Literature

Long manuscript of an early Victorian poem entitled 'The last of the Hohen Stauffens', divided into three sections: 'Italy', 'The Morning of the Execution' and 'The Execution'. With a number of emendations and deletions.

Author: 
[Anonymous Victorian poem ('Written for Dublin about 1843') titled 'The Last of the Hohen Stauffens', on the execution of Conradine, 1268.]
 Victorian poem entitled 'The last of the Hohen Stauffens'
Publication details: 
Undated, but on paper watermarked 1841, and docketed 'Written for Dublin about 1843'.
£125.00
 Victorian poem entitled 'The last of the Hohen Stauffens'

Folio, 11 pp. On the rectos of eleven leaves of Britannia paper watermarked 'W H FELLOWS | 1841'. Held together with string. Text clear and complete. In ink, with deletions and emendations in pencil. Good, on aged paper. Docketed on reverse of last leaf. The subject of the poem is the execution of Conradine in the market square in Naples, 29 October 1268. The first section (3 pp) begins 'Italia fair Italia unto thee, | Was beauty given twice with misery, | At once the loveliest and the loveliest clime, | Thou wert the seat of Empire, and of crime; [...]'.

[Privately printed volume.] Winchester, and a few other Compositions in Prose and Verse. [by Rev. Charles Townsend, Rector of Kingston-by-Sea, Sussex]

Author: 
[Charles Townsend, Rector of Kingston-by-Sea, Sussex]
Publication details: 
[Privately printed.] Winchester: James Robbins, College Street. 1835.
£350.00

Townsend was a member of the Holland House circle. Two of his poems were compared favourably with Wordsworth by J. G. Lockhart. 4to, 80 pp, followed by a manuscript leaf, paginated 81 and 82, with the poems 'Sonnet, On Viewing St Paul's from Blackfriar's Bridge' and 'Sonnet | Richmond late in the Evening'. In original brown cloth boards, worn, rebacked and repaired, with 'WINCHESTER.' in gilt on front. Internally sound and tight, on aged paper. Tipped on the recto of the front free endpaper is a presentation inscription: 'With the Authors | Kind regards:- | Jany: 30th: 1837'.

Autograph Note Signed ('A Lang') from the Scottish writer Andrew Lang to an unnamed male recipient.

Author: 
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist
Publication details: 
25 January [no year]; St Andrews.
£28.00
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist

12mo, 1 p. Fair, on aged paper. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium, with a cutting carrying a photographic portrait of 'Mr. Andrew Lang' tipped-in at right-angles below the text. The verso of the blank second leaf of the bifolium is tipped-in onto a larger piece of paper removed from an album, onto which a magazine cutting carrying a reproduction of a drawing of Lang is laid down, captioned 'Andrew Lang writes on The Progress of Literature in the Nineteenth Century'. Lang writes that he 'never received' his correspondent's 'paper on the drama: your Letter arrived, but no M.S.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('EVL') from E. V. Lucas to 'My dear <Reed?>', concerning his 'Shakespeare drawings'.

Author: 
E. V. Lucas [Edward Verrall Lucas] (1868-1938), author, authority on Charles Lamb, and chairman of the publishers Methuen & Co.
E. V. Lucas [Edward Verrall Lucas] (1868-1938), author
Publication details: 
Undated. On letterhead of the Savoy Hotel, London.
£56.00
E. V. Lucas [Edward Verrall Lucas] (1868-1938), author

12mo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. Lucas's handwriting is not straightforward, and the recipient's name is unclear. His 'Shakespeare drawings' are 'first rate'. Lucas retires 'into private life again' on the Monday, when 'O. S.' returns.

Long unpublished autograph poem signed by Mrs Acton Tindal on the death of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce in 1873, beginning 'A jennet stumbled on a grassy knoll'.

