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Admiral Beatty [Admiral of the Fleet David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty (1871-1936)], First Sea Lord, 1919-1927, commander of the 1st Battlecruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland in 1916

[Admiral Beatty [Admiral of the Fleet David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty], First Sea Lord.] Autograph Signature from album.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB, in which ‘deep professional commitment and mental toughness’ are said to be qualities whose possession he demonstrated ‘heroically’. On 8 x 5 cm piece of light blue-grey paper. Good large firm signature 'Beatty'. No other writing on page. In good condition,...

£25.00
[Victorian butterfly illustration; nineteenth-century botanical drawing; nature; natural history]

[Victorian butterfly illustration; nineteenth-century nature drawing.] Eight original coloured illustrations of butterflies and moths, with leaves, translucent on waxed oiled cloth.

An attractive collection, by an unidentified artist, on uniform pieces of waxed or oiled cloth, cut to 10 cm squares with rounded edges. Each illustration features a different butterfly or moth, arranged with a different single leaf. Very nicely executed, in a wide range of colours, and suitable...

£280.00 Butterflies
[Sir Winston Churchill: assessment by close colleague] Major General Sir Noel Galway Holmes (1891-1982), KBE CB MC, Irish soldier and senior World War Two British Army officer, D.Q.M.G. ( Movements)

[Sir Winston Churchill: an unpublished assessment by a close colleague.] Two documents from the papers of Sir Noel Galway Holmes: an autograph account and assessment of his wartime relationship with Churchill; and a typescript describing his own work

Two very interesting unpublished documents, the first giving an assessment of Churchill by a colleague who worked closely with him throughout the Second World War, and the second describing the important part that individual himself played in the logistical management of the war, from before...

£450.00 Sir Winston Churchil
‘John Strange Winter’ [Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Stannard, née Palmer] (1856-1911), English novelist and magazine editor

[‘John Strange Winter’ [Henrietta E. V. Stannard], English novelist and magazine editor.] Autograph Note Signed both in nom de plume and real name to Norman Wetton, in response to a request for an autograph.

On 14 x 9 cm plain printed postcard, addressed (by the recipient) to ‘Norman Wetton / 7 Claremont Road / Forest Gate / Essex’. On the plain side of the card she writes: ‘With pleasure here is the sign-manual of your’s [sic] faithfully / John Strange Winter. / (Henrietta. E. V. Stannard.) / Aug...

£25.00
An English Railway Company on the eve of the Great War: C. W. Eborall and the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, 1911-1915

[South Eastern and Chatham Railway; re Petrol-Electric Motor Rail Coaches] 110 items from the papers of C. W. Eborall, all but one relating to his work as a senior inspector with the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.

N.B. abebooks don't show a full description. Please either check my website or enquire. 110 items from the papers of C. W. Eborall, all but one relating to his work as a senior inspector with the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, and with 104 of the items dating from between 1911 and 1915....

£3,500.00
Sir Philip Watts (1846-1926), British naval architect who designed the revolutionary battleship HMS Dreadnought, and several Elswick cruisers [Institution of Naval Architects, London]

[Dreadnought designer: Sir Philip Watts, naval architect.] Offprint with presentation inscription by author: ‘Ships of the British Navy on August 4, 1914, and some matters of interest in connection with their production.’ With four fold-out plates.

This offprint is scarce. The only copy on WorldCat at the Caird Library of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. See Watt's entry in the Oxford DNB, which underlines his pre-eminence: 'At the battle of Jutland (31 May 1916) twenty-nine of the thirty-four British battleships and battle...

£320.00
Silver Jubilee Naval Review 1935 [Royal Navy; Spithead; Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers; Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes; Frank C. Bowen; Evelyn H. Healey]

[Royal Navy ephemera.] Printed commemorative newspaper: ‘Siver Jubilee Naval Review 1935’. Filled with articles, advertisements and illustrations. Contributions by Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, Frank C. Bowen and Evelyn H. Healey.

A scarce item: no copies on WorldCat or JISC, nor at the Caird Library, National Martime Museum (though the latter does have a signed print of one of the illustrations). Twenty-six broadsheet pages, on news stock paper, in shiny paper covers printed in red, blue and brown. Filled with...

£180.00
Religious Tract Society, London; W. Clowes and A. Applegarth, publishers

[Religious Tract Society.] Two uncommon printed pamphlets: ‘The Blind Schoolmistress of Devonshire. A True and Interesting Story.’ and ‘Scotch Betty: A True Story of a Poor Woman, who was run over by a Waggon’.

Two nice ephemeral items. Both now quite scarce: the first (four copies on COPAC) more than the second. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Disbound and stabbed as issued. ONE: ‘No. 592. / The Blind Schoolmistress of Devonshire. / A True and Interesting Story.’ 8pp, 12mo. Slug at foot of p...

£50.00
Lord Beresford [William Carr Beresford (1768-1854), 1st Viscount Beresford, 1st Marquis of Campo Maior], Commander in Chief of the Portuguese army during the Peninsular War [Duke of Wellington]

[Lord Beresford [William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, 1st Marquis of Campo Maior], Commander in Chief of Portuguese army in Peninsular War.] Two copy letters to Duke of Wellington; apparent autograph draft of letter, 1809; one other item.

Four interesting Peninsular War items, from a collection of Beresford material. In 1813 the Duke of Wellington described Beresford as ‘the ablest man I have yet seen in the army’. See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The four items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn (but see descriptions...

£250.00
Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847), ‘The Liberator’, Irish nationalist politician, leader of Ireland’s Roman Catholics, described by Gladstone as ‘the greatest popular leader the world has ever seen’

[‘The greatest popular leader the world has ever seen’: Daniel O’Connell, Irish nationalist politician.] Autograph Signature and valediction to a letter.

See his entry in the Dictionary of Irish Biography. On 7 x 4 cm piece of paper. In good condition, with slight discoloration. In O’Connell’s distinctive fine-nibbed hand reads: ‘Ever yours, / most sincerely / Daniel O’Connell’. The ‘C’ of ‘O’Connell’ extends downwards, and this flourish is very...

£25.00
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