WAR

[ Felice Beato; Indian Mutiny ] Six Photographs relating to the Relief of Lucknow 1857 [ three so docketed]

Author: 
Felice Beato, Photographer
Publication details: 
[Lucknow, 1857 ]
£2,800.00

Six photographs, laid down on recto and verso of 3 cards c.27 x 21cm, sl. faded, good condition. See images (two online, four on application). Images of : First card: The Secundra Bagh, Showing the Breach and gateway (recto), other image (palace or tomb) not yet found; Second card: Gate of the Chhotu Imambra, other image found online untitled; Third card: Both images onine (one at Wellcome) again untitled. See representative images. Full set on request. He predominantly produced albumen silver prints from wet collodion glass-plate negatives.

[ Sylvia Pankhurst; suffragette and activist; Pamphlet ] The Execution of an East London Boy.

Author: 
E. Sylvia Pankhurst [ Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (1882–1960), campaigner for the suffrage and suffragette movement, a socialist and later a communist , and so on.]
Publication details: 
Reprinted from the WOMAN'S DREADNOUGHT, April 22nd, 1916, published by the Worker's Suffrage Foundation [...]
£320.00

Leaflet, 4pp., sl. dusted, aged, one small closed tear, ow. good. Pankhurst prints selections from the letters of a Private on the Western Front who was court-martialled and executed. Apparently very scarce, two copies (USA) listed in WorldCat (and one of those might be microform).

[American Revolution;George III, Lord North, Chas. Townshend and Sir Francis Dashwood (Hell-Fire Club).] Autograph Signatures ('George R', 'North', 'C Townshend' and 'F Dashwood'), with those of Sir John Turner and Thomas Fisher, on Treasury warramt.

Author: 
King George III; Sir Francis Dashwood [Lord le Despencer] of the Hell-fire Club ('Monks of Medmenham'); Lord North, Prime Minister; Charles Townshend; Sir John Turner [Major. General John Barrington]
Publication details: 
'Given at Our Court at St. James's this 17th. Day of November 1762 In the Third Year of Our Reign.'
£1,500.00

2pp, foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. The document has three horizontal fold lines, one of which has led to wear at along the foot of Dashwood's signature. An interesting assemblage of individuals. Of the six signatories three played a significant part in the American Revolution: King George III and his Prime Minister Lord North, with Charles Townshend, who was responsible for the unpopular 'Townshend Acts', taxing the colonies and leading to the Boston Massacre.

[George III; Lord North; Lord Barrington; Earl of Onslow; Jeremiah Dyson; John Lloyd] King's Signature ('George R.'), with those of North, Barrington, Onslow, Dyson and Lloyd, to warrant placing Jacob Carnac of 84 Regiment of Foot on half pay.

Author: 
George III (1738-1820); Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford (1732-92); George Onslow, 1st Earl of Onslow (1731-1814); Jeremiah Dyson (1722-76); William Barrington, 2nd Viscount Barrington (1717-93)
Publication details: 
'Given at Our Court at St. James's this 27th day of September 1769 in the Ninth Year of Our Reign.'
£750.00

The present document carries the signatures of three central figures on the British side during the American War of Independence: King George III, his Prime Minister Lord North, and Secretary at War Lord Barrington, along with the signatures of the Earl of Onslow, Jeremiah Dyson and John Lloyd, Deputy Auditor of the Imprest. 2pp, foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Thin strip of paper from mount adhering to inner edge on first page.

[ Indian Mutiny, unpublished letters ] The Indian Mutiny Letters of 'a Delhi spearman', 1857 to 1859: ' the pleasure it gives you in killing these brutes'

Author: 
Captain Piers Thursby of the 9th Lancers:
Publication details: 
1857-9.
£5,500.00

A. BACKGROUNDAt his death in 1904 Piers Thursby, Esq., of Broadwell, Gloucestershire, was a respectable member of the local gentry, the brother of a baronet, a Justice of the Peace, active with his wife in church affairs, and taking a benevolent interest in the welfare of local children and the conditions of the inmates of the workhouse. In contrast, as these letters reveal, half a century previously he had enjoyed a good deal of 'fun' as a captain in the 9th Lancers, slaughtering 'Pandies', 'niggers', 'treacherous murderous brutes' and 'black Cawnpore murderers' during the Indian Mutiny.

