Social history

Autograph Letter Signed "R.L. Ellis" to R. Rothman, M.D., applying mathematics to a political economy issue.

Author: 
R.L. Ellis, English polymath (1817-1859), remembered principally as a mathematician and editor of the works of Francis Bacon.
R.L. Ellis, English polymath (1817-1859)
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£500.00
R.L. Ellis, English polymath (1817-1859)

Three pages, 8vo, good condition. He commences with a mathematical supposition (in formula terms) then proceeds with putting the suppositions of "the master" [Malthus, Ricardo or their like?) in mathematical terms, concluding a fall of price to "3/4d or one quarter", adding that "The suppositions he makes are incompatible with the ratio theory ...", doing sums which he concludes with the an answer he describes as "absurd".

[Printed offprint pamphlet relating to the American President George Washington.] A Washington Token. By William C. Wells. Reprinted from the British Numismatic Journal.

Author: 
William C. Wells [President George Washington; numismatics]
A Washington Token. By William C. Wells.
Publication details: 
London: Harrison and Sons, St Martin's Lane, W.C. 1915.
£100.00
A Washington Token. By William C. Wells.

4to, 7 pp. In original printed wraps. Fair, with an unobtrusive closed tear to the title leaf. The purpose of the article is to explain the relationship between John Washington, the issuer of the token the article describes, and the first American president. Both sides of the token are illustrated on the front page. The last page carries a family tree of 'The Washingtons of Northamptonshire, Sussex and Virginia'. The only copy of this offcut on COPAC is at the British Library.

Typed Letter Signed "F.S. van B. Stafford", to Dr. Eric Dingwall, "Assistant Honorary Keeper of the Printed Books, British Museum, London", about the corrupt practices of merchants in the colony. With related typescript.

Author: 
(Mrs) F.S. van B. Stafford [British Guiana; Guyana]
(Mrs) F.S. van B. Stafford [British Guiana; Guyana]
Publication details: 
Trent House, Main Street, Georgetown, B[ritish] G[uiana], 10 June 1947.
£225.00
(Mrs) F.S. van B. Stafford [British Guiana; Guyana]

One page, folio, fold marks, good condition. She has approached Dingwall as someone who could help make conditions in British Guiana better known in England. She refers to the enclosure of "Resolutions" from public meetings, identifying herself as the wife of a King's Counsel "who has acted as a judge on the Supreme Court Bench of this Colony." They need help to take on the merchants who are standing in the way of improving the standard of living. "The extreme poverty of the working classes of this Colony makes it imperative that steps be taken to bring down the cost of living . .

[Printed] The Whigs and the Press. Report of the Trial of the Proprietors and Printer of the True Sun, ... [continued below]

Author: 
Anon.
Report of the Trial of the Proprietors and Printer of the True Sun
Publication details: 
London: Published at the True Sun Office, 366, Strand, 1834.
£165.00
Report of the Trial of the Proprietors and Printer of the True Sun

[title continued] ...For Recommending Non-payment of theAssessed Taxes; upon an Ex-officio Information, filed by His Majesty's Attorney-General. Before M.Justice Patteson and a Special Jury. 14pp., 8vo, disbound, foxed, final leaf detached, better than poor and worse than fair. Note: Charles Dickens wrote Parliamentary Reports for the True Sun in his early days. Scarce. COPAC lists copies at the V & A and London, WordCat lists five US copies and one European.

Autograph Note Signed F D Maurice, theologian, to Mr [Southey?].

Author: 
F.D. Maurice, (1805-1872), English theologian and Christian Socialist.
Autograph Note Signed F D Maurice, theologian, to Mr  [Southey?].
Publication details: 
No place, 28 Jan. [1867?]
£56.00
Autograph Note Signed F D Maurice, theologian, to Mr  [Southey?].

One page, 12mo, creased and slightly chipped, text clear and complete: I thank you very much for your very liberal & kind present to our projected Girls Home. It is particularly pleasant to me to have the sympathy of you & your [sister?] in it. See http://anglicanhistory.org/maurice/kingsley1873.html for Charles Kingsley's quotation of Maurice presumably when the Girls Home (22 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London) was founded in 1867.

[Photographs] Window Displays arranged by FCB [Foote Cone and Belding Ltd, public relations company] on behalf of the National Tourist Organisation of Greece [c.1951]. With Report.

