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William Adams, potter

[ William Adams, potter ] Autograph Note Signed Wm Adams to a Miss Parr, autograph collector, offering a letter by Mr Wedgwood

One page, 12mo, remnants of laying down in album on reverse, actual letter in good condition. I received yours enclosing an Envalope [sic] of Postage stamps, I have looked over all my Papers & old Letters & have been fortunate in finding a Letter written by Mr Wedgwood to Mr. Cox, which...

Paul Axel Boving (1874-1947), Swedish-born Canadian academic, Professor of Agronomy at the University of British Columbia [Jens Orten Boving (1873-1959), was a hydro-electric engineer]

[Paul Axel Boving, Swedish-born Canadian agronomist.] Long Autograph Letter Signed ('Paul.'), in English, to his brother Jens Orten Boving, discussing farming and family matters.

19pp, 8vo. On ten foliated leaves. On aged paper; the first leaf with slight damage and loss to corner and one edge, with minor loss to text. Addressed to 'My dear Jens'. According to Elinor Barr, 'Swedes in Canada: Invisible Immigrants' (2015), Boving 'developed several new strains of forage...

James Spedding (1808-1881), literary editor and biographer, noted for his edition of Sir Francis Bacon [Charles Merivale (1808-1893), historian, Dean of Ely]

[James Spedding, author and editor of Sir Francis Bacon.] Two long Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Jas Spedding') to the historian Charles Merivale, regarding 'the complaints of the buyer and reader against the publisher and bookseller'.

Both in good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip from mount adhering, and crease lines from folding. Two excellent long letters in Spedding's neat and close hand, full of content regarding the relationship between Victorian author, publisher and reader. The topic is Spedding's preparation...

Laurence Olivier [Laurence Kerr Olivier, Lord Olivier] (1907-1989), distinguished English stage and screen actor

[Laurence Olivier [Lord Olivier], distinguished English stage and screen actor.] Typed Letter Signed ('L Olivier') to Godfrey Cawte, stating that he no longer feels 'quite game' for a film of Macbeth.

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Mounted and placed in a tasteful black and gilt glazed picture frame. He thanks him for a 'most encouraging letter', and for taking the trouble 'to write to me so kindly, and to write to the Telegraph'. He adds that he is 'most grateful', underlining...

C. H. Herford [Charles Harold Herford] (1853-1931), Manchester-born literary scholar, editor of Ben Jonson with Percy and Evelyn Simpson, professor in Wales and Manchester

[Charles Harold Herford, literary scholar, editor of Ben Jonson, professor in Wales and in Manchester.]

6pp, 12mo. Paginated [1]-6. Lightly aged and a bit grubby. Folded twice. On six leaves of paper, which Herford has made up by tearing in half the 4to leaves of one of his students' essays. Complete, and signed at the end 'C H Herford'. Written in a close hand, with numerous deletions and...

Ondra Lysohorsky, poet

[ Ondra Lysohorsky, 'a great poet of humanity', Censored cold-war Lach (Czech/Silesian) poet and his English translators Christopher Fry, David Gill and Alan N. Phillips ] An Archive

'Ondra Lysohorsky' is the pen-name of the Lach poet Ervin Goj [Erwin Goy] (1905-1989), who, as a Silesian, was largely responsible for the creation of Lach as a literary language. (Born into the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he repudiated the Czechoslovakian citizenship he inherited.) Having fled the...

Berta Ruck [Amy Roberta Ruck, Mrs. Oliver Onions] (1878-1978), prolific writer of romantic fiction, born in India of Welsh extraction [her son Arthur Oliver]

[Berta Ruck, Welsh romantic novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Card Signed (both 'Berta Ruck') to 'Stephen', supplying an autograph, and asking him to order her son's book from the library. With printed advertisement for the book.

LETTER: 1p, 4to. On aged and spotted paper. Folded once. Written in the shaky hand of a ninety-seven year-old. She thanks him for his 'letter so well written', adding: 'I don't think I wrote as well as that when I was eleven years old!' She wishes him every success with his autograph collection...

William T. Manning [William Thomas Manning] (1866-1949), Episcopalian Bishop of New York, 1921-1946 [Samuel Bickersteth, Canon of Canterbury Cathedral]

[William Thomas Manning, Episcopalian Bishop of New York.] Autograph Letter Signed, on his appointment, to Samuel Bickersteth, Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, which he considers 'the centre of our whole Communion and of our Mother Church of England'.

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and rather creased. Folded twice. Signed 'William T. Manning.' Addressed to 'The Revd. Samuel Bickersteth D.D. | Canon of Canterbury'. Writing after his appointment as Bishop of New York, Manning begins by stating that Bickersteth must be aware of '...

William Sloane Stanley (c.1780-1860) of Paultons [Sir Thomas Heathcote; Alexander Baring; Lord Grosvenor (Duke of Westminster); Lords Morpeth, Oxford, Belgrave, Palmerston; Belvoir Castle; London]

[Property speculation in Georgian high society.] Autograph Letter Signed from William Sloane Stanley to his agent 'Lee', on Lord Grosvenor (Duke of Westminster) and Belgrave Square, consolidation of his Paultons estate, money owed him by Lord Oxford.

For details of the life of the immensely-wealthy William Sloane Stanley, see his entry in the History of Parliament. He was great-great-nephew of the celebrated Sir Hans Sloane (whose name is perpetuated in an exclusive part of London), and son of Hans Sloane of South Stoneham. An unremarkable...

William Leman Rede (1802-1847), playwright who wrote farces and melodramas for the Olympic, Strand and Adelphi theatres in London [Mrs. Keeley]

[William Leman Rede, playwright.] Original holograph unpublished jeux d'esprit, addressed to and concerning Mrs Keeley. Signed 'Leman Rede/'.

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge on blank reverse. Folded three times. Signed and dated at foot: 'Leman Rede/ | 31. May 1841'. Addressed at bottom left: 'To | Mrs. Keeley.' The poem, clearly an impromptu effort and not of the...

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