Social history

"Sale of the Effects of Mrs Headon / Wansworth / Decembr 11th 1801(manuscript).

Author: 
Auction 1801.
Publication details: 
11 Dec, 1801.
£250.00

Auctioneer's Record of "Mrs Headon's Sale / December 11th 1801". 15pp., 8vo, in primitive wraps (sewn) created from a sheet of paper on which survives a proof (apparently) of a decorative advertisement (the size of a business card) for "James Graves / Tea Dealer & Grocer, / Putney / Surry / NB Dealer in British Wines". This proof straddles the spine and shows signs of wear and tear (e.g. fading), and the covers are slightly soiled.

Autograph Letter Signed to Dr [?] Frazer.

Author: 
Charles Dibdin
Publication details: 
14, John Street, Adelphi, W. C., 24 November 1896.
£35.00

Charity administrator (1864-1938). Two pages, 16mo, on letterhead of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. 'This is the latest Chart published. It came out this month. We do not issue a larger copy or I would send it to you.'

two typed letters signed to Malcolm Mackenzie of the Empire Art Council

Author: 
David Eccles, later Viscount Eccles
Publication details: 
both 1p, one large and one small 8vo; the first (on Minister of Works letterhead), 25 April 1952; the second (on House of Commons letterhead), 1 June 1953
£50.00

In the first letter Eccles thanks Mackenzie for his congratulations on Eccles' 'scheme for forming a national collection of works of art'. Any help the EAC can give will be welcome, 'as the need for pictures and works of art for Government buildings, both at home and overseas, is really great'. In the second letter he thanks him for his telegram of congratulations 'on the Coronation decorations. Everyone in the Ministry of Works has tried hard to produce something worthy of the Queen and of our contemporary art'. Two items,

autograph letter signed to James Hartford

Author: 
Samuel Lambert, S. L. & Co., varnish makers [Pratt & Lambert?]
Publication details: 
2pp, 8vo, 17 August 1892, on printed letterhead headed 'From S. L. & Co.'
£100.00

Long and unusually entertaining account 'Re Varnish', addressed to an American correspondent. A fascinating insight into the nature of Victorian entrepreneurship. 'It has long been an idea of mine that of all the Trades the most profitable one is Varnish [...] the Germans, clever as they are, can't make Varnish at all [...] nor for that matter can the Americans'.

signatures as members of the cast of a play,

Author: 
Edith Evans, Claude Rains, C. Aubrey Smith, et al.
Publication details: 
1921
£100.00

Edith Evans (1888-1976), distinguished English actress, created Dame of the British Empire in 1946; Claude Rains (1889-1967), English-born film actor, best known for his part in "Casablanca"; C. Aubrey Smith (1863-1948), England cricketer and actor, Hollywood's idea of the quintessential Englishman. Their signatures on a piece of paper, 7 by 4½ inches, mounted on a piece of pink card, along with those of six other members of the cast of the play "Daniel", performed at the St James's Theatre in London in 1921.

Two receipts signed, recipients "Messrs Herbert & Daniel"

Author: 
Tighe Hopkins
Publication details: 
Jan. and May 1912
£30.00

author. He has received royalties on account of his book "Wards of the State: an unofficial view of prisons and the prisoner" (1913). Two items,

ALS, 1p, 4to to Clement Shorter, editor of the Sphere newspaper

Author: 
Viscountess Lee of Fareham (see husband's DNB entry) on Chequers, the British Prime Ministers' country house
Publication details: 
30 October [no year, but between 1917 and 1921], on Chequers letterhead
£45.00

Says that Chequers has been "thoroughly photographed twice since our alterations" (1910 and 1917), but that she would be glad to allow Shorter to have other photographs taken. Country Life does not give the Lees copies of these photographs, but does sometimes allow other newspapers to reproduce them. "I remember very well the luncheon at Lord Curzon's about a year ago - Would you care to come to see Chequers before we leave?" The Lees acquired Chequers in 1909, the Chequers Estate Act was passed in 1917 and the couple left in 1921.

ANS, 1 page, 16mo, addressed to "Mr. Williams | at [the wine merchants] Messrs. Clarke & Barlow's"

Author: 
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (DNB), judge and author
Publication details: 
Monday Morning [no date], 2 Elm Court Temple
£100.00

"Will you be so kind as to send me to this place, a dozen of the finest Champagne in the urse of the Morning? If you have any still Champagne I should prefer it provided it is of the best quality; but this, I fear is out of the question. Send the Bill with the Wine."

