[ Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Newport. ] With Autograph Letter Signed to Sir J. E. Harington from Charles Grevile, Bristol attorney.

Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Newport, Wales; Ralph Ruscoe, Principal Clerk ; Charles Grevile (1788-1862), attorney [ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
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[ Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Wales. ] Ruscoe's circular from 'Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Office, Newport, May 21st, 1849.'

The company opened canals from Newport to Pontypool and to Crumlin in 1796. It was taken over by the Great Western Railway in 1875, and a passenger service from Ebbw Vale to Cardiff still runs. Three items with covering paper on which Sir J. E. Harington has written in ink: 'Sir J E Harington | Monmouthshire Ry & Canal Papers', with the following added in pencil: 'May 21 1849. | Asking my consent to take new shares - | No.' All items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from Grevile to Harington. Bristol; 13 June 1849. 2pp., 4to.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] A Brief Memoir of James Davies, Master of the National School, on Devauden-Hill, Monmouthshire. By a Clergyman.

'A Clergyman' [ also 'J. A. G.', i.e. James Ashe Gabb ] [ James Davies (1765-1849), schoolmaster of Devauden Hill, Monmouthshire, Wales ]
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London: C. & J. Rivington, Hatchard & Son, Seeley & Son; Chilcot and Richardson, Bristol; and all Booksellers in Monmouthshire. 1832. [ 'Chilcott, Printer, Wine Street, Bristol.' ]

xi + 41pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, in worn twentieth-century binding, with the bookplate of the City of Cardiff Public Libraries, but no library stamps or other indications. Two-page dedication to 'Edward [ Copleston ], Bishop of Llandaff', followed by seven-page preface. The memoir is contained in letters to 'Miss B.' In 1831 Gabb writes of a visit to Davies: 'He s still the same. Keeping the noiseless tenor of his way on his favourite hill.

[Professor James Richard Ainsworth Davis.] 'Application for the Biological Chair of the "University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire."' [by Banbury printers Cheney & Sons], with two leaves of 'Testimonials', including one by T. H. Huxley.

'James R. Davis, B.A. | (Of Trinity College, Cambridge.)' [Professor James Richard Ainsworth Davis (1861-1834); Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
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'14, Calthorpe Road, Banbury, Oxon. | August 17th, 1883.' [Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire.]

Three pieces of Victorian educational and scientific ephemera, and nice pieces of provincial printing. All three items nearly fine. ONE: 'APPLICATION for the Biological Chair of the "University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire."' Dated from Calthorpe Road on 17 August 1883, and addressed to 'IVOR JAMES, Esq. | Registrar, | University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire.' 1p., 4to. On bifolium.

Nineteen printed items from the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, including reports, prospectuses, regulations and schemes of study, studentships and scholarships.

[University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire; Board of Education Reference Library]
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University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. Seventeen of the items dating from between 1894 and 1921; the eighteenth from 1955.

The collection is in good condition, on aged and worn paper. The nineteen items all from the Board of Education Reference Library, and variously bearing its stamp, shelfmarks and red label. ONE: 'County Free Studentships and Scholarships.' Cardiff: Daniel Owen and Company, Limited, St. Mary Street. 1894. 12pp., 12mo. In grey printed wraps. TWO: 'County Free Studentships and Scholarships'. Cardiff: Daniel Owen and Company, Limited (as Item One). 1895. 12pp., 12mo. In grey printed wraps. THREE: 'Diplomas in Engineering, Mining, Metallurgy, and Mining and Metallurgy.

Autograph Letter Signed ('T. H. Burlend') from the zoologist Thomas Harold Burlend to the occultist William Bernard Crow, discussing his paper on 'Periodicity in Classification'.

Thomas Harold Burlend, Lecturer in Histology and Embryology, University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire [William Bernard Crow (1895-1976), zoologist and occultist]
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On letterhead of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, Cardiff, 16 March 1938.

1p., 12mo. 22 lines. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Burlend begins his letter: 'Many thanks for your paper on Periodicity in Classification: it is very interesting but in many respects beyond me. | I don't understand why the Polyzoa should be included in the group "True limbs present" as they have nothing suggesting limbs'. | Otherwise the classification for the Animal Kingdom seems more balanced than it is in most text-books.' The second part of the letter discusses specific examples: platypus, aves and mammals.

Autograph Letter Signed from the Welsh antiquary Octavius Morgan, discussing in detail a watch by Johann Sayller of Ulm in the possession of the unnamed recipient of the letter, and the evils of modern restoration of clocks and watches.

Octavius Morgan [Charles Octavius Swinnerton Morgan] (1803-1888), Welsh antiquary and Conservative Member of Parliament for Monmouth [Johann Sayller of Ulm; clocks and watches; watchmaking]
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9 Pall Mall [London]. 21 June 1861.

3pp., 12mo. 52 lines. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for sending for his 'inspection the old watch which is a nice specimen', but would have been of more interest had it been left in its original condition'. He describes the alterations, and his reasons for believing that they were 'done by a French man, & I should think prior to the time of your late Brother'. Morgan possesses a watch by Sayller, and he 'once saw an extremely curious & beautiful clock of his in a case of silver'.

The Source of "The Ancient Mariner."

Ivor James, Registrar of The University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire [Samuel Taylor Coleridge]
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Cardiff: Daniel Owen and Company, Limited. 1890.

12mo: [iv] + 88 pages. Unbound. In original olive printed wraps. PRESENTATION COPY to 'Dr. Elliott | With kind regards', with around a dozen manuscript emendations. On aged paper, with loss to front wrap and spine. Each page, including the front wrap, within ruled red border. COPAC lists only five holdings.

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