VICTORIAN

[ Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Liberal politician and social reformer. ] Autograph Letter in the third person, as 'Lord Ashley', thanking the editor of The Globe [ John Wilson ] for his support [ to the Mines Act ].

Author: 
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury [ Lord Ashley, 1811-1861 ] (1801-1885), Liberal politician and social reformer [ John Wilson, editor of the Globe newspaper, London, and Benthamite ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 9 June 1842.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. The subject of the letter is the Mines Act, passed 10 August 1842, which barred women and girls and boys under ten from working down the mines. The letter, which is headed 'private & confidential', reads: 'Lord Ashley cannot refrain from thanking the Editor of the Globe for the friendly & able support to the measure now before Parliament, which he gave in his Paper of last Evening.

[ Arthur Joseph Munby, diarist and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. J. Munby') to the bookseller Bertram Dobell, regarding two lost postal orders.

Author: 
A. J. Munby [ Arthur Joseph Munby ] (1828-1910), diarist, poet and barrister obsessed with women in service [ Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), bookseller and literary scholar ]
Publication details: 
Ripley, Sussex. 23 September 1894.
£65.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter concerns two missing postal orders, regarding which Munby reports that he has made enquiries with 'the Ripley postmaster'. He discusses the question, giving the numbers of the postal orders, and writes: 'The postmaster tells me that, as the Orders were crossed, the G. P. O. will (unless by any chance the Orders have been cashed) repay the £1. 4.

[ St. George Jackson Mivart, eventually anti-Darwinian biologist. ] Autograph Note Signed about a ticket.

Author: 
St. George Jackson Mivart (1827-1900), biologist who promoted Darwin's theories, then repudiated them
Publication details: 
No place. 29 June [ no year ].
£250.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and norn paper. Written in a difficult hand. Appears to read: 'Dear Mr Woodrow | I send you the enclosed (my ticket) till the end of July. Please let me <?> it at 71 Seymour St on the evening of July 31st.' A Catholic convert, Mivart was increasingly disenchanted with his friend Thomas Henry Huxley's anti-papist stance, and repudiated his initial support for the theory of evolution. This did not, however, endear him the the Roman Catholic authorities.

[ Sir Monier Monier- Williams, orientalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Monier Williams') to 'The Revd Dr. Donaldson', requesting a testimonial for use in his campaign to become Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford

Author: 
Sir Monier Monier- Williams (1819-1899), orientalist, Boden Professor of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford [ John William Donaldson (1811-1861), philologist ]
Publication details: 
Cheltenham. 12 May [ 1860 ].
£180.00

The context is explained in Monier-Williams's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'After spending a few years at Cheltenham, where he held an appointment at the college, he was elected Boden professor of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford in December 1860. The election to the professorship was at this time still made by all MAs of the university, after a campaign by the contestants: Williams's rival, in a long and somewhat acrimonious struggle, was Professor F. Max Müller.' 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with printed slip from catalogue laid down at head.

[ Shelford Bidwell, physicist and inventor whose 'telephotography' was a precursor to the modern fax. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Henslow', requesting a 'distant room' for a demonstration of 'an experimental telephone'.

Author: 
Shelford Bidwell (1848-1909, English physicist and inventor whose 'telephotography' was a precursor to the modern fax
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Riverside Lodge, Wandsworth. 27 November 1883.
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his note, adding: 'I think perhaps it will be better to clear the platform as the apparatus will then be more easily seen. I should be glad if possible to have the use of a distant room in the building to which I could run an experimental telephone wire. The room may of course be a very small one.'

[ Sir Francis Seymour Haden, surgeon and etcher. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mons <Jules Saignait?>, sending payment from the South Kensington Museum, through 'Mr. Chapman', for 'two splendid etchings (the large groups of flowers').

Author: 
Seymour Haden [ Sir Francis Seymour Haden ] (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 62 Sloane Streety, S.W. [ London ] 10 April 1863..
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.. Addressed at start to 'Cher Monsieur', with indistinct name of recipient following Haden's signature. He is sending him, 'by the hands of Mr. Chapman the sum of 50 francs wh. I have received on yr. behalf from the authorities of South Kensington Museum – and have obtained the promise of this office that yr. Two splendid etchings (the large group of flowers) that he suspended among the Chefs D'Oeuvres of the Establishment.' He concludes: 'Mr. Chapman will explain the hurry in wh. I write'.

