Sir Joseph Prestwich (1812-1896), geologist [ Victor Gustave Plarr (1863-1929), poet and editor of 'Men and Women of the Time' ]
On letterhead of Darent-Hulme, Shoreham, Sevenoaks. 6 June [ no year ].
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He thanks him for a copy of his 'papers', 'though I regret to say they are sealed books to me'. He explains how 'Pebbles of white quartz are originally derived from veins in the metamorphic rocks by marine action. They may occur in any formation & are common in many.' He describes the locations where they are to be found, before sending his and his wife's regards to Plarr and his wife.
William Pole (1814-1900), engineer, musician, and authority on whist [ Victor Gustave Plarr (1863-1929), poet and editor of 'Men and Women of the Time' ]
On letterhead of 9 Stanhope Place, Hyde Park, W. [ London ] 11 May 1898.
ONE: Letter. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with pin holes at top inner corner, and slight damp staining along one edge, affecting a few words of text. Addressed to 'The Editor of "Men & Women of the Time" | Broadway House | Ludgate Hill. E.C.' Reads: 'In compliance with your invitation I send you a few emendations for the Notice of me in "Men & Women of the Time" - and shall be glad to correct the proof when set up in type.' For more information on Pole and Plarr, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. TWO: Supplementary autograph notes. 1p., 4to. Signed 'W.
Alcide d'Orbigny [ Alcide Charles Victor Marie Dessalines d'Orbigny ] (1802-1857), French naturalist and explorer who corresponded with Charles Darwin
Paris. 27 February 1852.
1p., 8vo. Nineteen lines of text in close hand. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He has just heard, through his editor 'M. Masson', that a complaint has been lodged against him 'pour usurpation du titre de Professeur suppléant de géologie' at the Faculté des Sciences. He assures him that it was never his intention to appropriate the title, and explains the circumstances that have led to his adopting it. He undertakes to desist in future.
Victor Jamaer [ Pierre Victor Jamaer ] (1825-1902), Belgian architect [ Maison du Roi, Brussels, Belgium ]
[ Belgium. ] Undated [ circa 1868? ].
3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged, worn and brittle paper. 66 lines of closely-written text, heavily revised with additions, deletions and emendations. The author describes his scheme as 'un projet qui contribuerait a l'embellissement de le grand plan de Bruxelles, sans qu'il coutait rien a la ville'. He describes the renovation of the facade of the Maison du Roi, and suggests the placing of 'Statuettes d'Albert et d'Isabelle' in a 'niche gothique'. Jamaer reconstructed the Maison du Roi in 1868.
[ National War Aims Committee, London ] G. K. Chesterton; Woodrow Wilson; Lord Leverhulme; Earl Curzon; G. W. E. Russell; J. H. Jowett; Ben Tillett; Victor Grayson; Herman Roesemeier; W. S. Sanders
National War Aims Committee [ London ]. Numbered 2-25 and 27. Distributed by W. H. Smith and Son, London; by John Menzies and Co., Ltd., Edinburgh.
The 25 items are uniform in layout, each consisting of 4pp. on a bifolium with leaf dimensions 22.5 x 9cm. Variously printed in brown, blue, black and green. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. At foot of last page of each pamphlet: 'Ask for "Reality" each week.' Pamphlets 2 to 25 are: W. S. Sanders, 'Under the Kaiser's Rule'; Dr. Herman Roesemeier ('formerly Editor of the Berlin "Morning Post."'), 'A German Speaks | An Open Letter'; 'A Socialist Talks it Over'; W. A.
Victor Perrin, duc de Bellune [ Claude-Victor Perrin, duc de Belluno ] (1764-1841), French maréchal d'Empire
Berlin. 19 January 1808.
2pp., folio. In fair condition, on aged paper. He writes that two of his aides-de-camp belong to the 'famille distinguée' of Duverger, and asking for assistance in obtaining preferment for a third in the service of the King of Westphalia. The document is annotated by the recipient at the head of the first page.
Victor Pasmore [ Edwin John Victor Pasmore ], English abstract artist and architect
With letterhead, 12 St German's Place, Blackheath, London. 1 June 1965.
Written on one side of a 10 x 14.5 cm card, beneath a stylish 'modern' letterhead. Somewhat aged and worn. The message reads: '1/6/65 | Dear Basil, | Very many thanks indeed for your letter - believe me your appreciation is tremendously valued. | All good wishes | Victor'. The recipient is identified in another hand on the reverse, with an address and directions.
Alfred de Vigny [ Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny ] (1797-1863), French romantic poet [ Eugène Guinot (1812-1861), French author ]
Without place or date.
