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[ Wolfenden Report; homosexuality] Clipped Signature J.F. Wolfenden.

Author: 
John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden, (1906-1985), educationalist, best remembered for the report, recommending the decriminalisation of homosexuality (1957).
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£32.00

Clipping from Typed Letter signed, 8.5 x 5.5, good condition. Only typed text Yours very truly followed by signature. Docketed in another hand in pencil Headmaster of Uppingham | Author of Report. See image.

[Dmitry Hilkoff/Kilkoff, Tolstoyan, etc] Autograph Letter Signed D Hilkoff to John Bellows | Dear Friend [Bellows, polymath, printer and lexicographer] about a Russian translation of Barclay's Apology. In English.

Author: 
Dmitry Hilkoff [Kilkoff] [Prince Dmitry Aleksandrovich Khilkoff (Khilkov, or Hilkov or Hilkoff) (1858–1914), sometime officer in Czar's Army, & Tolstoyan (Pacifism) & a Socialist Revolutionary].
Publication details: 
Address given in text, 181 Grand-Lancy, Geneva, Switzerland; 17 Aug.1901.
£650.00

Two pages 8vo, bifolium, blank second leaf laid down on former album page, 22 x 14cm, good condition. Text: The last time I saw you I spoke to you about the necessity of translating and printing in russian [sic] 'Barclay's Apology'. I think that the sooner it will be printed the better, and ought to be printed in russian without any abriviations [sic]. But I have not the means of paying the translation and printing. | Do you think the Society of Friends would give the necessary money for the translation and printing?

[Oleg Lyalin, Soviet Agent turned; cyclostyled or similar] Double Agents (D/As):- A DEFECTOR'S REPORT, marked Secret on every page.

Author: 
[Oleg Adolfovich Lyalin (1937 – 1995), Soviet agent who defected from the KGB]
Defector
Publication details: 
November 1972.
£1,500.00
Defector

Ten pages ( paginated 2-7), sm.fol., cyclostyled or similar, good condition, comprising: introductory page with information: reference, date (1 December 1972), To [Hong Kong], From: Head Office, [...]: Double Agents] and statement Attached are copies of a paper on KGB principles and methods of running double agents. This may be passed to appropriate [...]. Second page has Contents with number of paragraphs: I. Introduction, II. Objectives, III. Organisation and Procedures, IV. Operational Practice, Appendix A.

[Head of Station, Tokyo; Japan] [Cyclostyled or similar] H/Tokyo's Valedictory Report

Author: 
[Head of Station, Tokyo]
Japan
Publication details: 
[1972]
£950.00
Japan

(Covering Note dated 5 April 1974), one page, 4to; Valedictory Report, 10 pages, 4to, good condition. A lengthy analysis of The Japanese, their society, customs, language, societal changes, etc., subjects that Intelligence would think important. See sample image. No other copy traced. From the private papers of C. A. A. Nicol, who was a 'Member of a joint FCO/MOD department in Hong Kong' between 1970 and 1975.

[Gaston Palewski; de Gaulle] Typed Letter Signed Gaston Palewski to Monsieur le Professeur Andre Gros, legal advisor to De Gaulle at the time, who counter-signs, referring to an article by Sir John Pollock, and his work in London.

Author: 
Gaston Palewski [(1901 – 1984), French politician, close associate of Charles de Gaulle]
Palewski
Publication details: 
[Printed heading includes] Cabinet du Général de Gaulle, No. 505/Cab.Dir., [date typed] Alger, le 8 février 1944
£120.00
Palewski

One page, 4to, fold marks, one edge dusted, fold marks, ow good. Je vous remercie vivement de m'avoir envoyé l;article de Sir John Pollock. Que cette fidélité amicale et intelligence est raffraichissante [one f crossed out]. | Je vous félicite du travail que vous faites à Londres, et vous prie de croire a mon tres fidèle souvenir. Underneath Palewski's scrawled signature, Gros has added le ci est de Palewski I I think!) adding his own nearly illegible signature. See image.

