Autograph Letters

[Robert Bobby Abel, test cricketer] Autograph Signature R. Abel. | Late Surrey & England XI's. See Image.

Author: 
Robert Abel [Bobby Abel], Surrey and England cricketer.
Abel
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£28.00
Abel

Card, 10.5 x 6.5cm, good condition. Dated in pencil bottom right 24.7.31.

[Mary Scharlieb, pioneer female physician] Typed Note Signed boldly Mary Scharlieb to Louis B. Frewer, autograph-hunter and Superintendant of the Rhodes House Library in Oxford.

Author: 
Mary Scharlieb [Dame Mary Ann Dacomb Scharlieb, (n?e Bird; 1845 ? 1930), pioneer British female physician and gynaecologist ]
Scharlieb
Publication details: 
[Headed] 19 York Terrace, | Regent's Park, [London] N.W.1, 3rd June 1930 [N.B. died in November 1930]
£80.00
Scharlieb

One page, obl. 12mo.Dear Sir, | I am sorry not to comply with your request but I do not like blank [underlined] signatures. See Image.

['You poor man!'] Long anguished Draft Letter, in Autograph, signed ‘Your wife’, from Henrietta Hitchcock (the future Henrietta Lewis-Hind) to her husband the American artist George Hitchcock, on his leaving her for his student Cecil Jay.

Author: 
Henriette Lewis-Hind (d.1937), wife of American painter George Hitchcock (1850-1913) and then of English art critic Charles Lewis-Hind (1862-1927) [Gari Melchers (1860-1932), American artist]
Hitchcock
Publication details: 
Undated (but dating from 1905). On six leaves each with letterhead of the Hitchcocks’ home ‘Schuil en Burg, Egmond A/D Hoef, Holland.’
£500.00
Hitchcock

The anguished response of a rejected wife to the husband who has abandoned her; such an extraordinarily raw document rarely survives, much less in a mostly explicable context (apart from an unexplained reference to an ‘accident’). For the background to this item see Janice Oresman, ‘Gari Melchers’ Portraits of Mrs. George Hitchcock’, Archives of American Art Journal, vol.20 no. 3 (1980). American painter George Hitchcock (1850-1913) had settled in Holland (where he lived until his death) around the time of his 1881 marriage to Henriette W. Richardson (d.1937), known as ‘Miggles’.

[William Ewart Gladstone ['The Grand Old Man'] (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister.] Autograph Signature ('W E Gladstone') on part of Autograph Letter Signed (to Mr Robson?).

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone ['The Grand Old Man'] (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister under Queen Victoria
Gladstone
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£42.00
Gladstone

Fragment of letter in Gladstone’s autograph, with his signature, on both sides of 10 x 6 cm rectangle. In good condition, with one vertical fold. Five lines on recto read: ‘<...> It was most kind of you to send me the delightful pearl studs - & to write so friendly a letter. Lady Paget gave me a set’. Recto reads: ‘<...> & preserve your kind thought | With many thanks to you & Mrs Robson | Always | W E Gladstone’. See image.

[R. H. Tawney, historian, socialist and educationalist.] Autograph Signature (‘R H Tawney’) on slip cut from letter.

Author: 
R. H. Tawney [Richard Henry Tawney] (1880-1962), influential English economic historian, social critic, ethical socialist, Christian socialist, and proponent of adult education
Tawney
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£28.00
Tawney

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The valediction of a typed letter, on slip of paper, 8.5 x 3.5 cm. Somewhat creased, and with two thin printed slips ‘DIRECTOR | R. H. TAWNEY, B.A.’ and ‘London School of Economics’) laid down near the signature (‘R H Tawney’), above which is typed ‘Yours very sincerely,’.

[Richard Wright Procter, Manchester poet.] Long Autograph Letter Signed (‘R. W. Procter.’) to C. W. Sutton, discussing the huntsman Tom Moody and Sir Edward Lugden, and describing how he once ‘watched hounds’ and ‘quaffed brown beer with huntsmen’.

