Sir James Ramsden (1822-1896), civil engineer and first mayor of Barrow in Furness
6 August 1882; on letterhead of Furness Abbey, Lancashire.
12mo, 2 pp. On bifolium. In fair condition, lightly-aged and creased. Discussing arrangements for a meeting with Thompson before 14 August, the date of the 'Furness general meeting', after which he is going on 'a months cruise'.
Two volumes, 18 x 40cms, covers grubby but contents good. All customers are listed in an index (some have multiple references), and information is given throughout as follows: Date (day, month, year)(the day of the week is given e.g. "Die veneris"), at the head of the page, customer's names (occasionally "Anon." or servant girl or barmaid or elderly man) and a number (commencing 12069, suggesting how many books preceded the survivors), details of what is supplied, (sometimes instructions fo dosage, etc.), initialled or signed by the chemist, and the cost.
Montgomery Meigs, Jr, son of The Union Army's Quarter-Master-General
Montgomery Cunningham Meigs (1847-1931), nicknamed 'Monty', civil engineer and inventor, was the son of the celebrated American army officer and engineer of the same name (1816-1892), Quartermaster-General of the United States army during and after the American civil war. While easily overshadowed by his illustrious father, Meigs was a fascinating figure in his own right, talented in a wide range of fields: manager of the canals and locks of the Old Des Moines Rapids Canal, designer of steamboats and other river craft, and Mississippi river pilot.
Reprinted from "The Lancet", 24 August, 1929, p.379
Offprint, 8pp, 8vo, sewn as issued, rust mark from paperclip on last page, mainly good condition. The author has added "With compliments" to the top of the first (cover) page, and changed some things. On p. he excises "Jacone" and adds "Cerruti" in the margin. He has also made changes to the Table ("Var.II" is expanded to "B.ceylonensis B, and all the "AGs" are corrected to "AC"
John Ayrton Paris (1785-1856), English physician, inventor of the thaumatrope
18 September 1852; Dover Street, London.
12mo, 1 p. Fair, on lightly-aged and creased paper. He is pleased to hear of the improvement in her mother's health. 'The prescription on the opposite page [not present] is similar to yours, & I think it is calculated to do her good. In her state, a change is often useful.'
John Ireland, Director, and E. S. Hedges, Director of Research, Tin Research Institute [ITRI]
Typed and mimeographed. 4to, ii + 86 pp. Bound by metal fasteners into brown card wraps, with the title typed on a white paper label on front, which also carries a library accession stamp dated 26 October 1948. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Divided into five main sections: 'Tin Consumption in the U.S.A.', 'Our Relations with Battelle Memorial Institute', 'Summarised Technical Report', 'Detailed Reports of Visits' and 'Miscellaneous Visits', the last being divided into nineteen subsections, beginning with C. Tenant Sons & Co and C. S.
Sir James Donnet [Sir James John Louis Donnet] (1816-1905), inspector-general of hospitals and fleets [autograph collecting]
24 March 1895; on letterhead of 5 Park Road, Bognor, Sussex.
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.
viii, 159 p. : folded fronts. (maps) & diagrs ; (8vo), original blue paper wraps, chipped and soiled, one folding plate nearly detached, contents good. Originally issued with Appendix A which is not Present. A landmark report.
12mo, 4 pp. Unbound bifolium pamphlet. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Divided into two sections: 'Experimental Physiology' ('From the Morning Post') and 'Anaesthetics and the Lower Animals' ('From "The Spectator."). Note at end of pamphlet reads 'London Anti-Vivisection Society, 180, Brompton Road, S.W. Price 1/2d., per post 1d., 12 copies 5d.; 1/6 for 50; 2/6 per 100 post free; to be had of Mr. R. SYDNEY GLOVER, Secretary, of whom also may be had (free) a Form of Petition to Parliament against Vivisection.
Dyce Duckworth [President of the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh]
Edinburgh: Maclachlan and Stewart, South Bridge. Liverpool: Adam Holden. 1862. [Printed by Neill and Company, Edinburgh.]
12mo: ii + 26 pp. Disbound. Inscribed, at head of title-page, 'To the University Library. | From the Author.' Fair, on aged paper, with a little foxing to first few leaves, and light damp-staining at head. P.15: 'We are, then, to understand by iatreusis, the exercise, by the physician, of the healing art. [...] The duties devolving upon the physician in treating a case of disease are twofold. First, he has to institute a diagnosis, and having done so, he has, secondly, to practise his share of therapeutics in treating the case according to the view he has taken of it.
Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), British Prime Minister [as Secretary at War]
28 January 1813; War Office, London.
Printed on one side of a piece of paper, 23.5 x 17.5 cm. In fair condition, on aged paper. Laid down on a gilt-edged leaf from an autograph album, 24 x 18.5 cm. Firm, bold signature ('Palmerston'), 6 cm long, in bottom right-hand corner. Authorising the payment of £24 15s 9d to 'Mr. George Ripking, Assistant Surgeon of the Third Regiment of Hussars of The King's German Legion [...] being the approved Balance due to him for the Contingent Hospital Expenses of the said Corps, from the 21st. June to the 24th. December 1812, both days inclusive'.
