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Joseph Sams (1784-1860) of Darlington, bookseller, dealer in antiquities, traveller in Egypt and Palestine [Godfrey Meynell]

[Joseph Sams of Darlington, bookseller and traveller.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'J. Sams'), to prospective customer Godfrey Meynell, describing the merits and deficiencies of 'a rare edition of Chaucer', and another book, in his catalogue.

See Sams's entry in the Oxford DNB. Two letters providing an interesting glimpse of the practicalities of Victorian antiquarian bookselling. Both letters 3pp, 12mo, and bifoliums addressed on reverse of second leaf, with broken seals and postmarks, to 'Godfrey Meynell Esqre | at Mr Stamp's, |...

John Tyndall (1820-1893), Anglo-Irish physicist, celebrated for his work on diamagnetism and infrared radiation, who discovered the Greenhouse Effect in 1859 [Global warming]

[John Tyndall, physicist who discovered the Greenhouse Effect in 1859.] Autograph Signature ('John Tyndall').

Firm and attractive signature for autograph hunter, centred on one side of 7.5 x 9.5 cm piece of paper. No other writing. In good condition, lightly aged and creased, with labels from mount adhering to reverse.

John Baldwin Buckstone (1802-1879), dramatist and actor-manager of Haymarket Theatre, London [Mercer Hampson Simpson (1801-1877), actor-manager, Theatre Royal, Birmingham; Mrs Fitzwilliam (1801-1854)]

[John Baldwin Buckstone, comedic actor and playwright.] Five Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Jno B Buckstone') to M. H. Simpson, lessee of the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, regarding arrangements, benefits, and Mrs Fitzwilliam.

See the appreciative entry on Buckstone by Donald Roy in the Dictionary of National Biography. Interesting and informative letters, shedding vivid light on the day-to-day workings of early-Victorian theatre, written by a leading London actor-manager and dramatist and sent to a provincial actor-...

Henry Perlee Parker (1785-1873) of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, genre and portrait painter [E. A. Johnson of the Zoological Gardens, Regents Park, entomologist; John [Johann Christian] Zeitter (1798-1862)]

[Henry Perlee Parker of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. P. Parker') to 'Mr Johnson' [E. A. Johnson], regarding his departure for Newcastle, the artist J. C. Zeitter, Emmerson, the Newcastle Exhibition.

3pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed, with postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, 'to | Mr Johnson | Zoological Gardens | Regents Park | or Wellington Cottage | Wellington Place | Camden Town'. In good condition, lightly aged, with paper repairs last leaf. Folded several times. The letter begins: 'Dear...

Ernest H. Taylor; J. B. Black [Isambard Owen, W. H. Hadow, H. F. Wilson, Angus Watson, T. J. Lennard, A. K. Wright] ['The Empire's War Memorial'; First World War commemoration]

[First World War commemoration.] Printed pamphlet with fold-out plan: 'The Empire's War Memorial and a Project for a British Imperial University of Commerce by Ernest H. Taylor and J. B. Black, M.A., B.A.'

56pp, 8vo. With fold-out 'Chart indicating the suggested arrangement of buildings etc:' at rear, 29.5 x 53.5 cm. In grey printed wraps. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in worn and torn wraps which are becoming detached. With label, stamp and shelfmarks of the Board of Education...

Gustavus Vaughan Brooke (1818-1866), Irish Shakespearian actor who enjoyed success in England, Ireland, America, and Australia [Royal Olympic Theatre, London]

[Gustavus Vaughan Brooke, Irish tragedian.] Autograph Note Signed ('Gustavus V. Brooke'), from the Royal Olympic Theatre, London, with seal in black wax, complying with a request [for an autograph].

1p, 12mo. On an opened-out envelope. Laid down on a piece of paper removed from an album, with seal (of a hog?) in black wax laid down above it. Both note and seal in good condition, lightly aged. The note reads: 'Royal Olympic Theatre | London | Sir | I have much pleasure in complying with your...

Flinders Petrie [Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie] (1853-1942), celebrated Egyptologist and archaeologist [Rev William Andrew Wilson, minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine]

[Flinders Petrie [Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie], celebrated Egyptologist and archaeologist.] Autograph Signature ('W. M. Flinders Petrie.') on back of the calling card of Rev. William A. Wilson of Coleraine.

The calling card is 3.5 x 7.5 cm, and only carries Wilson's name in copperplate: 'Rev. William A. Wilson'. On the reverse, at the head, is Petrie's signature, good and firm, with its characteristically-large 'P': 'W. M. Flinders Petrie.' In good condition, lightly aged, with the printed side of...

Edward Harley, 5th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer (1773-1848), nobleman and connoisseur.

[Edward Harley, 5th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Oxford') [to his steward], regarding the sending of his coach from England to Naples ('now open for the English'), and 'the Sadler [sic] in North Audley Street'.

The Earl's wife was a mistress of Lord Byron. Her infidelities let to her children being jokingly referred to as 'The Harleian Miscellany'. 1p, 4to. Heavily aged and worn, with spike hole at centre. Folded several times. 'Sir | As Naples is now open for the English I beg you will send the...

Alice Perrin [née Robinson] (1867–1934), English novelist, born in India, whose work depicts the British colonial life in India, and writer of ghost stories [Stephen Wheeler of the Oriental Club]

[Alice Perrin, novelist who depicted the British colonial life in India, and writer of ghost stories.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alice Perrin') to Stephen Wheeler, suggesting arrangements for a meeting.

Perrin's entry in the Oxford DNB describes the renewed interest in her work in recent years. 1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. The salutation is to 'Mr. Wheeler', this being Stephen Wheeler, from whose papers it derives. She suggests an early lunch 'on Friday...

David Davies (c.1812-1874), Welsh poet known as Dai'r Cantwr (David the Singer), transported to Van Diemen's Land after the Rebecca Riots [nineteenth-century Welsh street ballad]

[David Davies ('Dai'r Cantwr'), the Rebecca Riots and Transportation to Australia: Victorian Welsh street ballad.] Printed poem, titled: 'Can Hiraethlon David Davies (Dai'r Cantwr,) Pan yn Garcharor yng Nghaerfyrddin, am y Terfysg yn amser Becca'.

The full title reads: 'Can Hiraethlon | David Davies (Dai'r Cantwr,) | Pan yn Garcharor yng Nghaerfyrddin, am y Terfysg yn amser Becca. | Cenir ar y dôn “Roslin Castle.'” The title may be translated as 'A nostalgic song, written when a prisoner in Carmarthen, for the riot in Becca's time. | Sung...

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