Book Trade History

Typed letter signed to J.G. Wilson, Chairman of Bumpus's, booksellers

Author: 
John Johnson
Publication details: 
18/08/32
£45.00

OUP. One page 8vo. A brief note about unpacking "Buenos Aires material" which had presumably been there for an exhibition.

Autograph Letter initialled "R" to Daniel George, author and publisher's reader

Author: 
Rupert Hart-Davis
Publication details: 
17/05/44
£45.00

Publisher. 2pp., 8vo. He discusses his reading which includes Blunden's "Cricket Country", some done for professional reasons.

Autograph postcard signed to J.G. Wilson, Chairman of Bumpus's, booksellers

Author: 
R.H. Bruce Lockhart
Publication details: 
21/02/33
£35.00

Author. Two sides of card used, thanking Wilson for obtaining for him an invitation from John Buchan to be a guest at the National Book Trade Dinner and for the "splendid showing" he arranged for his book (probably "British Agent") at Bumpus's.

Autograph Letters Signed to unknown correspondent(s?),

Author: 
Walter Crane
Publication details: 
Holland Street and Neufchatel respectively, 3 Nov. 1904 and 31 August 1931
£180.00

Artist and Poet (1845-1915). Two Autograph Letters Signed, 2 pages and one page respectively, 4to, staining and damage especially to 1910 letter, but texts clear. (1904) Crane outlines his understanding of "the terms under which 'The Golden Primer' was produced" based on his co-author's (Meiklejohn) letters - three fifths of the proceeds. He quotes relevant detail from two letters,on of which discusses a cheap edition for schools. "I find a dummy copy of this with a cover design of mine & Blackwood's imprint". He thinks a re-issue in the "original form" a good idea.

Autograph note signed to the Revd Mr. Lye (perhaps Edward Lye - see DNB)

Author: 
Peter Whalley
Publication details: 
29 Sept. 1766
£100.00

Author and editor (1722-1791). Two pages, 4to. comprising a note and a list of questions, a tear but not affecting text. Whalley requests Lye's help in getting answers to these questions concerning the history of Easton (Northants), a history drawn "from Mr Bs [Bridges'] Collections". Whalley eventually published "History and Antiquities of Northamptonshire" compiled from Bridges' manuscript collections in 1791.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed correspondent, and a MS examination text

Author: 
Samuel Lee
Publication details: 
11/07/33
£200.00

Orientalist and Cambridge Professor (1783-1852). Two pages, 4to, responding to a request for advice for the son of the correspondent who is engaged in preparing a Hebrew Lexicon. Lee gives some solid advice but finally points out that he is engaged on a similar task. WITH: the manuscript text with corrections, two pages, 4to, in Lee's hand, of the examination for the Crosse scholarship (presumably a Cambridge prize) involving Greek, Arabic, Hebrew and Syriac. WITH: an 8vo print of Samuel Lee. Three items,

Two typed notes signed to J.G. Wilson, Chairmand of J & E Bumpus, booksellers.

Author: 
Norman Collins
Publication details: 
14 and 18 July 1947
£40.00

Novelist. One page each, 8vo. He is responding to an invitation and outlining a busy schedule. 2 items,

Autograph letter signed to unnamed correspondent

Author: 
J.R. Seeley
Publication details: 
4 Nov. [1878?]
£35.00

Historian and essayist (1834-1895). One page, 8vo. He discussses Baron Tauchnitz's involvement in one of his books [probably the "Life and Times of Stein; or, Germany & Prussia in the Napoleonic Age" (Todd 1849, Cambridge, 1878)]. "As to the honorarium, I am advised that Baron Tauchnitz ought to make an offer".

Autograph letter signed to Calder[?].

Author: 
Jeremiah Joyce.
Publication details: 
Highgate, 5 Dec. 1808.
£100.00

Compiler and educational writer, including "Scientific Dialogues" (1764-1816). One page, 8vo, sl. grubby and frayed but text clear and complete. "I enclose you what I drew up for the M{onthly] Magazine" asking for it to be returned as it is his only copy. He refers to the ill health of Mrs Calder [?], presumably the correspondent's wife to whom he sends good wishes and compliments. In a postscript he says "you will in No. Xii of Nicholson have an article on Will - freedom, by the author of the art.[?]Necessity".

Autograph letter not signed to The Editor of the Quarterly Review (Lockhart).

