Dr John Propert (1792-1867), founder of the Royal Medical Benevolent College, Epsom [now Epsom College]
New Cavendish Street, Portland Place, W. [London]. February 1859.
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. The First page is headed, in fancy type, 'ROYAL MEDICAL BENEVOLENT COLLEGE. | EPSOM.', beneath which is an engraving of the College. The prospectus is presented in the form of a letter, and is dated 'Febry. 1859' and signed (as a 'faithful fellow-laborer') by Propert in light-blue ink.
[John B. Gough (1817-1886), 'the Apostle of Cold Water', American temperance orator]
'Published by E Tisdall No 5. Church St Kensington [London]'. Undated [1850s?].
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with small piece cut away from one corner, and traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse, which also carries a few marks in ink, with a couple of minor marks in the margin at the foot of the recto. At the head of the page is the engraving, roughly 12.5 x 12 cm, attractively done, and showing Gough in cutaway jacket and waistcoat, standing behind a table, with a seated audience behind him, holding aloft a glass of water.
Pierre Magnin, 'Né a Laboisse (Ain) Docteur en Médecine | ancien Interne des Hopitaux de Lyon' [Frantz Glénard (1848-1920)]
Montpellier: Imprimerie L. Cristin et Ce., rue Vieille Intendance, 5. 1875.
66 +  +  pp., 4to. The item has been disbound from a volume, and the title leaf is longer than the rest, in order to retain the ownership inscription in the top left-hand corner of the title-page, which carries a signed presentation inscription from Magnin to his colleague Frantz Glénard. The title leaf is creased and has a long vertical closed tear near the spine, which has been unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Pp.53/54 and 61/62 have had text trimmed away by the binder.
David Budge & Company, John's Coffee House, Edinburgh [John Watson, Manager of the Edinburgh Gass Light Company]
John's Coffee House, Edinburgh. 27 November 1820.
1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'John Watson Esquire | Manager of the Gass [sic] Light Coy | New Street | Edinburgh', and docketed '1820 | Davd. Budge & Co | Johns Coffee house | Edinburgh 27 Novr | containing a Statt. of their Burners & hours of burning'.
j. Wm. Morgan, Printer, Ship Street, Brecon, 
Four pages, bifolium, folio, 1" tears on fold marks, staining, loss of small amount of margin, text complete and clear. It includes: a statement of the Company's affairs "to the 27th of April, 1825 (expenditure, payments, debts, salaries etc.); "Abstract Account of Tonnage and Rent [...]" (Timber, lead, iron etc). Submitted by B.A. Griffith, and concluded by the "Orders" (dividend, etc.). Final page has manuscript address to "Richard Griffith Esq. M.D. | Cardiff."
M. Béhier [Jules Béhier (1813-1875)], Médecin de l'hôpital Beaujon, professeur agrégé de la Faculté de médecine de Paris
Publications de l'Union Médicale (nouvelle série), du 5 Juillet 1859. [5 July 1859] Paris. - Typographie Félix Malteste et Ce, rue des Deux-Portes-Saint-Sauveur, 22.
8pp., 8vo. Stitched. In original plain yellow wraps. In fair condition, aged and a little worn at extremities, in stained and worn wraps. Stamp on title-page: 'HISTOLOGIE | Collège de France'. Scarce: the only copy located at the Bibliothèque Nationale.
Charles Janet (849–1932), French engineer, company director, inventor and biologist.
[Printed headed notepaper] Charles Janet, Ingénieur de Arts et Manufactures, Voisinlieu-les-Beauvais, Par Alonne (Oise), 10 Juillet 1923. En francais.
One page, 12mo, good condition. He acknowledges receipt of a letter from Crow [identified through this letter being with a batch of letters addressed to him] "et des deux publications que vous avez bien voulu m'envoyer et qui sont intéressantes pour moi. | Je vous ai envoyé hier le 2me Memoire sur le Volvox | Vous recevez prochainement le 3me Mémoire qui traite de l'outogénèse de la blastea volvocéenne."
Dr Helen Holme Bancroft ['Nellie Bancroft'] (b.1887), Reader in Agricultural Botany, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Two from the School of Rural Economy, University of Oxford (one on letterhead), and one from 5 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge. All dating from 1930.