Author: 
Mrs Acton Tindal [Henrietta Euphemia Harrison] (c.1817-1879), English poet [Bishop Samuel Wilberforce (1805-1873)]
Mrs Acton Tindal on the death of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce
Publication details: 
Signed at end 'Mrs. Acton Tindal - Manor House - Aylesbury'.
£165.00
Mrs Acton Tindal on the death of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce

Folio, 9 pp. Unpublished. Written in landscape, with the title ('Samuel Wilberforce - DD | Bishop of Winchester | July 19th. 1873') on the first leaf and the poem on the following eight. The leaves held together with pink string. On paper watermarked 'EDWIN PARR | DULCOTE MILLS | 1861'. Text clear and complete. The commencement sets the tone of the poem, fully worthy of its subject 'Soapy Sam': 'A jennet stumbled on a grassy knoll - | And without sound or sign | Passed from Time's foremost rank a peerless Soul - | A Chief by right divine.

[Account of the elaborate arrangements made for Voltaire's funeral by the French Revolutionaries in the] Gazette Nationale ou le Moniteur Universel, no.194.

Author: 
[Funeral of Voltaire]
Account of the elaborate arrangements made for Voltaire's funeral
Publication details: 
13 Juillet 1791.
£56.00
Account of the elaborate arrangements made for Voltaire's funeral

Disbound, pp.[101]-108, some staining mainly good condition, account of funeral pp.107-108.

[Booklet] Honey and Gall (Studies in Mystic Materialism)

Author: 
Llewellyn Powys, author
Honey and Gall (Studies in Mystic Materialism)
Publication details: 
Little Blue Book No.534, Haldeman-Julius Company, Girard, Kansas, [1924]
£120.00
Honey and Gall (Studies in Mystic Materialism)

64pp., c.8.5 x 12.5cm, fair condition, covers faded to beige rather than blue. Inscribed (slightly faded) on front cover Gertrude M. Powys | Easter 1945 | from Alyse. Alyse Gregory, American suffragist and writer, wife of Llewellyn Powys. Gertrude Powys, artist sister of the Powys brothers. The title-page has been inscribed by the husband of a member of the Powys Society who was giving the booklet to Margaret Eaton, bookseller (Peter Eaton), also a member of the Powys Society. Enclosed: Photograph, 15 x 8cm, probably of aged Llewellyn Powys reading a book

Autograph Letter Signed Jack Pritchard, furniture designer, to Molly [Rosemary (Molly) Cooke], his future wife, a sprightly letter with eccentric presentation about a book she apparently published anonymously .

Author: 
Jack Pritchard, British furniture designer (1899–1992).
Autograph Letter Signed Jack Pritchard, furniture designer
Publication details: 
Pembroke College, Oxford, [1921]
£225.00
Autograph Letter Signed Jack Pritchard, furniture designer

FURNITURE DESIGNER AUTOGRAPH CAMBRIDGE UNDERGRADUATE WOMEN POETRY POEMS

[Autograph Manuscript] A Little Romance of 'P.W.' ['P.W.' = Pearson's Weekly]

Author: 
William Le Queux, novelist
William Le Queux, novelist
Publication details: 
No date.
£750.00
William Le Queux, novelist

ARCTIC LAPLAND LAPPLAND LITERATURE SHORT STORY PERIODICAL

Part-Manuscript] Publishing Agreement Signed by parties for The Royal Nursery A.B.C. Book [childrens's book] with publisher, Edward Chapman (formerly Chapman & Hall),

Author: 
Anthony R. Montalba [A. Whitehill), author (apparently Swedish father of sculptress Henriett Montalba)
Publishing Agreement Signed by parties for The Royal Nursery A.B.C. Book
Publication details: 
[London], 2 November 1848
£95.00
Publishing Agreement Signed by parties for The Royal Nursery A.B.C. Book

One page, folio, part-printed, part manuscript, edges chipped, small closed tears on fold marks and at top and bottom edges, some staining but text clear and complete. The document gives the terms they agree, and Montalba has added I acknowledge the receipt of £50 the signatures for which [?] various sums stand in the cash book-as payment for the wood cuts for the above work & which is to [be] charged in the account | ARMontalba. Note: According to the BLC this work was written by A.Whitehill, translating Montalba.

Original Typescript of an anonymous poem entitled 'The Ludlow Hunt Alphabet. An Adaptation.' ['The Ludlow Alphabet. An Adaptation.']

