[ Highclere Castle; Downton Abbey; Auction Catalogue ] Heroes at Highclere | Auction Guide inscribed by some of the cast of Downton Abbey.

[ Highclere Castle; Downton Abbey ]
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Highclere Castle, Sunday 16 October 2011.

TWO COPIES, leaflet, auction catalogue, 8pp., 8vo each, very good to fine condition. Illustrated Catalogue including items from Downton House, inc. script from Episode One. COPY ONE: Inscribed front Fiona [Carn?] [Fiona, Lady Carnarvon, Countess of Carnarvon] and Signed on the back page by actors who appeared in Downton Abbey: Jim Carter (also the 'auctioneer'), Phyllis Logan Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Hugh Bonneville, and Allen Leach. COPY TWO: A marked copy, with prices realised.

Conservative High Society in late Victorian Britain: The album of Miss Evelyn Peel, daughter of Sir Robert Peel, 1896-1899

[Emily Peel, daughter of Sir Robert Peel III; Alice Keppel and her like]
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Evelyn Emily Peel (c.1869-1960), second daughter of Sir Robert Peel, 3rd Bart (1822-1895), and Lady Emily Hay, daughter of the Marquess of Tweeddale, married the diplomat Sir (James William) Ronald Macleay (1870-1943) in 1901. Compiled in the years preceding her marriage, the album reflects Evelyn Peel's energetic and playful personality, and her position as a member of late-Victorian Conservative high society.

[Peter Rylands] Autograph Letter Signed "Peter Rylands" to "Brooke Robinson" (Dudley lawyer?).

Peter Rylands, politician and wire manufacturer (Wikipedia)
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[Printed heading] Bewsey House, Warrington, 25 Sept. 1871.

Four pages, 12mo, remannts from tipping in album or similar, sl. grubby, text clear and complete. He discusses the previous situation of "John Gamble", a servant, who he says was 'trustworthy & obliging' in the few months he was employed by him., "He is not at all afraid of hard work but rather appears to like it but is somewhat rough in his manner & makes too much noise." He had to tell him off for this, and prefers quiet servants.

Manuscript Victorian directions for a servant in a large establishment, giving twenty instructions, primarily regarding cleaning.

[Directions for a nineteenth-century English servant; Victorian domestic service]
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Without date or place. [England, 1860s?]

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. On piece of watermarked laid paper. The first page reads: 'Not to call out to any of the servants but to go up to them when wanted or to ring the call bell. | Care about curtains & chairs - wear white cotton gloves to touch them with | Open shutters gently so as not to disturb the family. | Dont talk loud or laugh loud. - where there are many servants the noise is disagreeable & never allowed.' Towards the end: 'In setting your candle down see that there is nothing over it - such as a picture frame or ornament of any kind -'.

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