On one side of an 8 x 13 cm piece of paper. In good condition, with light signs of age, and central horizontal fold. Firm, bold signature, 8 cm long, with underlining flourish. Beneath the signature, in a small hand, is the message: 'M Guinot | M: Vigny vous adresse son nom pour vous remercier il ne connait pas votre adresse'. Addressed on reverse, 'à M. Eug. Guinot'.
Henri Rochefort [ Victor Henri Rochefort, Marquis de Rochefort-Luçay ] (1831-1913), French politician and polemicist [ Frédéric Dufaux (1852-1943), Swiss sculptor; Jerome Mercier, editor ]
The letter without place or date. 'La Lanterne d'Arlequin': Imprimerie Ernest Mazereau, Tours. 24 October 1886.
Rochefort's letter: 1p., 12mo. Thirteen lines of text. In fair condition, aged and worn. Following an 'aimable visite' he thanks him for 'le plus charmant article', with reference to 'Mr. Dufaux' (Rochefort's future son-in-law) and 'son tableau ' and 'son buste'. After more graceful thanks and a request he ends, 'Mille poignés de main avec la moitié pour Neville'. The copy of 'La Laterne d'Arlequin' (not to be confused with Rochefort's 'La Lanterne') is 16pp., 12mo, in its original orange printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged.
4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged high-acidity paper. Headed: 'N.B. PLEASE use this leaflet to get a new member. On page 3 are particulars of the very important new "C" membership. | LEFT BOOK CLUB'. In double-column and small print. Headings: 'What Membership means', 'No subscription whatever' ('The Books are selected by Laski, Strachey, and Gollancz.'), 'But Membership is a Key . . .', 'Probable coming "Books of the Month"' ['Justice in England' by 'A Barrister', 'The Battle for Peace' by F. Elwyn Jones, 'A.R.P.' by Professor J. B. S.
Oswald Brierly [ Sir Oswald Walters Brierly ] (1817-1894), English marine artist [ Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1833-1891), Admiral in the Royal Navy, and sculptor ]
38 Ampthill Square, NW [London]. 10 February 1873.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He acknowledges receipt of a cheque for 35 guineas, for 'the small drawing of Constantinople', adding that 'Prince Hohenlohe called and saw it here today, and liked it very much'. He ends with the news that he has engaged 'Heffer to call here for it, & pack & send it to its destination'.
The Osborne Judgment, 1909; W. A. Appleton; C. W. Bowerman; J. Ramsay MacDonald; The Joint Board (Trades Union Congress and Labour Party); Walter Victor Osborne (1870-1950) ]
The Joint Board representing the Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union Congress, The General Federation of Trade Unions, and the Labour Party. 'Conference, Caxton Hall, November 10th, 1910.'
2pp., 12mo. Printed on one side of a 25 x 31.5 cm piece of shiny paper, with a central vertical perforation line. Damp damage to the heading (with some loss of text), otherwise in good condition. The text, by Appleton, Bowerman and MacDonald, is on the left-hand page, and begins: 'Osborne Decision.
Humbert Wolfe (1885-1940), Italian-born British poet and author [Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), London publisher; Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
The five items between 1924 and 1927. Wolfe's letters from the hotel Les Bergues, Geneva; the Ministry of Labour, London; and Montagu House, Whitehall (2). The Gollancz copy from Ernest Benn Limited Publishers, London.
Wolfe's four letters total 5pp., 12mo; the copy of the Gollancz letter 1p., 8vo. Item One in its original envelope, with both envelope and letter carrying closed tears, the other four items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: ALS on letterhead of the hotel Les Bergues, Geneva; 7 April 1924, with envelope, with both letter and envelope torn on opening. TWO: ALS from the Ministry of Labour, London; 24 April 1924. THREE: TLS from Montagu House, Whitehall; 24 Aug. 1926. Sending, 'in confidence, this letter that I have had from Benn's.
James Archer (1822-1904), Scottish artist [Victor Gustave Plarr]
Haslemere, Surrey. 10 April 1898.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'I beg to re-enclose for the excerpt from your publication "Men & Women of the Time," of my biography which I have revised, making a very few alterations, & adding a few lines which I write on the other sheet of this note: [not present] my permanent address now is the above'. The note relates to the fifteenth edition of the work, published by G. Routledge & Sons in 1899.
Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903), American writer and folklorist, author of 'Hans Breitmann’s Ballads' (1871) [Leonard Field (1824-1903), Bencher of the Inner Temple; Josef Victor von Scheffel]
The poem on letterhead 'Lea, | Leamington.' 'Written for Miss Field. Easter Sunday 1871'.
In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The poem (24 lines in six stanzas) is written out on the letterhead 'Leam, | Leamington'. 1p., 12mo, with the blank second leaf of the bifolium tipped-in onto an 8vo leaf.
Victor Paliard, Docteur en médecine de la Faculté de Paris, Ex-Interne des Hôpitaux de Lyon [Frantz Glénard (1848-1920), French physician]
Saint-Étienne: Imprimerie de Ve Théolier & Cie, Rue Gerentet, 12. 1875.
