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[ Printed item. ] Pedigrees of Sir Nigel Loryng, K.G., and Hylle of Spaxton, with References, Wills, etc. [ 'Supplement to M. Halliday's "Description of the Monument and Effigies in Porlock Church, Somerset."' ]

Author: 
B. W. Greenfield, Barrister-at-Law [ Sir Nigel Loryng, Hylle of Spaxton, Haryington, Peyvre, Cogan, Fitz Waryn, Broughton, Courtenay, St. Maur, De La Zouch, Hyll, Botreaux, Hankford, Bourchier ]
Publication details: 
'Privately Printed. | 1883.' [ London: Mitchell and Hughes, Printers, 140 Wardour Street, W.' ]
£120.00

7 + [1]pp., 8vo, with fold-out pedigree. Unbound and stitched. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The 25 x 42 cm fold-out is headed 'Pedigree illustrative of the marriages of the daughters and coheirs of Sir Nigel Loryng, K.G., XXth Founder of the Order of the Garter, and of the families with whom they and their descendants became allied, namely: Haryington, Peyvre, Cogan, Fitz Waryn, Broughton, Courtenay, St.

[ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister, as Chancellor of the Exchequer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone') to 'Mr. Biscoe', explaining his reason for refusing to approach the queen regarding obtaining an apartment at Hampton Court

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, of Whitbourne Court, Worcester ]
Publication details: 
'D. St. Dec. 23. 53.' [ i.e. Downing Street, London, 23 December 1853 ]
£100.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with short closed tears at head of both leaves. He is 'extremely concerned to hear that Mrs Harington & her children are insufficiently provided for', and while he would be happy to unite with her friends 'in any direct effort on her behalf', as far as obtaining an apartment at Hampton Court for her is concerned he is 'powerless', it being in the gift of the queen. 'Col.

[ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister. ] Signature ('W E Gladstone') franking a letter addressed in autograph to Richard Harington of Whitbourne Court.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister [ Sir Richard Harington of Whitbourne Court, Worcester ]
Publication details: 
Official frank, London, 22 November 1870; as well as Worcester postmark, 23 November 1870.
£20.00

8 x 12.5 cm envelope, embossed with government crest on flap. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Laid out in the customary way: signed on front in the bottom left-hand corner 'W E Gladstone', and addressed in autograph to 'Richard Harington Esq | Whitbourne | Worcester.' The 'LONDON OFFICIAL' red circular frank is stamped over the address, with the Worcester postmark on the reverse. Docketed by Harington at head of front cover: 'Letter enclosed given to Mrs. Biscoe'. From the Harington family papers.

[ Wilfrid Henry Wells, sinologist. ] Typescript of his paper 'The Auditory Element in some Chinese Landscape Paintings. With Autograph draft of his paper 'A Blue-print of Chinese Landscape Painting | For the Use of Beginners' and portrait photograph.

Author: 
W. H. Wells [ Wilfrid Henry Wells ] (b.1878), Reader at the University of Munich, sinologist
Publication details: 
The Typescript with authorial inscription: 'W. H. Wells | Reichersbeuern | Germany 13b'.
£950.00

There is no indication that either of the two papers was ever published. Wells's 1935 book, 'Perspective in early Chinese Painting' is considered the first Western treatment of the subject. The three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Typescript of 'The Auditory Element in some Chinese Landscape Paintings'. 6pp., with three plates (i.e. black and white photographs laid down on three leaves with typed credits). Bound up in a folder of orange card, with title and Wells's details on cover in his hand.

[ Norman Forbes-Robertson on his 'sensitive hearted friend' W. S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan. ] Carbon typescript of 'Laughter Loving Friends. | On the Stage | Sir William Gilbert. | by | Norman Forbes.'

