Walton Adams [ Arthur Walton Adams ] (1842-1934), pioneering British photographer, co-inventor of the dry-plate process, father of Marcus Adams (1875-1959) and grandfather of Gilbert Adams (1906-1996)
Without place or date, but written after May 1932, when he was living in Caversham, Reading, Berkshire.
4pp., 8vo, paginated 1-4. On two bifoliums. Aged and worn, but with the text clear and complete. From the Adams family papers, which also include an extensive archive of Walton Adams's papers relating to the British Israelites. An interesting artefact relating to an important figure in the history of British photography. (See also his obituary in The Times, 15 June 1934.) Untitled and unsigned, the unpublished account begins: 'As I am now over 90 years of age I believe that I am the oldest living British photographer, my first Studio was opened in 1864'.
Walton Adams [ Arthur Walton Adams ] (1842-1931), pioneering British photographer, co-inventor of the dry-plate process [ British Israelites; Knights of Tara; millenarianism ]
Dolwyn, Kidmore Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, and Delamore, Parkstone Avenue, Lower Parkstone, Dorset. One article dated 20 August 1917, and the others from around the time of the Great War.
The collection consists of 21 typewritten articles, with some drafts of the same; two folders of miscellaneous typed and autograph texts, a cloth map, a folding card model of 'The Pyramid' and a diagram of the 'City & Temple to scale'. BACKGROUND: Walton Adams, the founder of a family of notable British photographers and artists, including his son Marcus (1875-1959) and grandson Gilbert (1906-1996), was at his death 'believed to be the oldest professional photographer in the country' and 'the first photographer to use dry plates' (see his obituary, Times, 15 June 1934).
W. Macqueen-Pope [ Walter James Macqueen-Pope ] (1888-1960), theatre manager and historian [ Sydney Walton, publicist ]
[ London, 1941. ]
148pp., 4to. Bound with pink ribbon into grey card wraps with typed label on cover. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn and aged binding. Pencil note on title page states '40000 words'. An interesting piece of social history during wartime. In a foreword Macqueen-Pope thanks a number of individuals for their assistance, adding that 'the leading characters in this real life story must perforce remain anonymous'.
Richard Walton Tully (1877-1945), American dramatist
'Please Return | R. Percy Burton | Farmers Loan & Trust Co | 15 Cockspur Street | London SW'. Undated. [ Circa 1912. ]
'The Bird of Paradise', Tully's best-known play, is set in Hawaii during the 'Revolutionary Days of the Early Nineties'. It was the subject of what the New York Times called 'one of the bitterest plagiarism suits on record'. A schoolteacher named Grace Fender was initially successful in her claim that it was based on her play 'In Hawaii', but the case was reversed on appeal. It was first produced in Rochester, USA, in December 1911, with productions at Daly's in New York in 1912, and the Lyric Theatre, London, in September 1915. A total of 158pp., 4to.
Izaak Walton (1593-1683), author, biographer and fisherman
Without place or date.
On 1.5 x 6cm slip of paper, cut from a letter or note. Neatly and attractively laid down (in the nineteenth century?) on piece of 9 x 16cm cream wove paper, with alternating ink and pencil borders. In Walton's close, precise hand, reads: 'ffor my Nephew palmer. | I: W:' ('Mr. Palmer' was one of the recipients of a mourning ring, named in Walton's will.) Walton autographs rarely appear on the market.
Robert Walton, seventeenth-century printer and printseller, at the Sign of the Globe, St Paul's Churchyard [Rashleigh family of Polmear, Cornwall?]
'<P>rinted and Sold by Rob: Walton at the Globe <...> the West end of St. Pauls Church [...] Ludgate | <N>ow sold in Bow-Church-Yard.' Seventeenth century. Manuscript accounts on reverses with entries dating from 1775 to 1802 [Polmear, Cornwall?]
BBTI has Walton trading between 1647 and 1688. Both prints roughly 17.5 x 12 cm. Both in fair condition, on aged paper. The first - 'IULIUS CESAR I' - has a rough edge on the right and a trimmed edge on the left. It shows Caesar in martial dress on horseback, beneath which: '
rinted and Sold by Rob: Walton at the Globe <...> the West end of St. Pauls Church turning to Ludgate | ow sold in Bow-Church-Yard.' At the foot of the engraving is a six line poem, beginning 'By ciuill wars unto the Empire came'. '151' in bottom right-hand corner.
Captain Anthony Birch Sainsbury (1925-2010), MA, VRD and Bar, RNR, naval historian, vice-president of both the Navy Records Society and the Society for Nautical Research [Liverpool Boys' School]
Liverpool. September 1939 to June 1941.
61pp., 4to. In ruled notebook with green cloth covers. In good condition, lightly-aged. Sainsbury has written 'AIR-RAID WARNINGS' on the front cover. The first page is titled 'AIR-RAID LOG. | 3/9/39 - IR', with 'Anthony B Sainsbury | Lower VI | LBS' in the bottom right-hand corner.
J. R. Clynes [John Robert Clynes] (1869-1949), leader of British Labour Party, 1921-2; Home Secretary, 1929-31; Manchester Member of Parliament [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), journalist and publicist]
On letterhead of the Ministry of Food, Palace Chambers, Westminster, SW1. 9 July 1918.
2pp., 4to. 20 lines. Good, on lightly-aged paper. At the time of writing Walton is recovering from a serious illness, and Clynes urges him not to 'hurry back at any risk to your health', and to 'take note of some of the advice you have given me not to over-work & break down'. Clynes reports that he has 'just come away from the P. M. [Lloyd George]', and that he has 'agreed to take on the full work [as Minister of Food Control].