[Charles Pratt; America; Plantations] Section only of MS. Document (Secretarial text) Signed C. Pratt, memorialist as Attorney-General, concerning the Commissioners of Prizes and Plantations in America

Author: 
Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden (1714-1794) judge and politician.
Camden
Camden1
Publication details: 
Lincolns Inn Fields, 3 Dec. 1759.
£280.00
Camden
Camden1

Surviving section 20 x 10cm, closed tears 2.5cm, edges sl. ragged, foxing but text fully legible. See images.

[Pandit Nehru, Indira (Nehru) Gandhi and her Sons] Family Photograph of Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi and her two sons, Rajiv and Sanjay. With, on reverse, a signed greetings from Indira Gandhi.

Author: 
Pandit [Jawaharlal] Nehru, Indira [Nehru] Gandhi and her Sons, with dog.
Nehru
Nehru reverse
Publication details: 
Printed label on reverse, New Delhi 1959-60.
£1,500.00
Nehru
Nehru reverse

Photograph, c.16 x 11.5cm, very good condition, tipped on to card of same size crudely taped,and with wire for hanging as with a picture, with inscription on verso, All good wishes for the New Year | Indira Gandhi. Some philistine has added to the inscription in blue ink and capitals, WITH THE PRIME MINISTER | AND HIS | GRANDSONS. See images. Note: I've not found the image on Google Images.

[Valentín Gómez Farías; Mexico] Signature with final flourish only. See image.

Author: 
Valentin Gomez Farias [(1781 – 1858), President of Mexico twice.].
Mexico
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£350.00
Mexico

Piece of paper 9 x 2.5cm, laid down on slightly larger card, with docketing President 1835, sl. grubby but clear and bold. Notes (from Wikipedia): A. President of Mexico during two main periods: one in the early 1830s and one in the late 1840s, when he served as president during the Mexican-American War. In his first term, he enacted significant liberal reforms that were aimed at undermining the power of the Roman Catholic Church and the army in Mexico ; The Mexican Cession consisted of present-day U.S.

[Marechal Berthier] Autograph Subscription to a Letter, signed Berthier (see image),

Author: 
Louis-Alexandre Berthier ( 1753 – 1815) (Minister of War and chief of staff to Napoleon)
Berthier
Publication details: 
No Place or Date.
£56.00
Berthier

Part of letter, 18.5 x 10, stained and grubby but text clear (see image), laid down on another piece of paper of the same size, as follows: Recevez, Monsieur le Comte, l'assurance de ma plus haute consideration | Le Prince de Wagram et de Neuchatel | Vice-connétable | Berthier ||

[Bishop Alexander Cameron and others; Manuscript] Heritable Bond signed on every page by Bishop Alexander Cameron, Alexander Badenoch, Alexander Dick (accountant), George Brown (lawyer), James Francis Kyle (became RC Bishop in 1827)

Author: 
Dr Alexander Cameron [(1747–1828), Roman Catholic bishop who served as the Vicar Apostolic of the Lowland District, Scotland]., and Others
Edinburgh
Publication details: 
Edinburgh, 1814
£120.00
Edinburgh

MS.11 pages, folio, bound with string, last page dusted and grubby, mainly good condition. All pages have the five signatures. Image of first page available.

[George, Duke of Marlborough] Autograph Note Signed Marlborough to My Lord [not known] about Oxford Yeomanry.

Author: 
George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough (1739 – 1817), sometime Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, courtier, nobleman, and politician
Marlborough
Publication details: 
Blenheim, [ Aug 1807?]
£85.00
Marlborough

Half a 12mo page, fold mark, good condition. I have the Honor to transmit to your Lordship this Letter which I have received from two of the officers commanding Troops of Yeomanry in the County of Oxford. See image. These letters are NOT present.

William Cowan, Provost of Ayr [East India Company] Autograph Note Signed William Cowan Provost [of Ayr, Scotland] to Lord Melville [deceased! See note below] referring to a Petition asking for involvement in East India trade [not present].

