Thomas Carte (1686-1754), historian whose collection of English manuscripts now forms part of the Bodleian Library [ The Carte Papers ]
17 January 1744 / 1745. Place not stated.
On one side of 11 x 15 cm slip of paper. On aged paper, heavily worn at head and at one edge, with some loss of text. The damage has been skilfully repaired. Reads: 'Jan. 17. 1744/5 eived then of <...>ackin Nilliam <...>ynn Bannet the following MS viz. Dares Phrygius & Tyssillons History of the Britions in Welsh, Chronica Britonum in Welsh, & the chartulary of the Abbey de Bello in Latin | which I promise to restore on demand. Witness my hand | Tho: Carte'.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with loss from breaking of the red wax seal, part of which still adheres. Addressed, with postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Mrs. Hatton. | Kidwelly. | Carmarthenshire.' The letter begins: 'My dear Ann, | Never allow yourself to feel one moment's anxiety about your remittances. Rely firmly on what I have often told you, that they shall never fail you while I can by any means supply them. - Get well as fast as you can, and thank Mrs.
Thomas Twining (c.1734-1804), classical scholar and translator [ Rev. James Powell of Bitteswell, Lutterworth ]
'Llanvarog [Llanfwrog], (near Ruthin, North Wales.)' 12 August 1797
2pp., 4to. In good condition, with the leaf in neatly-trimmed remains of a windowpane mount. His party returned from its 'Cannarvonshire [sic] tour on Thursday, - well pleased, & well tired. I have seen what I had long wished to see, - & my expectations were fully, if not more than fully, answered.
Geraldine Knight (1933-2008), English sculptor, wife of the artist Mark Churchill (1935-2011) [ Gilbert Adams (1906-1996), photographer; Rosalind Thuillier (1939-2015), critic; Magor Brewery, Wales ]
Each photograph with stamp on reverse of Gilbert Adams, East Stowell, Marlborough, Wiltshire. Thuillier's text on her Wiltshire letterhead. Undated, but circa 1979.
All items in good condition. The photographs range in size from 21.5 x 14.5 cm. to 18.5 x 16.5 cm., and show Knight at work on the sculpture, with her husband Mark Churchill present in one. Thuillier's text (1p., 12mo) reads: 'Geraldine Knight seen with her giant 10 ft. fibreglass and resin (GRP) Hinds Head which has been commissioned by Whitbreads for their new Brewery at Magor near Newport. The work has taken her a year to complete. She lives and works in a converted Bakery at Woodborough in Wiltshire where she has 4 large studios.
Charles Welsh [ The Sette of Odd Volumes, London bibliographical club ]
[ The Sette of Odd Volumes. ] Imprynted by Bror C. W. H. Wyman, Typographer to ye Sette, at hys Printing-hovse in Great Qveene Street, over against Lincoln's Inne Fields, within ye Parish of Saynt Giles in ye Fields. London, [ 1887 ].
47 +  + pp., 16mo. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in worn grey printed boards with wear to spine.On cover: 'Privated Printed Opuscula issued to the Members of the Sette of Odd Volumes. | No. XIII. | Coloured Books for Children.' No. 167 of a limited edition of 255 copies, signed by 'Charles Welsh', and with recipient's name erased. Hand-coloured frontispiece. Pp.27-47 carry 'A Catalogue of the Coloured Books for Children; Past and Present.' The last eleven pages contain a 'Bibliography of Odd Volumes' and 'List of Members'. Five copies on COPAC.
Eric Linklater [ Eric Robert Russell Linklater ] (1899-1974), Welsh novelist
Without place or date.
On 12.5 x 9 cm piece of cream paper. In good condition, with light signs of age. Boldly written and underlined, at the top of the page, reading 'Eric Linklater.' No other writing on either side of the leaf.
Dr Hugh Wynne (d.1754) of Tynllwydan in Wales, Chancellor of Bangor, Prebendary of St Paul's and Sarum Cathedrals and Rector of Aberffraw and Trefdraeth
Tynllwydan [ Wales ]. 17 May <1709>.
On one side of an 11.5 x 15 cm piece of paper. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, but trimmed at foot, cropping the lower part of signature and year. He is 'concern'd to hear' of his brother's illness, and would have visited him, had he not himself been labouring under a 'fit of ye cold since my retun to ye Country'. He intends to go to Llanfochell at the end of the week, and to send one of his curates to 'make Good yr. service I intended you in my own person'.
Sir Llewelyn Turner, High Sheriff of Carnarvonshire [ The Segontium Society, Carnarvon, Wales ]
Reprinted from the "North Wales Observer and Express" of November 26, 1886. Carnarvon: Printed by D. W. Davies and Co., "Express" Office. 1887.