Author: 
'Norman Forbes' [ Norman Forbes-Robertson (1858-1932), actor and brother of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson [ W. S. Gilbert [ William Schwenck Gilbert ] (1836-1911), librettist; Gilbert and Sullivan ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£400.00

9pp., 4to. In good condition, on nine leaves of lightly-aged paper. With three deletions in pencil. A stalwart of the Garrick Club, Forbes-Robertson was a friend of Dame Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde and Sir Edward Elgar, and organised Sir Henry Irving's funeral with Bram Stoker. There is no indication that this paper was ever published. It begins: 'I have come to the conclusion after a long life that those of a passionate nature whose strong emotions, by which their mind is swayed, by anger, fear, joy, grief, love, hatred, etc., often make the ideal friend so long as anger is kept within bounds.

[ Ralph Reader's 'theatrical Pageant' 'Wings' (written by John Pudney), sponsored by the Air Council (Air Ministry, R.A.F. Theatre Pageant Unit). ] Material including correspondence, press releases, programmes, from papers of W. J. Macqueen-Pope.

Author: 
R.A.F. Theatre Pageant Unit; Royal Air Force; Air Ministry, London; John Pudney (1909-77), author; Ralph Reader (1903-82), theatrical impressario; W. J. Macqueen-Pope (1888-1960), theatre historian ]
Publication details: 
All items from 1947. From various locations in England, including the following in London: The Air Ministry, Adastral House. W. J. Macqueen-Pope, 359 Strand. Ralph Reader Limited, Astoria House, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
£1,500.00

It seems curious that so little information should have survived regarding this 'mammoth show', one of Ralph Reader's 'gigantic pageants', 'sponsored by the Air Council' in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, performed at the Royal Albert Hall and in the provinces, and in which Tony Hancock played an early and prominent part (in four roles, see Item Nine below).

[ Yeats et al; inscribed by Rose Kavanagh ] Poems and Ballads of Young Ireland 1888.

Author: 
John O'Leary, editor, (Rose Kavanagh (1860-1891), W.B. Yeats et al, contributors)
Publication details: 
Dublin: M. H. Gill and Son, O'Connell Street. 1888.
£450.00

Wade A289. 12mo: viii + 80 pp and errata slip. In original cream buckram binding, with title and harp decoration in gilt on front board. Black endpapers. Internally tight, on aged and spotted paper. Binding grubby, stained and worn, with slight damage at head and foot of spine. Some ink marking to the fourth stanza of the dedicatory poem to John O'Leary (p.1). Housed in a green solander box. Inscribed at head of title: 'Elizabeth Monteagle from Rose Kavanagh | June 21. 88'.

[ Printed pamphlet on the Crimean War. ] Speech of the Hon. W. E. Gladstone, M.P. for the University of Oxford, On the War and the Negotiations, in the House of Commons, On the 3rd of August, 1855. Revised and corrected by himself.

Author: 
The Hon. W. E. Gladstone, M.P. for the University of Oxford [ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister; The Crimean War ]
Publication details: 
Published at the Empire Office, 145, Fleet Street; and sold by all booksellers. 1855. [ J. Clayton, Printer, Crane Court, Fleet Street. ]
£80.00

24pp., 12mo. Disbound stitched pamphlet. In fair condition, lightly aged, with central vertical fold. In manuscript at head of title-page: 'No 6'. Having been Chancellor of the Exchequer during the Crimean War, Gladstone had resigned with the other Peelites at the beginning of 1855. Seven copies on COPAC, but now scarce.

[ W. H. Smith, bookseller, newsagent and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Smith') to 'Mr Perkins' regarding 'Crown rights for money advanced', with carte de visite (portrait photograph) and label for his firm's subscription library.

