Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson (1828-1896), English physician, medical author, sanitary reformer and temperance campaigner
Without place and date.
1p., landscape 12mo. On aged and worn paper, with strip of discoloration affecting Richardson's signature. The text concerns 'the numbers of the Madras Journal [which] have not yet turned up'. Accompanied by an unattrtibuted newspaper cutting of Richardson's obituary, laid down on a leaf removed from a notebook.
Sir Hamilton Seymour [ Sir George Hamilton Seymour ] (1797-1880), British diplomat
Place and date not stated.
For more on Seymour, who held diplomatic posts in Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Russia, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The 4.5 x 7.5 cm card carries the words 'Sir Hamilton Seymour | Ministre d'Angleterre' in copperplate. Above this Seymour has written, in a difficult hand, what appears to be: 'My dear Baron Ward | I want you to shew your finess [sic] in your placing Machen & Mr Caird. | Yrs.'
Mrs. Humphry Ward [ Mary A. Ward (1851-1920), novelist ] [ Jerome K. Jerome ]
Addressed from 'Stocks, Aldbury, Tring.', and dating from between 10 and 17 January 1910. Published by Smith, Elder, & Co, London, and printed by Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd, London.
A total of 41pp., 4to. Complete run of ten issues (a second edition, expanded to 63pp., appeared in the same year). In black cloth binding, with manuscript note on front pastedown: 'George H M Ricketts - | Lent to Mr Blackman with a hope that he will read it & circulate it amongst his friends.' Eight of the ten numbers are of 4pp.; one (no.4) is of 6pp; and another (no.10) of 3pp. Uniform in design and all printed in blue ink.
William Powell Frith (1819-1909) [ Sir Leslie Ward [ Sir Leslie Matthew Ward ] (1851-1922), English cartoonist for 'Vanity Fair', under the name 'Spy'
'Spy' cartoon from 'Vanity Fair' (London), 10 May 1873. Autograph Note Signed on letterhead of 114 Clifton Hill, [ London ] NW. 12 May 1887.
ONE: Printed 'Spy' cartoon. 35.5 x 23 cm. Coloured. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A placid Firth is shown before an easel, with brush in one hand and pallette in another. TWO: ANS. 2p., 12mo. With mourning border. 'Dear young ladies | I have pleasure in complying with your request for an autograph. | Faithfully yours | W. P. Firth. | To | The Misses Savage'.
Mrs. Humphrey Ward [ Mary Augusta Ward, nee Arnold ] (1851-1920), English novelist [ Harold Frederick (1856-98), London correspondent of New York Times; W. J. Fisher ]
25 Grosvenor Place, London SW, on cancelled letterhead of Stocks, Tring. 5 December 1898.
An interesting letter regarding a celebrated Victorian scandal. In 1884 Frederic had come to England with his wife and five children as the London correspondent of the New York TImes. He set up a second household with Kate Lyon, with whom he had a further three children. Lyons was a Christian Scientist, and when Frederic suffered a stroke in 1898, she tried to cure him by faith healing, but he died. At the instigation of Mrs Frederic, Lyon was tried for manslaughter, but was acquitted. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border.
H. Marshall Ward [ Harry Marshall Ward ] (1854-1906), botanist [ Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant ]
On letterhead of the Botanical Laboratory, Cambridge. 14 May 1905.
1p., 4to. On aged paper, with some damp staining to spine. The letter comes from the Stockdale papers, and relates to his application to the post of Mycologist and Lecturer in Agriculture to the Imperial Department of Agriculture in the West Indies. Having taught Stockdale at Cambridge, Ward is blunt and to the point: 'Dear Stockdale | These are not matters to dally about. If you are fool enough to throw away a chance like this, you will do no good any where.' He urges Stockdale to 'telegraph to Sir W. Thiselton Dyer at once!'
Capt. W. J. Ward (Cardiff), Author of "A Lady Skipper," "S.S. Grauck, or The Scheme That Failed," Etc. Etc. [ William Clark Russell (1844-1911), English nautical author; Julia D. Young ]
'Reprinted from "The Maritime Review."' No place or date (but during the reign of King George V).
2pp., 4to. Printed on the same side of one piece of shiny art paper, folded to make a bifolium. Aged and stained, with wear and slight loss to extremities. Photograph of Russell beneath title, alongside 'Sonnet | To W. Clark Russell', reprinted 'From "English Sea Pictures." By Julia D. Young, Author of "Barham Beach, the President's Poem." - New York.' The author laments that '[i]n this country, it is not the fashion to ennoble those who really do something for their time and generation', such as Russell, whose 'stupendous output' consists of 'fifty-seven books everyone [sic] of them good'.