15 + pp., 12mo. Unbound pamphlet. In fair condition, lightly aged, with strip of adhesive tape on spine. 'Corrected Copy' in manuscript at head of title-page, and minor manuscript emendation on p.13. Address made at the Society's inaugural meeting, and ranging in topic from Carnarvon's ancient history to 'The Terrible Competition of the Age'. Scarce: no copy on COPAC.
'A Clergyman' [ also 'J. A. G.', i.e. James Ashe Gabb ] [ James Davies (1765-1849), schoolmaster of Devauden Hill, Monmouthshire, Wales ]
London: C. & J. Rivington, Hatchard & Son, Seeley & Son; Chilcot and Richardson, Bristol; and all Booksellers in Monmouthshire. 1832. [ 'Chilcott, Printer, Wine Street, Bristol.' ]
xi + 41pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, in worn twentieth-century binding, with the bookplate of the City of Cardiff Public Libraries, but no library stamps or other indications. Two-page dedication to 'Edward [ Copleston ], Bishop of Llandaff', followed by seven-page preface. The memoir is contained in letters to 'Miss B.' In 1831 Gabb writes of a visit to Davies: 'He s still the same. Keeping the noiseless tenor of his way on his favourite hill.
William Williams, translator of the New Testament [ A modern, correct, and close translation of the New Testament; with occasional observations, and arranged in order of time,[...]]
Ivy tower, Tenby, 12 Nov. 1811
One page, 8vo, good condition. "Repeated disappointment has for 3 weeks past attended the several journies [sic] from this country house to our Post Town some 4 miles off.- I hoped [?] I was promised truly, sheets shd be sent out of London on Wednesdays & Saturdays, nothing since ye fifth sheet has reached me! - altho' even yt teaches me that it is needful for me to receive specimen sheets; for a Table of errors to be formed for ye end of ye work; seeing that on ye last sheet arrived hither, Mat.19.4. Creater ([e" underlined] instead of Creator ["or" double underlining].
Kathleen Violet M. Wynne-Edwards [ née Touzel ] (1895-1978) of the ATS [ Auxiliary Territorial Service ], wife of Lieut-Col. John Copner Wynne-Edwards (1891-1967)
2nd Signal Training Centre, Prestatyn, North Wales. Between 1939 and 1942.
The material is laid down and loosely inserted on 39pp. of a folio album with paper covers (the ATS badge drawn on the front). The album itself is aged and worn, but the material inside is in good condition, with light aging.Biographical information on Wynne-Edwards is given in a loosely-inserted copy of an autograph letter to 'Mrs.
The game was played on 21 November 1934 at Pittodrie, Scotland winning 3-2. 2pp., 12mo. on two leaves removed from an autograph album. Each team's autographs on a separate page. Both leaves in good condition, lightly-aged. ONE: On page headed 'Scotland Team', carries 14 autographs: 'C Napier [Charlie Napier (1910-1973), Celtic] | Alex Massie [ (1906-1977), Hearts] | | Pr.
Major General Vyvyan Evelegh (1898-1958), General Officer Commanding, 78th Battleaxe Infantry Division, British Army; Lieut-Col. D. E. P. Hodgson of the Welsh Guards [ Sicilian Campaign, 1943. ]
Evelegh's 'Lecture' without place or date, but contemporary. Hodgson's 'Notes' dated 'IN THE FIELD | 9 Oct 43 [ 9 October 1943 ] | DEPH/LCH'.
Both items in good condition, lightly-aged and worn. Both scarce: no copy of either traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC, and no copies in the Imperial War Museum collection. From the papers of military historian Barrie Pitt, author of 'Crucible of War'. ONE: ' 'Lecture by Maj-Gen V. Evelegh, C.B., O.B.E. on 78 Div's Part in the Sicilian Campaign'. Two pages each on a separate leaf, the first 8vo and the second half an 8vo page. Stapled together.
A friend of Dylan Thomas and a leading poet of the 1930s London literary scene, Dyment is the subject of a warm appreciation by Robert Graecen in The Times, 8 June 1971. The present collection consists of a series of amusing poems regarding various members of the animal kingdom. ONE: Typescript of 'Fur, Feather, and Fin | by | Clifford and Marcella Dyment'. Address at foot of title-page: 'Flat 5, 53, Harrington Gardens, London, S.W.7.' 46pp., 8vo. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper.
Rev. Henry Richard (1812-1888), "the Apostle of Peace", Welsh Congregational minister and Member of Parliament or Merthyr Tydfil, 1868-1888
22 Bolton Gardens, South Kensington, London. On letterhead of the House of Commons. 21 January 1881.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Richard, who asks for the letter to beb regarded as confidential, is sorry to have to state that when Appleton ceased to be 'collector for the Peace Society, and his books and papers came into our hands, we found serious irregularities in his accounts'. Richard assumes that it is as a result of Appleton being exposed, 'and explanations being demanded of him', that he wrote to him. 'But he is now refunding the defalcations, and we are unwilling by exposure to ruin his character & prospects'.
