Royalty

Autograph Letter Signed "E. Albani" (soprano) to "Miss Knowles", presumably lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria

Author: 
Emma Albani, soprano
Autograph Letter Signed "E. Albani" (soprano)
Publication details: 
16 The Boltons, South Kensington, 10 July 1887.
£56.00
Autograph Letter Signed "E. Albani" (soprano)

Three pages, 12mo, good condition. She expresses delight at receiving a bouquet from "Her Royal Highness" and wishes her thanks for the latter's "kindness and consideration for me" to be conveyed to the Queen, an her appreciation expressed.

Part of an Autograph Letter, Third Person, to Richard Dighton, artist.

Author: 
[Prince of Wales; Albert Edward; Edward VII] W.Knollys, Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales
Letter, Third Person, to Richard Dighton, artist.
Publication details: 
Place and date not present.
£45.00
Letter, Third Person, to Richard Dighton, artist.

Two pages, 12mo, one stain, fold marks, sl. grubby, text clear, as follows: The Prince of Wales has at the same time desired Sir W. Knollys to tell My Dighton that H.R.H. thinks the likeness of the King of the Belgians would be much improved if he could make the nose a little longer and the beard a little darker -- The portrait shall therefore remain in Sir W. Knollys's room should nr Dighton wish to take it away with the view of making the improvements which the Prince has suggested. A list of names in pencil (Dighton's hand) has been added, including Thomas Baring and Combermere.

[Printed handbill] Metropolitian Borough of St. Pancras. Celebration in St. Pancras of the Coronation of their Majesties the King and Queen. [King George V and Queen Mary.]

Author: 
C. H. F. Barrett [Town Clerk, Metropolitan Borough of St. Pancras, London] [King George V and Queen Mary]
Celebration in St. Pancras of the Coronation of their Majesties
Publication details: 
London: 1911.
£28.00
Celebration in St. Pancras of the Coronation of their Majesties

4to, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with chipping and closed tears to extremities. Specifically addressed to the 'District Committee for Ward 6. Comprising the Oakley Square and Ossulston Districts'. Summoning the recipient to the town hall, to deal with an 'Agenda' of six numbered points. Facsimile of the signature of Barrett, who is styled 'Honorary Secretary to the Central Executive Committee.' No copy on COPAC or in the British Library.

[pamphlet on King George III's illness] A Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God; [...] for the signal Interposition of His good Providence in delivering our most Gracious Sovereign from the severe Illness with which he hath been afflicted.

Author: 
[Prayer and Thanksgiving for the recovery of King George III, 1789; Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, the King's Printers; liturgies; forms of prayer]
Pamphlet on King George III's illness
Publication details: 
By His Majesty's Special Command. London: Printed by Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1789.
£56.00
Pamphlet on King George III's illness

Small 4to, 12 pp. Disbound, with neat strip of ribbon to margin of last page, and vertical fold from placement in 8vo volume. Very good, with neat repairs to last two leaves. Cropped contemporary ownership signature of Gilbert Buchanan (from whose collection of pamphlets the item derives) at head of title-page. This original is uncommon: the large majority of the entries for this item on COPAC are for electronic reproductions.

[printed pamphlet on King George III's illness] A Prayer to be used on Litany Days before the Litany, and on other Days immediately before the Prayer for all Conditions of Men, [...] during His Majesty's present Indisposition.

Author: 
[Prayer for King George III, 1788; Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, the King's Printers; liturgies, forms of prayer]
Printed pamphlet on King George III's illness
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1788.
£56.00
Printed pamphlet on King George III's illness

Small 4to, 4 pp. Disbound (from a collection of pamphlets assembled by Gilbert Buchanan), and with neat strip of tape along margin of last page. Good, with neat vertical fold from placement in 8vo volume. Uncommon: most of the entries listed on COPAC are for the electronic reproduction.

