Franklin White (1892-1975), Australian artist, teacher at the Slade Art School, London; Herbert Reginald Barbor (1893-1933) [ Shoreham Village Players; Harold Copping; William Shakespeare ]
White's letters from The Reedbeds, Shoreham, Nr. Sevenoaks, Kent. All items from 1925.
In the 1920s Shoreham – previously the home of William Blake's disciple Samuel Palmer – had become something of an artistic enclave, along the lines of St Ives. The Shoreham Village Players was the idea of the journalist and playwright Herbert Reginald Barbor (1893-1933), and the material here relates to its first production in 1925, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The artist Harold Copping (1863-1932) designed the costumes and played the part of Bottom. The play was repeated later in the year in the grounds of Dunstall Priory, home of the Shoreham Players' first president Lord Dunsany.
Carleton Rea (1861-1946), mycologist, botanist, naturalist, President of the Worcestershire Naturalists' Club; Joseph Hill White [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Whitbourne Court ]
Two of the three on letterheads of the Worcestershire Naturalists' Club, 51 Broad Street, Worcester. One of Rea's from 34 Foregate Street, Worcester. All three from 1902.
The three items in fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: From Rea, 4 June 1902. 1p., 8vo. On WNC letterhead, amended by Rea with his Foregate Street address. Requesting permission to view Harington's 'historic mansion on Thursday the 12th. June next: The Club will on that day walk down from Ham Bridge via Tedney & expect to be near Whitbourne Court between 4.30 & 5 o'clock They desire only to see the historic portion of the buildings & to in no way intrude on Sir Richard Harington's privacy'. TWO: From Rea, 6 June 1902. From Foregate Street. 1p., 12mo.
J. M. Barrie [ Sir James Matthew Barrie ] (1860-1937), Scottish novelist and playwright, creator of 'Peter Pan' [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor ('John Kelt') ]
36 x 20 cm. black and white photograph on card. In worn condition, chipped and frayed at the edges and corners, with the top edge cut away in a wavy line along the heads of the top row. The photograph derives from the collection of the painter Eric Forbes-Robertson, who acted under the name of 'John Kelt'.
Thomas Bell (1792-1880) of Selborne, zoologist, President of the Linnaean Society who disapproved of the theories of Charles Darwin
On letterhead of The Wakes, Selborne. 18 February 1864.
3pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes that he will have 'great pleasure' seconding the recipient's nomination at the Athenaeum Club, and will do so 'the first time I go to London'. He discusses the arrangements before commenting on the 'great disappointment' felt by 'all our party' that the recipient was unable to join them. The letter concludes: 'I hope you have not suffered as so many have done from the very changeable weather &c had - I never knew such variations both in temperature & pressure, for so long a time'.
Rev. John W. Chadwick [ Rev. John White Chadwick ] (1840-1904), American writer and Unitarian minister
624 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. 16 January 1894.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Begins: 'Dear Mrs. Ames - | You know you invitted me to stay with you once on a time & I couldn't come. Now can you not square the accounts by inviting me to come next Tuesdayy Evening, Jan. 23!' He is reading a paper on 'Luria' at the Browning Club that afternoon, and would like 'a quiet evening with you & Charles & Edith'.
Olga Novikoff [ Olga Alekseevna Novikoff ] (1842-1925), Russian expatriate author
4 Portman Mansions, Baker Street [ London ]. 6 January [ no year ].
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. She is 'engaged every minute this week', but hopes to see her the following week, on any day except Thursday, 'wh. is my day at home - from 4 to 6'.
Apparently unpublished. Dated in holograph, 17 Nov. 1962,
Typescript with MS. additions, Pp. -88, 4to, crudely bound with wire into a brown folder, chipped, with the ownership label on front as follows: "from the collection of Ernest J. Tyrrell London". Tyrrell starts with a connection between the Twist (danced by the Queen and Prince Philip) and Jim Crow's "vigorous and exhilarating dance", and its impact in England. He explains his modus operandi, organising disparate material about the life of T. D.
