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Author, Title, Summary Price
Edwin Samuel Montagu (1879-1924), Liberal politician, Secretary of State for India, 1917-1922 [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Bank of England; Royal Academy, London]

[Edwin Montagu, Secretary of State for India, to Sir Arthur Cope.] Typed Letter Signed ('Ed Montagu'), explaining what is required should Cope illustrate 'His Majesty's head' on the 'new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India'.

2pp, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. Thirty-six lines of text. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir Arthur Cope, | The Bank of England are preparing new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India, and we have asked them to arrange if possible that the...

£280.00
Edward Gordon, Lord Penrhyn [Edward Gordon Douglas-Pennant, 1st Baron Penrhyn] (1800-1886), Scottish politician and Welsh industrialist [Captain David Glynne Griffith, Royal Carnarvon Rifle Militia]

[Edward Gordon, Lord Penrhyn, Scottish politician and industrialist in Wales.] Autograph Signature ('Penrhyn'), as Lord Lieutenant of Carnarvon, to Manuscript Commission appointing D. G. Griffiths a lieutenant in the Royal Carnarvon Rifle Militia.

1p., foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. On bifolium, folded twice into the customary packet, which is endorsed on the reverse of the second leaf: 'Dated 14th. June 1869. | The Right Honorable Lord Penrhyn | to | David Glynne Griffith Gentn | Commission as Lieutenant in the Royal...

£120.00
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), author of 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'

[Edward Gibbon, author of 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'.] Autograph Note of Latin literary reference, written on the back of a playing card.

An unusual relic of one of the world's greatest historians. Written on the back of a lightly-waxed 5.5 x 8.5 cm playing card (three of hearts). In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight oil stain to one edge, and stub from mount adhering. Written in Gibbon's elegant hand over three lines: '...

£400.00
Chang Yin Hoon, Special Ambassador of the Chinese Emperor on the occasion of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee [Sir William James Colville (1827-1903), Master of Ceremonies to Queen Victoria]

[Chang Yin Hoon, Chinese Special Ambassador to the United Kingdom for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.] Manuscript Letter in English [in the hand of Chang Yin Hoon himself?] to Sir William Colville, regarding presents for Colville and his family.

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded once. Embossed circular oriental design as letterhead. Reads: 'The Chinese Special Ambassador Mr Chang Yin Hoon presents his respectful compliments to Sir William Colville and begs the honor to forward the accompanying presents, the fur...

£200.00
Arthur Caddick

[ Arthur Caddick; poet; pamphlet ] The Speech of Phantoms. Crescendo Poetry Series No 1

Pamphlet, [16]pp. (inc.wraps). 8vo. beige wraps, sl. grubby, mainly v.g.

£25.00
[Lady Gregory and others]

[Pamphlet] Sir Hugh Lane's French Pictures

[26]pp., 8vo, facsimiles, printed wraps, closed tears on front wrap, back wrap chipped, dusted edges, faint foxing throughout, contents good. Author's name from p. 6, Augusta Gregory. She seeks to have a codicil to Sir Hugh Lane's respected, and pictures transferred to the City of Dublin....

£125.00
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), celebrated Victorian novelist [Richard Ford (1796-1858), writer on Spain]

[William Makepeace Thackeray, Victorian novelist.] Autograph Note Signed ('W M Thackeray') [to the travel writer Richard Ford], humorously addressed to 'One Two Three Park Street Esqr', inviting him to 'a masculine dinner'.

On one side of 7 x 11 cm slip of paper, possibly cut down. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Reads: 'Have you any engagement on Tuesday 9th. (7/30) and will you come to a masculine dinner with | Yours always | W M Thackeray'. Addressed at bottom left to 'One Two...

£200.00
Sir William Orpen [Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen] (1878-1931), RA, Irish artist based in London [The Arts Club; The Artists' General Benevolent Institution]

[Sir William Orpen, Irish artist.] Autograph Signature ('William Orpen') to circular, in facsimile of his autograph, 'begging' for money, as steward of the Arts Club, with printed humorous self-portrait of Orpen sitting on the pavement begging.

1p, 4to. In good condition, folded twice. A printed facsimile letter by Orpen, including a reproduction of a humorous self-portrait, depicting him sitting on the pavement, with legs splayed and hat in right hand, begging in front of a floral portrait leaning on the wall behind him. Orpen's...

£300.00
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), English author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

[Rudyard Kipling to his secretary Janet Coates.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rudyard Kipling'), from Switzerland, giving instructions regarding his home Bateman's, and describing his wife's indisposition.

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, and folded twice. Small blot affecting two words on second page. Unpublished. According to Pinney, Coates had started work as Kipling's secretary in June 1909. Written in a hurried hand, in parts difficult to decipher. The letter begins 'Dear...

£375.00
Robert Baden-Powell [Lieutenant-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell] (1857-1941), founder of the Boy Scouts Association and Girl Guides

[Baden-Powell writes to Rudyard Kipling about his poem 'The Scout's Patrol Song'.] Typed Letter Signed ('R S S Baden Powell') to Kipling, regarding 'publishing the Patrol song with music'.

The Kipling Society explains the background to this letter, which relates to a poem which Kipling had published a fortnight before (16 September 1909) in the London Standard as 'A Patrol Song', reprinting it two days later in The Scout as 'The Scout's Patrol Song'. The letter is 1p, 4to. In fair...

£650.00
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