[ The Mitford family. ] Nine original family photographs, including two of Nancy Mitford as an infant, four of her mother, one of her father, from an album belonging to a child of Thomas Gibson Bowles, grandfather of the Mitford sisters.

[ Thomas Gibson Bowles (1841-1922), grandfather of the six Mitford sisters (Diana, Jessica, Unity, Nancy, Deborah and Pamela), daughters of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale ]
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Doune, Scotland; One captioned 1907. Another (of Nancy Mitford) c.1904.

Nine original black and white photographs, ranging in size from 8.5 x 13.5 cm to 7 x 4.5 cm. All in good condition, lightly-aged, and each laid down on a piece of card cut from leaves of an album, the card carrying manuscript captions. One of the photographs, captioned 'Father, on the Hoyden', is of a middle-aged Thomas Gibson Bowles in nautical attire, at the wheel of his yacht. The caption gives a clue to the provenance of the album. His daughter Sydney (1880-1963) – the future Lady Redesdale – features in four of the photographs as 'Honble.

[ Central Committee of the Polish United Workers Party, Unity Congress. ] Duplicated Typescript, in English, titled 'Ideological Foundations of the United Party. | Rapport [sic] of Comrade Boleslaw Bierut at the United Congress.'

Central Committee of the Polish United Workers Party, Unity Congress, Warsaw, 1949 [ Jimmy Shields (1900-1949), Communist Party of Great Britain ]
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Bulletin of the International Affairs Department, Central Committee of the Polish United Workers Party, Unity Congress, Warsaw, January 1949.

56pp., 4to. Stapled in brown printed wraps, giving details and date of the Unity Congress, and with a pencil note that the copy is one of twenty-nine. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. The first paragraph must have whipped delegates into a frenzy of anticipation: 'Comrades, | The Unification Congress is a great and happy event in the life of every working man in this country. For a long time the Polish working class has been waiting for this happy and great moment. The broad peasant masses and the working intelligentsia take great interest in this Congress.

[ The South Kensington Debating Society. ] Manuscript minute book, signed by chairmen Sir Charles Petrie, John Terry and Dorothy Saward and others. Topics include National Socialism (Unity Mitford speaking), Palestine Question and Spanish Civil War.

The South Kensington Debating Society [of the Conservative Party], London [ Sir Charles Petrie, John Terry, Dorothy Saward, successive chairman ] [ Unity Mitford; Sir Charles Petrie; Ludovic Kennedy ]
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The South Kensington Debating Society, 23 Stratford Rd, W8 [London]. 7 June 1938 to 1 February 1949.

H. G. Wells had been a member of an organisation of the same name at the end of the nineteenth century, but the two appear unrelated. The background to the present SKDS is explained in a loosely-inserted cutting from the Observer, 6 February 1938, which states that the Conservative at Kensington 'have a very vigorous Debating Society, of which the chairman is Miss Dorothy Saward. It meets once a month, and Miss Saward has been singularly successful in her choice both of motions and speakers'.

Autograph Letter Signed from the Lancashire antiquary Charles Hardwick, Grand Master of the Manchester Unity Order of Odd-Fellows, to J. T. Baron of Blackburn, regarding his history of 'The Provident Institutions of the Working Classes'.

Charles Hardwick (1817-1889) of Preston, Lancashire, antiquary, Grand Master of the Manchester Unity Order of Odd-Fellows, and Vice-President of the Manchester Literary Club
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On letterhead of 'The Odd-Fellows' Quarterly Magazine, the Organ of the "I.O.O.F. Manchester Unity Friendly Society'. 7 March 1882.

1p., 12mo. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In original stamped and postmarked envelope, initialed by Hardwick. In the letter Hardwick informs Baron that his 'History' (published in 1851) is out of print: 'The few remainders were sold about four years ago.' He recently saw a copy 'in one of hte Manchester second hand booksellers' catalogues on sale for 17/6'. He gives the names of two booksellers to approach ('Gray, 25, Cathedral Yard, or Sutton, Portland-st. Oxford st.') and is forwarding 'a circular respecting my forthcoming work' (not present).

Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Diana Mosley') from Lady Diana Mosley [Diana Mitford] to the architectural historian Peter Reid, regarding the family home (Rolleston Hall, Burton-on-Trent) of her husband Sir Oswald Mosley.

Lady Diana Mosley [Diana Mitford; née Freeman-Mitford] (1910-2003), wife of the leader of the British Union of Fascists Sir Oswald Mosley, one of the Mitford sisters [Peter Reid]
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On letterheads of Temple de la Gloire, Orsay, Essonne. 16 May 1972 and 13 August 1984.

Both letters good, on lightly-aged paper. The second letter in envelope addressed by Mosley to 'Peter Reid Esq | 68 New Cavendish Street | London W1 M 7 LD [sic] | Angleterre'. Letter One (2pp., 12mo): She begins: 'My husband asked me to answer your letter. I think we have got photographs of Rolleston, but all such things are stored in Ireland, where we used to have a house. When I go through them (which one day I must) I will send you what I find.

[pamphlet, one of fifteen, with manuscript list of recipients] Messrs. Moody & Sankey, and the Problem of the Times. Being an Article offered to the St. Louis Republican for Thanksgiving Day, and printed now in a few copies for private communication.

James F. Mallinckrodt ['Unity'] [Ira David Sankey, Methodist evangelical gospel singer and composer; Dwight Lyman Moody]
 Messrs. Moody & Sankey, and the Problem of the Times
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January 1, 1876. St Louis, Missouri: No. 2816 North 12th Street.
 Messrs. Moody & Sankey, and the Problem of the Times

12mo, iv + 8 pp. Stitched. In original blue printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with minor foxing. In original worn blue wraps, with closed tear to the spinal crease. Title leaf followed by printed limitation leaf: 'No. 4a | This Copy is Inscribed to Prof John Tyndall'. On the inside of the back wrap is a manuscript list headed 'Memo from Mailing account Book', numbered 1 ('Mr Carlyle') to 12 ('Rev H. W. Beecher'). Included are 'R W Emerson', 'H W Longfellow', and at 4, 'Prof Tyndall, Huxley, Proctor, & Mr Spencer' (the last three being 4b, 4c and 4d).

Typescript, with illustrations, of a children's tale entitled 'A story by patch'.

Evaline May Brierly
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[circa 1949]; no place

Typed on one side of 86 quarto leaves, the latter leaves paginated and ending with 86. In printed wraps neatly tied with blue ribbon. Somewhat dusty but in good condition overall. According to the British Library catalogue the story was published by Unity Products in 1949. Patch is a dog, and the first few leaves contain eleven charming illustrations his friends, including Scragg, Tatters and Madame Sing-Hi.

Autograph Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed to Henry Polak, formerly Gandhi's right-hand man in South Africa

Salvador de Madariaga,
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Spanish author. Two pages, 4to. He writes concerning the World Unity Movement of which Polak is a sponsor, criticising the Chairman, James Avery Joyce. With: a TLS, 2pp., 4to, from Joyce to Polak referring to a note he has received from de Madariaga (copy enclosed) and describing his difficulties in finding a speaker. He also asks for his expenses from an American trip which de Madariaga found offensive.

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