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[Hesing Xi Cheng or Sheng, Captain of the Keying, Chinese Junk] Signed 8vo portrait drawing of Hesing, known as Xi Cheng.

Author: 
[Hesing; Voyage to England and New York from China, 1846-8]
Hesing
Publication details: 
[c.1848]
£950.00
Hesing

Signed `Hesing´ in bold black ink at the foot beneath his portrait, also adding the junk's name `Keying´ and the name `Suckling´ [not traced] to the portrait, all with their equivalent Chinese characters beneath. Quite heavily foxed, mainly around not on the image and signatures, top left corner torn off (a red ink stamp might have been there as in other examples, with Chinese characters, being the seal of Prince Hui Rui, but other examples would not have fitted in the lost corner). See image.

[ Dwarkanath Tagore ] Manuscript biographical study (panegyric even) of Dwarkanath Tagore, presumably secretarial text (two hands), but signed from Dwarky Oct [8]/42

Author: 
Dwarkanath Tagore [(1794-1846), one of the first Indian industrialists to form an enterprise with British partners and entrepreneurs. He was the grandfather of Rabindranath Tagore].
Dwarky
Publication details: 
No place, [c. [8] Oct. 1842]
£800.00
Dwarky

Four pages, cr. 8vo, bifolium, fold marks, good condition. Dwarkanath Tagore & his family were the projectors of the Hindoo College and by their exertions & support aided by Sir Edwd Hyde East carried this important institution into full effect even against the wishes of the Government of the day[.] [T]hey continue to support it with liberal subscriptions and by personal attention to the management, to the present day - The School Book Society has in like manner been instituted and supported by D.J. & his family[.][...].

[ Edward Marsh, PS to Churchill ] Typed Note Signed E Marsh to Thomas Lloyd Humberstone, conveying Chancellor of the Exchequer Churchill's thanks for sending a copy of his book on University Reform.

Author: 
Edward Marsh [Sir Edward Howard Marsh (1872-1953) was a British polymath, translator, arts patron and civil servant; Private Secretary to Churchill]
Publication details: 
[Embossed Stamp of Chancellor of the Exchequer, then Embossed] Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S.W., 8 Dec. 1926
£50.00

One page, 4to, fold marks, good condition. Text: Mr. Churchill desires me to thank you for the copy of your book on University Reform in London, which you have been good enough to send him.

[Lord Bathurst, Tory politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bathurst') [to the agent of the Marquis Wellesley, elder brother of the Duke of Wellington], regarding a dispute over the fittings to be left behind on quitting Apsley House.

Author: 
Henry Bathurst (1762-1834), 3rd Earl Bathurst [Lord Bathurst], Tory Foreign Secretary, friend and supporter of Pitt the Younger [Lord Wellesley; Duke of Wellington; Apsley House, Piccadilly, Mayfair]
Publication details: 
Piccadilly [London]. 22 September [1807].
£300.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item dates from 1807, the year in which Bathurst sold the celebrated Apsley House ('No. 1 London') to the Duke of Wellington's brother the Marquis Wellesley, who sold it on to the Duke ten years later. It is now the Wellington Museum. This item casts an interesting light on the initial sale. 2pp, 4to. Thirty-four lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded four times. He is disappointed that the unnamed male recipient (presumably Wellesley's agent) has not called on him.

[Revolutionaries in London 1851] Au peuple / [les?] proscrits de Londres dont les noms suivent. IN FRENCH.

Author: 
[Revolutionaries in London 1851] Louis Blanc, French politician, agitator and historian
Publication details: 
London, 3 December 1851.
£450.00

Manuscript, 4pp., 4to, minor defects, text clear and complete. A draft in Blanc's hand, with his MS. corrections and additions, of an eloquent and hard-hitting statement representing the views of Blanc and other exiles in London of the situation in France post-1848, particularly attacking Louis Bonaparte. He begins: Voulez-vous etre avilis? Voulez-vous etre asservis? Voulez-vous devenir pourtant de peuple opprimes qui attendaient de vous leur delivarance, et comptaient sur votre courage un objet eternel de mepris et de rire?

[ Dominion Status for India, 1923; Printed] Two handbills relating to Dominion Status/Independence of India. See images for full contents.

