24pp., small 4to. Signed on title-page 'Yours sincerely | Alma Murray | 1930'. Internally good, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped light-brown wraps. Tastefully printed. Good full length black and white engraved portrait by Hammond on p.10, showing Murray, arms clasped before her, in full silk gown with leg of mutton sleeves.
A. B. Dulau & Co., London booksellers and owners of a circulating library [dom rmand Bertrand Dulau (b. 1762)] [Sir Robert Kennedy; W. Osler]
Both on letterheads of A. B. Dulau & Co., Booksellers, No. 37, Soho Square, London. 21 October 1817 and 28 December 1818.
Item One. 1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with staining from the wafers previously used in mounting. Ornate engraved letterhead, with the words 'Sir Robert Kennedy', the date and 'Memoires de D'Angeau 3 vol 8o £1. 11. 6' in one hand, and 'settled for it with Dulau and Co. | [signed] W Osler' [an employee]. Item Two: 1p., landscape 8vo. On similar (but not identical) letterhead to One. The receipt is made out in the same hand as One, this time for three books (Moliere; Memoirs and Letters of the Duc de Maintenon; Persiles et Sigismunda) totalling £9 13s 6d.
[Messrs. Robert Hall & Co., The Highland Sportsman, Shooting & Estate Agency, 43 Old Bond Street, London [hunting; shooting; field sports]
On letterhead of Messrs. Robert Hall & Co., The Highland Sportsman, Shooting & Estate Agency, 43 Old Bond Street, London. [Added in manuscript: Messrs. Russell & Dunlop. W.S., 20 Castle Street, Edinburgh.] 22 January 1895.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with vertical closed tear at head neatly repaired with archival tape. Ornate letterhead, including an engraving of a sportsman looking through a telescope, while standing beside a dead stag, with a gamekeeper beside him, both men in kilts. The letter is signed 'Robert Hall & Co.', with the rest of the text in another hand.
Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer-Churchill (1911-1968), son of Winston Churchill and Conservative MP [Ursula Bloom (1892-1984), English novelist]
Both letter and copy from Oving House, Aylesbury, Bucks. Original letter also on cancelled letterhead of 12 Catherine Place, London, W1, and dated 11 November 1953. Copy dated 10 November 1953.
Both items in good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Item One: Original Typed Letter Signed from Churchill to Mrs. Webb, c/o Messrs. Hutchinson & Co., Hutchinson House, Stratford Place, Oxford Street, London, W1. 11 November 1953. 1p., 8vo. Lightly scored through by recipient. He apologises for stating in the 'Recorder' of 27 October that 'Mrss Ursula Bloom's current series in the Sunday Dispatch, "Hitler's Eva," has been curtailed'. He has since learnt that, 'on the contrary, the series is to be extended by another six instalments'.
[Messrs Cramer, Wood & Co., 4-5 Westmoreland Street, Dublin branch of the London music publishers and instrument makers, founded by the musician Johann Baptist Cramer (1771-1858) and partners]
Dublin and London. 1920 to 1922.
Elegantly designed by the architect William G. Murray, the Dublin branch of Cramer, Wood & Co had a fine exterior. It is referred to in the Nausicaa episode of Joyce's 'Ulysses': 'That widow on Monday was it outside Cramer's that looked at me.' The collection of 130 items is in good condition, lightly aged and held together with its original brass stud. 19 of the items relate to Dublin Rates and the Income Tax (including an account of 'Municipal Rates 1920/1921', amounting to £639 9s 0d).
[Bristol Naturalists' Society, Clifton; William Corbett Burder]
May, 1881. Clifton: Printed by E. Austin & Son, Chronicle Office. 1881.
 + 24pp., 8vo. Stitched. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-spotted paper, with slight wear to edges of covers. A notice at the front reads: 'The Name following the title of a Book is that of the Donor. Where no Name is given, the Book has been obtained by purchase or by exchange.' The first two entries read: 'Ainsworth, William. Account of the Caves of Ballybunian. 1834. Henry Harris. | Airy's Lectures on Astronomy. 1849. F. F. Tuckett.' Loosely inserted are the replacement chart and a slip of paper carrying the note: 'BRISTOL NATURALISTS' SOCIETY.
William Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck (1800-1879), 5th Duke of Portland, styled Marquess of Titchfield between 1824 and 1854, eccentric English aristocrat [Welbeck Abbey; Barker & Co, London coachbuilders]
Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire. 19 April 1829.
1p., 4to. Bifolium, with the verso of the second leaf carrying a red wax seal (with indifferent impression), with postmarks and address by Titchfield 'To | Mr. Legge | at Messrs. Barker & Co | Chandos street | London Covent Garden'. The letter reads 'Welbeck April 19. 1829 | Mr. Legge, | I am likely to want my cabriolet so soon that I must request of you to write me word immediately on what day I may depend upon having it quite fit for use. - | Yr. Obedt. Servt. | Titchfield'.
Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton (1831-1891), Viceroy of India and poet under the pseudonym Owen Meredith
Dating from between 1890 and 1916. Longmans, Green & Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London, EC. June 1893 to June 1916. Messrs. Macmillan & Co., 29 & 30 Bedford Street, Covent Garden [later St. Martin's Street], London. April 1890 to June 1900.
On forms printed in red and black, totalling 1p., folio; 40pp., landscape 8vo; 6pp. (of which four in landscape), 12mo. The seven accounts from Messrs. Macmillan & Co., all relating to 'The Ring of Amasis', are on seven sheets, landscape 8vo, dating from between 1889 and 1900.
Dobbs & Co. [H. Dobbs, 8 New Bridge Street, London, 'ornamental stationers and pencil manufacturers']
'DOBBS' [H. Dobbs, 8 New Bridge Street, London]. Circa 1838.
Crisply and beautifully blind-embossed on a piece of 16.5 x 12 cm white card, with no colouring whatsoever, and thus giving the impression of porcelain. In excellent condition, with the slightlest indication of aging. The young Queen's profile faces to the left. She wears a coronet, with her hair in a bun and a drop earing in her left ear. The portrait is encircled in a border wreath of roses and thistles, topped with a crown, with the name 'VICTORIA' encircled in flowers at the foot. Also present is the tiny word 'DOBBS' toward the bottom-left of the border.
Mrs Ellen Ross (Nelsie Brook) [Ellen Edith Alice Brook (d.1892)] [S. W. Partridge & Co, London]
'No. 3. Coloured Series.' London: S. W. Partridge & Co., 9, Paternoster Row. [1870s.]
17pp. 4to. Three illustrations: one in colour on the cover, and one each in black and white on the back wrap. The last page of text, numbered 17, is on the back inner wrap, followed by a decorative presentation of a biblical text. Covering the back outer cover is a black and white decorative representation of the text 'GLORY TO GOD | ON EARTH PEASE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN. | IN THE HIGHEST', engraved by 'T. M.'. In coloured wraps, with attractive cover carrying a large coloured illustration of Old Janet and three others, looking at a donkey.
[George Henry Lewes (1817-1878), writer and partner of the novelist 'George Eliot' [Marian Evans (1819-1880)]; W. Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London]
W. Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London. [1858.]
4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper, with slight traces of glue to fold edge. The first two pages carry the 'Prospectus', beginning: 'NO Scientific subject can be so important to Man as that of his own life. No knowledge can be so incessantly appealed to by the incidents of the every day, as the knowledge of the processes by which he lives and acts. At every moment he is in danger of disobeying laws which, when disobeyed, may bring years of suffering, decline of powers, premature decay.
Mark Lemon (1809-1870), editor of 'Punch' [Frederick Chapman (1823-1895), partner in the London publishers Chapman & Hall; Joseph Swain (1820-1909), wood engraver]
On letterhead of the Punch Office, 85, Fleet Street, with printed date 1853.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with reverse of second leaf laid down on part of leaf removed from album. Addressed to 'Fredk Chapman Esq', the letter reads: 'My dear Sir, | Will you hear what Mr Swaine [sic] (long since principal engraver upon Punch) has to say & if you can serve him you will oblige | Yours very truly | Mark Lemon'.