'Uncle Ben' [ Mrs. Rhoda Elizabeth White (c.1820-1866, née Waterman [ Rhoda White ]]
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 346 & 348 Broadway. London: 16 Little Britain. 1858.
343pp., 8vo, with sixteen-page publishers' catalogue at rear. Frontispiece and six full-page illustrations (one for each story). In blue cloth, with decorations in gilt on boards, and gilt titles on spine, all edges gilt, and attractive patterned endpapers. In fair condition, on aged paper, rebacked. Inscription on reverse of frontispiece reads: 'To Mary Charnock, | from the Author, | Mrs Rhoda E. White, | with every kindest wish.
Issued on behalf oif the Hands off Russia Committee. Printed at the Pelican Press (T U.), 2 Carmelite Sytreet, E.C.
Two copies, One printed page, 12mo, good condition. An unknown hand has written in pencil on the reverse, pp.18 and 20, concerning the Soviets, Bolsheviks and Kerensky. P.18 commences: "the Soviets having everywhere grown strong through their peace propaganda and the ['propagation of the' excised] of the realisation in practice of their slogan 'All Power to the Soviets' Nov. 7 - the greatest date in Russian history [...]" The handbill fulminates against the possibility of Allied aid to the Polish "squires and militarists' (their "unprovoked attack", etc).
Walter William Ouless (1848-1933), RA, British portrait painter from Jersey [John Forbes White of Aberdeen?; Herbert Stacy Marks (1829-1898); Sir Alexander Matheson (1805-1886)]
On letterhead of 12 Bryanston Square. 27 October 1887.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. Ouless regrets that he has 'nothing available' for 'the Aberdeen Exhibition this year', 'unless it be Marks' portrait [Henry Stacy Marks, artist] which is my property & now at Manchester, but as it was painted 12 years ago I do not think you will consider it suitable'. He suggest asking the Highland Railway Company whether they might lend the 'half length by me of Sir A. Matheson'. The letter ends: 'I wish I had something more recent which I could propose. I hope another year you will ask me again.'
James Henry Savory (1889-1962), professional photogapher and caver [Caleb White; E. W. Savory Ltd, Bristol printers and publishers; John A. Marshall, architect; Westminster Cathedral]
Letter on letterhead of Park Row Studios, Bristol. 15 November 1910. Manuscript on 'Ancient Marbles' dated July 1910.
ONE: Savory's letter. 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He begins by stating that he has 'now heard that the whole of the specimens which have been prepared are at Messrs Arthur Lee & Bros., Hayes. As I told you before Mr. John A.
Samuel White, Bailiff of the Honor of Tutbury parcel of Duchy of Lancaster in the County of Staffordshire
[Tutbury, Staffordshire.] 12 October 1759.
1p., landscape 8vo. (14.5 x 24 cm). A few notes on reverse. On aged and worn paper, with crumbling seal in red wax. Unobtrusive repairs to closed tears on reverse. The name of the subject appears to have been scratched away, although it may be that the document was intended to serve as a form.
[General James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785), founder of the American colony of Georgia, army officer and Member of Parliament] John White
[Home Farm and Broadfields, Essex.] 26 September 1778.
1p., landscape 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Headed 'Mr John White Dr. to General Oglethorpe'. Entries dated from 13 February 1777 to 25 August 1778. The accounts, with debits on the left and credits on the right, cover two and a half years' rental on Home Farm at £171 per anum, and one and a half years' rental on Broadfields at £82 2s 0d per anum. Signed note at end: '26 Sep.
12mo (dimensions of leaf 18 x 7.5 cm): [v] + 18 + 16 pp. No title leaf and publisher not stated. Printed on the versos only of 39 leaves. Unbound. In contemporary marbled-paper wraps. Dogeared and worn, on aged paper. Damage to last leaf causing loss of one word of text. From the papers of Charles William Paterson, Admiral of the White.