Author: 
[Large paper Folder of Photographs; Birth of Greek Tourist Industry]
 Birth of Greek Tourist Industry
Publication details: 
[London etc., 1951].
£600.00
 Birth of Greek Tourist Industry

GREEK TOURIST INDUSTRY PUBLIC RELATIONS PROMOTION TOURISM ADVERTISING

[Pamphlet] The Gospel in Paris. Miss de Broen's Mission to the Communists at Belleville.

Author: 
Anon.
Miss de Broen's Mission to the Communists at Belleville.
Publication details: 
Warrington: Printed at the Guardian Office [1871?].
£125.00
Miss de Broen's Mission to the Communists at Belleville.

PROVINCIAL PRINTING COMMUNE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMMUNIST

[Pamphlet] The History of a Poor Black Widow; shewing How she grieved for the death of her Child, and the consequences of her doing so.

Author: 
[Legh Richmond]
The History of a Poor Black Widow;
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Augustus Applegath and Edward Cowper, Duke-street, Stamford-street; Sold by F. Collins, 56, Paternoster-row; and Evans and Sons, 42, Long-lane, Smithfield [London], no date [c.1830??]
£125.00
The History of a Poor Black Widow;

BLACK LITERATURE SLAVE AFRICAN

[Pamphlet] Facts and Opinions in Favour of legalising Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister

Author: 
Anon.
Opinions in Favour of legalising Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister
Publication details: 
Printed for The Marriage-Law Reform Association, 26 Parliament Street, [London], no date [1851?]
£125.00
Opinions in Favour of legalising Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister

RIGHTS OF WOMEN MARRIAGE LAW DECEASED WIFE'S SISTER

Supplément à la Gazette nationale [Thomas Paine's debate with Sièyes]

Author: 
[Thomas Paine; Newspaper Debate with Emmanuel Sièyes [Syèyes]]
Thomas Paine; Newspaper Debate with Emmanuel Sièyes [Syèyes]]
Publication details: 
Samedi, 16 Juillet 1791
£650.00
Thomas Paine; Newspaper Debate with Emmanuel Sièyes [Syèyes]]

USA AMERICAN REVOLUTION WAR OF INDEPENDENCE THOMAS PAINE

[Printed Prospectus] Memorandum regarding Garden Village Scheme On part of the Burgh Land in Townhill. [Private and Confidential]

Author: 
[Garden City movement]
 Memorandum regarding Garden Village Scheme
Publication details: 
[Townhill, 11 March 1914]
£400.00
 Memorandum regarding Garden Village Scheme

3pp., folio, with enclosed printed letter from William Yule, Interim Secretary, one page, fol., and blank forms for prospective shareholders and stockholders, one page, fol. Top edge dusted and chipped, small closed tears on right edge, punch-holes (extracted from file of Easton Gibb material on housing for workers at Rosyth (see my #10028)). A meeting had been held, leading to the suggestion that an Association should be formed> A committee is named, and terms given.

[Manuscript notebook of an anonymous English plane spotter, containing detailed entries of planes coming in to various airports in southern England between 1947 and 1950. In notebook containing publicity material for the Ingersoll-Rand Co. Ltd.]

Author: 
[British plane spotting in the 1940s; Ingersoll-Rand Co. (air compressors and pneumatic tools)]
British plane spotting in the 1940s
Publication details: 
Compiled between 1947 and 1950. [Ingersoll-Rand Co., Limited, 165, Queen Victoria St., London, E.C.4]
£450.00
British plane spotting in the 1940s

12mo, 133 pp. Hundreds of neat entries, in a small hand, written lengthwise on graph-paper pages in a red-cloth 'Memoranda' book ('Compliments of Ingersoll-Rand Co., Limited, 165, Queen Victoria St., London, E.C.4.'). Good: with text clear and complete on lightly-aged paper, in the original worn red binding. Many entries are dated (with a few also giving the dates on which various planes crashed), and among the airports referred to are Northolt, Yeovil, Radlett, Cowes, Rochester, Guernsey, Jersey, Peterborough, White Waltham, Hanworth Park, Elstree, Cranfield, Luton.

Essai de Psychologie. La Bête et l'Homme. With authorial inscription and tipped in Autograph Letter Signed

Author: 
Dr Edouard Fournié
Essai de Psychologie. La Bête et l'Homme.
Publication details: 
Paris, 1877.
£95.00
Essai de Psychologie. La Bête et l'Homme.

xvi.566pp., half-lea. worn and damaged but intact, contents good condition. Inscribed by author: "Mr le rev. W.B. Bailey D.D.| Hommage de l'auteur | Dr Edouard Fournié". With tipped in ALS, "Edouard Fournié", presumably to Bailey, [printed heading name and address], Paris 16 Juin 1877, saying, "Je recois un lettre de Mr d {?] Kane dans la quelle il me dit que vous voulez bien prendre connaissance de mon Essai de Psycholigie [title underlined] et en rendre compte dans une revue.

