Book Trade History

[ Awnsham Churchill and Edward Clarke of Chipley, John Locke's associates. ] Printed Exchequer receipt, completed in manuscript, and signed by the bookseller 'A. Churchill' and witnessed by radical MP 'E Clarke'.

Author: 
Awnsham Churchill (1658-1728), bookseller at The Black Swan, Paternoster Row, London, Whig member of parliament, publisher and friend of John Locke; Edward Clarke (1650-1710) of Chipley ]
Publication details: 
[ Her Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 28 June 1715.
£450.00

1p., 8vo. On aged paper worn at head. Customary printed Exchequer receipt, completed in manuscript, headed (manuscript text in square brackets): 'Annuities, 3700l. per Week. | Record' [19 Janu. 1715]'. Calculations in right-hand margin and clerical sign on reverse. Recording the payment by Sir Richard Onslow of £100 to 'Awnsham Churchill Attorney for mr ffra: Bennett & for selfe'.

[ Bookseller's catalogue. ] First Editions of Jack London, Thorne Smith, Erskine Caldwell, William Saroyan, John Steinbeck, Illustrated.

Author: 
The El Dorado Bookstore, San Francisco, California [ props Roskie & Wallace of Oakland; Philip M. Roskie (1921-93) ] [ Jack London, Thorne Smith, Erskine Caldwell, William Saroyan, John Steinbeck ]
Publication details: 
Catalogue No. 1, 1948. The El Dorado Bookstore, 309 Kearny Street, San Francisco 8, California.
£120.00

32pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. A previous owner has thought well enough of this item to have it put in a sturdy binding of black cloth, with title in gilt on spine. The binding is in very good condition, but a bookplate has been removed from the front pastedown. An interesting catalogue (especially when compared with the staid British book catalogues of the period), with each of the 108 items presented, four to a page, each with accompanying photograph of the covers of the book. The most expensive item, at $100, is a 1902 first edition of 'The Cruise of the Dazzler'.

Four Sotheby auction catalogues: 'Library at Lowther Castle, Penrith' and 'Psalter of Henry IV, King of England', both the property of the Earl of Lonsdale, and two portions of 'Library removed from Ham House, Surrey' (Buckminster Estates).

Author: 
[ Hugh Cecil (1857-1944), 5th Earl of Lonsdale; Library of Lowther Castle, Penrith; Ham House Library, Surrey; William Tollemache (1859-1935), 9th Earl of Dysart; Sotheby's, London auctioneers ]
Publication details: 
Sotheby & Co.,34 & 35 New Bond Street, London.
£80.00

All four catalogues are 4to, and in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in their original uniform green printed wraps. The four have been bound together in lightly-worn sturdy green buckram, with the following in gilt on spine: 'Sale Catalogues 1937-38 | Lowther Castle Library with Psalter | Ham House Library'. All four are priced in light pencil. ONE: 'Catalogue of a Selected Portion of the Valuable Library at Lowther Castle, Penrith. Sold by Order of the Rt. Honourable Hugh Cecil Earl of Lonsdale K.G., G. C.V.O.

[ Charles E. Robinson of the University of Delaware. ] Duplicated typed 'List of Charles Ollier Imprints (1817-23; 1846-49) and Works'.

Author: 
[ Charles Ollier (1788-1859), publisher, author and editor; Professor Charles E. Robinson; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats ]
Publication details: 
Dated July 1985 by Robinson with his details: Prof. Charles E. Robinson, College of Arts and Science, Dept. of English, 204 Memorial Hall, Newark, Delaware 19716, USA.
£65.00

Robinson is the author of Ollier's entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, in which he discusses the 'fifty titles' that Ollier and his brother James published between 1817 and 1823, and the others dating from his second stint as publisher between 1846 and 1849. The list is 10pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Subtitle: '(*Indicates that U. of Delaware Library has in original, microform, or photo rpt.)' Robinson has given the date and his details in autograph at the head, and has starred items in 'urgently need' in red ink.

