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[ Sir Hubert von Herkomer, painter, film director and composer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hubert Herkomer') to 'Lady Wynn', regarding a 'word portrait' of his 'splendid wife', who has just died.

Author: 
Sir Hubert von Herkomer [ originally Hubert Herkomer ] (1849-1914) German-born British painter, pioneering film director and composer
Publication details: 
New York. 23 December 1885.
£90.00

1p., 16mo. With mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'Dear Lady Wynn | I thank you from the depths of my heart for your kind letter. I enclose you a word portrait of my splendid wife. More I dare not write or I shall not regain the strength I need to carry out her wishes in life.' As the Oxford DNB explains, after the death of his first wife in 1883 'Herkomer married, on 14 August 1884, a Welsh nurse, Lulu Griffiths (b. 1849), who had been a member of his household since 1874. He was devastated by her sudden death a year later.'

[ Sir Roderick Murchison, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Rod. I. Murchison') to Sir John P. Boileau, inviting him to dine with 'M. Quetelet' and 'one or two friends'.

Author: 
Sir Roderick Murchison [ Sir Roderick Impey Murchison ] (1792-1871), Scottish geologis who discovered the Silurian system [ Sir John Peter Boileau (1794-1869), archaeologist; Adolphe Quetelet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 16 Belgrave Square, S.W. [ London ] 17 July 1860.
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper with minor traces of glue at head. Addressed to 'Sir John P. Boileau Bt.' Reads: 'My dear Sir John, | If you are disengaged on Friday next I wish you would gratify me by dining with us "en petit comité" to meet M Quetelet & one or two friends'. 'M Quetelet' is the Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), founder of the Brussels Observatory.

[ Sir Denis Le Marchant, as Joint Secretary to the Treasury. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Denis Le Marchant') to J. Blackburn, requesting him to insert an 'Address & the reply of Her Majesty' in the Globe newspaper.

Author: 
Sir Denis Le Marchant (1795-1874), Clerk of the House of Commons; Liberal MP for Worcester; Under Secretary of State for the Home Department [ Samuel Blackburn, editor of The Globe newspaper, London
Publication details: 
'Treasury | 9 August [ circa 1841 ]'.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'J. [sic] Blackburn Esq'. Reads: 'My dear Sir, | If this Address & the reply of Her Majesty has not already appeared in the Globe, perhaps you will insert it.' Le Marchant was Clerk of the House of Commons from 1850 to 1871.

[ Frederic Villiers, war artist and correspondent. ] Autograph Signature with date.

Author: 
Frederic Villiers (1851-1922), British war artist and correspondent, said to be the model for the Kipling's character Dick Heldar in The Light that Failed [ The Graphic newspaper, London ]
Publication details: 
6 March 1913. No place.
£20.00

On 8 x 10.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, with minor traces of mount. A good firm signature reading: 'Frederic Villiers | 6 - 3 - 13'.

[ Lewes Mechanics Institution, Sussex. ] Manuscript notebook titled 'Introduction to the Natural Philosophy Class at the Lewes Mechanics Institution', containing an introduction in one hand & entries relating to its magazine in another hand ('Nemo').

Author: 
Lewes Mechanics Institution, Sussex, founded 1825 [ Henry Browne; John Webb Woollgar; Joseph Woods ]
Publication details: 
[ Lewes Mechanics Institution, Sussex. ] No date. [ 1840s or 1850s? ]
£150.00

19pp., small 4to. Stitched and unbound. On cover;': 'Introduction to the Material Philosophy Class at the Lewes Mechanic's Institution'. Clearly dating from the early years of the Institution. Comprising a five-page introduction in one hand, and fourteen pages of drafts - signed on the last page 'Nemo' - in another. The first section with emendations, and the second with deletions. The initial five-page section is an introduction to a course of lectures.

[ Alfred Bromley, Yorkshire sculptor, statuary, marble mason. ] Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed member of the clergy (Revd. Walker), requesting the payment of 'the small Acc[oun]t', as he has taken over Tilney's marble works in Leeds.