[printed pamphlet] A Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for the Protection afforded the King's Majesty [George III] during a long and an arduous Reign. [...] the 25th of October 1809. Being the Day on which His Majesty began His happy Reign.

Author: 
[prayer for King George III, 1809; George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, the King's printers; liturgies and prayers]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1809.
£65.00

Small 4to, 4 pp. Disbound (from a collection of pamphlets assembled by Gilbert Buchanan), and with neat strip of tape along margin of last page. Good, with neat vertical fold from placement in 8vo volume. Uncommon. COPAC only lists copies at Cambridge, Oxford, Lambeth Palace and the British LIbrary.

[pamphlet on King George III's illness] A Prayer to be used Immediately before the Litany when it shall be read; [...] to be continued during His Majesty's present Indisposition.'

Author: 
[Prayer for King George III, 1810; George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, the King's Printers; liturgies, forms of prayer]
Printed pamphlet on King George III's illness
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1810.
£65.00
Printed pamphlet on King George III's illness

Small 4to, 4 pp. Disbound, and with neat strip of tape along margin of last page. Good, with neat vertical fold from placement in 8vo volume. A few contemporary pencil notes in margin, presumably by Gilbert Buchanan, from whose collection of pamphlets the item derives. Uncommon. Five copies on COPAC: Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Lambeth Palace and the British Library.

[printed handbill] A Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, Upon the Prospect of His Majesty the King's Recovery from His dangerous Sickness. To be used At Morning and Evening Service, After the General Thanksgiving.

Author: 
[madness of King George III; George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, the King's Printers]
[Madness of King George III]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1804.
£145.00
[Madness of King George III]

Small 4to, 3 pp. Paginated [1]-4. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Formerly a bifolium, but with the two leaves now separated and attached by a thin strip. Part of mount adhering to second leaf.

[printed handbill] A Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, For His Majesty the King's Recovery from His late dangerous Sickness. To be used At Morning and Evening Service, After the General Thanksgiving.

Author: 
[madness of King George III; George Eyre and Andrew Strahan]
[madness of King George III]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1801.
£145.00
[madness of King George III]

Small 4to, 3 pp. Paginated [1]-4. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Formerly a bifolium, but with the two leaves now separated and attached by a thin strip. Part of mount adhering to second leaf.

Autograph Note in the third person from Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, to Sir W. J. Newton, regarding a sitting.

Author: 
Prince Augustus Frederick (1773-1843), Duke of Sussex, sixth son of King George III [Sir William John Newton (1785-1869), artist and photographer]
Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex
Publication details: 
27 March 1840; Kensington Palace.
£85.00
Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

12mo, 1 p. Six lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Suggests a couple of alternative days on which he 'will be at liberty to give Sir W. J. Newton a sitting'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Frederick') from 'the Grand Old Duke of York', Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, to unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763-1827), subject of the nursery rhyme 'The Grand Old Duke of York'`
ANS, 'the Grand Old Duke of York', Frederick, Duke of York
Publication details: 
20 September 1806; Portman Square, London.
£85.00
ANS, 'the Grand Old Duke of York', Frederick, Duke of York

4to, 1 p. Nine lines. Text clear and complete. Good, with minor traces of previous mount on reverse. He is returning 'the Franks that you sent to me last night', with the assurance that he is ready 'at all times to be of service' to him. He is sorry that he will not be able to see him before his 'Tour', and hopes to see him 'in good Health' on his return.

Typed Letter Signed ('Philip Hay.') to Arnold Lunn from the Private Secretary the Duchess of Kent, congratulating on her behalf Peter Kirwan Taylor for winning the Duke of Kent Cup in skiing, and sending her best wishes to the Kandahar Ski Club.

Author: 
Philip Hay, Private Secretary to the Duchess of Kent [Sir Arnold Lunn (1888-1974), British skier and mountaineer; Peter Kirwan Taylor (b.1930, designer of the Lotus Elite car); Kandahar Ski Club]
Typed Letter Signed ('Philip Hay.') to Arnold Lunn
Publication details: 
18 January 1949; on Marlborough House.
£28.00
Typed Letter Signed ('Philip Hay.') to Arnold Lunn

4to, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged and creased paper. Lunn and Kirwan-Taylor were closely associated with the Ski Club of Great Britain, both compiling reports for it in 1951.