[ Mona Caird, Scottish novelist and suffragist. ] Two Auograph Letters, one Signed 'Mona Caird', discussing her inability to provide financial assistance to the causes she supports.

Author: 
Mona Caird [ Alice Mona Caird; née Alice Mona Alison; married name Alice Mona Henryson-Caird] (1854-1932), Scottish novelistt, proponent of women's suffrage, and theosophist
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of 'Cassencary, Creetown, N.B. [i.e. Scotland ]' One dated 'May 6th.' and the other '19th. Dec.' Years not stated.
£300.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed, dated '19th. Dec.' 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. As 'the public is not apparently able to rise to the occasion', the recipient's appeal should be helped, but she is 'unable to help anything just now. I have been most seriously involved in the Australian

[ Charles Manners, singer with D'Oyly Carte and the Moody-Manners Opera Company. ] Autograph letter Signed ('C Manners') to 'Mr. Streatfield'

Author: 
Charles Manners (1867-1935), English opera singer, first with D'Oyly Carte, then with his own Moody-Manners Opera Company, run with his wife Fanny Moody [ Gilbert and Sullivan ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Moody-Manners Opera Company, Limited. 19 January 1901.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Elaborate letterhead headed 'Third Year', with 'Repertoire' (beginning with 'Tristan & Isolda') down left-hand margin. Two printed notices as part of letterhead. First: 'At present the largest English Oper Company that has ever travelled Great Britain | Being played for the first time in the Provinces to the Pitch that the Composers intended their Operas should be Played, viz.; - NORMAL PITCH.' Second, 'The above Company are offering two Prizes of £250 each, and 10% on all profits for two Operas, selected by public competition.

[ Joseph Ady, fraudster. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Ady') to 'Mrs Jackson', giving details of funds he claims are due to her, and attacking Sir Peter Laurie for 'Malice'; on reverse of one of his lithographed fradulent circulars.

Author: 
Joseph Ady (1775-1852), Quaker fraudster [ Sir Peter Laurie (1778-1861), Lord Mayor of London ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place [ 1846 or later ].
£220.00

For details of Ady and his methods, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is on one side of a 9.5 x 22 cm piece of paper.

[ Adela Verne, pianist and composer. ] Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed recipient

Author: 
Adela Verne [ born Adeline Victorine Pauline Wurm ] (1877-1952), English pianist and composer, born in Germany
Publication details: 
Clareville Lodge, South Kensington. 18 October 1901.
£220.00

4pp., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. She lays before the recipient, apparently a newspaper man, 'a scheme which I intend to carry out very shortly', beginning: 'The works of British composers have as you know hitherto not received their fair share of attention at Pianoforte Recitals.

[ John Camden Hotten, London bookseller. ] Signed Autograph inscription ('Jno Camden Hotten') to Charles Welford., on hf title of his 'Literary Copyright'.

Author: 
John Camden Hotten (1832-1873), London bookseller [ Charles Welford ]
Publication details: 
No place. 24 October 1871.
£65.00

On the half-title of his self-published anonymous 'Literary copyright: seven Letters addressed by Permission to the Right Hon. the Earl Stanhope' (1871), now a loose leaf in 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Printed in the centre of the page are the words 'Literary Copyright.' Above this Hotten has written, in his stylised hand: 'To Charles Welford | with the respects of | Jno Camden Hotten | 24 Oct. 1871.'

[ Stephen Heller [ Heller István ], Hungarian pianist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stephen Heller') in French, to an unnamed lady, seeking to rearrange the date of the lesson of 'Mlle. Shillito'

Author: 
Stephen Heller [ Heller István ] (1813-1888), Hungarian pianist, teacher and composer
Publication details: 
No place. Date illegible.
£120.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition. On his monogram letterhead. He states that he is still too ill to teach an arranged lesson to 'Mlle Shillito', and seeks to rearrange the date.

[ Thomas Henry Burke, Irish civil servant killed in the Phoenix Park Murders. ] Autograph Signature ('T H Burke') on part of an 'Authority to discharge'.