Author: 
Alfred Bromley (c.1828-1887), sculptor, statuary, marble mason, born in Birstal, Yorkshire [ Thomas Tilney's marble works, Leeds ]
Publication details: 
Marble Works, Saville Street, Wellington Street, Leeds. 20 January 1852.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by calling in 'the small Acct', explaining that he has 'lately been subjected to rather an expensive personal, [sic] having taken the old established Marble Works late in the occupation of Mr. Tilney, directly opposite the Gt Northern Railway Station'. He is obliged to use all his endeavours 'to get together all my small outstanding Accounts, or exclusive of any other, I would not of some time yet caused [sic] yourself the slightest trouble concerning its remittance'.

[ Andrew Halliday, Scottish journalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Dear Teget' [ W.B.Tegetmeier, naturalist ], asking to see him regarding something to his advantage in his 'own line'.

Author: 
Andrew Halliday [born Andrew Halliday Duff ] (1830-1877), Scottish journalist and dramatist, associate of Dickens & Thackeray, a founder of Savage Club [ W.B. Tegetmeier, naturalist, member of Club]
Publication details: 
122 Camden Street N. W. [ London ]. 'Tuesday Evg' [ no date ].
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on greyish paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. 'Teget' is a nickname: Halliday gives the recipient's name in full at the foot of the letter, but it is not quite legible: ' Esq'. The letter reads: 'Dear Teget. | I want to see you with reference to something that is likely to be to your advantage in your own line. Can you run up here to-morrow or Thursday?'

[ Edward Bouverie Pusey, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('E B P.'), regarding 'a hoax or a wilful lie', regarding which he has written to the newspapers.

Author: 
Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), English churchman associated with the Oxford Movement, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£100.00

Written in Pusey's tiny hand on one side of a 10.5 x 9.25 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount on the blank reverse. Covering the whole page and difficult to decipher. He begins by thanking the recipient and 'Mrs. S.' for their 'inclosure': 'It is so circumstantial a lie,' He will 'contradict it, in the M[orning]. Herald, if they will print it; if not, the Guardian has it. There is not a shadow of a shade of foundation for it. […] Any how, it is the very opposite of any thing I ever said to any one.

[ Thomas [ Tom] Hood, humorist and playwright. ] Autograph Note Signed to 'Teg' [ .B. Tegetmeier, naturalist, member of Savage Club], regarding the songs Elizabeth Philp has sent to the Queen.

Author: 
[ Thomas Hood ] Tom Hood (1835-1874), humorist and playwright, editor of the magazine Fun, and founder of Tom Hood's Comic Annual [ Elizabeth Philp (1827-1885), singer, music editor and composer ] W
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, laid down on part of a page from an album. Reads: 'Dear Teg. | Miss Elizabeth Philp has sent a batch of Songs of her own Company to the Queen. Will you kindly interest yourself to get them a notice?'

[ William Sewell, Principal of the Veterinary College, London. ] Signed Certificate ('Wm Sewell'), as 'Assist[an]t Professor', that Dennis Christmas has 'attended One Course of my Lectures on Veterinary Surgery'.

Author: 
William Sewell (1781-1853), physician, Principal of the London Veterinary College [now the Royal Veterinary College ]
Publication details: 
Veterinary College, London. 5 March 1828.
£65.00

Elegantly engraved certificate, on one side of a piece of 28 x 37 cm paper. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Reads, with manuscript additions in square brackets: 'Veterinary College | This is to Certify that Mr. [Dennis Christmas] has attended [One] Course of my Lectures on Veterinary Surgery. | [Wm Sewell | March 5th. 1828] Assistt Professor'. The Veterinary College (now the Royal Veterinary College) is the oldest and largest Veterinary school in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1791 and joined the University of London in 1949.