Author: 
Richard Wright Procter (1816-1881), nineteenth-century Manchester author, poet, barber, circulating library proprietor [C. W. Sutton; Tom Moody, huntsman; Sir Edward Lugden, Conservative politician]
Proctor
Publication details: 
26 September 1870; 133 Long Millgate [Manchester].
£120.00
Proctor

See Procter’s entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition on lightly-aged paper. 85 lines of closely- and neatly-written text. He begins by thanking Sutton for ‘the welcome portrait of Sir Edward Lugden’. He gives an example of Lugden’s ‘happy election repartee’(a joke about ‘Lather’ and ‘the present price of “Soap”’), for which, if no other reason, he ‘deserves a niche in my tonsorial gallery’.

[Madame Albani [Dame Emma Albani Gye], celebrated Canadian operatic soprano.] Autograph Signature (‘Emma Albani Gye | 1883.’), written for display on front of envelope.

Author: 
Madame Albani [Dame Emma Albani Gye; Madame Albani; born Marie-Louise-Emma-Cécile Lajeunesse] (1847-1930), celebrated Canadian operatic soprano
albani
Publication details: 
1883; no place.
£28.00
albani

Clearly given in response to an autograph collector, and written for display on front panel of envelope. Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 cm. In good condition, lightly aged. Horizontal crease along bottom not affecting signature, which reads ‘Emma Albani Gye | 1883.’ In 1883, after several years of enormous success in Europe, Albani returned to Canada to give a series of recitals. Thousands turned out to greet her arrival in Montreal.

[Luigi Montesanto, Italian baritone opera singer.] Autograph Signature (‘Luigi Montesanto’) to part of printed English libretto to Leoncavallo’s ‘Pagliacci’.

Author: 
Luigi Montesanto (1887-1954), Italian baritone opera singer
Luigi
Publication details: 
Dated by Montesanto to 1936. [His Master’s Voice, London.]
£40.00
Luigi

At top right-hand corner of part of printed English libretto to Leoncavallo’s ‘Pagliacci’. Dimensions: 13.5 x 17.5 cm. Sloping upwards towards the corner, and underlined: ‘Luigi Montesanto | 1936’. On shiny art paper and in fair condition, lightly creased and a little dog-eared at the corner of the signature. The cutting is headed: ‘Prologue (Pagliacci) ... ... ... ... Leoncavallo | LUGI MONTESANTO | PROLOGUE’, with thirty-two lines of English translation.

[Professor A. Mawer, founder of the English Place-Name Society] Typed Note Signed A. Mawer to Major W. Newbold, c/o Board of Education, Whitehall, acknowledging his subscription to the English Place-Name Society.

Author: 
Professor A. Mawer, founder of the English Place-Name Society [Sir Allen Mawer, philologist.]
Publication details: 
[Headed] English Place-Name Society. | Founded to Carry Out the | Survey of English Place-Names [...] followed by names of the President (Tait), etc The University, Liverpool, 28 Feb. 1928.~One page, 4to, minor defects (small closed tear, fold marks, grubby corners), good condition. Text: We very much welcome your membership of the Place-Name Society, and thank you for your subscription, for which the Treasurer will send you a receipt in due course. I have instructed the Cambridge Press to send you the Worcestershire volume forthwith, and you will receive the volume on the North Riding when it appears in the course of the summer.
£45.00

One page, 4to, minor defects (small closed tear, fold marks, grubby corners), good condition. Text: We very much welcome your membership of the Place-Name Society, and thank you for your subscription, for which the Treasurer will send you a receipt in due course. I have instructed the Cambridge Press to send you the Worcestershire volume forthwith, and you will receive the volume on the North Riding when it appears in the course of the summer."

[Anselme Payen; French chemist] Note Signed Payen with flourishes to Mon cher colleague. See image.

