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Author, Title, Summary Price
Bridgnorth Institute, Shropshire [ George Grossmith (1847-1912), entertainer and writer, co-author with his brother Weedon Grossmith of 'The Diary of a Nobody' ]

[ George Grossmith and the Bridgnorth Institute, Shropshire. ] Printed poster advertising the postponement of Grossmith's lecture 'Humorous Lecture on Lecturing'.

Printed in black on one side of a piece of 37.5 x 25 cm. paper. In fair condition, aged and lightly worn, but with some fraying and closed tears at head. A poster laid out in the customary Victorian fashion, with a mixture of types and point sizes. Begins: 'Bridgnorth Institute | Assembly Room...

£65.00
Charles Wyatt [ Charles Burton Wyatt ] of the East India Company, son of the architect James Wyatt (1746-1813)

[ Charles Burton Wyatt, son of the architect James Wyatt. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C: Wyatt') to 'Charles James Esqre', regarding financial matters.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with neat spike hole. Addressed, with remains of red-wax seal, to 'Chars James Esqre | Upper Wimpole St'. The letter concerns 'a person' who has 'been in possession for 66£ 15s at the Suit of Henry agt my Father'. A mistake has occurred as...

£30.00
William Kennish, R.N.

[ Isle of Man; Verse ] Mona's Isle , and Other Poems

[xxii].166pp., 8vo, original green front board with gilt decorated title, bumped but good condition, rebacked with new brighter green back board, contents sl. foxed and stained, mainly good, advertisement page for another book by Kennish (naval) and the poems of Harriet Jones. Eight page liist...

£500.00
Robert Houdin , "Houdini"

[ 'Houdini'; Card -Sharpers; book ] The Sharper Detected and Exposed

xii.268pp., 8vo, re-backed, portions of the original backstrip (the words "The Sharper Detected and Exposed.| Houdin") preserved, original boards, corners bumped, some fading in parts, sl. creasing, contents with occasional stain, mainly good condition. Scarce.

£350.00
John Moffatt (d.1830) of Failsworth [ now in Oldham ], Lancashire poet, Jacobin and tailor [ Elijah Ridings (1802-1872), poet and reformer; Henry 'Orator' Hunt (1773-1835), radical politician ]

[ John Moffatt, Lancashire poet. ] Nine unpublished Autograph Poems (six signed 'J. M.'), including abolitionist poem titled 'Lords and Slaves'. Eight contained in two Autograph Letters Signed to Elijah Ridings, the ninth annotated by Ridings.

Moffatt is an interesting minor figure. In a 1924 piece titled 'Brief History of the Failsworth Pole', Rev. James Smith writes: 'The Jacobins' Club Library was kept in a room next to that in which Ben Brierley was born, and old John Moffatt, tailor, of "Crockey Hall," opposite the Pole, had...

£1,800.00
Dr Roberts of Eton College [ William Hayward Roberts, Provost of Eton College ]

[ Book; theological poem etc ] Poems

7, [1], 163, [1] p. ; 19 cm. (8°), orig. lea. bds, corners bumped, some wear and tear, rebacked, spine with raised bands, "Poems by Dr. Roberts" gt on black, edges of eps stained, contents good. Final page with advt for Roberts' "Judah Restored". ESTC citation number: T100111

£165.00
Henry Ferne, Receiver General, and Cashier of His Majesty's Customs [ Richard Porter; English secret service; Stuart spying; espionage ]

[ Henry Ferne, Receiver General; Secret Service ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Ferne') on manuscript receipt of payment from fund 'for Secrett Service'.

1p., on 24 x 16cm. piece of paper cut from Customs' ledger. The first part of the document reads: 'Recorded 24 Decembr 1701 | Received of the Lord ffitcharding three hundred pounds part of an Order of ten thousand two hundred pounds out of the 4½ P Cents for Secrett Service'. Below this, in the...

£80.00
Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln (1684-1728), Paymaster of the Forces, 1715-1720 [ Alexander Strahan; British Army ]

[ Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln, as Paymaster of the Forces; ] Autograph Signature ('Lincoln') to manuscript Exchequer receipt of £25,412 5s 6d for 'his [Maj]ties. Guards, Garrisons & Land Forces' in the aftermath of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion.

1p., on 20 x 19.5 cm. piece of paper removed from Exchequer ledger. On aged paper with wear to extremities and hole in paper affecting one word of text. Lincoln's signature has a closed tear through it. An interesting military document, financing the British Army in the aftermath of the 1715...

£150.00
George, Viscount Torrington [ George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington ] (1663-1733), Admiral of the Fleet [ Royal Navy ]

[ George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, Admiral of the Fleet. ] Autograph Signature ('Torrington.') on Exchequer receipt.

On 15 x 17 cm. piece of paper, cut from an Exchequer ledger. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. On the otherwise-blank reverse is the following in manuscript, with Torrington's signature: '3d March 1724 | Recd. ye full Consols | Torrington.' The other side of the paper carries the usual...

£50.00
Francis Wollaston (1694-1774), scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society, father of the author and astronomer Francis Wollaston (1731-1815)

[ Francis Wollaston, scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society. ] Autograph Signature ('Francis Wollaston') to Exchequer receipt, with reference to his children 'Mary, Francis & George Wollaston'.

1p., 8vo. Removed from an Exchequer ledger. On aged paper, with particular wear to one edge. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. Good firm signature. Recording a payment of £150, on an annuity of £300 per annum, 'during the Life of [Mary, Francis & George...

£50.00
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