ALS in autograph addressed envelope, to Charles Williams of 28 Theobald's Road

Author: 
Montagu William Lowry Corry, Baron Rowton (DNB), politician and philanthropist
Publication details: 
2 October 1892, on letterhead "Ardverikie, | Kingussie, | N.B."
£50.00

Grubby and stained envelope addressed to Williams with "With a bag." in top left-hand corner. "The proof of your remembrance of your kind promise to me reached me just as I was leaving London, for a few days in this region. | I place your volumes on the shelves of my humble library with real satisfaction: for I am very pleased to have such a Token of your approval of my enterprize, and of your willingness to cooperate in making it a success. I hope to open - without any "ceremony" - possibly even in this month". Before they begin work he will ask him to visit Rowton House again.

Hawaiian Grammar.

Author: 
Anon.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£50.00

Typescript, 12pp., 4to, cover/title spotted, contents good.

Statistics of Crime in England and Wales for the Years 1842, 1843, and 1844.

Author: 
F.G.P. Neison.
Publication details: 
[1846].
£100.00

Read before the Statistical Section of the British Association at Southampton, 15 Sept. 1846. Pp.1-54, 8vo, disbound, some pages loose, some soiling particularly last page. INSCRIBED by the author: "To Alexander Robertson Esq / With [Mr?] Neison's Compts."

Autograph Letter Signed to W[illiam] Shackell, onetime owner, printer of "John Bull".

Author: 
Samuel Phillips.
Publication details: 
18 Sept. 1852.
£45.00

Glass manufacturer (1814-1854). 2pp., 8vo, good, admitting that he isinvolved with the Crystal Palace Company, but is not the secretary. He says that he has the interests of “Mr Woodfall” [the printer?] at heart, and his family is well. Phillips became literary diretor of the Crystal Palace Co. in 1853. He wrote Guide to the Crystal Palace and Park (1854).

Autograph Letters Signed, quantity.

Author: 
Samuel A. Barnett
Publication details: 
1886-1905.
£100.00

Founder of Toynbee Hall (1844-1913). 4 ALSs, 2pp. ea., 8vo,good, three to C.H. Grinling, socialist, , the fourth to “Trevelyan”. He describes a model of a curate, invites Grinling to a retreat of sorts,discusses a conversation he had had with Ramsay Macdonald on booksand workmen and how Macdonald wants to discuss the matter withothers.

Letter Signed to Chevalier Dr Karl de Scherzen

Author: 
[H] Evans Darby [Peace campiagner]
Publication details: 
13/12/93
£45.00

(Peace Society (1893)). 2pp., 8vo, H.(?) Evans Darby to the Chevalier Dr Karl de Scherzer, He informs his correspondent that the last “universal Peace Congress” in Chicago decided to invite eminent jurists “to form a Committee for thepurpose of considering the question of an International Court of Arbitration”. As a member of the provisional committee, he has beenasked to prepare a list for this committee for Europe. He invites hiscorrespondent to join it (“I should not think that it would involve muchlabour or responsibility”).

Probate of the Will of Emanuel Deutsch.

Author: 
Emanuel Deutsch
Publication details: 
12/06/73
£35.00

Semitic scholar (1829-1873). 2pp., 13 x 19” and 13 x 10”, vell., folded. Deutsch leaves all his books, papers and manuscripts to Lady Strangford (DNB) who is to handle the distribution of the rest of his property. The Registrar signs the Probate which is a simple statement copies from his will.

Autograph Note Signed.

Author: 
Henrietta Barnett
Publication details: 
[1913]
£45.00

Social reformer, founder of Hampstead Garden Suburb (1851-1936)(DNB).ANS, on a scrap of packing paper, saying “Given to Ernest Aves[?] inever grateful memory of all he did to and for me. June 17th-21st 1913.Henrietta Barnet”. Her husband, Samuel A. Barnet, has signed another part.

Document Signed to the Army and Navy Co-op Society

Author: 
Count Gleichen.
Publication details: 
St James Palace, 29 March 1883.
£45.00

Prince related to Victoria (DNB). Piece of paper, c.6 x 4", sl. soiled but clear, missing top left corner (and a word or two), text as follows: " . . . [end of word] 13123 / [P]lease give the Bearer 2 Gal: Brandy No. 2. at 24/6 the Gal: --- / Gleichen/ St James Palace / March 29/83/ The Secretary / A & N. Co:Op: Socty"

Autograph Letter Signed to "The very Revd Principal Mcfarlane" (presumably of Glasgow University (DNB).

Author: 
Charles Macintosh.
Publication details: 
Dunchattan, 28 Dec. 1836.
£75.00

Chemist, Inventor of water-proof material. See DNB. Two pages, 8vo, good condition. He asks for news about the Duke of Montrose. He describes his current illness, caused by the rupture of of a small artery in the lung - "we have got it soldered up however, but I am leaft weak from very copious bleeding".

Signature only.

Author: 
Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence.
Publication details: 
No place [1930].
£20.00

Suffragette. "Yours sincerely, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence"], c.4 x 1".