Author: 
Anselme Payen (1795 – 1871), French chemist known for discovering the enzyme diastase, and the carbohydrate cellulose.
Payen
Publication details: 
Paris le 28 avril 1834 [partly printed].
£280.00
Payen

One page, 20 x 19cm, part crumpled, and stained, small chips on edges, text which, despite disparity from signature, must surely be in Payen's hand, just legible and complete. Docketed in another hand. See Image.

[G.W. Daniels, Political Economist] Autograph Letter Signed G.W. Daniels to The Secretary | Royal Society of Arts about reading a paper.

Author: 
G.W. Daniels [George William Daniels FSS (1878 – 1937), political economist and historian who was Vice-President of the Chetham Society and President of the Manchester Statistical Society].
Daniels
Publication details: 
[Headed] The University, Manchester, 4 August 1921. Royal Society of Arts stamp.
£56.00
Daniels

One page, 8vo, fold marks, good condition. He apologises for the delay in replying to the letter asking if I would read a paper before the Society of Arts during the coming session - I have been away. I should very much like to do as you request but I am afraid that my movements are too uncertain to make a promise. The subject is an attractive one and if you feel inclined to write me again, say for the following session, I would do my utmost to prepare a paper. See image.

[Thomas Babington Macaulay, historian] Autograph Letter to John sadly robbed of its signature by persons unknown, but concerning the contemporary success of his History, and other interesting matters.

Author: 
Thomas Babington Macaulay [Ist Baron Macaulay, (1800 – 1859), historian and Whig politician].
Macaulay
Publication details: 
Albany, 23 Oct.1849
£100.00
Macaulay

Formerly a four-page bifolium, but half a page cut off presumably including the signature, poor condition, with crude repair to a tear, but text clear and readable though the handwriting is a scrawl. A margin has been added, and the words Lord Macaulay. See Image of first page. Text: He thanks him for his letter. I have read it with much interest and pleasure. What you say of the Northern peasantry confirms the opinion which I have always held about them.

[Robert Southey, Poet] Holograph Addressed Envelope Only To | The Revd Edwin Sidney | Acle, | near | Norwich.

Author: 
Robert Southey (1774 – 1843), (Lake) Poet.
Southey
Publication details: 
No date.
£80.00
Southey

Piece of paper irregularly cut, c.11 x 6cm, tipped onto very slightly larger piece of paper. Docketed Southey the Poet in another hand. Sl stained, mainly good condition. See image. Sidney was apparently an autograph collector (see Googled entry Edwin Sidney of Acle on iCollector).

[John Wolcot, Peter Pindar; satirist] Two Letters [File copies?], Unsigned, from Wolcot to Henry Colburn, publisher [both docketed Sir Joshua Reynolds | sent to Colborn [sic] Bookseller

Author: 
John Wolcot, Peter Pindar (baptised 9 May 1738 – 14 January 1819), Satirist.
Pindar
Publication details: 
No place or date [trimmed]. Watermark Letter One 1809.
£250.00
Pindar

Total five pages, 8vo, trimmed (perhaps removing a place and date), closed tear on one fold, mainly good condition. This form of the letters (file copies?) was obviously in John Rope Rogers' mind in his Biographical Sketch, introducing Opie and His Works Being a Catalogue of 760 Pictures by John Opie [...] [1878]: The following letter of Dr. Wolcot's, indorsed,On Sir Joshua Reynolds; sent to Colborn, Book-seller was found in a collection of published and unpublished remains of Dr. Wolcot, which was sold at Puttick and Simpson's, May 17th, 1877.

[R.A. Maynard, The Gregynog Press] Typed Letter Signed R.A. Maynard, with MS addition, to Robert Pryce, giving information about the Press's Lord Herbert of Cherbury.