[ Thomas J. Wise; Inscribed by author and another ] A Review of Reviews

Author: 
Fannie Ratchford, Rare Books Librarian of the University of Texas (Fannie Elizabeth Ratchford).
Publication details: 
No imprint [ Austin, Texas, 1946 ]
£180.00

71pp., cr.8vo, printed wrappers, edges sunned and sl worn, good condition. Inscribed by author, front cover, "From Fannie Ratchford", with a note, also on the front cover, "Dear Mr. Muir, | Keep this if you have not got it - otherwise throw it away | Esher" [Brett, Oliver Sylvain Baliol (1881-1965) 3rd Viscount Esher, Book-Collector ]. Also, inside front cover, Muir's simple bookplate. Originally published in the Library Chronicle of the University of Texas, vol. I, no. 4, 1945 and vol. II, no. 1, 1946. A postscript has been added.

[ Presentation copy. ] Tokens of the Eighteenth Century connected with Booksellers & Bookmakers (Authors, Printers, Publishers, Engravers and Paper Makers)

Author: 
W. Longman [ William Longman (1882-1967) ]
Publication details: 
Longmans, Green and Co. 39 Paternoster Row, London. 1916.
£56.00

90pp., 8vo. Eleven plates and one full-page illustration in text. In good condition internally, on lightly-aged paper, in worn blue cloth gilt. Inscribed on front free endpaper: 'With the Author's compliments | March 5 1917'. Beneath the inscription in another hand: 'Presented to The Library of The Bookseller's Retreat. Abbots Langley.'

[ Printed item. ] A Catalogue of a Choice Collection of Books, Ancient and Modern, in English and Foreign Literature, selected from the Stock of J. Bellchambers, 10, King William Street, West Strand, London.

Author: 
Jonathan Bellchambers, nineteenth-century London bookseller
Publication details: 
[ J. Bellchambers, 10, King William Street, West Strand, London. ] Printed by W. Blanchard & Sons, 62, Millbank-street, Westminster. December 1846.
£50.00

16pp., 12mo. Stabbed and unbound. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The books, from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, are such as would adorn the shelves of a gentleman's country mansion. BBTI only has Bellchambers active in 1846, and there is a hint of desperation about the pricing, with the published price often given along with Bellchambers', and Ritson's 'Ancient Poetry' being offered at 'a very reduced price'. Scarce: no copies traced either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[ Printed item. ] A Catalogue of a Very Choice & Valuable Collection of Books and Books of Prints, [...] Selected from the Libraries of the Rev. Dr. Goodenough and Dr. Wordsworth, and the choicest and best portions of the stock of the late John Bohn.

Author: 
M. A. Nattali [ Michael Angelo Nattali (d.1849), London bookseller ] [ John Bohn (c.1757-1843), bookseller; Rev. Dr Edmund Goodenough (1785-1845), Dean of Wells; Christopher Wordsworth (1774-1846) ]
Publication details: 
[ M. A. Nattali, 23, Bedford Street, Covent Garden. ] G. Norman, Printer, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden. [ October 1846? ]
£50.00

64pp., 12mo. Stabbed and unbound. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The main catalogue covers the first 52pp., and is followed by a 'Splendid Collection of Books at Very Reduced Prices, the Entire Property of M. A. Nattali'. Scarce: no copy of the present catalogue on COPAC. Volume 14 of Karslake's 'Book-Auction Records' states that Nattali 'belonged to a family which still exists near Milan, and of which a member settled in England in the latter part of the 18th century'.

[ E. V. Lucas and Methuen & Co Ltd, publishers. ] Typed Letter Signed ('E V Lucas') from E. V. Lucas to 'Mr. Wilber', regarding portrait tablets of Sir Algernon Methuen, with copy of the printed booklet 'Sir Algernon Methuen Baronet. A Memoir.'

Author: 
E. V. Lucas [ Edward Verrall Lucas (1868-1938), author ] [ Sir Algernon Methuen, publisher; Methuen & Co Ltd, publishers ]
Publication details: 
Booklet: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London. Printed at the University Press, Aberdeen. 1925. Lucas's letter dated 21 September 1925, on Methuen & Co letterhead.
£80.00

Lucas's letter is 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly spotted. He informs Wilber that when he arrives at the office the following morning, he will find that 'the two portrait tablets of the late Sir Algernon Methuen, the founder of our firm, have been unveiled'. He explains that the tablets are 'a gift to the firm from Lady Methuen, whose wish is that each member of the staff should possess a copy of the accompanying Memoir'. The booklet is 13pp., 4to. With three plates including collotype frontispiece portrait of tablet of author.