[Sir Charles Oman, military historian, and the English archers at Agincourt.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'C. Oman') to George Townsend Warner, summing up the battle and giving a detailed description of the set up of the English archers.

Author: 
Sir Charles Oman [Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman] (1860-1946), military historian [George Townsend Warner (1865-1916), historian; Battle of Agincourt; archery; toxophily]
Publication details: 
One: 17 October 1902. On letterhead of 39 St Giles', Oxford. Two: 12 March [no year]. 39 St Giles, Oxford, on letterhead of New College, Oxford.
£100.00

Both letters annotated in pencil in contemporary hand 'To Townsend Warner Historian'. (Warner was a history master and head of the ‘modern side’ at Harrow School, and co-editor of one of the most popular British history textbooks of the period. His only child was the novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner.) Both letters in good condition, each with pin hole from former attachment.

[General Sir George Harris (Lord Harris), Commander-in-Chief, Fourth Anglo-Mysore War.] Autograph Letter in the third person

Author: 
General Sir George Harris (1746-1829) [from 1815 1st Baron Harris; Lord Harris], Commander-in-Chief, Fourth Anglo-Mysore War (Tipu Sultan), stormed Seringapatam, served in American War of Indepence
Publication details: 
3 March [1804]. Harley Street [London].
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. As a captain in Howe's army, he served in the American War of Independence at Lexington, Bunker Hill (where he was severely wounded) and in all but one engagement up to November 1778. 1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, with central spike hole to both leaves, on aged paper, with reverse of first leaf laid down on part of leaf cut from an album, captioned in a nineteenth-century hand. The reverse of the second leaf is addressed, with three postmarks, to 'Messrs. Barlow & Co | Wine Merchants | Black Friars'.

[Captain George Richards, Royal Marines.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo. Richards'), sending his likeness and describing his service: '23 Actions' including 'the death of Nelson and Abercrombie', serving under Wellington in Peninsular War.

Author: 
Captain George Richards (d.1866), Royal Marines, meritorious British Army officer [Solihull, Warwickshire]
Publication details: 
16 September 1863. Solihull [Warwickshire].
£150.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and creased. Folded twice. Written in a shaky hand, as explained by the text: 'My dear Sir / | Agreeable to promise I send my Likeness, I wish it was something worthy of your acceptance - suffice it to say the original saw the death of Nelson and Abercrombie. Served under Wellington in the Spanish peninsular War, attended his funeral, and from 1797 to 1814 was by Sea and Land in 23 Actions[.] I am well in health but cannot see what I write - My sincere love to Mrs. Macwey - God bless you'.

[ Shepherd & Robertson; Indian Mutiny ] [Docketed] Mutineers. Delhi. Image of two sturdy, implacable Mutineers under guard.

Author: 
Shepherd & Robertson, Photographers
Publication details: 
[ Delhi, 1858?]
£3,500.00

23 x 18.5cm, laid down on larger piece of paper. See image (backing paper reduced from original). Shepheard & Robertson Photrs bottom right, backing sl. stained with two small closed tears, good condition. Note: I look forward to being told where I can find this image reproduced.

[Charge of the Light Brigade; Crimean War.] Autograph Letter Signed from William Ford Thursby, as one of the 'travelling Gents', describing to his parents the situation at British 'Head Quarters' in the Crimea, and 'the valley of death'.

Author: 
Charge of the Light Brigade, Battle of Balaclava, Crimean War; Rev. William Ford Thursby (1830-1893) [Habeeb Risk Allah Effendi; Sir William Codrington; Sir Henry William Barnard; Lord William Paulet]
Publication details: 
'Head Quarters | Crimea', 23 May 1856.
£450.00

W. F. Thursby - latterly Rector of Bergh Apton, Hampshire - was one of the eight children of Rev. William Thursby (1795-1884). Four of his five brothers went into the army, Colonel Sir John Hardy Thursby (1826-1901) gaining particular distinction. (The Indian Mutiny correspondence of another brother, Captain Piers Thursby (1834-1904) of the 9th Lancers, is offered separately.) An interesting long letter, written within two months of the end of the Crimean War, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on 30 March 1856, and with the British forces still in the Crimea.

[The Indian Students' Department, London.] Two publications: 'Notes and Suggestions for Indian Students for the English Bar' and 'The Cost of Living for Indian Students in Great Britain'.