All three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Letter One: School of Rural Economy, Oxford. 18 August 1930. 2pp., 4to. She sympathises with 'the difficulties of archaeological research at Southend [...] for I know only too well how the people who hold the ultimate strings can "do one down" when their interests don't happen to coincide with one's own'. She recalls that in 1913 she 'put in a lot of time on some fossils for the B.M. - they turned out to be pieces of fossilised timber; & because the Keeper of the Palaeobotanical Dept.
Eugenio Rignano, Jewish Italian philosopher, sometime editor of the journal 'Scientia'.
[Printed heading] "Scientia", etc, 18 Dec. 1927.
2pp., 8vo, bifolium, some creasing, small closed tear, text clear and complete. He has just been able to read Crow's article 'the primitive forms of life' which he found interesting. But he declines to publish it because the length does not conform to their standard of 10 pages (being 20 pages).
Nathan Drake (1766-1836), Shakespeare scholar, essayist and physician [Cadell & Davies, booksellers in the Strand, London; Thomas Cadell the younger (1773-1836); William Davies (d.1820)]
Hadleigh, Suffolk. 26 May [no year, but not before 1798].
1p., 12mo. Addressed on reverse to 'Messrs: Cadell & Davies | Booksellers, | Strand, | London.', with faint Hadleigh postmark. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Trimmed and repaired, with traces of previous mounting. He writes: 'Gentlemen, | I will thank you to pack up separately two copies of my Literary Hours [published in 1798] & to direct one P. L. Courtier Esqr. [the poet Peter Lionel Courtier (1776-1847)] & the other Mr. Jones. These copies, which you will place to my account, will be sent for by Mr. Sharpe of Piccadilly.
Edward B. Bright [Edward Brailsford Bright], brother of Charles Tilston Bright (engineers, inv. submarine telegraph).
No place or date.
Two fragments: ONE: Half of a letter, 11 x 10cm, tipped onto album page, fair conditionn, text as follows: "PS | We expected some difficulty in carrying out the Telegraph between Europe and America - but are notr at all disappointed with the present stoppage - Bruce's spider made many swings beforee he fatened his liune to the other side. - Weshall make anther swing next May or JUne - then [underlined] I think we shall get over [small loss her?] In the meantime we are busy in the Mediterranean and towards the East.
Jacques Piccard (1922-2008), Swiss oceanographer, first explorer with Don Walsh of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench [Arthur G. Bourne, science journalist]
Piccard's letters from Lausanne, Switzerland: three on letterheads of the Bureau Jacques Piccard, and nine on letterheads of the Fondation pour l'Etude et la Protection de la Mer et des Lacs; dating from between 1970 and 1981. Booklet c.1972.
A collection of 26 items, consisting of 12 letters from Piccard to Bourne, copies of 9 of Bourne's replies, a copy of a letter from Piccard to D. F. Horrobin, an offprint article, a transcript of a speech by Piccard in 1972, a booklet on the 'Ben Franklin' and an undated publicity photograph. The first of Piccard's letters (5 November 1970) is repaired with tape, the other items in the collection are in good condition, lightly-aged, with a few staple and punch holes, and some of Piccard's letters carrying notes in pen and pencil by Bourne.
William Benjamin Carpenter (1813-1885), English physician, zoologist, physiologist, and Registrar of the University of London from 1856 to 1879 [Rev. John Page Hopps (1834-1911), spiritualist]
On letterhead of the University of London, Burlington Gardens, W. 17 February 1875.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper, tipped in onto a card mount. He explains that he is 'obliged to return to London immediately after the delivery of my Lecture in Glasgow', and so will not be able 'to address the audience you bring together'. If he is 'asked to take part in the Glasgow Science Lectures' the following year, he will bear Hopps's wish in mind. Hopps was both an evolutionist and spiritualist, while Carpenter considered the claims of spiritualism 'epidemic delusions'.
Thomas Henry Huxley [T. H. Huxley] (1825-1895), English biologist and a leading advocate of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution
On letterhead of Hodeslea, Staveley Road, Eastbourne. 24 November 1892.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The name of the addressee is indistinct, and appears to be 'S. Algernon'. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | I regret that I am unable to give the Lecture you ask for. I really have no business to undertake any kind of public speaking & except in very special circumstances, I keep out of it'.