[ Printed item. ] Catalogue of Choice Books including a Collection of First & Rare Editions of the Works of Oscar Wilde. [ Including reproduction of caricature of Wilde by George Finch Mason. ]

Author: 
H. Gray & Co., London booksellers [ Oscar Wilde; George Finch Mason (1850-1915), English illustrator ]
Publication details: 
[Number Sixteen, New Series, 1930. ] H. Gray & Co. 188 Lewisham Road, London, S.E.13, and 8 Royal Parade, Blackheath, S.E.3.
£60.00

24pp., 8vo. Pagination includes the wraps, which carry the last two pages. With frontispiece plate: 'Oscar Wilde | Unpublished Caricature | By Finch Mason | [item 31]'. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped wraps. Wilde's name has been underlined in red pencil on cover.

[ Printed item. ] A List of Choice Books on Sale by J. Bohn, 66, St. James's Street.

Author: 
J. Bohn [ James Bohn; James George Stuart Burges Bohn (1803-1880), London bookseller ]
Publication details: 
[ J. Bohn, 66, St. James's Street, London. ] J. Tuck, Printer, 6, Helmet Court, 338 1/2 Strand [ London ] ] [ December 1846. ]
£50.00

16pp., 12mo. Stabbed and unbound. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Dated in pencil in a modern hand at head of first page. Eighteenth and nineteenth century items in alphabetical order between A and G (but complete, nineteenth-century booksellers' catalogues often being issued as parts of series), The entry for the new edition of Dugdale's 'Monasticon Anglicanum', offered at £31 10s 0d, takes up more than half a page of small print. For more on Bohn see his entry in the Oxford DNB. Now scarce.

[ Printed item. ] Catalogue of Books published by Charles Cox, 12, King William Street, Strand. [ Including 'Knight's Shilling Weekly Volume', 'A Valuable Library of 150 Volumes for 150 Shillings.' ]

Author: 
[ Charles Cox, London bookseller ] [ Charles Knight (1791-1873) ]
Publication details: 
[ Charles Cox. ] '12, King William Street, Strand [ London ], February 1, 1847.'
£35.00

8pp., 12mo. Stabbed and unbound. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The main descriptions are for 'Knight's Shilling Weekly Volume' (covering the first four pages), and 'The New Orbis Pictus' (covering three pages), the latter described as '12,000 Engravings on Wood, 72 on Steel, 40 Illuminations, and 13 Coloured Maps.'

[ First edition inscribed by the author to Graham Pollard, with Pollard's label and the bookplate of Frank Spicer. ] Minding My Own Business. An Autobiography.

Author: 
Percy Muir [ Percy Horace Muir (1894-1979), antiquarian bookseller with firm Elkin Mathews Ltd and author; Graham Pollard (1903-1976), bookseller and bibliographer; Frank Spicer ]
Publication details: 
London: Chatto & Windus, 1956.
£100.00

[8] + 224pp., 8vo. Seven plates. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in blue cloth binding, in worn and nicked dustwrapper. Inscribed on front free endpaper: 'For Graham | part author of these pages | R. H. M. June '56.' Pollard's partner in the unmasking of the Wise forgeriers is the book's dedicatee, and the pair's efforts are described in Chapter 8, 'Sherry and Shibboleths'. Pollard's small label ('From the Library of | GRAHAM | POLLARD') is at the head of the front pastedown, which also carries Spicer's owl and moon bookplate.

[ First edition inscribed by the author to dedicatee John Carter. ] Minding My Own Business. An Autobiography.

Author: 
Percy Muir [ Percy Horace Muir (1894-1979), antiquarian bookseller with firm Elkin Mathews Ltd and author; John Carter [ John Waynflete Carter ] (1905-1975), author, bibliographer and book collector ]
Publication details: 
London: Chatto & Windus, 1956.
£100.00

[8] + 224pp., 8vo. Seven plates. A good tight copy, on lightly-aged paper, in blue cloth binding and worn and aged dustwapper with nick at head of cover. Inscribed on front free endpaper: 'For John | affectionately | from the Author.' The book is dedicated 'To J. W. C. affectionately', and it contains numerous references to him. Loosely inserted is a cutting of Michael Sadleir's warm review of the book in the Sunday Times, 24 June 1956.

[ Printed item. ] The Directory of Second-hand Booksellers and List of Public Libraries, British and Foreign. Edited by James Clegg.

