[ Herbert Hall Turner, Savilian Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Radcliffe Observatory at Oxford University. ] Autograph Note Signed ('H H Turner') to 'Mrs. Green', declining a dinner invitation due to a plans to see an eclipse in Japan.

H. H. Turner [ Herbert Hall Turner ] (1861-1930), British astronomer and seismologist, from 1893 Savilian Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Radcliffe Observatory at Oxford University
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On letterhead of the University Observatory, Oxford. 22 May 1896.

From the papers of the family of the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight creasing to bottom corners. Reads: 'Dear Mrs. Green | I fear I shall be on the way to Japan to see the Eclipse. Very sorry to miss your dinner party | Yours sincerely | H H Turner'.

[ Harington Baronets of Ridlington in Rutland. ] Two Manuscript Pedigrees, one (to 1856) with coats of arms in colours, the other (to 1817) in black ink. With two ALsS from R. H. Beaumont to William Radcliffe, with pedigrees and genealogical notes.

Richard Henry Beaumont of Whitley Hall, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire [ The Harington Baronets of Ridlington in the County of Rutland; William Radcliffe (1770-1828), Rouge-Croix Pursuivant ]
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Both pedigrees on Whatman paper, the coloured one (to 1856) with watermark dated 1848, the other (to 1817) with watermark dated 1817. Beaumont's two letters from Whitley Hall, Yorkshire; 28 January and 15 February 1800.

The four items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, and all four rolled into the one packet. The material derives from the Harington family papers. ONE: Coloured pedigree to 1856, watermark: 'J WHATMAN | TURKEY MILL | 1848'. Roll, roughly 108 x 30 cm., made by attaching several leaves of thick paper together. Thirty-three generations, in a column of thirty-three coloured armorial shields flanked by circles containing the names of the couples connected with each shield (men to the left and women to the right).

[ Dame Sybil Thorndike. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Sybil Thorndike') to 'Mrs. Radcliffe', explaining her reasons for being unable to sit for 'Mr. Priest'.

Dame Sybil Thorndike [ Agnes Sybil Thorndike ] (1882-1976), English actress [ Alfred Priest (1874-1929), English artist ]
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On her letterhead ('Under the Direction of Bronson Albery & Lewis Casson'), from the Criterion Theatre, London. 1 February 1923.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and creased, with slight tearing at edges. She begins: 'Please forgive me for not answering your letter before, but I have been so rushed!' She is not able to 'sit for Mr. Priest just at present': 'We are just on the point of starting rehearsals for several plays to be toured and, in addition, my two small girls are ill, so that I want to spend all my spare time with them.' She is trying to 'get out of' sittings for another artist.

[Inscribed copy.] Acis & Galataea, or The Beau ! the Belle !! and the Blacksmith !!! A Piece of Oxford Extravagance. Written for the Annual Dramatic Performance at the Victoria Theatre, Oxford, December, 1869, in aid of the Radcliffe Infirmary.

[Thomas Forder Plowman (1844-1919)]
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Oxford: Slatter & Rose, High Street. 1869. [Oxford: Printed by E. W. Morris, Jun.]

[4] + 43pp., 12mo. Stabbed as issued. An attractive and elegantly-printed little book. Internally very good, on lightly-aged paper, loose in worn light-brown calf binding, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, back hinge sprung. Stamped in gilt on the front cover: 'ACIS & GALATAEA | A PIECE OF OXFORD EXTRAVAGANCE | BY | T. F. PLOWMAN'. Inscribed on fly-leaf: 'H. W. Chapman, Esq. | with the author's sincerest regards. | 1869.' A scarce item: only three copies on COPAC, at Oxford, Cambridge and the British Library, all three of which attribute this anonymous work to Plowman.

Liverpool Fire Prevention. An Act For the better protection of Property in the Borough of Liverpool from Fire. [ROYAL ASSENT, AUGUST 24th 1843.] 6 Vict. - Sess. 1843.

Liverpool Fire Prevention [Act of Parliament, 1843; British Fire Brigade]
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London: J. B. Nichols and Son, Printers, 25, Parliament-street. [1843.] [Radcliffe, Town Clerk, Liverpool. Burke and Venables, 44, Parliament Street, Parliamentary Agents.]

Folio: ii + 59 + [1] pp. Unbound. Stitched as issued. Text clear and entire, but in poor condition: on creased, discoloured and stained paper, with wear to extremities. Begins 'WHEREAS fires in warehouses in the borough of Liverpool have of late years been of frequent and alarming recurrence, and have been attended with considerable loss of life and property.' 124 clauses, followed by seven pages of 'Schedules referred to by the foregoing act'.

Anno Vicesimo Octavo Georgii III. Regis. CAP. LXIII. An Act for charging several Estates in the Counties of Northumberland, Cumberland, and Durham, settled upon the late Charles Radcliffe deceased, for Life, with Remainder to his First and other Sons

[Act of Parliament; Charles Radcliffe; Anthony James, Earl of Newburgh; Northumberland; Cumberland; Durham]
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London: Printed by Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1788.

Folio: sixteen leaves on laid paper. Unbound and stabbed, with two staples (now rusted) added subsequently. Good, with first leaf lightly discoloured. Title-leaf, and text on next fifteen paginated 1131-1159.

Autograph Note Signed to Mr. Robertson (not in Maxted - see address on verso).

Thomas Hornsby.
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[Ox]ford, 22 Sept. 1784.

Astronomer and Radcliffe Librarian (1733-1810). Became Librarian in 1783. One page, 4to, chipped and stained but text readable. "Mr. Hornsby presents his Compliments to Mr. Robertson, & begs the favour of him to deliver the two last Publications of the Royal Society {insert: Small Paper} , to the Bearer, if Mr. Wingrove [Wingrave in Maxted?] has not yet recd. them. As it is the Small Paper which Mr. H[ornsby] chooses to have on account of binding the late volumes of the same size with the preceding ones, Mr. H.

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