Author: 
[The Ludlow Hunt; fox-hunting; field sports; Sir William Michael Curtis (1859-1916)]
The Ludlow Hunt Alphabet. An Adaptation
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated. [Before 1906.]
£165.00
The Ludlow Hunt Alphabet. An Adaptation

4to, 6 pp, with a seventh leaf carrying the title 'The Ludlow Hunt Alphabet. An Adaptation.' (The title at the head of the poem itself is 'The Ludlow Alphabet. An Adaptation.') A genuine typescript, and not a reproduction. A poem of 128 lines, divided into 32 4-line stanzas. Fair, on aged paper, with the last leaf laid down on a leaf of an autograph album, with traces of a newspaper cutting on the reverse. Consisting of playful references to members of the Hunt, arranged alphabetically. First stanza: 'A's for Allcroft, on chestnut | With frontlet of blue.

Autograph Reference Signed for Mr. J. Buzzacott. With his calling card

Author: 
Louis Zangwill, novelist and printer
Louis Zangwill, novelist and printer
Publication details: 
[headed] 24 Oxford Road, Kilburn, N.W., 19 Feb. 1894.
£56.00
Louis Zangwill, novelist and printer

One page, 12mo, good condition, saying Mr. J. Buzzacott was in my employment in the capacity of compositor (apprentice) at my printing works, 12 Wilson St., Finsbury, for about two years, and during the whole of that time was satisfactory with respect to conduct, work, & punctuality. He is a gentlemanly lad & I can recommend him. With Zangwill's calling card, name and address printed, adding With complements embracing his name.

Autograph Note Signed to Riverita Signora od Amica.

Author: 
Terenzio Mamiani, Italian Poet.
Terenzio Mamiani, Italian Poet.
Publication details: 
Coat of arms of the Ministero delli Istruzione, Rome 1883 in different hand.
£36.00
Terenzio Mamiani, Italian Poet.

One page, 12mo, good condition. See scan for contents.

Autograph Letter Signed from 'E L'Estrange' to Charles Manby, proposing to present a copy of the [her?] three-decker novel 'Westminster Abbey' [by Emma Robinson].

Author: 
E. L'Estrange aka ?Emma Robinson (1814-1890), English novelist [Charles Manby]
E. L'Estrange aka ?Emma Robinson
Publication details: 
9 May 1854; no place.
£56.00
E. L'Estrange aka ?Emma Robinson

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. 51 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper. Chatty and spirited letter. 'I propose myself the honour and pleasure (seldom indeed, save in common parlance!) of paying you a visit, - to present you with a copy of "Westminster Abbey"', which has 'emerged from the press in the orthodox three volumes'. Does not want to give him 'an excuse for not flashing your eye through it'.

Victorian silhouette portraits of Shakespeare and Scott, cut from wood and laid down on a specially-designed printed background, captioned 'The profile is produced in an ordinary lathe, by the common process of turning by <ACW?>'.

Author: 
[ACW?] [Victorian wooden silhouettes of Shakespeare and Scott']
Victorian silhouette portraits of Shakespeare and Scott
Publication details: 
Undated [Circa 1860?].
£56.00
Victorian silhouette portraits of Shakespeare and Scott

In brown wood. Both profiles looking leftwards; with that on the left ('SHAKESPEARE') 4 x 3 cm; and that on the left ('SCOTT') 5 x 3.5 cm. Each within a specially-designed printed oval frame, with Shakespeare's consisting of two red roses with thorns, and that of Scott consisting of two thistles with thorns. The caption is placed towards the bottom between the two portraits. The monogram of the individual or firm responsible appears to read 'ACW'.

[Printed handbill libretto.] The House that Jack built. A Nursery Cantata. With Solos, Choruses, and Incidental Music, Composed expressly for the Royal Aquarium, by Mr. George Fox. The Juvenile Troupe, Under the Direction of Mr. J. E. Nolan.