Author: 
William Cowan, banker, Provost of Ayr [East India Company]
Publication details: 
Ayr, 29 April 1812
£100.00

One page, 8vo, bifolium (second leaf blank except for docketing of name and date), good condition. Text: I have the honour to transmit to your Lordship the Copy of a Petition which the Magistrates & Council of this Burgh beg your Lordship will have the goodness to present tothe House of Lords, Praying to be admitted to a participation of the East India trade, and that whatever part thereof is granted, may not be confined to the Port of London alone; but also to the other Sea Port Towns of the Kingdom.

[Hesing Xi Cheng or Sheng, Captain of the Keying, Chinese Junk] Signed 8vo portrait drawing of Hesing, known as Xi Cheng.

Author: 
[Hesing; Voyage to England and New York from China, 1846-8]
Hesing
Publication details: 
[c.1848]
£950.00
Hesing

Signed `Hesing´ in bold black ink at the foot beneath his portrait, also adding the junk's name `Keying´ and the name `Suckling´ [not traced] to the portrait, all with their equivalent Chinese characters beneath. Quite heavily foxed, mainly around not on the image and signatures, top left corner torn off (a red ink stamp might have been there as in other examples, with Chinese characters, being the seal of Prince Hui Rui, but other examples would not have fitted in the lost corner). See image.

[ Dwarkanath Tagore ] Manuscript biographical study (panegyric even) of Dwarkanath Tagore, presumably secretarial text (two hands), but signed from Dwarky Oct [8]/42

Author: 
Dwarkanath Tagore [(1794-1846), one of the first Indian industrialists to form an enterprise with British partners and entrepreneurs. He was the grandfather of Rabindranath Tagore].
Dwarky
Publication details: 
No place, [c. [8] Oct. 1842]
£800.00
Dwarky

Four pages, cr. 8vo, bifolium, fold marks, good condition. Dwarkanath Tagore & his family were the projectors of the Hindoo College and by their exertions & support aided by Sir Edwd Hyde East carried this important institution into full effect even against the wishes of the Government of the day[.] [T]hey continue to support it with liberal subscriptions and by personal attention to the management, to the present day - The School Book Society has in like manner been instituted and supported by D.J. & his family[.][...].

[ Edward Marsh, PS to Churchill ] Typed Note Signed E Marsh to Thomas Lloyd Humberstone, conveying Chancellor of the Exchequer Churchill's thanks for sending a copy of his book on University Reform.

Author: 
Edward Marsh [Sir Edward Howard Marsh (1872-1953) was a British polymath, translator, arts patron and civil servant; Private Secretary to Churchill]
Publication details: 
[Embossed Stamp of Chancellor of the Exchequer, then Embossed] Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S.W., 8 Dec. 1926
£50.00

One page, 4to, fold marks, good condition. Text: Mr. Churchill desires me to thank you for the copy of your book on University Reform in London, which you have been good enough to send him.

[Lord Bathurst, Tory politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bathurst') [to the agent of the Marquis Wellesley, elder brother of the Duke of Wellington], regarding a dispute over the fittings to be left behind on quitting Apsley House.

Author: 
Henry Bathurst (1762-1834), 3rd Earl Bathurst [Lord Bathurst], Tory Foreign Secretary, friend and supporter of Pitt the Younger [Lord Wellesley; Duke of Wellington; Apsley House, Piccadilly, Mayfair]
Publication details: 
Piccadilly [London]. 22 September [1807].
£300.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item dates from 1807, the year in which Bathurst sold the celebrated Apsley House ('No. 1 London') to the Duke of Wellington's brother the Marquis Wellesley, who sold it on to the Duke ten years later. It is now the Wellington Museum. This item casts an interesting light on the initial sale. 2pp, 4to. Thirty-four lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded four times. He is disappointed that the unnamed male recipient (presumably Wellesley's agent) has not called on him.

[ Kimberley; Diamond Fields Advertiser ] The Siege of Kimberley 1899-1900. Specail Illustrated Number of the Diamond Fields Advertiser, Kimberley

Author: 
[ Kimberley; Diamond Fields Advertiser ]
Kimberley
Publication details: 
The Diamond Fields Advertiser, Ltd Kimberley [1900]
£380.00
Kimberley

Photographs mainly supplied by Mr. F.H. Hancox [...]. Not paginated. A very good copy, original dark red morocco gilt, sl. rubbed, raised bands, all edges gilt, patterned endpapers, with label of Arthur Probsthain, [eminent] Oriental Booksellers. See photo.