Author: 
[ Dominion Status for India, 1923 ]
India
India2
Publication details: 
[1923]
£320.00
India
India2

Handbill One: [Entitled] Dominion Status for India. The National Conference, one page, 4to, intact with detachable Form of Declaration, very good condition, President Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru. Secretary Mrs Annie Besant, Treasurer Jamnadas Dwarkadas. Detachable Form of Declaration. Sympathising with the Aims and Objects of the National Conference of India [...] to be sent to Lady Emily Lutyens. See image for content. Handbill Two: Two pages, 12mo, orange, very good condition, ticket for Demonstration | Queen's Hall [...] Britain and India - Apart or Together?

[ Kimberley; Diamond Fields Advertiser ] The Siege of Kimberley 1899-1900. Specail Illustrated Number of the Diamond Fields Advertiser, Kimberley

Author: 
[ Kimberley; Diamond Fields Advertiser ]
Kimberley
Publication details: 
The Diamond Fields Advertiser, Ltd Kimberley [1900]
£380.00
Kimberley

Photographs mainly supplied by Mr. F.H. Hancox [...]. Not paginated. A very good copy, original dark red morocco gilt, sl. rubbed, raised bands, all edges gilt, patterned endpapers, with label of Arthur Probsthain, [eminent] Oriental Booksellers. See photo.

[ Fanny Garrison; suffrage; black rights ] Autograph Poem signed Fannie Garrison with autograph verse signed by Francis Jackson] Garrison

Author: 
Fanny Garrison [Helen Frances “Fanny” Garrison Villard (1844–1928), American women's suffrage campaigner, pacifist, co-founder of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People].
Garrison
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{Fannie's verse} Boston, Oct.21, 1860; {Francis Jackson's verse} Boston, Oct.23, 1860.
£1,200.00
Garrison

One page, 12mo, very good condition. Text, a verse from Gerald Massey's To-Day and To-Morrow (see note below) as follows: [Fanny's quotation marks] Though hearts brood o'er the past, our eyes | With smiling features glisten, | For, lo! our day bursts up the skies! | Lean out your souls and listen! | The world rolls Freedom's radiant way, | And ripens with her sorrows; | Keep heart! who bears the cross to-day, | Shall wear the crown tomorrow. | Fannie Garrison. | Boston, Oct.21st, 1860 | [ 'Mrs Henry villard' in another hand ] || Why ask a name?

[ Indian Mutiny; Hodson's Horse ] Notebook-cum-Sketchbook containing MS material relating to the Indian Mutiny

Author: 
[ Indian Mutiny; Hodson's Horse ] [ Susan A. Hodson, wife of William Stephen Raikes Hodson of Hodson's Horse, compiler ]
Hodson
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Inscription: Susan A. Hodson | The Priory | Simla | Souvenir of 1857, presumably in her hand.
£9,500.00
Hodson

Notebook-cum-Sketchbook, 4to, 19.5 x 16cm, soft leather gt, sl. worn at edges, marbled end-papers, mainly good to very good condition. Forty of the pages have drawings, letters, MSS material, a photograph, autograph signatures etc, others blank. a. Inscription as aboveb. Pencil sketch of Hodson, mounted, leading prisoners (?), full page, captioned on second page, Hodson returning from ye Slaughter of ye Pandies | His trusty Sword he had girded on | The knaves he strung behind him. Two pagesc. See images.

[ F.R. Maunsell; Delhi; Indian Mutiny; Pamphlet ] The Siege of Delhi. A Record by a Survivor who filled an important post at the 'Glorious' Siege.

Author: 
[ F.R. Maunsell, K.C.B. ]
Delhi
Publication details: 
London Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd, 1912
£80.00
Delhi

Pamphlet, 23pp., 8vo, with addendum slip, green wraps quite heavily sunned, contents good condition. Copies in copyright libraries plus NY.

[ J.O.; Book ] The Story of the Mhow Court-Martial with Notes and an Appendix

Author: 
J. O. [Jacob Omnium, pseud., i.e. M. J. Higgins.]
Mhow
Publication details: 
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 65 Cornhill, 1864
£120.00
Mhow

[iv].80pp., 8vo, beige paper wraps, dusted, good condition. Reprinted from the Cornhill Magazine of November 1863. This edition scarce, copies recorded in BL, North Carolina and Australia.

[ Cosens and Wallace; authorial inscription; book ] Fatehgarh and the Mutiny.