[Manuscript] The Household Expenses of the family Commander G.Y. Paterson, son of Admiral Paterson, sometime Governor of Portchester Castle (DNB)

Author: 
[Household Expenses, 1880s; Brockhurst House, Gosport, Hampshire]
Household Expenses, 1880s; Brockhurst House, Gosport, Hampshire
Publication details: 
[Brockhurst], 10 Dec. 1882-11 Feb. 1889.
£380.00
Household Expenses, 1880s; Brockhurst House, Gosport, Hampshire

106pp., 4to, black limp cloth, worn, remnants of paper on which is written a biblical passage in Greek on back, hinge strain, but contents clear and complete, text in an extraordinarily small neat hand, sometimes (amazingly) hard to read. The author has used a double entry system, recording Income on one side and Expenditure on the other. The balance (income less expenditure) is brought forward. Expenditure is listed daily, usually all expenses appearing on one line, nature of expenditure and outlay, and a total for the day appearing in the final column.

Autograph Note, Third Person, Charles D'Eyncourt , Tennyson's uncle, to the G.P.O., giving forwarding address.

Author: 
Charles (Tennyson) D'Eyncourt. Tennyson's uncle [Postal History]
Charles (Tennyson) D'Eyncourt. Tennyson's uncle [Postal History]
Publication details: 
6 June 1844.
£65.00
Charles (Tennyson) D'Eyncourt. Tennyson's uncle [Postal History]

Two pages, 12mo, bifoliate, section (presumed postal history or blank) from second leaf. Addressed to General Post Office, countersigned D'Eyncourt. Text of note: Mr. d'Eyncourt will be obliged to the officers of the G.P.O. to send his Letters to | No.1 John Street St James's Sqre | 6 June 1844. From 48 Dover Street in different hand at top of page. Verso of note is stamped No. [8527] Regd. June 7 1844 with notes by various employees of the GPO who were putting the request into effect.

A small archive of printed ephemera (none listed on COPAC) and manuscript material accumulated by J.L. Buzzacott, Sec. & Hon. Treas. of the "Local Contingent" relating to the Direct Veto Bill (Temperance Movement), 15 printed and MS. items

Author: 
[Temperance Movement; United Kingdom Alliance; Hyde Park Demonstration, 1893]
Direct Veto Bill (Temperance Movement)
Publication details: 
May-August 1893 [Hyde Park Demonstration 10th June]
£380.00
Direct Veto Bill (Temperance Movement)

Good condition, comprising in date order: Handbill ("Places without Public Houses", a rant against pubs), n.d.; Handbill ("Manifesto of the Committee of the London Auxiliary of the United Kingdon Alliance", n.d.); ALS headed United Kingdom Alliance, Dawson Burns ("Metropolitan Superintendent") to Buzzacott promising placards to help him educate "the public mind", 29 May 1893; MS. "Minutes of a Meeting" "for the purpose of forming a Local Contingent in connection with the 'Direct Veto Demonstration'", 3pp., 1 June; MS. article on the Public Meeting "Re.

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 Letter Signed from Rosa Baughan, graphologist and writer on fortune-telling, to 'Dear Miss James'.

Author: 
Rosa Baughan (fl. 1880), graphologist and writer on palmistry, physiognomy and astrology
Autograph Letter Signed from Rosa Baughan, graphologist
Publication details: 
28 November [no year]. 44 Queens Road, Bayswater.
£56.00
Autograph Letter Signed from Rosa Baughan, graphologist

Landscape 12mo. 17 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper. For a graphologist Miss Baughan's handwriting is curiously angular and crabbed. Explaining that 'these together with some 2 dozen others were overlooked in the July packet - at least this was how it was - each week a packet is sent & I do the packets in rotation of their dates'. She is 'really now doing the September studies'. Continues in same vein. Baughan published a number of works on what would now be called 'new age' subjects in the 1880s.

[An Inquisition "taken" at the sign of the Plough, Welley Rocks, Cheddleton, Staffs, enquiring into the wilful murder of Eliza Hogan

Author: 
[Coroner's Court Inquisition into "wilful murder"]
Coroner's Court Inquisition into "wilful murder"
Publication details: 
18 June 1844.
£225.00
Coroner's Court Inquisition into "wilful murder"

Indenture, 55 x 35cm, some damage at folds but mainly good, text clear and complete. It gives information about the court including the people who were to enquire into the murder, all of whom have signed the document. The Coroner was John Cattlow. A person unknown had poisoned some bread with white arsenic.