Handley Carr Glyn Moule (1841-1920), Anglican Bishop of Durham from 1901 to 1920 [Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943), Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds; Sydney Walton (1882-1964), publicist]
On letterhead of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 10 November 1915.
1p., 4to. With mourning border. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper with minor wear at the beginning of one crease. Moule writes that he is 'quite prepared to receive and of course to attend to any communication from Mr. Sydney Walton', but that he must 'distinctly decline responsibility in detail [last three words underlined] for the work of the Bible Crusade'. He 'willingly expressed' his 'cordial personal sympathy with its aims when its founder [i.e.
H. Montagu Butler [Henry Montagu Butler] (1833-1918), headmaster of Harrow School, 1859-85, and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1886-1918 [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), publicist]
Both on letterheads of Trinity College, Cambridge. 7 and 12 May 1913.
Each 3pp., 12mo, on bifoliums with the first page headed 'Private'. Both in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper with minor staining from paper clip. Letter One: He hopes he will not 'appear wanting in courtesy to yourself or to the Editor of the Morning Post if I say frankly that I had much rather not have any conversation about my coming birthday, which certain old Harrow pupils and friends propose so kindly to celebrate.' He 'must beg' Walton to 'make allowance for my feeling of reserve on so delicate a matter'.
Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), Liberal politician and essayist [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), journalist and publicist]
On letterhead of 70 Elm Park Road, Chelsea, SW. 2 September 1917.
2pp., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. A very funny letter, written in the style that became known as 'birrelling'. He begins: 'Dear Sir. | I admire the enthusiasm which from the depths of an Office bearing the historically-ominous title of "Ministry of Food", & lodged in a once ducal mansion, can dictate (in type) so spirited a letter as your's [sic] of the 27th. ult. I wish I could believe in your vision of Three hundred Boys shouting Come - to an (almost) Septuagenarian Lecturer. It is of course all nonsense.
A. C. Benson [Arthur Christopher Benson] (1862-1925), English essayist, poet, author and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), journalist and publicist]
On letterhead of The Old Lodge, Magdalene College, Cambridge. 14 October 1945.
2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor spotting. Addressed to 'Dear Sir'. After thanking him for his 'kind letter' he states: 'I do not really make much objection to the republication of my interview. But what I feel is that I should have been asked about it & allowed to see a proof, as the interview took place some time ago now, & the circumstances are not quite the same.' He is glad [Walton] approved of the interview, adding 'I quite appreciate the spirit in which you view the journalistic aspect of affairs'.
Captain John M. Preston, Master of the 'Alice Walton' [Newcastle; Yarmouth; Stanley Harbour, Falkland Islands; Callao, Lima, Peru]
Nevill Hotel, Newcastle; Yarmouth Roads; Ship Alice Walton; Stanley Harbour, Falkland Islands; Callao, Lima, Peru. Dating from between November 1864 and October 1865.
Eight items totalling 3pp., 4to; 19pp., 12mo. All are all addressed to 'Dear Sam'. All in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'I never had such weather or suffered so much as I have this voyage from one thing and another' declares the author, and this series of eight letters provides a vivid account by the captain of a Victorian cargo ship of a voyage packed with misfortune. As mishap is heaped upon mishap the author's spelling deteriorates. ONE. Neville Hotel, Newcastle. Undated [late 1864].
Frank E. Wright, President, Syndicate Publishing Company, New York; W. T. Adair, Vice President and General Manager [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), journalist and spin doctor]
Both on letterheads of the Syndicate Publishing Company, New York. Adair's letter: 2 December 1914. Wright's letter: 30 March 1915.
The letters provide a fascinating insight into the development of the transatlantic publishing industry. They are closely typed with single spacing, and both centre around Walton's employment situation and his complaints about the sending over from America of 'Mr. Russell', about whose 'absolute worthlessness to the business' he complains. Adair's letter: 2pp., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper.
Octavia Walton LeVert [Octavia Celeste Valentine Walton Le Vert] (1811-1877), American writer associated with Alabama, known as the 'Pride of Mobile', [Colonel Robert B. Coleman (c.1804-1881)]
Augusta, Georgia; 30 May 1872.
4pp., 12mo. On bifolium of lined paper. Good, on lightl-aged paper. Addressed to 'Dearly valued friend', the letter begins 'Faithful to my promise, I write to tell you of our safe arrival in Augusta, after one of the most disagreeable journeys I ever made in all my wanderings, either in Europe, or America'.
Roundell Palmer (1812-1895), 1st Earl of Selborne, Lord Chancellor [Daniel Sedgwick (1814-1879), hymnologist; Walton Convalescent Institution]
4 August 1866; 6 Portland Place [London].
12mo, 3 pp. Bifolium. Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper. He would have answered Sedgwick's letter punctually, had he been able to help him. 'But I have not only no notes for the Walton Convalescent Institution of my own available, but I have been (before your application) desirous of obtaining one for a young man known to me personally, and have not (as yet) succeeded in the object.' He hopes to send him 'a letter about hymns in the course of this autumn'. [Palmer edited a selection.]
[Rev. George Walton Keesey (c.1875-1936), 'known to many as the "Congregational Bishop of East London"'] [David Livingstone; Metropolitan Free Church Federation Eisteddfod, 1926.]
London: Forest Gate Press, The Grove, Stratford, E.15. [1926?]
8vo, [19 pp]. In original grey printed wraps. On lightly aged paper, with unevenly trimmed edges, and in slightly worn wraps. Short ink inscription at head of front wrap. INSCRIBED by the author's wife 'To my very dear Daughter Marian In happy memory of dear Pater the Author May 4th. and May 24th. 1936'. Full-page illustration of the 'Metropolitan Free Church Federation Eisteddfod, 1926. Grand Bardic Chair Presented by John Weir, Esq.' A curious mixture of pagan and Christian.