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Hilgard Muller (1914-1985), South African Afrikaner politician of the National Party, Mayor of Pretoria, 1953–1955, and Foreign Minister, 1964-1977 [Julian du Parc Braham (1920-1990)]

[Hilgard Muller, South African Afrikaner National Party Foreign Minister.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hilgard Muller.') to 'Julian and Susanne' [du Parc Braham], sending personal news and congratulations on the birth of their son.

3pp, 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. A personal letter, sending congratulations and news on the birth of the recipients' son. Begins: 'Dear Julian and Susanne, | Nita and I would like to offer our sincere congratulations on the birth of your son and heir. We were...

£45.00
Carel de Wet (1924-2004), three times South African Ambassador to London, and Afrikaner National Party Health Minister [Julian du Parc Braham (1920-1990), MP, Chancellor, Monarchist League]

[Carel de Wet, South African Ambassador to London.] Typed Letter Signed to 'Julian' [du Parc Braham], expressing delight at being 'able to represent our beloved country once again'. With invitation card to reception at South Africa House.

Both items in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: TLS. South Africa House, London; 23 August 1972. Written at the start of his second stint as South African Ambassador to London, 1972-1977. He sends warm thanks on Braham's 'good wishes on our appointment to London', continuing: 'We are honoured...

£45.00
Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson [Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson] (1767-1824), French painter, pupil of Jacques-Louis David [Antoine-Jean Gros (1771-1835), French artist, from 1824 styled Baron Gros]

[Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson, French artist; Girodet] Autograph Letter Signed ('Girodet'), inviting 'Monsieur Gros peintre d'histoire', i.e. Antoine-Jean Gros, to 'un diner aux Truffes'.

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Baron Houghton). Addressed by Girodet on reverse 'préssée | A Monsieur | Monsieur Gros peintre d'histoire rue des champs Elissés la 1ere or 2e porte cochere a...

£220.00
[Royal Navy Ophthalmic Department, Second World War] Surgeon-Commander Edward John Littledale (1906-2001), Ophthalmic Specialist, of HMHS [Hospital Ship] Maine

[Royal Navy Ophthalmic Department, Second World War.] Letterbook of Surgeon-Commander Edward John Littledale, Ophthalmic Specialist, of HMHS [Hospital Ship] Maine, containing two hundred AFOs [Admiralty Fleet Orders], circulars, correspondence.

Laid down on 138pp of a quarto volume. The contents are in good overall condition, lightly aged and worn, but the binding of the volume is in poor condition, heavily worn, with the leather spine split and damaged and the front board becoming detached. Meticulously arranged, with autograph thumb-...

£450.00
T. H. Huxley [Thomas Henry Huxley]; Charles Darwin; Darwinism; Darwinian controversy; Origin of Species

[Thomas Henry Huxley's first defence of Darwinism.] Printed article titled: 'Time and Life: Mr. Darwin's "Origin of Species." | By Professor Huxley, F.R.S.'

A highly influential article, in which the man who would be nicknamed 'Darwin's Bulldog' fires his opening salvo in the Darwinian controversy. (The article would be followed by a letter to The Times, 26 December 1859.) The seven page article (pp.142-148) is on four leaves, 8vo, extracted from a...

£150.00
T. G. Bonney [Thomas George Bonney] (1833-1923), geologist and Alpine mountaineer, President of the Geological Society of London and the Alpine Club

[Thomas George Bonney, geologist, Alpine mountaineer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T G Bonney'), urging a lady to abandon 'matters far too difficult and complicated' for her, to be 'useful to others in a less ambitious but more practical sphere'.

See Bonney's entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The recipient is not named. It is unfortunate that the subject of the letter is not stated. Against the charge of misogyny, it should be noted that Bonney 'had the reputation of being a hard...

£120.00
Sir Francis Palgrave [born Francis Ephraim Cohen] (1788-1861), archivist and historian, Deputy Keeper of the Public Record Office from its foundation in 1838 to his death

[Sir Francis Palgrave [born Francis Ephraim Cohen], archivist and historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Palgrave'), regarding a statement which the recipient may wish to make to 'the Speaker' [of the House of Commons].

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). The recipient is not named. Reads: 'My dear Sir/ | I have no doubt but that any statement which you may make to the Speaker will be in strict accordance with...

£50.00
Pierre Hyacinthe Azaïs (1766-1845), French philosopher promoted by Napoleon Bonaparte [François Guizot [François Pierre Guillaume Guizot], French historian and statesman, Prime Minister of France]

[Pierre Hyacinthe Azaïs, French philosopher.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Azaïs.'), in French, to 'Monsieur le Ministre' [François Guizot], discussing his work and health, and the 'Peuple Francais', and asking to be nominated to the Academy of Sciences

7pp, 4to. On two bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged, with the two bifoliums attached to one another and to a stub from mount. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). The government minister addressed in the letter is not named, but is clearly...

£650.00
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; William Saunders of Llandrundod Wells

[National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.] Five items: Programme ('A Short Account of the Library and the Scheme of Buildings') on George V laying foundation stone; invitation card; admission tickets; pamphlet 'A Description of the Permanent Building'

A nice selection of ephemeral material connected with the foundation of one of Britain's six Legal Deposit libraries. The collection in good overall condition, lightly aged and worn (but see description of Item One). The first two items end with signatures in type of: John Williams, President; J...

£220.00
Jules Lacroix (1809-1887), French poet, translator, librettist and playwright [François Guizot [François Pierre Guillaume Guizot], French historian and statesman, Prime Minister of France]

[Jules Lacroix, French poet and translator.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jules Lacroix'), in French, presenting his translation of Juvenal to 'Monsieur le Ministre' [François Guizot], whose 'magnifiques ouvrages' he praises.

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with stub from mount adhering to one edge. Folded twice. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). The government minister addressed in the letter is not named, but is clearly the historian François...

£180.00
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