[ Veterinary College, London. ] Engraved certificate of Fellowship for Dennis Christmas, signed by William Sewell, President, and W. J. Morton, Secretary, with illustration of 'Edwd. Coleman Esqr. Professor',

Author: 
William Sewell (1781-1853), physician, Principal of the London Veterinary College [now the Royal Veterinary College ] [ Edward Coleman (1766-1839) ]
Publication details: 
Veterinary College, London. 14 February 1828.
£200.00

Elegantly engraved certificate, on one side of a piece of 38 x 27.5 cm paper. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper, with slight damage to lower right-hand corner. Taking up almost half of the certificate is an engraved portrait of Coleman, within a circle of text with calligraphic flourishes: 'Edwd. Coleman Esqr. Professor | Veterinary College London.' Beneath the illustration is text reading (with manuscript additions in square brackets): 'We Hereby certify That Mr. [D.

[ William Powell Frith invites Sir Edwin Landseer to 'tea-supper smoke-whist'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. P. Frith') from Frith to Landseer, inviting him to an evening with 'a few artists & others'.

Author: 
W P. Frith [ William Powell Frith ] (1819-1909), RA, Victorian genre painter [ Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873), painter and sculptor, mainly of animals
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, 10 Pembridge Villas, Bayswater, W. [ London ] 13 March 1862.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor damage in margin at the gutter of the second leaf caused by removal from stub. Addressed to 'Sir Edwin Landseer RA | &c &c'. A week from the writing of the letter Frith is expecting 'a few artists & others to tea-supper smoke-whist &c'. He explains that the group usually meets 'about eight supper at ten or half past. We should all be pleased if you can be induced to give us the pleasure of your company.

[ Deutsche Verein für Kunst und Wissenschaft (German Athenaeum), London. ] Printed catalogue - annotated by W. M. Rossetti - of 'Fourth Annual Exhbition of Paintings in Oil and Water Colours, and Drawings in Black and White. 1878.'

Author: 
Deutsche Verein für Kunst und Wissenschaft (German Athenaeum), London [ William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), art critic and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ]
Publication details: 
Deutsche Verein für Kunst und Wissenschaft (German Athenaeum), London. London: Printed by Aug. Siegle, 110, Leadenhall Street, E.C. [ 1878. ]
£400.00

[ 8 ] pp., 8vo. Modern marbled boards and label. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Containing 85 items by various artists (from William Kümpel, R. A. Came and J. Wolf, to Edouard Frère, John Varley, James Price and Count Gleichen), and an appendix of five 'Battle Pieces, by Christian Sell'. Features two items by Burne Jones and several by Alma Tadema, the latter being named at the head of an initial list of twenty-four 'owners of pictures' who have contributed items to the exhibition. The item was previously bound by Rossetti in a volume with two, unrelated others.

[ George Allen, London publisher and associate of John Ruskin. ] Sale catalogue of 'Books and Pictures from the Estate of the Late Mr. George Allen', containing a large number of books and pictures by Ruskin.

Author: 
[ George Allen (1832-1907), London publisher, craftsman and engraver associated with John Ruskin [ Allen and Unwin ]
Publication details: 
'For Sale | May be seen at 156, Charing Cross Road | London | December 1908'.
£400.00

12 pp., 8vo. Modern marbled bds. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. This interesting item is of significance to Ruskin scholars, containing a whole page describing 24 drawings and engravings by him, as well as a number of interesting books from the library of a close associate. The item was previously bound by Rossetti in a volume with two, unrelated, others. It then passed into the collection of the art historian Rose Sketchley, whose sister C. J. Sketchley presented it to Fulham Public Libraries in 1949. It is scarce: no copy has been traced on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.

[ Sir John Pender, Manchester textile merchant and submarine telegraph cable pioneer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jno Pender') [ to the physician Sir William Henry Allchin ], explaining why he cannot dine with 'the Directors of your Company'.

Author: 
Sir John Pender (1816-1896), Scottish textile merchant in Manchester and submarine telegraph cable entrepreneur [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
'Manr. July 10/65', i.e. Manchester, 10 July 1865.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. A square has been cut away at thee head of the leaf (probably to remove Pender's monogram), otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The recipient is not named but it is the physician Sir William Henry Allchin. The letter reads: 'On my arrival here last evening I found an invitation from the Directors of your Company to dine with them at Richmond on the 17th. inst. I regret that I will not be in Town at the time. The Card I fear by some mistake reached my hands late.' From the Allchin papers.

