VICTORIAN

[ William Bridges Adams, locomotive engineer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Bridges Adams') regarding the reprinting of a forthcoming Spectator article by him in the Mechanics Magazine.

Author: 
William Bridges Adams (1797-1872), locomotive engineer, author, inventor of the Adams axle
Publication details: 
1 Adam Street, Adelphi [ London ]. 22 June 1854.
£38.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Adams' handwriting is difficult, and the name of the recipient is unclear. The letter begins: 'I expect the Spectator will have the article in on Saturday next - as I have returned the proof with the title which I composed to day | The Mechanics Magazine will I dare say be glad to copy it from the Spectator [...]'. He gives the address at which he will be staying for the following week: 'The Crouch | Lidford | Nr Lewes | Sussex'.

[ Sir George Birdwood, Anglo-Indian naturalist. ] 14 Autograph Letters Signed (12 of them 'George Birdwood') to H. B. Wheatley and Sir Henry Trueman Wood of the Royal Society of Arts, with reference to Sir William Lee-Warner and Sir Thomas Holdich.

Author: 
Sir George Birdwood [ Sir George Christopher Molesworth Birdwood ] (1832-1917), Anglo-Indian naturalist, colonial official and author [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; H. B. Wheatley; Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
Five letters from 1901, four of them on letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall; one from 33 Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill. Nine letters from 1913, all from 5 Windsor Road, Ealing.
£220.00

The 14 letters total 72pp. The collection is in good condition, lightly aged. Most items docketed and with the Society's stamp. The correspondence relates to Society business, from a strongly Anglo-Indian viewpoint. Letters of 26 May and 2 June 1913 are each 12pp. Long, and concern the relative merits of Indian colonial official Sir William Lee-Warner (1846-1914) and the geographer Sir Thomas Holdich (1843-1929), to be chairman of the Society.

[ Herbert Mills Birdwood, Anglo-Indian botanist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'H. Birdwood') to H. B. Wheatley of the Royal Society of Arts

Author: 
Herbert Mills Birdwood (1837-1907), Anglo-Indian botanist and jurist [ H. B. Wheatley [ Henry Benjamin Wheatley ] (1838-1917), Assistant Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
Both from Dalkeith House, Cambridge Park, Twickenham (one on letterhead). 25 January and 12 June 1901.
£80.00

Both items in good condition, on grey-paper bifoliums, the first with the Society's stamp and both docketed. ONE: 25 January 1901. 1p., 12mo. Concerning the binding up of his copies of the Society's journal, and the supply of missing parts. TWO: 12 June 1901. 3pp., 12mo. Concerning his 'promised letter' for 'Friday's Journal': 'I cannot hope to have a proof sent me, but if you accept the letter & should be correcting a proof yourself & would, when ordering a proof, order a spare copy for me to see at your office, I shd. be greatly obliged & wd. call in tomorrow afternoon to look through it'.

[ Sale catalogue by Maggs Brothers of London. ] Original Drawings by Kate Greenaway and Hugh Thomson | Chiefly in watercolour.

Author: 
[ Maggs Brothers, London booksellers; Kate Greenaway; Hugh Thomson ]
Publication details: 
Maggs Bros. Ltd. London. [ Printed in Great Britian by The Courier Press, Leamington Spa and London. ] No date. [ 1930s?]
£50.00

13 + [1]pp., 8vo. Stapled and unbound. Staining to inner margin of front cover, otherwise in fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Thirteen items, eleven by Greenaway (with three illustrations) and two by Thomson (both illustrated). The most expensive item, at £100, is the first, Greenaway's 'Apples' (illustrated): 'A large water-colour drawing of a little girl standing in front of a whitewashed wall holding a few apples in the lid of a hamper.

[ Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ipswich, Suffolk. ] The first 22 numbers of the school magazine, bound together with title-leaf: 'The Elizabethan. Auspicio Laeti Venerato Nomine Eliziae

Author: 
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ipswich, Suffolk, established 1399, now Ipswich School [ S. H. Cowell, Ipswich printer and bookseller ]
Publication details: 
Ipswich: Printed and Sold by S. H. Cowell, Old Butter Market. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., Stationers' Hall Court. Twenty-two issues bound together with new title page. 21 February 1852 to 3 December 1853.
£180.00

The 22 issues (originals, not a resetting of the text) are continuously paginated, each being 16pp. long, and totalling 352pp., 8vo. Preceded by a title-leaf for 'Vol. I.' and two-page index. Frontispiece engraving of 'Queen Elizabeth's New Grammar School and Chapel, Ipswich.' A differently-inked variant of the same illustration faces the first page of No. 6. In brown morocco half-binding, title in gilt on spine, marbled boards. Internally sound and tight, in worn binding with damage to marbling on back board, and the first leaf of the first issue somewhat grubby.