Author: 
James Clegg [ (b.1843) publisher, proprietor of the Aldine Press, Rochdale ]
Publication details: 
'Second Edition'.Rochdale: Printed and Published by James Clegg, Wet Rake. London:Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C. [ also New York, Paris and Leipzig ] 1888.
£120.00

[3] + viii + 112 + 51pp., 4to. Internally fair, on lightly-aged paper, in binding with heavily-damaged leather spine and worn green cloth covers. The author states that the volume is the second edition in his preface, 'the First having been published by the late Arthur Gyles, in 1886'. The object 'is primarily to supply a work of convenient size for the use of Second-hand Booksellers, which may facilitate intercourse with their confreres in our own and other countries'. Three pages of advertisements at front, and a further fifty-one at rear.

[ Handbill; catalogue ] Works published by Robert Triphook, 23. Old Bond-Street

Author: 
[ Robert Triphook, bookseller ]
Publication details: 
[London, March 1822] B. McMillan, Printer, New-Street, Covent-Garden
£30.00

Four pages, 8vo, bifolium, small closed tear, stab marks (previously bound in to periodical or book) good condition, advertising The British Poets in One Hundred Volumes, Portraits, works by Egerton Brydges, etc.

[ Printed volume. ] American Booktrade Directory, including lists of publishers, booksellers, periodicals, literary agents, book clubs, etc.

Author: 
[ American Booktrade Directory 1939, R. R. Bowker (Office of The Publishers' Weekly) ]
Publication details: 
New York: R. R. Bowker Co. Office of The Publishers' Weekly, 1939.
£25.00

326pp., 4to. In green cloth binding with title in black on front cover. Internally good and tight, on aged paper, in worn binding with staining to front and back covers. In eighteen sections, including 'Auctioneers of Literary Property - United States', 'British Publishers', 'American Representatives of British Publishers' and 'Book Clubs in the United States'. Scarce.

[ Henry Southgate, auctioneer and anthologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to E. D. Girdlestone

Author: 
Henry Southgate (1818-1888), London auctioneer [ Southgate & Barrett, 22 Fleet Street ] and anthologist [ E. D. Girdlestone [ Edward Deacon Girdlestone ] (1829-1892) ]
Publication details: 
Woodbine, Sidmouth, Devon. 11 May 1878.
£56.00

4pp., 12mo. Two pages on bifolium with two-page postscript on loose leaf. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his 'kind note and opinion respecting my "Many Thoughts" [ anthology of 1857 ] of which nearly 267 - tons have been sold, an odd way of putting it you will say, but such is the fact.' He is working on a 'curious and suggestive book now on Aphoristic Wisdom'. He thinks he may 'gather something' from Girdlestone's 'Collection', which he undertakes will be 'most carefully and thankfully returned'.

[ Circulating Library Labels ] A small collection of (8) Circulating Library Labels

Author: 
[ Circulating Library Labels ]
Circulating library labels
Circulating library labels
Publication details: 
mainly C19th.
£250.00
Circulating library labels
Circulating library labels

Circulating Library Labels. See scan of all on my website. Good-very good condition unless otherwise stated, undated:Wilson's (late Dutton's) Circulating |Library, 46 Gracechurch Street,[City of London] with terms, daily papers, catalogue.T.Clerc Smith (late with Mr. Ebers), Public Circulating Library, 36 St James Street, London, giving terms, c.

[ John Carter, bookseller ] Two Autograph Postcards Signed "John Carter" and "John C.", one to "R. Hyde" [Ron[ald] Hyde, collector/dealer etc, the other to Mrs [Richard] Bentley", widow of the publisher, Richard Bentley (II).

Author: 
John Waynflete Carter (1905-1975), bibliographer and bookseller
Publication details: 
[Hyde] Sotheby & Co. 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W1 [postmark 24 Nov. 1961] and [Mrs Bentley] [?Chelsea, 8 Dec. 1961].
£180.00

Two APCSs, sl. worn, but text clear and complete. The subject of both cards is the William Beckford letters which "disappeared" during an auction of the contents of The Mere, the Bentley house near Slough. First postcard (to Hyde): "My old friend Mrs Bentley has asked me to look into the question of other letters & papers, including the William Beckford lot w[hi]ch she tells me you saw; and I have had a talk today with her lawyer. I should much like to know just what you saw & heard. Could you possibly telephone me tomorrow morning or Sunday?