[ Thomas Robinson Ferens, industrialist and politician. ] Five letters (3 ALsS and 2 TLsS, all five 'Thos. R. Ferens') to 'Colonel Milburn' [ Lieut-Col. Charles Henry Milburn ], arranging a meeting with Secretary of State for War Richard Haldane. ]

Author: 
Thomas R. Ferens [ Thomas Robinson Ferens ] (1847-1930), philanthropist, industrialist (Reckitt and Sons) and MP for Hull East [ Lieut.-Col. Charles Henry Milburn (1860-1948); Suffragettes ]
Publication details: 
All five from 1907 (1 May, 2 and 25 September, 26 November and 11 December) . On letterheads of: the House of Commons (1); the Derwentwater Hotel, Keswick (2); Wilton House, Hull (2).
£120.00

The five letters total 8pp. The first three letters are in autograph and the last two typed. The first has two punch holes to the first leaf, the collection is otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The correspondence relates to the arranging of a meeting between Milburn and the Secretary of State for War Richard Haldane (1856-1928, later 1st Viscount Haldane), apparently with regard to a complaint by Milburn which has lead to him considering resigning from the position of Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the 2nd East Riding Yorks Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers)'.

[ Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum' (for 'patients of the higher classes'), Sunbury, Middlesex. ] Printed Leaflet advertising Halliford House, headed by an engraving by Arthur Willmore.

Author: 
Dr Joseph Seaton, Scottish physician and author, proprietor of Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum', Sunbury, Middlesex [ Arthur Willmore (1814-1888), engraver ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.[ Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex. 1840s. ]
£250.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, repaired on the blank reverse with tape. the engraving ('Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex', 'Drawn & Engraved by A. Willmore') is clear and undamaged. Beneath the engraving are 29 lines in small print, beginning: 'This beautiful and secluded Residence, standing in a small Park of nearly thirty acres, is appropriated to the reception of a limited number of patients of the higher classes, who may be suffering from Mental and Nervous affections, and who are under the constant personal superintendence of Dr.

[ Arthur Hacker RA, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed, responding to the flattery of an admirer.

Author: 
Arthur Hacker (1858-1919) RA, versatile and popular English artist who trained at the Royal Academy Schools and in the Paris atelier of Léon Bonnat
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 7 Cavendish Buildings, Old Cavendish Street, W. [ London ] 29 July 1899.
£90.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir/ | I am very pleased to hear you like my pictures and seem so well acquainted with them - | I hope you will go on taking an interest in Art. | I am | Yours Sincerely | Arthur Hacker'.

[ Admiral Sir George Henry Richards, Hydrographer of the Navy. ] Seven Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Geo Henry Richards') to his friend 'Allchin' [ the physician Sir William Henry Allchin ], including an expression of grief on the death of a son.

Author: 
Admiral Sir George Henry Richards (1820-1896), Hydrographer of the Navy [ British Columbia survey; Vancouver; Arctic search for Sir John Franklin ] [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
Between 1888 and 1896. Five on letterheads: the Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Company Limited, London (2); The Cottage, Fetcham, Leatherhead (2); The Athenaeum, Pall Mall. Others from 56 Lexham Gardens [ London ] and Kittery Court, Kingswear.
£450.00

For Richards' eventful career see his entry in the Oxford DNB. Between 1852 and 1854, after taking part in the Opium Wars, he served as second in command on Belcher's ship Assistance in the search for Sir John Franklin, whose Arctic expedition had been missing since 1845. Between 1857 and 1862 he was a hydrographer on the coast of British Columbia, and was responsible for the selection and designation of dozens of placenames along the British Columbia coast (for example False Creek in Vancouver). He named one of his sons Vancouver Alexander Richards (1861-1906). The seven letters total 16pp.

[ William Moncrieff, English dramatist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Moncrieff'), justifying his biographical treatment of R. W. Elliston [ in his 'Ellistoniana', New Monthly Magazine ], with reference to Charles Lamb.