Author: 
Thomas Henry Burke (1829-1882), Permanent Under Secretary at the Irish Office, killed in the Phoenix Park Murders
Publication details: 
[ Dublin. ] Chief Secretary Office D.C. 'Discharged 20 March | 1875'.
£150.00

Piece of paper, approximately 15 x 21 cm, torn from the second and concluding leaf of a bifolium. Aged and worn, with repair to a closed tear. Burke's signature is at the foot, preceded by writing in another hand, thus: 'Hugh Mc. Mahon respectively. | I am, | Sir, | Your Obedient Servant, | J H Burke'. On the reverse, in ink: 'Chief Secretary Office D.C | Authority to discharge John & Hugh McMahon | also | Edward, Patrick & Bernard Mc.Swine | on entering into Bail self £2. with two Sureties £5 each.' Beneath this, at foot: 'Recd. & Ansd. | Discharged'.

[ Sir Walter Gilbey, wine-merchant and philanthropist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Walter Gilbey') to 'Mr Howard', regarding the 'serious state and suffering' of Howard's grandfather.

Author: 
Sir Walter Gilbey, 1st Baronet (1831-1914), English wine-merchant and philanthropist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Elsenham Hall, Essex. 11 August 1895.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He is 'deeply grieved' at the news of Howard's grandfather: 'I could wish, as you all do, his life spared a few years longer but when you tell me of his serious state and suffering, I feel we must be prepared for the worst and not desire a lingering death.' He asks for his 'sympathy and regret' to be conveyed to the whole family.

[ Archibald Geikie, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arch Geikie') to a female student of geology, correcting the misidentification of two specimens.

Author: 
Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist and author
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Shepherd's Down, Haslemere, Surrey. 24 October 1907.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'Dear Madam | It always gives me pleasure when I can in any way assist a student of Geology, and the pleasure is not lessened when the student is a young lady.' He proceeds to explain how the two specimens about which she has written to him ('Frigonia incurva' and 'Pleuromya Voltzi') have been wrongly identified, concluding: 'Your specimens appear from your drawings to be only casts and may therefore be difficult to determine satisfactorily.'

[ Professor Robert Bellamy Clifton, designer of the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R B Clifton') to 'Wells' [ Joseph Wells ], regarding 'the tickets for the Wadham party'.

Author: 
Robert Bellamy Clifton (1836-1921), Professor of Experimental Natural Philosophy at Oxford University, designer of the Clarendon Laboratory [ Joseph Wells (1855-1929) of Wadham College, Oxford ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Portland Lodge, Park Town, Oxford. 18 June 1884.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition. Good firm signature, beneath which, in a contemporary hand: 'Professor of Experimental Philosophy | F.R.S: F.R.A.S.' He has been prevented from thanking Wells for 'the tickets for the Wadham party',having been engaged in 'a series of oscillations between London & Oxford', and his expressions of gratitude 'must now be combined with apologies for my delay in giving utterance to them'. Neither he nor his wife will be able to attend 'the festivity', but he has 'ventured to send the tickets to Mrs. G. R. Scott'.

[ Laura Henderson, founder of the Windmill Theatre. ] Autograph Letter Signed to an actress [ Janet Achurch ], praising her performance in 'A Doll's House'

Author: 
Laura Henderson [ born Laura Forster ] (1863-1944), founder of the Windmill Theatre, London [ Janet Achurch, stage name of Janet Sharp (1863-1916), actress ]
Publication details: 
14 Hill Street, Berkeley Square [ London ]. 'Sunday' [ 1889 ].
£320.00

4pp., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Achurch's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the context: 'In 1889, when she was still only twenty-three, she undertook the management of the Novelty Theatre, London, where on 7 June she appeared as Nora in the first English production of Ibsen's A Doll's House.

[ Madeline Wyndham, society hostess and member of 'The Souls'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Canon Mitford', describing the death of her husband Sir Percy Wyndham.

Author: 
Madeline Wyndham [ née Campbell ] (c.1835-1920), wife of Sir Percy Wyndham (1835-1911) of Clouds, Wiltshire, society hostess and member of 'The Souls'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Clouds, East Knoyle, Salisbury. 13 March 1911.
£180.00

2pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. In pencil and evidently written in great distress. Reads: 'Dear Canon Milford | I thank you for your Letters & your Prayers I know how you all will feel for us. But it has all been Blessed He was surrounded by love & at the End, Passed on. so quietly yet so raidently. [sic] that it has left the Glory of God his face and we are “Sorrowful yet rejoicing” | Gods own Peace & Glory is on his face | Yours ever affecately | Madeline Wyndham | My love to all'.

[ Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild. ] Autograph Note Signed ('R.') to 'Mr May', i.e. Frank May, Chief Cashier of the Bank of England.

Author: 
Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild [ Nathan[iel?] Mayer Rothschild, Lord Rothschild ] (1840-1915) [ Frank May (1832-1897), disgraced Chief Cashier of the Bank of England, 1873-1893 [
Publication details: 
Mentmore; 25 August 1887.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Mr May - | I am delighted you can come on Saturday. Please let me know the train you come by. Our station is Cheddington. | Yrs sincerely | R.' On May's death the New York Times reported (10 February 1897) that in 1893 he 'suddenly resigned after a mysterious meeting of the Board of Directors, and for several days exciting rumours circulated in London that something was wrong with the finances.

[ Henry Baker Tristram, 'parson-naturalist' supporter of Charles Darwin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B. Tristram') to Francis DuCane Godman, regarding their natural history collections.

Author: 
Henry Baker Tristram (1822-1906), geologist and 'parson-naturalist', a supporter of Charles Darwin [ Frederick DuCane Godman (1834-1919), naturalist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Greatham Vicarage, Stockton upon Tees. 2 October 1865.
£220.00

Four pages, 12mo, good condition. He is pleased that Godman has 'found something new in your Agnean things', among which '[t]he red legged partridge if now will indeed be a treasure'. He also discusses the bullfinch, starling and wren, before moving on to shells and 'Guatamala eggs'. He is 'beginning to arrange my Cabinet for the long evenings employment. I shd. be glad to get together what I can.' The letter concludes: 'My Smithsonians are (the rare ones only) disgracefully broken & must have been packed after they were broken.'

[ Charlotte M. Yonge, novelist. ] Autograph Signature ('C M Yonge') to part of Autograph Letter.

Author: 
Charlotte M. Yonge [ Charlotte Mary Yonge; C. M. Yonge ] (1823-1901), English novelist associated with the Oxford Movement
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On 5.5 x 12.5 cm piece of grey paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Written on both sides. The side with the signature reads: '[...] I will let you know if I have anything farther, but it does not at all depend on me | Yours faithfully | C M Yonge'. The other side reads: '[...] when of course we can accept them or not as we please. | Mr Hughes & some others were unwilling to write under a possible Editor who they thought might [...]'.

[ 'Hesba Stretton' (Sarah Smith), Victorian children's author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hesba Stretton') to 'Mrs. Picton', regarding her disabled nephew.

Author: 
'Hesba Stretton', pen name of Sarah Smith (1832-1911), Victorian children's author
Publication details: 
70 Lansdowne Road, W. [ London ] 4 October 1881.
£90.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Forty-five lines, closely written. Her recent affairs have been so 'unsettled' that she has not been able to make arrangements to see Mrs Picton.

[ Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Lawson') to 'Canon Farrar' [ Frederic William Farrar ] on matters including the Temperance Alliance and the Reform Bill.

Author: 
Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd Baronet (1829-1906), radical Liberal politician, President of the United Kingdom Temperance Alliance [ Frederic William Farrar (1831-1903) ]
Publication details: 
From Brayton, Carlisle, on cancelled letterhead of the County Club, Carlisle. 19 December 1884.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair conditoin, aged and with central horizontal and vertical folds.The letter begins: 'What queer things people do write to you about.' On an unspecified question, Lawson doubts that Farrar 'can do anything in the matter', and thinks that 'the “Mrs. referred to in the plan is the Lady who gave £500 to the Alliance last October [...] she is worth conciliating if it can be done'. He thinks 'the Reform Bill ought to help an alliance crusade and feel – Hardly any publicans will be enfranchised by it, but numbers of their victims & their opponents'.?>

[ Sir William Smith, lexicographer. ]

Author: 
Sir William Smith (1813-1893), lexicographer and editor of the Quarterly Review
Publication details: 
On his 'Biblical Dictionary' letterhead, 31 Regent's Villas, Avenue Road, N.W.. [ London]. 21 January 1858.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He asks to be informed if the recipient has 'commenced any of your articles in C', as he 'may be able to restore some of the articles to you which have gone astray'. Clearly referring to an entry in the Dictionary, he offers to 'take Canticles off your hands'.