Two Autograph Letters Signed to Sir R.L. Harmsworth about the publishing history of Little Goody Two Shoes. With part of a substantial letter from [F.Contes?] on the same subject

Author: 
P.J. Dobell, Antiquarian Bookseller
Publishing history of Little Goody Two Shoes
Publication details: 
[Headed] P.J. & A.E. Dobell, Sons of the late Bertram Dobell, Dealers in Books, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters, 8 Bruton Street, New Bond Street, London W1, 20 & 23 Jan. 1926.
£125.00
Publishing history of Little Goody Two Shoes

Three pages, 4to, good condition. Harmsworth has obviously consigned two copies of the History of Little Goody Two Shoes to Dobell for evaluation and Dobell is now returning them with a learned disquisition on the publishing history of the work. He discusses the advertising and other background of the Newbery imprint, speculation on the rights being sold to a syndicate of booksellers (explaining worsening quality of printing), speculation on the undated one being pirated. He cites a memorandum by a British Library principal Librarian, J.

Autograph Letter Signed from the politician and philanthropist William John Evelyn ['W. J. Evelyn.'] to Frank Walton.

Author: 
W. J. Evelyn [William John Evelyn; William Evelyn] (1822-1908) of Wotton House, Dorking, Conservative Member of Parliament for Deptford, philanthropist, and descendant of the diarist John Evelyn
 Letter Signed from the politician and philanthropist William John Evelyn
Publication details: 
20 March 1892; on letterhead of Wotton House, Dorking, Surrey.
£35.00
 Letter Signed from the politician and philanthropist William John Evelyn

12mo, 2 pp. Bifolium. 13 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Giving details of a proposed trip to London, to be made 'if the weather be such as in my state of health will allow me with safety to leave home', on which he hopes to call on Walton 'in order to see your pictures'. Evelyn played an important role in the creation of Deptford Park, and used land from his ancestor John Evelyn's Sayes Court estate as a recreation ground for his Deptford tenants.

[Handbill with related letter] The Following Resolutions were unanimously adopted at a crowded and enthusiastic Public Meeting held in the Lecture Room, Nelson Street, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Nov.12, 1855.

Author: 
[Victor Hugo; Mazzini; Kossuth]
[Victor Hugo; Mazzini; Kossuth]
Publication details: 
November 1855
£235.00
[Victor Hugo; Mazzini; Kossuth]

Handbill, 20 x 25cm, laid down on another piece of paper, glue showing through in patches, mainly good. The first resolution commences That this Meeting has learned with surprise and regret of the violent expulsion of Victor Hugo and his fellow exiles from Jersey, without charge, without proof, and without trial . . . contrary to the spirit of the Constitution . . . right of asylum . . . trial by jury . . . anti-English . . . despotic ruler of a neighbouring country . . . The second resolution is similar (crime in high places . . .

Collection of correspondence, membership cards and other ephemera tracking Carey's career as Newspaper Reader.

Author: 
[Sunday Graphic/Times] L.G. Carey, Newspaper Reader
Publication details: 
1939-1988
£250.00

All items freshly mounted in a photo album, very good condition. The core of the collection is a full series of membership cards for the Association of Correctors of the Press (1949-1965), London Typographical Society (1966), National Graphical Association (1967-1988). With their variant typographical features.design and colour, these make an attractive display.

Printed 'Contribution Card for 26 weeks ending 7th July, 1929', to the British 'National Health and Pensions Insurance', with 'Notice of Arrears', for E. A. Hughes of Batley.

Author: 
[United Kingdom National Health and Pensions Insurance, 1929; E. A. Hughes of Batley]
National Health and Pensions Insurance
Publication details: 
London: 1929.
£23.00
National Health and Pensions Insurance

Both 'Contribution' and 'Notice' 16mo, 2 pp. Both on brown paper. Texts closely printed, clear and complete. Fair, lightly creased, but with rust stains at head caused by staple. Both items completed in manuscript for Hughes (a forty-five year old woman), the 'Notice' informing her that she is in arrears to the tune of five contributions out of fifty.