Sir Charles Fox (1810-1874), English civil engineer on railways and London's Crystal Palace [Edward Walford (1823-1897), journalist and biographer]
On letterhead of 8 New Street, Spring Gardens, London. 15 May 1867.
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of glue from mount on blank reverse. He informs Walford that he is returning 'the notes of my career having made some slight alterations'. He suggests that it would be 'well for me to compare the proof with the drafts'.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke [Sir Arthur Charles Clarke] (1917-2008), English science and science-fiction writer [Arthur Bourne of the Academic Press Inc, British science journalist]
'Leslie's House', 25 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. 7 November 1978.
1p., 12mo. Air mail letter on blue paper, addressed to Arthur Bourne, Academic Press Inc. (London) Ltd, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DX, England. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Clarke begins by thanking Bourne for his letter, and informing him that he has 'sent a card of thank [sic] to Dr. Allan Cottey'. 'I am now happily retired with the completion of my last and best novel "The Fountains of Paradise" (Playboy January and February - HBJ; Gollancz, January). I expect to be back in England in August to attend the World S. F.
Severin Wielobycki (1793-1893) and his brother, Dionysius Wielobycki (1813-1882), Polish refugees who both trained as doctors in Edinburgh, before becoming homoeopaths [Isabella Darling]
Letter: 55 Queen Street, Edinburgh. 26 January 1857. Newspaper report reprinted 'From the EDINBURGH NEWS of Saturday, Jan. 10, 1857.'
Both items in fair condition, lightly-aged and worn. Severin Wielobycki's letter is 1p., 12mo. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. It reads: 'Dear Madam. | I am much delighted that you take interest in my brother; all friends of his are of the same opinion tat he has been treated very unjustly. I hope your influence will if not relieve him, at any rate shorten his horrible sentence. | I beg to enclose two copies of the document according to your request' (only one copy present). The report of 'Dr Wielobycki's Trial' is 1p., 4to, on grey paper, in two columns of small print.
Frederick Ira Ordway III (b.1927), Harvard-educated American space scientist [Arthur G. Bourne, Science journalist]
Ordway's two letters both on letterheads of the University of Alabama Research Institute, Huntsville. 9 May and 29 August 1969. Copy of Bourne's reply dated 11 July 1969.
The three items in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Ordway's two letters each 1p., 4to, and each addressed to Bourne as editor of Spectrum magazine, Central Office of Information, Hercules Road, Westminster Bridge Road, London. In Ordway's first letter, 9 May 1969, he expresses pleasure at hearing from Bourne again, and the knowledge that he is 'still very active in the spreading of science information all over the world'. He has instructed his publisher to send Bourne a copy of the 'forthcoming second revision edition' of his 'History of Rocketry and Space Travel'.
Barnes Wallis [Sir Barnes Neville Wallis] (1887-1979), English scientist and engineer, inventor of the 'bouncing bomb' used in 1943 by the RAF in the 'Dambusters' Raid, Operation Chastise
Letter on Wallis's letterhead, White Mill House, Effingham, Surrey. 20 September 1975. Press cutting from the Newcastle Herald (New South Wales), 8 August 1969.
The four items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Letter to 'Mr. Bourne': 1p., 8vo. Replying to a letter from Bourne, he states that he will be 'very pleased to serve on the proposed "advisory board", provided that no financial liabiltiy is thereby incurred by me, & that no great amount of travelling is involved.' He concludes with the news that he is 'still busy on a hypersonic transport aircraft especially designed to take "containers".' The two photographs are both in black and white.
F. C. McLean, C.B.E., B.Sc., M.I.E.E., Director of Engineering, British Broadcasting Corporation [The Institution of Electrical and Electronics Technician Engineers Limited; BBC]
[The Institution of Electrical and Electronics Technician Engineers Limited] I.E.E. Lecture Theatre, Savoy Place, London, W.C.2. 1966.
 + 14 pp., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with last leaf loose. '16 DEC 1965' stamped on title and first page. Discussing such issues as 'colour service', 'improvements in performance of receivers' and 'Recording of television signals'. From the archive of Pat Hawker, and marked up by him. No other copy traced
Issued by Mullard Educational Service. Mullard Limited, Mullard House, Torrington Place, London WC1. [Circa 1976.]