H. A. Burnell, Secretary, Huntley & Company of Lawrence Hill Railway Wharf, coal factors and builders merchants, also 'Hauling & Furniture Removal', 'House Furnishing & Drapery' and 'Estate Agency'
[Huntley & Company, Coal Factors and Merchants, Lawrence Hill Railway Wharf, Bristol.] Entries dating from 1 July 1904 to 7 October 1930.
293pp., 4to. In brown leather half-binding, with black cloth boards and marbled endpapers. Three-page form relating to the firm's dealings with National Provincial Bank of England, filled-in and signed on behalf of the company by the secretary Henry A Burnell, dated July 1904. The minutes are in a number of different hands (beginning with Burnell's) and signed by a number of different chairmen.
John Galsworthy (1867-1933), English novelist and playwright, best-known for his 'Forsyte Saga' [Charles Seddon Evans (1883-1944) of the London publishers Heinemann & Co. Ltd.]
On letterhead of Grove Lodge, The Grove, Hampstead, London, NW3. 20 April 1929.
In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Galsworthy writes: 'Dear Evans | Here is the MS. Price £300 [amended from 315] less half your Commission £30. = £285. nett. | Sincerely yours | John Galsworthy'. For such a short message, the manuscript shows signs of indecision: the latter part, from the word 'less', has clearly an addition, and the word 'half' has been inserted with a caret. While the manuscript referred to may well be the second collection of Forsyte Novels, 'A Modern Romance', published by Heinemann's in 1929, Galsworthy's price does seem rather cheap.
Thomas Cooper (1805-1892), Chartist and religious writer and lecturer [John T. Baron of Blackburn, autograph hunter]
On letterhead of 2 Portland Place, St Mary's Street, Lincoln. 6 May 1882.
1p., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to 'J. T. Baron, Esq | 18, Griffin Street | Witton | Blackburn'. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | "The Triumph of Perseverance & Enterprize" is now published, I think, by Ward & Lock.' He explains that he changed the title of his book 'Wise Saws' into 'Old Fashioned Stories': 'it is now one handsome volume, published by Hodder & Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row.'
Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton [née Poore] (1878-1951), Duchess of Hamilton, co-founder in 1903 of the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society [George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, London booksellers]
On letterhead of Merley House, Wimborne. 28 May 1904.
1p., 4to. Good, on aged and lightly-creased paper. 'The Duchess of Hamilton will be much obliged if Messrs G. Routledge & Sons will send her the newest edition of | A History of British Birds | by Rev. F. O. Morris | Newly revised corrected & enlarged | @ £4 - 10 - 0 | To above address -'.
Arthur Eustace Dobell, partner with his brother Percy John Dobell in the firm of London booksellers P. J. & A. E. Dobell, 77 Charing Cross Road, and son of the booksellerBertam Dobell (1842-1914)
On the firm's letterhead: 'P. J. & A. E. DOBELL, | Sons of the late BERTRAM DOBELL, | Dealers in Books, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters, | 77, CHARING CROSS ROAD, LONDON, W.C.2. | AND 8, BRUTON STREET, LONDON, W. 1.' 8 June 1926.
1p., 4to. Good, on aged and lightly-worn paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr. Price | In reply to our advertisement for items on Watlington we have received the enclosed report of deeds, which we could supply at £2.15.0 if of any interest to you. If you wish to see them I think we could get them on apro. | Yours truly | A. E. Dobell'.
[The Transmitter and Relay Section of the Radio Society of Great Britain, 53 Victoria Street, SW1, London]
The Radio Society of Great Britain, 53 Victoria Street, SW1 [London]. 'For "T. & R." Members Only.' No. 1. July 1925.
12pp., 4to. In original printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, in aged wraps with chipping to extremities and spine reinforced with tape. Articles include 'The Tetrodyne' by H. Andrews, 'Circuit for Reception on 20 Metres Band' by E. J. Simmonds, 'Key Crashes', 'G2W.J.', 'Experimental Work With Mosul'. The T. & R. Bulletin ran from 1925 to 1942. COPAC lists copies at Imperial College, Oxford, Cambridge and the British Library. From the papers of telecommunications expert Pat Hawker [John Patrick Hawker] (1923-2012).