Author: 
W. H. Smith [ William Henry Smith (1825-1891) ], bookseller, newsagent and politician; First Lord of the Admiralty and the 'Sir Joseph Porter' of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'HMS Pinafore'
Publication details: 
Letter on House of Commons letterhead. 14 March [ no year ]. Undated carte de visite by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, 110 and 108 Regent Street and 54 Cheapside. Undated label of W. H. Smith & Son's Subscription Library, 186 Strand.
£50.00

LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. On lightly aged and worn paper. He summons him to a meeting, telling him to read a memo beforehand, before writing: 'I am not disposed to waive any Crown rights for money advanced | Lenders may have notice, but if P. W L C advance public money, the public must be protected against persons who are trading for profit'. CARTE DE VISITE: In fair condition, lightly aged, with 'W. H. SMITH, ESQ., M.P.' printed beneath the image, and the details of the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company on the reverse.

[ Memorial address, with fulsome inscription from author Ralph W. Yarborough to Anthony Rota. ] Frank Dobie: Man and Friend.

Author: 
Ralph W. Yarborough [ Ralph Webster Yarborough ] (1903-1996), Texan Democratic politician [ J. Frank Dobie [ James Frank Dobie ] (1888-1964); Anthony Rota, London bookseller; Jeff Dykes ]
Publication details: 
'The GREAT WESTERN Series, No. 1 | Potomac Corral, The Westerners | Washington, D.C., November 1967'. Second printing, 1968 (with autograph note by Yarborough stating that it is 'for the Friends of Ralph Yarborough only').
£50.00

[3] + ii + 16pp., 8vo. A very good copy, in cream boards, with title and illustration of ox skull printed in brown on front cover. The address to 'The Potomac Corral of the Westerners' is preceded by a full-page photograph of Dobie and Yarborough and a two-page foreword about Yarborough by Jeff Dykes titled 'Pancho's Friend Ralph'. Signed by Yarborough on the title-page, with the following explanatory note beside the printing information on the reverse of the title-leaf: 'this edition for the Friends of Ralph Yarborough only, and is not offered for sale'.

[ Christopher Morley. ] Typed Letter Signed to 'Mr Shorter' (the English journalist Clement Shorter), regarding a visit made by him and H. W. Massingham to Philadelphia, and his book 'The Haunted Bookshop'.

Author: 
Christopher Morley (1890-1957), American journalist and man of letters [ Clement Shorter (1857-1926) and H. W. Massingham [ Henry William Massingham ] (1860-1924), English journalists and authors ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Evening Ledger, Independence Square, Philadelphia. 'Saturday' [ 1919 ].
£200.00

1p., 4to. Aged and frayed. He is sending 'some cuttings for you and Mr Massingham'. As he only has one copy of 'the Sarazin essay' they 'will have to battle over it'. He apologises for is sorry that 'the managing editor had to cut down the little interview sadly for reasons of space, which are always embarrassing on a Saturday'. He expresses 'genuine delight' at having been able to show the two men 'some of our forlorn literary shrines', and compliments them on their 'perspicacity in spending four days in Phila.

Large handbill of specimens, one side with seventeen copperplate and zincographic engravings, the other with twelve letterheads under the heading 'Series A. PIerced Designs Engraved in Copperplate Style, at 1/20th of the Cost.'

Author: 
W. A. Day, printer, of 25 South John Street, Liverpool. [Victorian printing; zincography]
Publication details: 
Liverpool: W. A. Day, 25 South John Street. Undated [1880s?].
£50.00

A scarce piece of Liverpool printing ephemera. Dimensions approximately 63 x 51 cm. Both sides printed in light blue. Text and illustrations complete. In need of expert cleaning and repair: grubby and stained, with chipping to extremities and some closed tears. At the head of the one side is the masthead of 'The Employment Exchange | Edited by Charles H. Megson' ('The only recognized medium for speedy Employment. Absolutely without rival.') with illustrations of figures at work.

[ Offprint of essay, inscribed by the author E. W. F. Tomlin to Michael Cullis. ] 'The Philosophy of R. G. Collingwood'.

