry Yard'.

Author: 
Vero Kemball Shaw (1851-1921), author of books on dogs and animal husbandry [George Routledge & Sons, London publishers]
Publication details: 
56 St John's Park Mansions, Highgate, N. [London] '3 of July [1913]'.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter would appear to concern both of the books which Shaw published with Routledge in 1913: 'The Encyclopaedia of the Poultry Yard' and 'The Encyclopaedia of the Kennel'. He begins by explaining that he is finally sending in 'title page, & dedication, which I should have sent in earlier had I not been awaiting Mr T[?]s permission to dedicate the book to him.

[The Glasgow book trade: John B. Wylie of Jackson, Wylie & Co. booksellers to the University, on the death of an employee.] Typed Letter Signed ('John B. Wylie') to John G. Wilson of J. & E. Bumpus, discussing 'Dalglish' and his demise.

Author: 
John B. Wylie, director of Jackson, Wylie & Co, booksellers to the University of Glasgow [John G. Wilson [John Gideon Wilson (1876-1963)] of the London booksellers J. & E. Bumpus; Dalglish]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Jackson, Wylie & Co. ('Booksellers, Librarians, Stationers & Bookbinders'), 73 West George Street, Glasgow. 10 April 1931.
£45.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. He acknowledges Wilson's 'kind letter regarding Dalglish', who 'suffered a good deal during the latter weeks of his life, but I am glad to say that even then he still retained that brightness of disposition of which you speak'.

[Hodder & Stoughton, London publishers.] Typed Note Signed by two of the firm's directors, the brothers R. Percy Hodder-Williams and Ralph Hodder-Williams, asking Jackson Gregory to accept a 'special copy' of his 'Riders across the Border'.

Author: 
Hodder & Stoughton, London publishers, founded 1868: Robert Percy Hodder-Williams (1880-1958) and his brother Ralph Hodder-Williams (1890-1961), directors
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, St. Paul's House, Warwick Square, London, E.C.4. 6 December 1938.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The brothers ask Gregory to 'please accept this special copy of RIDERS ACROSS THE BORDER, with our warmest regards, and with every good wish for Christmas and the New Year.' Gregory had published his book with the firm earlier in the year.

[ Charles Young, head of the Kensington booksellers Lamley & Co., to John G. Wilson of Messrs Bumpus. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C.') to Wilson

Author: 
Charles Young, head of the Kensington booksellers Lamley & Co. [ [John Gideon Wilson (1876-1963)] of the London booksellers J. & E. Bumpus; John Murray Ltd ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Lamley & Co., 1, 3 & 5 Exhibition Road, S.W.3. [ London ] 19 July 1931.
£40.00

R. J. L. Kingsford, in his history of the Publishers Association, describes Young as 'a bookseller of outstanding character and ability, a friend of Arnold Bennett, and the discoverer of the literary distinction of George Sturt'. 1p., 12mo. Neatly and closely written. Headed 'private', and addressed to 'Dear John'. Young is apparently following a dinner (of the Publishers Association) at which George Bernard Shaw was present, and the subject of the letter would appear to be an exhibition Wilson's firm has mounted of books by the London publisher John Murray.

[ Charles Sumner, Bishop of Winchester. ] Autograph Note Signed ('C Winton.') to 'the Society' [i.e. the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge], with an order, in another hand of books required by him.

Author: 
Charles Richard Sumner (1790-1874), Bishop of Llandaff and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, and then Bishop of Winchester
Publication details: 
Farnham Castle. 2 January 1832.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. The item comprises a note in Sumner's hand on the first page, beneath which, and continuing onto the second page, is an order in another hand for 34 books in eight categories, under the headings 'Bibles', 'Testaments' and 'C[ommon] Prayers'. Sumner writes: 'Revd. Sir. | I request you will send me the following books on the terms of the Society, by Lamport's Farnham Waggon.' The order, in another hand, begins: 'Bibles | 5 8o Medium Small Pica without Marg[inal] Ref[erences]. And Apocr[ypha]'.

[ Bhikkhu D. Pannasara Thero (Pandit Dehigaspe Pannasara Thero), Sri Lankan Buddhist and Sanskrit authority and publisher.] Autograph Card Signed ('D. Pannasara'), an enquiry to the London oriental publsihers Arthur Probsthain & Co.

Author: 
D. Pannasara Thero [ Pandit Dehigaspe Pannasara Thero ], Sri Lankan Buddhist cleric, authority on Bhuddist and Sanskrit scripture, and publisher [ Arthur Probsthain & Co., London oriental booksellers]
Publication details: 
Galle, Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. 18 May 1939.
£56.00

On the back of a printed 'Ceylon | Post Card | For use to British countries'. With Galle postmark of 18 May 1939. Pannasara signs 'D. Pannasara' and gives his details as: 'Bhikku [sic], D. Pannasara Thero | Jayawardhanarama | Dangedara, Galle | Ceylon'. An enquiry in English regarding the 'Milinda Panha – translated from Pali by J. W. Rhys Davids Vol. I-ii'. Annotations in pencil and ink by the recipients.