Rev. Thomas Wiltshire (1826-1902), Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at King's College London; Master of the Honorable Company of Clothworkers; Honorary Secretary of the Palaeontographical and Ray S
Collection of manuscript material relating to him, including a section of one of his scientific manuscripts, an unpublished biography of him by his son Ernest W. Wiltshire with associated letters, family and other correspondence, a family portrait, offprint, newspaper cuttings.A valuable collection of material from the family archive of an influential and neglected figure in Victorian science.- Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos.
Alexandre Jean Baptiste Parent du Châtelet (1790-1836); Philibert Guéneau de Mussy (1776-1854); Pierre-Barthélémy Portal d'Albarèdes (1765-1845), Baron Portal; Auguste François Chomel (1788-1858)
[Paris. Seance of 29 April 1830.]
Foolscap (leaf dimensions 42 x 26.5 cm), 1 p. Clear and complete. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. Both leaves with the small neat ownership stamp of the 'Collections Louis Leguay, à Paris [series A, number 382]'. Good, on lightly-aged watermarked laid paper. Written in French. Addressed 'A Monsieur le Secretaire general des hopitaux et hospices de Paris'.
Joseph Cottle, bookseller and publisher (of "Lyrical Ballads", etc)
Bristol and Fairfield House near Bristol, 1850 and 20 Dec. 1850.
One page and two pages, both 8vo, bifolia, some staining but text clear and complete. In the first letter to which (as he explains in the second letter) he didn't add his name, he says that he visited "your Bovey Coal Pits" as a geologist (!), made observations and concluded that it was a "real Coal district, the current coal mined [an internet site informs me of poor quality] being of a "comparatively recent formation". Real coal was produced in an earlier period.
Obl. 4to, c.235 x 185mm, cherry leather binding, gt. "Visitors Book // Institute of Child Psychology"), dec. eps,good condition, c.92pp. used (others blank), c.1200 signatures with addresses of child psychologists, clinic and university doctors and other interested parties from around the world (France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Pakistan, India, etc), presumably ranging from the distinguished to the humble toiler in the field. Among the signatories are Serge Lebovici, Tina Keller, Therese Merzbach, E.
Archaeological surveyor of India. 2pp., 8vo. He discusses the personnel of the Survey, the senior position to be filled, and what he would do if he were in charge. (He was Director General from 1886 to 1889.)
Dr Rogers of Kentish Town; Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), British Tory Prime Minister, 1834-5 and 1841-6
5 August 1842; 3 Sussex Terrace, Kentish Town.
16mo (leaf dimensions 11 x 9 cm), 2 pp. Bifolium. Reverse of second leaf addressed by Rogers 'For the Rt. Honl. Sir Robert Peel.' Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged and creased paper, with a couple of spots of glue on second leaf from previous mounting on second leaf. Rogers writes 'to point out to Sir Robert Peel a slight inaccuracy in the printed forms respecting the Income Tax' ('middle of the third page of Schedule D'): the words 'sitting up' instead of 'setting up'.
Alexander Bain (1818-1903), Scottish psychologist, philosopher and educationalist
27 April 1874; Aberdeen.
12mo, 2 pp. Seventeen lines of text. Clear and complete. Bifolium. Fair, on aged and slightly-grubby paper. He has 'no recollection' of 'a work published in Edinburgh in 1843, on Mind viewed as a part of Physiology'. 'Perhaps if I saw it, I might certify it as I [sic] work that I formerly knew. Few works of that nature have escaped my notice within the last thirty years.' The work referred to by Huntly would appear to be John J. Waterston's 'Thoughts on the mental functions. Being an attempt to treat metaphysics as a branch of the physiology of the nervous system' (Edinburgh, 1843).
Alfred Russel Wallace; Frederick Smith; William Wilson Saunders (1809-1879); Arthur Adams; G. Mann; Sir W. J. Hooker; Thomas Anderson; M. J. Berkeley, contributors [Linnean Society]
London: Sold at the Society's Apartments, Burlington House; and by Longman, Green, Longmans and Roberts, and Williams and Norgate. 1863.
8vo: 56 pp. In original blue printed wraps. Unopened. Good, on lightly-aged paper, in creased and slightly-chipped wraps. The title of Smith's catalogue of Wallace's collection ('Read Jan. 15, 1863') ends '[...] By Frederick Smith, Assistant in the Zoological Department, British Museum. Communicated by W. W. Saunders, Esq., F.R.S. & L.S.' It runs from p.6 to p.48. Detailed catalogue preceded by brief note by Smith. Smith's 'Catalogue of Hymenopterous Insects' had appeared in 7 parts between 1853 and 1859.
William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925), 1st Viscount Leverhulme; the University of Bristol [Sir Stanley H. Badock, Pro-Chancellor; Ernest H. Cook, Lecturer; James Rafter, Registrar]
2 pp, on first leaf of bifolium of thick cream paper, dimensions roughly 40.5 x 26.5 cm. Ruled with red lines. Docketed on reverse of second leaf. Text clear and complete. In good condition, though grubby. Leverhulme ('the Settlor') is 'desirous of assisting in the foundation of a Chair of Physical Chemistry in the University', and has ('with the approbation of the Council of the University') 'transferred Five Thousand "B" Twenty per centum Cumulative Preferred Ordinary Shares of One pound each fully paid in Lever Brothers Limited into the name of the University'.