Author: 
E. W. F. Tomlin [ Eric Walter Frederick Tomlin ] (1913-1988), philosopher and essayist [ R. G. Collingwood ]
Publication details: 
From 'Ratio', vol. 1 no. 2, December 1958. [ Basil Blackwell, Broad Street, Oxford, England. ]
£35.00

20pp., 12mo., paginated 116-135. Side stitched in grey card wraps with cover including contents on front. In good condition, lightly aged, in worn wraps. Inscribed at head of front cover: 'To Michael Cullis | "30 Years After" | from | E. W. F. T. | 24. viii. 43'. No copies of this offprint traced on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[ Sir G. W. Dasent, folklorist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. W. Dasent'), asking 'Herbert' [ Sir Robert Herbert ] to 'take notice of the new comers' to his neighbourhood, the Tomkinsons of Chesterford Hall.

Author: 
Sir G. W. Dasent [ Sir George Webbe Dasent ] (1817-1896), folklorist, professor at King's College London, and contributor to The Times [ Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), Premier of Queensland ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Civil Service Commission, Westminster. 31 July 1889.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Some friends of mine, & special friends of my daughter, have taken Chesterford Hall for a term their name is Tomkinson, & both husband & wife come from old Cheshire families'. As Chesterford Hall is close to Herbert's 'abode at Ickleton', he asks him to 'take notice of the new comers who are both very agreeable people'. He is writing to him at the Colonial Office, 'because I know that Meade is going off to the Dolomite Country, & I conclude that you will not both be away together'.

[ William Chambers, publisher and editor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Chambers') to unnamed individual, asking for information regarding a 'Polish periodical'.

Author: 
William Chambers (1800-1883) of Glenormiston, Scottish publisher and editor, and Lord Provost of Edinburgh [ W. & R. Chambers ]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 7 February 1843.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, with a couple of short closed tears along fold lines at foot. He is 'interested in the Polish periodical', and hopes to notice it in the magazine, and asks for information regarding six numbered points. 'If to the above could be added a translation of "A Scottish House" I think I could make an interesting article on the work.' He offers to 'give the use of any of our cuts with much pleasure'.

[ Edward Wedlake Brayley, topographer and archaeologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edw. W. Brayley') to the singer Thomas Philipps, regarding the sending in of a pianoforte for a recital at the Russell Institution, and 'Mr. Wornum'.

Author: 
Edward Wedlake Brayley (1773-1854), topographer and archaeologist, librarian and secretary of the Russell Institution, London [ Thomas Philipps (1774-1841), singer ]
Publication details: 
Russell Inst[itutio]n. [ 55 Great Coram Street, London ]. 24 April 1838.
£35.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. He asks him to 'delay sending in the Piano Forte until 1/2 past Five o Clock on Monday', as 'our General Annual Meeting of Proprietors takes place on that day, and very possibly they may not break up until Five, or a little after'. He asks him what tickets to 'send to Mr. Wornum', adding 'Whatever you think right shall be done for him'.

[ Eric W. MacLean, writing under pseudonym 'Eric Townsend'. ] Autograph directions to his agents in copy of 'The Fighting Cherub. A Fine Boxing Yarn. By Eric W. Townsend, Author of "Son o' the Wild," "The Red Fighter," etc., etc.'

Author: 
'Eric Townsend' [ pseudonym of Eric William MacLean (b.1901) ] [ Joe Louis, 'The Brown Bomber' (1914-1981), heavyweight boxing champion of the world; Altrincham, Manchester ]
Publication details: 
'No. 611. - "The Boys' Friend" 4d. Complete Library.' [ 1938 ]
£320.00

The printed volume is 64pp., 12mo. Bound by Townsend in patterned brown cloth, with the title 'The Fighting Cherub.' in gilt on front cover. In good condition, on browned newspaper stock, in lightly-worn binding. The story, in twenty-seven chapters, is printed in small print, in double column, with a drophead title and no illustrations. Townsend has written his address on the front pastedown: '4 Norman's Place. | Altrincham. | Via. Manchester.' Laid down across the pastedowns is a 12mo piece of paper, on which Townsend gives publication details, headed 'To Messrs Publishers' Agents. Ltd.