Author: 
George Fox [The Juvenile Troupe; J. E. Nolan; The Royal Aquarium and Winter Garden, London; Hutchins & Romer, Conduit Street]
The House that Jack built. A Nursery Cantata
Publication details: 
[Circa 1880.] 'The Music Published by Messrs Hutchins & Romer, Conduit Street, Regent Street'.
£56.00
The House that Jack built. A Nursery Cantata

Small 4to, 4 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. Fair, on browned high-acidity paper. Neat strip of stub from mounting in album still adhering to inner margin of verso of second leaf. Headed 'Words.' All but first chorus in double-column. A mixture of the original 'House that Jack built' with 'Jack and Jill'. Begins with 'Chorus. - "This is the house that Jack built."', the first lines of which are 'Our labours are done, our recompense won, | And anger has been on no back spilt, | So now with one voice we'll laugh and rejoice | As this is the house that Jack built.' Characters are: Mr.

Autograph Letter Signed from the journalist and music critic Charles Lewis Gruneisen to Sir George Clark

Author: 
Charles Lewis Gruneisen (1806-1879), English journalist and music critic [Sir George Clark]
Autograph Letter Signed from the editor & music critic Charles Lewis Gruneisen
Publication details: 
7 October 1852; 16 Surrey Street, Strand, London.
£120.00
Autograph Letter Signed from the editor & music critic Charles Lewis Gruneisen

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. 48 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Attached, in a windowpane, to a leaf detached from an autograph album. He 'fell in, at Newport, in South Wales, with a youth of extraordinary ability as a player on the Harp - not the Welsh, but the Gothic instrument'. Although the youth, named 'Pollock', is 'Harpist to Lady Morgan', his income 'is scanty and fluctuating'. Exclaims 'What is to be done, Sir George!

Autograph Signature of Samuel Rogers ['Saml Rogers'], 'the Banker Poet', on cheque drawn on his own bank, Messrs Rogers, Olding, Sharpe & Co.

Author: 
Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), 'the Banker Poet', friend of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Byron
Autograph Signature of Samuel Rogers ['Saml Rogers'], 'the Banker Poet'
Publication details: 
30 July 1849. Messrs Rogers, Olding, Sharpe & Co, 29 Clements Lane, Lombard Street.
£125.00
Autograph Signature of Samuel Rogers ['Saml Rogers'], 'the Banker Poet'

Around the size of a modern cheque. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. A nice item, considering Rogers' background. A printed cheque for £40 cash, written out to himself (as 'S R'). With a lattice of five lines over Rogers' signature ('Saml Rogers') indicating payment. Denominations to be paid indicated on back.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed correspondent on medical matters, including vaccination.

Author: 
Henry Hallam, Historian, Friend of Tennyson.
Henry Hallam, Historian, Friend of Tennyson.
Publication details: 
67 Wimpole Street, March 19 [pencil note suggests 1857].
£75.00
Henry Hallam, Historian, Friend of Tennyson.

Three pages, 8vo, some damage, but text clear and complete, tear at fold of bifolium despite attempt to repair with sellotape., He has been asked by a friend to get an answer about the diseases of camels, quoting his enquiry in which one, Photoshootui (if I read the word right), is described, and referring to ancient sources and Native opinion. His correspondent is engaged in a popular treatise, or history, of vaccination. Hallam hopes for references to Western books that might give information.

Autograph Letter Signed from the publisher J. W. Arrowsmith ['J W Arrowsmith'] to Clement Shorter, attempting to gain a review for a book of poems by John Gregory, published by Arrowsmith.

Author: 
J. W. Arrowsmith [James William Arrowsmith] (1839-1913), Bristol printer and publisher [Clement Shorter (1857-1926); Sir Richard Gregory (1864-1952)]
Autograph Letter Signed from the publisher J. W. Arrowsmith
Publication details: 
15 February [1907.] On his letterhead ('J W Arrowsmith | Publisher | Bristol').
£45.00
Autograph Letter Signed from the publisher J. W. Arrowsmith

12mo, 1 p. Ten lines. Clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Letterhead in red. Headed 'My Garden' (in 1907 Arrowsmith published 'My Garden and other Poems by John Gregory. With an appreciation by E. J. Watson'). He wonders whether the book is 'worth notice'. 'There is no mistake about Gregory being a working man [he was a cobbler]. His son is Prof. of astronomy and Assistant Editor of Nature'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Rupert Hart-Davis ['Rupert'] to 'My dear Roger [Senhouse]' on his retirement.