[ Sir Roderick Murchison, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Signature ('Rodck Murchison') on part of letter.

Author: 
Sir Roderick Murchison (1792-1871), Scottish geologist, discoverer of the Silurian system
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00

On 2.5 x 8 cm piece of paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Yours sincerely | Rodck Murchison'. On reverse: 'terest, Japanese i<...>'.

[ Canon Barnett, social reformer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. A. Barnett')

Author: 
Samuel Augustus Barnett [ Canon Barnett ] (1844-1913), Vicar of St Jude's Whitechapel, Anglican cleric and social reformer associated with the Toynbee Hall university settlement
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St. John's Vicarage, Commercial Street, Whitechapel, E. [ London ] 22 April 1885.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Barnett and his wife will be 'up at Oxford on Saturday, May 2nd' and he gives their itinerary: 'We shall be Engaged on the Evening of Saturday: & on Sunday I preach in Balliol Chapel: & attend a meeting in Balliol Hall in the Evening.' If Wells could 'slip a meeting in, at any time, which would leave these times free', Barnett would be 'very glad to come to it'.

[ Graziado Isaia Ascoli, politician and linguist. ] Page of Autograph Corrected Manuscript, with presentation inscription signed 'Graziado Ascoli'.

Author: 
Graziadio Ascoli [ Graziadio Isaia Ascoli ] (1829-1907), politician and linguist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£350.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and with central vertical crease. Consisting of a page bearing eleven lines of corrected manuscript, laid down onto an 8vo leaf, with the following presentation inscription at the foot: 'Vogliate sempre bene | al divotisso. vostro | Graziado Ascoli'. The manuscript begins: '[...] essi mettono in opera per chiarire diversamente il loro nazionalismo, [...]' and ends '[...] consequenti presenzoni delle cancellerie europee.' Ascoli was the first linguist to first to classify systematically the Italian dialects.

[ Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author famed for his fairy tales. ] Signed Presentation Inscription ('H. C. Andersen') to 'Guldberg' [ his friend Christian Høegh-Guldberg? ]

Author: 
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), renowned Danish author, famed for his fairy tales [ Christian Høegh-Guldberg (1777-1867) ]
Hans Christian Andersen inscription
Publication details: 
Without place or date [1847?]. On reverse of title leaf of the first volume of the German edition of his 'Gesammelte Werke', published in Leipzig, 'Verlag von Carl B. Lorck', 1847.
£1,500.00
Hans Christian Andersen inscription

12mo, 1p. On the reverse of the title leaf, extracted from the 1847 Leipzig edition of his collected works. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Note: an intern at the Danish Embassy in London tried to find someone in the Embassy to translate but it defeated them ("Gothic" or "German" so-called). But I expect one of my readers has a competence and will study the image attached to the description.

[ Edmond Warre, Head Master of Eton College. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear Hugh' (a former pupil?), sending 'the usual Certificate', discussing his father's ill health, and with mention of 'Cyril' and the Hampton Court Tapestry.

Author: 
Edmond Warre (1837-1920), successively Provost and Head Master of Eton College, and outstanding rower
Publication details: 
Eton (on his monogrammed letterhead); 8 October 1882.
£60.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He is sending 'the usual Certificate', and is sorry to hear of the recipient's father's accident. 'How did he do it? I hope he will have no ill effects from it.' He asks to be remembered to his mother. 'Cyril is staying out with a Cold to day but not much the matter.' He concludes: 'I hope you will get through the Exam all right at Balliol. Come & see us on yr way down'. A postscript refers to 'the Hampton Court Tapestry "The Fates" 3 pieces', and ends with a Latin quotation.

[ George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('George J Goschen') to an unnamed recipient [presumably Frank May, Chief Cashier, Bank of England], responding to congratulations, and recalling his association with the Bank.

Author: 
George Joachim Goschen (1831-1907), 1st Viscount Goschen, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 69 Portland Place, W. [ London ] 6 January [ no year ].
£65.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his 'kind letter & good wishes. It is very satisfactory to me to see that I am held in such friendly remembrance by officers of the Bank, with which I was connected a good many years ago.' The item derives from the Frank May papers.

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