[ Fanny Garrison; suffrage; black rights ] Autograph Poem signed Fannie Garrison with autograph verse signed by Francis Jackson] Garrison

Author: 
Fanny Garrison [Helen Frances “Fanny” Garrison Villard (1844–1928), American women's suffrage campaigner, pacifist, co-founder of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People].
Garrison
Publication details: 
{Fannie's verse} Boston, Oct.21, 1860; {Francis Jackson's verse} Boston, Oct.23, 1860.
£1,200.00
Garrison

One page, 12mo, very good condition. Text, a verse from Gerald Massey's To-Day and To-Morrow (see note below) as follows: [Fanny's quotation marks] Though hearts brood o'er the past, our eyes | With smiling features glisten, | For, lo! our day bursts up the skies! | Lean out your souls and listen! | The world rolls Freedom's radiant way, | And ripens with her sorrows; | Keep heart! who bears the cross to-day, | Shall wear the crown tomorrow. | Fannie Garrison. | Boston, Oct.21st, 1860 | [ 'Mrs Henry villard' in another hand ] || Why ask a name?

[ Indian Mutiny; Hodson's Horse ] Notebook-cum-Sketchbook containing MS material relating to the Indian Mutiny

Author: 
[ Indian Mutiny; Hodson's Horse ] [ Susan A. Hodson, wife of William Stephen Raikes Hodson of Hodson's Horse, compiler ]
Hodson
Publication details: 
Inscription: Susan A. Hodson | The Priory | Simla | Souvenir of 1857, presumably in her hand.
£9,500.00
Hodson

Notebook-cum-Sketchbook, 4to, 19.5 x 16cm, soft leather gt, sl. worn at edges, marbled end-papers, mainly good to very good condition. Forty of the pages have drawings, letters, MSS material, a photograph, autograph signatures etc, others blank. a. Inscription as aboveb. Pencil sketch of Hodson, mounted, leading prisoners (?), full page, captioned on second page, Hodson returning from ye Slaughter of ye Pandies | His trusty Sword he had girded on | The knaves he strung behind him. Two pagesc. See images.

[ F.R. Maunsell; Delhi; Indian Mutiny; Pamphlet ] The Siege of Delhi. A Record by a Survivor who filled an important post at the 'Glorious' Siege.

Author: 
[ F.R. Maunsell, K.C.B. ]
Delhi
Publication details: 
London Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd, 1912
£80.00
Delhi

Pamphlet, 23pp., 8vo, with addendum slip, green wraps quite heavily sunned, contents good condition. Copies in copyright libraries plus NY.

[ J.O.; Book ] The Story of the Mhow Court-Martial with Notes and an Appendix

Author: 
J. O. [Jacob Omnium, pseud., i.e. M. J. Higgins.]
Mhow
Publication details: 
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 65 Cornhill, 1864
£120.00
Mhow

[iv].80pp., 8vo, beige paper wraps, dusted, good condition. Reprinted from the Cornhill Magazine of November 1863. This edition scarce, copies recorded in BL, North Carolina and Australia.

[ Jesse Collings ] Autograph Note Signed Jesse Collings to My Dear Cobb [presumably Henry Peyton Cobb, later Liberal MP for Rugby ] about his victory.

Author: 
Jesse Collings [ (1831–1920), Mayor of Birmingham, a Liberal (later Liberal Unionist) MP ].
Publication details: 
Edgbaston B[irmingha]m, 7 Oct[?] 1885.
£28.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. Well done - I waited for news & was glad.- I heartily congratulate you for your fight & victory - King regards & congratulations to Mrs. Cobb.~28~AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT BIRMINGHAM LIBERAL PARTY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT/~ ~0~OL59~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 22993~16/04/2020~False~W.G. Henderson [ The Very Rev William George Henderson DD (1819[1]–1905), Dean of Carlisle from 1884 to 1905 ].~[ W.G. Henderson; Surtees Society ] Autograph Letter Signed W G Henderson to an unnamed correspondent about Surtees Society publications.~Magdalen College, Oxford, 28 Jan.