William A. Dresser [ William Adams Dresser (b.1851) ], Manager, The Authors' Agency, Boston, Massachusetts, est. 1893 [ Mrs Julia Ward Howe; William Dean Howells; Thomas Nelson Page; Noah Brooks ]
The Authors' Agency. William A. Dresser, Manager. P.O. Box 1193, Boston, Mass. Undated.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly-aged. Beneath the drop-head title: 'The Agency is authorized to refer to the following well-known writers: | Noah Brooks. | Hezekiah Butterworth. | Mrs. Margaret Deland. | William Elliot Griffis, D.D. | B. O. Flower, [Ed. Arena.] | Mrs. Burton Harrision. | Mrs. Julia Ward Howe. | William Dean Howells. | Mrs. Louise Chandler Moulton. | Philip S. Moxom, D.D. | Thomas Nelson Page. | A. D. F. Randolph, Publisher. | Charles Dudley Warner. | Mary E. Wilkins. | William Hayes Ward, D.D., [Ed. Independent.] | J. A. Wheelock, [Ed.
Mrs Humphry Ward [ Mary Augusta Ward, neé Arnold ] (1851-1920), English novelist, born in Tasmania
On letterhead of Stocks, Tring. 12 March 1895.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. She apologises for the delay in writing, explaining: 'my hand has been dreadfully lame, & I have no secretary'. She explains that she has spoken to 'Mr. Craufurd' regarding the cottage, but that there is 'an old lady here, the widow of a farmer, a certain Mrs. Mead, who is supposed by Mr. Craufurd to have a prior claim'. She discusses whether Mrs Mead truly wants the cottage, and the possibility of making alterations to it, ending with remembrances to the recipient's father and mother.
24pp., 12mo. Yapp-bound in brown-paper printed wraps. Stapled. Very good. Printed in brown ink on glossy paper, with one book per page, each with an illustration of the cover. Begins with 'The Wonder Book | (Fourteenth Year of Issue.)' and ends with 'Animals All | By Ellen Velvin'. Includes four works illustrated by Margaret W. Tarrant, including 'Alices Adventures in Wonderland'. Scarce: no copies traced, either on COPAC or on OCLC WorldCat.
Walter Crane (1845-1915), English artist and book illustrator [ 'W. J. L.', poet; Marcus Ward & Co., Belfast publishers ]
'ENT[ERED AT] STA[TIONERS] HALL MARCUS WARD & CO.' Undated.
On 6.75 x 10.25 cm card. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Crane's illustration is printed in gold, blue, red, pink and brown, with the caption at foot, encased in a characteristic decorative border reading 'MAY NEW YEAR BRING FROM LOVERS TRUE | LOTS OF VALENTINES FOR YOU!' A winged Cupid in doorway to the right, dressed in blue cap and suit with knickerbockers and red stockings, delivers letters to three girls and a baby in a bath chair. Outside the border, at foot: 'ENT STA HALL MARCUS WARD & CO.' Printed in lilac on reverse is the poem by 'W. J.
[Ward & Lock, London publishers; Victorian children's book]
London: Ward and Lock, 158, Fleet Street. [1863.]
16pp., 8vo. Vignette and eight full-page illustrations, all hand-coloured, depicting Sly Boots the fox, Farmer Brown, Joe the shepherd boy, and Trusty the dog. Disbound and stapled. On aged and worn paper. Scarce: the only two copies on COPAC and OCLC WorldCat at the British Library and University of California, with dating to the first entry.
Lauren R. Stevens (b.1938) [A. Alvarez [Al Alvarez] (b.1929), English literary critic; H. C. Baker [Herschel Clay Baker] (1914-1990), Professor of English Literature at Harvard University]
TLS: 430 W. Allen's Lane, Philadelphia 19, Pennsylvania. 5 October 1960. ALS: on his (cancelled) letterhead 1717 Cambridge Street, Cambridge 38, Massachusetts. 31 January 1961. Book: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1961.
TLS: 2pp., 12mo. In good condition. The letter begins: 'Dear Al: | Last Thursday morning, while sitting in a barbar chair, I asked myself a question which a number of people have been asking me recently, namely, What are you doing at Harvard? I couldn't come up with a very satisfactory answer, so I went to a friend's house on Cape Cod for the weekend. Monday I saw the head of the English Department at Harvard, H. C. Baker. He said, "Follow your star," which seemed to me a little romantic, but all the same good advice.
Joy C. Ward [The Social Survey, Central Office of Information, London; Central Advisory Council for Education (England)]
N.S.110. Central Office of Information [London]. ('Crown Copyright Reserved'.) June 1948.