Two sections of the Autograph Diary of Mary Jane, wife of Congreve Lonsdale, Attaché to the British Legation at Munich, describing domestic and political events in Bavaria, beginning with an eyewitness account of King Ludwig of Bavaria's abdication.

Author: 
Mary Jane Lonsdale (nee Littledale), wife of Gwalter Borranskill Congreve Lonsdale (1807-1866), Attaché to the British Legation at Munich [Lola Montez; King Ludwig of Bavaria; Revolutions of 1848]
Autograph Diary of Mary Jane, wife of Congreve Lonsdale, Attaché (Munich 1847ff)
Publication details: 
Mainly Munich, Bavaria; but with entries describing trips home to England. The first section with entries dating from 12 June 1847 to 22 July 1852. The second section with entries dating from 1 January 1862 to 29 December 1864.
£550.00
Autograph Diary of Mary Jane, wife of Congreve Lonsdale, Attaché (Munich 1847ff)

A total of 36 pp in 8vo. First section (12 June 1847 to 22 July 1852): 16 pp, at around 30 lines per page. Second section (1 January 1862 to 29 December 1864): 20 pp, at around 40 lines per page. All text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper, with minor unobtrusive repair to last two leaves of first section. Both sections unbound, in separate sewn gatherings. The diary is unsigned, but the context establishes the author beyond doubt as Lonsdale's wife Mary Jane, daughter of Mary Littledale (1779-1855), widow of Anthony Littledale of Bolton Hall, Yorkshire.

Autograph Letter, in the third person, to Grindlay, thanking him for presenting his book to Prince Albert.

Author: 
General Sir Francis Seymour (1813-1890), army officer, and Prince Albert's Groom-in-Waiting [Captain Robert Melville Grindlay (1786-1877); Queen Victoria]
General Sir Francis Seymour, army officer, Albert's Groom-in-Waiting, Letter
Publication details: 
27 May 1840; Buckingham Palace.
£45.00
General Sir Francis Seymour, army officer, Albert's Groom-in-Waiting, Letter

4to, 1 p. Nine lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and worn paper. He apologises for 'not sooner answering Capt Grindlay's note and thanking him for the very beautiful drawing which he sent him'. He reports that he showed the drawing to Prince Albert, 'who expressed himself much pleased with it, & admired particularly the grouping of the figures', referring to one of the original drawings for Grindlay's 'Scenery, Costumes and Architecture, Chiefly on the Western Side of India' (1826-30).

Abstract of Ferrier's Greek Philosophy [with notice of Ferrier's life].

Author: 
B. R.' [Professor Benjamin H. Rand (1827-1883); James Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864)]
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but with ownership inscription dated 1881.
£125.00

8vo, 20pp. Stitched. Disbound. In original grey printed wraps (with 'VOL. II.' deleted in blue pencil at foot of title). Fair, on aged paper, with wear and loss to grubby wraps. Ownership inscription on front wrap: 'Henry Norman, April 26. 1881. G.18.' Signed in type 'B. R.' at foot of last page. Providing a detailed synopsis of Ferrier's teachings, with a fifteen-line 'Introductory Notice' of his life. Scarce. No copy at the British Library or on COPAC, and the only copy on WorldCat at Harvard.

Autograph Letter, third person, in French, to "Monsieur Disderi", French photographer

Author: 
Duke of Nemours [Le Duc de Nemours]
Publication details: 
Bushy House, Bushy Park, Teddington, SW, 28 Nov. 1866
£200.00

Two pages, 8vo, bifolium, blank second leaf laid don on stiff paper, c.21 x 27cm, good condition.. He asks Disderi de lui envoyer deux collections des huit vues de Claremont [an earlier refuge in England] & Weybridge qu'il a fait en avril dernier, et un exemplaire du groupe general sur la pelouse de Claremont." He doesn't want the latter mounted but "l'autre collection doit etre montee sur carton." He asks for a "note au compte" made out to him. Note@ Apparently Disderi pioneered the carte de visite.