Francis Dodd [Francis Edgar Dodd] (1874-1949), RA, Welsh artist, an official war artist in the First World War [ John Gideon Wilson (1876-1963), proprietor of London bookshop Messrs J. & E Bumpus ]
Both on embossed letterheads of 51Blackheath Park, London S.E. One dated 12 November 1931 and the other 14 April [no year].
Both letters in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: 12 November 1931. 2pp., 12mo. Written lengthwise. He heard from 'Father Bone last night that the Epstein party was over & I had not attended it as I promised to. I hadn't got a ticket so I forgot the date'. TWO: 14 April [no year]. 1p., 12mo. Written lengthwise.He is sending him a private view ticket for the Royal Academy, 'where you will have an opportunity to see the portrait of Sir Frederick Richmond that you so kindly interested yourself in'.
George Thomson (1757-1851) [ Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Josef Haydn; Robert Burns ]
To be had 'at the house of G. Thomson, Trustees Office, Exchange, Edinburgh; at Preston's Music Warehouse, 97, Strand; at Birchall's, 133, New Bond Street; J. Murray's, Albemarle Street, London; [...]'. 'Printed by J. Moir, Edinburgh, 1817.'
Thomson's friend Burns worked with him on the Scottish and Welsh melodies, which were arranged by Haydn and others. As Haydn's health was failing, Thomson turned to Beethoven for the arrangements of the Irish melodies, the first group of which were sent to him in 1809. 4pp., 8vo. Paginated 1-4. Unbound bifolium, stabbed as issued. In good condition, lightly-aged. Beneath the drophead title on the first page: 'On the 30th of May 1817, will be published the THIRD and CONCLUDING Volume of | Select Welsh Melodies; | [...]'.
Caradoc Evans [David Caradoc Evans], (1878–1945), Welsh story writer, novelist and playwright.
26 Thornton Road, East Sheen, Tuesday [n.d. between1923 and 1929]. Perhaps when he edited T.P.'s Weekly, Sewell Stokes as assistant editor
One page, 8vo, fold mark, small closed tears on fold, good condition, pencilled ticks (by Stokes?). "I am in bed, now reading a bit of Ben Johnson [sic] now a bit of 'Moll Flanders", now a bit of [?] & now a bit of Marie Corelli." He anticipates when he'll next be in the "office". New paragrph, "Will you and Mr Moore go through that basket of mine marked "Current" & send off for setting that wghich appeals to you. There is an article on Arthur Machen, which should be cut [...].
Alfred John Hewins of Barmouth (Gwynned, Wales), artist and art teacher [ Laurence William Hodson of Compton Hall, patron of the Arts and Crafts movement and friend of William Morris]
14 September and 27 December 1899, and 3 May 1906. The first two from Barmouth [Gwynned, North Wales], the last from 1 Victoria Place, Barmouth.
Totalling 10pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. ONE: 14 September 1899. 4pp., 12mo. He was pleased to receive Hodson's letter from Southwold, and reports on the 'Abraham sale', and 'talk of a tram line being made to Mochras' ('all fudge & nonsense').
Owen Cosby Philipps (1863-1937), 1st Baron Kylsant, shipping magnate and Conservative MP [ Harry Buxton Forman (1842-1917), literary editor and forger; Katherine Philips ('the Matchless Orinda')]
On letterhead of Amroth Castle, Begelly, R.S.O. Pembrokeshire. 25 October 1903.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with short closed tear at foot of fold. Signed 'Owen Philipps'. Having received a letter from Buxton Forman 'about the Matchless Orinda', he gives some details regarding her husband, who is 'an ancestor of mine, being one of the Phillips of Kilsant & Picton'. His brother has 'lent me a copy of her Poems which I have been reading with much interest.' He also refers to his relations 'Mr. Wogan', 'Mrs. Owen', 'Jas Phillips' and 'Hector Phillips'.
[Working Men's Club and Institute, Kenfig HILL, Bridgend, South Wales, 1911-1938] [Talbot Miners' Welfare Institute.]
[Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, South Wales.] 1 February 1911 to 18 January 1938.
The present volume provides a fascinating sidelight into the operations of an archetypal Working Men's Club (Labour leader Ed Milliband was recently described as being 'more at home in Primrose Hill than Kenfig Hill') at what was perhaps the high point of such an institution, covering the period from just before the Great War to the end of the Depression of the 1930s. The accounts relate to two locations: the Cefn Institute and the Talbot Miners' Welfare Institute. The latter was founded in 1911 after a gift from the Talbot family, and closed in 1959.