76pp., foolscap 8vo. Includes one fold-out leaf. Internally in good condition, on aged paper. In worn and chipped orange card wraps. With shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Divided into the main headings: The Problem of Children's Play; How Much Spare Time?; Clubs and Organisations; Games and Sports; The Cinema and the Radio; Reading and Other Hobbies; What Do Children Like Doing Best? A smaller (and earlier?) version of a 90-page item published with the same title and date, but with the author's name given as 'Joyce Ward'.
Joyce Ward [The Social Survey, Central Office of Information, London; Central Advisory Council for Education (England)]
New Series110. Central Office of Information [London]. ('Crown Copyright Reserved'.) June 1948.
90pp., foolscap 8vo. Includes extra leaf stapled in to make a fold-out. Internally in good condition, on aged paper. Author's 'Introduction' printed on inside front cover. In worn and chipped orange card wraps with damaged spine. With shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Divided into the main headings: The Problem of Children's Play; How Much Spare Time?; Clubs and Organisations; Games and Sports; The Cinema and the Radio; Reading and Other Hobbies; What Do Children Like Doing Best?
James Tait Plowden Wardlaw [James Tait Plowden-Wardlaw] (1873-1963), rector of Beckenham, vicar of St Clement's, Cambridge, barrister-at-law [The Camden Town Murder trial, 1907; Wilfred Philip Ward]
The diary dating from the period October to December 1907. The letters from 1925 to 1927, except for one from 1905; and mostly from Hove, Sussex.
The diary is 66pp., 4to. In red buckram binding with 'Diary Oct-Dec 1907 Plowden Wardlaw' in gilt on spine. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in good tight binding. Plowden Wardlaw's devoutness is apparent throughout. For example, on 17 October, he appears to be consecrating his own private chapel: 'At home to-day. Most of the day was spent in cleaning and preparing the Chapel for the dedication tomorrow. Father Maturin the former <?> father, who received Edith into the Church in 1898 came down by the 5.40. I met him in the motor. He is a gentleman, & a man of the world.
F. H. Pruen, M.A., Secretary to the University of Durham Secondary Schools Committee, Armstrong College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Andrew Reid and Company, Ltd, Printing Court Buildings. [1920.]
27pp., 12mo. Stapled. In pink printed wraps. With stamps, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Scarce: no copy at the British Library, or on COPAC.
George Marshall Ward (1798-1879), artist and engraver, son of the artist James Ward (1769-1859) [The Crystal Palace; Art Treasures Exhibition, Manchester, 1857]
31 Fitzroy Square W. [London] 27 April 1857.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition, neatly placed by the second leaf in a windowpane mount. He has 'received an intimation' that his picture is in Bond Street ('from whence I must fetch it'), and is writing to say that he has 'two Pictures by my Father (one very small but a beautiful little bit) the other the Peak in Derbyshire; a Landscape by Smith of Chichester & a copy of mine after Liverseege all of which I would lend to the Crystal Palace if you would like to have them'. He can deliver these to Bond St on collecting the other.
William Mill Butler, editor [with contributions by William T. Hornaday; J. Macdonald Oxley; Helen Chauncey; Harry Kenmore; Horatio Bliss, Stephen Crane; Alan Merriman]
The Commercial Travelers' Home Association of America, Binghamton, New York. Vol. VI, No. II. February 1896.
8vo, paginated 147-261, with frontispiece, and preceded by 16 and followed by 11 pages of advertisements. In original pink wraps, printed in black and red. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped wraps. The article on the naturalist Professor Henry Augustus Ward (1834-1906), by William T. Hornaday, is titled 'The King of Museum-Builders' (pp.147-159, with frontispiece); that on Nicholas Edward ('Nick') Kaufmann (1861-1943) is by Harry Kenmore, and titled 'The Champion Trick-Rider' (pp.185-193); and that on 'The Leviathans of the Deep' (202-210) is by Alan Merriman.
Hon. Samuel Stevens (c.1798-1854) of Albany, New York, American barrister, Whig politician, friend and associate of Daniel Webster [L. Ward Smith (d.1863), Adjutant General of the State of New York]
New York. 15 June 1842.
Stevens married Mary Frances Smith (d.1890; second husband John Fowler Butterworth), daughter of Silas O. Smith of Rochester, and two of their children were the novelist Augusta de Grasse Stevens (1852-1894), and Marie de Grasse, Lady Evans (d.1920), wife of the English Liberal politician Sir Francis Henry Evans (1840-1907). 2pp., 4to. 35 lines of text. In good condition on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmark, to 'Mr L Ward Smith | Rochester | N.Y-'. The letter begins: 'My dear Ward | How affectionate & familiar a man is, when he is about to ask a favor.