Author: 
Lt.Col. F.R. Cosens and C.L. Wallace.
Fatehgarh
Publication details: 
Lucknow: Newul Kishore Press, 1933
£150.00
Fatehgarh

Pp.[viii].276, 5 fdg maps, typewritten addenda inserted, hinge strain, wear and tear, ex lib Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (cancellation stamp). See image. INSCRIBED BY ONE OF THE AUTHORS: To Mother and Olive | from | F.R. Cosens.

[ Jesse Collings ] Autograph Note Signed Jesse Collings to My Dear Cobb [presumably Henry Peyton Cobb, later Liberal MP for Rugby ] about his victory.

Author: 
Jesse Collings [ (1831–1920), Mayor of Birmingham, a Liberal (later Liberal Unionist) MP ].
Publication details: 
Edgbaston B[irmingha]m, 7 Oct[?] 1885.
£28.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. Well done - I waited for news & was glad.- I heartily congratulate you for your fight & victory - King regards & congratulations to Mrs. Cobb.~28~AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT BIRMINGHAM LIBERAL PARTY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT/~ ~0~OL59~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 22993~16/04/2020~False~W.G. Henderson [ The Very Rev William George Henderson DD (1819[1]–1905), Dean of Carlisle from 1884 to 1905 ].~[ W.G. Henderson; Surtees Society ] Autograph Letter Signed W G Henderson to an unnamed correspondent about Surtees Society publications.~Magdalen College, Oxford, 28 Jan.

[Yurievskaya ] Autograph Card Signed "Princesse Yourievsky" to unnamed female correspondent, in French, profusely thanking her for a gift destined for the "Hopital russe"

Author: 
Princess Catherine Dolgorukova (1847-1922), long-time mistress of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and later given the title Princess Yurievskaya
Romanovs
Publication details: 
Nice, 13 Fevrier 1916
£450.00
Romanovs

Card, 13 x 10cm, text on both sides, card with attractive coloured and embossed royal insignia. "Permettez-moi de vous dire combien je suis touchee de votre don genereux d'un tableau, [?] par vous-meme qhe vous verrez de m'envoyer pour l'hopital russe. | Il est bien joli et nous tacherons de le mettre au lotterie, pour augmenter les fonds de l'Hopital, dont il a besoin souvent. | Avec mes vifs remerciements [...]" See image of first side.

[Edinburgh, 1832: 'The first voting which took place on the Reform Bill'.] Manuscript 'Copy of Entry in the Register of Qualified Voters for the City of Edinburgh', signed by Carlyle Bell, Conjunct-Clerk, on George Berry of Antigua Street.

Author: 
Carlyle Bell (c.1779-1850), Conjunct-Clerk [joint town clerk] of the the City of Edinburgh [Great Reform Act, 1832]
Publication details: 
Entry dated 13 September 1832.
£350.00

A nice piece of Edinburgh historical ephemera. See the entry on George Berry (1795-c.1874), the first man to register to vote there following the passing the Great Reform Act, in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1874-1875, where he is described as 'an enthusiastic "Free Trader"'. 40 x 10 cm slip of laid paper, with printed form on one side, headed 'COPY of ENTRY in the REGISTER of QUALIFIED VOTERS for the CITY of EDINBURGH.' In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with clean vertical cut unobtrusively repaired with archival tape.

[Thomas Frankland and Others; Stirling and Dumbarton Castles] Manuscript [Document[ Signed by Members of Parliament in command of the Ordnance, "Tho[mas] Frankland", Thomas Erle (also distinguished soldier), Thomas Wheate and Edward Ashe

Author: 
Thomas Erle, Thomas Frankland and Others [Stirling and Dumbarton Castles]
Ordnance
Publication details: 
[Office of his Majesty's Ordnance], 25 Feb. 1717/18
£1,250.00
Ordnance

A fragile survival. One page, 20 x 22cm, small closed tears, foxing, minimal loss of two or three letters, text fully legible as follows: "Whereas it is requisite and necessary that [an?] Advance of Money should be made for paying for the Repairs at Sterling [sic] & Dumbarton Castles in North Brittain. We have therefore pursuant to an Ord[e]r this day of the Board Imprested unto James Luly the sum of Twenty pounds And we desire the Honble Harry Mordaunt Esq.

[Thomas Scott, Earl of Clonmell and Richard Butler, Earl of Glengall.] Signatures, with fourteen others, on PART of petition to the king for 'Pro[tection?]' from 'the unceasing efforts made by the Enem[ies?]'.