64pp., 8vo. Disbound. In fair condition, with damp staining and slight nicking to the fore-edges of a few leaves. Inscribed at head of half-title: 'A mon excellent collegue et ami | Frantz Glénard | Souvenirs affectueux. | V. Paliard'. Eight copies on COPAC, but none in the Wellcome Library.
'Gwen John' [Gladys Jones], sister of the suffragette Winifred Jones [Harold Frederick Rubinstein (1891-1975), playwright; Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), publisher; Millicent Fawcett]
Letters by 'Gwen John' both on letterheads of 2nd Floor South, 9 Old Square, Lincoln's Inn, WC2; 11 January 1925 and 1 May 1927. Gollancz's letter on letterhead of Ernest Benn Limited; 24 July 1924. Play published by Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1923.
Gladys Jones ('Gwen John') lived with her sister the suffragette Winifred Jones in Lincoln's Inn. Her play 'The Prince' - three corrected copies of which are in the present collection as Items Three to Five - was retitled 'Gloriana' [= Elizabeth I] when performed at the Adelphi Theatre in London in December 1925, with a youthful John Gielgud in the role of Sir John Harrington. Items One, Six and Seven below relate to the volume 'Plays of Innocence' by 'Gwen John', published in 1925 by Ernest Benn (by whom Victor Gollancz was then employed).
The Norman W. Henley Publishing Co., New York [automobile books by Victor W. Pagé; aviation; trade catalogues]
The Norman W. Henley Publishing Co. 2, 4 and 6 West 45th Street, New York, U.S.A. 1919.
80pp., 8vo. Stapled and unbound. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. On front cover: 'Each Book in this Catalogue is written by an Expert and is written so you can understand it'. Many items illustrated with representations of the binding. Index of subjects on p.2, ranging from 'Abrasives and Abrasive Wheels' to 'Wiring Diagrams', and including section on 'Automobile Books', pp.5-14 (Charts, Ignition Systems, Lighting, Questions and Answers, Repairing, Starting Systems, Trouble Charts, Welding), 'Gasoline Engines', pp.15-18, and 'Aviation', pp.19-22.
Victor V. Branford, M.A. [University of Birmingham]
University of Birmingham. Undated [circa 1901].
15pp., 12mo., with additional double-page 'Programme of Degree Curriculum'. Stapled. In grey printed wraps. With stamp, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, otherwise in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with the central 'Programme' detached. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, on COPAC or WorldCat.
Lord Lytton [Victor Alexander George Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton] (1876-1947), British politician and colonial administrator; The Lecture Agency, Ltd. (Gerald Christy), London
Lytton's letter on letterhead of 22 Eaton Place, London; 19 June 1914. Contract dated 24 June 1914. Synopsis by The Lecture Agency, Ltd. (Gerald Christy), The Outer Temple, London.
The three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from Lytton to Keedick. 19 June 1914. 4pp., 12mo. On bifolium. He apologises for the delay in replying, caused by 'a bad attack of hay fever which has almost incapacitated me'. He regrets to say that 'it will be impossible for me to do what you wish namely to enter into a contract with you immediately to deliver 30 lectures in the U.S.A. & Canada next year about November, because it is possible that before that date I might obtain some work which would prevent me leaving this country'.
Ferdinand Eber (d.1885), Hungarian-born correspondent of The Times of London, and 'condottiere-journalist' in support of Garibaldi as 'General Eber' [Henry Wreford, Times correspondent in Naples]
Letter One: 33 St James's Square, London; 16 January [no year]. Letter Two: Palermo, Italy, 20 June [no year].
On 28 February 1885 The Times announced the death of Eber, 'for many years our valued correspondent at Vienna'; and a hundred years later (24 September 1985) the same paper described Eber as 'the condottiere-journalist, General Ferdinand Eber, whose habit of engaging in wars as well as reporting them earned him the displeasure of his masters in Printing House Square'. Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage from previous mounting. Both addressed to 'My dear Wreford', and both written in a difficult hand. Letter One: 3pp., 12mo.
Friedrich Philip Victor von Moltke (1768-1845), Danish Generalleutnant who settled in Germany, father of the Prussian soldier and strategist Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke (1800-1891)
[Prussia. Circa 1820.]
The card is 4.5 x 7.5 cm, with 'Le Comte Moltke | Grand Veneur du Roi.' engraved in copperplate. In fair condition, aged and with slight staining from previous mounting on the reverse. The Moltke family originated in Mecklenburg, and by the eighteenth century members were prominent figures in the Danish court. Friedrich Philip Victor von Moltke settled in Holstein in 1805, and was left impoverished when the French army plundered his town house in Lübeck, and burned his country house. On 2 January 1819 the Journal de Paris carried a report from Berlin that on 22 December 1818 'M.