Author: 
R.A. Maynard, The Gregynog Press
Gregynog
Publication details: 
[Printed Heading] The Gregynog Press, Newtown, Montgomeryshire, 17 Sept. 1928.
£56.00
Gregynog

One page, 4to, dulled and stained, edges chipped in places, fold marks, text clear and complete. See Image. Text: [...] Our 'Lord Herbert of Cherbury' was issued in a limited edition of 300 copies at 4 guineas, and went out of print immediately after publication. I think however that you may still be able to obtain a copy through Mr. [J.] Kyrle Fletcher [added in Maynard's hand of Newport Mon] | We have a copy of Herbert's 'Life of King Henry VIII' which has not, to my knowledge, been reprinted since the 1649 edition, which you have.

[Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Baroness Holland, political hostess] Autograph Note Signed Elizth Fox to unnamed male correspondent settling a bill but mentioning that she has enclosed autographs which, he has said, his father collects(not present).

Author: 
Elizabeth Fox [Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Baroness Holland (1771-1845), political hostess and the wife of Whig politician Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland.]
Holland
Publication details: 
St Anne's Hill 16 Dec. 1839.
£65.00
Holland

One page, 8vo, fold marks, good condition. Text: I enclose you a check for the amount of my bill which I shall be glad to know you receive safe- As you say your Father is collecting autogreaphs I have enclosed you a few which he may like to have. See image.

[Hon. John Collier, artist] Printed Request from W.A. Browne & Co., Chartered Accountants, pp. London Library, about an outstanding subscription to the London Library, with MS additions, and a Note initialed J.C.

Author: 
John Collier [John Maler Collier (1850 – 1934), painter and writer.]
Collier
Publication details: 
[Printed] 308 Winchester House, Old Broad Street, London, E.C. | May Ist, 190[3].
£45.00
Collier

One page, 12mo, edges ragged but text clear and complete. See image. They ask if John Collier will confirm that his subscription was outstanding on 30th April 1903 when due on the 13th. Collier has confrimed this with his signature and his address, and added a note as follows: The subscription is paid by the London Joint Stock Bank. It seems to be their custom to pay on May1st. | J.C. See image.

[Earl of Cromer; Egypt; Cattle Plague] Part only of an Autograph Letter Signed Cromer, with reference to cattle plague (rinderpest) as affecting Egypt and to the Southern Ports (eg Suez). Recipient unknown.

Author: 
Lord Cromer [Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer (1841 – 1917), statesman, diplomat and colonial administrator. Created Baron Cromer in 1892.
Cromer
Publication details: 
Place and date presumably in missing half of the letter. [Post 1892?].
£65.00
Cromer

Text on both sides of the bottom half of an Autograph Letter Signed, 12 x 9cm, a sprawling hurried handwriting. Text; [p.1] [...] due to the death of the [Princess?]. | The cattle plague is a serious business - I do not think we shall be able to do [p.2] bottom half only] about the [occupation?] of the Southern ports [Suez, Port Said?]. There need to be no hurry. The matter can [stand over?] for a while.

[Marcus Stone, painter and illustrator] Autograph Note Signed Marcus Stone to D.H. Henslow, autograph collector, pointing to his autograph.

Author: 
Marcus Stone (1840 – 1921), painter and illustrator [Dickens et al).
Stone
Publication details: 
[Headed Notepaper of the Wellington Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, with photograph of the Hotel. 5 Aug. 1899. See image.
£45.00
Stone

One page, 12mo, fold mark, sm. closed tears not affecting the text, good condition. Dear Sir | Here is the autograph which you propose to honour with a place in your collection. | Very truly yours | Marcus Stone.

[Henry Cole as sub-commissioner under the Record Commission; Exchequer Records] Incomplete Autograph Letter or Draft in Cole's Handwriting about an impediment in the arrangement of the Miscellaneous Records of the Exchequer.

Author: 
[Henry Cole][Sir Henry Cole (1808 – 11882), civil servant and inventor who facilitated many innovations in commerce & education in the 19th century in the U.K.]
Cole
Publication details: 
No place, 4 March 1835.
£450.00
Cole

Two pages, 4to, good condition, lacking at least a signature page. An impediment in the arrangement of the Miscellaneous Records of the Exchequer which I feel it my duty to submit to the notice of the Board.