[ Printed volume. ] A Brief History of Boys' Journals | With interesting facts about the writers of boys' stories. [ 'The Old Boys' Books' on cover. Printed handbill advertisement for the 'Old Boy's Book Club' pasted in at rear. ]

Author: 
Ralph Rollington [ John J. Wilson, Secretary, The Old Boy's Book Club', Liverpool; Harold Simpson, Leicester periodical dealer ]
Publication details: 
H. Simpson, Grove Road, Leicester. Appendix by 'H. S.' dated 'Leicester, July, 1913.'
£50.00

111 + [1]pp., 8vo. Frontispiece and eight plates. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in worn grey printed wraps, with light staining to front cover and slight loss at head of spine. Rollington's account begins: 'Some enthusiastic old readers of Boys' Journals of nearly forty years ago have asked me to write a brief history of the rise and fall of Boys' Papers during that period. | I can speak from experience, for I have been the proprietor of four Boys' Journals, and have written many boys stories.' Pasted inside the back cover is a full-page advertisement, by 'JOHN J.

[Mary Proctor, astronomer.] 25 items from her papers, including four early photographic portraits, two Autograph Letters Signed from the astrophysicist Alfred Fowler, a book contract, receipts, a bill of sale.

Author: 
Mary Proctor (1862-1957), Anglo-American astronomer after whom a crater on the moon is named, daughter of the British astronomer Richard Anthony Proctor (1837-1888) [Alfred Fowler, astrophysicist]
Publication details: 
Several from St Joseph, Missouri; others from New York, Washington, and London, England. Between 1889 and 1931.
£400.00

25 items. in good condition, lightly aged and worn. A small but evocative collection, ranging from a bill of sale of the family's effects in the year following the death of Mary Proctor's father in 1888, to a letter from her cousin in 1931, reprimanding her for spending too much money on unnecessary tickets. Mary Proctor was born in Dublin to British parents; the early part of her life was spent in the United States, and following the First World War she settled in England.

[Printed Book; authorial inscription etc] Discourses in America

Author: 
Matthew Arnold [ Lady Dorothy Neville, 'writer, hostess, horticulturist and plant collector']
Publication details: 
First edition. London, Macmillan and Co., 1885
£400.00

[xiv], 207pp., dark green cloth, corners bumped, mainly good to very good. A copy inscribed by Matthew Arnold to Lady Dorothy Neville, 'writer, hostess, horticulturist and plant collector', with a letter by Arnold concerning his gift of the book tipped in. Also with prined "From the Author" note enclosed (loose), a printed bookplate alleging "Stolen from Lady Dorothy Neville", and a newspaper clipping concerning Matthew Arnold's burial place tipped in. The letter from Arnold reads as follows: "Dear Lady Dorothy | The Fourth Party are excellent company, but Sunday is impossible for me.

[Claude Clark, Managing Director of Bedford brewers Newland & Nash.] Autograph notebook of material relating to all the aspects of brewing, including recipes, pricings and calculations, memoranda, transcriptions, cuttings and other matter.

Author: 
Claude Clark, Managing Director of the Bedford brewers Newland & Nash.
Publication details: 
[Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.] 1875 to 1898.
£280.00

192pp., 8vo. In contemporary black calf binding, with brass clasp and marbled endpapers. Ownership inscription on fly leaf: 'Claude Clark | Jan. 1875'. The first entry reads: 'System of Brewing according to commenced in Brewery Tuesday Nov 2nd 1875. The charge for instruction was 50 guineas, which was repaid in profits in almost 5 weeks, it was found to act admirably and produced 4 1/2 brls per qr and 5 brls from good malt.' This is followed by a long 'Mashing example'. There follow recipes for 'Dressing', 'Stout', 'India Pale ale', 'XXX Stock ales' and 'Running XXX Ales'.?>

[E. V. Lucas.] Copy of his book 'Charles Lamb and the Lloyds', marked up 'With corrections for Second Edition' in his autograph, with new preface and other additions loosely inserted.