Author: 
Indian Students' Department, London [education in Britain on the eve of the First World War]
Publication details: 
Both 'Issued by the Indian Students' Department' [London]. The first with slug dated '2/1914 [February 1914]'; the second with slug dated '7/1914 [July 1914]'.
£300.00

Two pamphlets, uniform in layout, both stab-stitched. Providing information on educational costs for Indian students (and students generally) in pre-war Britain. No copies of either on OCLC WorldCat. ONE: 'Notes and Suggestions for Indian Students for the English Bar' (February 1914). 17pp, 12mo. Aged and worn, with slight rust staining from paper clip.

[ Bruce Bairnsfather, cartoonist ] Autograph Letter Signed Bruce Bairnsfather to Mr Gordon Ferguson, Radley College, Abingdon, Berks [from envelope - present] apologising for delay in responding to a letter and appreciative.

Author: 
Bruce Bairnsfather [Captain Charles Bruce Bairnsfather (1887–1959), prominent British humorist and cartoonist]
Publication details: 
c/o 'The Tatler' | Commonwealth House | 1 New Oxford Street | London W1., postmark 16 Feb. 1942.
£45.00

Two pages, 8vo, large handwriting, very good condition. With envelope. He apologises for the delay in writing , The reason being I have so much work to do, and so much correspondence to see to that it is very dificult to keep on time. | To make up for the delay I enclose you a small scribble with my autograph [no separate enclosure]. I feel very pleased and honoured to think tht my work pleased and amused you.

[Squadron Leader Nigel Rose, Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nigel') to Martin Corden, expressing amazement at the 'cult' of the Spitfire, and discussing the sale of Bentley Priory.

Author: 
Squadron Leader Nigel Rose (1918-2017), Spitfire Pilot with No. 602 (City of Glasgow) Royal Air Force Squadron during the Second World War Battle of Britain [Bentley Priory, Stanmore]
Publication details: 
22 October 2007. With label carrying his Essex address.
£250.00

2pp, folio. In envelope with stamp and postmark, addressed to Corden's Mill Hill address. Letter folded twice, and letter and envelope in good condition. He begins by thanking him for sending 'the inscribed copy of Ken Delve's Story of the Spitfire - a truly excellent book just jam-packed with detail, - he must have done a prodigious amount of research to put it all together'. He is 'bowled over by the extent of [Corden's] munificence'.

[Sir Henry Keppel, Admiral of the Fleet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Harry Keppel') to 'Willis' about his autobiography and the 'neuralgic pains' which he fears may kill him.

Author: 
Sir Henry Keppel ['Harry Keppel'] (1809-1904), Admiral of the Fleet who served in Opium Wars and Crimean War
Publication details: 
7 February [1900]. On letterhead of the Grand Hotel, Cannes.
£80.00

1p, 8vo. On aged and worn paper. Attractive letterhead of the hotel and its surroundings. Addressed to 'My dear Willis'. Written in a shaky hand. Clearly writing in reference to his 1899 autobiography 'A Sailor's Life under Four Sovereigns', he states that he is glad that Willis is 'pleased with the book', and explains that he was 'suddenly driven' to Cannes 'by neuralgic pains'. He concludes: 'If I live to get back I should like to insert the Authors name in your Copy! Your sincere old friend | Harry Keppel'.

[Lucy Kemp-Welch, painter noted for her depiction of military horses in the Great War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lucy Kemp-Welch'), accepting an invitation from 'Cousin Florence'.

Author: 
Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958), painter noted for her depiction of horses, especially during the First World War
Publication details: 
24 December 1902. On letterhead of Kingsley, Bushey, Hertfordshire.
£50.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Having found among her correspondence an unanswered letter from her cousin she apologises for the apparent rudeness, before accepting her 'kind invitation to luncheon when next we are in your neighbourhood'. She hopes that they 'may be in the Forest some time in the summer'. She ends by stating that she is enclosing an autograph for her cousin's friend.

[Lord Napier, Second Afghan War, Great Game.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Napier & Ettrick') from Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier, to orientalist William Nassau Lees, regarding his view of Lord Mayo's policy on 'defence of Khelat and Affghanistan'.