Sir Francis Henry Evans (1840-1907) of Tubbendens, Orpington, Kent, banker and company director, Liberal Member of Parliament for Southampton, 1896-1900; Maidstone, 1901-6 [Jay Cooke, McCulloch & Co.]
The first entry dated '71. Queens Gate London | July 31. 1873.' Last entry dated 25 November 1896. With memoranda from 1897, 1901 and 1903.
92pp., 4to. In good condition, in worn blue leather binding, with marbled endpapers. A strip cut out of the first leaf by Evans, with note by him: 'Signatures of Marie & self to other book'. Rather than short entries for each day, the journal contains longer occasional entries detailing significant events. The diary is a mixture of domestic news and detailed accounts of Evans's business affairs, with frequent descriptions of his financial position, on one occasion 'for the information of my darling wife & her Trustees'). .
Edward Weller (d.1884), cartographer; The Weekly Dispatch, London newspaper; Day & Sons, Lithographers to the Queen; Siege of Lucknow, Indian Mutiny, 1857]
Weekly Dispatch, 139 Fleet Street, London. Printed by Day & Son, Lithographers to the Queen. [1857.]
In portrait on piece of 50 x 35 cm. paper, folded twice. Coloured in blue, brown, green and pink. Image 42.5 x 30.5 cm. Printed beneath image: 'Weekly Dispatch 139, Fleet Str. Day & Son, Lithors. to the Queen. Engraved by Edwd. Weller.' In good condition, lightly-aged with slight creasing to edges and a little wear along fold lines. The plan of the environs of Lucknow is 13.5 x 12.5 cm., in the top right-hand corner.
[Bradbury & Evans, 11 Bouverie Street, London, publishers of the miscellany 'Once A Week!', edited by Samuel Lucas; Charles Dickens; Leech, Tenniel, Millais, Hablot K. Browne, C. Keene, Wolf]
[Bradbury & Evans, London.] 11, Bouverie Street, May, 1859.
4pp., 12mo, paginated 1-4. Bifolium. Dated at the head of the first page '11, BOUVERIE STREET, May, 1859.' and at the foot of the last 'May, 1859'. Disbound and with damage to spine; otherwise in good condition, on aged paper. The heading continues: 'To be illustrated by | Leech, Tenniel, Millais, Hablot K. Browne, C. Keene, Wolf, &c., &c. | Will be published every Saturday, price Threepence, by BRADBURY & EVANS. | The First Number will appear on the 2nd of July, 1859.' The first two pages carry the description of the 'forthcoming Miscellany', and the last two pages are headed 'MR.
[Andrew Lang; Andrew Lang's Books for Children; Fairy Books; Longmans, Green & Co., London publishers]
London and New York: Longmans Green & Co. 1895.
2pp., 12mo. A single leaf, attractively printed on both sides in vibrant colour halftone. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. One side advertises 'MR LANG'S XMAS BOOK FOR 1895 | THE RED | TRUE STORY BOOK | Edited by Andrew Lang | ILLUSTRATIONS by HJ. FORD', with a design with in a pink border depicting the book with its bright red cover illustrated in gilt.
Daniel Ceccaldi (1927-2003), French actor, writer and director [Edward Marsh of Edward & Gwen, translators, 35 Tanza Road, London]
Dating from between 1965 and 1981.
Six addressed to 'Edward'; five to 'Teddy'; one to 'Eddy; one to 'Edouard'; one to 'Cher amis' and one to 'Dear Roger'. Totalling 22pp., 4to; 11pp., 8vo; 2pp., 12mo. Ten of the fifteen letters are dated, the other six having only month and year. With copies of two typed letters to Ceccaldi from Edward, one from 1973 in English (1p., 4to), and the other from 1980 in French (2pp., 8vo), the latter accompanied by a synopsis of Ceccaldi's 'The Flight of Icarus', with a foreword by him, and a biography (the three items totalling 4pp., 8vo); also manuscript notes (1p, 8vo; 3pp., 12mo).
[The Highways and Byways Series; Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin's Street, London publishers; Joseph Pennell; Hugh Thomson; F. L. Griggs]
London: Macmillan & Co., Limited, St. Martin's Street. 1909. [R. Clay and Sons, Ltd., Bread St. Hill, E.C., and Bungay, Suffolk.]