Author: 
E. V. Lucas [Edward Verrall Lucas] (1868-1938), English author, publisher, and editor of Charles Lamb
Publication details: 
London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place. 1898.
£200.00

xiii + 297pp., with frontispiece and four plates, and six-page publishers' catalogue at end. Blocks of text have been cut out by Lucas, between pp.205 and 232, and the three leaves carrying pp.199-204 have been removed. Otherwise in good condition, in worn burgundy cloth binding, gilt. Lucas has written 'With corrections for Second Edition' at the head of the title page. (There was no second edition.) Emendations throughout in pencil and pen.

[ Printed Victorian children's book with hand-coloured plates and two stories named on title-page. ] Prince Arthur; or, The Four Trials | A Fairy Tale. By Catherine Mary Stirling. Tales by the Flowers. By Caroline B. Templer.

Author: 
Catherine Mary Stirling; Caroline B. Templer [ James Hogg & Sons, London publisher; Camden Press, London printers ]
Publication details: 
London: James Hogg & Sons. [ Camden Press, London ] [ 1861. ]
£120.00

124 + [4] pp., 12mo. Four hand-coloured plates including frontispiece. A four-page publisher's advertisement at rear, for 'A New and Attractive Series of Juvenile Books'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. In worn brown-cloth binding with decorative design featuring titles in gilt on cover; split hinge at rear. Stirling's story continues to p.50, and is followed by Templer's collection of 27 'improving' poems, from 'The Invitation' and 'The Holly Tree's Tale - Christmas' to 'Heartsease - Thoughts of Peace' and 'The Misseltoe - A Missionary Tale'.

[Failed Periodical] Bentley's Quarterly Review

Author: 
[Richard Bentley, publisher]
Publication details: 
[London] 1859-1860.
£750.00

Two volumes, hf-lea, marbled boards and endpapers, wear to extremities of binding, small chip from top of spine, foxing, hinge strain, mainly good condition. Pp.[iv]614 AND [iv] 654. Quarterly issues for March and July 1859 AND October 1859 and January 1860. See Wellesley Index, vol. II for details of contents and sorry history (as well as Gettmann). Main British Libraries have copies (electronic or not).

[ Printed House of Lords publication. ] Case and Pedigree on behalf of Henry De Vere Vane, of 74, Eaton Place, In the County of London, claiming to be Baron Barnard of Barnard Castle, in the Peerage of England, on his claim to the said title, [...]

Author: 
[ Henry De Vere Vane, 9th Baron Barnard of Barnard Castle (1854-1918); House of Lords, Lords Committee of Privileges ]
Publication details: 
In the House of Lords, Before the Lords Committee of Privileges. [ Trower, Freeling, & Parkin, Lincoln's Inn. ]
£120.00

(The title ends: '[...] the said title, honour, and dignity.') 52pp., folio. With large fold-out 'Pedigree of the Barony of Barnard'. In brown printed paper covers with red ribbon spine. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in worn and chipped wraps. Mainly consisting of 'Proofs to be adduced in support of the case of Henry De Vere Vane, claiming to be Baron Barnard of Barnard Castle, on his claim to the said peerage'. and an appendix in five parts. On the death in 1890 of the 4th Duke of Cleveland, the line of succession to the dukedom was left unclear.

[ One of 255 copies, signed by Edward Heron-Allen. ] O. U. Miscellanies. No. 14. Account of The Great Learned Societies and Associations. And of the Chief Printing Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland.

Author: 
'Bro. Bernard Quaritch, Librarian of the Sette of Odd Volumes' [ George Clulow, President; Edward Heron-Allen, club secretary; Wyman & Sons, London printers and binders ]
Publication details: 
[ The Sette of Odd Volumes, London. ] 'Imprynted by Bror C. W. H. Wyman, Typographer to ye Sette, at hys Printing-house in Great Queene Street, over against Lincoln's Inne Fields, within ye Parish of Saynt Giles in ye Fields London'.1886.
£50.00

55 + [3]pp., 12mo. Frontispiece engraving of Quaritch, with facsimile of his signature. Bound in card boards covered in pink fake vellum paper printed in gold. In good condition, lightly aged, in lightly worn covers. Limitation leaf completed in manuscript, with this copy no. 134 of 255, with pencil signature of 'Ed. Heron Allen', presenting the book to ' Gottschalk'. Introduction by George Clulow, President. Note at end by 'B.?[ferdinand?]>