Author: 
Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier and 1st Baron Ettrick (1819-1898), Scottish diplomat, Ambassador to United States [William Nassau Lees (1825-1889), orientalist; Lord Mayo, Viceroy of India]
Publication details: 
16 January [1878]. Ravensbury, Ascot, Berkshire.
£125.00

See Napier's entry in the Oxford DNB (he is not to be confused with Lord Napier of Magdala). On the death of Lord Mayo in 1872, Napier acted as Viceroy of India for a little over three months, before the arrival of Mayo's successor Sir John Strachey. The present letter was written in the first months of 1878, six years after Mayo's death, follows the publication in The Times of a letter Napier had written defending Mayo's policy regarding the 'defence of Khelat and Affghanistan [sic]', against the criticisms of Mayo's predecessor as Viceroy, Lord Lawrence (previously Sir John Lawrence).

[Sir Henry Keppel, Admiral of the Fleet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Harry Keppel') to 'Willis' about his autobiography and the 'neuralgic pains' which he fears may kill him.

Author: 
Sir Henry Keppel ['Harry Keppel'] (1809-1904), Admiral of the Fleet who served in Opium Wars and Crimean War
Publication details: 
7 February [1900]. On letterhead of the Grand Hotel, Cannes.
£80.00

1p, 8vo. On aged and worn paper. Attractive letterhead of the hotel and its surroundings. Addressed to 'My dear Willis'. Written in a shaky hand. Clearly writing in reference to his 1899 autobiography 'A Sailor's Life under Four Sovereigns', he states that he is glad that Willis is 'pleased with the book', and explains that he was 'suddenly driven' to Cannes 'by neuralgic pains'. He concludes: 'If I live to get back I should like to insert the Authors name in your Copy! Your sincere old friend | Harry Keppel'.

[Lucy Kemp-Welch, painter noted for her depiction of military horses in the Great War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lucy Kemp-Welch'), accepting an invitation from 'Cousin Florence'.

Author: 
Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958), painter noted for her depiction of horses, especially during the First World War
Publication details: 
24 December 1902. On letterhead of Kingsley, Bushey, Hertfordshire.
£50.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Having found among her correspondence an unanswered letter from her cousin she apologises for the apparent rudeness, before accepting her 'kind invitation to luncheon when next we are in your neighbourhood'. She hopes that they 'may be in the Forest some time in the summer'. She ends by stating that she is enclosing an autograph for her cousin's friend.

[Sir William Rothenstein, artist.] Autograph Card Signed ('W. Rothenstein') to Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, announcing that 'with some regret' he will be changing his name to 'W. Rutherston'.

Author: 
Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), painter, printmaker, draughtsman, lecturer, and writer on art [Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (1886-1967)]
Publication details: 
'Sunday' [no date, but circa 1914]; card with letterhead of the Civic Arts Association, 28 Prince's Garden, London, S.W.
£180.00

Twelve closely-written lines, on 8.5 x 11.5 cm card addressed by Rothenstein to 'The Hon. R Key-Shuttleworth | 28 Princes Garden | SW'., this being the same address as on the letterhead. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by discussing 'Mr Booth' and his offer concerning 'the second prize', before expressing a hope that she is 'not overtiring' herself.

[Sir Edward Morris [as Lord Morris], Prime Minister of Newfoundland.] Typed Letter Signed ('Morris') to Mrs Eustace Hills, accepting her invitation to 'say a few words in connection with the work ahead for women in Empire Citizenship'.

Author: 
Sir Edward Morris [Edward Patrick Morris, 1st Baron Morris] (1859-1935), Prime Minister of Newfoundland, 1909-1917 [Mrs Eustace Hills, Vice President, Lend-a-Hand Club, London]
Publication details: 
17 October 1924; 3 Heath Drive, Hampstead, N.W.3 [London].
£90.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Bold signature in light-blue ink. He has not forgotten the 'very pleasant meeting' he had with Hills and her husband when she was on a trip to Newfoundland, and will be 'very pleased to accept your kind invitation for luncheon on the 5th November, and say a few words in connection with the work ahead for women in Empire Citizenship'. He assumes that the invitation extends to his wife.

[Walter H. Page, American ambassador to the United Kingdom during the First World War.] Typed Letter Signed ('Walter H. Page') to Lady Lloyd, regarding a letter she wants to be sent to Berlin about a missing British officer.

Author: 
Walter H. Page [Walter Hines Page] (1855-1918), journalist and publisher, American ambassador to the United Kingdom during the First World War
Publication details: 
2 November 1916. On letterhead of the Embassy of the United States, London.
£50.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tissue labels from mount adhering to the reverse. Folded twice. Embossed letterhead with US seal. Salutation and valediction in Page's autograph, with addition of an exclamation mark. Addressed to 'Lady Lloyd, | 26, Great Cumberland Place, | W. | Enclosure.' He has had 'two moods' about the 'touching letter' that she is enclosing, but believes that 'the best thing to do is not to send it to Berlin'.

