VICKERS

[ HM Airship R100. ] Printed 'Contract For the Construction of a Rigid Airship', between the Airship Guarantee Company Limited and the President of the Air Council. With section deleted and replaced with typed passage.

Author: 
HM Airship R100 [ The Airship Guarantee Company Limited, London; The Air Council; Charles Reginald Brigstocke, Director of Contracts Air Ministry; Vickers Ltd]
Publication details: 
"50 cop[ie]s" [no other copy traced [ The Airship Guarantee Company Limited, London; the Air Council; the Air Ministry. ] Printed in London by Duiprose, Bateman & Co., Courts Press, Sheffield Street, Kingsway, W.C.2. Dated 22nd October 1924.
£1,200.00

The R100 had not been named at the time of this item, and is consequently not referred to by name in it. It was built (as part of a British government programme to develop airships to provide passenger and mail transport within the British Empire) by the Airship Guarantee Company, a specially-created subsidiary of the armaments firm Vickers, led by Commander Dennis Burney, with the design team headed by Barnes Wallis, later famous for his invention of the bouncing bomb, with Neville Shute. 41pp., 8vo.

[Early English edition, in parts, of Uncle Tom's Cabin, with introduction titled 'A Few Words to the British Reader'.] Uncle Tom's Cabin. The Great American Novel. To be completed in Six Weekly Numbers, Price One Penny each.

Author: 
[Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), American author and abolitionist; Vickers, bookseller 334 Strand, London]]
Publication details: 
London: VICKERS, 334, Strand; and all Booksellers. The first number dated 'SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1852.
£1,250.00

Author not named. The six parts totalling 96pp., 4to. Unbound and stitched together. In poor condition, on aged and worn paper with occasional minor loss. Page 1 carries 'A Few Words to the British Reader', beginning: 'UNCLE TOM'S CABIN is not only the most thrilling Novel ever written in America, but the most interesting and startling work of the age.

Autograph Letter Signed "René Bull", to "Gilmer", declining a commission because of a prior engagement.

Author: 
René Bull (1872– 1942), book illustrator.
Publication details: 
20 Palliser Court, Barons Court, Londo, W., 10th August 1919.
£125.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, some marking but mainly good condition. "Many thanks for your letter - I thought the Indian Book was off long ago - anyhow I am sorry I could not undertake it now as I am bought up by Vickers Ltd [engineering company,inc. aircraft] for experimental work at a big premium - am awfully sory. Cheerio - hope to come across you sometime." Note: Bull served in the Royal Air Force during the Great War. Perhaps he joinned the Aircraft section of Vickers in 1919.

[unopened Victorian 'penny dreadful'] No. 58 in 'The London Library', in illustrated yellow wraps: 'The Snake in the Bush'.

Author: 
[American Western fiction; The London Library; penny dreadfuls; Victorian railway fiction]
Unopened Victorian 'penny dreadful'
Publication details: 
[The London Library. Office: 4, Shoe Lane. E.C.] London: J. & R. Maxwell; George Vickers. [1860s?]
£250.00
Unopened Victorian 'penny dreadful'

8vo, 32 pp. In original yellow printed wraps, with engraving on front. Unopened. Very good, with slight fraying to edges. American tale of 'Tim Timberlick', 'whom everybody liked except Indians, for in past years he had made many of them bite the leaves', and whose 'ranch was well known to hunters, trappers, and miners'. Back cover advertises 'London Library. In Penny Numbers, every Number a Complete Story, containing Thirty-two Pages of matter, book size, in Illustrated Wrapper.' Excessively scarce: no copy on COPAC or WorldCat.

[unopened Victorian 'penny dreadful'] No. 64 in 'The London Library', in illustrated yellow wraps: 'Sue Munday, The Guerrilla Spy [Guerilla Spy]'

Author: 
[Henry C. Magruder ('Sue Munday') of Kentucky; The London Library; penny dreadfuls; Victorian railway fiction; American Civil War]
[unopened Victorian 'penny dreadful'
Publication details: 
[The London Library. Office: 4, Shoe Lane. E.C.] London: J. & R. Maxwell; George Vickers. [1860s?]
£250.00
[unopened Victorian 'penny dreadful'

12mo, 32 pp. In original yellow printed wraps, with engraving on front. Front wrap gives title as 'Guerilla [sic] Spy', with full title on p. 1. Unopened. Very good, with slight fraying to wrap and at foot of first leaf. American Civil War story, beginning in 1861. Back cover advertises 'Cheap New Edition of the London Library. In Penny Numbers, every Number a Complete Story, and every Number containing Thirty-two Pages of well-printed matter, in book size, folded into an Illustrated Wrapper.' Excessively scarce: no copy on COPAC or WorldCat.

Manuscript volume titled 'Notes on the familary of VICARS of South Yorkshire. Collected by Alfred Scott Gatty.' With illustrations, family trees, insertions.

Author: 
Alfred Scott-Gatty (1847-1918), Garter Principal King of Arms at the College of Arms [genealogy of the Vicars and Vickers families of South Yorkshire]
Publication details: 
Ecclesfield Vicarage, Sheffield. 1876.'
£250.00

4to volume (leaf dimensions 23 x 18.5 cm). Written out in Gatty's neat close hand over 96 full pages of a brown cloth notebook with decorative enadpapers. With 30 extra 4to pages of notes, and three loose family 8vo leaves of family trees. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn binding with split hinges. With title page and names underlined in red throughout.

Two Autograph Letters Signed and one Typed Letter Signed (all three 'A. W. Pimm') on 'loco matters' to King.

Author: 
Arthur Watson Pimm [A. W. Pimm] (b.1881), locomotive engineer and inventor [H. G. King of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers; Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd; Vickers; LNER; LMS Railways]
Publication details: 
Autograph Letters: 14 October and 18 December 1942. Typed Letter: 4 November 1942. All three from 5 Oakhill Road, Orpington, Kent.
£450.00

Text of all three letters clear and entire. A well-written and well-informed correspondence relating to 'locomotive matters'. Letter One (14 October 1942): Manuscript. Foolscap, 4 pp. Good, on aged high-acidity paper. 'Knowing, and to some extent, at least, sharing' King's 'interest in loco matters', Pimm informs him that the Ministry of Supply 'have ordered 360 L.M.S. mixed traffics generally like the 227 that AW's [Armstrong Whitworth] bill as their last order'.

Advertisement, with photographic illustrations and diagram, entitled 'The "Bristol" Bombay. Bomber - Transport - Troop Carrier.'

Author: 
The Bristol Bombay Bomber-Transport [Royal Air Force; aviation; aeronautics]
Publication details: 
Temple Press Ltd., Bowling Green Lane, London, E.C.1. 6062-39'. [1939]
£56.00

8vo bifolium: 4 pp. On art paper. Unbound. On aged and creased paper. Clear and complete. Arranged as a magazine article, with the text in two columns. Six photographs of the exterior and interior of the plane. Two diagrams, including one full-page and extremely detailed cross-section, captioned 'The Bristol Bombay Bomber-Transport | (Two 1,010 h.p. Bristol Pegasus XXII motors).'

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