Nehemiah Asherson (1897-1989), English otorhinolaryngologist and Librarian of the Medical Society of London
[Written between the 1960s and the 1980s?]
Around 100 loose, disordered leaves, mostly A4, with autograph notes or typescript on one side only. In good condition. Includes jumbled sections of a monograph (unpublished?) on Sir William Macewen. Also a few notes on Morell Mackenzie, and complete short articles containing reminiscences of teachers and medical acquaintances, including Charles Coley Choyce, Hamilton Bailey, Girling Ball, Cuthbert Wallace. With Asherson's card, noting his 'Change of Address from 24th December, 1945' to 21 Harley Street.
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode. Without date, but docketed in pencil as an offprint 'From Nautical Almanac 1856'.
English astronomer (1819-92) whose mathematical prediction of the existence of Neptune anticipated Le Verrier's discovery of that planet. Octavo. Unbound. Ten leaves and one blank. Paginated -53. Very good. Five pages of text (35-9), four tables (pp.40-3) and a set of 'Tables containing the corrections to be applied to the values of the moon's equatorial horizontal parallax given in the nautical almanacs 1840-1855, in order to make them agree with those calculated from Mr. Adams' tables.' (pp.46-53). One small closed tear to antepenultimate leaf.
Richard Brierley, Clerk [The Newton-in-Mackerfield Improvement Commissioners, Warrington, Lancashire; small pox; typhus; typhoid; cholera; infectious disease]
RICHD. BRIERLEY, Clerk. | Town Hall, | December 3rd, 1889.'
Single column (23 x 6 cm) on one side of piece of paper 34 x 21.5 cm. 72 lines of text. Clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged, creased paper. Small closed tear to central horizontal fold. Lists the infectious diseases of which notification is required ('Small Pox, Cholera, Diptheria, Membranous Croup, Erysipelas, Scarlatina, or ScarletFever, and also Typhus, Typhoid, Enteric, Relapsing, Continued, or Puerperal Fever'), and gives the duties of medical practitioners and the penalties for failing to comply.
Ed. André [Édouard François André (1840-1911)], editor [entomology; book catalogues]
February and September 1883, October 1884 and January 1888. 21, Boulevard Bretonnière, a Beaune (Cote-d'Or)'.
All four catalogues are stitched and unbound. All four are 8vo, with nos. 1 and 5 of 32 pp, no. 2 of 64 pp, and no 16 of 40 pp. The last leaf of catalogue 2, carrying advertisements is torn with some loss, otherwise the texts are clear and complete, on aged and spotted paper. Providing valuable bibliographical information, in a specialised scientific field.
Sir Henry Thomas Tizard (1885-1959), English chemist, inventor and Rector of Imperial College of Science and Technology, London
Between 22 February 1928 and 16 October 1931. All on letterheads of Imperial College of Science and Technology, South Kensington, London.
The ten items in good condition on lightly-aged paper, and with the texts clear and complete. The four letters all bearing the stamp of the Royal Society, and the six notes unstamped. In the first letter he declines to read a paper before the Society. In the second letter (29 October 1929, in autograph) he states that Menzies' 'suggestion that I should become a member of the Royal Society of Arts is put in such a way that I cannot do otherwise than fall in with it!' He is afraid that he 'may disappoint your Council if they think I can fill Sir Thomas Hollands place adequately'.
Iin French. One page, 8vo. He is sorry that he does not know Gerard (Gerhard) Hauptmann's work well enough to "rendre . . . hommage", pass judgement not sufficiently "motive", "ne serait pas digne du poete dont une sorte de justice litteraire immanente m'a appris a venerer le nous(?)". (Hauptmann received the Nobel Prize for literature in this year, 1912.)
William George Fearnsides (1879-1968), F.R.S., British geologist, President of the Geological Society of London
Between 30 January and 28 November 1917; all on letterheads of the Department of Applied Science, St. George's Square, Sheffield.
All eight letters in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Seven carrying the Society's stamp. The correspondence relates to a Howard Lecture by Fearnsides before the Society on 30 April and 7 May 1917.
William Stevens [Edward Astbury Turley; George F. Knipe; James M'Millan of Worcester]
London: Hippolyte Bailliere, 219 Regent Street, and 290, Broadway, New York, U.S. 1853. [London: Printed by Schulze and Co., 13, Poland Street.]
8vo, lxxii + 499 pp. In original embossed brown cloth, gilt, with wear to hinges. Binders ticket of Remnant and Edmonds, London. A tight copy, on lightly-aged and foxed paper, in fair binding with wear to hinges. Inscribed at head of title: 'Presented - | To George F. Knipe Esqre. with Dr. Turley's Compts | 1854 -'. (There are references to Turley on pp. vi and 41 of the book. Turley and Knipe were provincial surgeons of relative proximity: Knipe at Stratford-upon-Avon and Turley at Worcester.