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Pierre Alexandre Tardieu (1756-1844), French engraver [ William Johnstone White (1780-1844), London printseller, publisher and engraver ]

[ Pierre Alexandre Tardieu, French engraver.. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alex're. Tardieu'), in French, to the London printseller W. J. White, responding to an offer for 'les Epreuves avant la lettre du Saint Jérôme'. With autograph note by White.

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with seal in red wax and postmark, on reverse of second leaf to 'Monsieur White | Brownlow Street holborn | London'. Thirty-seven lines of text, including a thirteen-line postscript. In responding to an offer for 'les Epreuves avant la lettre du Saint Jérôme',...

£80.00
Ljuba Welitsch [ Lyuba Welitsch ] (1913-1996), Bulgarian operatic soprano, who settled in Austria, noted for her performance in the 'Salome' of Peter Brooke

[ Ljuba Welitsch, Bulgarian operatic soprano. ] Christmas card with Autograph Note Signed ('Ljuba' and 'Ljuba and Karl') in English and German.

14 x 11.5 cm Christmas card, with illustration of cherubs singing and message in German on cover. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The message, written in red ink, reads: 'Love and all best wishes for Christmas and New Year, your| Ljuba and Karl' Eleven-word postscript in German, signed...

£32.00
Edward VII (1841-1910), King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India

[ Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India. ] Autograph Signature ('Albert Edward') on part of letter.

On 5.5 x 10 cm. piece of paper cut from the conclusion of a letter. Lightly aged and ruckled, with closed tear repaired on reverse with archival tape. Traces of previous mount on reverse. Reads: 'Believe me, | Yrs [last word underlined] very sincerely | Albert Edward'.

£45.00
Aulikki Rautawaara [ Terttu Aulikki Rautawaara ] (1906-1990), Finnish soprano, noted for her interpretation of Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius

[ Aulikki Rautawaara, Finnish soprano. ] Christmas card with Autograph Note Signed ('Deine Aulikki') in German.

10 x 11.5 cm. In good condition, lightly aged. Christmas card with original engraving, signed in pencil, on cover. Addressed to the recipient 'and Colin', the message reads: 'Viele liee Grüsse von Deine Aulikki'.

£32.00
[ Victorian English bookbinding; binding ]

[ Victorian fine binding. ] Octavo volume of blank leaves, bound in green calf blind-tooled and tooled in gilt.

Octavo volume containing seven blank leaves of unwatermarked wove paper. Bound in green calf, tastefully decorated with gilt compartments on spine and gilt tooling along edges of both front and back covers. The design on both covers is identical, with the gilt-tooled edges enclosing a blind-...

£50.00
[ Charles Dickens as 'Boz'; Hablot K. Browne ('Phiz'); Richard Bentley, London publisher; Bentley's Miscellany. ]

[ Scarce Charles Dickens item. ] 'Extraordinary Gazette. Speech of his Mightiness on Opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, Edited by "Boz.”' [ With engraving by Hablot K. Browne ('Phiz'). ]

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Heavily aged and worn, with closed tears at fore-edge of first leaf and at gutter. The first edition (an eight-page edition followed), originally bound into the third number of Bentley's Miscellany, of which Dickens was the editor. Drawing on his experience as a...

£750.00
Sir Gilbert Scott [ Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878), architect [ W. J. Evelyn of Campfield Place [ The Camp; Camphill ], Wotton, Surrey; James Howe; William Shearburn, Dorking surveyor ]

[ Sir Gilbert Scott and Mrs Evelyn's Camphill House, Wotton. ] 'Specification of Works' and five signed coloured plans by Scott, including four designs for 'Park Lodge', with ten other coloured plans relating to the improvement of the estate.

A fascinating collection, providing an unusually clear picture of the 'improvement' of a country estate, involving a leading Victorian architect – Scott not only designed a new 'Park Lodge', but also proposed an 'addition to mansion' – and the collection includes 'Specifications of Works' and...

£4,500.00
Samoa [ Gagaemalae, Savaii Western Samoa] [ Methodist missionary work; Christianity ]

[ Samoa in the nineteen-twenties. ] Eight letters, Typed and in Autograph, from a Methodist missionary ('Will') to his father in England, describing his impressions on arrival at his post in Western Samoa.

An interesting and informative correspondence, giving the initial impressions of an unnamed nineteen-twenties Methodist minister in Samoa, describing local customs, the state of Christianity in the region (including a denunciation of the Mormons), his view of his duties and the nature of his...

£320.00
London Press Club [ James Nicol Dunn (1856-1919), editor of Morning Post; Harry Levy-Lawson, 1st Viscount Burnham (1862-1933), Fleet Street press baron; Harry Lawson, Lord Burnham; Hannen Swaffer ]

[ London Press Club and James Nicol Dunn.] Presentation volume on Dunn's departure for South Africa during the Boer War, in luxury leather binding, with full-page calligraphic address by 'L.J.S.', signed by more than 150 Fleet Street figures.

In a luxury binding: navy-blue straight-grain morocco covers, watered silk endpapers, internal gilt dentelles and leather hinges. Initial calligraphic address by 'L.J.S.' mounted in card frame, followed by 14pp.of signatures (numbering in excess of 150), on the rectos of 14 pieces of gilt-edged...

£320.00
Will Owen (1859-1957), English book illustrator associated with W. W. Jacobs, cartoonist, caricaturist and commercial artist making posters for London Underground, creator of the 'Bisto Kids'

[ Will Owen, illustrator of W. W. Jacobs. ] Two unpublished autograph volumes by Owen, the first and last of a three-volume work described by him as 'a more or less humorous account of a ramble round the Kentish Coast by two men'.

The two volumes constitute the first and last volumes (the middle volume is missing) of a three-volume work described by its author as 'a more or less humorous account of a ramble round the Kentish Coast by two men'. This unpublished work constitutes a topographical and social narrative, written...

£850.00
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