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Benjamin Wyon (1802 –1858), engraver of seals, and medallist

[ Vancouver Island; Benjamin Wyon, engraver; Birket Foster, illustrator ] Autograph Letter Signed "B Wyon" to Birket Foster, illustrator

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. He's sorry he missed meeting him but was told by his brother "that he thinks you will not be so much occupied as prevent your making me a sketch or two which can be forwarded by post and has accordingly given me your address. | What I want is a design...

Anna Eliza Bray [née Kempe, later Stothard] (1790-1883), historical novelist and author, wife of Charles Alfred Stothard, son of artist Thomas Stothard

[Anna Eliza Bray, historical novelist and author.] Autograph Letter Signed to Robert Spence, autograph hunter, regarding the autograph of her father-in-law, the artist Thomas Stothard.

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of glue from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. She signs 'Anna Eliza Bray', and the letter is a response to a request of an autograph of the artist Thomas Stothard (1755-1834), father of her...

John Van Voorst, publisher (1804–1898)

[ John Van Voorst, publisher ] Autograph Note Signed "John Van Voorst" to "Foster" [Birket Foster, illustrator] asking for a "design on wood".

One page, 12mo, bifolium, second leaf (with address and postal marks) sl. damaged. Text: "If it will be convenient to you to supply me a design on wood as a frontispiece to a volume I am about to publish I shall be glad if you will meet the author here at 3 o'clock tomorrow."

Isaac Watts, Christian minister (Congregational), hymn writer, theologian, and logician (1674-1748)

[ Isaac Watts ] Fragment of a letter or manuscript in Isaac Watts' hand. Not signed.

Fragment, 13 x 5cm, laid down on larger piece of paper, accompanied by brief printed biographical details. Text: "I thank | I am often carryd to preach at | [Lon]don, but have not walked cross a | [str]eet nor seen our lower Garden since | Beginning of Octobr last."

£400.00 Isaac Watts
David Bogue, publisher

[ David Bogue, publisher; Birket Foster ] Autograph NOte Signed "D.Bogue" to Birket Foster, illustrator, about work by Albert Smith., author etc.

One page, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. "Will you do me the favour to call on Mr Albert Smith 14 Percy St respecting some little drawings on wood for a work he has on hand for me. | I shall be obliged by your letting this have y[ou]r [early?] attention [...]".

Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (1775 – 1860),

[ Earl of Dundonald ] Secretarial Letter and Notes (probably) Signed twice "Dundonald" to Commodore T[homas] Bennett, [Commodore in Charge, Naval Establishments, Jamaica.]

Two pages, folio, good condition, tape adhering to one edge (as formerly tipped into something)., comprising Note Signed "Dundonald" as follows: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter numbered from 73 to 79, with their respective enclosures, as particularized on the other side hereof,...

William Carleton (1794-1869), Irish novelist and author

[William Carleton, Irish novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Carleton') to 'Mrs. Banks', responding graciously to a request for an autograph.

Carleton's controversial reputation is dealt with in his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. In response to a request for an autograph, he writes: 'My dear Mrs. Banks | You wish to have my humble name - You have however more than my name – You have...

The Stephenson Centenary, 1881; Thomas Pumphrey, Grocer, Newcastle-on-Tyne; George Stephenson (1781-1848), engineer, 'Father of the Railways'

[The Stephenson Centenary 1881'.] Well-designed lithographic poster, 'Presented as a memento of the Centennial Commemoration' by Thomas Pumphrey, Newcastle grocer, with central portrait of Stephenson surrounded by seven related engravings.

An extremely attractive memento, no other copy of which has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. Lithographic printing in black on 57 x 44.5 cm piece of wove paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight creasing to margin at one edge, and the merest of spotting. Folded...

Sir James Anderson (1824-93), captain of SS Great Eastern during the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866 [Joseph Charles Parkinson; Isambard Kingdom Brunel]

[Sir James Anderson, captain of SS Great Eastern.] Autograph Letter Signed to J. C. Parkinson of the Daily News, on his return from laying first transatlantic cable, complaining of 'amateur advisers'. With East Indian Railway, Special Tourist Ticket

Four items from the papers of Joseph Charles Parkinson (1833-1908), journalist, civil servant and social reformer, contributor to the Daily News, All the Year Round, Temple Bar, and associate of Dickens and Wilkie Collins. The material relates to Parkinson's book 'The Ocean Telegraph to India: A...

John Galt (1779-1839), Scottish novelist, author, entrepreneur and Secretary of the Canada Company [William Stewart, proprietor of the Courier newspaper]

[John Galt, Scottish novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Galt') to William Stewart, regarding a reference to him in his 'Autobiography'.

Admired by both Scott and Byron, Galt's novels are, as his entry in the Oxford DNB states 'so accurate in their account of social change that historians such as G. M. Trevelyan have recommended them as authentic social history'. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on paper cut...

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