Author: 
William Moncrieff [ William Gibbs Thomas Moncrieff; W. T. Moncrieff ] (1794-1857), English playwright and theatre manager [ Robert William Elliston (1774-1831), actor and theatre manager ]
Publication details: 
4 Cowley Street, Westminster Abbey. 1 February 1843.
£100.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. The letter is addressed to 'My dear Sir' and the recipient is not identified. He begins by thanking him for his 'kind attention': 'I had got the information about Gattie, though I dont think I shall want it.' He is surprised the recipient 'never heard Mr Elliston mention The King of the Sheffield Gallery'. He continues: 'I am sorry my Anecdotes do not appear to please you, there is one thing however which must please you, which is, that finding them so incorrect &c you had nothing to do with them'.

[ William Stanley Roscoe, poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Roscoe') to an unnamed recipient, regarding an order of '30 more copies', which is 'commensurate to the Scholars' moderate establishment'.

Author: 
William Stanley Roscoe (1782-1843) of Liverpool, poet, son of the historian William Roscoe
Publication details: 
'Liverpool May 2nd. [ no year ]'.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, Laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. Reads: 'My Dear Sir | My absence from home must plead my excuse in not sooner replying to your obliging note of the 22nd Ulto - | I have desired 30 more Copies to be forwarded to you as you request, & I am sure you will be glad to hear that thro' your kindness, & that of many others who have interested themselves, we are likely to realize a sum commensurate to the Scholars moderate establishment'.

[ Sir Walter Besant, novellist and historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Besant.'), headed 'Mem. for Mr Henry Gray' (genealogical bookseller), ordering five books from his catalogue.

Author: 
Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), novellist and historian largely responsible for the creation of the People's Palace in East London [ Henry Gray of Acton, genealogical bookseller ]
Publication details: 
12 Gayton Crescent, Hampstead. No date.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'Mem. for Mr Henry Gray | I have received your Catalogue dated April 25th. | Will you send me, if still in hand, […]'. A list of five works follows, the last four French, including Sarah Scott's Utopian "Millenium Hall", following which Besant writes: 'for wh. I will remit by return post – on receipt.'

[ Stephen Austin, Hertford printer, proprietor of the Hertfordshire Mercury. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Alexander Ramsay, offering to help promote 'The Scientific Roll', although Hertford is 'not a Literary or Scientific locality!'

Author: 
Stephen Austin (1804-1892), Hertford stationer and printer, proprietor of the Hertfordshire Mercury [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of 'The Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
On his Hertford letterhead. 10 November 1881.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'It would afford me very great pleasure to help you in the matter of "The Scientific Roll" This is not a Literary or Scientific locality! and we have given up our Booksellers' Shop'. If Ramsay will send 'a copy of the numbers printed', he will 'give a notice in the "Hertfordshire Mercury" and perhaps that will make it known and induce people to take it.' The Austin family continued to run the Hertfordshire Mercury until the 1980s.

[ Vincent Figgins II, of Southgate, typefounder. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('V Figgins') to a subscriber to his facsimile edition of Caxton's 'Game and Playe of Chesse'.

Author: 
Vincent Figgins II (d.1861), of Southgate, typefounder in Smithfield, with his brother James Figgins (1811-1884); son of Vincent Figgins (1780-1844) [ William Caxton, London printer ]
Publication details: 
London. 27 September 1855.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The unnamed recipient's 'remittance for the "Game of Chesse" through the Post Office order has duly come to hand'. He thanks him for his subscription, and hopes he will 'find the book & the object of its publication worthy of being recommended to the support of others'. Figgins's facsimile edition is discussed in an 'Excursus' to J. A. Dane's 'Blind Impressions: Methods and Mythologies in Book History' (2013).

[ Peter Le Neve Foster, mathematican, photographer, and Secretary of the Royal Society of Arts. ] Autograph Note Signed ('P. Le Neve Foster') to George Ranken at Hull.

Author: 
Peter Le Neve Foster (1809-1879), mathematician, Secretary of the Royal Society of Arts, and photographer of the Calotype Club
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Society of Arts, Manufactures, & Commerce [ now the Royal Society of Arts ], John St, Adelphi, London. 11 March 1863.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. The note reads: 'Dear Sir, | All the Catalogues at my disposal have long since been distributed. | Yours faithfully | P. Le Neve Foster | Secy'.