[Captain N. Craig, Governor of Pentonville Prison, c. 1863] Autograph Signature with title N. Craig Governor

Author: 
Captain N. Craig, Governor of Pentonville Prison, c. 1863
Pentonville
Publication details: 
Dated 20.12.63 in another hand.
£80.00
Pentonville

Paper, 14 x 5cm, poor condition. The words Pentonville Prison have been added as well as the above date, probably in a different hand. See Image.

[Chula of Siam; motor-racing] Signature only Chula of Siam.

Author: 
Chula of Siam [Chula Chakrabongse (1908 – 1963), member of the family of the Chakri Dynasty of Thailand]
Siam
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£25.00
Siam

Paper 7.5 x 2.5, laid down on larger paper (page from a small album), very top of the f of of carelessly trimmed, good condition. See image.

[Frederick III] Bold Signature Frederick William adding Buckingham Palace June 7th 1856

Author: 
Frederick III [(1831 – 1888) or Friedrich III was German Emperor and King of Prussia for 99 days between March and June 1888, during the Year of the Three Emperors.
Wilhelm
Publication details: 
Buckingham Palace June 7th 1856. With embossed stamp Buckingham Palace. SEE IMAGE.
£350.00
Wilhelm

Paper, 18 x 12cm, laid down on slightly paper. fold mark, a little spotted, mainly good conditiopn, bold text. Note: Frederick proposed to Victoria in 1855, when she was 14 years old. The betrothal of the young couple was announced on May 19, 1857, at Buckingham Palace and the Prussian Court,[24] and their marriage took place on 25 January 1858 in the Chapel Royal of St. James's Palace, London. This suggests that Frederick was staying at the Palace while courting.

[Dorset Election 1831; Hon. W.F.S. Ponsonby, brother of Lady Caroline Lamb; Earl of Shaftesbury] MS. The Expenses of The Committee for the Election of the Honble W.F.S. Ponsonby | To Thomas Phippard with covering letter from Tho. Phippard..

Author: 
[Dorset Election 1831; Hon. W.F.S. Ponsonby; Earl of Shaftesbury]
Dorset
Publication details: 
Bill dated 14 September 1831; covering letter Wareham, Nov. 1831.
£350.00
Dorset

Two pages, folio, fold marks, a little grubby, some damage (by stamp vandal?) marginally affecting text, ow fair.. A. The covering letter by Tho. Phippard, sending the Bill in the Election, asking the recipient, E.Nicoletts, Bridport, to fill in the blanks with the average sums charged per diem by the other agents. I have not included many days [absent?] in the business. My bill will be higher than some agents as I was directed to proceed in canvassing my Division earlier in consequence of the proceedings of Ashleys [ie Later Lord Shaftesbury].

[Admiral Willian Sidney Smith; Paris Imprisonment] COPY Letter to Lady Camelford (his aunt) in detail about his imprisonment in Paris. Smith's name mispelt (Sydney)

Author: 
Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith (1764-1840), British maritime hero of whom Napoleon exclaimed 'That man made me miss my destiny'
Smith
Publication details: 
[Headed] Copy of a Letter to Lady Camelford, Tower of the Temple, Paris, 27 August 1796.
£500.00
Smith

One page, folio, good condition, laid down on part of an album page (verso has a newspaper clipping about Wilson, the Pedestrian c.1815 - possibly some indication of when the Copy Letter was made). Text: My dear Aunt, | The recollection of my Situation must occasionally present itself to my Friends with redoubled anxiety when brought to Mind by the Accounts from Paris of tumults at the prison doors, Assassinations within the Walls & the whole train of mischief which the Daemon of Sedition & discord is perpetually Waking in this ill fated City!

[Fred Burnaby; traveller; Khiva] Season's Greetings to Sir Richard Temple, administrator in British India and a politician.