Autograph Letter Signed ('James Donnet') to Mrs Hollingworth, discussing autograph collecting.

Author: 
Sir James Donnet [Sir James John Louis Donnet] (1816-1905), inspector-general of hospitals and fleets [autograph collecting]
Publication details: 
24 March 1895; on letterhead of 5 Park Road, Bognor, Sussex.
£38.00

12mo, 4 pp. Text clear and complete. Very good on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip from stub still adhering. Thanking her for 'sending me the acceptable autographs you have. Though seemingly scraps of paper they possess for the initiated a value, for I believe every individual to be possessed of a romance which opportunity and occasion bring to the fore and make of him a personage whose writing is worthy of preservation. The diamond in its mine is of no value, but when found, cut, and set in its golden framework, it is prized and esteemed'. Defends 'the collector' against criticism.

Three Autograph Notes and Letters Signed "N Koudacheff" to [Harold] Beresford-Hope, diplomat (Washington etc).

Author: 
Prince Nicholas Koudacheff, Russian diplomat.
Publication details: 
Imperial Russian Embassy, Washington, [1909]
£100.00

Total 9pp., 8vo, good condition. The note is an acceptance of an invitation. In one letter he is enlisting Hope's help in finding a "John Mitchell" (formerly known as Mirko Tranovitch)in Alberta (finding out also if he exists). Two men are enquiring so that they can join him(!). He hopes they become "good settlers". In the other letter, he says he had thought the "two men" wouldn't come back but they did. They wonder if an advertisement in an Alberta paper would help (with a reward of $5) - to find "John Mitchell". The "applicant" is willing to deposit $10 for expenses.

Manuscript Memorandum, in English, docketed 'General Bernard's information respecting ettiquette [sic] of the french Court'.

Author: 
Baron Simon Bernard (1779-1839), French general of engineers, who did much military work for the United States government
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£56.00

Written in a neat, close hand (not Bernard's) on one page (the recto of the first leaf of a 12mo bifolium). Twenty-one lines. Text clear and complete. On aged, grubby and lightly-creased paper.

Autograph Letter Signed (Sir . Dn . Probyn') to Sir Edward Poynter, conveying a message from Queen Alexandra regarding Belt's bust of Lord Kitchener.

Author: 
General Sir Dighton Probyn [Dighton MacNaghton Probyn] (1833-1924), V.C., British military officer [Sir Edward Poynter, President of the Royal Academy; Queen Alexandra; Richard Belt; Lord Kitchener]
Publication details: 
14 May 1917; on letterhead of Marlborough House.
£65.00

4to, 2 pp. 36 lines of text. Clear and complete. Good, on aged paper, with slight wear at on the reverse. Written as Comptroller of the Royal Household to Poynter as President of the Royal Academy. He is returning Poynter's letter, which he has shown the Queen, and reassures him that he has 'nothing [...] to fear about the contents of it ever being divulged'. The Queen has told Probyn to tell Poynter 'how very sorry she is to see how the business has worried' him. It concerns a plaster bust of Kitchener which the Royal Academy Council accepted as an exhibit.

Warrant (commission), signed by the King ('George R'), 'Holdernesse', 'John A F Hesse' and 'T Tyrwhitt', appointing 'James Paterson Gent: Lieutenant, in the Sixty Ninth Regiment of Foot, commanded by Colonel Colvill.'