[Elaine Greene, Literary Agent, sister-in-law of Graham Greene] The small archive of mainly correspondence between Literary Agent and Author-Client

Author: 
Elaine Greene (later Lady Greene)(1920-1987), Literary Agent, American-born sometime sister-in-law of novelist Graham Greene, married to his brother, Hugh Carleton Greene; [ R.P. Lister, author ]
Publication details: 
[1962-1969].
£620.00

"One of the top [literary] agents in London"The extensive correspondence, business and personal, between Elaine Greene and Elaine Greene Literary Agency, and R.P. Lister [Richard Percival Lister], travel-writer, novelist, poet, contributor to periodicals, and eventually friend. He published extensively in the USA. As well as the UK.Elaine Greene to Lister: Twenty-five (25) Typed Letters and Notes Signed ("Elaine Greene" becomes a cordial "Elaine"), total 27pp., 8vo and 4to, 14 Dec. 1962-10 April 1969.

Manuscript Catalogue of 'Books received by R. H. Grubbe by bequest from W. J. Grubbe who received them by bequest from Louis H. Hall to be handed on for the most part to descendants of Dr. George William Hall, Master of Pembroke College, Oxford.'

Author: 
Louis Edmund Hall (b.1863); Rev. Reginald Hall Grubbe (b.1862) [ Dr George William Hall (1770-1843), Master of Pembroke College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor ]
Publication details: 
'These books were recevied by the above R. H. G. in March & June 1926.'
£350.00

49pp. In 4to notebook with red cloth spine and black cloth boards. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in aged and worn covers. An alphabetical list, with entries covering two facing pages, divided into three columns: 'Name of Book', 'Description' and 'How disposed of'. Almost all the entries in the last column are 'H[enr]y Hall', but one item is recorded as being 'Sent to Julia Hall'. The serious library of an educated Englishman, with almost no fiction present. Nearly all the books date from the period 1770-1900, although 'Gloucestershire Visitation of 1623' is also present.

Nayler & Co.[Dutch book catalogue, 1842] Catalogue van Kopiyen, Aanbiedingen, enz [Full title page give below]

Author: 
[Dutch bookseller's/auctioneer's catalogue 1842] Nayler and Co., booksellers, Amsterdam
Dutch Bookseller's Catalogue
Publication details: 
Gedruky bij M. & F.C. Westerman, O.Z. Achterburgwal te Amsterdam. 1842 (in roman numerals).
£250.00
Dutch Bookseller's Catalogue

Total 48pp, 8vo, including alternate blanks for notes,with handwritten information about prices, etc. (seller's marked copy presumably), marbled wraps, worn, contents sl. worn at edges but complete, with ill-defined stamps at beginning and end (one has phrase Noord Holland). REST Of title-page: "Op Zaturday den XVIII Junij 1842, | zullen Nayler & Co. met hunne | Ongebonden- Verkooping | een aanvang maken, | in het Logement DE ZON, op Nieuwen-Dijk, No. 234, | te Amsterdam [...] Uren van Verkoop: | 9 tot 12 - 1 tot 4 - 6 tot 10 - met Klokstage.

[Manuscript material; bookbinders] List of customers of Bookbinder in Cambridge, with a collection of letters, 1909 -1924

Author: 
[Stoakley & Son[s]; Frank E. Stoakley; bookbinders]
Publication details: 
c.1906-1924
£320.00

List of customers of bookbinder, Stoakley & Son, pre-1920(?)(from the list Professor Oppenheim died in 1919), 3pp., c.16 x 25cm, bifolium, 132 names listed alphabetically in pencil, most with ticks (bills paid?). Customers include A.C. Benson, Deighton Bell, Sir James Dewar, "Gaselee", "Gladstone", "Dr Greg" (W.W.?), Dr Keynes, J.M. Keynes, Bishop of Gibraltar, Alfred Milner, Lord Rayleigh, Sedgwick Museum, Sir J.J. Thomson, and several colleges. WITH: 21 Autograph Letters from a later incarnation of the Stoakley business, Signed, "H.T. Penn Young", Medical Officer H.M.

[Caslon Letter Foundry, London.] Printed covering letter to accompany a specimen book and history of the Caslon Foundry, signed and dated by Thomas W. Smith.

Author: 
Thomas W. Smith, proprietor, Caslon Letter Foundry, London
Publication details: 
Caslon Letter Foundry, 22 Chiswell Street, EC. [London] July 1896.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. Attractively printed within a decorative border, on the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | The Specimen Book sent you herewith, of which I have much pleasure in asking your acceptance, contains a history of the Caslon Foundry printed with the justly celebrated types engraved by its founder in the early part of last Century.