[Yurievskaya ] Autograph Card Signed "Princesse Yourievsky" to unnamed female correspondent, in French, profusely thanking her for a gift destined for the "Hopital russe"

Author: 
Princess Catherine Dolgorukova (1847-1922), long-time mistress of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and later given the title Princess Yurievskaya
Romanovs
Publication details: 
Nice, 13 Fevrier 1916
£450.00
Romanovs

Card, 13 x 10cm, text on both sides, card with attractive coloured and embossed royal insignia. "Permettez-moi de vous dire combien je suis touchee de votre don genereux d'un tableau, [?] par vous-meme qhe vous verrez de m'envoyer pour l'hopital russe. | Il est bien joli et nous tacherons de le mettre au lotterie, pour augmenter les fonds de l'Hopital, dont il a besoin souvent. | Avec mes vifs remerciements [...]" See image of first side.

[Edinburgh, 1832: 'The first voting which took place on the Reform Bill'.] Manuscript 'Copy of Entry in the Register of Qualified Voters for the City of Edinburgh', signed by Carlyle Bell, Conjunct-Clerk, on George Berry of Antigua Street.

Author: 
Carlyle Bell (c.1779-1850), Conjunct-Clerk [joint town clerk] of the the City of Edinburgh [Great Reform Act, 1832]
Publication details: 
Entry dated 13 September 1832.
£350.00

A nice piece of Edinburgh historical ephemera. See the entry on George Berry (1795-c.1874), the first man to register to vote there following the passing the Great Reform Act, in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1874-1875, where he is described as 'an enthusiastic "Free Trader"'. 40 x 10 cm slip of laid paper, with printed form on one side, headed 'COPY of ENTRY in the REGISTER of QUALIFIED VOTERS for the CITY of EDINBURGH.' In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with clean vertical cut unobtrusively repaired with archival tape.

[Thomas Frankland and Others; Stirling and Dumbarton Castles] Manuscript [Document[ Signed by Members of Parliament in command of the Ordnance, "Tho[mas] Frankland", Thomas Erle (also distinguished soldier), Thomas Wheate and Edward Ashe

Author: 
Thomas Erle, Thomas Frankland and Others [Stirling and Dumbarton Castles]
Ordnance
Publication details: 
[Office of his Majesty's Ordnance], 25 Feb. 1717/18
£1,250.00
Ordnance

A fragile survival. One page, 20 x 22cm, small closed tears, foxing, minimal loss of two or three letters, text fully legible as follows: "Whereas it is requisite and necessary that [an?] Advance of Money should be made for paying for the Repairs at Sterling [sic] & Dumbarton Castles in North Brittain. We have therefore pursuant to an Ord[e]r this day of the Board Imprested unto James Luly the sum of Twenty pounds And we desire the Honble Harry Mordaunt Esq.

[Thomas Scott, Earl of Clonmell and Richard Butler, Earl of Glengall.] Signatures, with fourteen others, on PART of petition to the king for 'Pro[tection?]' from 'the unceasing efforts made by the Enem[ies?]'.

Author: 
Thomas Scott (1783-1838), 2nd Earl of Clonmell and Richard Butler, Earl of Glengall; Clonmell, County Tipperary, Ireland
Clonmel
Publication details: 
[Clonmell, County Tipperary, Ireland.] Without date [but Georgian, and after 1816].
£400.00
Clonmel

The earldom of Glengall was created in 1816 for Lord Cahir who died three years later; the second and last earl held the title from 1819 to his death in 1858. Another of the signatories, Dr Richard Burgess, was active in Clonmell in the Regency period. On one side of 24 x 19 cm piece of watermarked laid paper. Clearly the left hand half (only) of a 24 x 38 cm petition addressed 'To the Kings Most Excellent Majesty'. In fair condition, aged and worn, with closed tears and chipping along one edge, and one signature cut away, leaving only the acronym 'D.