[ Winifred Gordon, W. J. Barwick of Truslove and Hanson, and C. F. Cazenove. ] Autograph Letter Signed by Gordon, two Autograph Letters Signed and Autograph Note Signed by Barwick, and three copies by Cazenove, on her book on Romania.

Author: 
Winifred Gordon [ Winifred Monckton Campbell Gordon ] (d.1957), author; W. J. Barwick, director, Truslove and Hanson, London publishers; Charles Francis Cazenove (1870-1915), London literary agent
Publication details: 
Gordon's letter on letterhead of the Hotel d'Angleterre, Copenhagen. 24 June 1912. Barwick's three items on letterheads of Truslove and Hanson, 6a Sloane Street, London. June and July 1912.
£280.00

Gordon is described in The Times, 20 August 1958, as a 'traveller, lecturer, and author', and a resident of Lausanne at the time of her death. All seven items in fair condition, on aged paper, with some rust spotting from a paperclip. The book referred to is 'Roumania, Yesterday and Today' (1918), which has an introduction and two chapters by the Queen of Romania. ONE: Gordon's letter to Barwick. 24 June 1912. 3pp., 8vo. She writes that she has already tried to place 'the little book' with 'Geo. Bell - Jacks - & Gay & Hancock. As to yr.

[ Eric W. MacLean, writing under pseudonym 'Eric Townsend'. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Eric W. Maclean') to Arthur Gray, with copy of his story 'One-Punch Chris!', and pages of autograph notes giving publication details and proposal for republication.

Author: 
'Eric Townsend' [ pseudonym of Eric William MacLean (b.1901) ], writer of adventure stories and juvenile fiction
Publication details: 
Card: C/o "Townsend's" | 41, George-street | ALTRINCHAM. | Via. Manchester'. Undated. Story: 'No. 128 - "The Boys' Friend" 4d. Complete Library'. Undated [ circa 1925 ].
£280.00

The card is 1p., 12mo., sending the 'Third book of proposed Series'. He hopes to 'call to collect agreed £1 on the date arranged', but if this is not possible asks for it to be sent to John Farquharson. The printed volume is 64pp., 12mo. Bound by Townsend in patterned brown cloth, with the title 'One-Punch Chris?' in gilt on front cover. In good condition, on browned newspaper stock, in lightly-worn binding. The story, by 'Eric W. Townsend', in thirty-four chapters, is printed in small print, in double column, with a drophead title and illustration of boxing scene above text on front page.

[ J. M. Synge's 'Playboy of the Western World'. ] Front-page article from 'The Gaelic American', carrying a report of 'New York's Protest against a Vile Play!', accompanied by a caricature of W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory.

Author: 
[ John Devoy (1842-1928), proprietor and editor of 'The Gaelic American', New York [ J. M. Sygne [ John Millington Synge ]; George Bernard Shaw; W. B. Yeats; Lady Gregory; The Abbey Theatre, Dublin ]
Publication details: 
New York. 2 December 1911. [ 'Vol. VIII, No. 48, Whole No. 429'. ]
£50.00

The front and back covers of the newspaper are present, forming a bifolium. A frail and scarce survival. Heavily-aged newsprint, chipped and worn, with the top and bottom halves of the front page separated along a horizontal fold line. The article on Synge's play covers the first two of the six columns on the front page, with a further quarter-column on the back page.

[ Armorial bookplate of Charles John Shoppee in 'The Handwriting of the Kings & Queens of England by W. J. Hardy, F.S.A. Author of "Book Plates," etc. With photogravures and Facsimiles of Signatures and Historical Documents'.