[ Carriages, coaches, etc. ] Large collection of items relating to carriages, coaches, coaching and coach building

Author: 
Silk & Sons of Long Acre, London, Victorian Coach Builders
Publication details: 
c.1750-1893.
£1,500.00

Silk & Sons were one of the leading coach builders of Victorian London, Robert Silk (born c.1797, fl.1871) already being established in Long Acre by 1851. Robert Silk was succeeded by his son William (born 1824), who in his turn took his sons William junior (1853-1911) and Robert John (1858-1934) into the business. The firm continued to trade at least until 1907, when the Long Acre premises were sold.The present collection, mainly compiled by the elder William Silk, contains around 350 items relating to carriages, coaches, coaching and coach building, dating from between 1750 and 1893.

[ H.M. Patent Office, London. ] Manuscript document containing 'Searches' into the 'Novelty' and 'Validity' of around 150 patent applications, with diagrams and index.

Author: 
H.M. Patent Office, London (now the Intellectual Property Office) [ Sir Henry Bessemer; Sir John Coode; Gusttav Overbeck; Crosse & Blackwell; Wedgwood; Bryant & May ]
Publication details: 
H.M. Patent Office, 25 Southampton Buildings, London, WC. 13 March 1878 to 19 December 1882.
£450.00

The Patent Office - now the Intellectual Property Office - was established by the Patent Law Amendment Act of 1852, which simplified the procedure for obtaining patents of invention and reduced costs. In 1883 another Act of Parliament brought into being the office of Comptroller General of Patents, with, according to the National Archives, 'a staff of patent examiners to carry out a limited form of examination; mainly to ensure that the specification described the invention properly, but without any investigation into novelty'.

[ War Department contractors 1858 ]10 printed items] Schedule of Contract for Carpenters' [Bricklayers'; Slaters'; Plasterers'; Plumbers'; Painters'; Glaziers'; Smiths'; Cast-iron and Metal] Work for the Service of the War Department, [...]

Author: 
[Ten printed Schedules of Contract for work for the service of the War Department, in the South-West and Sussex District; W. H. Dudley; Robert Stratton; George Wheeler; Isle of Wight; Hurst Castle]
Publication details: 
All ten schedules: 'London: Printed by Harrison & Sons. 1858.'
£450.00

The collection is of great interest, providing a mass of information regarding the Victorian building trade. The owner of the volume, W. H. Dudley, would appear to be a War Office official, and, as described at the end of this entry, it contains manuscript details of two contracts. The ten printed schedules - totalling [34 + 17 + 14 + 10 + 12 + 13 + 12 + 10 + 16 + 11 =] 149 pp., folio - are uniform in design and format, bound together in a contemporary half-binding, with brown leather spine and corners, and marbled boards. All ten are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn binding.

[ Francis Paget, Bishop of Oxford: 'I dread a Controversy at the beginning of Term.' ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Paget') to 'Dearest Bright' [ the patristic theologian William Bright ]

Author: 
Francis Paget (1851-1911), Bishop of Oxford [ William Bright (1824-1911), Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Oxford and Deam of Christ Church ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford. 1 October [ no year, but before his consecration as Bishop of Oxford in 1901 ].
£30.00

3pp., 12mo. Grey-paper bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He begins by thanking him 'with all my heart for the kindness of a most interesting and valuable note', before describing '[t]he case of which I was trying to recall the details', that of William Whittingham (c.1524-1579), Dean of Durham. He gives his source and discusses the matter with reference to Whitgift and Fuller, giving the opinion that the argument 'surely looks like an effort to stretch & dignify an irregular laxity, and not at all like an appeal to an authorized permission'.

[ Archibald Hair of the Royal Horse Guards, doctor to the Duke of Richmond. ] Five Autograph Letters Signed, with part of a sixth, to Sir John Phillipart, on a range of subjects; with printed circular on the War Medal Testimonial to the Duke.

Author: 
Archibald Hair (c.1785-1869), Surgeon to the Royal Horse Guards and medical adviser to Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond (1791-1860) [ Sir John Phillipart (c.1784-1874)f ]
Publication details: 
Four of Hair's letters from between 1848 and 1852, the other two undated; four from 51 Portland Place and two from the Junior United Services Club. Printed circular from the United Services Club, 22 May 1849.
£180.00

ONE: Hair's six letters to 'My Dear Sir John [Phillipart]', editor of the Naval and Military Gazette. (One of the letters has 'Sir John Phillipart' named as the addressee.) In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The five complete letters total 15pp., 12mo. Only the first part of the incomplete letter is present, and it is 4pp., 4to, on a bifolium.