Author: 
Rupert Hart-Davis [Sir Rupert Charles Hart-Davis] (1907-1999), publisher and writer [Roger Senhouse (1899-1970), publisher and translator]
Letter Signed from Rupert Hart-Davis
Publication details: 
19 November 1962; on 36 Soho Square letterhead.
£35.00
Letter Signed from Rupert Hart-Davis

12mo, 1 p. Nine lines. Text clear and complete. Begins 'Selfishly I can't help feeling sad at the announcement of your retirement', which means that he will see 'even less' of him. He rejoices at Senhouse's 'liberation' and sends him 'all love and blessings - not unmixed with envy'.

Autograph Letter Signed from W. R. Arrowsmith ['W R Arrowsmith'], containing a list of books he is selling. Priced by the recipient.

Author: 
W. R. Arrowsmith [William Robson Arrowsmith] (1813-1887), Victorian Shakespeare commentator
Autograph Letter Signed from W. R. Arrowsmith
Publication details: 
30 March 1858. Kinsham Court, Presteigne.
£65.00
Autograph Letter Signed from W. R. Arrowsmith

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. On aged paper, with a spike-hole with closed tear from hole to edge of both leaves. No loss to text. He is sending 'a list of the books that I wish to part with in order that upon the exchange for a Dyce's Shakspeare, one settlement of our account might suffice.' There follows a list of the books over around 40 lines, beginning with 'Tyndewood's Procinciale Fol. calf. neat. Best edition' and ending with 'Kennet's Impropriations 1 vol calf'. Includes 'Solomon & Perseda 1599'. The recipient has written '£6 .

[Printed Prospectus] The Satirist; or, Monthly Meteor.

Author: 
[Periodical; magazine]
The Satirist; or, Monthly Meteor.
Publication details: 
[Samuel Tipper, publisher, Leadenhall Street] T. Gillet, Printer, Wild-court
£125.00
The Satirist; or, Monthly Meteor.

Four pages, 8vo, sl. chipped and sunned but mainly good, stab-holes. It autlines plans and describes The Proprietors of the Satirist as a society of private gentlemen, whose literary connections are peculiarly extensive. They will follow the same spirited plan which fomerly distinguished the Antijacobin newspaper. Subjects to be Poetry, Literature, Theatre, Politics, etc. NoteThe Satirist survived 7 years re. CBEL (1807-1814)..

Autograph Letter Signed from Camilla Toulmin [Mrs Newton Crosland] to an unnamed male recipient, containing a passage from her poem 'Lines on Mr. Johnstone's Picture of the Covenanters' Marriage'.

Author: 
Camilla Toulmin [Camilla Dufour Toulmin] (1812-1895), later wife of Newton Crosland (1819-1899), English author and poet
Autograph Letter Signed from Camilla Toulmin
Publication details: 
23 September 1846; London.
£85.00
Autograph Letter Signed from Camilla Toulmin

4to, 1 p. In reply to a request for an autograph, she feels 'flattered'. She has copied out seven lines from her poem 'Lines on Mr. Johnstone's Picture of the Covenanters' Marriage' (which was published in 'The New Monthly Belle Assemblée' of 1844).

[Printed] Hand and Soul [Unbound sheets].

Author: 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Publication details: 
"for private circulation only", Leonard Jay [1930]
£350.00
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Colophon: "Here endeth the story of Hand & Soul by Dante Gabrile Rossetti which has been set in eighteen-point Garamond type. Designed and printed by Leonard Jay; assisted by Vernon S. Ganderton, presswork; Henry S. Sands, decorative title page; A. Michael Fletcher and Frances Woof, lettering. Sixty-five copies only have been printed on an Hayle Milltoned paper in black, red, and green, for private circulation only." It's followed by Jay's Phoenix device.

Autograph Note Signed from the Punch illustrator Charles Keene ('Charles S. Keene') to fellow-artist Frank Walton.