[Sir William Gifford, Governor of Greenwich Hospital.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm: Gifford'), regarding a petition to the Queen from 'the Commissrs: and Directors of the Royal Hospital', and raising of funds for the 'House and Park'

Author: 
Sir William Gifford (c.1649-1724), Royal Navy officer, Member of Parliament, and Governor of Greenwich Hospital, 1708-1714
Gifford
Gifford2
Publication details: 
Without place or date [prior to 1708].
£750.00
Gifford
Gifford2

On one side of a piece of laid paper, top half torn off and missing, leaving the conclusion of the letter. Roughly 11 x 17.5 cm. Thirteen full lines of text, with two partial lines along the tear at the top edge. A frail item, in fair condition, aged and worn. See Gifford's entry in the History of Parliament. The letter, apparently addressed to an individual at the Admiralty or the Treasury, concerns a part of the tortuous process of raising finances for the conversion of the Queen's House into the hospital.

[Lady Hester Stanhope, adventurer and socialite.] Three Autograph Letters Signed ('H Stanhope' and 'H. S.') to Mrs Evelyn of St Clere, with gossip regarding 'the Otways', Lady Frederick Campbell and Charles West.

Author: 
Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839), adventurer, traveller and socialite [Mrs. Frances Evelyn (1764-1837), wife of Alexander Evelyn [ne Hume] (c.1859-1837) of St Clere, Kent]
Publication details: 
One 'Thursday night' and one 'Monday'. Without date or place.
£1,500.00

All three letters with their seals in red wax, the first two intact and the third damaged. All addressed to 'Mrs Evelyn | St Clere'. Gossipy, energetic and characteristic letters. The references to Lady Frederick Campbell date the letters to before her death in a fire in 1807. ONE: Letter written on 'Monday', and signed 'H Stanhope'. 5pp., 12mo. Bifolium and single leaf, the latter acting as the envelope, with text on one side and address with seal on the other. The letter begins: 'You will think I fear my dear Mrs Evelyn there is no end to my eternal scribbles.

[Kamehameha IV, King of Hawaii.] Autograph Letter in the third person, to the British Representative on Hawaii, W. W. F. Synge, declining 'Mr. Allan's invitation' and thanking him for the loan of a magazine.

Author: 
Kamehameha IV [born Alexander ?Iolani Liholiho] (1834-1863), fourth King of Hawaii, 1855-1863 [William Webb Follett Synge (1826-1891), diplomat and author]
Hawaian
Publication details: 
'Hamaikamalama [sic] | Sunday Morning.' No date, but between 1861 and 1863.
£950.00
Hawaian

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Hamaikamalama [sic] | Sunday Morning. | The King wishes to acknowledge Mr. Synge's Kindness in sending him the “Saturday Review”, which will be returned after perusal. - | The King & Queen regret they cannot accept Mr. Allan's invitation to be of the morning's riding party. - | To H. B. M. Representative'. For information on the recipient William Webb Follett Synge, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.

[Slavery in Hinds County, Mississippi.] Manuscript 'list of the property Appraised belonging to the Estate of D P Perkins Dec[ease]d', including page of slaves valued at $11150, signed by the three appraisers. With warrant by Judge H. G. Johnston.

Author: 
Slavery in Hinds County, Mississippi; estate of Daniel P. Perkins (died 1841); Judge H. G. Johnston; J. J. Birdsong; Dr Edward W. Eckles; George C. Porter
Publication details: 
Johnston's warrant: The State of Mississippi, Hinds County. 26 January 1842. Manuscript 'appraisment [sic]' of same date.
£950.00

Two documents attached with wafers. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Authorisation, signed by 'H G Johnston', 'Judge of Probate of the county of Hinds', issued 28 October 1841, with sworn agreement to act as appraisers, signed by three men, 26 January 1842. 1p., 12mo. Printed form, completed in manuscript. Headed 'The State of Mississippi, | Hinds County.' Signed by 'H G Johnston' and his clerk 'S S. Scott'. Sworn with signatures of the three appraisers 'J J Birdsong', 'E. W. Eckles' and George. C.

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