Author: 
King George III of Great Britain; Robert D'Arcy (1718-78), 4th Earl of Holdernesse; Thomas Tyrwhitt (1730-1786), literary editor and critic; John Adam Frederick Hesse (1716-83) [James Paterson]
Publication details: 
Given at Our Court at Savile House the Twenty Seventh Day of October 1760 in the First Year of Our Reign.' [27 October 1760]
£350.00

On one side of a piece of vellum, dimensions 25 x 35 cm. Neatly folded to make eight rectangles. Red wax under paper in top left-hand corner, embossed with the royal seal. Above this is the King's signature, in what Rawlins ('Four Hundred Years of British Autographs', p.53, no.4) describes as 'un uncommon form'. Three blue 2s 6d stamps in left-hand margin. Small paper stamp on the reverse, which is docketed 'James Paterson Gent: | Lieutenant | In the Sixty Ninth Regiment of Foot commanded by Colonel Colvill.-' Text entirely legible on lightly discoloured vellum.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J R G Graham') to 'My dear Baron'.

Author: 
Sir James Graham [Sir James Robert George Graham] (1792-1861), Tory politician, Home Secretary in Sir Robert Peel's last administration
Publication details: 
17 December 1852; Grosvenor Place.
£28.00

12mo, 2 pp. Headed private. Good, on lightly aged and stained paper. Headed 'Private'. He thanks him for sending a 'Copy of a letter from he Prince to the late Duke of Wellington'. He will make 'limited and careful use' of the copy he has preserved with the recipient's permission.

Votes of the House of Commons. Jovis 28 die Julii, 1715. [Including a report on the passing of a Bill relating to the House of Stuart and the Hanoverian succession.]

Author: 
Spencer Compton, Speaker [Votes of the House of Commons, 1715; the House of Stuart; Hanoverian succession]
Publication details: 
London: Printed for J. Tonson in the Strand, T. Goodwin and B. Lintott in Fleet-street, and W. Taylor in Pater-noster-Row. 1715.
£56.00

Printed on both sides of a piece of laid paper roughly 31.5 x 20 cm. Text clear and complete. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper with slight wear to extremities. Begins: 'AN Ingrossed Bill for the further Security of His Majesty's Person and Government, and the Succcession of the Crown to the Heirs of the late Princess Sophia, being Protestants, and for extinguishing the Hopes of the Pretended Prince of Wales, and his Open and Secret Abettors, was read the Third time, and several Amendments were made by the House to the Bill.

The Humble Address of the House of Commons to the Queen.

Author: 
W. Bromley, Speaker [Address of the House of Commons to Queen Anne, 1711; Treaty of Utrecht]
Publication details: 
London: Printed for Samuel Keble at the Turk's Head in Fleetstreet, and Henry Clements at the Half-Moon in S. Paul's Church-yard. 1711.
£56.00

Printed on one side of a leaf of laid paper, roughly 30 x 19 cm. The address itself is 45 lines long. Text clear and complete. On aged, grubby and worn paper with closed tear to margin (not affecting text). A response to the Queen's 'Speech from the Throne', expressing happiness at 'the Succession of the House of Hanover, as limited by Parliament, upon which the future Security of Our Religion, Laws, and Liberties, depends'. Also refers to 'the Just and Honourable Peace Your Majesty has in View', and 'the best Way to bring this Treaty [of Utrecht] to Good Effect'.

Coloured lithographic dioramic print, captioned 'Spooner's Protean Views, No. 8. St. George's Chapel Windsor Castle. In which the scene changes to the splendid ceremony of the interment of King William the Fourth'.

Author: 
William Spooner, printseller, 377 Strand [diorama; dioramic print; King William IV; St George's Chapel, Windsor]
Publication details: 
Undated [circa 1837]. 'London W. Spooner 377 Strand'.
£150.00

Dimensions of print roughly 17.5 x 13.5 cm. On original grey paper windowpane mount (28 x 23 cm). Engraved label (2.5 x 11 cm) beneath the print, with a couple of remarque-style illustrations. The print itself is good, although a little aged and spotted; the margins and mount being rather more heavily affected. Attractive and unusual item, the image changing when held up to the light. Two soldiers are shown dwarfed by the high ceiling of the chapel, which is decked with brightly-coloured flags. When held to the light the chapel is filled with the mourning congregation. Scarce.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W Knollys | Lt Genl') to J. Maitland, on the presentation of an address to the Prince of Wales by the Church of Scotland.