Author: 
W. J. Hardy [ Charles John Shoppee (1823-1897), 'Citizen and Armourer of London' ]
Publication details: 
Book published by The Religious Tract Society, 56 Paternoster Row and 65, St. Paul's Churchyard, 1893. [ Printed in Oxford by Horace Hart, Printer to the University. ]
£56.00

176pp., 4to. With four photogravure plates and numerous excellent facsimiles in text. A splendid production in red cloth gilt, with tissue guards to the plates and all edges gilt. In good very good condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ W. J. Thoms, founder of 'Notes and Queries'. ] Eight Autograph Letters Signed (all 'William J Thoms') to Doyne Bell, Permanent Secretary to the Privy Purse, on antiquarian matters, including a proof prospectus for the Folk-Lore Soc

Author: 
W. J. Thoms [ William John Thoms ] (1803-1885), antiquary, founder of 'Notes and Queries' [ Doyne Courtenay Bell (1831-1888), Permanent Secretary to the Privy Purse; Folk-Lore Society [ Folklore ] ]
Publication details: 
Seven from 40 St George's Square, SW [ London ]; one on House of Lords letterhead. Between 5 June 1876 and 10 October 1878.
£320.00

The eight letters total 18pp. of text, and are accompanied by a printed proof prospectus for the Folk-Lore Society, and a newspaper cutting relating to the Church of St Margaret, Westminster (which Thoms avows as his own, describing it as 'my Jeremiahade on the desecrators of Van Dun'), laid down on a leaf of House of Lords letterhead. All items in good condition, lightly-aged. The prospectus, of which no other copy has been traced, accompanies a letter of 4 January 1878, in which Thoms writes: 'I blush with shame at the proof I enclose that I am getting into my dotage.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Special Collections of Local Books in Provincial Libraries.

Author: 
W. H. K. Wright, F. R. Hist. Soc. Public Librarian, Plymouth [ Charles Whittingham, Chiswick Press, London; the Library Association ]
Publication details: 
A paper read at the First Annual Meeting of the Library Association, Oxford, October 1878. Printed for the Author: Chiswick Press [ London ], 1879. [ Chiswick Press: C. Whittingham, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane. ]
£100.00

32pp., 16mo. In grey printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in aged and worn wraps. Nicely printed. The only copies on COPAC at the British Library and Oxford.

[ Printed bookseller's catalogue. ] Shakespeare. A Catalogue of Books, Pamphlets, Etc. Wholly Relating to Shakespeare. [ On back cover: 'J. W. Jarvis & Son's Special Shakespeare Catalogue.' ]

Author: 
J. W. Jarvis & Son, London booksellers [ William Shakespeare ]
Publication details: 
'No. 89. 1892.' On sale by J. W. Jarvis & Son, 28, King William Street, Charing Cross, London, W.C. 1892.
£65.00

32pp., 8vo. Unbound and stitched. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with small nick at head of second leaf unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Contains 983 items under ten headings:'Collected Works', 'Separate Plays', 'Poems', 'Biography', 'Bibliography', 'Jubilee', 'Portraits', 'Ireland Forgeries', 'Topographical' and 'Shakesperiana (a very large and interesting collection)'.

[ Frederick William Pomeroy, sculptor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. W. Pomeroy') to Douglas Sladen, declining an invitation to a 'delightful Gathering'.

Author: 
F. W. Pomeroy [ Frederick William Pomeroy ] (1856-1924), English sculptor responsible for statue of 'Justice' on the Old Bailey [ Douglas Sladen (1856-1947), author and academic ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 14 Kensington Square, W.8 [ London ]. 7 June 1921.
£56.00

2pp., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and with slight smuding at head of first page. There is nothing he should have liked more than to accept Sladen's invitation to 'what will be a delightful Gathering, at your house at Richmond on the 9th.', but he has a previous engagement. 'Some other time, if you extend the hand of friendship in this charming way I shall be delighted to come and see you.'