[ Mary Carpenter, educationist, penal and social reformer in Bristol and India, abolitionist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Armstrong', wife of geologist A. H. Armstrong,

Author: 
Mary Carpenter (1807-1877), educationist, penal and social reformer in Bristol and India, abolitionist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the National Indian Association, Red Lodge House, Bristol. 17 September 1876.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair conditon, on aged and worn paper. See Carpenter's entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is from the papers of the family of the recipient, the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), and previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. The letter show Carpenter active and energetic within a year of her death. She had established the National Indian Association in 1870. She writes that she has been 'very glad to see Frances here & her Sisters'. She hopes that she has 'interested them a little about India'.

[ Lady Agatha Russell, daughter of Lord John Russell. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Agatha Russell.'), regarding 'The Inquirer', her father's views on free trade and the repeal of the Corn Laws.

Author: 
Lady Agatha Russell (1853-1933), daughter of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell and aunt of Bertrand Russell
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Rozeldene, Hindhead, Surrey. 18 April 1930.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in a shaky hand. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | I was much obliged to you for the extra copy of The Inquirer which I was glad to have, containing very good letters supporting Free Trade. It is a subject on which I feel strongly – perhaps inherited from my father!

[ Lord Harris of Belmont House. ] Autograph Note in the third person [ to his bookseller ], regarding two books sent to him.

Author: 
Lord Harris of Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent [ Lieutenant General William George Harris (1782-1845), 2nd Baron Harris, British soldier under his father in Anglo-Mysore War ]
Publication details: 
'Belmont [ i.e. Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent ] | 16th. Decr. 1841'.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, with central spike-hole and a few burn marks at foot. Reads: 'Lord Harris has just recd the Illustrations to Deserted Village, but retyrns Retsch's Othello by this night's Coach, having received a copy of it about a week since.'

[ Jane Cobden Unwin, Radical Liberal politician and suffragist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Jane Cobden Unwin') regarding books being send 'by Messrs. Knights' Van'..

Author: 
Jane Cobden Unwin [ Emma Jane Catherine Cobden ] (1851-1947), Radical Liberal politician and suffragist, daughter of Richard Cobden of the Anti-Corn Law League
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£120.00

1p., on 12 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, possibly cut from the conclusion of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount on reverse and slight loss to two words of text from wear. Apparently written to a family member or intimate (but see note below), the note reads: 'The enclosed is the list of the books that will reach you tomorrow morning by Messrs.

[ Eustace Miles, Olympic real tennis player, proposes a book on 'How to Breathe' to the publisher Grant Richards. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Eustace Miles.') to Richards, also regarding 'the Roman History Reviews'.

Author: 
Eustace Miles [ Eustace Hamilton Miles ] (1868-1948), English real tennis player who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics [ Grant Richards [ Franklin Thomas Grant Richards ] (1872-1948), publisher ]
Publication details: 
89 Norfolk Road, Littlehampton. 15 October 1901.
£50.00

Miles published two books with Richards: 'The Teaching of Jesus To-Day' (1899) and 'A History of Rome to 500 a.d.' (1901), the latter having appeared shortly before the writing of the letter. The work proposed by Miles in this letter does not appear to have been published by Richard or anyone else. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Dear Richards, | Would you be likely to publish a Vol. on | “How to Breathe” | in your “How-to” Series? There wd. Be plain-line illustrations. The Indian Yoga System wd.

[ A. Absolon, London publisher. ] Autogaph Card Signed to F. Davis, regarding his publication in the 'Forge & Lathe' of 'Maltons Gt. Treatise on Perspective'.

Author: 
A. Absolon (fl. 1878), London publisher [ Frederick Davis ]
Publication details: 
3 York Street, Covent Garden. 13 February 1878.
£25.00

Half-penny postcard printed in purple. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip along one edge from former mounting obscuring parts of a few words. Addressed to 'F. Davis Esq. | 4 Upper Phillamore [sic] Place | W.' The communication reads: 'Sir, | I beg to inform you that we have bought out Maltons Gt. Treatise on Perpective in the columns of the Forge & Lathe a fortnightly Journal devoted to Practical Mechanics &c. The Preface appeared in our No. Published yesterday price 6d by post 7d Terms for Subscribers 16/- Yearly 8/- ½ Yearly 4/- Quarterly. | A. Absolon | Publisher'.

