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Sir Edward John Poynter [Sir Edward John Poynter] (1836-1919), painter and President of the Royal Academy [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945), journalist]

[Sir Edward J. Poynter, painter, President of the Royal Academy.] Autograph Card Signed ('Edward J. Poynter') to 'Mr. Armstrong' [journalist George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945)], arranging meeting around 'the private view of Burne Jones's pictures'.

On one side of a 9 x 11.5 cm card, with letterhead printed in red at top right. In good condition, lightly-aged. Annotated on otherwise-blank reverse, which bears traces of glue from mount at corners. Reads: 'Ap. 23. 90 | Dear Mr. Armstrong | I forgot that on Friday I go to the R.A. in the aft...

£38.00
T.H. Huxley (1825-1895), biologist, proponent of Darwinian theory.

[T.H. Huxley; A.B. Meyer; H.W. Bates] Autograph Note signed 'T H Huxley' to '[H.W.] Bates' [naturalist, explorer, assistant secretary of the Geographical Socy ] re. Dr Meyer's wish to attend a Geographical Society meeting before he goes to Borneo.

Two pages, 12mo, text clear, but loss of one edge, a closed tear, foxing, text complete except the top of the y in Huxley's signature and the it of admit. See image of signature page. Content involves three giants of nineteenth century science and exploration (Huxley, Meyer and H.E. Bates). Text...

£400.00
The Oxford Etonian Club [Eton College; Old Etonians]

[Oxford Etonian Club] Broadsheet headed 'RULES OF THE OXFORD ETONIAN CLUB.'

Printed in two columns in black and red on one side of a piece of paper seventeen and a half inches by eleven and a quarter wide. Foxed and with a few very small closed tears at points along crease lines. Thirty-six rules, listed under sections headed 'THE EXECUTIVE', 'GENERAL MEETINGS', '...

£220.00
Elaine Greene (later Lady Greene)(1920-1987), Literary Agent, American-born sometime sister-in-law of novelist Graham Greene, married to his brother, Hugh Carleton Greene; [R.P. Lister, author]

[Elaine Greene, Literary Agent, sister-in-law of Graham Greene] The small archive of mainly correspondence between Literary Agent and Author-Client.

One of the top [literary] agents in LondonThe extensive correspondence, business and personal, between Elaine Greene and Elaine Greene Literary Agency, and R.P. Lister [Richard Percival Lister], travel-writer, novelist, poet, contributor to periodicals, and eventually friend. He published...

£220.00
W. Harrison Ainsworth [William Harrison Ainsworth] (1805-1882), Victorian historical novelist and close friend of Charles Dickens

[William Harrison Ainsworth, Victorian historical novelist and close friend of Charles Dickens.] Autograph Signature for an autograph hunter: ‘W. Harrison Ainsworth | Dunmow. | July 19th. 1855.’

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On 16 x 10 cm rectangle cut from leaf of an autograph album. On lightly aged wove paper, with crease to one corner avoiding the writing. Boldly written: ‘W. Harrison Ainsworth / Dunsnow. / July 19th. 1855.’ Nothing else written on either side of the leaf. See...

£45.00
W. G. Romaine [William Govett Romaine] (1815-1893), English barrister, civil servant and colonial administrator [William Mullice]

[William Govett Romain, as Second Secretary to the Admiralty.] Autograph Signature (‘W. G. Romaine’) with accompanying text filling in printed 'communication' appointing William Mullice ‘Gunner, 2d Class, Additional’ on board HMS Cumberland.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, tall 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged; folded twice. In the following transcription the manuscript parts are in square brackets: ‘By Command of the Commissioners for Executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and...

£80.00
Upton Sinclair [Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. (1878 – 1968), American writer, muckraker, political activist]

[Upton Sinclair, American novelist] Greetings with Signature With best wishes | Upton Sinclair.

Card, 11 x 7cm, very good condition. See Image.

£38.00
Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Ireland’s national poet before Yeats, famed for his ' Irish Melodies', who destroyed his friend Lord Byron’s memoirs

[Thomas Moore, Ireland’s national poet before Yeats, destroyer of his friend Lord Byron’s memoirs.] Autograph Signature on valediction cut from letter for autograph hunter.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On 11 x 5.5 cm rectangle cut from the foot of a letter. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with traces of glue from mount adhering to the blank reverse. Folded once. Reads: ‘Yours in great haste, / most cordially / Thomas Moore’. See image.

£45.00
Spencer Leigh Hughes (1858-1920), Liberal politician, journalist (the 'Sub Rosa' of the Morning Leader) and engineer.

[‘Another lunatic!’ Spencer Leigh Hughes, Liberal politician and journalist.] Autograph Note Signed to ‘Armstrong’ regarding a critic of his use of the word ‘British’.

Hughes began as a journalist, writing the popular column ‘Sub Rosa’ in the Morning Leader, before descending from the Press Gallery onto the floor of the House of Commons. However short, the present item gives a faint echo of the verve for which he was renowned as a backbencher and after-dinner...

£38.00
Sir William Stirling Maxwell (1818-78), 9th Baronet of Pollok, Scottish author, art historian, book collector [Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868), Dean of St Paul’s; Edward Pleydell Bouverie; Lord Lyveden]

[Sir William Stirling Maxwell, art historian and book collector.] Autograph Letter Signed to ‘Mr. Dean’ (i.e. Henry Hart Milman, Dean of Saint Paul’s), regarding the drafting of their dissent to the parliamentary ‘Report of the Oaths Commission’.

See the entries on the two men in the Oxford DNB. The document to which Stirling Maxwell refers in this letter can be read as ‘Dissent (No. III.)’ on pp.xiii to xxii of the parliamentary ‘Report of the Oaths Commission. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.’ (London:...

£50.00
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