Stephen Gooden; G. Rostrevor Hamilton [Winston Churchill]
London: George G. Harrap & Company Limited in association with the Royal Society of Saint George. 1941. [Printed by Harrison & Sons, Ltd, Printers to His Majesty The King, 44-47 St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2.]
16pp., 8vo. Stapled, unpaginated pamphlet with five blank versos. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Typed label laid down at head of reverse of first leaf: 'Issued by the Royal Society of St. George in W.W.W. London had been severely burned by incendiaries, the Guildhall and eight Wren churches destroyed. | Original contribution by Winston Churchill.' Circular reproduction of black and white engraving, somewhat in the style of a seventeenth-century emblem book, showing the trumpeter riding a carved lion on a globe overlooking a landscape.
N. B. Stocker, artist and author [the Book of Revelation; the Apocalypse; Christian eschatology]
Without place or date. [England, 1880s?]
Unpublished: no works by N. B. Stocker are listed on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. The author would however appear to be the N. B. Stocker who was active in England as an artist from at least 1853 (when he published a lithograph in 1853 titled 'The Emigrants' Return - Lord be praised!') to 1889 (when his drawing 'The Majesty of Woman' appeared). The printed title to Volume One, and references in both works to accompanying charts, suggest that both volumes were intended for publication. Both items in fair condition, on aged paper, in worn and shaken bindings.
Jean de Perregaux (1860-1919) of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, engineer and artillery officer [General P. Markow, aide-de-camp to Ferdinand I, Tsar of Bulgaria; Battle of Kirk Kilisse; First Balkan War]
Neuchâtel [Switzerland]. 5 November 1912.
1p., 8vo, and 1p., 12mo. A bifolium, with the first page (in 12mo) on the recto of the first leaf, and the second page (in 8vo) lengthwise across the verso of the first leaf and the recto of the second. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-ruckled paper. With envelope addressed by Perregaux to 'Monsieur le Général P. Markow | Aide de camp général de S. M. le Roi des Bulgares. | Sophia | Bulgarie'. On monogrammed letterhead, addressed to 'Mon cher Markow', and signed 'J de Perregaux'. Perregaux begins by stating that he was agreeably surprised by Markow's telegram 'de Gare Yamboli'.
Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell (1837-1915), author, poet, sportsman and London property developer [Frederick Locker (1821-1895) [after 1885 Frederick Locker-Lampson], writer and bibliophile]
The letter from 25 Down Street, Piccadilly [London] and undated. The holograph poem dated 2 November 1871.
Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, and neatly attached to a leaf removed from an album. Letter: 3pp., 12mo. He is enclosing 'the little verses you are kind enough to like. - | They have no claims on your acceptance, except that they may gain from the fact of their being the sincere expression of the admiration of one person at least for your writings'. Poem: 2pp., 8vo. Titled 'To Frederick Locker Esq' and signed at end 'H : P | 2 Nov. 71'. Consisting of four stanzas, the first reading: 'Dear Locker!
George Spencer (1739-1817), 4th Duke of Marlborough [George Augustus Frederick (1762-1830), Prince Regent between 1811 and 1820, thereafter King George IV]
'Blenheim | April 19th'. [Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; 1812.]
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased laid paper with watermark '1810'. The letter reads: 'The Duke of Marlborough is very sorry it will not be in his power to obey His Royal Highness the Prince Regent's commands on Thursday the 23d of April, which he should have been very happy to have done had it been possible for him. | Blenheim | April 19th.' The only 23 April falling on a Thursday during the Regency before the 4th Duke's death was in 1812.
Grace Eleanor Hadow (1875-1940), Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford, pioneer of women's education [Barnett House; Queen Mary of Teck; Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood; King George V]
On letterhead of Gunfield, Norham Gardens, Oxford. 11 March 1921.
5pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'Dear Freda | I think you may like to hear about your doll & the Princess Mary. The doll had a beautifully written card tied to it, saying it was the work of the youngest member of the Freeland Institute. Then it was put on a table with the basket of flowers for the Queen.
Edward Everett (1794-1865), American orator and Whig politician, 15th Governor of Massachusetts and President of Harvard College
46 Grosvenor Place [London]; 12 December 1842.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight discoloration at head and evidence of previous mounting on reverse. Docketed on reverse. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, | Knowing your fondness for statistical enquiries, I have thought the accompanying copy of the last annual return of the Commerce & Navigation of the Unites States, might have some interest for you. - | Very truly & faithfully Yrs, | Edward Everett'. Note: 'Everett, one of the most famous American orators, is most remembered for his oration at Gettysburg on Nov.
Ferdinand Eber (d.1885), Hungarian-born correspondent of The Times of London, and 'condottiere-journalist' in support of Garibaldi as 'General Eber' [Henry Wreford, Times correspondent in Naples]
Letter One: 33 St James's Square, London; 16 January [no year]. Letter Two: Palermo, Italy, 20 June [no year].