4pp., foolscap 8vo. With four photographic illustrations and a diagram. Bifolium on art paper. Printed in black, with cover illustration in half-tone over light-green background. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Sections titled 'A new revolution in electronics', 'The construction', 'The "bread-board" circuit', 'The production process', 'Types of IC' and 'Even smaller still!' From the Pat Hawker archive.
Dorothy J. Johnson, Certified Midwife, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire [England: Central Midwives Board; midwifry]
Register by 'Messrs. Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd., 1 New Street Square, London, E.C.4.' The births in Stoke-on-Trent occuring between 25 February 1951 to 13 February 1953.
The register proper consists of 50pp., foolscap 8vo, with ten births described over each of the 25 openings (total 250). It is preceded by a page carrying Johnson's details (her address is given as 9 Ashlands Crescent, Harpfield, Stoke-on-Trent, and her certificate number is 106889), facing the reverse of the front wrap, which carries a notice headed 'On no account must this Register be destroyed. It may be of importance for the defence of the Midwife herself.' In buff wraps, with 'Central Midwives Board. | Register of Cases' and the printing details on the front.
[Mrs. C. Flynn, Limerick Ireland, Bookseller and owner of Photographic Studio]
Carte-de-visite size, c.6 x 10cm, faded photograph of Bridget Winthrop (or engraving of), sl. spotted, on reverse the following information in MS., Bridget Winthrop married to Wm Maunsell | Mrs Wm Maunsell gt grandmother of H.O. Donnell[MA CLK?] [space] great great Grandmother to Mrs Petronella O'Donnell and to Mr Elliot O'Donnell". [Printed on reverse: Mrs. C. Flynn | Bookseller & Stationer | Circulating Library | Photographic Studio | 20 George Street | Limerick".From the archive of Elliot O'Donnell, Irish ghost-hunter. Note: Limerick: Mrs. C.
One page, cr. 8vo, two small holes (loss of letter] spotted, tiny closed tears, fold marks, mainly good condition. Headed "Expériences avec la Nitroglycerine", the name of the invitee to be filled in "M...", giving directions for two days of experiments at Hal and Lessines, Programme of "Expériences théoriques / Explosions de différentes Minen". NOte: Alfred Novel and Co. was founded in June 1865. No record yet found of these experiments. Scan on my website.
Messrs. Fuller, Horsey, Sons & Cassell, Auctioneers, 11, Billiter Square, London, E.C. [The Soho Foundry, Smethwick, Birmingham; W. & T. Avery; engineering; trade catalogue]
May, 1896. [London: Messrs. Fuller, Horsey, Sons & Cassell, Auctioneers, 11, Billiter Square, London, E.C.]
8vo, 43 pp. In original grey printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, in discoloured wraps. Title taken from front wrap. Title-page reads, in abridged form: 'By order of Messrs. W. & T. Avery, Limited, who have recently acquired the Freehold. | Soho Foundry, Smethwick, Birmingham. To Engineers, Boiler Makers and Others.
Sir William Fairbairn (1789-1874) of Ardwick, Scottish civil engineer and shipbuilder
1869 [rest of date lacking]; Manchester.
12mo, 2 pp. Bifolium. 37 lines. Text of letter clear and complete, but with damage to head of letter, causing loss to date, with traces of the album leaf to which the letter was attached on reverses. Otherwise good, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for his 'friendly congratulation', and has now entered his '81st. year under the most favourable conditions'. He is 'truly thankful that my affectionate Partner and Myself have through a long life been so mercifully dealt with'.
Joseph Lister (DNB), surgeon, pioneer of antiseptic surgery.
[Printed] 12 Park Crescent, Portland Place [London], 4 May 1887 [Fox died the day before]
One page, 12mo, staining but text clear and complete, as follows: I have just heard with deep sorrow the news of the departure of my old and much valued friend. | I need not dwell on the greatness of the loss to the profession and to the public, nor must I intrude long on your affliction; but I could not forbear writing a few words to express my sincere sympathy.~550~SURGERY ANTISEPTIC MEDICINE MEDICAL SURGEON PHYSICIAN~ ~0~Olympia autos 2~ ~ ~ ~ ~