[Printed item a black and white steel engraving by John Thompson, from a design by W. Harvey, described by Buday as a candidate for 'The First Christmas Card']

Author: 
John Thompson; W. Harvey; Allan Cunningham
Autograph Signature of George William Frederick Villiers
Publication details: 
London: John Sharpe, 1829.
£180.00
Autograph Signature of George William Frederick Villiers

8vo, 1 p. Image clear on aged paper, with the leaf loosely attached to the letterpress title of the work whence it comes (see below), that title being laid down in a folder with a window cut into the front for viewing the card through. The dimensions of the engraved illustration are roughly 12.5 x 8 cm, with the main feature of the elaborate design being contained in a circle 8 cm in diameter.

[Pamphlet] General Basis of Estimates for Labor and Material, as prepared by the United States Light-House Establishment.

Author: 
[From the papers of Montgomery Meigs, Jr, son of The Union Army's Quarter-Master-General] Anon.
United States Light-House Establishment
Publication details: 
1891
£250.00
United States Light-House Establishment

Pamphlet, 'Published for the Information of Officers of the Quartermaster's Department', 9pp.,12mo, original grey printed wraps, good, on aged paper, in worn and stained wraps, tiny cross shape neatly punched through the leaves in bottom outer corner.

Substantial collection of press cuttings relating to the arts and crafts firm of F. B. Goodyer of 55 New Bond Street (The Aesthetic Gallery), assembled for the firm by press cuttings agencies. With a few photographs and other items of ephemera.

Author: 
The Aesthetic Gallery, 55 New Bond Street (F. B. Goodyer, proprietor) [Arts and Crafts Movement; funiture; fabrics; silk]
The Aesthetic Gallery, 55 New Bond Street (F. B. Goodyer, proprietor)
Publication details: 
From the firm's foundation in 1889 to 1947.
£950.00
The Aesthetic Gallery, 55 New Bond Street (F. B. Goodyer, proprietor)

Goodyer has long been recognised as a significant figure in the arts and crafts movement (see Adburgham's 'Shops and Shopping' and Aslin's 'Aesthetic Movement, Prelude to Art Nouveau'), but surprisingly little is known about him. A former partner in the firm of Liberty's, he founded his Aesthetic Gallery at 55 Bond Street in 1889. It specialized in 'English silks, cashmeres, velveteens, fans, cushions, handkerchiefs, table covers, and other dainty manufactures', and numbered Voysey among its suppliers.

[printed Government circular, Poor Law, 1845, with seal and facsimile signatures] (Audit Districts.) Officers' Salaries. To the Guardians of the Poor of the several Unions and Incorporations [...] Churchwardens and Overseers [...] Clerks or Clerks.

Author: 
[The Poor Law Commissioners, 1845; George Nicholls, G. C. Lewis, Edmund W. Head]
Printed Government circular, Poor Law, 1845
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George E. Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty. 1845.
£125.00
Printed Government circular, Poor Law, 1845

Folio, 4 pp. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged and creased paper.

Album of 95 original detailed illustrations (drawings) of antique wrought iron door knockers (70 from Switzerland and 25 from Italy and France) by the English artist Arthur Elliot, titled by him 'A Book of Knockers'. With short essay by Elliot.

Author: 
Arthur Elliot, English illustrator [Swiss door knockers; Switzerland; architectural hardware]
antique wrought iron door knockers
Publication details: 
The majority of the illustrations dated, and all those to 1907. Mainly taken at Berne and other Swiss cities.
£650.00
antique wrought iron door knockers

Elliot's illustrations, attractively executed in great detail, recall the style of those in the volumes produced by the publisher B. T. Batsford during the same period. All in excellent condition, the majority with tissue guards; album in good good condition. Fifty-eight of the illustrations, all of Swiss knockers, on paper ranging in size from 21 x 5 cm to 23.5 x 16 cm (the latter the majority), are laid down on the rectos of the first 45 leaves of a 47-leaf landscape folio album (leaf dimensions 36 x 16 cm). All have tissue guards.

Autograph Signature ('Henry Ellis'), of Sir Henry Ellis, Principal Librarian, the British Museum, on part of letter to James C. Webster.

Author: 
Sir Henry Ellis (1777-1869), Principal Librarian, the British Museum [James C. Webster, Secretary, Athenaeum Club, London]
Autograph Signature ('Henry Ellis'),  of Sir Henry Ellis, Principal Librarian
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£23.00
Autograph Signature ('Henry Ellis'),  of Sir Henry Ellis, Principal Librarian

On rectangle cut from letter, 3.5 x 11 cm. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with neat vertical crease at one edge (away from signature) and minor traces of previous mounting on reverse. Reads '<...> to his Admission. | Believe me very faithfully Yours, | Henry Ellis', with reverse reading '<...> now with my Successor, Antonio Panizzi Esq | James C. Webster Esq'. From Webster's autograph collection.

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