[Publication Committee, Presbyterian Church of England, 18 Paternoster Square, London.] Engraved card announcing that the Committee have taken possession of the premises and made them into a shop and offices; with plan of premises on reverse.

Author: 
Publication Committee, Presbyterian Church of England, 18 Paternoster Square, London
Publication details: 
[Publication Committee, Presbyterian Church of England, 18 Paternoster Square, London.] [Circa 1882.]
£60.00

The text is engraved in copperplate on one side of a piece of card, with plan on reverse of the the premises at 18 Paternoster Square, with Newgate Street, Warwick Lane, Rose Street and Paternoster Row also shown. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with unobtrusive vertical crease. A nice piece of nineteenth-century London book trade ephemera. The text reads: 'Publication Committee | Presbyterian Church of England, | 18 Paternoster Square.

[Jerome Kern sale at the Anderson Galleries, New York, priced auction catalogue.] The Library of Jerome Kern, New York City. Part One. A-J [Part Two. J-Z].

Author: 
Jerome Kern (1885-1945), American composer [Mitchell Kennerley, President, Anderson Galleries, New York, 1929]
Publication details: 
The Anderson Galleries [Mitchell Kennerley, President], 489 Park Avenue at Fifty-Ninth Street, New York. 1929.
£100.00

Part One: [4] + 247pp., 4to (including introduction by 'M. K. [i.e. Mitchell Kennerley]'). Part Two: [3] + 220pp., 4to (paginated 249-468). Perforated bidding sheet at end of Part Two. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and stained wraps with loss at spines. Attractively designed, with numerous illustrations and facsimiles in text. The cover of the first volume carries the ownership signature of John A. Holland at the head, and the prices of the sale's 1482 lots are given in Holland's hand.

[Book of type specimens.] Old Faces of Roman and Medieval Types lately added to the De Vinne Press.

Author: 
[The De Vinne Press] [Theodore Low De Vinne (1828-1914), American printer and authority on typography]
Publication details: 
Printed at the De Vinne Press, No. 12 Lafayette Place, New York. 1897.
£180.00

[4] + 47pp., 8vo. In printed wraps. Internally in fair condition, on aged paper, with slight staining to the corners; in worn and chipped wraps. A handsome production, as one might expect from one of the nine founders of the Grolier Club, with a two-page introduction followed by a full-page reproduction of the Ascensius printer's device, and 47 examples of pages set in various point sizes of Cushing, Ancient Roman, Jenson, Satanick, Louis XV, and Century Roman. No copy on COPAC, six American and one French on WorldCat.

[Thomas Cadell, publisher] Autograph Note Signed, "T Cadell", to his assistant "Lawless", with (on same page) Autograph Note Signed "Robert Lawless", to "Madam" (Mrs Grignion, wife of the impoverished artist, Charles Grignion.)

Author: 
Thomas Cadell, publisher and bookseller, and Robert Lawless, his assistant
Publication details: 
Portsmouth, 11 October 1786.
£220.00

One page, 12mo, laid down on larger piece of paper, after formation of a 2" closed tear. text complete and clear. [Cadell] "If the game sent with this tolerably good send it to [Mrs] Grignion with my love. You will tell them it may be Sunday before we arrive as the weather is so uncertain." [Lawless adds] "Madam | I am afraid these are bad, but I believe it is only when it was shot" [whatever that means]. Lawless earned an obituary in the Annual Register.

Bookseller's Label

Author: 
G. Dyer, Exeter Circulating Library owner and (aspirant) Bookseller.
Publication details: 
Library, Exeter, Sept. 4th, 1787.
£120.00

Label, irregular oval, dims.c/ 9 x 6cm, laid down on slightly larger (rectangular) piece of paper, glue showing through in patches, text clear and complete, "G. Dyer | Begs to acquaint hid Freiends | That he in tends, in future,to purchase | LIBRARIES and PARCELS of | BOOKS for SALE, and will be thankful | for their recommendation. | *** Books may also be exchanged. | Library, Exeter, Sept. 4th, 1787." BBTI lists a Gilbert Dyer, 1783-1820, as well as a G. Dyer, 1790 as owners of circulating libraries, and the former as a bookseller. Presumably the same chap.

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