[Sterling Heilig, American journalist.] Typed Letter Signed ('Sterling Heilig.') to Fleet Street journalist 'A. T. Q. C.', discussing his 'business of writing sensational letters to the American Sunday papers' and 'cribbing' (plagiarism).

Author: 
Sterling Heilig (1864-1928) of Philadelphia, American author, journalist and war correspondent [Fleet Street journalism; fin-de-siècle]
Publication details: 
'40 rue Laffitte, Paris, | September 29, 1894.'
£180.00

1p, 4to. On leaf of aged, worn and creased cartridge paper. Addressed to 'A. T. Q. C., | Care of The Editor of | The Speaker, 115, Fleet Street, E.C., London.' An interesting letter, touching on English and American journalistic practice, 'sensational' copy, plagiarism and fin-de-siècle Paris. The context is not entirely clear: one reading is that the recipient reported on or reproduced in the Fleet Street newspaper the Speaker one of Heilig's 'sensational letters to the American Sunday papers', only to have it 'cribbed' by Pearson's Weekly.

[Great War ep'mera: Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges, Brussels, Belgium; Edith Cavell] Nicely-printed notebook intended for correspondence filled with illustrations of German and Allied proclamations & illustrations of devastation by Léon Huygens.

Author: 
Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges [Brussels, Belgium] [Henri de Schoonen, Président] Léon Huygens (1876-1919), Belgian artist [First World War; the Great War; World War One]
First World War
Publication details: 
[Brussels, Belgium.] Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges. Circa 1917 or 1918.
£320.00
First World War

An unusual piece of First World War ephemera, a nicely-printed notebook intended for correspondence produced to raise funds for the charity. 48pp, 12mo, each page printed on its own leaf of wove paper. The leaves are perfect bound at the head, notebook-style, into grey card printed wraps, but with the glue now brittle and with the leaves now detached from the wraps, and with some leaves now loose.

[Cardinal Manning [Henry Edward Manning], Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry E. Card: Archbp.'), on the forwarding of a letter by 'Bishop Rickards on the subject of Sir Bartle Freres policy in the Zulu War'.

Author: 
Cardinal Manning [Henry Edward Manning] (1808-1892), Roman Catholic prelate; second Archbishop of Westminster, 1865-1892 [Sir Bartle Frere; the Second Zulu War]
Publication details: 
29 December 1879. On letterhead of the Archbishop's House, Westminster, S.W. [London]
£65.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. The recipient is not named. Manning begins by apologising for the 'long delay in fulfilling the promise to send the inclosed letter of Bishop Rickards on the subject of Sir Bartle Freres policy in the Zulu War'. He explains that he has been 'much pressed by business & also absent from London'. He concludes by urging the recipient not to trouble himself to return it.

[Sir Norton Knatchbull, parliamentarian and biblical scholar.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Norton Knatchbull') [to Sir Anthony St Leger?], repeating financial undertakings made regarding 'a covenant for securing of the land from Sr William Parkhurst'.

Author: 
Sir Norton Knatchbull (1602-1685) of Mersham Hatch, Kent, parliamentarian, Hebraist and biblical scholar [Sir William Parkhurst (d.1667), Warden of the Royal Mint; Sir Anthony St Leger (c.1605-1680)]
Publication details: 
'Munday night | Dec. 12. 1659'.
£220.00

This item appears to relate to the efforts of Sir William Parkhurst to raise money in order to pay fines and other demands made on him as a royalist by the Commonwealth. Parkhurst had served as Warden of the Royal Mint from 1623 until its seizure by Parliament in 1642, being deprived of his post the following year. By the time of the present letter his circumstances become so straitened that he was obliged to sell his family’s Kent estates, to which he had retired after the fall of Oxford in 1646.

[General Sir William Napier, Irish soldier, historian of the Peninsular War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W N') to 'Macdonald', declining to ask for rank of Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, with resentment towards Admiral Sir William Parker.