Author: 
Fred Burnaby [ [Colonel Frederick Gustavus Burnaby (1842-1885), adventurer, balloonist, Times war correspondent, British Army intelligence officer]
Burnaby
Publication details: 
[Headed] 36 Beaufort Gardens, South Kensington, SW, no date.
£80.00
Burnaby

One page, 12mo, black-bordered, laid down on larger paper (part of an album page?), fold mark, text at right angles to address: To Sir Richard Temple Bt | The Nash Kempsey Worcester | The bext wishes of the season | & many happy new years to you and yours | from | Fred Burnaby.

[John Randall, coachmaker] Two Autograph Letter Signed ('John Randall') from the London coachmaker John Randall to 'monsieur le Doctor Brown' [i.e. Sir Charles Brown], physician to the Queen of Prussia, one giving an Estimate for work.

Author: 
John Randall, 80 Long Acre, London, coachmaker and freemason [Sir Charles Brown (c.1747-1827) of Potsdam, 'First Physician to the King of Prussia, his Court and Army']
Coaching
Publication details: 
London, Long Acre 1788 AND London; 30 June 1789.
£250.00
Coaching

(1788) Letter, bifolium, , cr. 8vo, good condition, one page giving assurances as to quality, etc., with list (essentially a quote) of prices/features of A new Fashionable Chariot with a [?] light coloured cloth, Painted a Green [?] Patent yellow, made of the best materials & season'd timber, followed by a price list of various features (blinds, plated head plates, steps, strong plated harness, packing etc etc). See image. (1799) 1p., 4to, bifolium, very good, on lightly-aged paper.

[John Rich; theatre; Beggars' Opera] Signature with some unexplained text. See image.

Author: 
John Rich (1692–1761), important director and theatre manager in 18th-century London.
Rich
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£450.00
Rich

Paper, 18 x 4cm, laid down on paper, 15 x 24cm, grubby, Signature of John Rich with note and a title[?], as follows: Mrs Rich's Ground | Mr Linley | 5 Guineas for Fülling | Jn. Rich. No illumination from Google. John Rich's signature and autograph apparently hen's teeth. Perhaps Rich is best remembered for the success of John Gay's Beggar's Opera and the 'invention' of Pantomime..

[Mother Mary of Stella Maris; Jerusalem; Khartoum] Autograph Postcard Signed Mother Mary of Stella Maris | Convent of Marie Reparatrice | P.O.B. 29 Jerusalem to [Khartoum -see full statement below]. Recommendation.

Author: 
Mother Mary of Stella Maris [Les sœurs de Marie-Réparatrice; Jerusalem].
Catholic
Publication details: 
[Printed] Couvent de Marie Reparatrice. [MS] Jerusalem, 26 Novembre 1944. With original envelope. (No stamp!)
£100.00
Catholic

Postcard, 13 x 10cm, good condition. With the stamp of the Convent, see image.Text: To the Religious (Catholic Communiteis at Khartoum - | This is to recommend most warmly a great friend of ours Capt. Gerald Wynne Rushton, who is about to start for Khartoum as Administrator of the Area - | He is a good Catholic - And he needs in consequence to find a really good Catholic family, where he can stay. (Board and Lodging.) Revd Mother Supr of our Community here, as also myself, would be grateful for any help given to Capt.

[Prince Leiningen; Royal Navy] Autograph Letter Signed Leiningen to General Brine

Author: 
Prince Leiningen [Ernst Leopold, 4th Prince of Leiningen (1830 -1904), German nobleman who served with distinction in the Royal Navy.]
Leiningen
Publication details: 
[Headed] Admiralty House, Sheerness [postmark smudged 10 July 8[3?]]. With original envelope.
£150.00
Leiningen

Two pages, 12mo, fold mark, good condition. Text: The wide ribbon was issued to myself & the other officers of the Expedition in 1854 [Crimean War] together with the gold Turkish medal.- The men did not get it, but if I remember right they had silver or bronze medals given them: I forget which. The only other Naval [underlined] officer besides myself, who received the gold medal, was the late Adm[iral] The H[onoura]ble H.C. Glyn.

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