[British Book Trade.] Manuscript list of material, made by collector 'Mr Abrahams', with an Autograph Letter Signed from W. H. Peet, who made use of Abraham's collection in compiling the bibliographical index to Mumby's 'Romance of Book Selling'.

Author: 
Abrahams; William Henry Peet [F. A. Mumby [Frank Arthur Mumby] (1872-1954), author of 'The Romance of Book Selling' (1910), later 'Publishing and Bookselling' (sixth edition, 1982)]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [circa 1910].
£500.00

The manuscript is closely-written over 80pp., 4to, in green cloth, and is interleaved with the twenty leaves of Peet's printed bibliography from the 1910 edition of Mumby's book (paginated 431-470), to which it does not correspond, with only a small amount of the information in the manuscript also in Peet's bibliography. It contains a mass of material not present in Peet's bibliography, and has the main list followed by entries under the following headings: 'Booksellers' Portraits', 'Tokens', 'Petitions & Memorials', 'Charities', 'Magazine Articles', 'Book Labels' and 'Copyright'.

[ Brewing in Kent ] Manuscript volume of early Victorian English [Kentish?] master brewer's dated records & calculations, with brewery unknown but employees named and occasional memoranda.

Author: 
[Log book of a nineteenth-century English [Kentish?] Master Brewer, 1841 to 1844]
Publication details: 
Entries dated from 8 October 1841 to 14 May 1844.
£350.00

8vo, 249 pp. In original black leather blind-tooled binding, marbled endpapers. The text clear and complete, apart from a few leaves at the front and end which have faded through damp damage, and one leaf becoming detached and worn at extremities. The damp has also detached the book from the binding, the glue of which has dissolved. The only clue of the location of the brewery is the reference to 'Ramsgate', below. The volume consists almost exclusively of pages of closely-written dated calculations, with pages giving number of barrels of 'Stocks pumped up' and 'left for next brew[in]g'.

[ Mrs Oliphant, Scottish novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. O. W. Oliphant') to Miss <Lansbury?>, regarding an invitation to visit Mrs Hargreaves at Silwood Park.

Author: 
Mrs Oliphant [ Margaret Wilson Oliphant Wilson ] (1828-1897), Scottish novelist [ John Hargreaves of Silwood Park ]
Publication details: 
On 'Windsor' letterhead. 'Monday' [ no date ].
£35.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with the second leaf neatly placed in a windowpane mount. The letter begins: 'I am delighted to see your handwriting again - It will give me the greatest pleasure to avail myself of Mrs Hargreaves kind invitation.' She explains why the following Wednesday will suit her best, and proposes to 'drive over arriving at Silwood about one o'Clock and if it is quite convenient for Mrs. Hargreaves to send me back in the afternoon, that will be very kind of her'.

[ George Cruikshank, caricaturist. ] Autograph Signature ('Geoe Cruikshank').

Author: 
George Cruikshank (1792-1878), caricaturist ['the modern Hogarth'], friend and illustrator of Charles Dickens
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£25.00

Cruikshank's bold, florid signature, on a 3.5 x 8 cm slip of paper cut from document. In good condition, lightly-aged, removed from an album, and with traces of the leaf on which it was laid down still adhering.

[ George Cruikshank, English caricaturist. ] Albumen Carte-de-Visite portrait photograph and autograph signature.

Author: 
George Cruikshank (1792-1878), English caricaturist ['the modern Hogarth'], friend and illustrator of Charles Dickens
Publication details: 
The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, 110 & 108 Regent Street, London. [1870 ]
£80.00

The image is 8.7 x 6.2 cm, on part of printed London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company mount. In good condition, lightly-aged. The lower part of the mount has been cut away, and laid down over the lower part of the photograph is a 1 x 6.5 cm strip of paper, carrying Cruikshank's autograph signature ('Geoe Cruikshank'). The National Portrait Gallery copy of this image is NPG Ax17862.

[ Alcide d'Orbigny, French naturalist and explorer; Darwin ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alcide d'Orbigny') to 'Monsieur le Doyen'

Author: 
Alcide d'Orbigny [ Alcide Charles Victor Marie Dessalines d'Orbigny ] (1802-1857), French naturalist and explorer who corresponded with Charles Darwin
Publication details: 
Paris. 27 February 1852.
£150.00

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.