[ The Argyle Theatre, Birkenhead, Victorian music hall. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Tom') from licensee and manager T. D. Clarke to theatre historian W. Macqueen-Pope, discussing productions for children.

Author: 
T. D. Clarke [ Tom Clarke ], Licensee and Manager, The Argyle Theatre, Birkenhead [ the Wirral; Merseyside; music hall; W. Macqueen-Pope [ Walter James Macqueen-Pope ] (1888-1960), theatre historian ]
Publication details: 
On illustrated letterhead of the Argyle Theatre, Birkenhead. 28 July 1945.
£45.00

The Clarke family ran the Argyle for fifty years from 1890 to 1940, during which period it was one of the best-known provincial theatres. It opened as the Argyle Music Hall in 1868, and between 1876 and 1890 was named the Prince Of Wales Theatre, being used mainly to stage plays. In 1890 the focus returned to music hall and variety and it was renamed the Argyle Theatre. Its archives are in the University of Sheffield. 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, somehwhat grubby and creased at foot of leaf.

[ William Pett Ridge, novelist and humorist. ] Autograph Card Signed ('W. Pett Ridge'), apologising for being unable to attend a meeting.

Author: 
W. Pett Ridge [ William Pett Ridge ] (1859-1930), English novelist and humorous journalist with the St James Gazette
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Garrick Club, London. 'Wednesday' [no date].
£25.00

On both sides of a card. In good condition, with light aging. He hopes she will have 'a very succcessful meeting', but cannot give 'a promise to attend', as other matters are 'engaging, just now, all the attention I have to spare'.

[ William Edward Frost, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. E. Frost') to Joseph B. Cooke, regarding family illness and the gift of a photograph.

Author: 
W. E. Frost [ William Edward Frost ] (1810-1877), English artist specialising in female nudes, Royal Academician [ Joseph B. Cooke; Oscar Wilde ]
Publication details: 
46 Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 30 January 1875.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper. He regrets to inform him that 'we have still a sick house'. His 'dear Sister' has been 'very ill', but he trusts they are 'both mending'. He concludes: 'I have pleasure in enclosing a Photo of myself, and shll be pleased to be admitted to your collection'. Professor Joseph Bristow, in his paper 'Homosexual Blackmail in the 1890s', describes how, twenty years later (on 11 August 1894), at a party hosted at 46 Fitzroy Square by John Watson Preston, twenty men were arrested, including two dressed in women's clothing.

[ W. H. Smith, stationer and Conservative politician. ] Autograph Signature on cover of envelope, franking a letter to Thomas Thatcher.

Author: 
W. H. Smith [ William Henry Smith ] (1825-1901), stationer and Conservative politician, First Lord of the Admiralty and First Lord of the Treasury
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£20.00

Cover of envelope, 9.5 x 13 cm. Aged and discoloured. Partial official postmark in red. Addressed by Smith at centre to 'Thomas Thatcher Esqre | 44 College Green | Bristol.' Signature in bottom left-hand corner: 'W. H. Smith'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] A Charity Sermon, Preached at the Bavarian Chapel, London, in aid of he Associated Catholic Charitiees, on Mid-Lent Sunday, 1829. By the Rev. J. W. Kirwan, P.P. and Vicar of the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, Galway.

Author: 
Rev. J. W. Kirwan [ John William Kirwan (d.1849), first President of Queen's College, Galway ]
Publication details: 
London: Keating and Brown, Duke-street; and Booker, New Bond-street. 1829.
£120.00

[2] + 18pp., 8vo. Disbound. Aged and worn, with first and last leaves separated. In a two-page dedication 'To Nicholas Kirwan, Esq. York Place, Portman Square', Kirwan explains that the 'following Discourse was delivered to promote the Education of the Catholic Poor of this Metropolis [i.e. London]. It is published to assist in procuring a similar blessing for an impoverished parish in the most Western part of Ireland.' No copy listed on COPAC, one (Missouri) on WorldCat.

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