Author: 
Thomas Scott (1783-1838), 2nd Earl of Clonmell and Richard Butler, Earl of Glengall; Clonmell, County Tipperary, Ireland
Clonmel
Publication details: 
[Clonmell, County Tipperary, Ireland.] Without date [but Georgian, and after 1816].
£400.00
Clonmel

The earldom of Glengall was created in 1816 for Lord Cahir who died three years later; the second and last earl held the title from 1819 to his death in 1858. Another of the signatories, Dr Richard Burgess, was active in Clonmell in the Regency period. On one side of 24 x 19 cm piece of watermarked laid paper. Clearly the left hand half (only) of a 24 x 38 cm petition addressed 'To the Kings Most Excellent Majesty'. In fair condition, aged and worn, with closed tears and chipping along one edge, and one signature cut away, leaving only the acronym 'D.

[Sir William Gifford, Governor of Greenwich Hospital.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm: Gifford'), regarding a petition to the Queen from 'the Commissrs: and Directors of the Royal Hospital', and raising of funds for the 'House and Park'

Author: 
Sir William Gifford (c.1649-1724), Royal Navy officer, Member of Parliament, and Governor of Greenwich Hospital, 1708-1714
Gifford
Gifford2
Publication details: 
Without place or date [prior to 1708].
£750.00
Gifford
Gifford2

On one side of a piece of laid paper, top half torn off and missing, leaving the conclusion of the letter. Roughly 11 x 17.5 cm. Thirteen full lines of text, with two partial lines along the tear at the top edge. A frail item, in fair condition, aged and worn. See Gifford's entry in the History of Parliament. The letter, apparently addressed to an individual at the Admiralty or the Treasury, concerns a part of the tortuous process of raising finances for the conversion of the Queen's House into the hospital.

[Lady Hester Stanhope, adventurer and socialite.] Three Autograph Letters Signed ('H Stanhope' and 'H. S.') to Mrs Evelyn of St Clere, with gossip regarding 'the Otways', Lady Frederick Campbell and Charles West.

Author: 
Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839), adventurer, traveller and socialite [Mrs. Frances Evelyn (1764-1837), wife of Alexander Evelyn [ne Hume] (c.1859-1837) of St Clere, Kent]
Publication details: 
One 'Thursday night' and one 'Monday'. Without date or place.
£1,500.00

All three letters with their seals in red wax, the first two intact and the third damaged. All addressed to 'Mrs Evelyn | St Clere'. Gossipy, energetic and characteristic letters. The references to Lady Frederick Campbell date the letters to before her death in a fire in 1807. ONE: Letter written on 'Monday', and signed 'H Stanhope'. 5pp., 12mo. Bifolium and single leaf, the latter acting as the envelope, with text on one side and address with seal on the other. The letter begins: 'You will think I fear my dear Mrs Evelyn there is no end to my eternal scribbles.

[Kamehameha IV, King of Hawaii.] Autograph Letter in the third person, to the British Representative on Hawaii, W. W. F. Synge, declining 'Mr. Allan's invitation' and thanking him for the loan of a magazine.

Author: 
Kamehameha IV [born Alexander ?Iolani Liholiho] (1834-1863), fourth King of Hawaii, 1855-1863 [William Webb Follett Synge (1826-1891), diplomat and author]
Hawaian
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'Hamaikamalama [sic] | Sunday Morning.' No date, but between 1861 and 1863.
£950.00
Hawaian

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Hamaikamalama [sic] | Sunday Morning. | The King wishes to acknowledge Mr. Synge's Kindness in sending him the “Saturday Review”, which will be returned after perusal. - | The King & Queen regret they cannot accept Mr. Allan's invitation to be of the morning's riding party. - | To H. B. M. Representative'. For information on the recipient William Webb Follett Synge, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.

[Slavery in Hinds County, Mississippi.] Manuscript 'list of the property Appraised belonging to the Estate of D P Perkins Dec[ease]d', including page of slaves valued at $11150, signed by the three appraisers. With warrant by Judge H. G. Johnston.