Author: 
Charles Keene [Charles S. Keene; Charles Samuel Keene] (1823-1891), English illustrator, known for his work for 'Punch' [Frank Walton (1840-1928), artist]
Autograph Note Signed from the Punch illustrator Charles Keene
Publication details: 
Undated. 55 Baker Street, London.
£45.00
Autograph Note Signed from the Punch illustrator Charles Keene

12mo, 1 p. Fair, on aged paper folded twice. He has 'no idea where the Graphotype Company "hail from" & cannot find out', despite making enquiries.

Typed Letter Signed to "Mr [J.E.] Scott", bibliographer of Rider Haggard, giving a publisher's response to Scott's bibliography of Haggard, but also revealing his own guidelines..

Author: 
Michael Sadleir, publisher, author, bookman.
Michael Sadleir, publisher, author, bookman
Publication details: 
[Headed] Constable and Company Ltd, 10 Orange St, London, WC2, 7 Sept. 1945.
£80.00
Michael Sadleir, publisher, author, bookman

One page, 8vo, good condition. " I fully appreciate the pains and enthusiasm which have gone into your Bibliography of RIDER HAGGARD, and admire the thoroughness with which the job is done. But I am afraid that I cannot in present circumstances see the bookas a proposition for a general publisher. It is Bibliography pure and simple, and does not pretend to deal with Haggard as a writer or to use his career in illustration of developments in publishing history.

W. H. Buckler's own copy of the offprint of his monograph 'Edward Buckler (1610-1706), poet and preacher', bound together with material relating to Buckler from 'Somerset Notes & Queries and an Autograph Letter Signed by Sir David Ross to Buckler.

Author: 
W. H. .Buckler; Sir David Ross (1877-1971), philosopher and Provost of Oriel College, Oxford [Edward Buckler, 17th century poet]
Publication details: 
Buckler's monograph: The Bibliographical Society, London, 1936. Somerset & Dorset Notes & Queries: Sherborne, 1937. Ross's letter: 15 February 1937, on letterhead of the Provost of Oriel College, Oxford.
£95.00

All items good, on lightly-aged paper. Ross's letter: 12mo, 1 p. Thanking Buckler for the piece of 'Orielania', and giving some information regarding the poet's connection with the college. The other items bound in grey boards with 'Edward Buckler 1936' on the spine. W. H. Buckler's monogram, with its original grey printed wraps, i + 5 pp (paginated 349-353). The title and relevant pages of the article '120. EDWARD BUCKLER' in 'Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset, June 1937, i + 4 pp (paginated 121-124).

[Manuscript] "Appeal to the Public for the descendents of De Foe" [Daniel Defoe]. With three MS. poems by Landor.

Author: 
Walter Savage Landor, Author (1775-1864)
Walter Savage Landor, Author
Publication details: 
Undated.
£950.00
Walter Savage Landor, Author

One page, 4to, tipped onto larger card, good condition. Forty-five lines excluding signature at base ("Walter Savage Landor"), text, worked over by Landor, as follows: The Public is informed that our gracious queen [sic], among her many acts of judicious beneficence, has granted a pension of 100£ a year to the lineal descendents, in the fourth degree, of Daniel De Foe. These are two aged women reduced to poverty and decrepitude.

Typed Note Initialled J.J. to L.E. Berman. With original envelope.

Author: 
John Johnson, Printer to the University of Oxford, founder of the Johnson Collection.
John Johnson, Printer to the University of Oxford
Publication details: 
[Headed] University Press Oxford, 6 March 1945.
£45.00
John Johnson, Printer to the University of Oxford

One page, 8vo, fold marks, good condition. No doubt our London House has told you that they are ordering a copy of SHAKESPEARE AND THE ACTORS for you.~35~SHAKESPEARE OUP OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS THEATRE AUTOGRAPH~ ~0~BT MSS 1~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 9764~16/09/2010~False~John Sparrow, Warden of All Souls, Bookman~Autograph Postcard SignedJ. to John Carter, c/o Sotheby's, Bookman.~Venezia, 24 Oct. 1971.~Good condition.

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