16pp., 12mo. Printed in green, with 15 illustrations (one on each page except p.2). Stitched. In fair condition, on aged paper. Separate 'NOTICE' (1p., 12mo) on blue paper loosely inserted, informing the public that the firm 'do no retail business whatever', and hoping 'that all orders will be given direct to the local booksellers'. Scarce: no copy on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.
16pp., in illustrated wraps with the outer covers printed in green and brown, and three more pages of advertisements on insides and back cover. Bifoliate order form (4pp., 12mo) loosely inserted. The old stalwarts John Ruskin, Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane, Edward Lear, jumbled together with newer titles such as 'Gobbo-Bobo, The Two-Eyed Griffin', 'Prince Cheery-Heart' and 'The Bunkum Book. A Tale of Topsy Turvy Land'. Sadly no mention of Beatrix Potter ("Peter Rabbit" published 1902.). Scarce: no copy on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.
Malayan Traders & Co., Stock & Share Brokers, Kuala Lumpur, Federation of Malaya [Malaysia].
Malayan Traders & Co., Third Floor, Lee Yan Lian Building, Mountbatten Rd., Kuala Lumpur. 'CIRCULAR LETTER No.10/60. 3rd, November, 1960.'
4pp., foolscap 8vo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Sections on Tins, Rubbers, Industrials, Yields; with graph and table. Begins: 'Once more the Malayan shares were overshadowed by the gloom in the rubber market. The rubber price which stood at $1.01 1/2 on October 3, continued to slide until at the end of the month it had reached 88 3/4 cents per pound with the bottom still not in sight.' From the private papers of C. A. A. Nicol (1921-2012), OBE, CPM, AMN, Special Branch, Malayan Union Police Force.
[Paul Richard Thompson, Corpus Christi; William Miller, Lincoln College, Oxford; Universities & Left Review, ed. Stuart Hall, Gabriel Pearson, Ralph Samuel, Charles Taylor; Official Secrets Act]
''Printed and published by ULR Club, 41 Croftdown Rd., London, N.W.5 | Price 3d.' 1958.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged paper, with chipping, slight loss to margin, and closed tears. The only words on the covers are 'official secret?' in large bold type up the leading edge of the front cover from the bottom right-hand corner, and 'that Isis article' down the leading edge from the top left-hand corner of the back cover. The article is reprinted across the two inner pages, with the slug and price at the foot of the second page.
[Charles Bradbury & Co. (1930) Ltd., Stock & Share Brokers, Kuala Lumpur, Federation of Malaya [Malaysia]]
Charles Bradbury & Co. (1930) Ltd. (Members of the Malayan Stock Exchange). Stock & Share Brokers, 28 & 30 Old Market Square, Kuala Lumpur, Federation of Malaya [Malaysia]. 'CIRCULAR LETTER No.7/60 | 30th September, 1960.'
10pp., foolscap 8vo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Sections on Industrials, Tin, Rubber, Company Reports; with full-page table of 'Market Price of Rubber and Nett Profit per Pound'. Begins: 'September was a strange sort of month - quiet by recent standards with hte market suspended between shade and shien as bearish and bullish-looking clouds scudded across the scene in jumbled sequence leaving investors and speculators confused and cautious.' From the private papers of C. A. A. Nicol (1921-2012), OBE, CPM, AMN, Special Branch, Malayan Union Police Force.
Sylvia Lynd [née Sylvia Dryhurst] (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, novelist and essayist, wife of the Irish essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)
Without place or date. [London, before 1909.]
2pp., 12mo. On bifiolium of ruled paper, with 'HIERATICA' watermark of 'J. S. & Co.' From the Lynd archive, and judging from the handwriting a youthful effort, almost-certainly dating from before Sylvia Dryhurst's marriage to Robert Lynd in 1909. In fair condition, on aged paper. In seven stanzas, the first three giving a taste of an amusing and unusual jeu d'esprit and excellent piece of Edwardian social history: '1) By some devil surely sent | Sandal hunting off I went, | And my footsteps never slowed | Till I reached the Finchley Road. | Chorus: (with fervour) Damn them ! | Damn them !