Leslie Cope Cornford (1867-1927), architect and journalist; his wife Christabel Lawrence (1869-1952), sister of three Lawrence sisters, founders of Roedean School, Sussex [ Wimbledon House S
Two items from his addresses: 47 Norfolk Road and 46 Sutherland Road, Brighton, East Sussex. [ Wimbledon House, 36 Sussex Square, Hove, Sussex. ] Between 1889 and 1908.
65 items of varying size, on pieces of card and paper. The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. As his obituary in The Times (5 August 1927) describes, before embarking on his journalistic career, Cornford trained as an architect. He was articled for three years from 1884 to Sir John William Simpson (1858-1933), and then studied at the Royal Academy in 1888. He then served briefly as assistant, first to Thomas Verity (1837-1891), and then to F. S. Waller and F. W. Waller, before qualifying as an architect in 1889, and ARIBA the following year.
J. Stelfox Gee [ James Stelfox Gee ], philatelist [ H. Verity & Sons Limited, 67 Mosley Street, Manchester ]
On letterhead of H. Verity & Sons Limited, 67 Mosley Street, Manchester. 19 May 1924.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. He is sending 'the two accounts or whatever you like to call them for the Manchester Mail Coach in 1805', but 'cannot make out exactly what they are beyond being a monthly return of the takings and division of profits of the running of the Machester to Derby Coach for August 1805'.
Robert Verity [Robert Isaiah Verity] (1801-1871), Scottish Physician to the British Embassy in Paris, and homeopathic practitioner [Rev. Thomas Wilkinson of New Knapton Hall, North Walsham]
Gloucester Hotel, Piccadilly. 24 July 1834.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. Slight damage to second leaf caused on opening of letter, with small piece of one corner under the red wax seal. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Revd. Thomas Wilkinson / New Knapton Hall / /near/ North Walsham'. He writes that he will surprise Wilkinson 'by this flying note to tell you how strong the recollections of old times still remain in my memory'. If they could see each other, Wilkinson would see his 'external change'. Since they met Verity has 'been several times on my travels, the sport and play-thing of circumstances'.
J. Verity of Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, nineteenth-century dealer in coins and medals [Victorian numismatics]
[circa 1875] Dewsbury: Alfred Green & Son, Bond Street.
12mo: 50 pp. Stapled. In original green printed wraps. Engraving of both sides of the 'Pontefract Siege Shilling' on title, with 38 engravings of both the obverses and reverses of coins in text. Printed on light-blue paper. Internally tight and clean, with rusty staples, foxing to edges and wear and chipping to the faded and spotted wraps. Blank back wrap loose and repaired. Scarce: no copy in the British Library or on COPAC, although there is a copy among the Fitzwilliam coin catalogues. Another Verity catalogue, from the 1870s, is in the V & A Library.