[Voyage of an Englishman in France, Switzerland and Italy, 1869-1872; The Paris Commune and the first Parliament of the Kingdom of Italy, 1871; Communism; Siege of Paris]
The first entry, describing Paris, dated '? May, 1869.' The last entry dated 'Florence, May 1, 1872.'
31pp., 12mo. Stitched and unbound. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Comprising a series of transcriptions in a contemporary hand - from the annotations and emendations clearly that of the original author, an anonymous middleclass Englishman with Radical and Communist sympathies. Neatly and closely written at around 34 lines to a page - from thirteen letters, dated (with interrogation marks as given in the text): '? May, 1869', 'Paris, June 1869', 'Monastery of La Grande Chartreuse, Alps Dauphiny, Feast of S.
[Victorian stained glass window; Charles de Steuben (1788-1856); Victor Hugo (1802-1885), author of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (1831)]
Each wIndow is 22 x 20 cm, with a central 16 x 14 cm panel of white glass, surrounded by a border made up of eight pieces (2 x 2cm corner squares with stars in orange glass, connected by 2 x 14cm rectangular purple panels). Each window has a set of two metal loops at head, for hanging. Metal frame rusted on both, and two border panels cracked on one, otherwise in good condition, with both white glass reliefs undamaged. The two housed in a contemporary silk-lined black leather box with brass clasps.
Aldo Castellani (1877-1971), Italian pathologist and bacteriologist [Umberto II, King of Italy (1904-1983); George Bilainkin (c.1903-1981), journalist; Queen Marie José (1906-2001)]
Cascais, Portugal; on letterhead of the 'Casa di S. M. il Re'. 7 October 1954.
2pp., folio. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Castellani, who had accompanied the Italian royal family into exile in Portugal in 1946, is responding to two letters from Bilainkin, loyally attempting to conceal the unhappy state of relations between the royal couple ('We were never happy', the Queen declared after her husband's death; and there were rumours of homosexual affairs on the King's part).
Victor Caillat and Alfred Lance [Marshall Sisson [Marshall Arnott Sisson], RA (1897-1978), British architect; George Pymm, London bookbinder]
Paris; 1855 (according to stamping on spine).
69 engravings, in brown 4to quarter-binding, with 'BIBLIO- | THEQUES' in gilt at head of spine, and 'PARIS | 1855' at foot. In fair condition, on aged paper, in binding worn at hinges. All engravings in 4to, with 12 double-page and 57 single-page. Two are in colour, the rest in black and white. Binder's stamp on front pastedown: 'BOUND BY G. PYMM'.
Victor B. Neuburg [Victor Benjamin Neuburg (1883-1940), poet and author, proprietor of the Vine Press, Steyning, Sussex]
The Vine Press, Steyning, Sussex. Christmas, 1921.
1p., 12mo. On piece of aged and lightly-creased laid paper. The engraving, at the head of the page, is 7 x 9.5 cm., is a stylised full-length depiction of a young man in eighteenth-century dress, wearing a cravat, with hands on hips, standing between two trees. The poem reads 'Dear He - / Or She - / This from me, / Victor B. / Neuburg, to thee.' Second stanza: 'Not me: we, / I forgot, you see.' In bottom left-hand corner, in italics, 'Christmas, 1921.' And in italics in bottom-right: 'The Vine Press, / Steyning, / Sussex.' No other copy found listed.
Sir Victor Wellesley [Sir Victor Alexander Augustus Henry Wellesley] (1876-1954), diplomat [Ernest Frederick Gye (1879-1955), diplomat]
On letterhead of 12 Ranelagh Grove, Ebury Bridge, SW1; 8 June 1939.
10 pp, 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'My dear Ernest'. The Wellesleys have been back from India a couple of months. The journey out was a 'delightful trip', despite a mishap with a 'steel hawser' which 'wound itself round the screw' in the middle of the Mediterranean. After a brief reference to Ceylon he describes the Indian visit. His wife tripped up on a step in front of the Maharaja of Mysore: 'I feel sure he thought she was tight. Mysore is too modern & up to date to suit me, but Seringapatam only nine miles away is fascinating.
'T. H. S.' [Sir Thomas Henry Sanderson (1841-1923) of the Foreign Office] [Sir Victor Wellesley (1876-1954), diplomat]
Dated 'October 1891.'
8vo, 14 pp (followed by blank leaf). Unbound and stitched. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Drophead title. With 'PRIVATE' in print in the top left-hand corner of the first page, and '' in the bottom left-hand corner. Dated in type at end 'T. H. S. | October 1891.' Sanderson's inscription, at the head of the first page, reads 'From the Author | [signed] S | Sept. 1918'. From the collection of Sir Victor Wellesley, and with two marginal notes by him.