12mo (dimensions of leaf 17.5 x 8 cm): paginated  to 20. No title leaf and publisher not stated. Printed on the versos only of 19 leaves. Unbound. In contemporary marbled-paper wraps. Dogeared and worn, on aged paper. A few annotations in a contemporary hand in pencil and ink. From the papers of Charles William Paterson, Admiral of the White.
[William Beckford (1760-1844), author and 'England's wealthiest son'; his London solicitors James Fownes and Richard Samuel White; Messrs Thompson Hankey & Co. and Messrs. Plummer & Wilson, bankers]
[Messrs. Thompson Hankey & Co., 'at a meeting held at their Counting House in Fenchurch St. on the 24th Decr. 1830.' 27 January 1831.
The connection between the two firms of London bankers Thompson Hankey & Co., and Plummer & Wilson & Co. is unclear, but after the bankruptcy of John Plummer and William Wilson of Fenchurch Street 1831, a new firm named Hankey, Plummer & Wilson was formed, Plummer & Wilson bringing to it a number of clients including Beckford. The source of Beckford's vast wealth was of course the family's sugar plantations in the West Indies, and this document dates from before the abolition of slavery. 3pp., foolscap 8vo. Bifolium. Very good, on laid paper with Britannia watermark of 'E SMITH | 1828'.
8pp., 8vo. Stitched pamphlet. With stamp, label and shelfmark of the Board of Education Reference Library. Uncommon: copies found at the British Library and LSE, the latter under the imprint of the Civic and Moral Education League.
Lovat Fraser (1871-1926), editor of The Times of India, writer and traveller [Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst [Lord Hardinge] (1858-1944), Viceroy of India, 1910-1916]
On letterhead of the White House, Slough. 23 April 1916.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of brown--paper mount adhering to blank reverse. He is sending, at 'Mr Marlowe's request, [...] something short to be added to your announcement of Lord Hardinge's arrival' (not present). He realises that 'space is limited', so he has 'made a brief catalogue of his principal doings'. He ends by asking for the piece to be anonymous.
Peter Kropotkin [Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin] (1842-1921), Russian polymath and anarchist [Sir James Knowles, editor, 'The Nineteenth Century and After'; Tsarist Russia; communism; anarchism]
With label of 'The Nineteenth Century and After', London,.1906.
On ten 8vo leaves, and paginated 1-20. Worn and aged, with closed tear to the first leaf. Gathered with a brass stud. The recto of each leaf carries the printed date 1906, and each verso has as running title the name of the magazine. Pasted at the head of the first page is a green label reading: 'The Nineteenth Century and After. Please return this proof, when corrected, to Sir James Knowles, care of Messrs. Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd, New-street Square, London, E.C.' Beside this Kropotkin has written in pencil 'Send 4 revises'.
Sir Hubert Gough [Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough] (1870-1963) [Ralph David Blumenfeld ('R. D. B.') (1864-1948), Daily Express editor, 1902-1932; Inter-Allied Mission, Finland; White Russians; Bolsheviks]
'Helsingfors. | British Mission. | 3rd July .'
2pp., 12mo. In very good condition: lightly-aged and creased. Writing to 'My dear Blumenfeld', Gough begins with a few lines on 'your correspondent, Muir' (with reference to Blumenfeld's 'Yankee' origins -which also included strong anti-Communist sentiment), before giving a general analysis. 'This is a most complex situation out here, as there are so many interests pulling different ways - it is not always easy to see one's way clear.
Ernest Walker (1870-1949), English musicologist and composer, born in India, Assistant Organist at Balliol College, Oxford, 1891-1901 [to 'Miss White' [Maude Valérie White (1855-1937), composer]
15 Ship Street, Oxford. 18 November 1898.
4pp., 12mo. 65 lines of text. Bifolium. In fair condition: on aged paper with one dogeared corner. He begins by apologising for not returning her manuscript sooner: 'what with my Doctorate exam: and other things, I have been specially busy'. Having been 'completely through the MSS' he lists those he likes best: 'the Rhapsodies (especially No. 1 - also No. 5 and No. 3 - especially the opening subject of No. 5).