[Bedwellty Pits coal mine, Wales; Tredegar Iron & Coal Co. Ltd.] Robert Waters of Newport [Henry Mostyn, solicitor, Usk, Monmouthshire; Sir Henry Prothheroe of Lantarnam Abbey; Welsh coal mining]
Letter: Tredegar [Monmouthshire, Wales]. 12 July 1844. Copy agreement: 29 October 1841.
Copy agreement: 2pp., 4to. Letter: 1p., 4to. The two on a single bifolium, with the agreement on both sides of the first leaf and the letter on the recto of the second. The reverse of the second leaf is addressed, with Penny Red stamp and Newport and Tredegar postmarks, to 'Henry Mostyn Esq | Solr | Usk'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn.
Samuel Warren (1807-1877), Welsh novelist, barrister and MP, son of the Wesleyan Methodist minister of Dr Samuel Warren (1781-1862)
No place. Dated 12 January 1850.
The inscription is on the half-title leaf of Warren's anonymous 'A Letter to the Queen on a Late Court Martial' (1850). In fair condition on aged paper, with traces of previous mount adhering to the reverse. It reads: 'Rev. Dr. Warren | With his Son's love. | Samuel Warren. | 12th. Jany 1850.'
[St. David's College, Lampeter [Ceredigion, Wales], founded in 1822, now the University of Wales]
The 'Charters and Statutes': Oxford: E. Pickard Hall and J. H. Stacy. 1879. The 'Memoranda' printed in Lampeter by the Welsh Church Press Company, Ltd., and Caxton Hall Printing Company. 1900 to 1921.
22 items, all with shelfmarks, stamps and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. ONE: 'The Charters and Statutes of Saint David's College in the County of Cardigan. 1879.' Oxford: By E. Pickard Hall, M.A. and J. H. Stacy, Printers to the University. 60pp., 8vo. Printed price slip laid down at rear. Aged and worn, with creasing to corners. Heavily-worn detached printed front wrap loosely inserted. Four copies on COPAC, but none at the British Library.
Sir Harry R. Reichel, M.A., LL.D., Principal of the University College of North Wales.
Bangor: Printed by Jarvis & Foster (W. A. Foster), Lorne House. [1917.]
18pp., 12mo. Stitched pamphlet. In fair condition, on aged paper. With stamp, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Four copies on COPAC and a further three on OCLC WorldCat.
William George Shrubsole [W. G. Shrubsole] (1856-1889), British artist [The Menai Society of Science and Literature, Wales]
'Bangor [Wales] Decr. 1886.'
The lecture, which is unpublished, is an interesting personal statement by a neglected Victorian painter who died tragically young. (A rather impressive example of his work, in Turneresque style, titled 'The Heart of the Hills', is in the Maidstone Museum.) The lecture is 30pp., 8vo, in a ruled notebook with embossed black wraps. In good condition, on aged paper with some wear and discoloration. Ownership inscription of 'W. G. Shrubsole | Bangor Decr. 1886' inside the front wrap. The first page is headed 'The Ideal in Art. | by W. G. Shrubsole Dec.
Shadrach Pryce (1833-1914), Dean of St Asaph, Welsh Anglican priest and educationalist; John Griffiths (1820-1897), Archdeacon of Llandaff, Chairman of the Society for Utilizing the Welsh Language
Pryce's pamphlet 'read at the London Church Congress, on Oct. 11th, 1899'. Griffiths's address headed with details of The Society for Utilizing the Welsh Language, 66 Miskin Street, Cardiff; 26 November 1888.
Both items are excessively scarce: with no copy of either in the British Library, on COPAC or WorldCat. Both of the present copies carry the stamps, labels and shelfmarks of the Board of Education Library. ONE: Drophead title: 'The Welsh Language in Relation to Education in Wales. | A paper read at the London Church Congress, on Oct. 11th, 1899, by S. PRYCE, M.A., Dean of St. Asaph, and examining Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of St. David's; (formerly one of H.M. Inspectors of Schools).' 8pp., 12mo. In manuscript at head of first page: 'With the Dean of St Asaph's compliments'. Stitched.
[Census of England and Wales, 1911; Welsh Department, Board of Education, Whitehall, London; Bernard Mallet, Registrar-General; John Burns, President; Alfred T. Davies]
Three of the documents from the Welsh Department, Board of Education, Whitehall. 1910 and 1911.
The six items are in excellent condition, on lightly-aged paper. None of the forms have been filled in. From the Board of Education Reference Library, but with no indications of the fact. ONE: An 'enlarged copy of the front of the Occupier's Schedule' (so described in Item Five below), headed 'CENSUS OF ENGLAND AND WALES, 1911.' Printed in March 1911 by Eyre & Spottiswoode ('3/11. E. & S.'), on one side of a piece of 68 x 86 cm. paper.