On 28 February 1885 The Times announced the death of Eber, 'for many years our valued correspondent at Vienna'; and a hundred years later (24 September 1985) the same paper described Eber as 'the condottiere-journalist, General Ferdinand Eber, whose habit of engaging in wars as well as reporting them earned him the displeasure of his masters in Printing House Square'. Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage from previous mounting. Both addressed to 'My dear Wreford', and both written in a difficult hand. Letter One: 3pp., 12mo.
[Nina, Duchess of Hamilton; Sir William Robertson Nicoll; Admiral of the Fleet John Arbuthnot Fisher, Lord Fisher of Kilverstone; Winston Churchill; H. H. Asquith; Arthur Balfour; Lord Kitchener]
[Without date or place, but circa 1915.]
From the collection of the naval journalist Archibald Hurd, to whom it was presumably given by Nicoll, who was editor of the 'British Weekly', in which it was published, with minor variations, in 1917. 3pp., 4to. On laid paper with 'Victoria Bank' crown watermark. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with slight staining from paperclip. The first page carries the title in capitals, underlined in red (as are the subtitles). The memorandum, on pp.2 and 3, is headed 'Notes on the Dardanelles'. It begins: 'ADMIRAL LORD FISHER explained his views on Naval strategy, i.e.
R. L. McCreery, Lieut.-General, G.O.C., Eighth Army [General Sir Richard Loudon McCreery (1898-1967), Commander of the British Eighth Army in Northern Italy, 1944-1945]
H.Q., Eighth Army, 3rd May, 1945.
1p., foolscap 8vo. 36 lines of text. A frail survival: in fair condition, lightly creased and aged, with short closed tear repaired on reverse with archival tape. Badge design at head of text, with white shield with yellow cross against blue background, and facsimile of McCreery's signature at foot. The text begins: 'On 9th April, the Eighth Army started the last great battle in Italy. Twenty-three days later, on 2nd May, the enemy surrendered unconditionally.' The penultimate paragraph reads: 'The unconditional surrender of the enemy bring the Eighth Army many new and urgent tasks.
B. L. Montgomery, General, G.O.C.-in-C., Eighth Army [Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (1887-1976), 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein; British Eighth Army]
12 January 1943.
1p., 4to. A frail survival: In good condition, on aged high-acidity paper, with closed tear repaired with archival tape on reverse. A stirring message, divided into four sections, the first reading: '1. The leading units of Eighth Army are now only about 200 miles from TRIPOLI. The enemy is between us and that port, hoping to hold us off.' 'The enemy will try to stop us', Montgomery warns, but 'Nothing has stopped us since the battle of Egypt began on 23rd October, 1942. Nothing will stop us now.' Two points in capital letters: '2. THE EIGHTH ARMY IS GOING TO TRIPOLI.' and '4.
B. L. Montgomery, General, G.O.C.-in-C., Eighth Army [Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (1887-1976), 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein; British Eighth Army]
Christmas, 1942. ['256/150/5MPS/29/12/42.']
1p., 4to. A scarce survival: good, on lightly aged and creased paper. Divided into 5 points, with the first reading: '1. The Eighth Army has turned the enemy out of the famous AGHEILA position and is now advancing into TRIPOLITANIA. It is wonderful what has been achieved since the 23rd October, when we started the Battle of Egypt. | Before the battle began I sent you a message in which I said: - | Let us pray that "the Lord mighty in battle" will give us the victory.
B. L. Montgomery, General, Eighth Army [Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (1887-1976), 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein; British Eighth Army]
[General Head Quarters, British Eighth Army.] 'July, 1943.' ['2827/2/GHQP/6-43'.]
1p., 4to. 25 lines of text. A frail survival. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Signed with facsimile of signature of 'B. L. Montgomery.' Divided into six points, the text begins: '1. The time has now come to carry the war into Italy, and into the Continent of Europe. The Italian Overseas Empire has been exterminated; we will now deal with the home country.' The last point reads: '6. To each one of you, whatever may be your rank or employment, I would say: | GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HUNTING IN THE HOME COUNTRY OF ITALY'.
Anne Isabella Noel Byron (1792-1860), 11th Baroness Wentworth and Baroness Byron [Lady Byron], wife of poet George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale [Lord Byron]; John Edwards; Joseph Knight
1 August 1853. [Indenture by Fry & Son, London, Law Stationers.]
On two skins, with the usual seals and tax stamps, and further text and signatures on the reverse of the first skin, including a witnessed receipt for £450 from Knight; also a memorandum, 2 August 1853, 'Exparte The right Honorable Anne Isabella Baroness Noel Byron Widow', 'Before me | Wm. Cowdell. | A Master Extraordinary in Chancery'. The first skin carries a plan of the property (8 acres 3 rods 33 perches), to the west of the East Shilton road to Stapleton, and of Wigstones Farm, Stapleton and Kirkby Lordship, and with the road from Barwell to Kirby going through it, coloured in green.