Author: 
Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier] (1785-1860), Irish soldier in British Army and military historian of the Peninsular War [Admiral Sir William Parker]
Publication details: 
'Rotterdam Dec 13' [on paper with watermark date 1830].
£100.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of tape from mount adhering along one edge. Endorsed 'Genl. Wm. Napier'. On wove paper with watermark 'CANSELL | 1830'. The letter - written with energy and some resentment - refers to Admiral Sir William Parker (1781-1866), who was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1815.

[Royal Navy Ophthalmic Department, Second World War.] Letterbook of Surgeon-Commander Edward John Littledale, Ophthalmic Specialist, of HMHS [Hospital Ship] Maine, containing two hundred AFOs [Admiralty Fleet Orders], circulars, correspondence.

Author: 
[Royal Navy Ophthalmic Department, Second World War] Surgeon-Commander Edward John Littledale (1906-2001), Ophthalmic Specialist, of HMHS [Hospital Ship] Maine
Publication details: 
[Admiralty, Whitehall, London.] Dating from between 1924 and 1946, with the greater number issued during the Second World War.
£450.00

Laid down on 138pp of a quarto volume. The contents are in good overall condition, lightly aged and worn, but the binding of the volume is in poor condition, heavily worn, with the leather spine split and damaged and the front board becoming detached. Meticulously arranged, with autograph thumb-index and list of AFOs at front, and autograph emendations in red ink to various orders, many of which are marked 'Cancelled'. Ownership signature and title on flyleaf: 'E. J. Littledale. | A. F. Os etc dealing with Ophthalmic Department'.

[Rudyard Kipling: 'Edition de Luxe in facsimile', printed on silk and satin.] 'The Absent-Minded Beggar by Rudyard Kipling': 'Souvenir [...] presented by Mrs. Langtry on the occasion of the 100th Performance of the "Degenerates" at the Garrick'.

Author: 
Rudyard Kipling; R. Caton Woodville [Daily Mail; Lillie Langtry; Garrick Theatre, London]
Publication details: 
'Copyright in England and the United States by the Daily Mail Publishing Co., 1899.' ['Eyre Spottiswoode Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty'.
£200.00

An attractive and unusual item, tastefully printed in green and red on both sides of a 30.5 x 60 cm strip, entirely covered in cream satin, and edged in silk ribbon, folding into a triptych each panel of which is 30.5 x 20 cm. In extremely good condition, all the more remarkable considering the ephemeral nature of the item. As folded into itself, the item has a front cover carrying the title in green ink, with a photograph of Kipling printed in red; and the back cover carries the royal crest of the Queen's printers Eyre and Spottiswoode.

[UK Parliament: the first Secret Session in House of Lords, 1916.] Twenty-seven items from papers of N. D. Bosworth Smith of Privy Council Office, including draft Order in Council, correspondence from Lords Crewe, Lansdowne, Morley, Haldane, Milner.

Author: 
UK Parliament: the first Secret Sessions, 1916 [House of Lords; Secret Sittings; N. D. Bosworth Smith of Privy Council Office; Lords Crewe, Lansdowne, Morley, Haldane, Milner, Duke of Devonshire
Publication details: 
Privy Council Office and other locations in London and elsewhere in Great Britain. 20 to 25 April 1916.
£1,350.00

An interesting collection of material relating to the preparations for the historic first Secret Session in the House of Lords, from the papers of Neville Digby Bosworth Smith (1886-1964) of the Privy Council Office. The material dates from the five days preceding 25 April 1916, when the House of Lords having voted in favour of the measure, it held a secret session to debate a motion regarding conscription following the passing of the Military Services Act 1916. (For a contemporary account of the parallel proceedings in the other house, see Sir C. P.

[First World War conscription.] Printed third reading (Lords) bill leading to the Military Service Act, 1916: 'Military Service (No. 2.) | A Bill intituled An Act to make provision with respect to Military Service in connexion with the present War.'

Author: 
Military Service Act, 1916; First World War conscription; British Parliament
Publication details: 
'Ordered to be printed 24th January 1916.' London: Printed under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office By Eyre and Spottiswoode, Ltd.'
£280.00

No other copy of this historic item - part of the hurried parliamentary process of bringing conscription to the United Kingdom for the first time - has been traced on either OCLC WorldCat or LHD (COPAC). The only other parliamentary papers relating to the Military Service Act on those databases are a single copy of the bill with committee amendments, ordered to be printed four days before the present item, on 20 January 1916, which is in the Canadian Archives; and two copies of the act itself (5 & 6 Geo. 5 c.

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