Author: 
Slavery in Hinds County, Mississippi; estate of Daniel P. Perkins (died 1841); Judge H. G. Johnston; J. J. Birdsong; Dr Edward W. Eckles; George C. Porter
Publication details: 
Johnston's warrant: The State of Mississippi, Hinds County. 26 January 1842. Manuscript 'appraisment [sic]' of same date.
£950.00

Two documents attached with wafers. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Authorisation, signed by 'H G Johnston', 'Judge of Probate of the county of Hinds', issued 28 October 1841, with sworn agreement to act as appraisers, signed by three men, 26 January 1842. 1p., 12mo. Printed form, completed in manuscript. Headed 'The State of Mississippi, | Hinds County.' Signed by 'H G Johnston' and his clerk 'S S. Scott'. Sworn with signatures of the three appraisers 'J J Birdsong', 'E. W. Eckles' and George. C.

[Slavery in Wilcox County, Alabama; LIst ] Manuscript 'Account of Sales of the Estate of Wm. Fisher dec[ease]d.' by Green A. Fisher

Author: 
Slavery in Wilcox County, Alabama; Estate of William Fisher (died 1835); Green A. Fisher
Publication details: 
The State of Alabama, Wilcox County. 21 December 1835.
£900.00

4pp., foolscap 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Headed with the date of the sale 'December 4th 1835'. At end: 'The State of Alabama | Wilcox County | Came into open Court Green A. Fisher one of the Executors of the last will & testament of William Fisher decd. who being duly sworn deposeth & saith that the forgoing is a correct account of the sales of said decedents Estate so far as the same have come to his hands | Sworn to & Subscribed in Open Court this 21st Decr. 1835'. Received, with illegible signature, on same date.

[ Sean T. O'Kelly, Republican ] Autograph (brief) Curriculum Vitae Signed "With best wishes from | Sean T. O'Kelly"

Author: 
Sean T. O'Kelly, sometime President of the Republic of Ireland (1882-1956)
Publication details: 
No date, printed address in Irish.
£500.00

One page, 4to, edges sl chipped. mainly good condition, complete. He follows his best wishes (see above) with information about the (formal) political positions he has occupied from President (giving dates of inauguration and retirement ); place of birth (Wellington St, Dublin); when elected to the Dublin Council and Parliament; when Minister for Local Government; and for Finance; when Deputy Prime Minister; current residence at Roundwood Park. Overleaf his name and title (President) in another hand.

[Standish]The Antient Usage In Bearing of such Ensigns of Honour ... commonly call'd Arms. With A Catalogue of the present Nobility and Baronets of England. ['Catalogue of Books Printed ... Theatre in Oxford [...] sold in London, by Moses Pitt' at end.]

Author: 
[ Myles Standish; Miles Standish ] Sir William Dugdale, Garter Principal King of Arms [Catalogue of Books Printed at the Theater in Oxford; Moses Pitt, bookseller of St Paul's]
Publication details: 
The Second Edition Corrected, 1682. Oxford: Printed at the Theater for Moses Pitt, and sold by Samuel Smith at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-Yard, London.
£650.00

12mo, [viii] + 210 pp, together with four unpaginated pages before p. 79 and two unpaginated pages before p. 165. With fold-out list of Knights of the Garter. Includes a "Catalogue of the Nobility of Ireland". On aged paper, in worn eighteenth-century binding, modern rebacking. Ownership inscription, at head of p.1, 'Mary Standish of Standish - Her Book' (suggesting a relationship with Myles Standish, pioneer American); and a couple of ownership initials on title-page.

[ Admiral Duncan. ] Autograph Signature ('G B Rodney'), approving a bill of exchange for £1500 to pay 'Mess Ewbank Kendall and Ewbank' 'for Ordnance' of 'His Majestys Fleet at Jamaica' after the Battle of the Saintes.

Author: 
Admiral Rodney [ George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney ] (1718-1792), British naval officer, prominent in the American War of Independence, and victor over the French in 1782 at the Battle of the Sa
Rodney
Publication details: 
Office of Ordnance, Kingston, Jamaica. 30 June 1782.
£350.00
Rodney

A printed form, completed in manuscript, on one side of an 8vo landscape leaf of thin laid paper. In fair condition: the signature is good and firm at one side of the page, the other side having a vertical cut – through the signatures of Robert Benton and 'G: C.' – which has been repaired on the reverse with gummed paper.

[ Sir Eric Ashton Carpenter, President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. ] 77 speeches and papers by him, with related material, on industrial and economic topics, including material relating to a 1952 Trade Mission to South Africa and Rhodesia.