Henry Meigs Ward; Ferdinand DeWilton Ward; Mehetabel Eunice Clarke; Henrietta Jacqueline Clarke [Levi Ward; Mehetabel Ward; Andrew Ward]
Democrat and Chronicle Print, Rochester, N.Y. [New York, United States of America] Dedication dated October 1886.
50pp., 8vo. Stapled. In original wraps with the word 'WARD.' in large letters on front, and nothing else printed on them. In good condition, on aged and spotted paper. The title, on p.1, reads 'Memorials of a Grand Parent and Parents, with Names of their Descendants, and a Double Appendix.' Printers details, p.2. Dedication, p.3, by Henry M. Ward, F. DeW. Ward, Mehetabel E. Clarke and Henrietta J. Clarke, dated October 1886: 'This Home Volume is dedicated to Our Children and Theirs, with the express requests, (1).
Mandy Rice-Davies (b.1944), central figure, with Christine Keeler, in the Profumo Affair
'A True-to-Life book by CONFIDENTIAL PUBLICATIONS LTD. 36/38 Whitefriars St., London, E.C.4.' [1964.]
40pp., 4to. Not paginated. In very good condition. Covers and centre-spread printed in colour on glossy art paper, otherwise in black and white. Profusely illustrated. The third page carries an introdcution by 'Mandy', reading: 'Two questions . . . . . remain unanswered despite the many thousands of words written about the Ward Trial. How do girls like myself move into High Society circles? And just how loose are the morals of certain Top People? | These are the questions I have set out to answer - not in any way to whitewash myself.
Frank Rothsay, Actor-Manager of the Borough Theatre, Stratford, and his daughter Agnes Rothsay
Compiled while the Rothsays lived in West Ham, between 1906 and 1909.
Landscape 8vo album with 82pp. on 73 leaves of different coloured paper in original cloth. Aged and loose, in worn binding. The autographs are mainly theatrical, and although lacking any first-rate actors, provide a tantalising glimpse into a lost world. Laid down are signed postcards from.Stella Gastelle, Ethel Ward and Ben Albert ('To Miss Rothsay | Best Wishes from her Dad's Pal Ben').
Bedminster and Redcliff, Bristol [Rev. Arthur Hawkins Ward (1832-1906)]
Undated. [Bristol, 1860s?]
On one side of a piece of paper 28 x 22 cm. Text clear and complete. Aged and creased, with two small areas of slight loss (not affecting text) and closed tears. Part of previous mount adhering to the reverse. Twenty-four lines beneath the title, with the whole enclosed within a border. Begins: 'It is proposed to establish, in the midst of the dense population of Bedminster and Redcliff, a nursery for children under three years of age.' Ends 'Rev. A. H.
The Artists' and Amateurs' Conversazione Society; John Frederick Lewis; George Raphael Ward; William Boxall; Richard Rothwell; James Inskipp; Henry Behnes Burlowe; Charles Harvey Weigall; Scipio Clint
Feb. 5 1831. 14 Berners St. [London]'
On one side of a piece of wove paper, 32 x 20 cm. Laid down on a leaf from an autograph album. In fair condition, aged and dusty with slight wear to extremities. The item is of added interest, dating as it does from the year of the Society's inception. The nine-line application is in the hand of the artist John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876), and is addressed to 'Dear Sir' - presumably the final signatory 'Henry Graves. Esq. [1806-1892, printseller] Sec. to the Artists and Amateurs Conversatzion. [sic]'.
William Gourlie (1815-1856), Glasgow calico printer and botanist [Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868); William Keddie (1809-1877), Editor of the 'Scottish Guardian'; Scotland; Scottish textiles]
18 June 1849; on letterhead of South Frederick Street, Glasgow.
4to, 1 p. Sixteen lines of text. Clear and complete. Neatly written in copperplate. On lightly-aged and creased paper, with one 4 cm vertical closed tear (through one word) along fold. He will be 'in town [i.e. London] for a few days next week and will be accompanied by Mr. Keddie, Editor of the "Scottish Guardian", an ardent lover of Botany & Botanists'. Asks if Ward can 'chalk out an excursion' for them, '& perhaps accompany us, to some place like Cobham [regularly visited by Ward], where we would see English Scenery, and gather good English plants'.
The Hedley Ward Trio: Jack Mckechnie, guitar; Derek Franklin, bass; Bob Carter, piano [English jazz musicians' autographs]
On a leaf of blue paper (roughly 11 x 14 cm), removed from an autograph album. Good: lightly aged and spotted. Reads 'With best wishes The Hedley Ward Trio | Jack Mckechnie | Derek Franklin | Bob Carter'. Docketed, presumably by the recipient, with the members' instruments. Hedley Ward was one of the foremost British bandleaders of the 30s, 40s and 50s, and his Trio featured in many radio and television broadcasts, and are still to be heard on archive programmes.