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[Plymouth Royal Navy Dock Yard] Sir John St Aubyn (1758-1839), 5th Baronet, landowner, politician and fossil collector

‘Lease of the Dock Yard at Plymouth’: Manuscript draft by lawyers Wimburn, Colletts & Dyson, of indenture between Sir John St Aubyn and ‘The Principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesty’s Navy’.

St Aubyn’s entry in the Oxford DNB makes no mention of Plymouth or the Royal Navy. 9pp, foolscap 8vo, on nine leaves of laid paper with fleur-de-lys watermark. In poor condition: an attempt has been made to burn the document, and the left-hand side of each leaf has been badly damaged, with much...

£180.00
[St Theresa’s bones] Latin Patriarch of Constantinople; Roman Catholic; Placido Zurla (1769-1834), Cardinal Vicar of Rome

[St Theresa’s bones.] Roman Catholic Printed certificate, in Latin, completed to declare St Theresa’s bones authentic. Signed by ‘J. Patr. Constantinop. Vicesgs.’ (vicegerent to Latin Patriarch of Constantinople), with stamp of Cardinal Zurla.

On one side of 31 x 21 cm. A frail survival, worn, aged and with closed tears, with the backing damaged and stained. Text clear and entire in Greek key border. Blind stamp of Cardinal Zurla at bottom left. Signed by 'J. Patr. Constantinop. Vicesgs.' and by the scribe who completed the printed...

£280.00 St Theresa’s bones
[Joan of Arc] Walter Sidney Scott (1900-1980) [Rev. Dr W. S. Scott of Shortfield House, Frensham], English cleric, author and biographer of Joan of Arc [Jeanne d’Arc]

[Joan of Arc: Rev. Dr Walter Sidney Scott of Shortfield House, Frensham.] Autograph and Typescript material by him relating to Joan of Arc (talk, paper, article, dramatic ‘Reverie’), with material relating to his family pedigree.

Scott was the author of books on subjects as diverse as the bluestockings and metaphysical poets. He produced two works on Joan of Arc: first, in 1956, the Folio Society published his edition of ‘The trial of Joan of Arc, being the verbatim report of the proceedings from the Orleans Manuscript...

£580.00
[British coastal defence in the Napoleonic Wars] Landguard Fort; St. Maws; Pendennis Castle; Plymouth and St Nicholas Island; Portland Castle; Hull and the Blockhouse; Hurst Castle; Holy Island

[British coastal defence in the Napoleonic Wars.] Manuscript document giving itemised daily and yearly expenditure at twelve coastal military establishments (forts and castles).

An interesting document, neatly laid out in black with red underlining on both sides of 29 x 42 cm leaf. Painted in black lengthwise near one edge is ‘Winchelsea / 1805’, and 1805 would be a good year for the document’s composition, with Britain fighting the Napoleonic Wars and in the midst of...

£320.00 British coastal defence
Julia Neilson AND Ellen Terry [Julia Emilie Neilson (1868 – 1957), actress, wife of Fred Terry, Dame Alice Ellen Terry GBE (1847 – 1928), actress, sister of Fred]

[Julia Neilson AND Ellen Terry, actresses] Signed quotation written by both on one album page.

Album page.. 22.5 x 18, sl. mottled, and Neilson's contribution sl. faded. Neilson writes in an expansive handwriting, And I am Nell - Nell of Old Drury | Julia Neilson. Ellen Terry writes below, And I am Nell! Nell of the old Lyceum! - and sister-in-law of Julia Neilson - the good &...

£80.00 Terry/Neilson
Admiral Albert Hastings Markham [Admiral Sir Albert Hastings Markham KCB (1841 – 1918) British explorer, author, and officer in the Royal Navy.]

[Admiral Albert Hastings Markham] Autograph Letter Signed [squiggle] Markham] [see Image], to A.W. a Beckett (see Notes), listing Admirals, Vice Admirals, Rear Admirals, Captains active or an the retired list. for a circular (Empire Day).

Three Pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. Dear Mr. a Beckett | I haved sent the circulars you forwarded to me to the under-mentioned Naval Officers, and hope some of them (they all reside in and about London) will respond[.] | Believe me | Yrs v. truly A| [squiggle] Markham. He begins his...

£450.00 Admiral Albert Hastings Markham
Admiral Albert Hastings Markham [Admiral Sir Albert Hastings Markham KCB (1841 – 1918) British explorer, author, and officer in the Royal Navy.]

[Admiral Albert Hastings Markham; Navy. China, Arctic] Autograph Letter Signed with his usual squiggled Initials to Dear Fletcher, saying he can't support his wish to be Chief Fire Officer despite his naval association.

Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. Your letter has just been forwarded to me. I am afraid I cannot assist you in yur wish to be selected as the new Chief Officer of the Fire Brigade, as I have already promised to do all I can in the same direction for another naval officer. | I do hope a...

£150.00
Admiral Albert Hastings Markham [Admiral Sir Albert Hastings Markham KCB (1841 – 1918) British explorer, author, and officer in the Royal Navy.]

[Admiral Albert Hastings Markham; Navy. China, Arctic] Autograph Letter Signed with his usual squiggled Initials to Dear Mr Hart, anticipating a visit by an artist and printer with reference to the poster depicting a line of battle ships.

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. Docketed top left corner (see Image of first page). As the Artist & Printer are coming to see me here [underlined] on Monday forenoon next, with reference to tthe poster depicting a line of battle ships &c, will you kindly send me 'Nelson's'...

£250.00 Admiral Albert Hastings Markham b
Somerset Maugham [William Somerset Maugham (1874 ? 1965) writer, known for his plays, novels and short stories.]

[Somerset Maugham] Three Autograph Letters Signed Willie, two with their envelopes, to Mme Jan Boissevin [Charlotte Boissevin, n?e Ives, sometime actress. See Wikipedia]. See Note below]}.

Letter One: [No envelope; undated] One page, 8vo, good condition. Text: Forgive me for not having written before to thank you for your very kind letter, but I have had something like five hundred letters & telegrams of congratulation & they have been a job to deal with. It was very kind...

£850.00 Maugham
Nancy Mitford, novelist

[Nancy Mitford, novelist] Autograph Postcard Signed N M to Le Comte Antonini [presumably Giacomo Antonini ( 18 September 1901 ? 1983 ), Italian literary critic and secret agent .

Postcard, 13.5 x 8.5cm, good conditiuon. Text: You asked me to let you know when any English writers are here - Anthony Powell & his wife are at the Hotel d'Angleterre, [word not deciphered] Jacob. | I'm too busy with my party etc to organize anything at the moment, but I'm sure you would...

£300.00 Mitford
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