Author: 
Rev. Arthur Hudleston.
Publication details: 
11/02/33
£45.00

Two pages, 8vo, good condition. With a note identifying the writer who simply describes himself in his letter as "The Author of the accompanying volume of sermons" of which he asks the Editor to give an early notice. He offers the "accustomed remuneration [!] for this trouble through his publishers." He asks for the book to be returned to his publishers (Rivington) if no review is contemplated. N.B. Rivington published Hudleston's "Discourses on Religion and Morality".

Autograph letters signed (x 4) to "J. Strathall"

Author: 
Beriah Botfield
Publication details: 
1845-1849
£200.00

Bibliographer (1807-1863). Total 5pp., three 8vo, one 4to, mainly concerning his exploration of his own family history (Boteville, etc.).

Statements of Account (x 2), signed.

Author: 
W.H. Russell
Publication details: 
1853
£65.00

Irish war correspondent amd miscellaneous writer (1820-1907). 2pp., 8vo. One signed twice by Russell, the other initialled. The statement gives details of three articles contributed to the Miscellany, including "The Lewis - What is it?".

Envelope signed

Author: 
Olga Novikoff
Publication details: 
26/07/17
£10.00

Russian-English publicist (1848-1925). Addressed to "The Manager, Kegan Paul & Co.", inscribed "With Mme Olga Novikoff's compliments".

Autograph Letter, third person to Sir Cuthbert Sharp, antiquary

Author: 
John Wilson Croker,
Publication details: 
14/04/24
£35.00

Statesman and writer. 2pp., 8vo. He thanks Sharp for sending some books to him but points out that the books need not have travelled under Francis Freeling's cover as Croker's held good unrestrictedly.

Autograph Note Signed to "Grey" of the British Museum

Author: 
J.E. Alexander
Publication details: 
06/10/51
£35.00

General and military writer (1803-1885). One page, 8vo. He encloses a memorandum (?) about "Mr Fowler's Colonial Fishes of Canada" (drawings), asking if any of his friends would like to subscribe. The memorandum is written on a conjoint page and is from R.J. Fowler. He is anxious for his drawings to go to London and discusses them with their prices

Autograph Letter Signed to "The Editor, Temple Bar"

Author: 
Francis Allitsee
Publication details: 
1 Nov. (n.y.)
£25.00

Song writer (1849-1912). 2pp., 8vo. He expresses fulsome gratitude for being allowed to set a lyric (unnamed) to music.

The Colonel Mark Wilks and Sir Tollemache Sinclair Napoleon Collection

Author: 
A Member of the Bibliographical Society
Publication details: 
n.d.
£45.00

Privately Printed. 50pp., 4to, grey wraps, sl. sunned, mainly vg.

2 Autograph Notes Signed s to "Temple Bar"/"Bentley"

Author: 
A.J. Duffield
Publication details: 
8 Nov. 1880 and undated
£45.00

Spanish scholar (1821-1890). 8vo. He wonders if a translation of a "newly discovered letter fro Cervantes" would be accepted by "Temple Bar" and whether the original Spanish text could be printed on the opposite page to the translation. In his second letter, he speaks of an article on "Don Quixote" inspired by him, expressing concern "about the art for the Bar" [Temple Bar]. Ingram lists several items (all BL).

Autograph note signed to unknown correspondent (name removed).

Author: 
Robert Curzon.
Publication details: 
24 Arlington St, 28 May 1867.
£85.00

Traveller, discoverer of manuscripts, diplomat and author, fourteenth Baron Zouche (or de la Zouche) of Harringworth (1810-1873). One page, 12mo, good condition though name of correspondent removed. "I shall have great pleasure in accepting your kind invitation to dinner on the 6th of June. If I am not at Paris at that time. I do not expect to be there, but am not quite certain. I will write again in case I should go."

Autograph Note, third person, to the Librarian of the London Library.

Author: 
Lord Clanricarde.
Publication details: 
Stratton St, 18 March 1869.
£50.00

One page, 8vo, signs of having been laid down text clear and complete. "Lord Clanricarde will be much obliged if the Librarian of the London Library will send him by the bearer, the Life & Memoirs of Lieutenant Drummond [over excision], some time Chief Secretary in Ireland."

Autograph letter signed to Clement Shorter, editor and author.

Author: 
Ruthven Deane.
Publication details: 
Chicago, Illinois, 20 Jan. 1926.
£50.00

Editor of Audubon (1851-1934). Two pages, cr. 8vo. He talks about his beginning to collect bookplates when Shorter was 2good enough to sedn me four or five prints of your Plates {?} for different subjects in your library". He asks for a recent one Shorter has acquired to put in books on Cornish literature, and any others he may have added. "My collection has grown to represent over 9600." He gives figures for "Authors & Writers" in Englandand the Drama.

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