[ Nineteenth-century Scottish landowner. ] Manuscript Account Book [ of Thomas Melville ] with itemized expenses and individual accounts, records of livestock farming in the Hebrides, rents in Greenock and Campbeltown.

Author: 
[ Thomas Melville; Charles Munro of Campbeltown; Alexander Birrell of Inverary ] Nineteenth-century West of Scotland landowner's account book [ Hebrides; Greenock, Renfrewshire; Campbeltown, Argyll ]
Publication details: 
The West of Scotland (The Hebrides; Greenock in Renfrewshire; Campbeltown and Inverary in Argyll). Between 1837 and 1852.
£850.00

113pp. in a 12mo notebook. Quarter binding with black leather spine and soft covers in marbled paper, interleaved with pink blotting paper on which occasional notes have been made. Printed on front pastedown: 'Sold by John Thomson, St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh.' In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn binding. There is a section of 53pp. of itemized expenses at the front of the volume, and another of 47pp. of individual accounts at the back, with groups of six and three pages among the otherwise-blank leaves in the centre.

[ 'Isa Craig', Scottish poet and women's rights activist. ] Autograph Signature ('Isa Craig') cut from letter to R. A. Arnold.

Author: 
'Isa Craig' [ Isabella Craig; Mrs. Isa Craig Knox ] (1831-1903), Scottish poet and women's rights activist
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

On 5.5 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, laid down on part of leaf from album. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | Isa Craig | R. A. Arnold Esq'.

Autograph notebook by the biographer and antiquary Thomas Wright of Olney, containing rough drafts of an apparently-unpublished story or novel ('My Little Lady. A Story without a Moral'), and of a lecture on Daniel Defoe and Stoke Newington.

Author: 
Thomas Wright ['Wright of Olney'] (1859-1936) of Olney, Buckinghamshire, biographer, editor and antiquary, founder of the Cowper, John Payne and Blake Societies
Publication details: 
[Edwardian. Olney, Buckinghamshire.]
£300.00

12mo, 134 pp each on one side of a ring-punched loose leaf, with the leaves attached by green thread within an original worn buckram binder with discoloured endpapers. The leaves themselves in good condition on lightly-aged paper; with those of the draft story ruled in red, and sometimes utilizing scrap paper (for example the blank reverses of prospectuses for Wright's books and scrap pages from Blake Society material).

Manuscript Letter and Account Book of H. Crofts, veterinary practitioner, of Offa Street, Bedford, 1869-1879, containing a long list of his Bedfordshire clientele.

Author: 
H. Crofts of Offa Street, Bedford, Victorian veterinary practitioner
Publication details: 
Bedford, England. 1869 to 1879 (with two items from 1888).
£450.00

105 pp, in contemporary 4to notebook; started at both ends, with 53 pp at one, and 52 pp at the other. Quarter-bound in brown calf, marbled boards. Aged, in worn binding with a few loose leaves, but fair, and with text clear and complete. Ticket of 'Gotelee, Bookseller Printer and Stationer, Oakingham' on front pastedown. In two hands, the first considerably neater than the other, writing 18 pp of patrons (23 to a page), beginning with 'His Grace the Duke of Manchester Kimbolton Castle Hants', and featuring Sir E. Page Turner Bart Battleden House Woburn'.

Manuscript volume titled 'The Life and Adventures of Walter Venning Southgate, by his Father [the London auctioneer Henry Southgate].' Containing original manuscript letters, drawings, engravings and other material.

Author: 
Henry Southgate (1818-1888), London auctioneer with premises in the Strand, and anthologist; his son Walter Venning Southgate (b. 1844, fl. 1884)
Publication details: 
Manuscript title date 'London. MDCCCXLIV [1844]', but containing material from between 1844 and 1883.
£450.00

Folio, 110 pp, comprising [i] + 68 + [ii] + 39 pp. Handsome volume in slipcase, tight and internally in very good condition, on lightly-aged thick Whatman paper. Well bound in black leather morocco, all edges gilt. Binding blind-tooled and with 'Early Days' and 'W. V. S.' in gilt on spine and motto on front board: 'Nourish the sentiments thy principles approve and put thy trust and confidence in God.' Binding worn and rebacked, in worn black cloth slipcase.

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