Author: 
Sir Eric A. Carpenter [ Sir Eric Ashton Carpenter ] (1896-1973), President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, banker and industrialist [ Williams Deacon's Bank; South Africa; Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) ]
Publication details: 
Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Lancashire, and other organisations. Almost all 1944 and 1956.
£500.00

Carpenter, who was knighted in 1951, 'For services as President, Manchester Chamber of Commerce', was a leading Manchester industrialist and banker. Among the numerous positions listed in his entry in Who Was Who, he was for 40 years the chairman and managing director of the Manchester cotton manufacturers Greg Brothers & Co., and for 21 years a director of Williams Deacon's Bank (serving as chairman for 12 years), a leading member of the Cotton and Rayon Merchants' Association, the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, and the International Chamber of Commerce.

[ William Johnstone, General Merchant of Launceston, Van Diemen's Land [ Tasmania ].] Manuscript accounts of six Australian firms with him: William Bayles; Henry Burge; Westgarth, Ross & Co.; Lewis Cohen; Du Croz, Nichols & Co.; Moses Moss.

Author: 
William Johnstone (c.1819-1874), General Merchant, Launceston, Van Diemen's Land [ Tasmania ]; William Bayles; Henry Burge; Westgarth, Ross & Co.; Lewis Cohen; Du Croz, Nichols & Co.; Moses Moss
Publication details: 
[ Launceston, Van Diemen's Land [ Tasmania ]; and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. ] Between 1853 and 1866.
£450.00

See William Johnstone's obituary in the Illustrated Tasmanian News, May 1874. He was born in England and left Somerset for Van Diemen's Land in 1841. He set up in business the following year in Launceston, which had been founded in 1806, and is said to be the third oldest colonial settlement in Australia, after Sydney and Hobart..As the years proceeded he prospered spectacularly, and by the time of his death he was so highly esteemed, that 'many places of business had the front windows partially closed while the shipping in port and the Town Hall had the Union Jack hoisted at half mast'.

[ Lord John Manners (later the Duke of Rutland). ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Manners'), recounting 'a curious episode' at a 'dinner given in the Temple by Mr. Hayward to Louis Blanc'.

Author: 
John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland [ Lord John Manners before 1888 ] (1818-1906), politician [ Abraham Hayward (1801-1884), author; Louis Blanc (1818-1882), French socialist politician ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 3 Cambridge Gate, Regent's Park. [ London ] 8 August 1885.
£100.00

4pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'I have a very distinct recollection of the dinner given in the Temple by Mr. Hayward to Louis Blanc, in consequence of a curious episode connected with it which I have often related.' He proceeds to tell the anecdote, which tells how Blanc, 'eager for information respecting the Constitution of the country which was sheltering him', is enlightened by fellow guests 'in a rather solid way'. 'This bored old Mr.

[ Hugh Foss, Bletchley Park codebreaker ] Draft Autograph Letter UNSIGNED with substantial corrections, all in Foss's hand, to a "Miss Kaye" thanking her fopr a "pleasant evening's dancing".

Author: 
Hugh Foss [ Hugh Rose Foss ] (1902-1971), British cryptanalyst, a Bletchley Park codebreaker [Japanese; Chelsea Reel Club (for Scottish country dancing); German Enigma Code; Japanese Naval Codes ]
Publication details: 
No place or date. Written on notepaper with printed heading "Hon. Secretary, London Fencing Club."
£90.00

Foss was a distinguished cryptanalyst, and his career is described in his entry in the Oxford DNB. At Bletchley Park during the Second World War he was the first person to decode a day's worth of the German Enigma Code (in 1940); and heading the Japanese Naval Section in Hut 7 (between 1942 and 1943). His wife Alison (née Graham, 1908-1979) inspired his interest in Scottish country dancing in the early 1930s. He was Vice-President of the Chelsea Reel Club on its formation in 1935; and became Chairman in 1938.

[ Leon Gautier ] Autograph Letter Signed " Leon Gautier" to M. l'abbe Misset, scholar and collector, about the correction of errors for a new edition of his (Gautier's) "Adam de St Victor"

Author: 
Leon Gautier, [Émile Théodore Léon Gautier (1832–1897), French literary historian.]
Publication details: 
8 rue Varin, [Paris], 10 Nov. 1893. In French.
£60.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. In his best hand. He asks for a "petit service". "Je fais une nouvelle edition de mon Adam de St Victor et je viens vous demander de m'indiquer les corrections que vour jugeriez a propos de faire dans mon 2e edition." He holds his corrections in high regard, outlining further what help he is asking for. Note: Gautier thanks the Abbe Mittet in his Preface.

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