Author: 
General Rt. Hon. Sir William Thomas Knollys (1797-1883), Treasurer and Comptroller of the Household of the Prince of Wales, 1862-1877 [General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; J. Maitland]
Publication details: 
25 March 1863; Buckingham Palace.
£65.00

4to, 2 pp. Good, on lightly-aged laid paper, with small area torn away from top corner (not affecting text). Docketed at head in an Edwardian hand: 'From Lieutt Genl. Sir William Knollys to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on the occasion of the Prince of Wales' marriage | Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales [Edward VII]'.

Proclamation of His Majesty King Edward VII.' [i.e. his accession to the throne on the death of Queen Victoria]

Author: 
[Royal proclamation of the accession of King Edward VII to the throne on the death of his mother Queen Victoria]
Publication details: 
Given at the Court of St. James's this 23rd day of January, in the year of Our Lord 1901.'
£180.00

Printed on one side of a piece of vellum-style paper, dimensions roughly 270 x 205 mm. Ruckled and heavily discoloured: now light-brown in colour. Traces of previous paper mount adhering to blank reverse. Small triangle (edges shorter than 1 cm) chipped away, and repaired with archival tape. Text clear and entire.

Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Phya Prasiddhi Salakar (b.c.1855), Siamese Minister to Great Britain from 1899, and 'Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from Siam to the United States, with residence in London' [Ceylon]
Publication details: 
Undated. On letterhead of 'Goshen Bank. Kelso.'
£25.00

On the recto of the first leaf of a 12mo bifolium, with the letterhead in blue above it. The signature is bold, clear, and undamaged, and reads 'Phya Prasiddhi, | Salakar.' On discoloured, ruckled paper, with offsetting from another letter. The words 'Siamese Minister' at the head of the page, written in red ink, have bled slightly, and there are patches of brown discoloration, and damage to the foot of the leaf, apparently caused by removal from an autograph album.

Autograph Quotation Signed ('A. Maffei').

Author: 
Alessandro Maffei, Italian Minister to Austria, 1859-67, and Ambassador to the United States, 1867-71
Publication details: 
14 April 1866. Place not stated.
£56.00

On one side of a piece of laid paper, 11 x 18 cm. Laid down on a slightly larger piece of paper. Good: lightly aged with three neat vertical folds. Reads 'Oh! land of beauty - sun-lit Italy! How often do I fondly think of thee, | And of the days gone by . . . . . ! | [signature] A. Maffei | April 14th | 1866.'

Coloured lithographic dioramic print, captioned 'Dawson's Diorama No. 4. The British Queen, a first rate Steem [sic] Ship, which on holding it up to the light changes to her Magesty [sic] Queen Victoria, attired in her Robes of State.'

Author: 
T. Dawson, London printseller [Queen Victoria; SS British Queen; diorama; dioramic print; optical illusion; naval and maritime]
Publication details: 
Undated, but between 1839 and 1844. 'London: Published by T. Dawson, 29, Bedeord [sic, for 'Bedford'] St. Covent Garden.'
£300.00

Dimensions of print roughly 13 x 17.5 cm. On original grey paper windowpane mount (22 x 28.5 cm). Engraved label (3 x 12.5 cm) beneath the print, with small remarque-style illustrations of the ship and the queen. The print itself is good, although aged and a little worn and spotted; the spotting and aging to the margins and mount is a little heavier. Attractive and unusual item, the image changing when held up to the light. The ship is depicted sailing on choppy seas, and the young queen seated with drapery around her on a verandah with stone balustrades and a landscape behind. Scarce.

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