Moncrieff, Webster & Thomson, solicitors, 1 Old Palace Yard [Lawrence Davidson, WS, Edinburgh; P. White of Paddington, swindler]
1 Old Palace Yard, Whitehall. 23 April 1831.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with postmarks and docketing, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Lawrence Davidson Esq | W.S. | Edinburgh'. The solicitors write that they received that morning 'your letter requesting us to make enquiry as to the character of P.
'Edited by Jezreel' [The New and Latter House of Israel, New Brompton, Kent, England; James Jershom Jezreel [James Roland White] (c.1851-1885); Jezreel's Tower, Gillingham, Kent; the Jezreelites]
Printed and published by The New and Latter House of Israel, New Brompton, Kent. Dating from 1887-1933, and comprising: Vol.1, 7 issues,1887-1889; Vol.2, 78 issues, 1890-1892; Vol.3, 3 issues, all 1893; Vol.18, 1 issue, 1914; Vol.27, 1 issue, 1933.
An excessively scarce run of issues of the organ of the Jezreelite sect, founded by James Jershom Jezreel (real name James Roland White), under the inspiration of Joanna Southcott and John Wroe, and most famous for the unfinished construction of 'Jezreel's Tower' in Gillingham, Kent. For more information see P. J. Rogers, 'The Sixth Trumpeter' (OUP, 1963). The ninety issues in this incomplete run contain a variety of articles and poems in the same declamatory and horatory style.
[Ernest Brown & Phillips Ltd, The Leicester Galleries, Leicester Square, London; Ethelbert White; Jacob Epstein]
March 1950; Claridge, Lewis & Jordan Ltd., 68-70 Wardour Street, W.1. [London]
16mo, 8 pp. On art paper. In yellow printed wraps printed in orange. Good, with minor spotting around staples. Thirty-six items by White on pp.2-5, preceded by a biographical note. Twenty-five items by Epstein on pp.6-7, headed by 'LAZARUS (Carving in Hopton Wood stone)'. Scarce: only two copies on COPAC, and none on viaLibri.
[Marine Superintendent's Office, Cunard White Star Limited]
7 July 1937 to 14 September 1938 to Circulars addressed from 'Marine Superintendent's Office, Cunard White Star Limited, Cunard Building, Liverpool 3'.
Laid down on 62 folio pages (paginated 106 to 167), disbound from a log book. All texts clear and complete. Fair, on worn, aged paper, with light staining (not affecting text) to first leaf. The circulars are mimeographed and typed, with facsimile signatures. Beneath each circular is a box table giving the date the circular was sent to each ship, with name of ship and chief officer, and the date the circular was acknowledged.
A. W. Rumney [Thomas Rumney, Mellfell, Watermillock; Cumberland farming in the Georgian period; Miss Emma Clark Abraham (1850-1934) of Liverpool and Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston; T. F. Hofland]
From the Penrith Observer, 14, 21 and 28 November and 5 December 1911.
Five columns of text, each 51 cm long, on one side of piece of paper, 42 x 57 cm. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. An autograph note on the reverse by Miss E. C. Abraham of Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston, states that the item was sent to her its author A. W. Rumney, whose presentation inscription ('With best wishes for Xmas | AWR') is at the head of the article. The first column discusses the accounts which cover the remaining four columns, dating from 'the year of Waterloo' 1815. The entry 'Sept. 2, Pd. for Mrs. Hofland's packages per wagon ... ... ...
[Coroner's Court Inquisition into "wilful murder"]
18 June 1844.
Indenture, 55 x 35cm, some damage at folds but mainly good, text clear and complete. It gives information about the court including the people who were to enquire into the murder, all of whom have signed the document. The Coroner was John Cattlow. A person unknown had poisoned some bread with white arsenic.