2pp., foolscap 8vo. On two leaves stapled together. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. This item is discussed in M. F. Snape's 'God and the British Soldier: Religion and the British Soldier in the First and Second World Wars' (London: Routledge, 2005). Montgomery described Hughes as 'the ideal of what an Army padre should be', and according to Snape: 'A major theme which seemed to emerge from the collaboration of Montgomery and Hughes in 1942 was the notion of the consecration of British arms to a higher purpose.
Randall Hopley Sherlock (d.1875), editor of the Liverpool Mail [The London International Exhibition of Industry and Art of 1862 (Great London Exposition) at South Kensington]
15 Holland Street, Kensington, W [London]. 1 August [1862.]
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He begins: 'My dear Mrs. Roper - | I have been rather long in fulfilling my promise to write - but I must lay all the blame on this most attractive International from which I can hardly tear myself away! My journey was a very pleasant one on Tuesday with agreeable fellow-passengers, there was another Bouquet besides mine in the carriage - but tell dear Annie it would bear no comparison with mine!
Frits Lugt [Frederik Johannes Lugt] (1884-1970), collector and connoisseur of Netherlandish drawings and prints [Cecil Clarabut of Winchester]
On his letterhead, 5 Place du Palais Bourbon, Paris, VIIe. 13 January 1959.
1p., small 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper, with slight loss to one corner. Docketed by Clarabut at the head of the page: 'Re book of hours Christie lot 194 8.xii.58'. He thanks Clarabut for 'the solution of the bookplate', and asks him if he knows 'how & when that library was sold', as it would be 'interesting to note'. 'When at the Hague I'll see in my catalogue-list if I find anything on the name of Bateman.'
Captain Charles Lewis William Morley Knight (1863-1937), livestock breeder in Argentina and Trustee of the British Museum [Charles Edward Fagan (1855-1921), Secretary of the British Museum]
One on letterhead of the English Club, Bartolomé Mitre 478, Buenos Aires; 18 November 1910. The three others on letterhead of 11 Hesketh Crescent, Torquay, one of them from 1912 and the other two from 1913.
All four items in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Totalling 16pp., 12mo. On four bifoliums. In addition to being one of the Trustees of the British Museum, Knight was, as one of the proprietors of Knight and Porteus of Argentina, owner with his partner Colonel John James Porteus (1857-1948) of 'the largest herd of red Aberdeen-Angus in the world' (TImes, 24 April 1939), which was sold after his death. ONE: On letterhead of the English Club, Buenos Aires. 18 November 1910. 4pp., 12mo. Docketed 'Wrote 20 Dec.
Algernon George Percy (1810-1899), 6th Duke of Northumberland, British peer and Conservative politician
On letterhead of Albury Park, Guildford. 20 April 1885.
1p., 16mo. Letterhead printed in green on green paper. In fair condition, on aged and dusty paper, with traces of pervious mount along one margin. The note reads: 'The Duke of Northumberland will take a copy of the History of Newcastle, as requested by Mr Robinson in his letter of the 17th., to be sent to Alnwick Castle - | April 20. 85.' The reference is presumably to Richard Welford's 'History of Newcastle and Gateshead', published in London by Walter Scott between 1884 and 1887.
[United Irish League of Great Britain; Mr. J. Rowan, Derby, I.L.P.; Messrs. James Reilly, J. R. Rowan, I.N.F., D. Brady, Desmond O'Connor; J. W. Simpson and Sons, Ltd., Printers, Derby]
J. W. Simpson and Sons, Ltd., Printers, Derby. [1916?]
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased green paper. Fifteen lines, including slug, in a variety of types and point sizes. The item reads, in full: 'UNITED IRISH LEAGUE. | Postponed Meeting | will be held | ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, | at the | NEW MIDLAND ARMS, | CLIFTON STREET, DERBY, | To form a Branch of the above. | Chair to be taken at 8 p.m. prompt, by | Mr. J. ROWAN, Derby, I.L.P. | Amongst those to speak will be Messrs. James | Reilly, J. R. Rowan, I.N.F., D. Brady, | Desmond O'Connor, and others. | God Save Ireland. | J. W.
[Henry Wallis (1830-1916), English painter, associated with the Pre-Raphaelites; George Meredith; Thomas Chatteron]
Without place or date.
