[Walter James Allen, Victorian illustrator.] Album containing twelve photographic prints of illustrations in the series 'Dogs of Finance and The Stock Exchange: Twelve Studies in the City By Walter J. Allen', with manuscript titles (by Allen?).

Walter J. Allen [Walter James Allen] (fl.1859-1891), artist and illustrator specialising in comic animals and children [London Stock Exchange]
Dogs of the Stock Exchange
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No place or date. [London, c.1878?]
Dogs of the Stock Exchange

There is no record of the present images having been published, but around 1878 the London publishers Sampson Low had published a related item, 'Dogs of Assize: A Legal Sketch Book in Black and White, containing Six Drawings by Walter J. Allen, arranged by H. W. Cutts'. The present collection comprises twelve sepia 150 x 100 mm photographic prints of anthropomorphic drawings of dogs, representing various individuals of the London Stock Exchange, each one laid down on a blank gilt-edged cabinet card (165 x 110 mm).

[ Vero Kemball Shaw writes to his publishers 'Messrs Geo Routledge & Sons'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vero Shaw') concerning the production of his books 'The Encyclopaedia of the Kennel' and 'The Encyclopaedia of the Poultry Yard'.

Vero Kemball Shaw (1851-1921), author of books on dogs and animal husbandry [George Routledge & Sons, London publishers]
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56 St John's Park Mansions, Highgate, N. [London] '3 of July [1913]'.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter would appear to concern both of the books which Shaw published with Routledge in 1913: 'The Encyclopaedia of the Poultry Yard' and 'The Encyclopaedia of the Kennel'. He begins by explaining that he is finally sending in 'title page, & dedication, which I should have sent in earlier had I not been awaiting Mr T[?]s permission to dedicate the book to him.

[ Maud Earl, painter of dogs. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Maud Earl.') to 'Sir William' [i.e. the physician Sir William Henry Allchin ], confirming an engagement on the following day.

Maud Earl [ Maud Alice Earl ] (1864-1943), British-American artist noted for her paintings of dogs [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
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On lettehead of Bloomfield Studios, 13 Bloomfield Place, S.W. [ London ] 27 July [ no year ].

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Sir William | Many thanks for your letter | We will be with you tomorrow Tuesday by 11. o'c'.

[ Thomas Fisher, artist and antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Fisher') to <J. T. Home?>, regarding 'plates of [Chinese?] symbols'

Thomas Fisher (1772-1836), artist and antiquary
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19 September 1825. Place not stated [ London? ].

1p., 4to. In fair condition, somewhat aged and worn. The letter reads: 'My dear friend | On examining your plates of symbols I find no perceptible [corrected from 'practicable'] difference between Nos 154 & 155; although the former is described as a dog and the latter as a hairy shaggy dog. Is the fact so? Excuse the freedom of yours | very sincerely | Thos. Fisher'. Fisher's letter may be connected with Robert Morrison's 'Dictionary of the Chinese Language' (1815-1823), which has a symbol for 'A hairy, shaggy dog.'

[ Collier Dock, Isle of Dogs. ] Printed 'Report of the Directors to the Proprietors, at their second General Meeting 5th April, 1827.'

Collier Dock, Isle of Dogs [ George Byng, Chairman; W. Baker, Acting Secretary; G. Taylor, Printer, London printer ]
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W. Taylor, Acting Secretary, Limehouse, Middlesex, and 5, Nicholas Lane, Lombard Street, London. [ G. Taylor, Printer, Lamb's Conduit Passage. 1827. ]

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium with three pages of text, with title on reverse of second leaf (printed crosswise for folding into packet). In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The first page is headed 'Collier Dock - Isle of Dogs', followed by a list in two columns of the twenty-four directors, and solicitor's details. The 'Meeting of the Proprietors' was held at the London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, 5 April 1827, and there was only one topic.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent [Mr Blunt of Crewe].

John Brown
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29 May 1859; 'Edinburgh 23 Rutland St'.

Scottish essayist (1810-82). Two pages, 12mo. With mourning border. Good, but on discoloured paper, and with some glue staining to blank second leaf of bifoliate. Concerns the work for which Brown is remembered, 'Rab and his friends' (1859). If he is ever at Crewe he will 'certainly avail myself of Mrs. Blunt's & your very gratifying invitation. His wife is 'more delighted, I think, with your letter about "Rab" than by any other - & she has kept it - being like all good wives greedy of her husband's praise.' Signed 'J. Brown'.

Two Autograph Signature on slip of paper.

Richard Adams (born 1920), English novelist, best-known for 'Watership Down' (1972)
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Undated and with place not stated.

On strip of paper roughly two inches by eight wide. Good. Two bold signature reads 'Yours sincerely | Richard Adams'. Presumably the collector was expected to cut the autographs off individually - for wgatever purpose.

Typescript, with illustrations, of a children's tale entitled 'A story by patch'.

Evaline May Brierly
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[circa 1949]; no place

Typed on one side of 86 quarto leaves, the latter leaves paginated and ending with 86. In printed wraps neatly tied with blue ribbon. Somewhat dusty but in good condition overall. According to the British Library catalogue the story was published by Unity Products in 1949. Patch is a dog, and the first few leaves contain eleven charming illustrations his friends, including Scragg, Tatters and Madame Sing-Hi.

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