Typed Note Signed to Malcolm Mackenzie, The Empire Art Council.

Author: 
Charles Forte.
Publication details: 
London, 12 January 1956.
£25.00

Restaurateur/entrepreneur. One page, 4to, "Please forgive me for not having answered your letter earlier. It eally is most generous of you to promise to make our plans widely known, and I shall of course be very grateful for anything you will do in this respect."

one typed letter signed to Lt Col. R. F. H. Drake-Brockman,

Author: 
Laura Ashley
Publication details: 
23 February 1964, Carno, Montgomeryshire, on letterhead of Ashley, Mountney Limited.
£30.00

Fashion designer (1925-85). One page, 4to, with letterhead in black and light blue redolent of the nineteen-sixties. "Dear Sir, / Thank you for your letter of February 14th. We are most interested to hear of your connection with the election poster and I am enclosing it herewith since we have ourselves finished with it and it will no doubt be of interest to your family." Minor creasing, but otherwise in good condition.

Autograph letter signed to J. Dixon Spain,

Author: 
William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire (1808-1891)
Publication details: 
19 September 1885, with letterhead Holker Hall, Carke-in-Cartmel, Carnforth.
£80.00

One page, 12mo, with mourning border. "Sir / I enclose a cheque for 3£ the amount which I have subscribed during the last 2 or 3 years to the Lichfield Diocesan Church of England Temperance Society. As however Derbyshire is no longer in the diocese of Lichfield I cannot undertake to subscribe to the Society in future. / Yr obedt Servt / Devonshire".

Autograph letter signed to "Joyce"

Author: 
Charles C. Darton
Publication details: 
20/05/14
£50.00

Boys' story writer. 2pp., 8vo. He is pleased that she and her brother enjoyed "The King's Scout" (the "nicest women" enjoy their brother's books), and that she would like his autograph. He is sending her another book with autograph letters from himself and the illustrator, "Mr Masefield". "Mr. Masefield's is not a very good specimen but it is the only one I can find at present."

Autograph letter signed to Sir John Coxe Hippisley

Author: 
Duke of Somerset
Publication details: 
Maiden Bradley, 12 Sept. 1821.
£100.00

Edward Adolphus Seymour, eleventh Duke of Somerset (1775-1855), agriculturist, etc. Three pages, 4to. His correspondent was Sir John Hippisley who, among many avocations, pursued agricultural science which is the main topic of this letter. Somerset is pleased to see the books of General Beatson, former lt gen in the East India Company and Governor of St Helena, but also an experimental agriculturist.

Autograph Note Signed to "Mr Bramley"

Author: 
Walter Greenwood
Publication details: 
17/01/35
£30.00

Novelist, author of "Love on the Dole" (1903-1974). One page, 8vo. He says simply "Your letter was handed to me yesterday./ I hope these few words are what you want."

Trial of Pedro de Zulueta , Jun. on a Charge of Slave Trading

Author: 
Pedro de Zulueta
Publication details: 
London, 1844
£150.00

lxxiv + 410pp., roy. 8vo, orig. dec. cl, worn, small tear in spine, corners bumped, hinge strain. A Full Report from the short-hand notes of W.B. Gurney with an address to the Merchants, Manufacturers adn Traders of Great Britain, by Pedro de Zulueta, Jun. Esq., and documents illutrative of the case. The second edition of this work (96pp. only) which lacks the address by de Zulueta points out that his acquittal meant that it was not effective to abolish the slave-trade. Slavery would have to be abolished

2 Autograph Letters Signed, total 10pp., 8vo, to C.H. Grinling, socialist and reformer

Author: 
Bolton King
Publication details: 
14 Dec. 1886 and 24 Dec. (n.y.)
£60.00

Social reformer and historian, educationalist (1860-1937). (1886). He brings Grinling up to date on his activities, educational and political, giving his views on clerical reform. (n.y.) He describes his life in country retirement. With: newspaper clipping, "Times" obituary. 3 items,

The Language of Field Sports

Author: 
C.E. Hare
Publication details: 
London, revd ed. 1949
£28.00

Pp.xvi.276, v.g. in worn dw.

Autograph Note Signed to "J. Minshull(?)"

Author: 
Edward Baines.
Publication details: 
1 July (n.y.)
£35.00

Anti-slavery editor. One page, 8vo. Thanks for "pacquets of envelopes bearing an anti-slavery device".

An Act to prevent frauds in the revenue of excise with respect to tea, coffee, chocolate & starch

Author: 
(Coffee, tea etc)
Publication details: 
1731
£50.00

24pp, 12mo, contemporary vellum binding, poor condition and partly detached, contents fair-good, some annotation on cover and titlepage.

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