[ Ex-Officers Book Union, London. ] Printed book catalogue ('Part I'): 'A Collection of Choice & Charming Books of the 17th 18ty & 19th Centuries & a few Modern Authors offered for sale by the Ex-Officers Book Union'.

Author: 
[ Major George William Redway (1859-1934), soldier and military historian, trading as bookseller under the name ] 'Ex-Officers Book Union', Ealing, London
Publication details: 
London: 16 Rathgar Avenue, West Ealing. [ The Westminster Press, London W. ]
£45.00

The 'Ex-Officers' Book Union' (the apostrophe was omitted in later years) was an obscure business. The firm was certainly active between 1919 and 1936, mostly from 16 Rathgar Avenue, West Ealing. In the early 1930s its address was given as '87 Bishop's Mansions, S.W.6', which was also Redway's residence. It seems likely that the business was a joint-venture between Redway and at least one other former army officer. The present item is 40pp., small 4to. Stapled in brown printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged, on worn and creased wraps.

[ Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne ] Pamphlet titled: 'Public House Trusts and Disinterested Management in England. Experiments in Public House Reform. Illustrated Pamphlet by Fred Topham. With Introduction by Ald. G. B. Hunter, D.Sc., J.P.'

Author: 
Fred Topham; Alderman G. B. Hunter [ The Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; The Walter Scott Publishing Company, Felling-on-Tyne and London ]
Publication details: 
[ Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. ] Second edition, 1907. Printed and Published by The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd., Felling-on-Tyne and London.
£45.00

34pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In fair condition, lightly aged, with rusty staples. Ownership inscription at head of cover of Ada H. Harrison, dated 9 May 1914. In 39 sections, listed in a full-page index, beginning with 'Earl Grey's Trust', 'Clergymen Supporters' and 'Earl Grey's Appeal for Licenses', and ending with 'Co-operation between Trusts and Temperance Legislation League', 'Trust Companies ready for Experiments' and 'The Dean of Hereford's Warning'. A temperance tract filled with local information of the situation around Newcastle.

[ John Murray III, London publisher, asks Sir Henry Rawlinson to make cuneiform 'intelligible to the meanest capacity'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Murray') to the orientalist Sir Henry Rawlinson, regarding a proposed review in the Quarterly.

Author: 
John Murray III (1808–1892), London publisher [ Sir Henry Rawlinson [ Major-General Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson ] (1810-1895), Orientalist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 50 Albermarle Street, W. [ London ]. 5 December [ no year, but with note suggesting written between 1866 and 1869 ].
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. For information on Rawlinson's work in this field, see Kevin J. Cathcart's paper 'The Earliest Contributions to the Decipherment of Sumerian and Akkadian' (2011). Murray writes that the editor of the Quarterly Review (either William Macpherson, before 1867, or William Smith) has written to him 'that he considers the Interpretation of the Cuneiform wording a proper subject for a paper in the Quarterly'.

[ George Harris Healy, Professor of English and curator of Rare Books at Cornell University. ] Typed Letter Signed to 'Mr. Duff', discussing the content of two letters by Daniel Defoe, their monetary value, auction houses, Dr. Rosenbach of New York.

Author: 
George Harris Healy (1908-1971), Professor of English and curator of Rare Books at Cornell University
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Department of English, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 22 February 1949.
£50.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with some wear to extremities. Healy begins by thanking Duff for his letter, and 'for your generosity in sending me copies of the two letters of Daniel Defoe'. He explains that he has 'searched for their whereabouts for about ten years', and had finally become convinced 'that unless they were in your family they were lost'.

[ Captain John Hudson, Governor of Queen's Bench Prison, and Royal Navy officer active against the slave trade. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J: Hudson') to an uncle, on a 'Bond of Security' for 'Jos. at Chatton', 'new regulations', 'queer subjects'.

Author: 
Captain John Hudson (1796-1869), Governor of Queen's Bench Prison, Royal Navy officer active against the slave trade
Publication details: 
Queen's Bench Prison [ London ]. 23 July 1843.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, but with closed tears along fold lines of both leaves. Addressed to 'My dear Uncle'.

[ Printed booklet. ] A Century of Best Sellers 1830-1930. Compiled with an Introduction by Desmond Flower.

Author: 
Desmond Flower [ Sir Desmond Flower (1907-1997), for forty years director of the London publishers Cassell & Co. ]
Publication details: 
London: National Book Council. First printing, October 1934.
£25.00

24pp., 8vo. Stapled into brown printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. A useful little volume, with an introduction on pp.3-8 followed by a list of 94 books (pp.9-21), beginning with Scott's 'Anne of Geierstein' (1829) and ending with Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (1929). Publication details are given, and some entries include an informative note by Flower. There is an index on pp.23-24. Now scarce.

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