On piece of 17 x 21.5 cm paper. Image 13 x 19 cm, with top corners rounded as in the original picture. 'The Death of Chatterton' was completed in 1856, and shown at the Royal Academy in the same year. Wallis sold it to Augustus Egg, also in 1856, and Egg sold the right to make engraved reproductions to the Newcastle publisher Robert Turner. It is now in the Tate Gallery, London. This item is clearly not the version produced for Turner by Thomas Oldham Barlow. Nor is it the woodcut, made with Wallis's permission, which appeared in the National Magazine in 1856.
[Digest Gazetteer of Scottish Lochs & Rivers; geography of Scotland; salmon fishing; angling]
Without place. [1920s.] Containing two photographs with the stamp of the Scotsman and Evening Dispatch, Edinburgh.
341pp., foolscap 8vo, typed onto rectos only, and with the main text paginated in blue pencil to 252pp. Six black and white illustrative photographs laid down, two with the stamp of 'The Scotsman' newspaper on the reverse. A substantial volume, bound with string and staples, with thumb index. In brown wraps, with typed label on front: 'DIGEST GAZETTEER | OF | SCOTTISH LOCHS & | RIVERS'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps.
[National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, London]
'Published by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, 14, Great Smith Street. Printed by Harrison, Jehring & Co., Ltd., 11-15, Emerald Street, London, W.C.' [Circa 1912.]
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on leaf of lightly-aged paper. Sub-headings read: 'Mothers matter to the nation', 'The mother had no vote and her needs were not considered', 'The wealth of a nation is in its citizens', 'We are losing twelve babies every hour', 'Mother must be consulted'. Final statement in bold: 'Women must have a say in the Legislation that affects Motherhood'. The reverse of the leaf is headed '"The Common Cause" | Will keep you in touch with all the activities of the N.U.W.S.S.' Scarce: no copy on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.
x + 421 +  pp., 12mo. With frontispiece engraving by H. Gravelot from De Longueil, 'JACTA EST ALEA.' Autograph note by Wodhull on fly leaf: 'T. Davies's sale | =: s6 : = [i.e. 6 shillings] | M. Wodhull | Feb: 27. 1768 | collat: & complet:', and note by him on p.421 of the date on which he finished reading the volume: 'Ap: 23. - 68'. In eighteenth-century mottled calf binding gilt, with all edges gilt and marbled boards. Good and tight, on lightly-foxed paper, in worn binding with label lacking from spine.
Sir William Barlow, F.Eng [The 1988 Mountbatten Memorial Lecture; Institution of Electrical Engineers; National Electronics Council, London;
'Lecture to be presented at the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Savoy Place, London on Wednesday 2nd November at 6.00pm. Sponsored by the National Electronics Council.'
8pp., foolscap 8vo. Nine photographic illustrations in text. Stapled into printed wraps. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with slight spotting to front cover. Scare: no copy on COPAC and the only copy on OCLC WorldCat at New York Public Library. From the Pat Hawker archive.
William Windham (1750-1810), British Whig politician [Dr David Hughes (c.1753-1817), Principal, Jesus College, Oxford]
Place not stated. 1 July [1800s?].
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium, with the blank second leaf laid down on page removed from album, which bears on the reverse a biography of Windham in a nineteenth-century hand. The letter begins: 'Dear Robert | I have seen the Pr. of Wales, & have written to the D. of Clarence, as well as to some others - It just occurs to me, that you shd get at University the address of Simpson formerly Tutor there who has a living somewhere in Dorsetshire, & endeavour to learn whether he is likely to be affected by the <?> question. Some of those on the spot will perhaps write, & explain why I have not.
Robert Buchanan [Robert Williams Buchanan] (1841-1901), poet and novelist, born in Stoke-on-Trent
16 Langham Street, W., London. Undated; postmarked 13 March 1882.
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed by Buchanan to 'J. T. Baron Esq | 18 Griffin Street | Witton | Blackburn | Lancashire'. Both letter and envelope have thick mourning borders, Buchanan's wife having died the previous November. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, | The works you mention, with the exception of "Idyls of Invention," are just now out of print. The plays have never been pubd. | Thanking you for your kind expressions I am | Yrs truly | Robt Buchanan'.
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch [Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch] (1863-1944), Cornish writer and anthologist [Charles Elkin Mathews (1851-1921), publisher and bookseller; Bliss Carman, Canadian poet]
The Haven, Fowey, Cornwall. 24 September 1900.
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed by Quiller-Couch to 'Elkin Mathews Esq | Publisher | Vigo Street | London W.' The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | I am preparing for the Delegates of the Oxford University Press an Anthology of English Poetry from the beginning to the present day: and am anxious to include a poem by Mr Bliss Carman (Low Tide on Grand Pré) "Why" - beginning | "For a name unknown" . . .' If Mathews can grant permission acknowledgment will be made, and Quiller-Couch will 'personally feel very grateful'.
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 -'.