[ Richard Slate of Preston, Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Slate') to Samuel Walker Alliot, regarding collecting and exchanging of nonconformist letters, with printed notice listing wanted 'Wesleyan Presidents'.

Author: 
Richard Slate (1787-1867) of Preston, Congregational minister, biographical writer and temperance campaigner
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter: Preston [ Lancashire ], 25 November 1863. Printed text undated.
£250.00

For information on Slate, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is a 12mo bifolium, with the two-page autograph letter to Alliot on the first leaf, and the printed notice on the recto of the second. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks Alliot and names the authors of three letters he would like, adding: 'I take it for granted they are letters similar to Dr. Buntings, which I have enclosed and not mere autographs. Walter Griffith's letter (which I will send when I hear from you) is quite equal to Dr. Bunting's but longer.

[ Shirley Brooks, the 'Epicurus Rotundus' of Punch. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. Brooks'), regarding the address of a club and 'Sir Rowland's myrmidons'.

Author: 
Shirley Brooks [ Charles William Shirley Brooks ] (1816-1874), journalist and novelist, the 'Epicurus Rotundus' of Punch
Publication details: 
9 Havelock Road, Hastings, on cancelled letterhead of 6 West Terrace, Regent's Park, N.W. [ London ] No date.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of mount on blank reverse. He is sending, 'as promised, the address', but has forgotten 'the exact member of the club'. 'I conclude, however, that it is well known to Sir Rowland's myrmidons' (Sir Rowland Hill and his postmen). He asks for 'a line of assurance', and for a proof if the recipient prints the address. A pencil postscript at the foot of the leaf has been neatly torn away, except for the following, up the right-hand margin: '<...> I have pencilled might be omitted. She can judge'.

[ Henry Gardiner Adams ('Nemo'), juvenile author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H G Adams') to 'Mr J S Lamb' [ regarding contributions to his 'Cyclopaedia of Poetical Quotations' ].

Author: 
H. G. Adams [ Henry Gardiner Adams ] (c.1811-1881) of Kent, druggist and author, writer of juvenile literature under the pseudonym 'Nemo'
Publication details: 
Rochester [ Kent ]. 29 September 1852.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium of grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter would appear to be addressed to a contributor to Adams's 'Cyclopaedia of Poetical Quotations' (1853). It begins: 'Sir | I have much pleasure in acknowledging the receipt your obliging communications, and in thanking you therefore: the extract on Love I shall endeavour to find room for'. As it is 'a subject on which so many beautiful things have been said', he cannot include everything.

[ Rev. John Allen Giles, Anglo-Saxon scholar. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. A. Giles'), defending his testimonial for 'Draper' and describing his 'literary labors'.

Author: 
J. A. Giles [ Rev. John Allen Giles ] (1808-1884), Anglo-Saxon scholar and historian, curate of Bampton, Oxfordshire, and Fellow of Corpus Christi
Publication details: 
Bampton, Oxfordshire. 17 December 1846.
£45.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'I am proud to be honored by any communication from you whatever may be the subject. With respect to Mr. Draper, when I gave him a testimonial two years ago, I considered him entitled to every word of commendation that I used in his favor.' He admits that he had barely seen Draper over the previous two years, but he had learnt from others that he had 'merited their approbation'.

[ Charles Sedgwick Minot, American anatomist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Alexander Ramsay (editor of the 'Scientific Roll'), giving details of plans for an 'International Congress' (regarding psychical research?).

Author: 
Charles Sedgwick Minot (1852-1914), American anatomist at the Harvard Medical School and founding member of the American Society for Psychical Research [ Alexander Ramsay, editor, 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
25 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts. 29 September 1884.
£650.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter would appear to relate to the formation of the American Society for Psychical Research. Six days before the writing of the present letter, on 23 September 1884, Minot had been a member of a committee of nine scientists who met at Boston to consider the advisability of the formation of a society for psychical research in America, William James being another member.

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